Fernando Del Valle

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Fernando del Valle is a Reporter for the Valley Morning Star. He can be reached at fdelvalle@valleystar.com or (956) 430-6278.

Durham family pays tribute to Texas Rangers

Reta Durham grew up listening to stories about her grandfather and the Texas Rangers who helped tame what he called “The Nueces Strip.” To carry on George Durham Sr.’s legacy, his son George Durham Jr. also wore the Texas Rangers badge. Today, Reta Durham and about 85 family members will gather at the Raymondville Memorial Cemetery, where the Former Texas Rangers Association has christened the graves of father and son with iron crosses, marking the sites as hallowed ground for the two former Texas Rangers. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Raymondville police investigate two sexual assault cases involving high school students

Police are investigating two cases in which Raymondville High School female students have accused male students of sexual assault. In one case, a male student apparently remains held at a juvenile detention center. “We’re not done with the investigations,” Police Chief Uvaldo Zamora said yesterday. “We’re getting statements from witnesses.” Investigators are also trying to determine whether other students may have been involved, Zamora said. Zamora said both cases allegedly occurred off-campus. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

IBWC dredges Arroyo, cuts flood risk

After years of negotiations with city hall, federal crews have dredged along a stretch of the Arroyo Colorado as part of a flood control plan. The U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission dredged along bridges at Farm-to-Market Road 509, FM 499 and 77 Sunshine Strip, IBWC U.S. Secretary Sally Spener said. Spener said the agency, which plans more extensive dredging, cleared sediment from the arroyo’s floor and banks to improve the floodway’s flow. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

After 34 years, legendary Willacy sheriff won’t seek re-election to focus on cancer battle

RAYMONDVILLE — It’s the end of an era in Willacy County. Sheriff Larry Spence, the Indiana-born lawman who won the county’s badge 34 years ago...

San Benito proposes $13.4 million budget; plans to hire four new employees

SAN BENITO — The city’s proposed $13.4 million general fund budget would fund the salaries of four new employees, including a new city planner. Before...

Trial reset for ex-Santa Rosa coach accused of sex with student

BROWNSVILLE — A trial has been reset for a former Santa Rosa school district coach accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old...

San Benito school board keeps Vargas as president; Push failed to remove him following...

SAN BENITO — The school board’s majority wants Michael Vargas to stay on as president — and wants its hierarchy intact. As residents packed the...

SBCISD board president accused of intimidation for email warning

SAN BENITO — Questions surround school board President Michael Vargas’ emailed warning to board members and district employees. Last week, a district official emailed the...

Ranger probe into fatal shooting nears end

SAN BENITO — After about nine months, the Texas Rangers’ criminal investigation into the fatal police shooting of 21-year-old Ricardo Treviño is nearly completed. Meanwhile,...

Southwest Key to close Combes migrant children shelter

COMBES — A national organization sheltering thousands of migrant children will shut down a shelter here, citing an “unexpected loss of federal funding.” Southwest Key...