Healthy Communities: Do you want to build a scarecrow?

To bring out the spirit of the fall season in Brownsville, Healthy Communities invites the community to participate in their contest “Build a scarecrow:...

Two Willacy residents COVID-19 positive

RAYMONDVILLE — State health officials have found two more Willacy County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, pushing this rural area’s total case...

Donna ISD to start fall sports Oct. 5

The Donna Independent School District announced varsity fall sports and performing arts activities can begin practice starting Oct. 5 according to a Monday news...

Needing helping hands: Hospice asks for donations in time of COVID-19

As part of their five-month fundraising campaign, Sunshine Haven held a drive-thru donation event Saturday at the Brownsville Event Center where dozens of community...

15-year-old girl dies in crash; Edinburg resident arrested 

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatal auto-pedestrian crash in Edinburg Sunday evening that left one girl dead. According to a release, the crash occurred around 10 p.m. on Owassa Road between Tower Road and Val Verde where a woman driving a blue 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe struck a dog and two pedestrians. The release says the woman was allegedly speeding and under the influence of alcohol, and continued driving west on Owassa. She was later found near Earling and Tower roads. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Police: Man throws drug bundles out window during pursuit

Police said a man attempting to evade authorities was arrested Wednesday in north Brownsville after agents retraced the man’s path and discovered bundles of...

Brownsville NWS station steps in for Lake Charles

Lake Charles, La., which got hammered by Hurricane Laura in the wee morning hours of Aug. 27, is just shy of 400 miles from...

Bodies recovered from Rio Grande

A body was found in the Rio Grande on Wednesday afternoon, according to reports from local media, humanitarian aid workers, and asylum seekers who...

Man indicted for alleged role in double homicide

A Hidalgo County grand jury has indicted a 30-year-old Mission man on two counts of murder for his alleged role in a fatal home...

Officials pave way for school building sale

HARLINGEN — The city is paving the way for the school district’s sale of its old administration building to a national convenience store chain. This...

Hidalgo County extends shelter order as death count passes 1,000

For the second time, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez has extended the county-wide shelter-at-home order as an effort to control the spread of...

Texas surpasses 9,000 virus deaths as testing remains low

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas surpassed 9,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths Wednesday while testing again dropped to the lowest levels since June, and infection rates...

Dietitian: Don’t let your kids forget to exercise during online learning

Going to school for local students will be just the simple act of opening a laptop or turning on a computer, at least for...

Man sentenced in human smuggling case

A man involved in a Lower Valley-based human smuggling operation was sentenced to more than 400 days in federal prison by a federal judge...

As Mexico dithers on water releases, impact looms in US

HARLINGEN —Whiskey’s for drinking, and water’s for fighting over. U.S. officials have reiterated their demand that Mexico take immediate action to redress their massive water...

AEP crews work to restore power; Valley outages keep 30,000 in dark

HARLINGEN — Linemen Tuesday continued to work to restore power to thousands of homes across the Rio Grande Valley after Hurricane Hanna’s winds tore...

Starr County to issue shelter-in-place order by end of week

Starr County Judge Eloy Vera announced he would issue a shelter-in-place order by the end of the week, similar to what Hidalgo County did on Monday. During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Vera acknowledged that county officials could not legally require residents to stay home but pleaded with the community to do so to help control the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. "I do want people to understand, our community to understand, that our backs are to the wall," Vera said. "We can only do so much. If the people in our community, the citizens of this community, don't help us get a handle on this thing, we're going to lose it and, in fact, we're very close to losing the situation." Read the full story at themonitor.com

DHS: Restricted travel to continue through end of August

Non-essential travel will continue to remain partially restricted at ports of entry at Canadian and Mexican borders, according to the Department of Homeland Security. In a tweet Sunday, DHS announced the continuation of the temporary travel restrictions for Canada and Mexico. The announcement, not surprising as the order has been extended four times since March, came after President Trump put the restriction in place due to COVID-19. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Election Day voting locations

The following is a list of polling places for July 14 Democratic Primary Runoff Elections. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7...

Law enforcement agencies hold procession in support of fallen McAllen police officers

Law enforcement from most of the cities in Hidalgo County gathered here at McAllen Medical Saturday evening to pay their respects to officers Edelmiro Garza and Ismael Chavez, who were shot and killed in the line of duty earlier that day. Over 50 police cars made up a procession escorting the bodies of the officers, who were transported to Hidalgo County pathology for autopsy. Officers from McAllen, Edinburg, Donna, Peñitas, Weslaco, Alton, Mission, Pharr, Hidalgo, Palmhurst, La Joya, San Juan, Alamo and Mercedes took part in the procession, along with county constables and sheriff’s deputies. Read the full story at themonitor.com

New Year’s Day stabbing suspect to seek bond reduction

A 31-year-old San Juan man accused of 2020's first murder made his initial pre-trial appearance via Zoom Wednesday after a grand jury indicted him in mid-May. During the brief hearing, Ramiro Escobar's defense attorney, Ricardo Alanis, asked state District Judge Fernando Mancias to set a bond hearing, which the judge granted. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Program to aid rural families and businesses nears launch

Rural Hidalgo County families and business owners will soon be able to apply for economic relief for hardships caused by COVID-19, county officials announced Tuesday.  Hidalgo County Commissioners approved a program Tuesday that will help 4,000 households pay for up to two months of rent or mortgage, and invested $3.5 million to create the Hidalgo County CARES Small Business Grant Program, which offers $5,000 grants to businesses that were previously forced to close under emergency orders from the county.  Read the full story at themonitor.com

Downtown area welcomes Repertory Theater

The Brownsville and Rio Grande Valley area will now have an additional way of expressing themselves and learning to appreciate art as the downtown...

Police: Teen runaway’s kidnapping, assault stemmed from Snapchat

Two men are in custody after they were discovered to have a runaway in their vehicle, and are now being accused of crossing state lines to kidnap and sexually assault the victim, police here said during a news conference Tuesday. “We don’t do this very often, and we try not to necessarily call you out unless it’s something we think is important,” Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said as he addressed a room full of media at the McAllen Police Department. “This is a case that we think is hugely important.” On Sunday morning, at about 9:30 a.m., a parent contacted McAllen police to report that her 13-year-old daughter had run away. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Stay of execution issued again for death row inmate

A federal judge in Houston on Tuesday issued a stay of execution in the case of death row inmate Ruben Gutierrez, who was convicted...

COVID-19 cases continue to rise at federal detention facility

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases inside the Port Isabel Detention Center in Los Fresnos rose to eight over the weekend. Demonstrators at a...

 Authorities identify Mercedes man found dead Sunday

Just before midnight Saturday, the wife of Gerardo Gonzalez received a call from her husband as he was making his way home from his...

David Lee Hernandez rejects plea bargain agreement

BROWNSVILLE — A judge has reset the trial for the father of San Benito City Commissioner Carol Lynn Sanchez’s children, accused of shooting at...