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  • Contested Primary in Hidalgo County for State District Court Play Video

    May 27, 2014 7:10 PM

    EDINBURG - One of the most watched races in Hidalgo County was the Democratic Party primary runoff race for the 275th State District Court. Incumbent Judge Juan Partida is being challenged by former Judge Fidencio Guerra Jr. Partida has presided over the 275th State District Court for 25 years.... more »
  • Official: DNA Seldom Used to Track Suspects Play Video

    May 19, 2014 7:34 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra said DNA is seldom used to link suspects to old crimes. The comments come in the wake of the arrest of a man wanted in the 2005 murder of Edinburg school administrator Arturo Noe Sanchez. Authorities said a DNA database... more »
  • Progreso ISD Board Members Absent from Meetings Play Video

    May 1, 2014 9:05 PM

    PROGRESO - The Texas Education Agency ordered that two conservators watch over the Progreso Independent School District board members when they make important decisions. That, however, is not possible if the board members don't show up for meetings. "Progreso has been on the news so much, we are tired... more »
  • District Attorney Upset Over Comments Made in Federal Court Play Video

    April 30, 2014 8:16 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra is upset that his name came up in court during the sentencing of a former member of the now-disbanded Panama Unit. The former deputy asked the judge for protection while in custody because he feared retaliation from the former county sheriff... more »
  • DA-Elect Plans to Hire More Prosecutors Play Video

    March 11, 2014 7:45 PM

    EDINBURG - Hidalgo County District-Attorney-elect Ricardo Rodriguez says he plans to hire more prosecutors to handle the overwhelming caseload. Rodriguez takes office in nine months; still he is not waiting until then to begin planning expanding his staff. District Attorney Rene Guerra said Rodriguez's idea may be wishful... more »
  • Raymondville ISD Seeks to Curb Absenteeism Play Video

    February 12, 2014 8:18 PM

    RAYMONDVILLE - Raymondville Independent School District absentee rates are at an all-time high. The problem is affecting the district financially and academically, officials said. The district's absentee rate is 10 percent, officials said. On Jan. 28, 436 students did not attend school. The district has 2,100 students enrolled. ... more »
  • Cameron County District Clerk to Retire Play Video

    January 16, 2014 3:52 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Aurora de la Garza has been an icon at the Cameron County Courthouse for 43 years. She now is ready to retire. "It was a very difficult decision for me to make," De la Garza said. "My husband has been retired already, over six years, and... more »
  • City of La Villa Approves Water Rates for School District Play Video

    January 15, 2014 10:19 PM

    LA VILLA - Water service will be restored by Thursday morning to La Villa ISD campuses after the city and school district reached and agreement over rates. The city of La Villa approved the new, lower rates for the school district during a special meeting Wednesday night. The school... more »
  • Couple Demands Refund from Laguna Madre Water District Play Video

    January 14, 2014 8:42 PM

    LAGUNA VISTA - A Laguna Madre area family says their water company is refusing to refund a deposit for their water meter. Cheryl Owen and her husband paid a $300 deposit for their water meter to the Laguna Madre Water District more than a year ago. Owens said she... more »
  • La Villa Schools Remain Closed Play Video

    January 14, 2014 4:28 PM

    LA VILLA - Schools in La Villa will remain closed at least one more day. City of La Villa and La Villa Independent School District officials failed to reach an agreement to end a dispute over water rates. Both sides now will head to Austin for an emergency meeting... more »
  • La Villa ISD Turns to State for Help with Water Problem Play Video

    January 9, 2014 9:01 PM

    LA VILLA - The La Villa Independent School District officials want the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to take over the city's water operations. School officials said they will meet with TCEQ to present the proposal. They said it may be the only way to reopen their schools. ... more »
  • Jury Delivers Verdict for Former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos Play Video

    May 24, 2013 11:17 PM

    BROWNSVILLE- Former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos was found guilty on seven of the nine charges against him. The jury deliberated for eight hours befor coming up with the verdict. Villalobos faces up to 20 years of prison time with each of the seven counts against him. ... more »
  • Rain Brings Relief to Parched Irrigation District Play Video

    May 2, 2013 8:48 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - A recent downpour gave the Delta Irrigation District a short reprieve from its desperate water situation. Troy Allen, the district's general manager, said they would run out of water by mid-June. "This last rain kicked the can down the road for about another 15 to... more »
  • Irrigation Canal Collapses in Harlingen Play Video

    April 29, 2013 8:35 PM

    HARLINGEN - Sunday's rain turned out to be a lifesaver for Harlingen after the city's main irrigation canal collapsed Saturday. The collapse happened near Rangerville Road. A supervisor with the Harlingen Irrigation District said a steel pipe running under the canal rusted leading to a breach. Crews worked... more »
  • Water Wells to Provide Some Drought Relief Play Video

    April 25, 2013 7:48 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Irrigation officials are turning to old water wells to keep their canals from going dry. Hidalgo County Irrigation District 3 was on the brink of running out of water. The district is one of the main water suppliers for McAllen. "All of this electricity is... more »
  • On the Diamond: April 12 Play Video

