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.

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...

Edinburg EDC appoints interim executive director

The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation appointed Ruben Ramirez, an attorney and a city council liaison for the city of Edinburg, as interim executive director...

Fireworks stands anticipate Fourth rush; fire marshal cautions safety

EDINBURG - With Independence Day celebrations just around the corner, residents are busy buying fireworks at stands across the Rio Grande Valley. Well, at...

Vigil memorializes immigrants who died on their journey to U.S.

McALLEN — Holding blown-out candles in a semicircle, a group of about 50 people gathered outside the McAllen Bus Station Sunday evening to pay...

Local LGBT+ celebration continues to gain popularity

McALLEN — Strollers carrying infants blended with the heels of drag queens. Pride flags waved in the air, shone freshly painted on faces and...

Update: Homeless man killed in collision Tuesday; memorial created at crash site

Updated at 7:30 p.m. A homeless man was killed Tuesday in an auto-pedestrian collision in the 200 block of South 23rd Street in McAllen. Ahmed Ali...

Alamo PD searching for car involved in shooting

The Alamo Police Department continues to search for a vehicle involved in a shooting and crash Thursday afternoon.  At approximately 4:30 p.m., Alamo PD received...