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Win a Kindle Fire and $150 cash

The deadline is fast approaching for a chance to win a Kindle Fire and $150 cash. Here is how to enter. Complete this year’s Winter Texan Survey before the Feb. 26 deadline and send it in.

The bi-annual Winter Texan Survey, conducted by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), studies the economic impact of Winter Texans in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Treasure Hills Country Club: 2nd Place Tie for Mid-Valley Golf Courses

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS TREASURE HILLSLike that baseball player in the minor leagues where the scouting report is something along the lines of “should be an impact player in the pros, maybe as soon as next year,” for Treasure Hills, next year has arrived.

After being pretty much left in no man's land for several years – up for sale but with no buyers, the course finally was sold and the new owners immediately got to work on all aspects of the course.

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Tony Butler Golf Course Namesake Remembered

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Tony Butler pic 1If there is one course in the Rio Grande Valley that epitomizes golf, it's Tony Butler Golf Course. The Harlingen public golf course bears the name of the man who helped bring some of the sport’s greatest athletes to the Rio Grande Valley for professional tournaments during the Great Depression. His style of play, a consistent short game and accurate putts, came to reflect the character of skills required for success to those pursuing challenges on the Tony Butler Municipal Golf Course.

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Howling Trails sees transformation under new ownership

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Howling TrailsRaul Gutierrez, complex administrator at Howling Trails Golf Course, located at 1910 Hole In One Dr. in Mission, is excited about what the future is bringing to the course. He has already watched a complete transformation of a golf course into a learning and recreational center.

He’s even happier about the fact that La Joya ISD is investing back into the course, formerly known as Martin Valley Ranch.

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Improved Brownsville Golf Center Challenges Golfers

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Brownsville Golf Center 1st Tee Winter TexansThere was a time when golfers complained about the deterioration of the Brownsville Golf Center golf course. Of course, when is there a time when golfers don’t complain – too much wind, not enough wind, unlevel playing surfaces, the hole was too small, they were robbed... the list goes on and on.

Those times are long gone, according to city officials, as the city has reinvested into the course, making major improvements – and the response has been extremely positive.

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Los Lagos Golf Course: 1st Place Tie for Upper Valley

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS Los Lagos 3 green lakeHeavy wind, moguls running along and behind – and sometimes through – lush fairways, which sometimes are leaning (toward water, of course) and challenging options are what Los Lagos has in store.

And despite – or maybe because of – all those challenges, Los Lagos, the Edinburg public course, tied for Winter Texan’s Favorite Golf Course in the Upper Valley with McAllen’s Palm View Golf Course.

The links style course was the 2015-16 winner of the contest and finished second in 2016-2017.

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Tierra Santa earns Winter Texans’ Favorite Golf Course honors

Tierra Santa Golf Club in Weslaco is one of those courses that you will always remember – because it’s hard to forget one of the most fun, challenging and aesthetically appealing 18th hole.

From its near perfect condition, to its design and, as aforementioned a wonderful finishing hole, Tierra Santa is a golfer’s dream,

Read more: Tierra Santa earns Winter Texans’ Favorite Golf Course honors

Tierra Del Sol Golf Course: 3rd Place Upper Valley Course

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS TIERRA DEL SOL islandWalk into Tierra Del Sol just about any time of the day that it’s open and you’ll see some golfers – on the course, on the green, in the pro shop or chowing down on some of the best breakfast tacos in the Valley.

It just seems like everything continues to get better at the Pharr municipal course. Looking back a few years ago – when the course had incomplete cart paths, balding fairways and greens that wouldn’t hold the loftiest of shots – many wouldn’t believe it’s the same course. Now the cart paths are complete, there is grass pretty much from tee to green, there are no sudden ponds appearing due to poor drainage and golf balls will stay on the green with the correct approach. All this is because the city decided to invest in their course – close to a $1 million.

Read more: Tierra Del Sol Golf Course: 3rd Place Upper Valley Course

Harlingen Country Club: Second Place Tie in Mid-Valley

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS harlingen country clubEven though it’s private, Harlingen Country Club’s golf course gives Winter Texans ample opportunities to play.

Because of that, those Winter Texans have voted the 18-hole golf course as their second favorite golf course in the Mid-Valley.

“A lot of them say we are in the best shape we’ve been in,” said Liz Richardson, the club’s LPGA Professional. “We hold Winter Texan Mondays every other week where they can come out and play and sometimes we’ll have burgers and stuff for after.

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River Bend Golf Course: 1st Place in Lower Valley

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS RIVER BEND 1If River Bend Golf Course was one of the best-kept secrets of the Rio GrandeValley, the Winter Texans are doing their best to change that.

For the second straight year Winter Texans have voted the course their most favorite in the Lower Rio Grande Valley

River Bend was built as a nine-hole course but expanded to 18 holes in 1985. It's situated along the banks of the Rio Grande and has been considered one of the best-kept secrets in the Valley mainly because there has been no marketing – zero, nada, zilch.

