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The Veterans Middle School Honor Band submitted a recording in May of this year to the Mark of Excellence competition, in which the top quarter are selected as National Winners and the second quarter receive Commended Honors. This year, 279 of the finest musical ensembles in the nation entered the competition. The project has now received entries from 38 states. Only 6 bands were

chosen as National Winners. We would like to congratulate The Veterans Middle School Honor Band, directed by Mr. Raymond Alaniz, for being selected as a National Winner in the Mark of Excellence/ National Wind Band Honors project! The students earned this national achievement due to all the hours spent after school, hard work, and dedication to their instruments.

The staff would like to express their gratitude to Mr. Henry Cantu and all the VMS administration for their endless support of the program, as well as the parents for making sure the students are always at their rehearsals. We are proud to represent our community with this national recognition! Assistant directors are: Lizette Alaniz, Eduardo Hinojosa, Gabriel Hernandez, and Erick Ochoa.

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John & Olive Elementary and Dr. Mario E. Ramirez Elementary stood TALL and PROUD as they were recognized and congratulated by Mr. Alfredo Garcia, Superintendent of Schools and RGCCISD‘s School Board of Directors at today’s school board meeting as recipients of the 20172018 Imagine Nation Beacon School Award. Imagine Nation Awards recognize top schools across the country for innovation, dedication, and exemplary usage of Imagine Learning programs. The Beacon School award is

given based on the recommendation of Imagine Learning’s partner managers and customer success teams. Partner schools seen as especially innovative or exemplary in their usage and implementation of Imagine Learning programs may be nominated as Beacon Schools. “These exemplary schools help their students gain confidence while making incredible progress in language, literacy, and math. We’re proud to partner with these outstanding schools and educators and to honor their efforts” said Joe Swenson, CEO of Imagine Learning.

Roma ISD Announces Raises, No Change to Insurance for 2018-2019 School Year During the Roma ISD E m p lo y e e Convocations in August, School Board President Raul P. Moreno Jr. announced that all Roma ISD employees will receive a raise for the new fiscal year, which began Sept. 1, 2018; the one-time check will be issued in October. “Our district runs on a small annual deficit, but we have a more than $27 million fund balance and believe our enrollment will stay steady so we are prepared to handle the small impact the raise will have on our future finances,” Moreno said. “Our district has a perfect score of 100 for our financial management as judged by TEA, so clearly our Finance Team is handling our money well and is providing great advice to us. The

school board leadership felt that everyone is working hard, which is proved by the A rating we earned from TEA for our academics from Sept. 2017 to May 2018, and that everyone deserves a raise.” Moreno also assured employees that Roma ISD will cover the increase of the employee-only portion of their BlueCross BlueShield of Texas Health Insurance. “Roma ISD is one of the few districts left that has the benefits and pays most of the cost of our employee insurance and we are committed to that benefit,” said Moreno. “It not only saves our faculty and staff a lot of money, but makes sure they get the medical care they need when they need it. It also helps our employees stay healthy and active because the plan offers a lot of wellness benefits.”

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The Gladiator Nation community enjoyed a wonderful Ribbon Cutting Celebration to honor Mrs. Delia G. Garcia and celebrate the opening of our new school named in her honor. A big thanks to everyone who made the event a success, especially the students at Delia G. Garcia Elementary and Roma High School who helped run the event and provided the entertainment. The students showcased what makes our district so special and unique.


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Grandparents Day at Emma Vera Elementary South Texas College honors service members and

first responders in remembrance of September 11

South Texas College held 9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies at all of its campuses across Hidalgo and Starr Counties. The 9 a.m. Pecan Campus ceremony kicked off five events that took place throughout the day, Sept. 11, 2018. The theme for this year’s ceremony was “Honor and Respect the Blue Line”. STC organized ceremonies that served not only as solemn reminders of the events of 9/11, but also as a way to appreciate the work of law enforcement officers, firefighters, veterans, medical personnel, and first responders who put them themselves in Enjoy some photos from the harm’s way for the safety of Emma Vera Elementary School others. Grandparents Day Celebration! “One of the things we really

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First responders attend South Texas College’s 9/11 ceremony in Starr County. STC held remembrance ceremonies at all of its campuses as a way of showing appreciation for those who put themselves in harm’s way during the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

wanted to do was focus on those STC. “The blue line represents first responders,” said Jessie Luna, those who went towards danger, Veterans Outreach Coordinator at who are fearless and courageous, and who showed the willingness to save lives. They saved lives while sacrificing their own lives. That’s what I would like everyone to remember on this day.” Addressing students, staff, and faculty at South Texas College’s Pecan Campus as a keynote speaker, Thirteenth Court of Appeals Justice Nora Longoria was among those who gathered to remember the events of Sept. 11, and conveyed her appreciation to those who sacrificed their lives. “It is so important that we remember the courage of those who put themselves in harm’s way for our country,” Longoria said. “When I think of the families who lost children, I can’t imagine how they have been able to persevere and go on every day, but they do. They are examples to us because we have seen them start charities and scholarship funds in memory of all the people they lost. “That is the true American Alejandra Tello Jocelyn Rodriguez Manager CSR spirit,” Longoria said. During the ceremony, a bell was rung in remembrance of key events that occurred on Sept. 11.


