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Posted on: July 27, 2017

PRECINCT 4 WELCOMES COMMUNITY TO ENDOWMENT CENTER RIBBON CUTTING

Endowment Cntr_thumb.jpg On Wednesday, July 26, Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios and his staff hosted a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the new Endowment Center in La Blanca. Palacios vision, brought to life a true “community” center; a plac...More >> View Photos >>
Posted on: July 26, 2017

HIDALGO COUNTY IDENTIFIES A PROBABLE LOCAL ZIKA INFECTION

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State and county health officials have confirmed that an individual tested positive for Zika, and praise the efforts of local health providers for being on the front-lines of identifying residents for testing. Because the individual has not recently trave...More >>

Posted on: July 17, 2017

COUNTY JUDGE RAMON GARCIA LAUDED FOR COMMITMENT TO REGIONAL PROJECTS

Judge award_thumb.jpg Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia humbly accepted a plaque of recognition from the RGV Partnership and its Board of Directors for his tireless commitment to the county and regional projects during Tuesday's Commissioners Court meeting.  The judg...More >>
Posted on: July 13, 2017

URBAN COUNTY ACCEPTING INPUT ON CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN UNTIL JULY 17

ucp comments_thumb.jpg The Urban County Program held a public hearing during Commissioners Court regarding its Citizen Participation Plan. They are accepting public comments on proposed changes to the plan until 5 p.m. Monday, July 17. The proposed Citizen Participation Plan w...More >> View the Citizens Participation Plan >>
Posted on: July 10, 2017

FREE SUMMER MEALS OFFERED THROUGHOUT HIDALGO COUNTY

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Posted on: July 6, 2017

PRECINCT 4 COMMISSIONER JOSEPH PALACIOS NAMED PRESIDENT OF STCJCA

So TX County Judges and Commissioners Association-2017_thumb.jpg Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios was named the president of the South Texas Judges and Commissioners Association at its annual conference in Corpus Christi.   The association represents 63 of the 254 Texas counties and has m...More >> Read Pct. 4 article in County Progress magazine >>
Posted on: July 3, 2017

HIDALGO COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT #1 LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

HCDD1 logo_thumb.jpg Hidalgo County Drainage District #1 has launched their new website. The new site will feature information on the district and its history, a breakdown of the latest projects in the works, explanation on floodplains and an education station for children. ...More >> Visit the new Drainage District #1 site >>
Posted on: June 29, 2017

ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT INTRODUCES NEW MODERN ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES

Hart Verity_thumb.jpg On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, the Hidalgo County Elections Department introduced their new Hart Intercivic Verity Voting Machines during a press conference and open house held in the Commissioners Court chambers. Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon and h...More >> View Photos >>
Posted on: June 23, 2017

WE WANT YOUR INPUT! TAKE THE FAIR HOUSING COMMUNITY SURVEY

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Hidalgo County, in conjunction with the Cities of Edinburg, Mission, McAllen and Pharr, as well as the Hidalgo County Public Housing Authority and the Public Housing Authorities of the Cities of Alamo, Donna, Edcouch, Edinburg, Elsa, La Joya, McAllen, Mer...More >>

Posted on: June 15, 2017

430TH VETERANS TREATMENT COURT HOLDS 18TH GRADUATION CEREMONY

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Today, the Veterans Treatment Court held its 18th graduation ceremony at the 430th District Court led by Judge Israel Ramon, Jr. Seven veterans graduated, officially completing their months long program. This graduation of the seven veterans is especially...More >>

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Posted on: June 13, 2017

JUNE IS HOME OWNERSHIP MONTH

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June was proclaimed as National Home Ownership Month in Hidalgo County to help raise awareness that owning a home not only enhances the lives of Hidalgo County residents, but also contributes to thriving communities.  

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Posted on: June 12, 2017

ADVOCATING FOR A TOBACCO-FREE COMMUNITY

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The mission of the Tobacco Prevention & Control Coalition is to promote and advocate for a tobacco-free environment by empowering communities to affect individual and social change, and promote compliance and support for enforcement of all tobacco law...More >>

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Posted on: June 8, 2017

COMMISSIONER CANTU RECOGNIZED BY DEEP SOUTH TEXAS MASTER GARDENER ASSOCIATION

Group pic with Master Gardeners_thumb.jpg On Thursday, June 8, Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu was honored for assisting the Deep South Texas Master Gardeners and Texas A&M Agrilife Extension with the county's educational garden. Commissioner Cantu and ...More >> View Photos >>
Posted on: June 7, 2017

ERNESTO CANO HONORED FOR 32 YEARS OF SERVICE TO DISTRICT CLERK'S OFFICE

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Retiring District Clerk employee Ernesto Cano was recognized with a resolution in his honor for 32 years of service.

