The Monitor

US Rep. De La Cruz to seek second term in Congress

U.S. Rep. Monica De La Cruz, R-McAllen, this week announced that she is running for a second term in Congress.

10 years of volunteerism, civic pride fuel McAllen Holiday Parade success

What do the otherwise random numbers of 18,900 and 2,700 and 10 all have in common? They add up to the ongoing popularity and success of the McAllen Holiday Parade.

Former Mission substitute teacher who solicited minors sentenced to 10 years

A former Mission High School substitute teacher will serve a decade in federal prison for coercion and enticement of a minor.

Mission man sentenced to 21 years for fatal smuggling conspiracy

A Mission man has been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to his involvement in a fatal smuggling conspiracy, according to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Texas.

Former Weslaco city commissioner gets more than 2 years for bribery

A former Weslaco city commissioner has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for a bribery conspiracy involving a water treatment plant contract that involved tens of millions of dollars.

Valley comedians to appear on streaming services film stand-up specials at Cine El Rey

McALLEN — Local comedians Mario “Superstar” Salazar and Raymond Orta had offers to film their stand-up comedy specials in El Paso or San Antonio, but they made the choice to film it at the historic Cine El Rey for their love of the Valley.

Gov. Greg Abbott visits Harlingen to announce $1.3B broadband investment

HARLINGEN — Gov. Greg Abbott visited Texas State Technical College here Thursday morning to announce an investment into the state’s broadband infrastructure.

Annual Chanukah Festival, Menorah Lighting on Dec. 10

The annual Chanukah Festival & Menorah Lighting is set for 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in Archer Park in McAllen.

Magic awaits you: 2023 Hidalgo Festival of Lights to begin

“Magic awaits you” is the theme for the 32nd annual Hidalgo Festival of Lights. City officials on Tuesday announced details of the city’s month-long celebration of Christmas, which includes events at Payne Arena, and the Hidalgo City Hall Plaza.