Fallen Mission police corporal honored on his birthday

American flags lined both sides of the road in front of the Mission Police Department on Friday morning. Stop signs along what was once 8th Street had the street name covered with black cloth, each with a single blue line running through the width of the sign. Soon to be unveiled were the new street signs, a tribute to the late Mission PD Corporal Jose Luis “Speedy” Espericueta.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Sculptors create their best at Sandcastle Days

Heavy clouds loomed over the Laguna Madre area Friday morning pounding some cities with rain while creating scattered power outages. But miraculously, the storm never reached the Island during one of its most visual outdoor events of the year. A dozen master sand sculptors from around the country and world have been competing in the Island’s 32nd Annual Sandcastle Days contest held at Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill this week. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Mother, daughter sentenced in federal ammo case

A mother and daughter from Rio Grande City were sentenced for their roles in an attempt to transport more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition into Mexico received their sentence Wednesday, court records show. U.S. District Judge sentenced Edna Yaritza Zamarripa and her mother, Consuelo Teresita Ramirez Zamarripa, to 46 and 37 months in prison, respectively, records show. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Attorney: DNA proves woman didn’t cast illegal vote

The attorney for a former Starr County District Attorney’s Office employee accused of illegal voting is asking a judge to toss the case because her client’s DNA has been excluded from an envelope used to deliver the alleged illegal ballot. Authorities arrested 44-year-old Bernice Garza, who headed the crime victim’s unit for the 229th District Attorney’s Office, in January of this year, charging her with two counts of illegal voting and a count of providing false information on a voting application on accusations the woman voted under the name of Hortencia Rios, who died in 2007. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Edinburg holds rabies clinic for furry friends

Over a hundred cars snaked around the parking lot of Richard R. Flores Stadium on Saturday morning. As a football game took place at the venue, the sounds of cheers and whistles were met with barking and the occasional yelp. This was the scene at the city rabies clinic, which saw a substantial number of good girls and boys turn out for their yearly vaccinations. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Season of Sadness: For Alton bus crash survivors and first responders, the scars run...

Alton volunteer firefighter Luis Guerrero was driving home after dropping off his wife at work the morning of Sept. 21, 1989, when the call came in over the scanner: a school bus with 81 aboard had crashed near 5 Mile Line and Bryan Road. Guerrero immediately made his way to the area, but to his dismay, only a Dr Pepper truck could be seen parked along the road. The bus, he would soon find out, had plunged about 40 feet into a water-filled caliche pit, students were trapped inside, and it was quickly sinking. What transpired next forever changed the lives of countless people, Guerrero included. Now known as the infamous Alton bus crash, the collision is considered the worst school bus crash in Texas history. It claimed the lives of 21 students and led to widespread changes in school bus safety. Saturday marked 30 years since the wreck that inspired a corrido, a documentary and a book titled “The Alton Bus Crash.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Through the Lens: Photojournalist recalls being one of the first on scene at Alton...

Sept. 21, 1989, began like any other day. Delcia Lopez was taking care of her nephew and listening to scanner chatter. Lopez, a photojournalist who now...

Fiesta de Palmas celebrates region’s cultures

The walkways of the McAllen Convention Center were adorned in many red Asian lanterns, while hanging above were lines of colorful papel picado banners on Saturday. Here, locals of all ages and nationalities celebrated the diversity of the Rio Grande Valley at the 14th annual Fiesta De Palmas event, hosted by the City of McAllen. Four large banners hung across the area, showing attendees what region of the world they were about to step into — Asia, the Middle East, Latin America or Europe. Attendees were able to take photos with lotertia posters which were scattered across the area, or the giant and shimmering Chinese dragon that stood next to the fountain. Read the full story at themonitor.com.