“I truly want to thank Neto for his services," said Hidalgo County District Clerk Laura Hinojosa. "He&rs...More >>

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Posted on: June 6, 2017

NEW TEAM CROWNED WALK ACROSS TEXAS CHAMPS

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Winners from the Walk Across Texas Champions challenge, part of HidalGO FIT Wellness, showed up to court with a trophy in hand. HidalGO FIT Wellness promotes wellness and healthy lifestyle habits to employees and residents of Hidalgo County. “...
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Posted on: June 2, 2017

HIDALGO COUNTY CRIME STOPPERS CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP

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Commissioners Court honored the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers program as it celebrates 20 years of service to the community.

The organization was established in May 1997 by community residents who decided to unite and take a stand against the growing crime...More >>

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Posted on: June 1, 2017

HEAD START ANNOUNCES NUTRITION CONTEST WINNERS

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Head Start Executive Director Teresa Flores announced the winners of the annual Head Start Nutrition Contest.
  
The contest is hosted by the Head Start Child Nutrition Department. It brings together center staff, parents, children, volun...More >>

Posted on: May 31, 2017

WAITZ ELEMENTARY VISITS COMMISSIONERS COURT

Waitz students_thumb.jpg “The court has special visitors today,” announced Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, as more than 80 elementary school students arrived to view "county government in action."   The fourth-graders from Carl C. Waitz ...More >> View Photos >>
Posted on: May 30, 2017

PROJECT WILL PICK UP AND RECYCLE DUMPED TIRES

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Commissioners Court approved an interlocal agreement with the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council to address the illegal dumping of used tires throughout the valley.

As part of the agreement, Hidalgo County will join other entities in designating p...More >>

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Posted on: May 25, 2017

MOTORIST REMINDED TO "SHARE THE ROAD"

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The court declared May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month along with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

During the month of May, drivers are reminded to “share the road” with motor...

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Posted on: May 23, 2017

PRECINCT 2 HIKE AND BIKE TRAIL GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

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On Tuesday, May 23, Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu and his staff hosted the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Regional Linear Park, also known as the Precinct 2 Hike and Bike Trail. ...More >>

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Posted on: May 22, 2017

ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH PROCLAIMED

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Elderly abuse and people with disabilities in domestic and institutional settings is a wide-spread problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of people across the country. At Tuesday’s meeting, the court proclaimed May as Elder Abuse Awareness mo...
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Posted on: May 18, 2017

STREETLIGHTS A SUCCESS IN NEIGHBORHOODS TARGETED FOR COUNTY'S PILOT PROGRAM

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The Streetlight Pilot Program has been extremely successful to residents and the communities that were targeted for the pilot program, said Rey Salazar, director of the Strategic Planning Division in the Budget and Management Of...
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Posted on: May 17, 2017

PRECINCT 4 UPDATES COURT ON FEMA ROAD PROJECTS

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After undergoing a season of heavy rain in 2015, various parts of Precinct 4 were greatly damaged. With over 50 inches of accumulated rain reported, Hidalgo County was signed on a State of Disaster Declaration by Governor Greg Abbott.  

An update ...More >>

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Posted on: May 16, 2017

WIC FOOD PILOT PROGRAM WILL PROVIDE LUNCH TO RESIDENTS

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The Texas Department of State Health Services has selected the Hidalgo County Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program to participate in a pilot Summer Food Program. The program will serve lunch to WIC clients and their minor-aged children from June 5 thr...
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Posted on: May 15, 2017

RESOLUTION HONORS PROGRESO RED ANTS SOCCER TEAM

Red Ants_thumb.jpg Commissioners Court celebrated the Progreso High School Red Ants Boys Soccer Team on achieving its most successful season through teamwork, dedication, and sportsmanship. The Red Ants ended this season with a record 24 wins as it advanced to the...More >> View Photos >>
Posted on: May 12, 2017

COMMUNITY ACTION MONTH SHINES LIGHT ON CSA

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Community action builds and promotes economic stability as an essential aspect of enabling and enhancing stronger communities, which in turn promotes self-sufficiency, ensuring that all Americans are able to live in dignity.
Emerging from President Lyndon...More >>

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Posted on: May 3, 2017

COURT MOVES TO THE SECOND-RANKED FIRM FOR PROGRAM MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR COURTHOUSE

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Commissioners Court voted unanimously to terminate negotiations with Dannenbaum Engineering in connection with the Program Management Services for the Design and Construction of a new Hidalgo County Courthouse and opted to begin negotiating with Jacobs Pr...More >>

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Posted on: May 1, 2017

DISTRICT CLERK HOLDS OPEN HOUSE AND CELEBRATES JUROR APPRECIATION WEEK

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To celebrate National County Government month, District Clerk Laura Hinojosa and her staff held their 9th Annual Open House event on Monday, May 1, 2017. The event was held in conjunction with Juror Appreciation Week, which is o...More >>

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Posted on: April 27, 2017

ROSIE MARTINEZ NAMED NOVA 2017 HONORED VICTIM ADVOCATE DURING NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS WEEK

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Commissioners Court reaffirmed the county's commitment to victims of crime with a proclamation declaring National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 2-8. Providing victim’s knowledge of their rights and available services strengthens their abili...

