Hidalgo County addresses first case, pending tests, price gouging

In an emergency meeting and less than 24 hours removed from the announcement of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 locally, the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court announced the county is officially in level one of emergency preparedness, otherwise known as maximum readiness. In addition to providing more information about the first positive case in the county, a McAllen woman in her 20s who began feeling ill after returning from a trip to Las Vegas, commissioners discussed the response of the community as bulk-buying continues.  Price gouging food and products considered necessities is a crime, officials declared.  Read the full story at themonitor.com

List of local businesses that have changed hours, closures

The following businesses are changing their hours, closing or making other adjustments because of the coronavirus. This list will be updated as needed. Chick-fil-A Temporary Closure...

Area schools announce closures through April

School districts throughout the Rio Grande Valley are extending their spring break closures to April as calls to avoid gatherings of 50 or more people intensify. Each district will continue to remain in communication with parents, students and staff to plan how they will continue past April. Read the full story at themonitor.com

LETTERS: Somewhere in our time; Take this nation back

Somewhere in our time Somewhere in time — somewhere between the first breath of our life and the last gasp of our being — we...

Gov. Abbott waives STAAR testing requirement

AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday shelved the state's requirement for high-stakes standardized testing, with hundreds of school districts having already canceled...

CDC recommends canceling gatherings of 50 or more

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that gatherings of 50 people or more in US be canceled or postponed over the next eight weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic. The dramatic recommendation Sunday night came Americans struggled to come to terms with how to change their daily habits. Read the full story at themonitor.com

San Juan eyes baseball, softball fields for park upgrades

The city of San Juan is in the process of renovating the baseball and softball fields of the Municipal Park. The renovations come roughly a year after the city replaced the lighting at the park with new LED lights. At Tuesday’s regular meeting, Parks and Recreation Director Patrick Willingham presented the commission with an update regarding the progress of the park’s renovations. Read the full story at themonitor.com

San Juan moves forward with $1M street upgrade bid

The city of San Juan is in the preliminary stages of upgrading some of its streets after awarding a bid to a construction company at Tuesday’s meeting. The city commission approved an item that awarded the bid to MJA Construction LLC out of Mission. The construction company was the lowest of the six bids received on Feb. 26, specifically in the amount of $1,093,301.36. “We’re about to get started with the pre-construction meeting, I want to say maybe next week,” San Juan City Manager Ben Arjona said. “This was the bid that was submitted to the city, and it was approved, so the next step is to get the contract. We’ll look at the contract and see if there’s anything that needs to be changed. It’ll take a couple of weeks, maybe three weeks at the most, for that to begin.” Read the full story at the monitor.com