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Governor orders flags at half-staff in honor of Villalon

Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered that the State and U.S. flags in Cameron County and surrounding counties be lowered and fly at half-staff in honor of Spc. Miguel A. Villalon, who was killed earlier this month in Afghanistan while conducting operations as part of Freedom’s Sentinel. The order comes from a request by the City of Brownsville that the flags be lowered to honor the 21-year-old Brownsville native. The flags will remain at half-staff until Villalon’s burial, which is Saturday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Funeral services set for fallen Brownsville soldier

Funeral services will be held Friday and Saturday for Spc. Miguel A. Villalon, who was killed Jan. 11 in Afghanistan, when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by an IED, or improvised explosive device. Visitation will be held from 1 to 10 p.m. Friday, at the Brownsville Event Center, 1 Event Center Drive. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, also at the Brownsville Event Center. Burial will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park. Villalon’s remains arrived last Tuesday night at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, where Vice President Mike Pence and other dignitaries received them. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Body of fallen Brownsville soldier back in the US

BROWNSVILLE — Funeral services will be held next week for Pfc. Miguel A. Villalon, a Brownsville native who was killed Saturday in Afghanistan when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by an IED, or improvised explosive device. Leslie Duval, Villalon, Villalon’s aunt and godmother, said services are scheduled for next Friday and Saturday. Villalon’s remains arrived Tuesday night at Dover Air Force Base, Del., where Vice President Mike Pence and other dignitaries received them. They will be transported back to Brownsville where Villalon will be buried. Read more on The Monitor.com.

Soldier with Brownsville ties killed in Afghanistan

A solider with ties to Brownsville is one of two killed in Afghanistan over the weekend. Spc. Miguel A. Villalon, 21, whose father lives in...

Strong winds down sign, expected to continue today and Saturday

If you thought the winds were strong on Thursday, they are about to get stronger today and on Saturday. The National Weather Service in Brownsville...

Reward increased in search for missing person

The family of Ramiro “Kimberly” Avila is hoping that an increase in the reward seeking information on Avila will encourage anyone who knows what happened to him will come forward. The reward is now at $10,000, with $5,000 coming from the Brownsville Police Department and its Crime Stoppers program and $5,000 from the Valley Aids Council. Avila, a transgender woman, disappeared from the downtown area around 2:30 a.m. on May, 13, 2017. Avila’s family and police have been searching for Avila since the disappearance but have been unable to locate him. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Rain forecast New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day

You might want to have that umbrella on hand as you ring in 2020. The National Weather Service reports there’s a 50 percent chance of rain on New Year’s Eve and an 80 percent chance of rain on New Year’s Day. The rain is being brought in by an upper-level, low-pressure system that is expected to move toward the Rio Grande Valley. Cloud cover will be on the increase Tuesday and a few light showers may clip the Lower Valley as early as Tuesday afternoon. Read the full forecast at themonitor.com.

Officer involved shooting in Brownsville leaves one man dead

The Texas Rangers have been called in to investigate an officer involved shooting involving a Brownsville police officer that left one man dead. Read the full story at themonitor.com

BISD Trustee arrested on bribery charges

BISD Vice President Sylvia P. Atkinson remains in federal custody this morning following her arrest on bribery charges. An eight count indictment filed against the...

NWS expects cold blasts; Temperatures will plummet this week

Better keep those jackets and gloves handy. The Rio Grande Valley is expected to receive blasts of cold air over the next five days. The first cold push of air will arrive late this evening or early Friday morning, dropping temperatures to the 50s by Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Brownsville. The second push of cold air likely will come from the North Pole around sunset Monday and temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s on Tuesday with feel-like temperatures around 35 to 40 degrees, the NWS advised. There’s a chance the cold front could arrive sooner. Read the full story at themonitor.com.