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Posted on: April 26, 2017

RESOLUTION IN HONOR OF SHERIFF'S OFFICE SGT. OSCAR MARTINEZ FOR 32 YEARS OF SERVICE

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Hidalgo County Commissioners Court honored Sgt. Oscar Martinez for his outstanding service, dedication and commitment during 32 years of service with the Sheriff’s Office Adult Detention Center.  A resolution and plaque were presented ...

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

ELECTIONS DEPT. REQUESTS APPROVAL TO IMPLEMENT VOTING CENTERS FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION

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Hidalgo County voters are one step closer to receiving countywide polling locations on Election Day. Commissioners Court approved the Elections Department's request to send a notice of intent to participate in a countywide election day polling precincts p...More >>

Posted on: April 24, 2017

SHERIFF'S OFFICE LT. FIDEL JASSO RECOGNIZED FOR 35 YEARS OF SERVICE TO HIDALGO COUNTY

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The court signed a resolution to recognize Lieutenant Fidel Jasso for his strong dedication in serving as a Sheriff’s deputy for 35 years. “Lt. Jasso has provided exceptional work and dedication in serving the citizens of Hidalgo Coun...

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

PRECINCT 3 "TRASH BASH" CLEAN-UP IN COLONIA EDUARDO 8

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On Wednesday, April 19, Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe Flores' staff teamed up with residents from Colonia Eduardo 8 and LUPE for a massive Trash Bash clean-up! Employees from the Sanitation and Road & Bridge departments picked up old tires and brush fro...

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

URBAN COUNTY CELEBRATES CDBG WEEK AND FAIR HOUSING MONTH

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The Fair Housing Act protects the rights of all Americans to access housing regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, family status or disability. 

Commissioners Court proclaimed the month of April as Fair Housing Month. The Act, ...More >>

Posted on: April 20, 2017

A NEW DISTRICT COURT WILL HELP EASE THE CASELOAD IN 2021

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Commissioners Court signed a resolution in support of the creation of a new District Court to provide the citizens of Hidalgo County with an adequate number of judicial officers. Judge Mario Ramirez, who presides over the 332nd District Court, said an add...More >>

Posted on: April 19, 2017

APRIL DECLARED AS SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS MONTH

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The Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office shares a critical concern for victims of sexual violence and a desire to support their needs for justice and healing. During Tuesday's Commissioners Court meeting, Criminal District...More >>

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Posted on: April 4, 2017

COMMISSIONERS COURT APPROVES RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS RGV PROGRAM

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Since 1978, Big Brothers of South Texas has addressed our community’s most pressing youth issues, strengthened families, and built stronger communities by facilitating long-lasting, one-to-one mentoring relationships for disadvantaged and at-ris...

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Posted on: March 31, 2017

HISTORICAL MARKER DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR 1966 FARMWORKERS STRIKE

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On Friday, March 31, farm workers and their supporters gathered outside the Hidalgo County Courthouse in Edinburg to unveil and dedicate a historical marker honoring the 1966 Farm Worker Strike and March that sparked the Chicano Civil Rights Movement in T...More >>

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Posted on: March 3, 2017

PRECINCT 4 RECOGNIZES THE EDINBURG LEADERSHIP CLASS XXVIII

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Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios recognized the Edinburg Leadership Class XXVIII during Tuesday's court meeting. 

These year's class is comprised of 12 young professionals. In attendance at today's meeting w...More >>

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Posted on: March 1, 2017

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES SUPPORTS UPCOMING "TOGETHER FOR OUR HEALTH EVENT"

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Hidalgo County Health & Human Services is teaming up with KRGV-TV Channel 5, RGV Diabetes Association and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley for the inaugural "Together for Our Health" event being held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the ...