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John & Olive Hinojosa Elem. held Title 1 parent meeting R. & C. Saenz Spartans Celebrate Sept. 16th

The R. & C. Saenz Elementary School Spartans held awesome Sept. 16th celebrations around campus. John & Olive Hinojosa Elementary held a very successful Title 1 parent meeting. Principal Marissa Saldivar gave a very informative Title 1 PowerPoint presentation. She informed the parents on the school’s participation in Title 1 Part A, explained the requirements of Title 1 Part A and explained the rights and opportunities as parents and families to be involved in their child’s learning and achievement. After the meeting, parents enjoyed some delicious pastries catered by the RGCCISD cafeteria staff and they also played Chalupa Bingo.

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ALBERTO ESCOBEDO

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Two Out Of Three Child Safety Seats Misused

With motor vehicle crashes still a leading cause of death among children, the Texas Department of Transportation is joining safety advocates statewide to remind parents of the importance of always buckling up their children. That means not only making sure they’re secured in their vehicle, but also avoiding the most common mistakes when it comes to child safety seats: failing to select the seat that is appropriate for the child’s age and size, and failing to correctly install it. As part of its September “Save Me with a Seat” campaign,

TxDOT is encouraging parents to sign up for a free child safety seat check-up at any of its 25 district offices located throughout Texas. “We want to help parents prevent the kind of tragedy no mother or father should have to endure,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “That’s why we’re making a special push this month to encourage parents and caregivers to have one of our certified technicians ensure they’re not only using the right seat for their child but also that it’s properly installed.” While most parents believe

their children are properly buckled up, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that 2 out of 3 safety seats are not used correctly. According to NHTSA, child safety seats in passenger cars reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers. In Texas, in 2017: ·408 children younger than 8 years old were seriously injured and 73 died in traffic crashes. ·411 children ages 8 to 12 were seriously injured and another 30 were killed.

To protect against injury, TxDOT recommends that all children under age 13 ride in the back seat, properly secured in a seat belt or safety seat. TxDOT’s free safety seat inspections are available weekdays throughout the year and take about 20 to 30 minutes. To schedule a seat check-up with a TxDOT Traffic Safety Specialist, visit SaveMeWithaSeat.org and enter your ZIP code to find the

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$21,995 w/ Conditional Offers

STK# 18761

$46,530 -$ 3,750 -$ 4,500 -$ 500

Conditional Offers:

* GMF DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE $1,500 ** TRADE ALLOWANCE $1,750

$37,780

$34,530 w/ Conditional Offers

*Must qualify and finance through GM Financial. Residency restrictions apply. **Must own a 1999 or newer qualifying vehicle; see dealer for details. Artwork for illustration purposes only. All vehicles are subject to pre-sale. All prices plus tax, title and license. Expires 10/01/2018.

“No Matter Where You Live, Come Home!” (956) 487-2596 1-800-509-0003 • www.riomotors.com


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OMAR REYES (956) 533-9001

Historical Starr County

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You’re in good hands.

Auto • Home • Business • Life Hablamos Español

956-488-0160

1926 W US HWY 83 Rio Grande City, Tx 78582

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YA NO CAMBIES A MODO AVIÓN Usa tu teléfono en México cuanto quieras. Sin costo extra.

Requiere plan calificado (mín. $55/mes). Aplican restricciones, incluyendo de uso y de velocidad de internet. Cobertura no disponible en todas partes. Visita una tienda para más detalles.

RGC: 4370 E. Hwy 83 Ste. B - 956-309-3549 Roma: 834 E. Grant St. Ste. C - 956-570-0701 Arroyo:5065 Hwy. 83 ste. A - 956-570-0702 Escobares: 4522 East Hwy 83 Ste A. 956-429-5625 2688

New meeting, party and gathering space for Starr County. Isolated with plenty of parking.

For more information, please contact: Estela Hernandez @ 279-3175 or Patricio Hernandez @ 735-9914 1960 W. U.S. Highway 83 (old Grande Garbage truck yard). Approximately 1/4 mile on the right before getting to Hospital Road if traveling towards Roma.


