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.

UPDATE: Jury awards Starr County man $250,000 in Vipers lawsuit

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers will have to pay a Starr County man $250,000 after a jury sided with him Wednesday in a lawsuit...

La Joya mayor settles board dispute with La Joya Housing Authority

A dispute over appointments to the La Joya Housing Authority’s board of commissioners was settled last week, clearing up who will remain on the...

Peñitas candidates campaign on growth within city

In seeking re-election as mayor for the city of Peñitas, Mayor Rodrigo “Rigo” Lopez will face former Mayor Marcos Ochoa in the May elections. Ochoa,...

Alton police offering stickers for drivers with medical conditions

The Alton Police Department has launched a program to ensure people with disabilities aren’t mistakenly given a traffic citation. Referred to as the safety sticker...

New bill to penalize insurers for denying claims

A bill filed this week seeks to address the hurdles faced by first responders in receiving needed medical treatment by implementing penalties on insurers...

Edinburg CISD approves $220M bond election

EDINBURG — Voters here will decide whether to pass a $220 million bond issuance in May after school board members approved to order the...

Starr County OKs new auditor’s appointment

Starr County commissioners have approved the board of judges’ appointment of a new county auditor on Monday. The board of judges appointed Xavier Perez, co-owner...

Breast cancer support group searching to help those in need

McALLEN —  When Dolores “Loly” Ornelas was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, support from her family, friends, and coworkers was indispensable as she...

Starr County treasurer’s office ex-employee arrested for theft

Starr County officials arrested a former employee of the treasurer’s office after an investigation discovered at least $8,000 were unaccounted for. Aracely Salinas, 37, worked...

La Joya offering free smoke detectors

The La Joya Volunteer Fire Department is giving away free smoke alarms along with free installation to residents. La Joya Fire Chief Frankie Joe Salinas...