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Posted on: February 24, 2017

TEAM "OFFICE PACE" WINS WALK ACROSS TEXAS CHALLENGE FOR THIRD TIME IN A ROW

WAT 11_thumb.jpg For the third time in a row, the winners of Walk Across Texas were team "Office Pace" from the County Clerk's Office. Team "Office Pace" includes Velma Ybarra, Noe Lopez, Annette Muniz, Anna Laura Sanchez, Robert Garate, Oscar Gonzale...More >> View Photos >>
Posted on: February 27, 2017

SHERIFF J.E. EDDIE GUERRA PRESENTS STATE OF THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE ADDRESS

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During Tuesday's meeting, Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra made a “State of the Sheriff’s Office Address” presentation to Commissioners Court that included an overview of fiscal years 2014 through 2016.&nbs...More >>

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Posted on: February 22, 2017

HIDALGO COUNTY PARTICIPATES IN TEXAS ENTERPRISE ZONE PROGRAM (TEZP)

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Hidalgo County has joined the Texas Enterprise Zone Program (TEZP) to help create thousands of jobs in the Rio Grande Valley. TEZP is an economic development tool for local communities to partner with the State of Texas to promote job creation and signifi...More >>

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Posted on: February 16, 2017

PRECINCT 4 EMPLOYEE HONORED FOR HIS YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE

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Jaime Guerra, Parks Director for the Hidalgo County Pct. 4, retired on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, after thirteen years of outstanding and meritorious service to the County of Hidalgo and its constituents.

Born on Jan. 24, 1951 in Edinburg, Guerra is a 1970 Edi...More >>

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Posted on: February 15, 2017

COMMISSIONERS COURT SUPPORTS THE CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER

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The Children's Advocacy Center (CAC) was established in the year 2000 in tribute to Estrella Rojas, a victim of child abuse whose life ended tragically in Edinburg, Texas.  Her memory is kept alive by helping and treating any child who is a victi...

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Posted on: February 13, 2017

FEBRUARY DECLARED AS NATIONAL TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS AND YOUNG HEARTS MATTER MONTH

teen violence proc_thumb.jpg Since April 2015, when the District Attorney's Victims Unit was established, the team has assisted 6,000 victims of crime. "We are able to provide important services for our only and to provide needed services to victims," said Criminal Distric...More >> View Photos >>
Posted on: February 10, 2017

PCT. 4 RIBBON CUTTING FOR HOEHN SUBDIVISION SEWER IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT

DSC_0959_thumb.jpg On Friday, Feb. 3, Hidalgo County Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the Hoehn Subdivision Sewer Improvements Project. The project is a joint effort of Hidalgo County, the Urban County Program,...More >> View Photos >>
Posted on: February 3, 2017

BLOOD DRIVE DATES SET: DONATIONS HELP SAVE LIVES

ubs_thumb.jpg County Employees can help save lives year-round by donating blood during Hidalgo County Employee Blood Drives. United Blood Services will hold Blood Drives on Thursday, February 23rd and Thursday, June 22 at the County Courthouse located at 100 N. Closne...More >> View Photos >>
Posted on: February 1, 2017

NEW INITIATIVE WILL PROVIDE GRANTS TO ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS OWNERS FROM SMALL COMMUNITIES

enterprise_thumb.jpg Hidalgo County is looking at a new initiative that proposes to use $494,000 to provide grants to deserving entrepreneurs and business owners from communities with populations no greater than 20,000 residents. "This new project will allow the county ...More >> View Photos >>
Posted on: January 30, 2017

STOP! ILLEGAL DUMPING ALONG ROADS AND WATERWAYS

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Rey Salazar, Director of Strategic Planning Division for the Budget Department, presented the court with a resolution in support of the county’s illegal dumping education and prevention program. Last year the county was awarded a Regional Solid ...More >>

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Posted on: January 20, 2017

LONGTIME EDCOUCH-ELSA BASKETBALL COACH HONORED FOR 1,000TH CAREER WIN

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Coach Robert Capello has achieved statewide and national recognition during his long and distinguished career as a high school basketball coach, the longtime coach of the Edcouch-Elsa High School reached a milestone on January 6, when his Yellow Jackets b...More >>

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

HIDALGO COUNTY OPPOSES THE CREATION OF A 15TH COURT OF APPEALS BY BREAKING UP THE CURRENT COURT

Appellate Court_thumb.jpg The 13th Court of Appeals has served 20 counties in the southern and eastern parts of Texas since it was created in 1963. It is the only all appellate court in the country to be comprised of all Hispanic justices, said Chief Justice Rogelio Valdez. Now, ...More >> View Photos >>
Posted on: January 23, 2017

HIDALGO COUNTY OPPOSES STATE CHANGES TO CURRENT STATUTES RELATED TO COURT RECORDS

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The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court recognizes that the Texas Office of Court Administration (OCA), under The Supreme Court of Texas's direction, has created re:SearchTX, a web portal to allow judges secure access to a consolidated database of case inf...More >>

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Posted on: January 20, 2017

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY DONATED TO PRECINCT 2

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The South Texas Literacy Coalition presented a Little Library and books to Precinct 2 as a way to bring books to areas of the county that do not have easy access to book stores and libraries, said CEO Ida Acuna-Garza.

