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.

Mission hospital lay offs as acquisition nears

MISSION — Mission Regional Medical Center is experiencing a wave of layoffs as it prepares for its acquisition by Prime Healthcare Foundation, the hospital...

‘A hero’s welcome’

WESLACO — If only for a few minutes, he was home.The procession escorting the remains of Navy Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez paused...

Labor of love: Restoring Valley’s only black cemetery led to Edinburg’s annual Juneteenth celebration

EDINBURG — For years, Lewis Callis, a retired mail carrier, pushed his lawnmower down the street for blocks toward a small, run-down cemetery, which...

Harlingen Medical Center owners buy Mission hospital

MISSION — Mission Regional Medical Center has finalized an agreement to be acquired by Prime Healthcare Foundation, according to a news release issued by...

Local Army veteran helped lead efforts to build McAllen war memorial

Pushing against the wind and under threat of rain, 91-year-old retired U.S. Army Col. Frank Plummer strolled along the Veteran’s War Memorial of Texas...

A new set of wheels: Valley veteran receives free, refurbished car

LA FERIA — When Federico Martinez showed up to a Memorial Day event yesterday morning, he didn’t realize it was being held for him;...

La Joya Juarez-Lincoln temporarily placed on lockdown

UPDATED 11:48 to include statement from the school district.LA JOYA — La Joya Juarez-Lincoln High School was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning as authorities...

Judge, mayor at odds on courthouse

MISSION — County leaders responded Tuesday to Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas’ call for a vote on the construction of a new county courthouse...

Valley radio, TV pioneer ‘Aqui Rogelio’ dies at 75

McALLEN — Rogelio Botello Rios, host of a popular local variety show for 38 years, died Wednesday at the age of 75.“There was a...

Mayor’s use of public works raises questions

LA JOYA – Photos of the city’s public works department doing work on Mayor Jose “Fito” Salinas’ private property raised suspicions of impropriety but...