Local Blue Ribbon Schools being recognized in Washington

Representatives from Local Blue Ribbon Schools are currently being recognized by the Department of Education at an awards ceremony in Washington. The event is being live-streamed today from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov. Only 26 schools in Texas received the Blue Ribbon recognition, with 10 of them being in the Rio Grande Valley. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Sobering reality: Sharyland High holds active shooter presentation as country again faces grim gun...

As police responded to a deadly school shooting 1,700 miles away in California on Thursday, Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office instructor Ricardo R. Garcia educated parents at Sharyland High School about active shooter awareness. Also on the same day that several people were killed and injured in the shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, El Paso’s Cielo Vista Walmart, where 22 people were killed in an active shooter incident on Aug. 3, reopened its doors for the first time since the incident. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Contractor mum on courthouse crane incident

Morganti, the general contractor for the Hidalgo County Courthouse project, did not respond to repeated requests for comment Thursday on an incident in which a man threatened to jump off a crane at the site the previous evening. The 18-year-old individual gained access to the site Thursday and called authorities at 9:20 p.m. from atop a 230-foot crane, threatening to jump. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Fallout follows Edinburg axings

The city manager agreed to walk away with a $250,000 severance package; in fact, he proposed it to the council, new city council majority leader Gilbert Enriquez said Thursday. Former City Manager Juan Guerra was entitled to receive $500,000 if the council fired him before completing two years of employment, but instead, the new majority negotiated the lesser rate during their first meeting in power Wednesday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Edinburg police rescue man threatening to jump from crane

EDINBURG — A man threatening to jump from a crane at the Hidalgo County Courthouse job site at 100 North Closner Blvd. was safely escorted down by local police officers Wednesday evening. Officer Trisha Wattigny with the department said the individual, an 18-year-old male, dialed 9-1-1 at 8:24 p.m. after climbing to the top of the crane. “He was planning on jumping — suicidal. Although when he got there he had second thoughts, called 9-1-1, said he was going to jump,” Wattigny said. According to Wattigny, the department then sent officers to the location and contacted the Edinburg Fire Department and Morganti Construction. Read more at The Monitor.com.

Two die in overnight blazes, Pharr chief warns of fire hazards during winter

When the first real cold fronts arrive at the border, fires often break out in houses across the Rio Grande Valley. That proved tragically true late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning for two people in two separate fires. Pharr Fire Chief Lenny Perez said his department responded to a blaze at 125 W. Guerra St. after receiving a call of a house fire at 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Read the full story at themonitor.com

McAllen moving on northward expansion of Bicentennial Blvd.

Construction is imminent north of the intersection of Bicentennial Boulevard and Trenton Road, where crews are expected to break ground in the coming weeks for a 2.8-mile extension of Bicentennial Boulevard from Trenton Road to State Highway 107. City officials had estimated the construction would cost roughly $19 million. Texas Cordia Construction, LLC., of Edinburg, submitted a $12.6 million bid that surprised city officials to the extent to City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez recommending to city commissioners at a commission meeting on Monday to vote on the contract not by indicating “yes” or “no.” “Our recommendation is going to be applause,” said Rodriguez, smiling. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Woman who trusted man named “The Rat,” sentenced on drug import charge

Be careful of trusting a man nicknamed “the rat.” That’s likely the lesson a woman learned in May of this year after she was found with nearly 15 kilos of methamphetamine at a port of entry attempting to enter from Mexico. The 44-year-old woman, a resident of Rio Grande City, was arrested May 29 upon attempting to cross from Mexico at the Rio Grande City port of entry. She claimed that a man agreed to pay her $200 to take a vehicle from Mexico into the U.S. for car repairs — instead port officers found the narcotic hidden within the vehicle. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Edinburg to mull city manager, secretary posts

Elections have consequences, and for some high-ranking city officials here, it could spell trouble as the power on the council shifts. Edinburg City Manager Juan Guerra, City Secretary Ludivina Leal, and the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation board appear to be first on the chopping block. That’s according to Wednesday’s council agenda, which marks the first meeting since Mayor Richard Molina lost his majority last week.  Those positions, which the current majority either hired or appointed, have been a point of contention for various reasons.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Young man dies in overnight house fire in Pharr

The Pharr Fire Department responded to a house fire early Wednesday morning which left one man dead and sent a woman to the hospital in serious condition. Pharr Fire Chief Lenny Perez said the department responded to the blaze at 125 West Guerra after receiving the call at 1:38 a.m. this morning. The department arrived within two minutes, knocked down the fire and searched the residence. Read the full story at themonitor.com.