Labor of love: Bloom event prepares expecting parents on what’s to come

Mom-to-be Briana Arzate strolled through the corridors of Edinburg Regional Medical Center with her essential snack — popcorn — tucked away in her bag.As...

Hidalgo County jail suspends visitation due to COVID-19 concerns

Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra says all visitation to the jail will be suspended starting Saturday. The measure is being taken as a precaution...

Photo Gallery: Best of April 2019

DELCIA LOPEZ and JOEL MARTINEZ | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS The following are some of the top photos from the month of April.

Six plead guilty in drug conspiracy

McALLEN — Six more defendants accused of playing roles in a large drug conspiracy that involved meth, cocaine and marijuana pleaded guilty to separate...

Donna PD temporarily closes lobby, municipal court

The Donna Police Department has temporarily closed its front lobby to the public. The lobby closure also affects the Donna Municipal Court, which has temporarily closed as well. “It’s just precautionary, just for right now,” Donna Police Chief Gilbert Guerrero said during a phone interview Monday afternoon. “We’re going to close for a day and see how it works,” he said. The department announced the two closures via Facebook posts Monday, citing the growing health and safety concerns of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Edinburg man arrested at border for child indecency

A 75-year-old Edinburg man matching an outstanding arrest warrant for child indecency was arrested Sunday while attempting to cross the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge, according...

‘Things you’d never dream of:’ Livestock Show food lineup ranges from fried Oreos to...

MERCEDES — Six-year-old Juliet Garcia tore from a funnel cake at the center of a picnic table. She sat with her aunt and grandfather...

COVID concerns cause closings, cancellations, flight of Canadians

It’s safe to say that things are getting a little strange out there. The coronavirus has affected virtually every corner of the globe, and officials locally have described its arrival in the Rio Grande Valley as a matter of when rather than if. On Monday, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez announced he would be signing a seven-day disaster declaration prohibiting gatherings of 50 or more people. The declaration is expected to be extended through the end of March and will touch virtually every aspect of life in the Valley, and already made its presence felt with the immediate closure of the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show in Mercedes — a proud institution that had been running 81 years strong. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Despite lull in activity, area health officials say they will stay vigilant for Zika...

McALLEN — Health officials in the Rio Grande Valley and Tamaulipas on Thursday warned about the ongoing dangers of the Zika virus, which is...

Man facing federal gun charges in ‘straw purchase’ case

McALLEN — A Hidalgo man faces federal charges for his alleged role in a firearm straw purchase, according to court records.Edward Eli Lopez faces...