    April 12, 2013 11:31 PM

    DONNA - Sharyland jumped out with three runs in the top of the first inning at Donna, and remained unbeaten in 30-5A baseball, in another "On the Diamond" performance before the CHANNEL 5 cameras. The Rattlers won 12-1. More baseball and softball scores from Friday night's Valley play are available... more »
  • Valley School Officials React to Connecticut Massacre

    December 14, 2012 7:29 PM

    WESLACO - Rio Grande Valley school officials on Friday reacted to a massacre at a school in Connecticut. The Weslaco Independent School District already was planning methods to teach students about school shootings. The massacre in Connecticut will rush those plans to completion. WISD Superintendent Dr. Reuben Alejandro... more »
  • First & Goal Thursday: October 25

    October 25, 2012 11:27 PM

    EDINBURG - Lopsided final scores were the order of the night on Thursday as week eight kicked off with three games. Edinburg North closed in on a football playoff spot by rolling past winless Vela 56-7. The Cougars are now 5-and-1 in 30-5A. They can still create district havoc when... more »
  • La Villa School Superintendent Worries about Budget Cuts

    October 25, 2012 8:49 PM

    LA VILLA - Six hundred school districts are suing the state over budget cuts. Attorneys for the districts said the cuts will leave them without money to properly teach their students. Several Rio Grande Valley school districts are included in the lawsuit. Thirteen districts, including McAllen, PSJA and... more »
  • Two-A-Day Tour: Weslaco East

    August 22, 2012 11:17 PM

    WESLACO - After two years of success as a Valley 4A football power, realignment and reclassification has pushed Weslaco East to the state's biggest level of competition. The new competition in 31-5A will include a first-ever meeting with city rival Weslaco. Two-A-Day tour time gave CHANNEL 5 cameras a closer... more »
  • UIL Initiatives Face Fall Vote

    June 13, 2012 12:01 AM

    AUSTIN - What's good for high school athletics in the state of Texas usually starts with a ballot initiative from the University Interscholatic League's executive committee. Now up for a vote this fall will be not only the creation of a conference 6A and private school division, but the addition... more »
  • Valley Wrestling Teams Face New Alignment

    May 23, 2012 11:43 PM

    WESLACO - When most people think of UIL realignment, they think of the change that comes every two years on the high school landscape for the major team sports. Yet, some of the UIL sports, while still organized by four regions, are aligned in a different fashion. Wrestling is one... more »
  • McAllen School Officials Holding Meeting About Damaged Campuses

    April 4, 2012 5:43 PM

    MCALLEN - McAllen school district officials must figure out how to move forward on repairs at some of the hardest hit schools. The district called an emergency meeting at Lamar Academy in McAllen. On the agenda are those emergency repairs that are needed. Milam, Seguin and McAllen High School... more »
  • Audit: Hidalgo County Water District 3 Board Members Paid Too Much

    March 20, 2012 5:34 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Auditors are taking a closer look at a Hidalgo County water district. District 3 board members were paid more money than the state allows. The five-man water board just slashed its pay to meet Texas rules. Each elected director earned $227 for every board function. State... more »
  • Small Schools Make UIL Splash

    February 5, 2012 10:51 PM

    WESLACO - The athletic programs at Santa Maria High School and Monte Alto High School got a boost last week when the UIL placed them in district 16-A for the next two years. For Santa Maria, it means a return to 11-man football after a hiatus that was due to... more »
  • Wrestlers Bound For Region IV Meet

    February 5, 2012 12:41 PM

    WESLACO - Valley high school wrestlers went toe to toe this weekend, competing for a chance to advance to regionals. At the 31-5A meet in Rio Grande City, Palmview edged Juarez-Lincoln for the boys' district championship. Meanwhile, the girls' side of the bracket saw Juarez-Lincoln capture the team title. The... more »
  • Swimmers Earn District Crowns

    February 4, 2012 10:05 PM

    WESLACO - Valley high school swimmers took the first step towards a state trip with district meets Saturday. In McAllen, Sharyland's girls won the 30-5A district championship with McAllen Memorial earning the boys' title. 32-5A competition in Brownsville saw Hanna's girls raise the district championship trophy while Los Fresnos went... more »
  • Swimmers Prep For District Meets

    January 21, 2012 10:01 PM

    McALLEN - South Texas swim teams geared up for district meets with the New Year's Classic at Rowe High School Saturday. After 24 events, the top three girls' teams in order were Sharyland, Rowe, and McAllen. On the boys' side, McAllen Memorial won top honors followed by Sharyland and Rowe. more »
  • Hidalgo County Elections Officials Working to Update System to New Boundaries

    January 20, 2012 7:03 PM

    Where you vote, for whom you vote, when you vote, it's all up in the air. "We've been in turmoil," says Yvonne Ramon, the Hidalgo County Elections administrator. Outside looking in, you may think this office works once every two years. Inside looking out, workers at the Hidalgo... more »
  • Hanna Awaits New Coach

    January 15, 2012 6:48 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Hanna High School is one step closer to finding a new head football coach/athletic coordinator. Brownsville ISD athletic director Tom Chavez tells Channel 5 Sports the school board will consider a recommendation Tuesday night for a new Hanna coach. The district wrapped up its interview process last week... more »

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