Celeste Gracia

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Celeste Gracia is a staff writer who covers breaking news general assignments for The Monitor. She can be reached at cgracia@themonitor.com or (956) 683-4433.

Hidalgo County population prevents hydrant mandate

Hidalgo County neighborhoods are not required to have fire hydrants because the county cannot enforce residential fire codes due to not meeting a population...

Caifanes to headline inaugural Dia de Los Muertos event

McALLEN - McAllen will host another festival first later this year with “Catrina,” an all-day music fest Nov. 2 at the McAllen Convention Center. City...

2 charged with capital murder

EDINBURG — Two adults were charged with capital murder with no bond in the death of 23-year-old Fernando Garza Monday afternoon.  The arraignment lasted a...

Sharyland mariachi win national competition

Sharyland High School’s Mariachi Nuevo Cascabel won national grand champions at the Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque. They also won first place in the open...

Family mourns death of 11-year-old girl as fire investigation continues

NEAR PALMVIEW — A man wearing a black shirt ran up to the four women anxiously waiting behind the yellow police tape. “They found her,” he said...

One dead in fire near Palmview, at least one in hospital

PALMVIEW — An 11-year-old girl died Sunday afternoon in a structure fire near Palmview. At least one other was sent to the hospital for...

Uncertainty abounds in timing, disbursements of federal reimbursement aid

McALLEN — Although U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, shared new details Friday regarding the $30 million in federal reimbursements to local entities shouldering the...

Congressional group visits Border Patrol, respite center

McALLEN — A Democratic congressional delegation, which included Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, visited the McAllen Border Patrol Station, U.S. Border Patrol Central Processing Center and...

Vice president’s visit sparks demonstrations in McAllen

  MCALLEN — Protests were held here Friday in response to Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to tour U.S. Border Patrol facilities. Specifically, demonstrators protested...

Edinburg’s annual Texas Cook ‘Em grills up scholarships for student veterans

EDINBURG — This year’s Texas Cook ‘Em: High Steaks barbecue competition had a few more winners — 10 student veterans at the University of...