Mission’s Betancourt named to Texas Facilities Commission

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Eddy Betancourt of Mission to the Texas Facilities Commission. Betancourt is the president of R&B General Construction Co. Inc., co-owner...

End of the line: Luby’s plans to liquidate assets, likely close

HARLINGEN — Attempts to salvage the iconic Luby’s restaurants founded in Texas in 1947 have apparently been abandoned, and it appears the chain will...

Sonic expanding in the Rio Grande Valley

Sonic is building a new drive-in restaurant in the Valley, the first in nearly 20 years. Franchise group CRUSH Enterprises says it plans to invest...

Massive Spectrum outage covers much of country

HARLINGEN — Spectrum internet, television and phone service continued to suffer major outages across the country Tuesday, including much of Texas. Locally, Spectrum’s television, internet...

Tuesday Morning shutting down stores in Harlingen, McAllen

HARLINGEN — Discount home retailer Tuesday Morning is closing its stores at the Dixieland Corners shopping center in Harlingen and at the McAllen Pavilion. Two...

VIA hopeful numbers continue to trend upward

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to create hardships, communities and businesses are faced with the task of recovering from and adapting to these trying times. During a meeting held Friday, the City of Harlingen Valley International Airport (VIA) Board discussed June reports and safety measures they’ve implemented. According to director of aviation Marvin “Marv” Esterly, the amount of airline passengers is way off compared to where it was. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Fashion on the Road: Local boutique makes home visits

There’s a better option now to shopping for an outfit – and it comes on wheels. Quelle Boutique owner Kelly Sanchez, along with her daughter Ellie, is bringing clothes to customers in their new “mobile boutique”. In a way to adapt to the new normal, Sanchez thought of a way to take clothes to customers without putting them and other clients in danger. Read the full story at themonitor.com

H-E-B to limit sale of toilet paper, sanitizers, briskets

H-E-B has been forced once again to place a limit on certain products due to customers panic buying toilet paper, food items and over-the-counter...

Texans struggle to find work in the Valley, where unemployment has nearly tripled

Sandra Santos has been doing everything she can to find a job since she was laid off in mid-March from working in the billing and collections department of an ambulance service in the Rio Grande Valley. The 47-year-old Edinburg native filed for unemployment shortly afterward and recently received her second check in the mail — weeks after she and her boyfriend were evicted from their apartment. Her boyfriend, Joey Quintanilla, is a self-employed landscaper who is also jobless. His regular salary — which fell short of their monthly $500 rent — amounted to “just enough to buy groceries,” according to Santos. Read the full story at themonitor.com

April sales figures show some sectors fared better than others

Retail figures from April show the pain businesses suffered from the COVID-19 shutdowns was not spread evenly. Instead, it varied depending on the type of business and whether or not it had an online platform for sales. The National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association, analyzed U.S. Census Bureau numbers and found they were poor, dropping twice as much in April as they did in March. Overall retail sales for April were down 16.4%, the Census Bureau said. That follows a record-setting 8.3% month-over-month drop in March. Read the full story at themonitor.com.