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On Thursday, August 5 the Los Fresnos community came together to hold its annual Back to School Community Fair. This year the fair had a Superhero theme. All were encouraged to dress as their favorite Superhero! The event was held at the Los Fresnos Fire and EMS Station. Many parents and children braved the heat to have a chance to come out and get free backpacks, school supplies, and information on health and safety for the upcoming year. Free backpacks and supplies were distributed only while supplies lasted. There were several sponsors who made the event possible. They were the City of Los Fresnos, Los Fresnos CISD Family Engagement Office, Los Fresnos Community Development Corporation, Los Fresnos Police Department, Cameron County Health Department, BCFS Health, and Human Services, and Su Clinica among others in attendance. The Los Fresnos Interact Club also came together and donated 1,000 boxes of crayons to help out in the Back-to-School event. The Los Fresnos Pharmacy was also on hand to offer Moderna and Pfizer Vaccines to the public at no cost. They were there to vaccinate anyone 12 years of age and older and also gave out school supplies to children who received a vaccination.

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living. Enter the Casio CDP-S150, a lesson-ready compact digital piano delivering an authentic piano sound and playing feel in a sleek chassis that’s not much bigger than the keys themselves, making it the perfect fit for any dorm room or off-campus apartment. Packed with 10 great sounds and educational features, the CDP-S150 brings music to life. And because it’s equipped with a newlydesigned scaled and weighted hammer-action keyboard and has the response of an acoustic grand piano, it’s a solid choice for students who need to rehearse when the piano practice lab is closed. As you do your back-tocampus shopping, consider tools and products that can help a student begin the fall term with academic confidence and personal style.


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Many people brush too hard or use a toothbrush that is too hard; a “soft” toothbrush actually cleans best. Vigorous brushing is not necessary, in fact, it can be harmful. After years of hard brushing, erosion of the enamel and gums can result. This can also cause teeth to become stained more Dr. Adam Lalonde easily. Their appearance, in general, takes on a yellow or darkened look. Also, the gums can become prone to infection. So, lighten up on that toothbrush! After you have flossed thoroughly, brush gently with a soft- bristled toothbrush, and ease up on your handle-grip. The trick is to concentrate on becoming more aware of the amount of pressure you’re exerting. Slow down and give your teeth and gums the attention they need and gentleness they deserve. Also, be sure to replace your toothbrush when it first shows signs of wear, and schedule regular visits with your dentist and dental hygienist. They will help you to monitor the health of your teeth and gums. Our patients receive a complimentary new toothbrush and floss on every check-up appointment! If you have any questions about brushing techniques and/or toothbrushes we’d be happy to answer them for you.

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The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for TOWN OF INDIAN LAKE from the same properties in both the 2020 tax year and the 2021 tax year. The rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate that TOWN OF INDIAN LAKE may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate that may be approved to the rollback rate. YOUR TAXES OWED UNDER ANY OF THE ABOVE RATES CAN BE CALCULATED AS FOLLOWS: property tax amount= (rate) x (taxable value of your property)/100 For assistance or detailed information about tax calculations, please contact: Tony Yzaguirre Jr. Cameron County Assessor-Collector 835 E Levee 1st Flr; Brownsville TX 78520 (956) 544-0800 You are urged to attend and express your views at the following public hearings on the proposed tax rate: August 18, 2021 at 6:00 PM AT 62 S. Aztec Cove Dr. Indian Lake, Tx 78566 August 20, 2021 at 6:00 PM AT 62 S. Aztec Cove Dr. Indian Lake, Tx 78566

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Tract II: All of Block Seventy-Five (75), SAN CARLOS ESTATES, out of Share No. 17, of the Espiritu Santo Grant, Cameron County, Texas, as per map or plat thereof recorded in Volume 8, Page 37, and in Volume 8, Page 68, Map Records, Cameron County, Texas as is more fully shown by Plaintiff's Original Petition on file in this suit. Issued and given under my hand and seal of said Court at Brownsville, Texas, on this the 28th day of May, 2021. Laura Perez-Reyes District Clerk of Cameron County 974 E Harrison Street Brownsville, Texas 78520

