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Valley community unites for peaceful protest

More than 30 people could be counted chanting with force. “No justice, no peace,” and “Say his name, George Floyd,” could be heard as a crowd gathered at Harrison and Third streets Tuesday morning to express support and solidarity to the black community in Harlingen. Posters had messages such as, “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention” and “together we rise” as cars passed by and honked to show support. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Real estate agents turn to technology for help

Virtual tour houses are not uncommon, but it has now become the norm for real estate agents. Because the real estate industry was named an essential service by Gov. Greg Abbott, its services did not stop. Instead, they changed. Based on information provided by the Harlingen Board of Realtors, Texas Realtors and active agents in the area, it is understood that although sales went down at the beginning of the shelter-in-place orders, after a few weeks home buyers steadily showed interest. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Lower Valley station launches for classic rock fans

Fans of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Nirvana and other classic bands will get to listen to their favorites in a local Rio Grande Valley radio station. Eduardo Gallegos, owner of 105.5 Rocket decided to launch his classic rock station two weeks ago after four years of planning it. Gallegos acquired the radio license from an auction from South Texas College back in 2015. Gallegos said this was the last F.M. radio license available in the Valley. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Weddings in time of COVID-19

Brides sometimes wait a year or two for their wedding to happen. However, the wait became much longer in the spring of 2020. All over the world major events have had to be cancelled for safety purposes. Because of COVID-19 trips planned in advance have been cancelled, graduations have been postponed or could not happen. Brides are a small group who can identify with this. However, as sad as many of these brides say they feel, hope and positivity is keeping them going. For some, it’s a start of new traditions. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Local eateries doing their part to support healthcare workers

HARLINGEN — Eating out can be difficult to do during the shelter in place order in Cameron County, but restaurant owners want to bring...

Valley fashion designer makes face masks for healthcare workers

Laisa Chavez Macias stays busy and inside her home these days with an order of more than 300 face masks to complete. The local fashion designer and entrepreneur decided to use old fabrics to create face masks and donate them to healthcare workers. Macias said she has several friends in the healthcare community who were running out of masks and expressed their concerns to her. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Rio Hondo ISD: Employee tested positive for COVID-19

The 40-year-old male from Rio Hondo who tested positive for COVID-19 was identified as an employee of the Rio Hondo school district, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the district. The man remains in home isolation and is not reporting to the district, the release stated. Due to safety concerns, the district has stopped its grab and go food services program until further notice. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Schools extend Spring Break over coronavirus

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic school officials in Cameron and Willacy counties have decided to extend Spring Break vacation one more week for...

Barbecue for the win

HARLINGEN — A twist on the regular Philly cheese steak with smoked brisket, grilled onions, mushrooms and melted provolone is one of the options...

MMA honors 75th anniversary of Iwo Jima

HARLINGEN — Colonel Christopher S. Dowling, President of Marine Military Academy, took out from his peaked cap a letter after addressing the crowd on...