Unhappy New Year: Fireworks increase anxiety in pets

Squeals, frightened looks, pee accidents and uncontrollable barking are just a few of the symptoms fireworks cause on animals. According to Terran Tull, Operations Director for the Harlingen Humane Society, the reason pets get so distraught is because they are not used to such a loud noise. They are put out of their comfort zone, which causes them to react anxiously and fearful toward the noises. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Starr Co. 2020 primary races set, most of them uncontested

Most of the races for the Starr County March 2020 primary are all but decided with 11 of 16 races going uncontested. Of the five races that are being contested in March, the most high-profile race is that for of the 229th Judicial District Attorney. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

SPI takes action on shoreline projects

As the holidays near the end and this city’s busiest season draws near, a city committee is making preparations for the new year. During a committee meeting held Dec. 10, the City of South Padre Island Shoreline Task Force took action on a few items regarding portable restrooms, native plants and a pilot program. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

McAllen announces road closures for new storm sewer infrastructure installation

The city of McAllen has announced road closures for the new drainage improvement project. According to a news release, the city will begin closing roads Monday through Feb. 13 for the North 7 ½ and Highland Drainage Improvement Project.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

A Dark Day: The Edinburg Triple Homicide-Suicide

12-23: The Monitor obtains police report listing sexual abuse charges tied to Edinburg triple homicide case https://www.themonitor.com/2019/12/23/child-porn-among-charges-police-listed-triple-homicide/ 12-18: EDP holds presser, IDs suspect, reveals motive https://www.themonitor.com/2019/12/18/edinburg-police-name-triple-homicide-suspect/ 12-17: The Monitor...

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.