The outreach program has provided book...More >>

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

AGING HIDALGO COUNTY COURTHOUSE IN NEED OF CONTINUOUS REPAIRS

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Commissioners Court Executive Officer Valde Guerra reported that work was disrupted at the Courthouse on December 16, when an aging pipe in the area of the 389th District Court burst. The area had to be evacuated while repairs were conducted. This was the...More >>

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Posted on: January 17, 2017

UTRGV SCHOOL OF MEDICINE CLASS OF 2020

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Fifty-four future doctors were at Commissioners Court to thank Hidalgo County for its continued support of the UTRGV School of Medicine. The county has pledged to support the medical school with annual contributions of $1 million for 10 years, beginning i...More >>

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

RIO SOUTH TEXAS ECONOMIC COUNCIL PROVIDES UPDATE ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

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Hidalgo County and the Rio South Texas Economic Council have come together to develop and administer state and local economic development programs in order to stimulate, encourage, and develop commercial activity in the county.

With the assistance of R...More >>

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Posted on: January 5, 2017

HIDALGO COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS SWORN INTO OFFICE

Gaitan hand_thumb.jpg Eager to begin their new terms, Hidalgo County officials took their oaths of office at the beginning of the New Year at several swearing-in ceremonies held throughout the County. Among the officials sworn in were: -Precinct 4 Constable Atanacio &ldquo...More >>
Posted on: December 28, 2016

DOMINGO "MINGO" VILLARREAL HONORED FOR 30 YEARS OF SERVICE

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Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues, Domingo “Mingo” Villarreal Jr. accepted a plaque and resolution commemorating his retirement from Hidalgo County after nearly three decades of public service.

Born in Cuevitas to Domingo and Susana Villarre...More >>

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Posted on: December 27, 2016

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE PRECINCT 1 COMMISSIONER AC CUELLAR JR.

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Surrounded by friends, family, and colleagues, Precinct 1 Commissioner A.C. Cuellar Jr. humbly sat and listened as County Judge Ramon Garcia read about a resolution in honor of Cuellar and his service to the residents of Hidalgo County.

Cuellar has se...More >>

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Posted on: December 21, 2016

COUNTY CLERK EMPLOYEE EVELIA MORALES HONORED FOR 35 YEARS OF PUBLIC SERVICE

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For more than 35 years, Evelia Morales has dedicated her career to serving the citizens of Hidalgo County in the County Clerk's office.

“Evelia is an absolute delight to work with and is full of knowledge. Anytime a question arose, I turned to Evelia ...More >>

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Posted on: December 20, 2016

RAUL LOZANO HONORED FOR 28 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO HIDALGO COUNTY

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Raul Lozano will retire from Hidalgo County after 28 years of dedicated service. He was honored for his exceptional work and dedication.

Lozano is a graduate of Edcouch-Elsa High School and attended the University of Texas Pan American.

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Posted on: December 19, 2016

DONNA PARK RENAMED IN HONOR OF COMMISSIONER A.C. CUELLAR JR.

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Precinct 1 Commissioner A.C. Cuellar Jr. was honored with the renaming of Aurora Sports Park to the A.C. Cuellar, Jr. Sports Park. The 14 acre park located in a rural section of Donna includes five soccer fields and four baseball fields. It is surrounded ...More >>

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Posted on: December 7, 2016

UTRGV THANKS COMMISSIONERS COURT FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF MEDICAL SCHOOL

DSC_0286_thumb.jpg County Judge Ramon Garcia and Commissioners were treated to breakfast and coffee by the UTRGV Office of Governmental and Community Relations prior to the start of Tuesday's meetings.   "On behalf of Dr. Guy Bailey, our Provost Havidan Rodri...More >> View Photos >>
Posted on: December 5, 2016

COMMISSIONERS COURT RECOGNIZES TEXAS REVOLUTION HERO ELDER B. BARTON

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Commissioners Court honored a true Texas Revolutionary hero and soldier with the approval of a resolution in support of Elder B. Barton. 

Born in New York City, Barton joined the Texian army in March 13, 1836. Led by General Sa...More >>

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

COUNTY RECEIVES BEST PRACTICES AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE PROGRAM

Best Practices Award_thumb.jpg Seeking improved safety and efficiency for its vehicle fleet, Hidalgo County created the Executive Office Vehicle GPS Program, which controls the county's vehicles and reduces operating cost. The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) awarded Hidalgo County...More >> View Photos >>
Posted on: November 18, 2016

VETERANS HONOR PRECINCT 1 COMMISSIONER A.C. CUELLAR JR.

