Travis Whitehead

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Travis Whitehead is a Reporter for the Valley Morning Star. He can be reached at twhitehead@valleystar.com or (956) 421-9876.

Senior plans to serve as Army cavalry scout

HARLINGEN — She’s on the move. From basketball, to cheerleader, firefighter and cavalry scout, Avery Alexander always seeks some new challenge. The Harlingen High School South...

Children’s Hero: Youth leader on call at all hours

HARLINGEN — When things get tough, there’s always Myra. The kids at the Wilson Unit of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harlingen know that...

Pandemic Care: Medical facilities stepping up to help hospitals

HARLINGEN — The skyrocketing rate of COVID-19 cases has flooded local hospitals to capacity, putting intense stress on rooms and medical professionals. The extreme need...

Harlingen school district releases new plan for school year

HARLINGEN — It’s time to get plugged in. When teachers and students in the Harlingen school district begin the 2020-2021 school year Sept. 8, they’ll...

Doctor: COVID causing strokes in younger population

HARLINGEN – The stroke incidents keep increasing, but the hospital visits keep falling. Since the COVID pandemic struck several months ago, hospitals have seen fewer...

Boys and Girls Clubs unit director presented national award

HARLINGEN — It’s all about the kids. Hilda Gathright has worked tirelessly for almost 40 years steering local youth toward lives of capacity and success....

Some teachers want to return to school

HARLINGEN — Vanessa Perez is ready for class. She teaches life skills in La Feria, and her students need more direct instruction than virtual learning...

HCISD revises academic calendar, creates Virtual Academy for new school year

HARLINGEN — The school year in Harlingen is starting more than a month later than originally planned. The Harlingen school district on Monday released an...

Experts: COVID-19 precautions imperative to preventing spread

HARLINGEN — The fickle nature of COVID-19 makes face masks crucial. Dr. Ameer Hassan, head of the neuroscience department at Valley Baptist Medical Center, and other...

Expert: Blood oxygenation level determines severity of virus patients

If COVID-19 has severely depleted your oxygen level, get to the hospital immediately. The virus has so overloaded local hospitals they can only accept the most severe cases, said Dr. Ameer Hassan, head of the neuroscience department at Valley Baptist Medical Center. “You don’t need to be in the hospital if you have COVID symptoms,” Hassan said. “You only need to be in the hospital if your oxygenation level is low. If you need oxygen, it’s recommended you get admitted.” Read the full story at themonitor.com