MERCEDES — Parents of students enrolled at two South Texas ISD campuses received an unexpected letter Thursday, notifying them that their children’s Friday morning routine would be adjusted in response to a possible threat.

DONNA — City Council Member Simon Sauceda and former Mayor Rick Morales will vie for the city council’s top spot in a runoff election slated for next month.

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Sherry and Richard Fry were relaxing in lawn chairs on a sunny Wednesday morning in the RV park at Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island.

Mercedes’ sales tax collections in August, which reflect June’s numbers, are more than 11 percent behind last year’s, with $476,121.82 collected currently compared to the $539,465.29 generated then. Mercedes’ year-to-date take, $4,285,426.55, is also more than 12 percent behind 2016, which w…

Weslaco’s sales tax collections in August, which reflect June’s numbers, are more than 1 percent behind last year, with $1,072,209.70 collected currently compared to the $1,083,642.66 generated then. Weslaco’s year-to-date take, $8,194,907.29, is more than 2 percent ahead of 2016, which was …

Progreso Lakes’ sales tax collections in July, which reflect June’s numbers, are more than 21 percent behind last year, with $3,299.73 collected currently compared to the $4,188.47 generated then. Progreso Lakes’ year-to-date take, $26,871.26, is nearly 17 percent ahead of 2016, which was at…

WESLACO — Students, teachers, principals and community members exploded in applause and cheers Friday morning as six banners were unveiled to announce the IDEA Public Schools that made it to the top ranks of the Washington Post Most Challenging High Schools list for 2017.

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MERCEDES — The Oak Ridge Boys are set to appear at the Llano Grande Resort in Mercedes between January 14 and 18. Their high-energy stage show remains the heart and soul of what they do best. Their performances will feature classic gospel, country and patriotic music.

It is seemingly impossible to escape evil. Even would-be righteous folk compromise morality in the gluttonous food we eat, the worldly clothing we wear, the godless conversations we allow and the immoral entertainment we pursue. But the notion of evildoing among alleged godly people is no ne…

It was about 30 seconds into a talk radio program one evening when I heard a celebrity pastor winding up to speak about forgiveness. I listened as he spouted off that he’d be teaching a step-based plan, and I began quizzically listening for new information.

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