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New Alamo police chief to stress community policing

The city of Alamo will soon have a new police chief in town. Sullivan City Police Chief Ricardo Ozuna will assume the reins of the Alamo Police Department on Monday, March 16. The new chief said that among his goals going into his new job include creating a positive relationship with the community through officer outreach as well as social media, which is something he accomplished as chief of police in Sullivan City. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Edinburg man faces 20 child porn charges

An Edinburg man has been charged with 20 counts of possession of child pornography after a search warrant uncovered photos of children under the age of 10 allegedly in his possession. Vicente Garcia Jr., 50, was arrested Feb. 29 on these counts and remains jailed with bonds totaling $1 million. On Jan. 24, an investigator for the Edinburg Police Department interviewed Garcia regarding allegations of continuous sexual assault of a child. Read the full story at themonitor.com
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Longtime community activist undaunted in watchdog role

After half a century working in the public eye, it’s unfair to just call Virginia Townsend an organizer, or a volunteer, or an activist....

Former Elsa parks director charged with indecency with a child

The City of Elsa's parks and recreation director resigned last week before police began investigating him for indecency with a child by sexual contact, according to a release. The Elsa Police Department says in a press release that it received a report about the allegation last Wednesday for the incident that occurred Tuesday. The investigation pointed to Louis Segura, who resigned his position with the city on Wednesday, before police were aware of the alleged offense, according to the press release. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Rep. Vela commends UTRGV School of Medicine before congress

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, commended the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and its first class of doctors in a speech before the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday in Washington. The 2020 graduating class consists of 39 students reflecting the diversity of the nation, according to a statement from the congressman’s office, with the majority of the class hailing from Texas and South Texas.   The UTRGV School of Medicine now has more than 200 medical students and over 200 medical residents and fellows being trained throughout the Rio Grande Valley, the statement read. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Author, literacy advocate visits PSJA students

Author, poet and literacy advocate Pat Mora visited PSJA ISD last week to speak with hundreds of students about her work promoting literacy. Mora has written dozens of books, including “Book Fiesta!”, “Tomas and the Library Lady”, “My Own True Name” and “Listen to the Desert/Oye al desierto.” During her visit to PSJA North Early College High School, Mora shared insight into her books, where she got the inspiration for each one and why she advocates for reading with more than 200 elementary and middle school students, according to a statement released by the district. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

TxDOT launches Plan While You Can campaign ahead of Spring Break

As Spring Break draws near, Texas Department of Transportation personnel are advising Spring Breakers to think twice before they drink and drive. TxDOT is urging motorists to plan sober rides as part of its “Plan While You Can” campaign, which launched Thursday. The aim of the campaign is to save lives and decrease alcohol-related crashes. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Park receives plaque for oldest anacahuita tree in US

A special ceremony was held at the Palm Resaca Mobile Home Park on Friday for the unveiling of a plaque that honors the oldest anacahuita tree in the United States. The tree, which is about 700 years old, is located in the park and was measured by botanist and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley professor Andrew McDonald after he was contacted by residents of the park. He said this tree is in some ways a devotion to creation. “As you can see right here there’s a bloom and for those who don’t know a bloom means sex — it’s reproduction, it’s creation and it’s very healthy,” he said. “We are really blessed to have a tree this size; we’re blessed to have trees that are small size … only 2% of the Valley is undisturbed.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

SPI leaders discuss Spring Break analytics

Officials and leaders of this coastal city are continuing to gear up for one of their busiest times of the year. South Padre Island City Council members discussed March’s projected hotel occupancy and hotels’ average daily rate (ADR) during a city meeting held on March 4. According to data collected on Feb. 28 by Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) personnel, hotel occupancy numbers this March are lower than last year. CVB accountant Lori Moore presented the data to City Council members. Read the full story at themonitor.com

New trade deal takes from China, delivers for Valley

For the past 30 years, Chinese domination of global manufacturing as industrial supplier to the world has been practically unchallenged. But the outbreak of coronavirus is changing how companies view the extended, ocean-going route of container ships carrying manufactured goods and components between the Chinese mainland and North America and Europe. Experts say this long supply chain is now being viewed as a liability, too susceptible to disruption from natural- or man-made disasters. Read the full story at themonitor.com