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.

Three generations of fishing

PORT ISABEL — It’s all about family.David Gower reflected on the 45 years his family has participated in the Texas International Fishing Tournament.He was...

Support group forms for rare disorder MG

HARLINGEN — Karen Mau didn’t know what she had.She knew some strange symptoms had beset her, including muscle weakness, a drooping eyelid, double vision...

Tips to preparing for a great school year

HARLINGEN — How do you prepare your little one for a successful school year?The correct answer is tailored to the unique needs of every...

Rio Hondo minister known as ‘Flying Pastor’ dies at 84

HARLINGEN — He liked to fly his plane as the sun rose, praying for the churches passing below.He was an animal lover, an athlete,...

Police honor Harlingen South student for bravery

HARLINGEN — The screech of tires broke the spell of his sister’s dance recital.Austin Montalvo, 17, rushed out of the HCISD Performing Arts Center...

Have you been tested? $6.5 million grant will help fight hepatitis C in the...

HARLINGEN — Valleyites are at a significantly greater risk for hepatitis C infection than people in other parts of the United States.No one knows...

Raising a prizewinner: Lambs have their day at livestock show

MERCEDES — It’s becoming a habit.Katy Partida, 14, seems to have found a blueprint for success, raising lambs that walk off with ribbons at...

Hard work earns ribbons for students, goats

MERCEDES — “Awesome!”MERCEDES — “Awesome!”Elly Marie Saenz, 10, just beamed as she left the arena with her prize-winning goat.She’d taken second place for her...

Long hours of work pay off for teen and her heifer at Rio Grande...

MERCEDES — Kara Martinez strolled confidently into the arena with her Charolais cross heifer, the animal steady and solid at her side.Kara, 17, and...

McAllen teen wins regional bee by correctly spelling ‘transmittal’

HARLINGEN — “Transmittal,” said the pronouncer.“Transmittal,” repeated Veena Namboodiri at the Rio Grande Valley 30th Annual Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday.She wrote imaginary letters...