Francisco E. Jimenez

Francisco E. Jimenez is a multimedia and general assignments reporter for The Monitor. He can be reached at (956)683-4433, or at

Alamo names interim to permanent city manager post

City commissioners here hired a new city manager following the retirement of Luciano Ozuna in June last year. At the Feb. 18 regular meeting, the Alamo Board of Commissioners unanimously voted in favor of appointing Robert “Bobby” Salinas to the post. Salinas served as the interim city manager since Ozuna’s departure, as well as the city’s planning director since December 2014. Read the full story at

Local agencies, schools shine a light on teen dating violence

Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr., in collaboration with Weslaco ISD and the Weslaco Police Department, hosted the fifth annual Young Hearts Matter Teen Dating Violence Prevention event on Saturday morning. Dozens of people walked the main hallway at Mary Hoge Middle School, where law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations provided information about teen dating violence. The event featured a self-defense class for teens, parent sessions, a community fair and guest speakers from local and county organizations. Read the full story at

Desecration of Don Pedrito Jaramillo shrine probed

FALFURRIAS — The Brooks County Sheriff’s Office is currently seeking information regarding a popular shrine that was vandalized Friday. Deputies were dispatched to the Don...

Cause of power outage at county jail under probe

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office is working to determine what caused a power outage at the Hidalgo County jail on Friday. According to Sheriff Eddie Guerra, initial indications are that the outage was the result of an IT issue. Read the full story at

Beatles tribute band look forward to seventh show in RGV

The Liverpool Legends will embark on a magical mystery tour to the Rio Grande Valley for shows in Rancho Viejo and Edinburg this weekend. The Beatles tribute band has garnered worldwide popularity for their mastery of the Fab Four’s extended catalog of songs and onstage personas.  Read the full story at

Man who killed Hidalgo County sheriff’s dispatcher gets 20 years in prison

A 31-year-old man received a 20-year prison sentence Thursday morning after admitting to driving under the influence of alcohol and cocaine when he hit and killed a sheriff's dispatcher who was on her way to work. Orlando Zuniga Rodriguez entered a guilty plea Monday to one count of intoxication manslaughter for the Dec. 9, 2018, crash that resulted in the death of Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office dispatcher Sandra Coronado. Read the full story at

83rd Citrus Fiesta culminates with Parade of Oranges

fMISSION — Thousands of people from Mission and the surrounding communities gathered Saturday afternoon for Texas Citrus Fiesta Parade of Oranges, continuing a longstanding...

RGC city secretary accused of hiding recorder in human resources office

The Starr County Sheriff's Office says Rio Grande City's city secretary was arrested Friday and charged with unlawful interception, use or disclosure of wire, oral or electronic communications. The city has placed its city secretary, Lyzette Peña, on administrative leave after being notified of an investigation. Read the full story at

Celebration of Citrus: Parade of Oranges, Fiesta on Saturday

The 83rd Texas Citrus Fiesta is shaping up to be out of this world. The annual event, which is taking on the theme of “Space Odyssey Adventure” is set to kick off on Saturday with the Fun Fair, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m at the Leo Peña Placita Park in Mission. “We have live music entertainment, we have vendors, food vendors, craft vendors, information booths and so forth,” said Lisa Rivera, the executive director for Texas Citrus Fiesta. Read the full story at

Museum, brewery, others combine Empty Barrels benefit efforts

The International Museum of Art & Science kicked off its Empty Barrels campaign, which will help collect donations for the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, with a small ceremony here at the 5x5 Brewing Co. on Tuesday. The campaign consists of empty barrels donated by 5x5 Brewing Company in Mission and Hilmy Cellars out of Fredericksburg being decorated by local artists to help promote IMAS and the Food Bank RGV. Read the full story at