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Rain, Rain Drain Away Precinct Four Road Projects Underway in La Feria be partially funded through FEMA grants. They are hoping the project will be completed sometime in December of 2021. The area in and around Mariposa Ranch subdivision has been identified as a major flood prone area. So, the project will widen, clean, and reshape the existing drainage ditch and upgrade existing structures. Other projects Pct.
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By UTRGV News and Internal Communications RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 29, 2021 – Building on its efforts throughout the pandemic, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has launched several initiatives aimed at providing students financial support for the upcoming Fall 2021 semester. The initiatives, funded through both federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) awards and UTRGV institutional investments, are providing assistance in a variety
of ways to help ensure all students have the opportunity to receive financial support this Fall. “We continue to be focused on providing financial assistance to our students to help them overcome the economic impact of the pandemic,” said UTRGV President Guy Bailey. “Helping to remove some of our students’ financial barriers has played an integral role in ensuring that they continue their educational journeys.” Below is a list of the financial assistance programs in place for the fall semester, totaling more than $42 million in relief:
UTRGV will use HEERF funds to discharge the debt owed by students who were enrolled between March 13, 2020 and March 16, 2021, and still had an outstanding debt to UTRGV. This debt discharge is either for an outstanding student account balance at UTRGV or an outstanding UTRGV institutional loan (such as an emergency or short-term loan). Federal or private loans are not eligible for this program. Overall, UTRGV will eliminate approximately $9.1 million in debt for 8,876 students. Fall Liftoff UTRGV will provide eligible students up to $1,000 in tuition and mandatory fees. To view the eligibility requirements or for more information, click here. Overall, UTRGV will invest more than $10 million
to help more than 24,000 students through Fall Liftoff. Fall Cash Grants UTRGV will continue to offer cash grants to all eligible students to meet financial needs. More information for fall will be provided soon. Overall, an estimated $20 million will be provided to 32,000 students. Vaccine Incentive
As part of UTRGV’s efforts to keep its campuses safe as we return to normal operations this Fall, the university is using HEERF funds to incentivize students to fill out their Vaccine Portal. If a student completes the vaccine portal and also enrolls for the Fall by July 12, UTRGV will give that student $100 cash. Overall, UTRGV expects to disperse up to $3.2 million to 32,000 students through the vaccine portal program.
Ranchers Benefit From Record Exports
By Gary Joiner Publisher Exports are a critical source of income for a wide range of agricultural products. Over 20 percent of U.S. agricultural production is exported. Many of the products that benefit the most from exports are grown heavily in Texas. At the top of the list is cotton. Seventy-eight percent of U.S. cotton production is exported, and cotton is the most
valuable of all row crops grown in our state. Grain sorghum is another big crop in Texas, and 60 percent of U.S. sorghum production is exported. Fifty one percent of U.S. rice and 50 percent of U.S. wheat production is sold abroad. Twenty percent of U.S. corn and 11 percent of U.S. beef is exported. Beef cattle is the top economic sector in Texas agriculture. There is good news ahead. A record $157 billion in ag exports is expected in fiscal year 2021. Record exports to China are fueling the sales. Texas farmers and ranchers are thankful for the demand.
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Last week, Tropical Storm Claudette tore north, hell-bent on destruction. It succeeded, claiming 14 lives in Alabama including 10 in a fiery crash on I-65. Nine of the children were returning to an Alabama Girls Ranch in Camp Hill Alabama. The ranch is a home for abused and neglected children. I struggle to understand why children whose lives began in homes where they were exploited or injured would end in a burning vehicle. When it comes to tragedies, “why” is a hard question to answer. Our best answers fail. To even say, “God has his reasons,” calls into question the goodness of God. In the end, the why cannot be answered. The highway fire on that stormy day was not an act of God but was an accident. That does not mean God was absent that day on I-65. We may not be able to answer the why question. But we can answer the where question. Where was God when a dozen cars collided on I-65 and caught fire? God was where God always is when people suffer and die. In the van.
