Starhopper scheduled to hop today

SpaceX has been issued a launch permit from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct a 150-meter “hop” of the company’s Starhopper test vehicle today at the Boca Chica Beach launch/test site, according to nasaspaceflight.com. Cameron County has authorized the closure of Boca Chica Beach and S.H. 4 from the beach to Oklahoma Avenue from 2 p.m. to midnight Aug. 26-28, with today listed as the primary launch date and Aug. 27-28 as secondary dates. The county has also advised residents of Boca Chica Village to vacate the area, or at least be outside their homes, during today’s launch window of 4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. to avoid injury from broken windows in the event of an “overpressure event” caused by a rocket malfunction.

Island tackles dockless scooters, rental golf carts

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — A few ordinances regarding vehicular modes of transportation were passed during a city council meeting held this past week. City Council members unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance prohibiting the rental and/or leasing of dockless motor assisted scooters on city property. As per the ordinance, dockless rental/leased scooters left abandoned in the city for seven days will be impounded. Owners of improperly parked impounded dockless scooters will then need to provide proof of ownership and pay a $100 administrative fee for the release of each dockless scooter. The ordinance is meant to deter rental/ leasing companies from dropping off their scooters in the city. “This is just to get ahead of the problems that the cities of Dallas, San Antonio and everybody have where they’re just leaving these things in people’s yards and whatever,” Mayor Patrick McNulty explained during the meeting. Back in February, council members unanimously approved an ordinance that temporarily prohibited the rental and/or leasing of motor-assisted scooters on the Island for 180 days.

Lucio notches career win 125 as South sweeps PSJA Memorial

HARLINGEN — The freight train that is Harlingen South continues to roll in 2019. The Lady Hawks continued their winning ways Tuesday with a thumping...

Commissioner says budget won’t allow pay hike

The Cameron County Commissioners Court pulled the plug on proposed pay raises for county elected officials Tuesday, while a proposed tax abatement for Annova...

Suspect in fatal shooting charged with murder

HARLINGEN — Adrian Garcia, 28, was arraigned Monday morning and charged with murder after a weekend argument about fighting roosters led to a fatal...

Texas A&M to move forward on port project with TSTC

The Texas A&M University System is moving ahead with plans for a workforce training center at the Port of Brownsville in collaboration with Texas...

Harlingen resident charged with terroristic threat

HARLINGEN — Jose Luis Gonzales Jr. remained in police custody yesterday afternoon after being charged with terroristic threat, a third degree felony. His bond was...

City says proposed tax hike to fund flood projects

HARLINGEN — A proposed 4-cent tax hike would help fund new drainage projects, pushing the city’s planned general fund budget from $46.5 million to...

More hurricanes possible as NOAA updates forecast

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season could get a boost with the end of El Nino, forecasters say. Forecasters with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or...

EDITORIAL: Potential: Voter numbers irrelevant if many don’t cast ballots

Cameron County has more than 203,000 registered voters and Hidalgo County has some 370,000, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. Add in...