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.

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...

Harlingen South student detained after written threat found

HARLINGEN — A student was taken into custody Friday after school officials found a written message threatening harm to others.HARLINGEN — A student was...

Roma to Japan: Rio Grande Valley native travels the globe in the Navy

HARLINGEN — She was a small-town girl with big dreams, and she followed them, to Okinawa, California, New Orleans, Puerto Rico and beyond.Navy Chief...

Camp Perry to receive $6.1 million overhaul

HARLINGEN — They told Terry Fossum’s father his three sons would never achieve anything.They didn’t hear that.Terry Fossum became an officer in the U.S....