Hundreds give final goodbye to Villalon

At least 300 people attended the funeral service for U.S. Army Spc. Miguel Angel Villalon at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Brownsville Events Center where a religious ceremony was held to give the soldier a final blessing. Community members and elected officials such as U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez and City Commissioner Jessica Tetreau, among many more, attended the funeral to give their final goodbye and express their support to the family. “It was very devastating to know that we lost one of our own and as a city official it was my job to make sure that we honor him in the highest and most honorable way that we could,” Tetreau said. Read the full story at

IBC Bank announces promotions

IBC Bank-Brownsville recently announced the promotions of Lee Reed and Al Villarreal. The promotions were announced during the bank’s annual Bonus Presentation. Read the full story at

Photo Gallery: After holding bloodless bullfights for more than 20 years, Renk plans final...

The curtains are dropping on Fred Renk’s bloodless bullfights in La Gloria. The Starr County arena has pitted bulls against matadors in northern Starr...

Rep. Vela to hold pinning ceremony for Vietnam veterans

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, will host a pinning ceremony in Brownsville on Wednesday to honor Vietnam veterans. Wednesday’s ceremony is one of several throughout Texas that Vela is holding as part of the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration program, which recognizes Vietnam War veterans and their families for their honorable service and sacrifices to our nation. The ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. at the Ringgold Civic Pavilion, 501 E. Ringgold St. The 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized a program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War to honor veterans of the Vietnam War and to highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. In 2007, the 110th Congress incorporated language in H.R. 4986 authorizing the Secretary of Defense to conduct a program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. During each ceremony, veterans will receive the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin provided by the official Commemoration office for their active duty service between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975.

Sharyland school board meeting erupts with public unrest over abuse claims

MISSION — Public unrest over the handling of a hazing incident allegedly involving Pioneer High swimmers in November exploded into full-blown fury at a Sharyland school board meeting Monday evening, when close to a dozen people levied allegations of abuse and administrative cover-ups. Monday’s meeting was filled with community members, students, district staff and parents, many of whom expressed concern over the incident in question and allegations of previous incidents that are similar in nature. Some in the audience were openly hostile to the board, heckling and jeering them. “How dare you,” some yelled. “Shame on you,” others shouted. Speakers commenting in favor of the board were booed. Read more at The

Funeral services set for fallen Brownsville soldier

Funeral services will be held Friday and Saturday for Spc. Miguel A. Villalon, who was killed Jan. 11 in Afghanistan, when the vehicle he was riding in was struck by an IED, or improvised explosive device. Visitation will be held from 1 to 10 p.m. Friday, at the Brownsville Event Center, 1 Event Center Drive. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, also at the Brownsville Event Center. Burial will follow at Buena Vista Burial Park. Villalon’s remains arrived last Tuesday night at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, where Vice President Mike Pence and other dignitaries received them. Read the full story at

Zamora Quezada convicted on multiple counts of healthcare fraud; wife acquitted

A jury found Dr. Jorge Zamora Quezada guilty of healthcare fraud Wednesday following a month-long trial during which the government presented evidence alleging he intentionally misdiagnosed patients for profit. The Edinburg-based rheumatologist was convicted of counts 1 through 11 of the superseding indictment, with the exception of count 5, in which he was found not guilty, and count 10, which was dismissed before the start of deliberations. Read the full story at

Beloved civil rights activist, Maria Silva remembered as a beacon for opportunity

In 2012, the narrow road that connects the elementary, middle and high schools here was named after Maria Silva — an honor that represents the paths to education that her advocacy paved the way for generations of local students. Frank Silva, Maria’s son, said that she saw the importance of investing in students’ education, and carried it with her throughout her work as a civil rights activist. This work included launching free lunch programs and much-needed bilingual classes where they were not previously available. Read the full story at

A look back at crime in 2019

In the last 365 days, Hidalgo County has seen its share of crime. With the close of 2019, here's a look back at two high-profile crimes, a jury trial and a brief examination of violent incidents ending in murder. Read the full story at