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Today's News

Ivan Melendez, M.D.

With regard to COVID-19, do you want to read the bad news first, or the good news?


The Poor Longhorns Coach gets $6 million a year... And loses

With an annual salary of close to $6 million (call it insane), one would think that 45-yearold Thomas Herman III could figure out a way for his team to beat the University of Oklahoma in last Saturday’s famed Red River Rivalry (its 116 th reboot).

Former Edcouch-Elsa ISD coach to discuss 30-year career

EDINBURG — Great coaches can have long lasting impact on the players they coach and the community they live in. One of the nation’s greatest boys’ basketball coaches of all time grew up and coached in the Rio Grande Valley. The Museum of South Texas History presents “Half a Century on the Court: A Conversation with Basketball Coaching Legend Robert Capello,” a Sunday Speaker Series Online program scheduled at 2 p.m. Oct. 18 on Facebook Live.

I get it. People love high school football. They either love to play it, or watch their kids/grandkids play it. So, it’s no wonder that many people in the Rio Grande Valley are anxious for this season to start, despite this lethal pandemic blowing in the wind.


State resumes requiring job searches to get benefits

AUSTIN - Texans receiving unemployment benefits will need to show an active effort to find a job starting Nov. 1.

The Texas Workforce Commission suspended the requirement in March as the pandemic started. More than 3.6 million have filed for unemployment relief since then, according to Texas Tribune research.

Pilot reads article; suffers fatal crash

Back in 1990, I was desperate for a job. On one hand, I was indeed rich – married, with a three-year-old son waiting for me at home – but on the other hand, well, let’s just say I needed a job. The stress associated with the place I was working was making me miserable and driving me crazy. Or at least crazier than I already was.

We need a “Happy” pill

We need a “Happy Pill” that we can take on a daily basis. If I could create one (hire a smart person to produce one), I’d be richer than Jeff Bezos (Amazon), pre-divorce. Actually, Bezos is now richer than he was before his divorce, and according to some news reports, his wife is now the richest woman in the world, or at least she rates high up on the list.


WaKe Up SMiLiNg...

What better way to start your day than waking up to an eager, happy dog--ready, willing and able to make you smile? Even before you have a chance to get that first cup of coffee, your new best friend will give you lots of incentive to bound out of bed and seize the day.

Saturday Afternoon Speaker Series

WESLACO - February 8: Dr. George Diaz will present on “Los Tequileros: Prohibition Era Smuggling in the South Texas Borderlands”. Between 1920 and 1933, tequileros, mounted ethnic Mexican liquor smugglers, supplied Mexican liquor to thirsty American markets. While Anglos and ethnic Mexicans both violated U.S. laws, American law enforcement took a much higher toll on tequileros than their Anglo counterparts.

Edinburg Rotary recognizes ECISD UIL Academics Program

EDINBURG – The Edinburg Rotary Club recently recognized the top students from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District’s UIL Academics Program.

“We are extremely proud of all our students that participate in our UIL Academics Program,” said ECISD UIL Academics Director Nelinda Villarreal. “We would like to thank the Edinburg Rotary for recognizing and acknowledging the hard work of these students.”



PHARR - Patricio “Pat” A. Gonzalez, 96, entered eternal rest on Sunday, September 27, 2020, at Amara Hospice.

Pat was born in Pharr, Texas, on March 17, 1924, which always made St. Patrick’s Day a memorable holiday, especially as his mother was half Irish.


MISSION - Lt. Mark Casey, 73, entered eternal rest Thursday, August 27, 2020, at Mission Regional Medical Center.

Born in Weslaco and formerly of McAllen, Mr. Casey had lived in Mission for over 25 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during Vietnam. Mark had a 35-year career in law enforcement and retired from Mission Police Department.


EDINBURG - Armando De La Rosa, 54, died Friday, August 28, 2020, at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen.

He is survived by his wife, Mirna Quintero; six children, Krystal Lee De La Rosa, Bianca De La Rosa, Amanda Garcia, Andrea De La Rosa, Armando De La Rosa, Jr., Cassandra De La Rosa; 12 grandchildren; his parents, Alberto and Consuelo De La Rosa; and seven siblings.

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