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Veterans from Sgt. Benito Alaniz VFW Post 7473 in Elsa honored Precinct 1 Commissioner A.C. Cuellar Jr. for his tireless contribution, hard work and continuous support of the post and veterans' issues.

"Commissioner Cuellar was very instrumental i...More >>

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Posted on: November 21, 2016

RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF MCALLEN PUBLIC UTILITY REGIONAL POTABLE WATER LINE PROJECT

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Potable water is a precious and vital commodity necessary to support human life, critical to economic development and for the general benefit of all communities.

Commissioners Court unanimously passed a resolution declaring support of a regional potable wa...More >>

Posted on: November 16, 2016

HIDALGO COUNTY ADOPTS EMERGENCY EVACUATION PLAN POLICY

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On Tuesday, Nov. 1, Commissioners Court adopted an Emergency Evacuation Plan for all county buildings. The purpose of the policy is to establish general procedures for Hidalgo County employees, offices and departments.

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Posted on: November 14, 2016

GROUNDBREAKING HELD FOR KATARINA PARK WALKING TRAIL IN PRECINCT 3

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, residents of Peñitas along with officials from Agrilife Extension and members of Hidalgo County Precinct 3 gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony celebrating the future of a new walking trail.  The trail will be ...More >> View Photos >>
Posted on: November 9, 2016

COUNTY JUDGE RAMON GARCIA GETS ANNUAL FLU SHOT; ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO DO THE SAME

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Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia stood front and center at Commissioners Court to receive his annual flu shot as a reminder to all county residents to protect themselves during the flu season.

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Posted on: November 2, 2016

COUNTY EMPLOYEES SUPPORT ALS AWARENESS WITH CREATION OF TEAM "KEEPING THE FAITH"

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Commissioners Court approved a resolution in support of the Rio Grande Valley Walk to Defeat ALS being held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Bannworth Park in Mission. Employees from the Auditor’s Office have come together to ...More >>

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Posted on: October 31, 2016

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM HIDALGO COUNTY

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Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's contest. We had some very creative and unique winners this year.

This years winners were:

1st Place Group - The Adams Family (Employees from the DA's office - Misdemeanor Division) 2nd Place Group - Ali...

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Posted on: October 28, 2016

ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT RECEIVES STATE RECOGNITION FOR COUNTY WEBSITE UPDATE

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Out of 44 counties in the state of Texas, the Hidalgo County Elections department received the Honorable Mention Excellence Award by the League of Women Voters of Texas for the recent improvements made to their website....More >>

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Posted on: October 27, 2016

PROCLAMATION DECLARING OCTOBER 2016 AS NATIONAL DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH

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During Tuesday's meeting, Commissioners Court unanimously approved a proclamation declaring October 2016 as National Down Syndrome Awareness Month. 

Approximately one in every 691 children are born with Down syndrome, representing an estimated 5,0...More >>

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Posted on: October 21, 2016

LOCAL FIRM GETS TOP RANKING FOR THE NEW HIDALGO COUNTY COURTHOUSE PROJECT

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A week after hearing from five companies vying for the project management contract, Commissioners Court presented their scoring sheets to the Purchasing Department during a special meeting this morning.

After the tally, Dannenbaum Engineering Corporat...More >>

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

HIDALGO COUNTY EMPLOYEES SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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Preventing breast cancer through early detection, education and treatment are the keys to combating this deadly diseases. All month long, Hidalgo County employees have helped raise support for breast cancer awareness by wearing pink. Many were supporting ...More >>

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Posted on: October 20, 2016

K-9 DEPUTY RETIRES AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF HONORABLE SERVICE

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K-9 Deputy Dick has devoted his entire adult life to serve and protect the deputies and citizens of Hidalgo County.

The nine-and-a-half-year-old Belgium Malinois was assigned to the Narcotic Enforcement Unit, where he served assisting in investigatio...More >>

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Posted on: October 17, 2016

COMMISSIONERS COURT LAYING FOUNDATION FOR NEW COURTHOUSE

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Five presentations from participating Program Management Firms in connection with the design & construction of a new Hidalgo County Courthouse presented their qualifications during today's Commissioners Court. Commissioners Court will use the informat...More >>

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Posted on: October 19, 2016

URBAN COUNTY SEEKS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT

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Urban County Program Director Diana Serna received the go-ahead from Commissioners Court to seek grant funding to help six economically disadvantaged communities in Hidalgo County.

