Survey indicates more adaptation, confidence in McAllen businesses

“Cautious optimism” is the term McAllen Chamber of Commerce CEO Steve Ahlenius used to describe the results of the chamber’s latest survey of members’ condition as the pandemic stretches through its seventh month in the Rio Grande Valley. Although the survey results aren’t exactly cheerful, they do seem to indicate most McAllen businesses have found a way to cope with COVID-19 and see a path out of the crisis — a reassuring departure from the results of the chamber’s two previous pandemic surveys. Read the full story at

Breaking numbers: Cameron County surpasses 2016 early voting numbers

With six days of early voting left in Cameron County, 62,918 in person early voting ballots have already been cast in the Nov. 3...

Another Tropical Depression could impact the Gulf of Mexico

The South Texas coastline could experience some minor coastal flooding next week, as a broad surface low pressure over the northwestern Caribbean Sea could...

Early voting continues to draw crowds in Cameron County

By LAURA B. MARTINEZ Staff Writer The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and what is happening nationally in the country is driving people to vote early in the...

Bah Humbug; Brownsville Christmas Parade canceled

The Grinch has stole Christmas. The Charro Days Inc. Board of Trustees announced Friday that the board voted to cancel the annual Christmas Parade. On its...

Abbott: Mexico to fullfill 1944 Water Treaty Agreement

Governor Greg Abbott announced today that Mexico will fulfill its obligations to Texas under the Utilization of Waters of the Colorado and Tijuana Rivers...

Blue Bell Ice Cream bringing back holiday favorites

Just in time for the holidays, Blue Bell Ice Cream is bringing back some of your holiday favorites. Its Christmas Cookies Ice Cream was first...

DA’s office seeks to shield info on Mercedes murder case from public

Two men arrested by the Mercedes Police Department at the end of September are accused of murdering a minor. Police there arrested 34-year-old Fidencio Castillo Cosme and 37-year-old Juan Jose Cosme, both of Mercedes, on Sept. 29 and charged the men with murder. Details of the allegations against the men, however, are unclear. Read the full story at

Edinburg orders 2021 election on indicted elected officials

Council members ordered an election that will give residents the option to amend the city charter so that any future elected official charged with a felony is automatically suspended from office, all while raising questions of due process and dragging the criminal cases against the mayor and the Texas Attorney General into the discussion.  Read the full story at

Starr County shutting down drive-thru COVID-19 testing site

Starr County's COVID-19 drive-thru testing site, the first such facility in the Rio Grande Valley, will shut down on Friday after administering thousands of tests since it opened in March. The county announced Tuesday in a post on social media that the testing site would close as of Friday. Explaining why he and the county commissioners made the decision to close the site, Starr County Judge Eloy Vera explained there just simply wasn't a need for it anymore. Read the full story at