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Passports renewed as Philippines consulate visits McAllen

McALLEN — For several years, members of the Filipino community in the Rio Grande Valley with expired Philippine passports would have to travel to Houston, Dallas or Los Angeles in order to renew their travel documents. They would travel to the consulate, but now the consulate is coming to them.

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POLLS: Who is getting your vote?

As election day draws nearer, who do you plan to vote for in these races?

Posted in News on Monday, February 1, 2016 9:51 am.

City Manager Oscar Romero eyes growth for Peñitas

PEÑITAS — Oscar Romero is young in his tenure as the city manager for the City of Peñitas. But what he lacks in experience he makes up for in idealism about the city’s future.

Posted in News, Local on Monday, February 8, 2016 8:52 pm.

Former McAllen trucking CEO, workers sentenced in fraud scheme

Three employees with a McAllen-based trucking company have been sentenced in connection with a multi-million dollar fraud scheme — one of them being the former CEO.

Posted in Local on Monday, February 8, 2016 7:58 pm.

Murder trial for Pharr man begins Tuesday

EDINBURG — The trial of a Texas Chicano Brotherhood gang member begins today for the murder of a McAllen man found inside a burning a pickup truck.

Posted in Local on Monday, February 8, 2016 7:26 pm. Updated: 7:30 pm.

Businessman wins suit against PlainsCapital Bank

McALLEN — A local businessman won a lawsuit Friday against PlainsCapital Bank and had a more than $5 million debt wiped out.

Posted in Local on Monday, February 8, 2016 6:10 pm. Updated: 8:46 pm.

McAllen ISD board formally accepts Ponce's resignation

The McAllen school district board of trustees formally accepted Superintendent James Ponce's resignation Monday.

Posted in Local on Monday, February 8, 2016 4:50 pm.

COMMENTARY: Why millennials love Bernie Sanders

Deploying Lena didn’t work. Neither did shout-outs from Beyoncé, Kim, Ilana and Abbi, Ariana, Katy, Demi or either of the Amys.

Posted in Opinion, Columnists on Monday, February 8, 2016 4:09 pm.

McAllen High School scores three-peat win at Mariachi state competition

McALLEN — After performing three selections at the state mariachi finals sponsored by the Texas Association of Mariachi Educators in San Antonio, McAllen High School’s Mariachi Oro took home the 6A state championship for the third time in a row.

Posted in News, Local on Monday, February 8, 2016 8:55 am.

Trump aiming for New Hampshire win, rivals aim to survive

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — GOP front-runner Donald Trump is aiming for his first win in New Hampshire's fast-approaching primary, while rival Republican candidates, including Jeb Bush, said their campaigns will go on no matter what the outcome Tuesday.

Posted in Elections, Apnews on Monday, February 8, 2016 8:50 am.

COMMENTARY: Sanders' false charms of single-payer theory

Could Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” proposal — national health insurance — be as good as he says? It’s doubtful.

Posted in Opinion, Columnists on Monday, February 8, 2016 5:10 am.

LETTERS: On BorderFest controversy

BorderFest controversy

Posted in Opinion, Letters on Monday, February 8, 2016 5:05 am.

McAllen High's Mariachi Oro wins state title

Posted in Multimedia, News on Sunday, February 7, 2016 7:14 pm.

Passports renewed as Philippines consulate visits McAllen

McALLEN — For several years, members of the Filipino community in the Rio Grande Valley with expired Philippine passports would have to travel to Houston, Dallas or Los Angeles in order to renew their travel documents. They would travel to the consulate, but now the consulate is coming to them.

Posted in Local on Sunday, February 7, 2016 5:56 pm.

Weslaco mayor plans ‘State of the City’ address

WESLACO — A year’s worth of progress will take center stage on Tuesday, when Mayor David Suarez will present what he called the City on the Grow’s first-ever State of the City address.

Posted in Local on Sunday, February 7, 2016 5:45 pm.

Congressional candidates weigh in on the challenge of representing large, diverse district

The 15th Congressional District is made up of eight counties extending from northeast of San Antonio to the international border in Hidalgo County. With nearly one million people, it is 80 percent Hispanic and encompasses nearly 8,000 square miles. The Monitor asked the candidates for Congress who are seeking to represent this district how they would represent such a large and diverse area. All candidates except Republican Tim Westley responded.