The Texas Community Development Block Grant application for the Colonia...More >>

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Posted on: October 12, 2016

TEAM FROM COUNTY CLERK'S OFFICE CROWNED BACK TO BACK WALK ACROSS TEXAS CHAMPS

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Congratulations to the back-to back Walk Across Texas Winners "Office Pace" who won round 9 of the challenge. The group from County Clerk Arturo Guajardo Jr.'s office walked a total of 2,935.18 miles. Velma Ybarra racked up the most miles for th...More >>

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Posted on: October 14, 2016

MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY RECOGNIZED FOR CRITICAL ROLE IN TEXAS' DIVERSE ECONOMY

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Commissioners Court approved a proclamation designating October as Manufacturing Awareness Month and Friday, Oct. 7 as Manufacturing Day.

Mike Willis, executive director of the South Texas Manufacturers Association was on hand to talk about the impor...More >>

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Posted on: October 10, 2016

REGISTER TO VOTE BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11

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Elections Department Executive Director Yvonne Ramon said several school districts and cities will also hold elections during the Nov. 8 General Election, including the cities of Edcouch, Palmview, Penitas and Weslaco; school districts in Edcouch Elsa, Ed...More >>

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Posted on: October 6, 2016

OVER 100 PEOPLE SHOWED UP IN SUPPORT OF VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

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Dozens of families, children and adults gathered alongside the Criminal District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr., Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra, members of the DA's Victims Unit as Commissioners Court issued a Proclamation declaring October to be D...More >>

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Posted on: October 5, 2016

OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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Breast Cancer continues to be the most common cause of cancer-related death among Texas women. It is expected that 15,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year.

Commissioners Court passed a proclamation declaring October as Breast Cancer Awareness Mon...More >>

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Posted on: October 4, 2016

COMMISSIONERS COURT ADOPTS BALANCED BUDGET WITH A HEALTHY RESERVE FUND

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Commissioners Court unanimously adopted the 2017 Hidalgo County Budget of $194 million general fund budget and set the ad valorem tax rate at 59 cents per $100 of taxable value – the 15th consecutive year that the tax has not increased.

For the first t...More >>

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Posted on: September 29, 2016

IMPROVEMENTS CONTINUE AT HOEHN SUBDIVISION IN PCT. 4

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About 50 additional sewer connections in the Hoehen Subdivision in Precinct 4 were approved by Commissioners Court on Tues., Sept. 13.

The subdivision sits in a very low area, where rainwater naturally collects. The project to improve drainage and subs...More >>

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Posted on: September 30, 2016

COMMISSIONERS COURT APPROVES FUNDING FOR CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER

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Commissioners Court approved a funding request of $50,000 in support of the Children's Advocacy Center, also known as Estrella's House.

“Your contribution does not only translate into services for children, but it’s also an affirmation that this Court ...More >>

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Posted on: September 28, 2016

HIDALGO COUNTY EARNS KUDOS FOR PROMOTING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

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Hidalgo County was recognized for efforts to promote healthy communities by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Program Specialist Rachel Coughlin credited the Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department, and specifically Misti Palac...More >>

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Posted on: September 27, 2016

ENGINEERING FIRMS SET TO BEGIN WORK ON PCT. 1 ROADS DAMAGED DURING SPRING 2015 FLOOD DISASTER

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County Commissioners approved the hiring of professional service agreements with 2 engineering firms – Jimenez Engineering Solutions, LLC and International Consulting Engineers – for several Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Projects located with...More >>

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Posted on: September 23, 2016

COURT PROCLAIMS SUNDAY AS NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR MURDER VICTIMS

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Commissioners Court approved a proclamation declaring Sunday, Sept. 25 as National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. Members of the Rio Grande Valley Families and Friends of Murdered Children stood silently as a presentation played on video screens. ...More >>

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Posted on: September 22, 2016

PALMER PAVILION UPGRADES WILL PROVIDE YEAR-ROUND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

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An indoor sports facility, new kitchen, and an area for senior citizens are some of the highlights of the new Palmer Pavilion, set to open in June 2017. A total of eight indoor batting cages and two basketball courts will be open to the public year-round....More >>

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Posted on: September 16, 2016

OFFICE OF COUNTY CLERK ARTURO GUAJARDO JR. OFFERS PRESENTATION ON NEW SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

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On Tuesday, Sept. 13, County Clerk Arturo Guajardo Jr. and his staff welcomed county officials, employees and the public for a presentation on their new updated Records Management Software.

Since coming into office Mr. Guajardo has understood the need...More >>

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Posted on: September 13, 2016

COMMISSIONERS COURT RECOGNIZES THE WORK OF THE FOOD BANK RGV IN FIGHTING HUNGER

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Commissioners Court proclaimed September as Hunger Action Month to call attention to the obstacles that hunger creates for people in need and to recognize the role of the Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley and other food banks across the nation in address...More >>

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Posted on: September 9, 2016

CSA UPDATES COURT ON ITS UTILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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Community Services Agency Executive Director Jaime Longoria said despite the high poverty rate, the CSA is funded to assist 6,000 families through the Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program (CEAP).

