‘Nowhere to go’

Mission native reflects on stay in coronavirus-stricken Spain Empty streets, panic and misinformation dominated what was supposed to be a spiritual vacation for a Valley family. Earlier this month, Mission native and UTRGV Marketing Director Alex Garrido returned from Spain after a week there with his family. The trip, he said, was an ordeal unlike…

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Hidalgo County commissioner challenges election results

Citing nearly 1,000 illegal votes, Hidalgo County Precinct 3 Commissioner has filed a lawsuit to contest the results of the March 2020 Democratic Party primary. Flores filed the lawsuit Monday against challenger and local businessman Everardo “Ever” Villarreal, who beat him in the Democratic primary by 92 votes. “Villarreal built his political campaign around a…

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Hidalgo County confirms first case of COVID-19

A McAllen resident has tested positive for COVID-19, making this the first case of it in the county, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez announced Saturday night. Hidalgo County health officials were immediately alerted to the positive test and, in turn, alerted Cortez. The person’s name has not been released because of federal privacy laws,…

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Final salute held for MIA Vietnam vet

Saul Corona will always remember his twin, Army PFC. Joel Corona, as a young man who enjoyed simple pleasures. “He liked Tejano music, spending time at the ranch, having a good time with his friends, he enjoyed life,” Saul said. “When he was overseas, he’d ask about grandpa, our parents, his horse, Nellie, everyone. He…

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Alton breaks ground on new subdivision

Within a few years, more than 40 families will be making their new home in Alton after the city broke ground on a new subdivision Saturday. Last week, city leaders were at the groundbreaking of Mt. Zion Estates, a subdivision on the 800 block of North Trosper Road. They were joined by members of Galilee…

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Sullivan City appoints new attorney and municipal judge

Though they have lost one of their six municipal judges, Sullivan City will still have Marco De Luna serving Sullivan City in another capacity. During Monday’s city commissioner meeting, city council members accepted the resignation of De Luna, and then appointed him as their new city attorney. “I appreciate the thought of being here, there’s…

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Local cities sign disaster declarations

With several emergency and disaster declarations that were recently made by President Donald J. Trump, state Gov. Greg Abbott and one made by Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez this past Monday, several local cities have issued similar proclamations to take proactive measures to prevent the potential spread of the coronavirus pandemic. For all the cities,…

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Hidalgo County judge advises avoiding large crowds

Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez issues a statement Friday morning advising all county residents to avoid public gatherings in which more than 1,000 people are expected. The statement is based on several reports concerning the coronavirus/COVID-19 and a Thursday afternoon conference call between Governor Greg Abbott, Texas health officials and county officials from across the…

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