Cristina M. Garcia

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Cristina M. Garcia covers Weslaco, Donna, Mercedes and the Delta area for The Monitor. She can be reached at cgarcia@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4441.

Weslaco task force proposes $89.7M in drainage improvements

The Weslaco City Commission may soon decide how it will pay for at least a portion of the $89.7 million price tag on eight...

Gov. Abbott appoints Perkes to fill appellate court vacancy

Governor Greg Abbott appointed a former 13th Court of Appeals justice to serve on the court again. Abbott named Greg Perkes, of McAllen, to fill...

Edcouch mayor pleads guilty to DWI, avoids jail time

Edcouch Mayor Virginio Gonzalez Jr. pleaded guilty Thursday to avoid jail time for driving while intoxicated. As part of his plea agreement, Gonzalez agreed to...

Local officers hone skills to deal with possible mass shooter

The McAllen Police Association hosted area law enforcement at a local movie theater and an old school this week for an active shooter training...

Weslaco schedules drainage town hall for Thursday

The city of Weslaco scheduled a town hall meeting for Thursday afternoon to update community members about proposed drainage projects. The Weslaco citizens drainage task...

Mercedes city attorney resigns after 14-year tenure

The Mercedes City Commission accepted longtime City Attorney Juan Molina’s resignation during a special meeting Tuesday. “It seemed like a good time to pivot ......

 Donna taps former school super as assistant city manager

The Donna-Rio Bravo International Bridge director began taking on additional duties last week as assistant city manager. The Donna City Council named bridge Director Jesus...

Mercedes commissioner draws two challengers

Two Mercedes residents, who consistently attend city commission meetings, filed necessary paperwork to challenge Commissioner Ruben “Chano” Guajardo for his seat in the upcoming...

San Juan negotiating pay for new city judge

San Juan city manager says the city is still negotiating a contract with Jorge Zambrano, the sole applicant for the position.

Lawmakers question FEMA’s flood damage assessment

U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz joined local congressmen last week in again requesting additional information about the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision...