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 center celebrates first-year anniversary

SAN BENITO — Budding entrepreneurs with a dream of opening their own business have a place to turn to for help thanks to this...

Downtown Harlingen creates Virtual Window Display contest

HARLINGEN — From pumpkins and skeletons to an assortment of colorful lights, many of the shops in this historic area of the city have...

SPI nonprofit helps clear trash from beach

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — During Tonya Tallard’s free time, she can most often be found spending time at one of her favorite places, the...

Food pantry finds new home with San Benito CISD

SAN BENITO — Week after week, for the past 36 years, this local nonprofit organization has been lending a helping hand to many families...

Fundraising hardship: Churches make adjustments due to pandemic

SAN BENITO — About this same time last year, churches around the Rio Grande Valley were holding their annual fall festival fundraisers. From selling an...

San Benito schools prepare for on-site instruction

SAN BENITO — School district officials and leaders are continuing to make preparations for a return to on-site instruction. During San Benito CISD Board of...

Local doctor named Texas Dentist of the Year

HARLINGEN — Early on, Dr. Gary M. Schwarz was originally inspired to become a farmer like his father. However, after his parents recommended he become...

Concert Association cancels 2020-2021 season

HARLINGEN — As part of this nonprofit’s mission, performers from around the world are brought to the area every year to showcase their talent...

Santa Rosa teacher achieves dream of becoming an educator

SANTA ROSA — A typical morning for Rolando Vela begins as early as 4 a.m. and is spent creating lecture notes, highlighting important topics...

SPI receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Year after year, the quality of this coastal city’s budgeting continues to be award-worthy. The City of South Padre Island received...