County unveils inclusive park for special needs children

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Valley View Early College Campus on Wednesday morning to commemorate what is believed to be the largest inclusive park in South Texas. The park will provide children and adults with disabilities an opportunity to play at a playground that caters to their special needs. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Gladys Porter Zoo introduces brother warthogs

The Gladys Porter Zoo welcomed two new warthogs, brothers Rollo and Leonardo, to the zoo recently from Indianapolis. The brothers, who are currently about one-third of their full-grown size, were transported from Indiana and are quickly settling in to their new habitat, finished days ago. Patrick Burchfield, Gladys Porter Zoo director, explained how the exhibit was set up to accommodate the pigs, which are native to sub-Saharan Africa. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Three UTRGV students design winning holiday cards

Some holiday cards carry a little extra meaning during Christmas. In fact, for designing cards, three University of Texas Rio Grande Valley students in Brownsville won scholarships with cash awards in the 2019 University of Texas Rio Grande Valley President’s Holiday Card Contest. UTRGV President Guy Bailey presented the winners at a reception Thursday afternoon at the Student Union on the Brownsville campus. He delayed the presentation, waiting for UT System Chancellor James B. Milliken to arrive. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Weslaco Christmas parade honors city’s centennial

It was a birthday bash to remember as hundreds of people lined Texas Boulevard here on a sunny and cool Saturday morning to await the start of the Weslaco Centennial Christmas Parade. The parade — which featured decade-themed floats from the 1920s to the present day — was just one in nearly a week’s worth of events meant to celebrate the city’s centennial anniversary. From the parade, to a 5K fun run, to a barbecue cook-off, to lectures on local history, and even the production of a documentary, the celebration has included something for everyone. The birthday celebration continues through Tuesday evening, when a closing ceremony and fireworks show will be held at Bobby Lackey Stadium at 7 p.m. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Doctor heads to trial in healthcare scheme

Dr. Jorge Zamora-Quezada will finally be going to trial Wednesday, more than a year after his arrest in May 2018 for allegedly running a healthcare scheme from his rheumatology practices in Edinburg, Brownsville and San Antonio. Government prosecutors allege that his wife, Meisy Zamora and two employees — Felix Ramos and Estella Santos Natera — also participated in the scheme, which allegedly involved defrauding health insurers by misdiagnosing and over-treating patients. On Wednesday, the attorneys for the government and the defendants’ attorneys met for a status conference, during which U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa addressed pending motions. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Ortiz, “El Patrón” ready to put on a show at Payne Arena

HIDALGO — There’s no love lost between Tito Ortiz and Alberto “El Patrón” Rodriguez. When the UFC Hall of Famer and former WWE and PRIDE...