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR ANNEXATION OF ROADWAYS INTO THE TOWN OF INDIAN LAKE The Town of Indian Lake proposes to Annex a portion of Old Alice Road (FM 1575) as follows: Being 9.318 Acres of land, more or less, out of Blocks 9,10,15,16,18,17,23 and 24, Thompson Tract (Volume 4, Page 24, Map Records) and out of an unsubdivided portion of Share 22, Espiritu Santo Grant in Cameron County, Texas; said 1.006 Acre Tract being the 80 ft. r.o.w. of Old Alice Road (F.M. 1575) from the north right-of-way line of Stanford Road to the north right-of-way line of Whipple Road. The Town of Indian Lake also proposes to Annex a portion of East Henderson Rd. as follows: Being 1.006 Acres of land, more or less, out of Blocks 22 and 23, Thompson Tract (Volume 4, Page 24, Map Records) in Cameron County, Texas; said 1.006 Acre Tract being the south one-half of Henderson Road right-of way located east of the Town of Indian Lake; said 1.006 Acre Tract.


The Town of Indian Lake also proposes to Annex a portion of West Henderson Rd. as follows: Being 1.494 Acres of land, more or less, out of Blocks 20 and 21, Thompson Tract (Volume 4, Page 24, Map Records), Block 20, Fresnos Land and Irrigation Company Subdivision (Volume 3, Pages 9 and 9A, Map Records) and out of an unsubdivided portion of Share 12, Espiritu Santo Grant, Cameron County, Texas; said 1.494 Acre Tract being a portion of Henderson Road right-of-way located west of the Town of Indian Lake; said 1.494 Acre Tract. THESE PROPOSED ANNEXATIONS WILL NOT AFFECT YOUR RESIDENCE, PROPERTY, OR YOUR PROPERTY TAXES BUT WILL ENABLE THE TOWN OF INDIAN LAKE TO PLACE BETTER POLICE COVERAGE TO THE AREA. A full description on the proposed annexations is available at Town Hall located at 62 S Aztec Cove Dr.

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Brownsville Veterans head coach will return to his alma mater and will also dial up the spread offense. Over the last two years, Los Fresnos relied heavily on the Flex-Bone offense under coach Patrick Brown. Prior to the Flex-Bone, the Falcons were known for their passing attack and look to rekindle that offense with Cantu at the helm. With a shortened season

last year, the Falcons missed the playoffs and went 2-4 and 1-2 in 32-6A. This year the Falcons will open up against Edcouch-Elsa, a team who won a playoff game last year and ironically enough, the Jackets run a Slot-T. The next two weeks will be interesting as the Falcons host GregoryPortland in Week 2 and the following week they will travel to Calallen to take on the Wildcats. After their Coastal Bend two-step, the Falcons will have a bye in Week 4 then will kickoff district play at San Benito. The final four games of the season will be a challange and could determine the playoff race. Their final four games are against Weslaco, Harlingen, Brownsville Hanna and Harlingen South.

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The Next Chapter The Pet Ghost

By Nandy Ekle Chapter 7 The Last Chapter

I had never been part of a séance before and felt excited. But I couldn’t shake the horrible cold that had settled deep in my bones from the walk through in my bedroom. When I entered the living room carrying a glass of water, they had everything all set. My coffee table now rested against the wall like a bench and a card table covered with a black cloth and lit candles sat in the middle of the room, tiny little flames dancing in the

air. I thought the whole scene looked deliciously spooky and took my place next to Leslie, opposite Barry. The bright light came back on and she addressed the public, explaining what was about to happen. We would all hold hands and Dr. Simon would attempt to speak with the entities in my house. He would ask them who they were and what they wanted and what we could do to help them move on. Leslie blinked and nodded at lighting man who then turned out his bright light. No one spoke. Our hands touched the hands of the

persons on each side of us and Emily sat on the couch against the wall. Silence for about 90 seconds. Then the sound of a throat clearing. “Is anyone here?” Barry asked quietly. Nothing happened that I could sense. “I know someone is here. Please speak with us.” I thought about how boring this was going to be, so I blinked a puff of energy into the pad of paper Emily held. She squealed a little and Barry looked at me. “We just want to visit with you. Please speak with us.” I sent another little blink into the curtains, watching them sway. “Will you speak with us?” At that moment the curtains began to open and shut—without my help. Barry looked at me and I looked at Emily. A wave of fear ran up my spine feeling like an electric current. I sucked in a breath and fought the feeling to run. Emily gasped and I realized her hand holding the pencil was moving across the paper.

