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Family finds strength in tragedy
Community unites in Relay for Life
Winter Texans have their day at RGV Stock Show
Family finds strength in tragedy Juan “J.J.” Sanchez was just 15 when he lost his big sister in an accident involving a drunken driving.
Community unites in Relay for Life Some ran, wearing headphones to help pass the time, huffing and puffing around Tom Landry Stadium in Mission on Saturday morning.
Winter Texans have their day at RGV Stock Show Bob and Betty Glick, of Tower Hill, Illinois, were among the hundreds of Winter Texans that visited the 75th Annual Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show (RGVLS) during Winter Texan Day, March 12. Having made the drive to Mercedes from their winter home at Park Place Estates in Harlingen, they browsed through the art and photography on display in the Event Center, walked through the exhibit hall, visited the show’s museum and tasted some of the delicious foods.

Forgotten Friends works to save dogs

20140328 Nonprofit-dog-photos  7122Eight black puppies piled onto each other for naptime Friday morning in cage in a back room at Smith Ranch Kennels in Los Fresnos.

Their mother was a stray who’d had several litters before, but Christine Compton, president of Mission-based Forgotten Friends Texas Rescue RGV, rescued these lucky pups two weeks earlier. There were originally nine, but one foster family decided to keep its pup.

The agency works with Smith Ranch Kennels to send dozens of dogs from around the Valley to shelters in states around the country through the ASPCA.

“The only reason we could do this was because we had grant money. But this time there is no money. We’re still going to apply,” Compton said, adding that several fundraising ideas have fallen through because there aren’t enough people to help them. “I’m just so tired of begging people for money. I want somebody else to do it.”

Read more: Forgotten Friends works to save dogs


Howling Trails: La Joya ISD drops $5 million on golf course

20140328 Martin Valley Golf lg-26Martin Valley Ranch Golf Course soon will be Howling Trails Golf Course as La Joya ISD is expected to close on purchasing the property this week at a $5 million price tag.

La Joya Independent School District Board of Trustees approved the new name and logo for the golf course at a meeting Monday. The owners of the golf course approached the school district last year to suggest the property when La Joya ISD board members first started talking about a natatorium.

“The idea is to expand our golf program and to provide more opportunities for our kids so we can keep our kids off the street and engaged in other things,” Superintendent Alda Benavides said when the board first agreed to negotiate the sale.

Read more: Howling Trails: La Joya ISD drops $5 million on golf course


Sharing the Memories

20140327 Festivals-and-Events smallIt’s been a great season here in the Rio Grande Valley. We’ve been there to capture the moments as Winter Texans have enjoyed a host of fun and exciting events and activities. To share some of the good times with our readers, we have created several photo features of special events held in the Rio Grande Valley. These features spotlight Winter Texan events as well as Winter Texans participating in some of the most popular Valley festivals and events.

We hope you enjoyed your stay in the Rio Grande Valley as much as we did. And we hope you’ll invite your friends up north to come down and join in the good life in the Valley next fall – getting away from the snow and bitter cold up north. Share a copy of the Winter Texan Times or show them these photos online so they can see what a great time we had together this winter season.

CLICK HERE to view the photos to share and to reminisce.


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