A week after Fireball City raid, the game room’s owners remain at large
SULLIVAN CITY, TEXAS (ValleyCentral) — In mid-September, when the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office raided a game room called Fireball City, investigators arrested everyone. They arrested the supervisor. They arrested the silver exchange clerks. They even arrested the man behind the snack bar. The people who own Fireball City, however, apparently slipped away. More than a […]
Water line break impacts Rio Grande City Grulla ISD schools but classes still resume
A water pipe burst Thursday night west of Rio Grande City leaving about 2,000 people without water, including several schools. Rio Grande City Grulla ISD says this is affecting La Grulla High School and Union Elementary. Students and teachers are still in class, and the district is bringing in water...
Rio Grande City restaurant celebrates 84 years in business
A family-owned restaurant in Rio Grande City is celebrating 84 years in business. Clemente Garza Sr. started whipping up his own recipes when he opened Texas Cafe in 1939. Garza started cooking at Fort Ringgold after moving to the US from Mexico. According to Garza’s granddaughter, Garza worked at other...
Deputies seize meth pipe, cocaine during traffic stop
RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A man was arrested during a traffic stop after deputies found three types of substances in his car, the Starr County Sheriff’s Office announced. Joshua Job Larralde was arrested and charged with possession of controlled substance, according to the Sheriff’s release. He was stopped at the intersection of Reynaldo […]
La Joya ISD names superintendent amid battle with TEA
Beto Gonzalez has officially been named the superintendent for La Joya Independent School District. The school board made the decision during their meeting Wednesday night. This comes as La Joya ISD is battling with the Texas Education Agency, who could take over the school district. "I know that it's not...
Grulla Middle School construction resumes after cease and desist order
Rio Grande City Grulla Independent School District is now moving forward with construction on the new Grulla Middle School. The district was ordered by Starr County to cease and desist on construction, claiming the district never received the proper permits and inspections. The district announced on their Facebook page that...
La Joya ISD employee bypassed mandatory bus inspections, court documents say
A La Joya Independent School District employee and a second suspect have been charged with tampering with a government school record. An internal investigation at the district placed Laura Rodriguez on administrative leave. She's the clerk for the district's transportation department. Court documents say Rodriguez bypassed mandatory bus inspections by...
Repairs set for historic Roma Suspension Bridge
After decades of delays, new steps are being taken to restore the 95-year-old Roma-Miguel Aleman Suspension Bridge. The bridge fell into disrepair after being shut down in the 1970s. Now, residents and city leaders on both sides of the border are pushing to preserve the suspension bridge that residents say...
SCSO: Woman caught smuggling meth in beer cans
ROMA, Texas (ValleyCentral) — A woman was arrested for attempting to smuggle methamphetamine across the border in beer cans, officials said. Karina Rios, 23, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, according to the Starr County Sheriff’s Office. On Monday, deputies responded to the Roma International Bridge in reference to a narcotics […]
Hall of Fame inductee – Mike Earwood
Mike Earwood is an inductee in the inaugural class of the Starr’s Mill Hall of Fame. Earwood was the first head football coach and the first athletic director for Starr’s Mill, taking the job in 1997. He coached the Starr’s Mill team for 13 years and also coached the Rising Starr Middle School football team.
DPS: Missing Brownsville man found in Roma
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The Texas Department of Public Safety has discontinued a silver alert on a missing Brownsville man. Francisco Duran, 88, went missing on Saturday in Brownsville and was found on Sunday in Roma, according to the DPS. Duran was released to his family.
Roma, BISD schools named Blue Ribbon winners
RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas (ValleyCentral) — The U.S. Department of Education recognized two Rio Grande Valley elementary schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2023. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Education announced the recognition of 353 across the country as Blue Ribbon Schools in 2023. Among the 353 schools, 26 are from Texas and two of […]
The gas price fluctuate between $3.32 and $3.34 in Roma as of 2023-09-19. Find the cheapest station near you.
Photo from Unsplash and unrelated to the city. For most people, it is a constant necessity of life to manage gas prices. The national average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas on Tuesday is $3.880, a week ago the price is $3.836 , according to AAA.
Weekly Safety Report: Shootings and Drug Seizure Impact Roma, Texas
In the past week, several incidents occurred in Roma, Texas and its surrounding areas. These incidents include a street shooting in Miguel Aleman, Mexico resulting in injuries to U.S. citizens, the seizure of cocaine during a traffic stop on an Alabama interstate, and a shooting near the Roma-Ciudad Miguel Alemán International Bridge that hospitalized nine people.
9 arrested in connection with 'illegal gambling' raid in Sullivan City
Nine people were arrested after the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, along with other law enforcement agencies, executed a search warrant at a Sullivan City game room. The Fireball City Game Room in Sullivan City was raided Wednesday after investigators with the sheriff's office received information about possible illegal activity taking place, according to a news release.
Starr County Sheriff's Office: Man arrested after shooting brother in the face
The Starr County's Sheriff's Office arrested a 42-year-old man they say shot his brother in the face. Jose Alejandro Garcia was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting. Deputies with the sheriff's office responded to Starr County Memorial Hospital Wednesday at...
Edinburg Mariachi teacher performed alongside Peso Pluma at VMAs
HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — An Edinburg High School Mariachi Director performed alongside Latino artist Peso Pluma during the MTV Music Awards. Clyde Guerra, a Roma High School Alumni, played the violin during Peso Pluma’s live performance of his hit song “LADY GAGA.” Guerra was part of VMAs history, as Peso Pluma is one of the […]
Texas-Based Grupo Alianza Strives to Introduce Tejano Music to Younger Generation
Grupo Alianza, a Tejano music group based in Palmview, Texas, is actively working to promote this local music genre to younger Texans. This information came to light during a recent interview on 'Domingo Live', where the band members shared their commitment to engaging young listeners with this unique music style that originates from the Rio Grande region.
Department of Homeland Security investigating shooting in Mexico near Roma
The Department of Homeland Security is investigating a weekend shooting near the Roma–Ciudad Miguel Alemán International Bridge that hospitalized nine people. Several of the injured in the Saturday morning shooting were rushed across the border to hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley for treatment. ORIGINAL STORY: Nine injured...
Conservation organization seeking federal permit to boost ocelot population
The last steps to secure a permit to take the endangered ocelot population in Cameron and Willacy counties to an area with more space are underway. East Foundation research program Coordinator Lindsay Martinez applied for a permit to reintroduce the endangered American ocelot population to their 300 square mile ranch near Jim Hogg and Starr counties.