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Pharr woman who killed Mercedes High School senior in fiery crash sentenced

EDINBURG — A 29-year-old Pharr woman has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for an alcohol-fueled chase in 2022 from Progreso that ended in a fiery crash in Weslaco that killed a Mercedes High School senior on the verge of graduation.

See how Texas scored Hidalgo County school districts

The Texas Education Agency released the 2024 STAAR End-of-Course assessment results with some Hidalgo County school districts being close to, on par or surpassing state averages in categories while some school districts were completely under in almost all end-of-course exams.

Cities, counties across RGV hand out sandbags ahead of heavy rains

Cities across the Rio Grande Valley are distributing sandbags ahead of heavy rainfall that’s expected to arrive sometime Wednesday.

Mercedes man charged with tampering with corpse in San Juan murder

The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 28-year-old Mercedes man on a charge of tampering with a human corpse for a brutal murder in San Juan.

Valley housing authorities awarded federal funding

Several housing authorities across the Rio Grande Valley were recently awarded funding for maintenance and modernization.

Pastors’ group demands Valley schools remove ‘inappropriate’ books

HARLINGEN — A pastors’ group is standing behind a new state law and is requesting Rio Grande Valley school boards remove a list of books they describe as containing graphic sexuality from their library shelves.

Harlingen woman arrested for fatal December drunk driving crash in Mercedes

A 69-year-old Harlingen woman was arrested Friday for the death of her passenger after she crashed her vehicle while intoxicated in December of last year.

TSTC students return with medals from SkillsUSA state competition

HARLINGEN — Some Texas State Technical College students from the Harlingen location medaled at the recent 2024 SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary State Leadership and Skills Conference in Houston.

A diverse experience at Café Nashta in Mercedes

MERCEDES — The plate with the shrimp and the rice and a passionate mix of cardamom and coriander and masala entices me into a sweet dream of memories.

As reservoir water levels plummet, no end in sight to Mexico’s dawdling

MERCEDES — Last August, water levels at Falcon International Reservoir dropped to just 9%, the lowest in the manmade lake’s 70-year history.