“N-O-T-S-A-F-E” she read. “Not safe? That’s ridiculous.” Goosebumps rose on my arms and my eyes stung with tears. “I don’t really –“ “Please, Ms. Mason.” Barry looked back at the curtains. “What do you mean, not safe? Who’s not safe?” Emily’s hand and pencil moved again. “D-O-R-A. W-A-N-TS-H-E-R” I jerked my hand away breaking the circle, but Emily’s pencil kept moving. “Look, I don’t know what’s going on here,” I said. There COULDN’T be a real ghost here! I didn’t believe ghosts existed. “H-E-W-A-N-T-S-HE-R” “Who are you? Who is ‘he?’” “W-A-N-T-S-H-E-RP-O-W-E-R.” My cheeks flamed with heat. Wants my power? “W-A-N-T-S-A-LF-R-E-D.” I felt shock move over my entire body, starting with my crawling scalp. It draped my shoulders, liquefied my stomach, and froze

my feet. “Who is Alfred?” I think Leslie asked, but I was so confused I couldn’t be sure. “C-O-M-I-N-G. B-EC-A-R-E-F—“ Her pencil flew from her hand, bounced off the wall, and landed in my lap. I felt like I ice cubes floated in my veins. “Dora?” Barry’s eyes bored through mine and I thought I felt fingers inside my head. He knew! He knew I hadn’t told the whole truth.

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I placed the pencil on the table, but refused to touch it again. “A-L-F-R-E-D.” The letters appeared on the black tablecloth made from the melted wax from the candles. I jumped to my feet and the folding chair under me fell backward with a loud crash. Emily yelped and the cameraman let out a

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squawk of his own. “Ladies and gentlemen –“ Leslie began “Look, I don’t know what’s happening.” I backed up from the group. Barry’s hand shot out and grabbed mine. A candle fell over and the flame began gobbling up the cloth. My shocked fear turned to terror. Emily headed for the door and the cameraman looked longingly in that direction. Leslie screeched, “Don’t you dare stop recording! We need to get this!” Barry’s grip on my wrist was strong. I reached for my glass of water with my other hand but couldn’t touch it. He continued to hold me. Emily’s pad of paper flew from her hand and circled the room. The cameraman sat in the chair next to the front door and his camera followed the pad around the room. “Let go of me.” I screamed at him as I twisted my wrist in his hand but he held it firmly. “The table is on fire! You have to let me go!” Barry’s eyes changed from steel gray to gold and his pupils shrank to pinpoints. His mouth went up in a wide smile and then opened. A snake’s tongue licked

out. “You have power and I want it.” “What are you talking about? Let me go!” I continued to struggle against his grip. Leslie grabbed the glass of water and began to pour it on the fire, but Barry blinked his eyes and the glass flew from her hand and smashed on the wall. She looked at him, then at the cameraman who had moved to stand next to the door. He still held the microphone up in the air, but terror covered his face. Emily had long since run and squatted in the corner of the room behind the door. “Barry, Dr. Simon, let me go. It’s not something I can give you. It just started after my wreck. I don’t know how to give it away.” Tears ran down my cheeks as his hand twisted the skin on my wrist. His snaky tongue lashed out of his mouth again. “I know how to get it from you.” His eyes blinked again and a strong force pushed my head toward the fire on the table. “No!” I screamed. “No!” Leslie ran to the corner of the room where Emily cowered whimpering on the floor. “Don’t you dare stop recording!” She shouted in the direction of the cameraman. “If you die, I will

