Area News

Peñitas polling location raises electioneering concerns

La Joya school board trustee Claudia Ochoa said she plans to contest a citation given to her by Peñitas Police over the weekend for campaigning in her designated area near the city library. The Peñitas Public Library has served as the polling place for the area since early voting started last week and thus far…

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Hidalgo County reports 164 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths

Four more COVID-19 related deaths and 164 new positive cases were reported Monday by officials with the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said Tuesday. The result is a total of 1,899 recorded deaths related to the outbreak of this disease and 34,343 known positive cases. 2,498 of…

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Man dies in custody at Starr County Detention Center

Rangers with the Texas Department of Public Safety Texas are leading an investigation at the Starr County Detention Center after a Roma man was found dead in a holding cell restroom stall. Edgar Garza, 32, was declared dead by Justice of the Peace Luis Garcia at round 1:35 a.m. Monday after Starr County Deputies found him unresponsive…

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3 cases of West Nile Virus reported in Hidalgo County

Two people from Mercedes and one from Weslaco have been confirmed to have West Nile virus, the leading mosquito-borne disease in the United States. County health officials will begin vector control in the affected areas and  are investigating whether any of these cases are travel-related, Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Director Eduardo Olivarez said Monday.…

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Starr County bars to remain closed, Halloween activities cancelled

Following Hidalgo County’s decision to prohibit Halloween activities and keep bars closed to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, Starr county announced Friday officials have opted to do the same. Starr County announced the decision in a social media post where they announced a total of 179 people died from COVID-19 related complications. “They…

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Hidalgo County COVID-19 death toll news 1,900; 145 new cases reporter

Officials with the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department reported 3 more deaths related to COVID-19. The three new victims who succumbed to complications from the disease include two males, one from Alton and another from Mercedes whose ages are over 70 in their 50s, respectively, and a Mission female over 70, a Friday…

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Palmview unveils Main Street project

An abandoned lot in front of Palmview City Hall will soon become the epicenter of the city. During a press conference held last week, Palmview officials announced plans for a multi-million-dollar project to develop the first-ever Main Street in the community. The Main Street Economic Development Project is spearheaded by the Palmview Municipal Development District…

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October proclaimed National Dyslexia Awareness Month

Arnoldo Mata didn’t know much about dyslexia, or the struggles that come with it, until his granddaughter was diagnosed three years ago. This Mon. Oct. 12, 2020, the Mission city council approved a proclamation recognizing October as National Dyslexia Awareness Month. Mata, a Pharr native, has led local efforts to highlight the learning disability by…

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