Alana Hernandez

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Alana Hernandez is a Reporter for the Valley Morning Star. She can be reached at ahernandez@valleystar.com or (956) 430-6239.

San Benito CISD to offer new Culinary Arts Program

SAN BENITO — From cooking and baking methods to service operations, students of this school district will be able to learn the ins and...

Sea Turtle, Inc. receives interactive virtual learning program award

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — From educating about different threats these marine animals face to explaining the nesting and hatching process, Sea Turtle, Inc. provides...

TWC provides $8.2 million in grants to schools

HARLINGEN — Several students around the state who are interested in technical careers will have more access to the tools they need to further...

Coast Guard recovers body of missing SPI swimmer

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The body of a man who went missing while swimming was recovered. According to the Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi Public Affairs...

39th annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament cancelled

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Along with individuals and businesses, annual events are also being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, organizers announced the 39th...

SB CISD releases return-to-school plan, purchases hotspots

SAN BENITO — Although the coronavirus pandemic continues to remain active and the start of in-person instruction is left up in the air, school...

SB CISD releases return-to-school plan, purchases hotspots

SAN BENITO — Although the coronavirus pandemic continues to remain active and the start of in-person instruction is left up in the air, school...

San Benito approves plan for convention center, hotel

SAN BENITO — It appears this city is continuing to make progress on one of its economic projects that’s been in the works for...

SPI extends its beach operations management order

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — This coastal city is continuing to implement measures that aim to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, while allowing...

Harlingen native becomes ordained priest

HARLINGEN — From an early age, people began telling Pedro Hernandez, 29, that he was called to the priesthood. Pedro admits, although he’s been a...

Celebrating black lives

SAN BENITO — Residents and visitors of the area were able to learn about a piece of this city’s history that represents a past...

Sunshine Haven launches fundraising campaign to continue operating

HARLINGEN — From individuals to businesses, the coronavirus pandemic has created financial hardships for many people and entities, especially nonprofit organizations. Sunshine Haven, Inc., a...

Fourth of July event to be held on South Padre

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, entertainment performances have been on hold for a few months. However, the state’s easing of restrictions has enabled entertainment venues to host performances again if they follow certain health protocols. During a press conference held Wednesday afternoon, Cameron County officials, along with event organizers and sponsors announced they will host a Red, White and Beach Fest on July 3 and 4 at the Cameron County Amphitheater and Event Center on South Padre Island. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Fourth of July event to be held on South Padre

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, entertainment performances had been on hold for a few months. However, the state’s easing of restrictions...

Overnight destruction: Vandals damage SPI’s Sandcastle Village

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The scattered remains of engraved sand sculptured hearts and large, themed sand sculptures can be found spread throughout this once...

Scenic views and catchy tunes; SPI to have weekly fireworks, entertainment 

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer in the Laguna Madre area. As Texas officials continue to make easements on...

SB High School announces plan for graduation ceremony

SAN BENITO — Although students didn’t experience a traditional end of the school year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Greyhound’s graduating Class of...

Countless acts of kindness

HARLINGEN — Many who knew Sister Ramona Meurer describe her as a humble and powerful person who was willing to go anywhere and do...

Student shows dedication to studies and country

HARLINGEN — Upon earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science, Adrian Aaron Arellano, 31, gained years of experience working in pharmaceutical research. And while...

Hurricane season approaches

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — From high wind speeds to heavy rainfall, hurricanes are capable of wreaking havoc in communities from June through November, especially...

Island unveils world record mesquite sea turtle sculpture

This coastal city is continuing to showcase its local marine life and artists through a variety of artwork displayed around the area. The city of South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) unveiled a world record mesquite sea turtle carving Monday afternoon at the Sea Ranch Restaurant. According to CVB personnel, the sculpture is a record-breaking tribute to South Padre Island’s sea turtles. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

South Padre Island unveils world record mesquite sea turtle sculpture

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — This coastal city is continuing to showcase its local marine life and artists through a variety of artwork displayed around...

SPI sandcastle village to turn into class of 2020 tribute

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Unlike most high school graduating classes, this year’s group of seniors have experienced several changes due to the coronavirus pandemic...

San Benito CISD announces graduation date

SAN BENITO — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ability of having in-person graduation ceremonies was in a bit of a limbo. However, on Tuesday,...

Island to launch SPI Cares campaign

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — As more businesses reopen, cities are continuing to encourage safety measures to ensure the public stays safe from the coronavirus. The...

Port Isabel rescinds prior regulations, adopts state, county orders

PORT ISABEL — City officials and leaders continue to make adjustments in response to the ever-changing conditions of the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, Port Isabel...

San Benito NJROTC named Distinguished Unit for 2019-2020 school year

SAN BENITO — From completing school work and training for competitions to lending a helping hand with community events and volunteer work, these students’...

Eco-Tourism Center moves to construction phase

LAGUNA VISTA — It won’t be long before construction of this interactive and educational ecotourism hub begins. A contract has been awarded to Noble Texas...

Port Isabel to conduct Facebook Live series for businesses

PORT ISABEL — For the time being, shoppers aren’t able to browse inside retail stores so to compensate for that, this community decided to...

San Benito CISD announces top 10 graduates

SAN BENITO — As students enter their final stretch of the school year, school districts are starting to announce their top 10 graduates. Thursday, San...