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Mission man convicted of child sexual abuse

A Mission man was convicted Monday of sexually assaulting two children, Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr. announced in a news release Wednesday. Read the full story at

EDITORIAL: Connection

Brownsville officials have announced a goal of providing broadband internet access across the entire city. The city would benefit greatly from such a service. We...

Hidalgo County names new economic development director, assistant chief of staff

Hidalgo County officials have appointed a new economic development director assistant chief of staff. According to a judge’s office news release, Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez announced the appointments of Laura Matamoros and Hilda Escochea Salinas to economic development director and assistant chief of staff, respectively. Read the full story at

Edinburg sports programs receive $40,000 from Watt foundation

Many middle schoolers here have good reason to cheer for the Houston Texans next year. The district announced last week that it had received $40,000 in grants from a charitable organization fronted by Texans defensive end JJ Watt. More than 500 students from all six Edinburg CISD middle schools will be receiving uniforms and sporting equipment provided by Justin J. Watt Foundation grants, the district said in a statement. Read the full story at

Weslaco High junior wins statewide speech contest

A junior from Weslaco High won first place and a $6,000 scholarship in the Texas Farm Bureau Free Enterprise Speech Contest earlier this month. Cooper Ford, son of Weslaco residents Cleve and Miriam Ford, topped 12 other speakers from across the state in the annual contest. Read the full story at

Proposed $210M wind farm in La Joya ISD gains steam

The La Joya ISD Board of Trustees voted at a meeting Wednesday to adopt an agreement for an appraised value limitation application submitted by a company proposing to build a $210 million wind farm in the district. Under Chapter 313 of the Texas tax code, companies can request a 10-year tax abatement within reinvestment zones. The abatement is intended to attract industry to the state and create jobs. The wind farm which La Joya Windpower and Terra-Gen Development Company are planning to create in the district will have an estimated capacity of 210 megawatts, produced by a proposed 93 wind turbines, according to documents filed with the Texas Comptroller’s office. Read the full story at

Slated Saturday, Fill the Bowls to bring visions, people together in McAllen

In 1989, James Keller laid down 10 Bibles on the floor of Abundant Grace Community Church in Edinburg, each one representing several cities of the Rio Grande Valley. Walking in between them, along with about a dozen others at the prayer meeting 31 years ago, Keller, the youth pastor of the church at the time, remembers praying for “revival to break out in every city of the region.” Read the full story at

Thousands mark start of Lent in Alamo on Ash Wednesday

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La Joya housing chairman resigns from board

In a surprise to the La Joya Housing Authority board of commissioners and the executive director, Board Chairman John Peña resigned from his position Tuesday. Peña, who had served on the board for four years, announced his decision at the conclusion of a board meeting held Tuesday evening. Executive Director Ruben O. Villarreal read from Peña’s resignation letter which he’d received just before the meeting. Read the full story at

Bert Ogden Arena to host Rowe-Weslaco 2nd round playoff game

It's the second round of the University Interscholastic League Boys Basketball State Playoffs. Of all the Rio Grande Valley teams left standing, there's just...