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Long Island Village: Second Place Lower Valley

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS LIV AD PICLong Island Village makes its first appearance as a Winter Texan favorite this year, finishing second between two perennial favorites – River Bend and South Padre Island courses.

The news took Garry Stebbins, golf committee chairman, by pleasant surprise.

“That is fantastic,” he said. “We don't get too much press, but we have a wonderful golf course.”

Read more: Long Island Village: Second Place Lower Valley

South Padre Island Golf Club: 3rd Place Lower Valley Course

20170208 GOLF PHOTOS SPI 01The name alone rings majestic – South Padre Island Golf Club.

Winter Texans clearly feel the same way, voting the course with the most picturesque of views of the Laguna Madre and South Padre Island – even to the point of distracting golfers from the tee box – as their third favorite golf course in the Lower Valley.

Read more: South Padre Island Golf Club: 3rd Place Lower Valley Course

Win a Kindle Fire

University researchers who study the positive impact Winter Texans have on the Rio Grande Valley economy need your input.

This week, the Winter Texan Times includes the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Winter Texan Survey as an insert in the newspaper and we invite our readers to complete the survey, and in so doing, be entered in a drawing for a Kindle Fire and a $150 cash prize.

The easiest way to complete the survey is online. UTRGV has created an easy-to-use web form and there is a link to it on the home page of our website at www.wintertexantimes.com. You can also find the survey form online at http://utrgv.edu/wintertexan

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Museum seeks entries for Turning of the Quilts presentation

20160128 Mission Historical Museum Quilt Show THUMBThe Mission Historical Museum is accepting entries for the annual Mission Quilt Show and also for for its “Turning of the Quilts” program to be offered Feb. 16 at the quilt show hosted at the museum.

Antique Quilts

The museum is looking for antique, vintage, or just interesting quilts for this program. The quilts are presented stacked on a bed. As each quilt is shown, it is carefully turned down to reveal the next quilt, until all have been presented. A knowledgeable presenter will talk about each quilt as it is shown.

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Win a Staycation at the McAllen Expo

20180118 Robert n Jorge V Day McAllenTravelShow2018 PHOTOThe McAllen Chamber of Commerce is planning lots of excitement for this year’s Travel, Health & Wellness Expo, which will be held Feb. 13 and 14 at the McAllen Convention Center.

One of the nice perks of attending this year’s show is a whole array of door prizes – including a free Staycation giveaway package. The package includes two tickets to a “Live in McAllen” performance, dinner for two at an upscale McAllen restaurant, a dozen roses and a free night’s stay at Casa de Palmas Renaissance Hotel in McAllen. Registration for this special prize will take place at the Winter Texan Times booth at the Expo.

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Lone Star Jubilee makes Valley tour

Inspiration, laughter and fun is one description of The Texans in concert.

That alone, should be enough reason to attend the annual Lone Star Jubilee as it makes its way through the Rio Grande Valley from Jan. 21 to Jan. 26 with seven performances along the way.

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Annual Woodcarvers Show set for Friday and Saturday

Rally on the Rio coming next week

20180111 Woodcarvers Show Pic1PHARR - There are 27 categories available for woodcarvers to showcase their skills and projects during the 2018 Rio Grande Valley Woodcarving Show, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 12-13 at the Nomad Shrine Club, located at 1044 W. Nolana in Pharr.

Admission is $3 and the show is open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.

The show will include projects such as birds, fish, flowers, jewelry, mythical characters, canes, spiritual, bowls, gourds and more. There are categories also for instructor-assisted class work, knife carvings, painted wood burning, wooden toys, woodturning and others.

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Getting ready for the Travel, Health & Wellness Expo!

Visitors to this year’s McAllen Travel, Health & Wellness Expo are in for some special treats by way of some very special exhibits from the Texas State Aquarium, San Antonio Bike Tours, Registrar of Imported Vehicles and many, many other exhibitors offering special travel and vacation packages.

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Rio Grande Regional Hospital, Boggus Ford, Winter Texan Times, and McAllen International Airport are planning the 2018 Travel, Health and Wellness Expo. This event will be hosted on February 13 and 14, 2017 from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm at the McAllen Convention Center.

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Navy Vet celebrates 100th birthday, goes to Happy Hour

HarryBirthday 003 1U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, Ivan Aguilar presents a plaque from the Navy Recruiting District, San Antonio, and Navy Recruiting Station, McAllen honoring Harry R. James for his 100-year birthday and an appreciation certificate commemorating his WWII service aboard submarine chaser PC-569.

U.S. Navy veteran, Harry R. James, celebrated his centennial birthday at Snow to Sun RV Resort in Weslaco on Jan. 2.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, Ivan Aguilar, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Shauna Allen presented Harry with a memorial plaque and a commemorative certificate of service. Petty Officer Aguilar cited Harry’s service on the submarine chaser PC-569 (USS Petoskey) from 1941 through 1943 and thanked him for his dedicated service.

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