Dina Arévalo

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Dina Arévalo is the editor of the Mid-Valley Town Crier and covers Weslaco, Donna, Mercedes, Progreso and the Delta area for the Crier and for The Monitor. She can be reached at darevalo@mvtcnews.com or (956) 683-4441.

Mercedes commissioners, mayor clash over emergency order

The city of Mercedes’ COVID-19 emergency declaration expired last week after a disagreement between the mayor and two commissioners resulted in a 2-2 deadlock vote during an emergency meeting Friday. Residents must still abide by regulations and social restrictions outlined in emergency orders issued by Hidalgo County and the governor’s office. There was only one actionable item on the agenda for the meeting, which lasted just four-and-a-half minutes: voting on the seven-day extension of the city’s emergency order, including amendments added to the order following the relaxing of restrictions as outlined in Gov. Greg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-23. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Pandemic fuels questions in Weslaco bribery case

Federal prosecutors want to know how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect their plans to take three men to trial on charges that they spent years conspiring together to profit off the $38.5 million rehabilitation of the Weslaco water treatment plant. To that end, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez handed down an order Tuesday agreeing to the government’s request for a status hearing on the case, which is set for jury selection on July 7. The parties will meet for that status conference — in person, or via videoconference — on June 16, the order reads. The three defendants awaiting their days in court include former Precinct 1 Hidalgo County Commissioner Arturo “A.C.” Cuellar, Weslaco businessman Ricardo Quintanilla, and Daniel J. Garcia, an attorney from Rio Grande City. Read the full story at themonitor.com

Trial delays continue in Weslaco hotel bribery case

McALLEN — After four hearings in as many months, things remain at a standstill in the federal bribery case against a McAllen hotelier and...

Weslaco mayor seeks to continue city’s upward trajectory in annual address

WESLACO — From baby steps to taking flight, Weslaco has come remarkably far in the six years since David Suarez was first elected mayor...

Fuentes wins Precinct 1 handily; Villarreal pulls off Precinct 3 upset

BY DINA ARÉVALO AND FRANCISCO JIMENEZ STAFF WRITERS WESLACO — David Fuentes won a decisive victory in his re-election bid for Precinct 1 Hidalgo County Commissioner, defeating...

Man pleads guilty to fed gun charge while awaiting trial for murder in state...

McALLEN — A man who is currently awaiting trial for murder in state district court appeared in federal court March 2 to plead guilty...

Former La Villa detention center staffers plead guilty to bribery

McALLEN — Two former employees at the East Hidalgo Detention Center in La Villa have reached deals with federal prosecutors, pleading guilty to accepting...

Mercedes May election draws 12 candidates

After a year filled with tense and sometimes raucous public meetings, a total of 12 people have cast their names in the hat seeking...

Weslaco breaks ground on latest drainage project

WESLACO — City leaders here broke ground on the latest in a series of drainage improvement projects sparked after catastrophic flooding wracked the region...

Fed rules: Disaster funds earmarked for housing recovery

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has released a set of mandatory rules that will guide how state and local officials use...