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Roma recognizes historical marker of Spanish land grants

It doesn’t appear particularly remarkable on first glance, but a stone — no taller than a toddler — that rests between the graves of the Los Saenz Cemetery here could tell centuries-old stories of this land. The stone, called a mojonera, is believed to be over 250 years old and was the subject of a ceremony this week to unveil a historical marker from the Texas Historical Commission. Read the full story at

District attorneys form coalition to share info

District attorneys representing the four counties of the Rio Grande Valley have banded together to form a coalition intended to foster relationships and facilitate cooperation between offices, according to the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office. District Attorney Luis V. Saenz announced the creation of the Rio Grande Valley District Attorney Coalition on Friday in Brownsville. Saenz will be joined by District Attorneys Ricardo Rodriguez of Hidalgo County, Omar Escobar Jr. of Starr County, and Annette Hinojosa of Willacy County. Read the full story at

New surgical residency to begin at Harlingen hospital

A recent multimillion-dollar grant will soon train more physicians who will stay and fill a critical shortage. The Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation’s $38 million grant to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine will facilitate the creation of a general surgery residency program at Valley Baptist Medical Center. Read the full story at

Feds: Trio tried to smuggle drugs in batteries

Three people who authorities allege were involved in a scheme to transport narcotics concealed in tractor-trailer batteries were arraigned Wednesday at the federal courthouse in Brownsville. Maria Elena Gonzalez De Olvera and Juan Carlos Delgadillo Tovar were apprehended by Department of Homeland Security Investigations special agents on Jan. 28 during the transfer of one of the batteries in a Home Depot parking lot in Brownsville, according to a criminal complaint filed in the case. Read the full story at

Charro Days celebrates biculturalism with night parade

Hundreds of people participated in the Illuminated Night Parade hosted by Charro Days Fiesta which started at 7 p.m. Friday and made its way down Elizabeth Street from Palm Boulevard to International. The purpose of the parade is to celebrate the spirit of both cultures between the border towns of Brownsville and Matamoros. During the parade, dozens of schools participated, including Ricardo Flores Magón, a high school from Matamoros. Read the full story at

UTRGV professors tackle beekeeping problems with high-tech solutions

Sitting on top of a building at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg campus is a short white box, home to the university’s resident bee colony. The hive is part of a three-year project aimed at pairing computer science with apiarism to develop better ways to monitor bee populations. Read the full story at

Hearing set for last defendant in 2018 drug conspiracy case

A bond hearing has been set for a man accused in connection with a drug conspiracy that moved heroin and cocaine, records show. Arnoldo Pruñeda is scheduled for a detention hearing Friday before U.S. Magistrate Peter E. Ormsby in connection with a drug conspiracy case involving the man and at least three others. Read the full story at

UTRGV announces steps toward school of podiatry

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is putting its first foot forward on the path toward creating Texas’ first school of podiatry this week. On Thursday the University of Texas Board of Regents approved UTRGV’s proposal to establish a school of podiatry and a doctor of podiatric medicine degree program, both firsts for the Lone Star State. Read the full story at

Mr. Amigo, community celebrate on international bridge

The Mr. Amigo Association held its yearly Hands Across the Border, also known as Saludo Binacional, Friday morning at the Gateway International Bridge, between Brownsville and Matamoros, where Mr. Amigo 2019 Julio Cesar Chavez talked about the pride of being Mexican and how he feels about the recognition. The celebration started with prayers and was followed by the national anthem of the United States and Mexico. During the ceremony, children from both Matamoros and Brownsville exchanged flags as a sign of friendship. Read the full story at

Details emerge in arrests of Sullivan city mayor, partner

The arrests of Sullivan City Mayor Leonel Garcia and his common-law wife earlier this week stemmed from a domestic dispute from almost two weeks ago, the details of which differ between the two accounts detailed in the probable cause affidavit. Garcia and his partner, Evelyn Vela, filed police reports against each other after which they were each charged with assault, a Class A misdemeanor. Read the full story at