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Pinning ceremony to honor Vietnam veterans

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, will host a pinning ceremony in Brownsville on Wednesday to honor Vietnam veterans. Wednesday’s ceremony is one of several throughout Texas Vela is holding as part of the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration program that recognizes Vietnam War veterans and their families for their honorable service and sacrifices to our nation. Read the full story at themonitor.com

County announces more temporary road closures for SpaceX testing

Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. has announced the closing and temporary closing of Highway 4 and Boca Chica beach for SpaceX testing activities. On Jan. 23 and 24, a portion of Highway 4 near the entrance to Boca Chica Beach will be closed between 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. Boca Chica Beach will remain open during this road closure, Trevino said. SpaceX and law enforcement authorities will be coordinating to ensure that no individuals or vehicles are allowed access to these areas during these times of the day. Individuals who provide proof of residence will be allowed to proceed to their home during testing. The beach will remain open during this temporary road closure. In case of an emergency, the necessary medical and/or law enforcement personnel will be allowed to circumvent the road closure. Read the full story at themonitor.com

‘I Love SPI’ kicks off

Coinciding with the spirit of Valentine’s Day, this coastal city is asking residents and businesses to show their love for the Island by adding extra unwanted bulky items and brush to their regular monthly pick-up service. The City of South Padre Island, in partnership with Republic Services, kicked off its annual “I Love SPI” campaign Jan. 20. During the campaign, residents and businesses are able to place brush and bulky items at the front of their property for collection. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Melrose Family location opens in Mercedes

A popular clothing store with local roots has opened a new location in Mercedes. Melrose Family Fashions, which provides shopping options for men, women and children, is now open at the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets. According to a news release, the new 7,000 square-foot store is located between the Disney Store and Justice, in the southeast side of the shopping center. Melrose was founded in McAllen in 1976 as a single store that sold fashion apparel targeted towards younger customers. Since then, the store has expanded to over 100 stores located throughout five southwestern states. The store now offers electronics, lingerie, cosmetics, home goods and snacks, aside from the fashion options for all members of the family.

New Braunfels police charges Alton woman with stabbing murder

The New Braunfels Police Department announced Wednesday that authorities there arrested a 29-year-old Alton resident on a charge of murder. In a news release, police report being called to a residence at 12:30 a.m. for a stabbing report where authorities discovered 32-year-old Iris Velasquez, of New Braunfels, who had died. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Rep. Vela to hold pinning ceremony for Vietnam veterans

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, will host a pinning ceremony in Brownsville on Wednesday to honor Vietnam veterans. Wednesday’s ceremony is one of several throughout Texas that Vela is holding as part of the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration program, which recognizes Vietnam War veterans and their families for their honorable service and sacrifices to our nation. The ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. at the Ringgold Civic Pavilion, 501 E. Ringgold St. The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War to honor veterans of the Vietnam War and to highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. In 2007, the 110th Congress incorporated language in H.R. 4986 authorizing the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. During each ceremony, veterans will receive the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin provided by the official Commemoration office for their active duty service between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975.

Hargill man gets 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting a child

A Hargill man convicted of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old child last year received a 25-year prison sentenced earlier this month. The Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office announced the sentence Tuesday in the case of 62-year-old Juan Treviño, who entered guilty pleas to two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. State District Judge Letty Lopez sentenced the man on Jan. 9, according to the news release. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Alton double homicide suspect set for court hearing

A man Alton police say fled to Mexico after shooting and killing two men following an argument is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for a probable cause hearing. Oscar Armando Velasquez's defense attorney, Daniel Reyes, filed a writ of habeas corpus on Nov. 27 — 10 days after the man's arrest — seeking his release from jail for a lack of probable cause and bond reduction. The 22-year-old Alton man remains jailed on $2.5 million in bonds on charges of capital murder of multiple persons and three counts of criminal attempted murder. Read the full story at themonitor.com

$1 million bond for woman charged with murder in Weslaco shooting death

Updated at 3:22 p.m. A Weslaco woman was arraigned on a murder charge Sunday in connection with the shooting death of a man authorities originally...

Sheriff: Burglary suspect dies after being shot by Weslaco homeowner

A person suspected of burglary of a habitation has died after being shot by the homeowner Saturday morning, Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra said on social media. In a statement on Twitter, the sheriff identified the man who was shot and killed as 24-year-old Weslaco resident Eduardo Mendoza. "JP Morales has ordered an autopsy. Investigation is still ongoing," Guerra tweeted. Read the full story at theMonitor.com.