Posted in Elections, Local on Sunday, February 7, 2016 5:47 pm.

Mercedes nestles cozy Starbucks café inside public library

MERCEDES — Pleasant surprise.

Posted in Local on Sunday, February 7, 2016 5:30 pm.

McAllen ISD officials talk new focus and progress on facilities maintenance

McAllen school district officials are trying to prioritize maintenance and operations needs after voters sent a strong message by rejecting the proposed $297 million bond issue in May.

Posted in News, Local on Sunday, February 7, 2016 4:08 pm.

COMMENTARY: Need a Super Bowl favorite? Bet on Carolina

The big day is upon us.

Posted in Sports on Sunday, February 7, 2016 3:30 pm.

Cinderella Pet Rescue presents a doubly sweet Valentine

Are you ready for a double dose of new love in your life? Then check out these super-friendly and affectionate sisters, Cosita and Misty.

Posted in Life, Pets on Sunday, February 7, 2016 3:00 pm.

Artesano Market Days on Feb. 13, 14 in Mission

The Mission Historical Museum proudly presents the second annual Artesano Market Days. This event is aimed to highlight a rich cultural awareness for hand crafted artisan work inspired by history and tradition both domestic and foreign. Artesano Market Days festivities will be held from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Museum, located at 900 Doherty St. in Mission.

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, February 7, 2016 3:00 pm.

Palm Valley Animal Center pets of the week

CODY: Good morning! Hope your Sunday is starting off awesome! I’m a 1-year-old, neutered, Labrador Retriever blend. I was brought to Palm Valley by animal control who found me running around on the street. I had an owner but they no longer wanted me because I’m so energetic. I know sometimes I can be a bit too excited but it is only because I just love seeing everyone. I hope that one of you might take me out for a walk, run or to play fetch. I would be the perfect pet to teach me tricks to or I can learn how to do agility courses. That sounds like fun to go through those maze things. I am literally a blast to be around. I do great with other dogs since I love to play. I mean it would be nice to have a brother or sister play with. They can keep me company for hours while our parents are away. If you are looking for large breed dog I’m for you. I also like to play with children. If you decide to come with the family I’d love to meet you guys. See you all soon.

Posted in Life, Pets on Sunday, February 7, 2016 3:00 pm.

Continuing Education Conference at PDAP

Palmer Drug Abuse Program (PDAP) will be hosting their 7th annual Continuing Education Conference “Substance Abuse and Mental Health” on Friday, April 1, at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance in Edinburg.

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, February 7, 2016 2:15 pm.

Incubator offers studio, workspace at affordable price

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for artists who are interested in becoming tenants of the McAllen Creative Incubator. With help from the city, the McAllen Chamber has created 20 low cost artist studios and office spaces for expanding artists and art organizations. The Cultural Arts Department houses artists of different art disciplines such as porcelain painting, choir lessons and a children’s Acting Studio, just to name a few. The studio spaces vary in size and price.

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, February 7, 2016 2:15 pm.

Tony Roma’s celebrates re-modeling

More than 250 people recently attending the VIP reception and ribbon cutting to celebrate the extensive re-modeling of the Tony Roma’s restaurant on South 10th Street in McAllen. Signature menu items were served throughout the restaurant. Craft beer, Romaritas, Romatinis and wine kept the spirits high all evening. Menu items included their world famous baby back ribs, filet medallions with cabernet Demi-Glaze, Shrimp & Salmon Paccata, Beer Braised Chicken and many side dishes and desserts. The guests were entertained by a quaint three piece Jazz Band. Pictured are the VIP reception where guests and McAllen Chamber Ambassadors joined Tony Roma’s Restaurant owners to celebrate the remodeling of the South 10th Street location.

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, February 7, 2016 2:15 pm.

Foundation at Mission Regional mark Wear Red Day

At the recent board meeting of The Foundation at Mission Regional Medical Center, the board members took the opportunity to wear red as part of February’s Heart Month. They listened to a wonderful presentation by Jose Rios, RN, stroke program coordinator. Rios explained the importance of taking care of oneself and looking for the FAST signs which include: changes in the face, arms and extremities, speech and the timeliness of taking action.

Posted in Life, Community on Sunday, February 7, 2016 2:15 pm.

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