Early voting in Starr County up from 2016 presidential primary

In just the first week of early voting, Starr County is on pace to surpass their early voting turnout during the 2016 presidential primary. During the first five days of early voting last week, 6,049 people voted in the Democratic Primary in Starr County, according to data from the Texas Secretary of State’s office. That figure equals more than half of the 9,128 people who voted early in 2016. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Donna ISD moving on from head football coaches Leal, Marichalar

Donna Independent School District announced it will not be bringing back Donna High head football coach Ramiro Leal, or Donna North head football coach...

Resident Gamers Podcast: Episode 001 – Star Wars: Fallen Order and more

In the first episode of The Monitor's Resident Gamers Podcast, we look at Star Wars: Fallen Order, Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Tokyo Mirage...

Mission firefighter who battled Australian fires honored

For 33 days Rey Navarro battled some of the worst bushfires in Australia’s history, across the globe from his hometown of Mission. Thursday night the city of Mission and the Boys & Girls Club of Mission recognized the firefighter, whose first job was working with the Mission Boys & Girls Club. Navarro, 39, was presented with an award and helped pass out trophies to Boys & Girls Club athletes at the ceremony. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

SPI making preparations for Spring Break

In an effort to provide a safe and secure experience for residents, visitors and Spring Breakers, city officials of this coastal city have made preparations for this annual upcoming vacation period. South Padre Island police and fire department officials discussed their plans for Spring Break Thursday morning during a press conference. SPI Fire Chief Jim Pigg kicked off the press conference with his department’s preparations. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Inside Texas’ last Kmart

The last Kmart in Texas stands in South McAllen, on the corner of 10th and the expressway, just across the parking lot from Furr’s Fresh Buffet. It won’t be there for long though; Transformco, the company that bought out Kmart and Sears in a bankruptcy sale last year, announced the McAllen store would be closing earlier this month. In its prime, the hundred-plus-year-old retailer operated thousands of stores across the world. By summer, the number of Kmarts left will be winnowed down to a few dozen. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Winter visitors in Weslaco reflect on 75 years of marriage

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Blood on Board: Local air ambulance services now outfitted with O+

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2019 RGV Citizens of the Year: Valley MPO officials

Many cities and towns comprise the Rio Grande Valley, yet it generally is regarded as a single entity, with common characteristics, goals and problems. Its residents can be seen as one big family. Like any family, the relationships among the member cities and counties are complicated. Despite their commonality they sometimes come at odds, competing for key businesses and other features that can boost the economy not only of the Valley as a whole, but also of the host city. Clashes over the placement of institutions such as the medical school or funding allocations have even raised consternation from state officials who said no allocations would be considered until local officials stopped bickering and presented a single regional request. Sometimes, however, sensible, regional thinking develops on its own, and that happened in a big way when the Valley’s three metropolitan planning organizations, which plan transportation projects for the areas they cover, agreed to merge into one regional body. Read the full story at themonitor.com