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Commission Appoints New Constable

Precinct 4 has a new constable, Jose Joel Rocha who was appointed to replace Javier Vela. II. Vela II who served just over a year as constable resigned to work out of the county.  His appointment was the result of the resignation of Jaime Martinez who had been elected but was unable to serve. Rocha took the oath of office […]

Fire in Las Lomas

A mother and her two children were able to evacuate from their home as a fire broke out earlier this morning. The residence on Rangel St in the area of Las Lomas continues to burn and the damage is significant already. According to witness reports the family was inside when the fire detectors sounded. When the mother opened the garage […]


Aug. 9 – 11, 2019 During this annual sales tax holiday, you can buy most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks (sold for less than $100) tax free from a Texas store or from an online or catalog seller doing business in Texas. In most cases, you do not need to give the seller an exemption certificate to buy qualifying […]

Woman Recovers from Accident

The driver of a small tan colored car involved in an accident continues to recover from the accident.   On Monday afternoon Rio Grande City Police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Charco Blanco and Hwy 83 inside a parking lot of a local auto parts store.  A woman was transported to a nearby hospital via ambulance after backing […]

Physicals required for marching band

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) is now requiring physicals for marching band students. This is a statewide rule, and it is the first year it is being implemented. This rule does not apply to all grades; though students who aren’t required still need to submit an updated medical form. The first and third year of high school, students will actually […]

Power Transformer Leaves Local Business Without Power

Surveillance cameras captured the moment a power transformer blew sparking causing smoke and ultimately an outage to a local business.  The incident occurred last Saturday afternoon and thankfully the Rio Grande City Fire Department was quick to respond and aid avoiding further damage.   Transformer are a fundamental part in the delivery of electricity to a community.  It regulates and […]

University of Texas at Austin to Offer Free Tuition

The popular public University announced that an endowment was established to expand aid for low to medium income students last week. On Tuesday the governing board approved a special distribution from its endowment to the tune of $160 million. The sum will expand their services for students with an income of $65k or less. Starting the fall of 2020, they […]

Vice President Visits with Family of Fallen Officer

Vice President Mike Pence made a special visit to Mission during his trip to the Rio Grande Valley last week.  Pence and his wife spent time with the family of Mission Police Officer Jose “Speedy” Espericueta who was killed in the line of duty last month.   The City of Mission acknowledged the meeting stating that the White House had […]

Tell It Like It Is

If you live in Starr County, I have bad news for you, the soil you are standing on might belong to the United States of America but at one point it was Mexico.  Hence it is highly likely that your ancestors were Mexicans.   I don’t write it to belittle anyone or to do a grandstand with all undocumented immigrants. […]

Beto Flores Remains Undefeated

Another win for former Roma Gladiator Juan Alberto “Beto” Flores maintaining his undefeated record in the 118-pound boxing division.  On Friday, July 12th Flores successfully beat his opponent earning him his third win.  After his win El Tejano caught up with the entire Flores family outside the Pharr Event Center and caught a glimpse of the team effort it takes […]

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