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absorb your power.” His laugh sounded deep and demonic. “No! No, don’t do this!” My neck hurt fighting back against the force pushing it toward the flame. I didn’t think I could withstand it much longer. My right cheek was scorching. “Give it to me,” he demanded and the force pushing me doubled. “I can’t—“ I’m not sure what happened next. All I remember is about a gallon of water flowed from the air, past my head to the fire on the table. Steam shot up scalding my face and stinging my eyes. The smell of burned cloth filled my nose and the steam made a huge hissing noise. The force disappeared from the back of my head and I ran to Leslie and Emily. For the rest of my life, every time I close my eyes I will see the next events. The shimmery image of a little old lady floated in the air over the table holding a clear pitcher. I saw tentacles fly from the back of the Barry-thing’s body and swipe at the apparition. Mrs. Carnes’ ghost looked down at me then pointed to the door. I didn’t need to be told twice. I grabbed Leslie’s hand and she grabbed Emily and we ran out the front door, followed by the cameraman and the light man. The four

of them went directly to the van in my driveway, but I stayed on the front lawn in the dark watching and listening to the sounds of the fight going on inside. A loud roar came from the open door and I ran back up the steps to peek inside. The Barrything reached for the shimmery old woman with its tentacles, but she was too fast for him. As she spun around the room he lashed at her and roared every time he missed her. At long last, he caught her. She didn’t make a sound as the tentacle holding her see-through body brought her to his mouth. I sucked in a deep breath when he swallowed her. “NO!” I screamed through the screen door at the horror I had just seen. The Barrything turned to see me standing there. He grinned a huge toothy grin and his snaky tongue rolled across his upper lip. I thought I would vomit when I saw that he had something leaking out of his nose. I watched while I tried to keep my dinner in my stomach. The slime dripping from his nose took shape and I realized it was Ms. Carnes escaping the inside of the monster. One of the other candles tipped over and the tablecloth ignited again. Another candle

flew into the curtains I had ruffled earlier in the evening. When another candle flew across the room, I watched my beautiful sofa ignite. The last candle fell to the floor and my carpet, unstained by wine those months ago, burst into flame. I knew my house was gone. The Barry-thing swiped at the old woman image again and she sailed to the front door. I reached for the handle to pull the screen open, but she floated out through the little holes in the screen like smoke. I backed up, mindful of the steps behind me and she sailed out to the lawn, shimmering with her own light. Leslie and her crew watched as she flew past them and disappeared into the night. Flames shot through the door and I ran to the street. Just as I reached the curb a screech came from my burning house. Sirens wailed two blocks away and Leslie ran to me. I shooed her away and dropped to the sidewalk in front of my burning house.

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*** My house did not burn to the ground, but the living room and my bedroom and bathroom sustained extensive damaged. The insurance labeled it an accident due to candles on the

tablecloth and they arranged for contractors to begin repairs. I stayed with my daughter, her husband, and my sweet granddaughter while the builders worked. Finally, they called me and announced that the house was as good as new. I could move back in immediately. As I walked through inspecting the repairs and looking for some forgotten burnt baseboard or a charred piece of whitewall, I couldn’t help shivering. All this trouble. I realized that the whole thing had started to keep me out of the limelight, and that’s exactly where I ended up. And I enjoyed my little practical joke, until it became real. I walked into my bedroom and took a deep breath. There was still a slight smoky smell in the walls. I supposed it would be that way forever more to remind me of the dangers of lies. I walked around the bed and stopped at the little bathroom door. A cool breeze flowed from the room chilling me through my heavy coat. The smell of the fire was stronger here. I blinked a ball of energy and the shower curtain moved away. No evil Barrything jumped out at me, but I heard a voice whisper, “Alfred.”