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By Nandy Ekle Part 2 But I know David. Before long his wife, his best friend, his coworkers, the priest, the entire world would know about "my little pet ghost." And in this town with a population of around 30,000, news was so scarce that a stumped toe was a headline. This piece of gossip would have no boundaries. I had blurted out that story, but I needed something substantial to back it up. After taking the glasses to the kitchen and rinsing them out, I booted up the computer to research some town history and local ghost stories. *** Millicent Carnes, the previous owner of this house, sold her home to Glen and me when our kids were five and three. We signed all the
necessary papers, proudly plopped our down payment into her hands and took the keys she handed us. She had a slight tear in her eye as her daughter led her away. I felt a little sorry for her giving up a lifetime of memories to move to the nursing home. I assured her we would love and take care of this house as much as she and her dearly departed husband had. In the twenty years since watching Mrs. Carnes' bowed back leave the front porch, Glen and I had striven to do just that. We made the house our own, but we still respected the love and care the previous owners had given it. We raised our two children and watched them leave to start their own lives. When Glen and I divorced after my accident, the house became my best friend. I felt pretty sure that
Mrs. Carnes would be a perfect ghost—elderly, grandmotherly type, eager to help out around the house. And so I constructed my story from there. *** "I know, Jen, I just never felt the need to share the news." Right on schedule, David's wife called as soon as she returned from her mother’s to ask about David’s news. "No, it's not scary at all. I think it's Mrs. Carnes, the lady we bought the house from . . . Yeah, she loved this place. She cried when she put the keys in my hand . . . Well, the things that happen around here are things that help me out a little. You know, if I drop a sock on the floor, she picks it up and puts it into the laundry basket. Or, like when David was here, she keeps disasters from happening, such as wine on the carpet . . . No, I don't want a lot of attention. I just want to live here with my little ghost and be quiet. Okay. . . Okay. . . Yeah, later." Jen assured me that I could stay with them if things here got too spooky and I needed to run. I turned back to the kitchen where I sat with my computer in front of me. The tide had only just begun. David could spread news quicker than the Associated Press, or any other professional, and I knew Jen's call was only the first of many.
"Come on, Alfred, I mean Mrs. Carnes," I said to the air and blinked my breakfast dishes to the sink. I supposed I might even have a few visitors show up trying to feel Mrs. Carnes' presence. I giggled a little more. I could really have some fun with this. I gathered a larger ball of energy and sent it to the back of the house to bring the laundry basket to the garage. Time to exercise it like a saggy muscle so I would be ready for the army of phenomenon seekers that coming to find my ghost. Donna, my daughter, called that afternoon. "Mom, I just talked to Uncle David." "Oh? And what did he say?" "He asked if I knew you have a ghost in your house." "It’s only a teensy one. I think it's Mrs. Carnes. Remember her?" "No, but I do remember some things happening when we were growing up." "Now, Donna, I don't think it's been that long since she died." "Mom, there are things I never told you. Brad saw stuff too." "Like what?" A snicker threatened to come back up my throat. "Well, one day I was in bed, I think I had been sick. I wasn't sleepy, but you made me stay in there. I remember you walked down the hall
and stuck your head in my door, told me to lie down and take a nap. Then you opened your bedroom door, went in and shut it. I sat there for a minute and then lay back, but my eyes were still open. About two minutes later, you walked down the hall from the living room again, stuck your head in my room and told me to lie down and take a nap. You opened your door, walked in and shut it." "I don't remember any of that. Besides, you were probably asleep." "I wasn’t asleep. It was really weird, sort of like a reel of film rewinding and starting over."
I wasn't sure what to say to her. She was three years old when we moved in and now she's twenty-three. So that was a very long time ago. "And Brad told me a story about something he saw one night. He said he was awake because he heard a noise. He went into the living room and saw a pair of your shoes walking around in the kitchen." "He had to be dreaming that." "He said he wasn’t. He showed me exactly where they walked and he pointed out a scuff mark he saw after the shoes stopped."
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