Connecting with students; Ag teacher shares love of animals

HARLINGEN — Dog sick? Call the vet. Want to become a vet? Sign up for Kristen Rike’s veterinary science class. “What I enjoy the most about...

40 years of service: Longtime officer honored for his dedication

HARLINGEN — Don Duncan started working in law enforcement at the age of 17 in Harlingen, where he worked his way from the Harlingen...

Disney performer brings talent to local kids

HARLINGEN — “He’d fly through the air with the greatest of ease, the daring young man on the flying trapeze …” Those iconic lyrics sound...

Valley nurse wins Mentor Award

Luz Maria Silva, MSN, RN, is a longtime Valley nurse and over the summer won this year’s “Outstanding UTRGV 2020 Mentor Award” for her...

Local doctor named Texas Dentist of the Year

HARLINGEN — Early on, Dr. Gary M. Schwarz was originally inspired to become a farmer like his father. However, after his parents recommended he become...

Santa Rosa teacher achieves dream of becoming an educator

SANTA ROSA — A typical morning for Rolando Vela begins as early as 4 a.m. and is spent creating lecture notes, highlighting important topics...

New speech, drama, debate coach a hit

HARLINGEN — He’s already enjoying a banner year, and he’s just getting started. Zachary Fryman had never coached a speech, drama and debate team when...

Child Advocate: Harlingen native promotes children’s safety

HARLINGEN — Renee Castillo De La Cruz has a history of advocating for children’s rights. In November 2019, she started working for the Texas Children’s...

Lifting spirits: Teacher sings parody to live COVID-19 blues

HARLINGEN — “You say quarantine is draining and you can’t go onnnnnnnn!” A grieving “King George,” a.k.a Alfonso Gonzalez, pouts, puts his hand up and...

Future veterinarian: Harlingen graduate already working in animal clinic

HARLINGEN — She got the job. Emily Marquez may not have starred in that commercial awhile back, but she’s definitely the star of her own...