Berenice Garcia

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Berenice Garcia covers Western Hidalgo County and Starr County for The Monitor. She can be reached at bereniceg@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4432.

Burial ground in historic Peñitas earns designation, honored for its early roots

PEÑITAS — Norma Mandujano Herrera prayed before the grave of her great-grandmother, Sinforosa Perez Mandujano, where she lay interred in the St. Anthony cemetery...

Burning issue: Lawmakers discuss dangers of exposure to burn pits

EDINBURG — When it comes to ailments affecting veterans of the armed forces, illnesses caused by burn pits receive relatively little attention. But lawmakers...

Police offering stickers for drivers with disabilities

ALTON — The Alton Police Department has launched a program to ensure people with disabilities aren’t mistakenly given a traffic citation. Referred to as the...

Edinburg CISD approves $220M bond election

EDINBURG — Voters here will decide whether to pass a $220 million bond issuance in May after school board members approved to order the...

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EDINBURG — Voters here will decide whether to pass a $220 million bond issuance in May after school board members approved to order the...

Breast cancer support group searching to help those in need

BERENICE GARCIA, STAFF WRITER   McALLEN —  When Dolores “Loly” Ornelas was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, support from her family, friends, and coworkers was...

Bond again denied for doctor

McALLEN — Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada was again denied bond Thursday, making it at least the third time in which a federal judge has ordered...

Doctor faces new charges, two employees arrested

McALLEN — Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada, the rheumatologist accused of healthcare fraud, faces new charges in a superseding indictment unsealed Wednesday.McALLEN — Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada,...

Starr County DA faces wrongful termination allegations in federal lawsuit

District Attorney Omar Escobar Jr. of the 229th judicial district is facing allegations of wrongful termination in a federal lawsuit filed by one of...

Students say summer band rehearsals are difficult but completely worth it

McALLEN — The sun was unrelenting Friday morning, as it had been every day since the McAllen High School band students began their marching...