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Coalition guiding teens through the pandemic

Teenagers may be aware of the safety measures to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they don’t always know how to deal with the isolation. One of the most difficult things about this pandemic for 14-year-old Jennifer Cruz, a member of the UNITED Youth Group, is not being able to see her nephew due to safety guidelines. The UNITED group is part of the Uniting Neighbors in Drug Abuse Defense (UNIDAD) coalition, a program from Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas which serves in Hidalgo County and focuses on topics such as underage drinking, binge drinking, marijuana and synthetics, and prescription medication misuse, according to its website. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Edinburg’s Matt Castillo to release new country album in the fall

Artist Matt Castillo is combining the flavors of South Texas in “How The River Flows,” his upcoming 12-song album recorded in Nashville. Born in Austin and raised in Edinburg, Castillo explained “How The River Flows” is about living in the state Capitol and the Rio Grande Valley, and all the life lessons his family taught him during his upbringing. “I really wanted to pay homage to them and say thank you,” he said. “We took a chance on a lot of things on this album... being patient with these songs.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

Edinburg comics specialist releases new collection partly based on Valley experiences

There are no limits when it comes to creating comics for Jose Alaniz, a professor in the department of Slavic languages and literatures at...

U.S. Capitol to display Edinburg student’s artwork

Gabrielle Garcia believes she is not very good at expressing herself with words. She just lets her art do all the talking. The Edinburg North High School sophomore won the Artistics Discovery contest, a nationwide high school art competition. Her artwork, “We Have Become Something Else,” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Garcia explained the meaning behind her piece, a drawing made with color pencils. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Vanguard Academy receives TEA grant for STEM-based internship

Vanguard Academy is now equipped to provide an innovative education in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — for the next school year. The academy received its first Texas Education Agency grant, specifically the 2019-20 Summer Career & Technical Education grant for $50,000. The TEA funds provide two components: a remote learning summer bridge program in STEM-Engineering, and Cybersecurity & Networking Systems for incoming eighth and ninth grade students; and the “Earn While You Learn” experience, a work-based paid internship program for incoming seniors. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Moved by mother’s tears, Alamo artist pays homage to missing Fort Hood soldier with...

With only $40 worth of paint and the help of his family, Alamo muralist Alexander Gonzalez brought the search for Vanessa Guillen to the Rio Grande Valley this week. Painting Wednesday and Thursday, Gonzalez’s mural graces the Hernandez Car Wash in Donna, showing Guillen dressed in her uniform in front of a backdrop of the U.S. and Mexican flags. Guillen, a 20-year-old private first class in the U.S. Army, disappeared two months ago from Fort Hood in Killeen. Authorities suspect foul play was involved in her disappearance. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Buckner RGV receives $7K donation from Austin church

Even a pandemic can’t stop a tradition of giving. Woodland Baptist Church, in Austin, recently donated $7,000 to Buckner RGV to help 10 families with their bills and monthly expenses during the COVID-19 crisis. “That’s pretty amazing because a lot of our families are in a really tough financial situation given that a lot of them lost their jobs, or they are unable to go to work because of stay home orders,” said Diego Silva, director for the Buckner Family Hope Center in Peñitas. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Buckner RGV receives $7K donation from Austin church

Even a pandemic can’t stop a tradition of giving. Woodlawn Baptist Church, in Austin, recently donated $7,000 to Buckner RGV to help 10 families with their bills and monthly expenses during the COVID-19 crisis. “That’s pretty amazing because a lot of our families are in a really tough financial situation given that a lot of them lost their jobs, or they are unable to go to work because of stay home orders,” said Diego Silva, director for the Buckner Family Hope Center in Peñitas. Read the full story at themonitor.com

McAllen native commissioned in U.S. Naval Academy ceremony

It’s been 4 years since Amaris Michelle Lopez, 21, received her letter of assurance for the U.S. Naval Academy. She recently graduated as an Ensign commissioned officer. Lopez was born in Weslaco, raised in McAllen and graduated 2016 from IB Lamar Academy via Nikki Rowe. She heard about the Naval Academy during the fall semester of her senior year. “When I was doing my college search, there was just something that I couldn’t … put it to words what I felt when I first read about what all the Naval Academy had to offer,” Lopez said. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Delia’s Tamales expects to open in San Antonio soon

After almost 30 years ago in the Rio Grande Valley, the Delia’s Tamales family business is now closer to expanding to the city of San Antonio. “San Antonio, we’re close to opening our new location & we’re looking for hard-working, positive-minded individuals who are ready to join our team,” Delia’s Tamales wrote in a statement posted on its Facebook page on Sunday. The news comes nearly a year after Delia’s Tamales announced on its Facebook page that it expected to open in San Antonio by this spring. Read the full story at themonitor.com