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Calls to Stop “Barbaric” Drugging of Texas Nursing Home Residents

Calls to Stop “Barbaric” Drugging of Texas Nursing Home Residents

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by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman AUSTIN, Texas – Texas has reduced the misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes in recent years, but some advocacy groups say much more can be done. Amanda Fredriksen, associate state director at AARP Texas, explained about 12,000 nursing home residents are being given antipsychotic drugs for…

Rising Rents Pushing Low-Wage Families Away from Opportunities

Rising Rents Pushing Low-Wage Families Away from Opportunities

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by Eric Galatas AUSTIN, Texas – As more Texans have turned to renting in the decade following the housing crisis, rising rents are pushing low-income families away from safe neighborhoods and good schools, according to a new report from Apartment List. To afford a median-cost two-bedroom apartment in Houston, said Christina…

Lyford Cotton Gin for Sale

Lyford Cotton Gin for Sale

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by Tony Vindell/LFN One of the oldest cotton gins in the Rio Grande Valley is for sale. And it’s the one in Lyford. The small community in Willacy County is in a geographical area of the Rio Grande where agriculture still is the livelihood of many of its residents. The…

Ram’s BBQ Cooks Tasty Meats, Comfort Food

Ram’s BBQ Cooks Tasty Meats, Comfort Food

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by Tony Vindell/LFN Although the business sign at Ram’s BBQ in La Feria is not very visible from the Expressway 83, the business has been cooking tasty meats for more than a decade. The family owned eatery opened here 10 years ago, but it has been serving brisket, chicken, spare…

La Feria Resident Named Louisiana State Florist of the Year

La Feria Resident Named Louisiana State Florist of the Year

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by Tony Vindell/LFN A La Feria resident is representing the Sportsman’s Paradise State after being named designer of the year by the Louisiana State Florists Association. Abel González Mencio took the number one spot during a competition in which each of 10 designers had one and a half hours to…

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 439 Swear In 2019-2020 Officers

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 439 Swear In 2019-2020 Officers

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American Legion Auxiliary Unit 439 New Officers 2019-2020 Front: Barbara Barbro (Historian), Jan Kuran (Chaplain), Wilma McFarland (Sgt at Arms), Cheryl Reitmeier (Treasurer), Joan Melton (Secretary), Patricia Scheck (Vice President), Betsy Foote (President); Back: Monta Humes (Past President), Executive Board: Belty Lucas, Bonnie Davis, Lois Peterson; Not in Photo: Patricia…

Poll: Texans Want Government Involved in Health Care

Poll: Texans Want Government Involved in Health Care

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by Mark Richardson HOUSTON – An overwhelming majority of Texans believe that state government needs to take a major role in making the health-care system work well. According to recent polling by the Episcopal Health Foundation, at least eight of 10 Texans want the government to play a significant role in…

Rio Grande Valley JROTC High School Students Win Top Awards at the 12th Annual Way to Happiness Scholarship Competition

Rio Grande Valley JROTC High School Students Win Top Awards at the 12th Annual Way to Happiness Scholarship Competition

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Harlingen Family Dentistry hosted its 12th annual values-based Scholarship Competition.  Students were acknowledged and awarded for their community projects that incorporated one or more of The Way to Happiness precepts and one or more of the JROTC Core Values. Students are required to present a portfolio summation of results achieved…

4 Ways to Get Fit as a Family

4 Ways to Get Fit as a Family

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(StatePoint) One of the keys to encouraging children to develop health habits early is to make fitness a priority in the home. The great news is there are a variety of ways to lead an active lifestyle that are suitable for the whole family, including kids of all ages. Let…

Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez Addresses ROTC Students

Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez Addresses ROTC Students

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by Tony Vindell/LFN A retired lieutenant general with the U.S. Army was one of the judges who viewed the projects submitted by 10 students with Rio Grande Valley high schools. Ricardo Sanchez, whose longtime career with this country’s armed forces was most noticeable as commander with the Multi-National Force-Iraq and…