Thief steals Christmas toys from San Benito church

SAN BENITO — A Christmas miracle is needed after a Grinch left Live Now Ministries without toys to give out to children. Someone pretending to...

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

San Benito postpones May 2 election; Commission sets referendum for Nov. 3

SAN BENITO — City commissioners Tuesday postponed the May 2 election, resetting the referendum boasting four crowded races for Nov. 3’s general election to...

Bishop provides update on church reopenings

Bishop Daniel E. Flores, of the Catholic of Diocese of Brownsville, hopes to announce soon when he will order the reopening of the churches...

Cities critical of Hidalgo Co.’s distribution of COVID-19 relief funds

Tension between Hidalgo County and its municipalities reached a boiling point after elected officials in several cities expressed disappointment at how the county distributed a portion of the $151 million it received in coronavirus relief funds. Last week, Hidalgo County commissioners voted to share $63 million — or nearly 42% of the money it received directly from the federal government in April — with cities on a reimbursement basis for their COVID-19 related expenses. After that allocation, Hidalgo County was left with $88 million to spend on rural residents and other public health purposes. The issue is, municipal officials don’t think county commissioners were fair in their funding formula, which capped the reimbursement rates for large cities at $110 per capita and small cities at $80 per head — all based on a population mark above or below 30,000. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Greyhounds returning to Valley Race Park

HARLINGEN — They’re about to let the dogs out.Greyhound racing dates at Valley Race Park have been released and the excitement will return for...

Friends, relatives cheer as Cardinals graduate

HARLINGEN — “What now?” That’s the question for the Harlingen High School graduates as they continue with their lives, Valedictorian Allyson Puente said. “Most of us...

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...

Harlingen vies for All-America City Award

HARLINGEN — Five years ago, Harlingen became one of Texas’ few cities to launch a Mayor’s Wellness Council. Soon, Healthy Harlingen was born to combat...

Serna’s contract ignites concerns; Puente questions agreement terms

HARLINGEN — Five years after he took the job, City Manager Dan Serna’s contract is sparking questions. Last week, City Commissioner Frank Puente said he and...