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.

City boosts Humane Society’s payment

HARLINGEN — Every day, Lilia Castillo Jones finds puppies and kitties at her door. At the Harlingen Humane Society, residents drop off as many as...

REAL ID: Within year, new identification required to meet federal regs

HARLINGEN — Unless it is delayed again, in less than a year you might be in for a big surprise when you attempt to...

Border apprehensions drop as immigration crackdown continues

By COLLEEN LONG and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it continues to see a drop in the number of...

Convention center deficit projected; hotel set to open next July

HARLINGEN — The new Harlingen Convention Center is projected to run a $202,389 deficit during the upcoming fiscal year — not bad for its...

Emotions high after grand jury clears officers

SAN BENITO — For more than nine months, police officers’ shooting of 21-year-old Ricardo Treviño has rattled City Hall, with many residents demanding “justice”...

SpaceX offers local buyouts; Homeowners will have two weeks to respond

SpaceX says that although it did not initially foresee “significant disruption” to residents of Boca Chica Village when Boca Chica Beach was first identified as a potential spaceport site several years ago, the company now realizes that disruption is becoming increasingly difficult to minimize, and therefore is extending buyout offers to property owners. In a Sept. 12 letter sent to the less than a dozen residents of Boca Chica Village, also known as Kopernik Shores, the Hawthorne, Calif.-based rocket company expressed its interest in acquiring “certain residential properties ... located in and around the Kopernik Shores area within the designated South Texas Spaceport area at Boca Chica Beach.” The company is offering property owners three times the appraised value of their properties, offers that are non-negotiable, and owners have two weeks from the date of the letter to decide whether to sell.

EDITORIAL: Welcome aid: UTRGV tuition program invests in Valley’s future

We welcome the announcement that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will help make the dream of a university education possible for more...

Grand jury clears officers in fatal shooting

Staff Writers BROWNSVILLE — A Cameron County grand jury yesterday cleared police officers in the fatal shooting of an unarmed San Benito man following a...

County OKs tax hike: Increase will raise revenue by 4.8%

The Cameron County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted to raise the county’s property tax by $0.02 per $100 of property valuation for the 2019-2020...