Mission firefighter who battled Australian fires honored

For 33 days Rey Navarro battled some of the worst bushfires in Australia’s history, across the globe from his hometown of Mission. Thursday night the city of Mission and the Boys & Girls Club of Mission recognized the firefighter, whose first job was working with the Mission Boys & Girls Club. Navarro, 39, was presented with an award and helped pass out trophies to Boys & Girls Club athletes at the ceremony. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Inside Texas’ last Kmart

The last Kmart in Texas stands in South McAllen, on the corner of 10th and the expressway, just across the parking lot from Furr’s Fresh Buffet. It won’t be there for long though; Transformco, the company that bought out Kmart and Sears in a bankruptcy sale last year, announced the McAllen store would be closing earlier this month. In its prime, the hundred-plus-year-old retailer operated thousands of stores across the world. By summer, the number of Kmarts left will be winnowed down to a few dozen. Read the full story at themonitor.com

UTRGV inducts latest class into Hall of Fame

The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley Athletics Hall of Fame ushered in its 2020 Class Saturday morning, welcoming six new members and one team for their athletic achievements and contributions to Pan American University, University of Texas Pan American, and now UTRGV. “We have a rich tradition and we’re celebrating that here today. I understand that our name has changed over the years, but our legacy and our commitment to our tradition is unwavering,” UTRGV Athletic Director Chasse Conque said. “It’s my promise that we’ll never forget where we’ve come from, those that have come before us, those that have changed the lives of young people, those that have given so much back to this university, and those that have done so much to bring great recognition and pride to this institution and the Rio Grande Valley.” The team inducted into the 2020 UTRGV Athletics Hall of Fame was the 1989 Women’s Tennis Team. The 1989 Women’s Tennis Team won the American South Conference Championship, the first in program history, which was the only one until UTRGV won the Western Athletic Conference title in 2016. As a team, the Broncs went 11-6 overall and 3-0 in conference play. The team included Kim Butler, Barbara Gonzales, Leah Hampton, Gail Illingworth, Mary Jane Hetrick, Christiane Reetz, and Tania Webster. They were led by head coach David Cross and assistant Zia Kahn. Read the full story at themonitor.com
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Winter visitors in Weslaco reflect on 75 years of marriage

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New Kids on the Block: Rio Grande City’s young roster reaching new heights

RIO GRANDE CITY — It’s often said that there’s no substitute for experience, but Rio Grande City has flipped that notion on its head...

Rep. Gonzalez issues statement on first virus case confirmed in Texas

U.S. officials have confirmed that an evacuee from China who had been under quarantine in San Antonio has the coronavirus. The patient, who arrived at Lackland Air Force Base last week, is the 15th confirmed case in the United States and the first in Texas. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Decline of the Skimmers

HARLINGEN — The surf-side portrait is immediately recognizable. Black above, white below, and if the bird is in the air, chances are its severely overshot...

$38 million grant going to UTRGV School of Medicine

HARLINGEN — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley announced Tuesday it has received a $38 million gift for the School of Medicine. The...

Mosaic Art

HARLINGEN — Visitors to the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum will find a sphere decorated with a tile and glass mosaic of bright blues...

At odds over artifacts

SAN BENITO — Days after finalizing their contract, city officials and community leaders are disputing the key clause specifying whether two local museums will...