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LA JOYA — La Joya school district officials held a news conference Monday morning to clarify what they said was misinformation being spread on social media amid protests by parents demanding information on allegations of a sexual assault at Tabasco Elementary last school year.

MERCEDES — The Oak Ridge Boys are set to appear at the Llano Grande Resort in Mercedes between January 14 and 18. Their high-energy stage show remains the heart and soul of what they do best. Their performances will feature classic gospel, country and patriotic music.

WESLACO — If a relaxed atmosphere is what the organizers of Acoustic Night on the Lawn were aiming for, then mission accomplished.

It was about 38 years ago when a then 15-year-old Anthony “Tony” Perez took the stage at a McAllen-area banquet to sing before a live audience for the first time in his life. The Mission native had only ever played the guitar up until that point and had practiced singing a few tunes, but not…

Without hesitation or reservation, Martin J. Mata proclaimed his love for the DC Comics stalwart, Batman, in such dramatic fashion that it would make even the Caped Crusader proud.

Rise Morris knows theater.

In Big Love, Daniel Gonzalez’s airbrushed painting of two elephants’ interlocking trunks is awash with lush, neon hues so fluid it could be mistaken for a lava lamp; only without the kitsch normally associated with such a novelty.

One would be hard-pressed to find smoother vocals than Roy Solis’ on “Casting a Line.”

“Drifting out in South Padre with the saltwater breeze, flip-flops and palm leaf hats like Cowboys of the sea.”

If it sounds as though the Texas Sweethearts have been playing together their whole lives, it’s because they have.

If Kid Zapper were a guitar, he would undoubtedly have 12 strings.

Every track on Kid Zapper's 2016 LP, Kiss the World, is meant to be heard in more ways than one.

Though in an abstract sense, an endearing line Noel Gallagher croons in the 1994 Oasis B-side, “Half the World Away,” appropriately describes Madelyn Victoria Vallejo’s vocal style.

“Baby I tried,” as sung by Roy Torres, espouses such grief over the spurn of a significant other that one can imagine the poignant line being penned beside a fireplace; memories of a smiling couple fading into a rain-drenched scene outside the window of the lovelorn. Sung by anyone else, how…

Raw.

The appropriately-dressed and mild-mannered Jesus Rolando “JR” Martinez walked into this writer’s office on Thursday morning prepared for the second Q&A interview of his career. But the question and answer session for the Mid-Valley Town Crier sales representative had little to do with h…

MERCEDES — Facing a particularly feisty bull with a brisk bucking pattern, 18-year-old Garrett Tribble mounted the aptly-named Border Bandit on Wednesday night and walked away 8 seconds later having conquered his 1,200-plus-pound opponent.

MERCEDES — Emily Jimenez, 10, and her 6-year-old sister, Jazelle, sat in the back of their mother’s car Sunday afternoon as they drove past the livestock show grounds when they noticed hundreds of people walking inside.

MERCEDES — For Marissa Gonzalez, Saturday morning was business as usual — waking up her daughters Skarlet, 4, and Joleigh, 7, as they prepared for their cheerleading performance with the Lil’ Tiger Stripes Cheer Squad at the Texas Street Festival.

MERCEDES — Organizers of the Texas Street Festival are expecting thousands at the seventh annual event scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

WESLACO — Alfresco Weslaco Music & Art on the Street returns this month with a focus on back to school preparations in the city.

WESLACO — Frontera Audubon Society has announced a month-long lineup of events that include tours, workshops and craft days as well as yoga lessons.

WESLACO — The summer-long community event “Movie at the Park” will return Thursday, and with it several health-related activities provided by Knapp Medical Center.

MERCEDES — Arms flailin’, bulls buckin’ and the crowd roarin’ can never sum up all that made Wednesday night’s rodeo special, but it’s close.

MERCEDES — Carrying 225 pounds of iron plates in the back of his miniature tractor pull, 6-year-old Aiden Seija pedaled with all his might, grimacing as he nearly reached the 15-foot marker in an effort to beat his personal best.

MERCEDES — The 18 bullfighters at Sunday’s Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show disagreed with the term “bloodless bullfighting” during the Ironman Bullfights event. The bulls don’t bleed, but they sure did.

The holidays are just around the corner, so it seems like the perfect time to suggest Tejano and conjunto holiday music. To those who missed last year's column, I recommended holiday tunes from acts like Romance, Los Laytons, Freddy Fender, Esteban Jordan, Lydia Mendoza and Joel Guzman. This…

WOW! (Wonders of Weslaco) is a collaborative effort of the Weslaco Museum, Frontera Audubon Society, Estero Llano Grande State Park and the Valley Nature Center to attract visitors near and far to experience Weslaco’s nature, culture, art and history.

WOW! (Wonders of Weslaco) is a collaborative effort of the Weslaco Museum, Frontera Audubon Society, Estero Llano Grande State Park and the Valley Nature Center to attract visitors near and far to experience Weslaco’s nature, culture, art and history.

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