Helping Hands: David and Marianne Books

LOS FRESNOS — Vermont residents Marianne and David Book have carved out a second career of sorts as official volunteers with the U.S. Fish...

Experiences around the world

HARLINGEN — Brazil. Thailand. Greece.Sounds like the resume of a National Geographic reporter, right?Sure. It’s also the wistful memories of a local world traveler...

Bound for Carnegie Hall: Christian Briones

HARLINGEN — As a parent, all Pamela Briones wants for her son Christian, 13, is the best life can give him.She was ecstatic when...

Making a Difference: Hilda Gathright

HARLINGEN — It’s been a labor of love, all these many years.The vitality of the young faces at the Boys & Girls Clubs accentuates...

Doctor dreams: Bianka Martinez

HARLINGEN — Since middle school, Bianka Martinez has worked hard to make her big dream come true.Now, she’s headed for medical school at Burrell...

Heading ‘down under’: Local looking to play in football bowl game

RIO HONDO — Every now and again, life hands you a surprise, and for Rio Hondo senior Joshua Gonzalez, this surprise is one he...

HHS student joins debate team, adjusts to new home in U.S.

HARLINGEN — We live in a world of speed. Brandon Salas, a junior at Harlingen High School, knows that all too well, having moved...

Island visitor plans to leave on homemade boat

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Austin Walsh collects empty water bottles every day.He plans to make a boat out of them to sail along the...

Midwifery a labor of love for nonprofit’s clinical director

WESLACO — Gina Cardona’s been places.At the age of 36, the Milwaukee native has made a livelihood traveling the country in search of a...

IRON WOMAN: Soon-to-be teacher completes 140-mile triathlon

HARLINGEN — When Leandra Ruiz landed in Cozumel, Mexico, it was not for vacation.The single mother of three had no plans for time at...