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.

Drive for success

HARLINGEN — He’s the first in his family to go to college, and he’s worked hard for it. “I think the biggest feeling is the...

Early College kids rank first in spelling bee

HARLINGEN — It was months of preparation and practice, but well worth it for the spelling bee champions. Three students from Early College High School took home first place at the Great Killer Bee corporate spelling bee hosted by the Literacy Center of Harlingen on Oct. 3 at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. Seniors Aaron Vidaurri and Daniel Saucedo, plus junior Jehovah Garcia, took home the trophy for this year’s fundraising competition to benefit the Harlingen Literacy Center.

‘Safe and quiet’: Sensory rooms bring peace to special kids

HARLINGEN — “Levi, rollers,” directed the teacher. Levi Medina, 4, quickly dove beneath a red roller and a blue roller, a smile spreading across his face as he felt them move across his back. Levi and several other children were spending time in the “Sensory Room” at Dr. Rodriguez Elementary School, one of five that just opened in the Harlingen school district. A sort of mystical quality seemed to pervade the dim-lit room, where a young girl toyed with small mini-lights and another swung in a cushioned chair. Jack Resendez, 4, gazed with transfixed fascination at bubbles rising through tubes while changing from red, to amber, to emerald green and lavender.

Voyage of a Star: Local 10-year-old shines on stage

HARLINGEN — It’s brought out the best in her, and that best is quite something. Bianca Rios, 10, is at it again, casting her spell...

Local DAV chapter soon to have new facility

SAN BENITO — They’ve been spread out all over the place. Disabled American Veterans Chapter 121 helps military veterans with their claims at a facility...

‘Frozen’ musical warms hearts of audience

HARLINGEN — “The only frozen heart around here is yours!” snapped Anna. “Ouch!” cried out Hans, played by Nicholas Allex, as Anna, played by...

Harlingen school board scores best in state

HARLINGEN — They’re the best in the state, and everyone knows it. The Texas Association of School Administrators has just named the Harlingen CISD...

Special needs students enjoy football fun

HARLINGEN — Everyone crouched with legs bent, elbows on knees, staring at the goal line. Suddenly the football was in the air. The Harlingen High...

Native culture celebrated at annual powwow

SAN BENITO — They sat in a circle, voices rising like mystical smoke fire, the haunting melody made more ponderous by the thundering of...

Boys and Girls Clubs taking off with fall programs

HARLINGEN — It’s up and running. The Boys and Girls Clubs fall sports programs began Tuesday, but there’s still room for more kids who...