Travis Whitehead

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Travis Whitehead is a Reporter for the Valley Morning Star. He can be reached at twhitehead@valleystar.com or (956) 421-9876.

Pandemic forcing people to stay home for the holidays

HARLINGEN — “Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays …” Ever since Perry Como recorded those heartwarming lyrics in 1954, they have celebrated...

Masks still serve as effective tool against virus

HARLINGEN — With Halloween around the corner, many kids are thinking about masks. But masks have taken on a whole new role this year. Instead...

Teacher sings parody to live COVID-19 blues

HARLINGEN — “You say quarantine is draining and you can’t go onnnnnnnn!” A grieving “King George,” a.k.a Alfonso Gonzalez, pouts, puts his hand up and...

Front line physician prepared for pandemic

HARLINGEN — He’s taken the road less traveled, and it’s paying off — for many. Dr. Christopher Romero is on the COVID-19 front lines at...

Biden-Harris supporters gather for car caravan in Lower Valley

HARLINGEN — For Democracy, he said. That’s why Chris Pauley said he showed up Saturday for a pro-Joe Biden parade through town. “I feel like he’s...

Trump supporters rally in Harlingen for re-election campaign

HARLINGEN — For the love of country, she said. That’s why Lisa Hernandez, leader of the Cameron County Conservatives, said she attended a pro-Trump re-election...

Doctor: COVID causing strokes in younger population

HARLINGEN – The stroke incidents keep increasing, but the hospital visits keep falling. Since the COVID pandemic struck several months ago, hospitals have seen fewer...

Expert: Blood oxygenation level determines severity of virus patients

If COVID-19 has severely depleted your oxygen level, get to the hospital immediately. The virus has so overloaded local hospitals they can only accept the most severe cases, said Dr. Ameer Hassan, head of the neuroscience department at Valley Baptist Medical Center. “You don’t need to be in the hospital if you have COVID symptoms,” Hassan said. “You only need to be in the hospital if your oxygenation level is low. If you need oxygen, it’s recommended you get admitted.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

HCISD outlines new formats for school year

HARLINGEN — Choose your path. The Harlingen school district has released an online brochure detailing the new instructional pathways parents can choose for their children...

IDEA ready for new school year

Right on time. IDEA Public Schools will open Aug. 10 as planned, with new precautions in place to keep kids safe. IDEA comprises 96 campuses in Texas and Louisiana, including several in Hidalgo and Cameron counties. The district has just announced its “Start Strong 2020” plan for the 2020-21 school year, which was created after input from the Texas Education Agency and more than 4,000 parents, said a news release. Read the full story at themonitor.com.