Ricardo Garcia has retired as city manager of Mercedes nearly two months after commissioners unanimously voted to place him on unpaid suspension.

As expected, President Donald Trump this morning notified Congress of his intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement -- a 20-year-old pact that is often credited with changing the face of the Rio Grande Valley.

The $12 million Harbor entertainment development Mercedes officials said was going to be a hole in one now looks more like it’s buried in a sand trap.

Progreso’s sales tax collections in May, which reflect April’s numbers, are about 1 percent ahead of last year, with $22,103.12 collected currently compared to the $21,927.64 generated then. Progreso’s year-to-date take, $95,931.91, is more than 4 percent ahead of 2016, which was at $91,726.…

Edcouch’s sales tax collections in May, which reflect April’s numbers, are nearly 6 percent less than last year’s, with $16,963.03 collected currently compared to the $18,029.41 generated then. Edcouch’s year-to-date take, $82,706.52, is nearly 7 percent ahead of 2016, which was at $77,332.1…

Elsa’s sales tax collections in May, which reflect April’s numbers, are more than 5 percent ahead of last year, with $141,277.31 collected currently compared to the $134,474.31 generated then. Elsa’s year-to-date take, $596,854.63, is more than 5 percent ahead of 2016, which was at $565,680.…

WESLACO — Students, teachers, principals and community members exploded in applause and cheers Friday morning as six banners were unveiled to announce the IDEA Public Schools that made it to the top ranks of the Washington Post Most Challenging High Schools list for 2017.

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MERCEDES — The education consortium RGV Focus unveiled its fifth annual report on the state of education in the Rio Grande Valley, and some of the push for the years to come should be in full-time college attendance, officials said.

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MERCEDES — The Oak Ridge Boys are set to appear at the Llano Grande Resort in Mercedes between January 14 and 18. Their high-energy stage show remains the heart and soul of what they do best. Their performances will feature classic gospel, country and patriotic music.

The recent addition of a Slim Chickens, the popular chain restaurant, to Weslaco is just the latest in economic development plans that city staff have been working toward for months and which all seem to be coming together right now for the Mid Valley.

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