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.

McAllen hotelier charged in connection with widening Weslaco bribery scheme

McALLEN — A local hotelier who was arraigned in federal court last Wednesday stands accused of conspiring with former Weslaco city officials to obtain...

Cuellar sentencing delayed, another ex-commissioner pleads guilty

The sentencing of former District 2 Weslaco City Commissioner John F. Cuellar in connection with the Weslaco water plant bribery scandal has been delayed...

DENIED: Court rejects Mercedes commissioner’s injunction

EDINBURG — The threat of removal from office yet hangs over the head of an embattled Mercedes city commissioner after a judge on Monday...

Weslaco drainage bonds issued at opportune time

WESLACO — It’s currently a borrowers market. And that confluence of low interest rates combined with the city’s carefully managed finances means officials here...

Mercedes approves balanced budget

MERCEDES — After weeks of budget workshops, the Mercedes City Commission on Saturday morning passed a balanced budget with an $11.5 million general fund. “I...

Commission approves pay raises in Weslaco budget

WESLACO — As the statutory deadline neared for municipalities to approve their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year, the Weslaco City Commission gathered last...

Mercedes honors Espericueta with ‘ghost’ car

The Mercedes police department has not forgotten fallen Mission police officer, Cpl. Jose Luis “Speedy” Espericueta, who died in the line of duty in June. That was the message Mercedes Police Chief Dagoberto “Dago” Chavez wanted to convey as he, along with the Mercedes City Commission, honored Espericueta Tuesday evening with a proclamation and the unveiling of a special police patrol unit. Mission Police Chief Robert Dominguez, and Espericueta’s family — wife Roberta “Bobbie” De Leon Espericueta, and son Joaquin — as well as several Mission police officers were on hand for the ceremony honoring Espericueta Tuesday evening. Read the full story on themonitor.com.

Mercedes official faces potential censure

MERCEDES — Simmering political discord on the Mercedes City Commission resurfaced after a member of the voting minority opted to face two complaints lodged...

Double homicide trial postponed for more tests

EDINBURG — A 25-year-old Mission man’s jury trial on accusations he shot two women to death during a drug deal gone wrong days before...

FRESH START: Weslaco teens wipe slate clean in ‘First Offender’ program

WESLACO — “Good kids make bad choices. I made a bad choice,” 16-year-old Noah said in front of his mother, his peers and officers...