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JESSIE’S

Supporting Roma Gladiators 100%

Custom Airbrush Your #1 Headquarter for Roma Gladiator Spirit Shirts

ROMA MOTOR MART Best Pre-Owned Cars & Truck in South Texas

Roy Peña III Owner

(956)849-2312 500 E. Hwy 83, Roma, TX

“We Keep You Driving” COMPLETE AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR SERVICE

(956) 263-1862 1315 E. Hwy 83, RGC - Fax. (956) 263-1711

GO FIGHT

#1 TRAVEL TRAILER IN THE USA

#1 FIFTH WHEEL RV IN THE USA

OF CLASS 1986

Sonia Leal FIN. Manager

Roy Leal

General Manager

CALL ROY LEAL

#1 TOY HAULER IN THE USA

YOUR STARR COUNTY CONNECTION

WIN!!! Joe (Tito) Diaz CEO

956-207-8538

FRED’S PHARMACY Marlo Canales Pharmacist

956-487-2711

2790 Pharmacy Road Suite A. Rio Grande City, Texas


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NOW HIRING

5480 E. Guerra St. En Las Lomas

Experienced professional for the following position

PHLEBOTOMIST

Eduardo Garcia Apartments

956- 445-9360 • 533-0956

Para mas información llame a:

956-435-4123 •342-7669

RIVER OAK APARTMENTS

Call for more information 956-739-4268

2 BDRM, 1 BA. ROMA - RIO GRANDE CITY

FOR RENT

205 W Main Street, Suite 100 Rio Grande City, Texas Or e-mail resume to southtexasmobiletesting@gmail.com

V.F.W. HALL RENTALS

La Sagunada Rd. 2.7 mi. from FM 755

FORForPARTIES AND EVENTS info. call or text - Cell Phones:

LOT FOR SALE

APARTMENTS FOR RENT

For more information call:

Includes ref., water, internet, stove & trash

WATER & ELECTRICITY

1bdrm, 1ba, kitchen, A/C 164 Old US Hwy 83, RGC

3 RECAMARAS, 1Ba., AIRE ACONDICIONADO

South Texas Mobile Testing Applications available at

16+ Acres For Sale

Apartment For Rent

SE RENTA CASA DE LADRILLO

832-755-9306

SE RENTA CASA EN RGC

APARTMENT FOR RENT

Newly remodeled. 3 bed, 2 bath, washer/dryer included. Off of Los Alvarez Rd., RGC. $600 mo. + $300 dep. 1yr lease.

504 N. West St. RGC (Cerca de Lopez Ready Mix)

(956) 487-7094 • 533-4326 735-3295 • 487-5050 • 422-8771 Alto Vista Subdivision Financing Available

956-487-0303

Applications available at 2544 Central Palm Drive Ste. 106 Rio Grande City, Texas 78582

NOW HIRING EXPERIENCED

RN Case Manager Full Time Position Available

PH. (956) 487-5025 Fax (956) 487-5024 Competetive Pay, Sick Leave, Vacation Pay Equal Opportunity Employment

2015 Chevy Camaro RS

STK# 19366A

REDUCED!!!

$

2- RANCHES FOR SALE 48 acre & 140 acre Las Lomas Blanca Rd. Call Johnny for more info.

956-966-0777

19,995

STK#19623A

LIKE NEW!

REDUCED!!!

487-3384 • 735-3255

(956) 437-1138

LECTURA DE CARTAS HAZ TU CITA

SAN ROBERTO APTS.

Spacious 2 Bdrm, 2 Bath with appliances including washer & dryer in units. Walking distance from schools at 399 San Roberto Rd.

Early College High School PTO- Scholarship Loteria

(956) 454-1043

www.riograndecityapartments.com

$

2017 Ford Explorer

$PECIAL

31,995

STK# 19666A

LIKE NEW!!

$

STK# 19521A

REDUCED!!!

$

Place: KC Hall Rio Grande City Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018 Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm 5 Cards for $10.00 Come support our students.

2017 Nissan Rouge

$PECIAL

23,995

2015 KIA Soul

$PECIAL

19,995

832-715-6805

573-8613

(956) 573-8613

$

Call

APTS. FOR RENT

956-966-0777

Llame a Juan para mas informacion

2 Rec., 1 Baño, Estufa y Refrigerador Para Mas Información Llame

1bdrm. $300 • 2 bdrm., $325 per mo. Stove & ref. included. Located behind Caro’s Restaurant in RGC. For more info. call:

20 Años de Experiencia

2017 Chevy Impala LT V-6

STK# P22228

$295.00 per mo. + $200 dep.

Se vende dos ranchos uno de 48 acres y uno de 140 acres

2018 Chevy Traverse

$PECIAL

1 BDRM., 1 BA.

STK# P2237

EXTRA CLEAN!!!

$

$PECIAL

19,995

2018 Mazda CX-5

$PECIAL

11,995

STK# 19903A

LEATHER - SUN ROOF!!!

$

$PECIAL

25,995

People across the Valley come home to Rio Motor Co. for big savings and family-friendly service!

No Matter Where You Live, Come Home! (956) 487-2596 · 1-800-509-0003

Chris Aguinaga

Pre-Owned Director

Paco Cantu 956-208-1821

Ramiro Barrera 956-573-6526

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