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Valley fashion designer makes face masks for healthcare workers

Laisa Chavez Macias stays busy and inside her home these days with an order of more than 300 face masks to complete. The local fashion designer and entrepreneur decided to use old fabrics to create face masks and donate them to healthcare workers. Macias said she has several friends in the healthcare community who were running out of masks and expressed their concerns to her. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Rio Hondo ISD: Employee tested positive for COVID-19

The 40-year-old male from Rio Hondo who tested positive for COVID-19 was identified as an employee of the Rio Hondo school district, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the district. The man remains in home isolation and is not reporting to the district, the release stated. Due to safety concerns, the district has stopped its grab and go food services program until further notice. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Schools extend Spring Break over coronavirus

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic school officials in Cameron and Willacy counties have decided to extend Spring Break vacation one more week for...

Barbecue for the win

HARLINGEN — A twist on the regular Philly cheese steak with smoked brisket, grilled onions, mushrooms and melted provolone is one of the options...

MMA honors 75th anniversary of Iwo Jima

HARLINGEN — Colonel Christopher S. Dowling, President of Marine Military Academy, took out from his peaked cap a letter after addressing the crowd on...

MMA honors 75th anniversary of Iwo Jima

Col. Christopher S. Dowling, president of Marine Military Academy, took out from his peaked cap a letter after addressing the crowd on the MMA parade grounds. Dowling was speaking Wednesday at the academy’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima. The letter was written by Iwo Jima survivor Hersel E. Williams, soon to be 95, who had attended the academy’s Iwo Jima ceremonies for the past six years. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Mexican artist showcases talent at local museum

Visitors to the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum will find a sphere decorated with a tile and glass mosaic of bright blues and greens, with images of flowers and birds representing the many species found around the Valley. This mosaic piece of art, along with a decorated bench placed nearby, is the work of Matamoros artists Marco Antonio Martinez. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

New director of Lower Valley advocacy groups has Upper Valley roots

Laura Lyles Reagan is embarking on a new professional route, one she is passionate about. Reagan has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Cameron and Willacy Counties by their board of directors. Reagan has experience with nonprofit organizations as well as grant writing. She said her knowledge is one of the reasons she was selected. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Mexican artist showcases talent at Harlingen museum

Visitors to the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum will find a sphere decorated with a tile and glass mosaic of bright blues and greens, with images of flowers and birds representing the many species found around the Rio Grande Valley. This mosaic piece of art, along with a decorated bench placed nearby, is the work of Matamoros artist Marco Antonio Martinez. Martinez, 50, will soon offer his talent and creativity to those interested in making Turkish lamps, which are made of mosaic glass. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Man found dead in car in north Harlingen

Harlingen Police are investigating the shooting death of a man discovered in a car in north Harlingen. Police say they were called to the 3300 block of Adams Landing near Loop 499 around 10 p.m. Thursday. They say the Hispanic male was found dead with a gunshot wound to the chest. “When we arrived to the location officers located inside his vehicle and from there EMS was called. He was transported to one of our local hospitals just to verify he was deceased,” Sgt. Larry Moore said. “As of right now, we are gathering as much information we can. We are asking if anyone has any information and to come forward with anything that may be helpful to us,” Moore said. The name of the victim has not been released. “We are trying to locate the person responsible. Our investigators have been out all night and are still here following up. It is still an active investigation and will follow up on any lead,” he said. Moore said anyone with information should call Harlingen Area Crime Stoppers at 956-425-8477 (TIPS).