Francisco E. Jimenez

Francisco E. Jimenez is a multimedia and general assignments reporter for The Monitor. He can be reached at (956)683-4433, or at

Annual Mission 5K run/ walk inspires hope

The weather was dreary, but the mood was nothing short of inspiring. The 59-degree weather did not discourage the hundreds of participants and supporters of the 10th annual Mission Pink Breast Cancer Awareness 5K Walk/ Run on Saturday morning. “It went really well. The new partnership between (Mission Regional Medical Center) and the American Cancer Society brought out a lot of different people,” said April Chapa, senior community development manager for the American Cancer Society. “There was a sea of pink everywhere, which is good.” Pink shirts, hats, wigs, tutus, even a pair of pink colored poodles were observed in the parking lot of Mission Regional Medical Center, forming a sea of pink. The mood was exuberant as music blared over the loudspeakers. Read more at The

Man killed while crossing Expressway 83 in Sullivan City

 A man has died after attempting to cross the expressway just outside of Sullivan City early Saturday morning. According to Sullivan City Police Chief Richard Ozuna, the man was killed when he was struck by a black truck driven by a Starr County man, traveling westbound on Expressway 83. “At approximately 6:30, early morning, we received a call in regards to an auto-pedestrian accident,” Ozuna said. “The officers responded to the location. We called for the ambulance, and unfortunately the individual that got struck by the vehicle did not make it. Our local justice of the peace, JJ Peña, came out and did the inquest.”  Read the full story at

Pharr unveils state of the art public safety communications building

The city of Pharr hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and unveiled a new state-of-the-art Public Safety Communications Building on Tuesday morning. Prior to the ribbon cutting, a VIP tour was provided for local law enforcement representatives in attendance, including the Edinburg police and fire departments, Peñitas Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, among others. The tour included a look at the new data center, information and technology area, the emergency operations center/ training room, paystation and the dispatch. Read the full story at

County encourages fitness with monthly wellness program

The Hidalgo County Wellness Department hosted their first monthly Community Wellness Expo on Saturday morning at the Precinct 2 Indoor Sports Complex. Normally utilized for baseball training, the sports complex played host to local fitness enthusiasts and others looking to begin their journey to the land of gains. Amid the sound of reggaeton and hip hop music were shouts of encouragement from trainers. Spread out on the artificial turf of the indoor baseball diamond was rowing machines, stationary bikes, skiing machines and medicine balls. Read the full story at

Fallen Mission police corporal honored on his birthday

American flags lined both sides of the road in front of the Mission Police Department on Friday morning. Stop signs along what was once 8th Street had the street name covered with black cloth, each with a single blue line running through the width of the sign. Soon to be unveiled were the new street signs, a tribute to the late Mission PD Corporal Jose Luis “Speedy” Espericueta.  Read the full story at

Family, dog escape unscathed from house fire

A fire broke out inside of a house just before noon on Tuesday. The McAllen Fire Department responded to a call at approximately 11:41 for a house on fire in the Legacy gated community located at the 5600 block of Cynthia Street. “Upon our arrival, it looks like it was in the garage area,” said MFD assistant fire chief and public information officer Jim Schultz. “Our crews pulled down their line and started attacking the fire.” Schultz said that there was one person home when the fire started, but he was able to make it out of the home unscathed. At the time of the fire, the family’s pet dog was unaccounted for. Fortunately, Schults reported that the dog was found safe. Read the full story at

DPS investigating rollover that claimed RGC teacher’s life Friday

The Texas Department of Public Safety is currently investigating a Friday night crash that left a Rio Grande City CISD teacher dead. According to a news release, a red Chevrolet Silverado was involved in a single-vehicle rollover at about 8:41 p.m. Friday. The rollover occurred in Starr County in the vicinity of FM 690. Read the full story at

Edinburg holds rabies clinic for furry friends

Over a hundred cars snaked around the parking lot of Richard R. Flores Stadium on Saturday morning. As a football game took place at the venue, the sounds of cheers and whistles were met with barking and the occasional yelp. This was the scene at the city rabies clinic, which saw a substantial number of good girls and boys turn out for their yearly vaccinations. Read the full story at

Dallas Cowboys legend visits UTRGV

NFL all-time leading rusher, three-time Super Bowl champion, Pro Football Hall of Famer, Dancing With The Stars champion, businessman, entrepreneur, author, and now: distinguished speaker. These are just a few of the accolades that Dallas Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith has accumulated throughout his illustrious career, all of which he spoke about on Thursday during his visit to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg. Read the full story at

‘A Beacon of Hope’ – Remembrance event provides support for murder victims

As people slowly entered the Pharr Events Center, they were greeted with a makeshift altar at the back of the room topped with hundreds of photos of murder victims. Some people, many wearing shirts with tributes to their departed loved ones, stopped to observe the photos. Others made their way to the perimeter of the room, where some 20 tables lined the sides of the events center. Each table was a tribute to an individual victim of murder or a violent crime. Some people greeted each other, others offered consolation to more emotional individuals as they walked by the memorial tables. These memorials displayed photos of the deceased, some with small mementos. Read the full story at