Felon’s designation to Hidalgo County ballot board draws concern

The Hidalgo County Democratic Party appointment of a convicted felon to serve on a committee handling mail-in ballots, though legal, has drawn concerns from members of both parties in the ongoing, contentious election. “I feel it’s an insult to the members of Hidalgo County,” Adrienne Peña-Garza, who sits as the chair of the opposing Republican party, said. Sylvia Handy is serving on the Hidalgo County Signature Verification Board, a committee tasked with verifying and processing mail-in ballots. This year, the county sent out over 18,300 ballots by mail. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Drive-in premiere set for Hulu’s ‘Helstrom’ starring Valley actress

A drive-in TV show premiere this weekend will feature a Rio Grande Valley native in a leading role. RGV native and McAllen ISD graduate Ariana Guerra stars as Gabriella Rosetti in the Hulu series “Helstrom,” now streaming. The event, titled “Vote Early, Stay Late,” is a screening of the first episode of the series, and admission is free to guests who show proof they voted or intend to vote during the early voting period. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

McAllen reports flooded areas, street closures

McALLEN — City officials are warning residents about the following flooded areas and road closures:  TRAFFIC SIGNAL OUT/ FLASHING >> South 10th Street and Wichita Avenue  FLOODED...

COVID-19 deaths climb by 92 in RGV, about 240 new cases confirmed

Throughout the Rio Grande Valley, the death toll from COVID-19 climbed by 92 on Friday and officials confirmed approximately 249 more cases of the disease. Hidalgo County reported 22 more COVID-19 related deaths and 208 new confirmed cases of the disease on Friday. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Newly appointed judge announces bid to keep seat on bench

Last week, Judge Ysmael Fonseca, current presiding judge of the 464th state District Court, announced his intention to keep the seat he was appointed to earlier this year. In August, Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Fonseca, a McAllen native, to the seat after the governor had appointed the 464th seat’s judge at the time, Jaime Tijerina, to take the seat left vacant at the 13th Court of Appeals by recently convicted former judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado. On Nov. 6, Fonseca officially announced that he will be seeking election to keep his seat during the Hidalgo County Republican Party primary in March 2020 If Fonseca secures the GOP nomination, he would be on the ballot in Hidalgo County during the November 2020 general election. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Bomb threat shuts down Queen Isabella Causeway

City of Port Isabel | Courtesy photoSeveral law enforcement officers are seen at the base of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway in Port Isabel...

362 new virus cases in RGV; 35 die

Hidalgo County confirmed 16 additional COVID-19 related deaths and 161 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Local counselor worries prolonged distance learning may stunt social development

It is important for students, especially elementary students, to be taught in classrooms, a local licensed professional counselor said. There are components of the learning environment schools provide that don’t translate into online lessons, Edward Acosta of Piña & Acosta Psychological Associates said Monday. The transition to virtual learning due to the coronavirus pandemic puts a hold on the critical social lessons students pick up from being at school. “Many of us learned our social skills from our teachers,” Acosta said. “We had learned social regulation from our school, not just from our parents but from our teachers. If you recall, we probably spent more time with our teachers than we did with our parents, and they were our models of prosocial behavior, of how to interact with people.”  Read more at TheMonitor.com.

Spikes continue in Valley even as COVID-19 cases trend lower

The number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported daily is on a downward trend statewide, and while the same is true for the Rio Grande Valley the figures are relatively low as there are still sudden spikes. This only underscores the overall uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. Hidalgo County averaged 322 new cases per day over the last two weeks, from Aug. 24 until Sept. 4. At the beginning of that period, on Aug. 24, the county reported 675 new cases, and then reported 191 new cases on Sept. 4, according to the reports issued by the county. Read more at The Monitor.com.