Berenice Garcia

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Berenice Garcia covers Western Hidalgo County and Starr County for The Monitor. She can be reached at bereniceg@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4432.

McAllen clinic seeking participants for COVID-19 studies

McALLEN — A local clinic is continuing to enroll volunteers for two COVID-19 vaccine studies and seeking volunteers for two new treatment studies. Centex Studies...

Starr County emergency order urges monitoring of humidity levels

Starr County Judge Eloy Vera issued an emergency order Monday that, in addition to reinforcing curfew and stay-at-home recommendations, urges all government buildings to...

Grand jury indicts RGC secretary for secret recording

A grand jury indicted Rio Grande City's city secretary following her arrest earlier this year on allegations she unlawfully recorded the conversations of three...

Local hospitals preparing for arrival of COVID-19 vaccine

With one drug maker already seeking authorization for the emergency-use of it's COVID-19 vaccine, and another manufacturer expected to soon follow, hospitals in the...

Former RGC school district employee pleads guilty to misdemeanor

A former employee of the Rio Grande City school district pleaded guilty on Friday to a misdemeanor charge of offering a gift to a...

Ten COVID-19 related deaths, at least 800 new cases, reported in RGV

Ten more Rio Grande Valley residents died due to COVID-19 related complications and more than 800 new cases were confirmed Friday, according to county...

Agua SUD approved for $13 million debt refinancing project

In a move that could delay the rise of water and sewer rates for residents on the west side of Hidalgo County, North American...

Rio Grande City terminates city manager

Alberto Perez was ousted as city manager of Rio Grande City on Monday after more than four years with the municipality and following a...

Influential, embattled Rio Grande City politician dies at age 54

Leonel J. Lopez Jr., an influential Rio Grande City politician, died Saturday due to complications from cancer at 54 years old. Lopez, a former municipal...

Starr County sees 100% jump in COVID-19 cases 

Starr County reported 85 new cases of COVID-19 this week, representing a 100% increase in cases from weeks prior. Dr. Antonio Falcon, the Starr County...