Starr Co. records its 38th COVID-19 case

Starr County is reporting its 38th confirmed case of COVID-19. The county confirmed that a man in his early 20s tested positive for the virus.  Read the full story at

Freddy Gonzalez Drive in McAllen to close for sewer installation

Storm sewer installation construction is prompting a road closure along Freddy Gonzalez Drive in McAllen, beginning Monday, June 8. The construction is part of the Bicentennial Boulevard extension project, according to a McAllen news release Tuesday. In the release, the city announced that Freddy Gonzalez Drive will be closed to all through traffic between 23rd and Main streets. Read the full story at

Pharr to distribute sandbags

The city of Pharr will be providing self-serve sandbags to residents in anticipation of inclement weather expected and at the start of the 2020 hurricane season. The sandbags will be distributed from 1 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. In order to receive the sandbags, residents must provide a Pharr proof of residency. Read the full story at

Willacy Co. confirms its second COVID-19 related death

Willacy County has confirmed its second death related to COVID-19 on a day that’s already proven active. The county announced that a man in his 60s who had tested positive for the COVID-19 died on Saturday. He was being treated at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. The announcement comes on the same day that the county confirmed two more cases of COVID-19. Read the full story at

Mission police recover body from canal

Mission police recovered a male’s body near 495 Los Ebanos on Tuesday morning. Investigator Art Flores said a resident reported finding the individual in a canal. Read the full story at

New COVID-19 mobile testing site opening in Mission

A new COVID-19 mobile testing site will be opening Wednesday in Mission, according to a statement from U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez. Testing for the coronavirus will be available Wednesday at the Veteran’s Memorial Pavilion, located at 300 S. Inspiration Road, in Mission. Read the full story at

21st case of COVID-19 reported in Willacy Co.

Willacy County has announced its 21st case of COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon. The new case is that of a woman in her 50s who acquired the virus through contact with another individual who previously tested positive, according to a news release from the Department of State Health Services. Read the full story at

Valley’s recent showers helping alleviate drought

It might be time to dust off your umbrella. The latest in a string of squalls rolled through Hidalgo County on Monday afternoon, knocking out power and prompting flood advisories, and it likely won’t be the last storm Rio Grande Valley residents see in the near future. According to AEP Texas, more than 12,800 residents lost power in the Valley. Read the full story at

County judge to propose compromise with cities on coronavirus relief

After weeks of clashes between city and county leaders over the disbursement of coronavirus relief funds, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said he will present a new proposal to county commissioners on Tuesday that reflects a compromise reached with cities on how to allocate those funds. "Tomorrow, in our meeting, we’re going to finalize and decide what those amounts are,” Cortez said Monday of the new disbursement figures. “We now have received information and input from cities and we’re glad that we did,” Cortez added. “That helped us understand what they wanted to do, so we are going to make some changes and modifications to our original plan of distributing the funds and tomorrow we’ll report what it is.” Read the full story at

Edinburg EDC could be managed by city

The council here will vote Tuesday whether it should make the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation a department under the direction of the city. Currently, the economic development corporation (EDC) operates as a nonprofit, separate from the city. Its decisions are guided by a board of directors and carried out by an executive director and their staff. On Tuesday, however, the council will consider making it a city department under the direction of an assistant city manager focused on economic development, among other city business. Read the full story at