Of the $3.77 million CEAP contract for direct service...More >>

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Posted on: September 8, 2016

10-YEAR-OLD CANCER SURVIVOR HONORED DURING CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

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Commissioners Court declared September Childhood Cancer Awareness month in honor of Valley resident, Javier Martinez, 10. After his long ordeal, Martinez and his family want to raise awareness for childhood cancer.

“There is plenty of awareness for adu...More >>

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Posted on: September 6, 2016

SUPPORT FOR DIGITAL LIBRARY/MOSTH EXPRESSED DURING BUDGET WORKSHOP

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On Tuesday, August 23, Budget Officer Sergio Cruz presented funding proposals for the Museum of South Texas History and the Hidalgo County Library System during the county's third Budget Workshop following the Commissioners Court meeting.

Since 2012, H...More >>

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Posted on: September 1, 2016

COMMISSIONERS COURT PROCLAIMS SEPTEMBER AS VOTER AWARENESS MONTH IN HIDALGO COUNTY

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Voter participation in Hidalgo County continues to lag behind other Texas communities. Commissioners Court has joined non-partisan efforts to turn the tide by promoting voter registration and voter turnout.

On Tuesday, that tradition continued when Com...More >>

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Posted on: August 31, 2016

SHERIFF'S OFFICE RECEIVES MEDICAL EQUIPMENT DONATION FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRAINING PROGRAM

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A new donation to the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office will go towards the office's newest training program and will help with future emergency situations. Commissioners Court accepted Hidalgo County Emergency Service Foundation’s donation of an ambulance ...More >>

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Posted on: August 25, 2016

OPERATION LONE STAR PROVIDED OVER $700,000 IN FREE MEDICAL SERVICES IN 18TH YEAR

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Commissioners Court was briefed on the successful completion of Operation Lone Star held at five locations from Laredo to Brownsville, including two sites in Hidalgo County July 25-29.

Services available free of charge to anyone who attended included c...More >>

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Posted on: August 23, 2016

COMMISSIONERS COURT APPROVES $5,000 FOR HISTORICAL MARKER AT COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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Commissioners Court approved funding for a historical marker that commemorates the 1966 farm workers strike. The marker will be placed on the Courthouse grounds, just north of the monument, said Commissioners Court Executive Officer Valde Guerra, who pres...More >>

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Posted on: August 22, 2016

COMMISSIONERS COURT VOTE TO KEEP PROPOSED TAX RATE AT 59 CENTS FOR 15TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

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Commissioners Court voted to maintain the county's proposed tax rate at 59 cents at its meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16 and set two public hearings on the property tax rates for September 6 and 20.

The effective tax rate – the amount needed to keep revenues t...More >>

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Posted on: August 19, 2016

COUNTY THANKS FEMA DISASTER RELIEF WORKERS

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Hidalgo County Emergency Management Coordinator Ricardo Saldana presented certificates of appreciation to FEMA Disaster Recovery Center staff and the Disaster Survivor Assistance Team for the outstanding service provided to the residents of Hidalgo County...More >>

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Posted on: August 18, 2016

NEW 4-H STUDENT LEADERS INTRODUCED

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Texas Agrilife Extension Services staff members Andrea Valdez, county coordinator, Kimberly Guillen, 4-H and Youth Development coordinator, and Amy Valdez, Healthy South Texas Specialist, introduced the Hidalgo County 4-H Ambassadors, 4-H County Council a...More >>

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Posted on: August 17, 2016

SECRETARY OF STATE CONFIRMS COMMISSIONERS COURT ACTIONS ON HEALTH CARE DISTRICT

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Commissioners Court ordered the election concerning the creation of the Hidalgo County healthcare district and then separately approved an ad valorem tax rate of eight cents per $100 valuation of all taxable property in the district that was contained wit...More >>

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Posted on: August 2, 2016

HIDALGO COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM ANNUAL REPORT

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Commissioners Court directed Hidalgo County Budget Officer Sergio Cruz to include the creation of a county Electronic Library during the budget process, after hearing an impassioned plea from members of the Hidalgo County Library System (HCLS).

HCLS P...More >>

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Posted on: July 28, 2016

DYNAMOS SOCCER TEAM CROWNED NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

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Two weeks ago, the U-17 McAllen Dynamo girls soccer team stopped by Commissioners Court on their way to the national championship playoffs in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today, they returned with the President Cup National Championship trophy.

The team is the fir...More >>

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