Travis Whitehead

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Travis Whitehead is a Reporter for the Valley Morning Star. He can be reached at twhitehead@valleystar.com or (956) 421-9876.

Pandemic forcing people to stay home for the holidays

“ Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays …” Ever since Perry Como recorded those heartwarming lyrics in 1954, they have celebrated a time...

Farmer’s Market off to big start — again

HARLINGEN — Dee Ogle had just picked up a bundle of radishes. “We are really looking for more vegetables,” said Ogle, 62, as she browsed...

Masks still serve as effective tool against virus

HARLINGEN — With Halloween around the corner, many kids are thinking about masks. But masks have taken on a whole new role this year. Instead...

HCISD picked for virus testing program

HARLINGEN — The Harlingen school district feels privileged to be part of a pilot program using COVID tests which offer up quick results. “Harlingen CISD...

Joint Healing: Orthopedic program relieves suffering for many

HARLINGEN — They come in grimacing with pain. They leave with smiles on their faces, thanks to the physicians, nurses and other medical personnel at...

Masks still serve as effective tool against virus

HARLINGEN — With Halloween around the corner, many kids are thinking about masks. But masks have taken on a whole new role this year. Instead...

School district holds groundbreaking ceremony for life skills house

HARLINGEN — Meredith Brownell thanked everyone for building a house where her son and his classmates can learn skills of everyday living. “He’s a life...

Students have mixed reactions to face-to-face learning

HARLINGEN — Yarely Aguilar is excited about returning to in-person school. “I like that I can talk to the teachers, ask them questions,” said Yarely,...

Harlingen schools now offering in-person instruction

HARLINGEN — It’s ready. They’ve been stuck at home for months, logging in to class amidst the distractions and isolation of their separate environs. Now Harlingen...

Never Forget: Residents climb stairs to remember 9/11

HARLINGEN — Veronica Olivares stepped forward, rang a bell mounted to a slim oak tree, and then climbed several flights of stairs to commemorate...

School board approves tax cut; Reduction comes as property values increase

HARLINGEN — In the time of COVID-19, every penny counts — and the Harlingen School Board of Trustees knows it. At its monthly meeting this...

Home school: Teachers, students start school year in virtual time

HARLINGEN – Zaida Rodriguez moved quickly about her classroom, speaking excitedly about her third graders returning today, albeit remotely from their homes. “We are getting...

Biden-Harris supporters gather for car caravan in Lower Valley

HARLINGEN — For Democracy, he said. That’s why Chris Pauley said he showed up Saturday for a pro-Joe Biden parade through town. “I feel like he’s...

Trump supporters rally in Harlingen for re-election campaign

HARLINGEN — For the love of country, she said. That’s why Lisa Hernandez, leader of the Cameron County Conservatives, said she attended a pro-Trump re-election...

Grads headed to Austin pick up UT masks

HARLINGEN – Valley Longhorns!Harlingen school district graduates attending the University of Texas at Austin this fall will wear those eye-catching words on face masks...

School district begins device distribution

HARLINGEN — Alicia Vargas walked out with her new digital device, a smile spreading across the face behind her mask. “I am grateful,” said Alicia,...

Backpack giveaway: Precinct distributes supplies to local schoolchildren

LA FERIA — They came in droves. Car after car of parents, kids and grandparents all seeking one thing: backpacks. And not just any backpack. These...

Experts: Healthy lifestyle a powerful defense against virus

HARLINGEN — Break a sweat, eat right and get plenty of sleep. Medical professionals and fitness enthusiasts say healthy living can mount a powerful defense...

Expert: COVID-19 recovery takes toll, debilitates victims

HARLINGEN — The devastating effects of COVID-19 highlight all too clearly the need for long-term care. “It’s very impressive how deconditioned patients are when they’re...

Pandemic Care: Medical facilities stepping up to help hospitals

HARLINGEN — The skyrocketing rate of COVID-19 cases has flooded local hospitals to capacity, putting intense stress on rooms and medical professionals. The extreme need...

Harlingen school district releases new plan for school year

HARLINGEN — It’s time to get plugged in. When teachers and students in the Harlingen school district begin the 2020-2021 school year Sept. 8, they’ll...

Doctor: COVID causing strokes in younger population

HARLINGEN – The stroke incidents keep increasing, but the hospital visits keep falling. Since the COVID pandemic struck several months ago, hospitals have seen fewer...

Expert: Blood oxygenation level determines severity of virus patients

If COVID-19 has severely depleted your oxygen level, get to the hospital immediately. The virus has so overloaded local hospitals they can only accept the most severe cases, said Dr. Ameer Hassan, head of the neuroscience department at Valley Baptist Medical Center. “You don’t need to be in the hospital if you have COVID symptoms,” Hassan said. “You only need to be in the hospital if your oxygenation level is low. If you need oxygen, it’s recommended you get admitted.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

Protesters rally against face-to-face classrooms

HARLINGEN — “Teachers Lives Matter.” “ Keep Distance Learning, #No Face to Face, Our Lives Matter Don’t Put Us At Risk.” More than 60 employees of the...

First year teacher excited about opportunities

HARLINGEN — It’s only been a year, but she’s already jazzed about teaching. “ It was a new journey for me, but I absolutely loved it,”...

South Texas ISD teacher wins recognition from state

OLMITO — The best way to understand history is to become a part of it. Elizabeth Carr has spent long hours emphasizing that point to...

HCISD asks for parents’ feedback

HARLINGEN — The Harlingen school district is sending parents surveys asking what kind of instructional model they’d like for their children this school year. “ We’re...

Jubilee getting ready for new school year

HARLINGEN — Face to face, virtual, or a combination of both? All of the above when Jubilee Harlingen opens for the new school year, says...

Safety measures: Schools take strict precautions this summer

HARLINGEN — Safety at every turn. Before a student even leaves the vehicle for a class this summer, a Harlingen school district employee checks his...

Doctors calm maternity fears amid pandemic

HARLINGEN — Once again, yes, it’s safe to go to the hospital, when you’re having a stroke, a heart attack or … a baby. Every...