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PART THREE: Let’s Write a Story!

PART THREE: ‘an ominous message’ | By frank cortazo “Have you heard the news?” asked Mrs. Vargas as Mary opened her front door. The gray-haired neighbor who lived across the street held an electronic tablet. She looked at it as she walked in, not waiting for Mary to invite her. Mary could not get over how Mrs. Vargas’s fascination with modern technology made her something of an oddball. She often saw her browsing the internet on a cell phone or on the tablet she carried. This time Mary did not think about her eccentricity as she welcomed the elderly lady. Read the full story at themonitor.com

PART TWO: Let’s Write a Story!

PART TWO: 'all dressed up and nowhere to go’  | by carina a. brunson “Sylvia, have you heard the news?” Mary asked after Sylvia’s mumbled hello. Sylvia had to look at her phone again to see who was calling, “You woke me up. What time is it?” she answered, trying to be coherent. Having been up for a while, getting ready for work, Mary hadn’t realized how early it was. Glancing at the clock, she offered, “Sorry I woke you. But we might need to change our plans. Read the full story at themonitor.com

PART ONE: Let’s Write a Story!

Roda Grubb of Roda’s Writing Emporium and RGV Writers’ Connection watched as various symphonies around the globe played for the world on YouTube. Reveling in being able to enjoy symphonies she knew otherwise she wouldn’t be able to attend, Grubb appreciated what they were doing-bringing joy through music to those homebound. A local freelance writer, reporter, storyteller, and author of two books, also writing for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Grubb wondered how the writing community of the Rio Grande Valley could help others. With that in mind, the idea came to her — writers across the RGV will unite to write a continuing story, told through the perspective of various writers in their own genre. Reaching out to her RGV Writers’ Connection community and Valley Byliners, she pitched her idea. Eighteen writers, both published and non-published, have climbed aboard. Read the full story at themonitor.com

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Youth art fundraising exhibition featuring pets opens Friday

Hinovations Art Gallery is collaborating with young art students, professional artists of the Rio Grande Valley and Yaqui Animal Rescue during the “Pets for Art” group exhibition fundraiser, which opens from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 1009 Laurel Ave. in McAllen. There is no admission fee and the public is invited. The exhibition will showcase a series of pet portraits created by the students and a collection of artworks by local and international artists with the means of raising funds for Yaqui through the sale of the work.   Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Longtime IBC banker celebrates 50 years in industry this year

This week IBC Bank announced the retirement of Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Dora Brown. She has been employed with IBC Bank for 30 years, overseeing the advertising, public relations, community outreach, and financial education efforts for IBC Bank-McAllen. In 1996, Brown was the leading force behind the creation of Minitropolis, IBC Bank’s signature financial literacy program that provides students an opportunity to experience how a community operates by giving them a variety of real-world positions in mini stores and mini-city government. “Dora has been a dedicated and trusted executive of our company. Her institutional knowledge and dedication to IBC Bank’s mission of ‘doing more’ has been invaluable to our employees, customers and the entire community,” said IBC Bank Chairman and CEO Dennis E. Nixon. “The passion that Dora has exhibited for financial literacy and community service is truly inspiring.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

UTRGV Hall of Fame Profile: Michel Fabry

EDINBURG — In the early 1990s, Michel Fabry was one of the kings of the hard court. Fabry, who swung the racket for the University...

Viva Life Christian Book Store to host ‘Heart Healer’ author

Viva Life Christian Book Store will host book signing with Cyndy Bartelli, author of the non-fiction book “The Heart Healer,” now released in Spanish...

IBC Bank announces promotions

IBC Bank-Brownsville recently announced the promotions of Lee Reed and Al Villarreal. The promotions were announced during the bank’s annual Bonus Presentation. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Illinois to hold memorial ceremony for Spc. Miguel Villalon

Aurora, Illinois, will hold a memorial ceremony next week to honor U.S. Army Spc. Miguel Villalon, the former East Aurora High School student killed earlier this month by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Villalon’s parents will bury their 21-year-old son Saturday in his family’s hometown of Brownsville. His mother, Olivia Guzman Villalon, will return to his alma mater Wednesday, for a service that will give the Aurora community a chance to pay its respects. Read the full story at themonitor.com.