Valley Regional Medical Center Announces New Brand Logo

Valley Regional Medical Center (VRMC) BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (Tuesday, Aug. 10. 2021) – Valley Regional Medical Center (VRMC) announced today a new brand identity and launched the “Sand Dollar” logo as a part of the larger strategic planning process to unify its sister hospitals, Rio Grande Regional Hospital (McAllen) and Corpus Christi Medical Center, and its reach in South Texas. The logo change is a rebranding and links all three hospitals and HCA Healthcare, the nation’s leading healthcare provider. “The new logo identity for Valley Regional Medical Center better mirrors what we do and who we serve while unifying us in South Texas and to HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services,” said Art Garza, CEO of Valley Regional Medical Center. “The Sand Dollar’s elements connect our mission, our brand and our commitment to providing quality care to the patients we serve throughout our communities.” VRMC’s logo and identity originates from South Texas environmental and cultural influences. The

### icon reflects the Sand Dollar, frequently seen in the Coastal Bend. The Sand Dollar’s multiple facets, which represent VRMC’s complement of services, encircle the center diamond with care and nurturing. The diamond represents VRMC’s patients, who are always at the center of our commitment to the care and improvement of human life. In addition, VRMC is investing $4.5 million in the renovation of its intensive care unit, its emergency rooms, and the construction and installation of the first hybrid operating room in Cameron County to better serve the community of Cameron County. The hybrid operating room combines the capabilities of a cardiac catherization lab and the disinfected environment of an operating room, enhancing patient safety, cost savings, and efficiency. “Our focus is first and foremost on our patients and we are committed to delivering superior, patient-centered care to every patient on every visit,” said Garza. “And because we are a part of HCA Healthcare, we are able to improve more lives in more ways. We’re proud to be a part of HCA Healthcare, driven by

About Valley Regional Medical Center Valley Regional Medical Center is a full-service, 214-bed acute care hospital that provides a wide range of quality services including advanced diagnostic imaging, interventional cardiac catheterization, open-heart surgery, neurosurgery, orthopedics, robotic-assisted surgery, and women’s and children’s services. Serving Brownsville and the surrounding Rio Grande Valley communities for over 45 years, Valley Regional Medical Center is a nationally accredited Primary Stroke Center, its emergency department is a designated Level III Trauma Center, its Cath Lab is the only accredited Cath Lab in south Texas, and is the only Breast Center of Excellence accredited by the American College of Radiology in south Texas. Valley Regional Medical Center is part of the HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division. For more information on Valley Regional Medical Center’s programs and services, visit alleyregionalmedicalcenter. com.

HCA Houston Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare in the Houston area, where excellent trained physicians, nurses and allied health professionals treat almost a million patients annually. With an employee base of 15,000, HCA Houston Healthcare’s comprehensive network includes 13 hospitals, 10 outpatient surgery

HCA Houston Healthcare recognizes the importance of giving back to the communities we serve. A strong advocate for the next generation of healthcare professionals, HCA Houston Healthcare also is a major supporter of the University of Houston College of Nursing and the new University of Houston College of Medicine. For more information, visit HCAhoustonhealthcare. com


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TSTC recognizes Southwest Aerospace Technologies with plaque unveiling TSTC (WACO, Texas) - The TSTC Foundation unveiled a plaque on Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus Tuesday, August 10, 2021, in recognition of contributions to TSTC from Southwest Aerospace Technologies LLC totaling $6.6 million. On hand for the ceremony, which took place at TSTC’s Col. James T. Connally Aerospace Center, were several TSTC aviation students and faculty members; TSTC administrative officials; Kurt Encinias, founder, president and CEO of Southwest Aerospace Technologies; and Shelly Verlander, senior district manager and project coordinator for state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury. TSTC Board of Regents chair Curtis Cleveland and member John K. Hatchel, as well as TSTC

Foundation board member Harold Rafuse, were also in attendance. Edgar Padilla, provost of TSTC’s Waco campus, started the proceedings. “TSTC strives to provide a skilled workforce for the state of Texas,” he said. “With the help of industry partners, TSTC and The TSTC Foundation continue to open doors for both student and employer success. Today’s recognition is for an extraordinary gift of hightech equipment that will strengthen our ability to train the next generation of technicians for the aviation industry.” Mike Reeser, TSTC’s chancellor and CEO, noted the importance of the gift to the college’s ability to provide the best possible training for future aviation technicians. “As generous as the state of Texas is to us in our annual funding, there’s always a need that exceeds the means,” he said. “And

when corporate partners step forward and fill that need with extraordinary gifts, we’re able to maintain our position as the leading technical provider in the state of Texas. Today we’re here to commemorate that.” Encinias spoke about the aviation industry’s aging workforce and the need for skilled technicians to replace them as they retire. Addressing the assembled aviation students directly, he said, “It’s students like you that are going to be the future, and our goal is to make sure that you’re the best (trained) possible to get ready for the future of aviation.” Beth Wooten, CEO of The TSTC Foundation, read aloud the plaque’s inscription, which concludes: “This generous contribution ensures that TSTC continues to train best-in-class technicians.” The plaque, now on permanent display in

TSTC Biology Students Flourish in Texas A&M Citrus Center Experiences TSTC (HARLINGEN, Texas) Halfway into their 12-week internships at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center, TSTC Biology students Paloma Gallardo and Sammy Huerta are thriving. Gallardo uses DNA extraction and PCR -polymerase chain reaction -in the leaf tissues of a plant to identify citrus greening disease. Huerta, working on an entomology project, examines pest insects that have managed to survive the extreme Rio Grande Valley heat -- and this year’s freeze. “It’s exactly the kind of process that I enjoy,” Huerta said. “The fact that you can see progression through your experiments with the insects -- it still fascinates me with

how the life cycle changes. I really, really do enjoy it.” With a love for science discovered in childhood, Huerta intends to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a paleontologist. “Everything around us is a product of science in some kind of study,” he said. “In terms of biology, you could physically see things grow in that natural progression. It was just a natural step (for me) to focus on biology and living science.” Huerta has appreciated one-on-one learning opportunities at the Citrus Center and encourages other TSTC students to apply for the internship. “In terms of the practices, some of them we study in a biology course where you go over your methods,” he said “It’s real-world applied, here. You see the steps, you

TSTC Biology student Sammy Huerta, top, uses a microscope to sort insects he collected from his project greenhouse, while TSTC student Paloma Gallardo, above, sets up a DNA extraction during their internships July 28, 2021, at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Citrus Center. (Photos courtesy of TSTC.)

understand the experiments that you’re doing and you understand why.” Gallardo developed her passion for science during her classes at TSTC -particularly microbiology. “I think biology is such a great degree to pursue because it’s so broad -- you can do a lot of things in biology,” she said. “You can be anything if you have a biology degree.” Gallardo has been so inspired by her internship and TSTC Biology experience thus far that she wants to share it with her former high school, Harlingen School of Health Professions. “When I got to the Citrus Center, I was like, why don’t more people know about this? There’s so many things you can do in the Valley. You can save money and invest here,” Gallardo said. “What I’m doing right now my old classmates are doing, but they’re paying 25 grand.” TSTC offers an online Associate of Science degree in Biology designed to help students get a head start on a bachelor’s degree, pursue a path to medical school, or work in medical or science fields. “TSTC is a really good stepping stone,” Huerta said. “There’s no reason not to be a part of TSTC.” The Citrus Center internship is accepting applications for fall 2021, spring 2022 and summer 2022, with the funding extension available, TSTC Academic Core lead instructor Jena Campbell said. Students who are interested in applying should contact Campbell, TSTC associate professor of academic science Paul Leonard or TSTC academic science instructor Michael Gay. Registration for the fall semester at TSTC is underway. For more information, visit

Photo caption: (L-R) Beth Wooten, CEO of The TSTC Foundation, Kurt Encinias, CEO of Southwest Aerospace Technologies, Mike Reeser, chancellor and CEO of TSTC, and Curtis Cleveland, chair of the TSTC Board of Regents, were among those who gathered Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at TSTC to unveil a plaque in recognition of contributions to TSTC from Southwest Aerospace Technologies LLC totaling $6.6 million. (Photo courtesy of TSTC.) the aerospace building’s main lobby, or “terminal,” commemorates Southwest Aerospace Technologies’ recent donation of a large inventory of Global Express parts that will be used in TSTC’s aviation curriculum. The college offers

Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificates of completion in Aircraft Airframe Technology and Aircraft Powerplant Technology at its campuses in Abilene, Harlingen and Waco. Southwest Aerospace Technologies is a

certified FAA/EASA 145 Repair Station and parts supplier headquartered in Georgetown, Texas. For more information, visit www.southwestaerospace. com. For more information about TSTC, visit


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