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UTRGV introduces new Vice President and Athletic Director Chasse Conque
L-R Associate Vice President for Governmental Relations Richard P. Sanchez, Vice President for Governmental and Community Relations Dr.Veronica Gonzales, Vice President and Athletic Director Chasse Conque, Commissioners Court, UTRGV Vaquero, and Assistant Athletic Director for Development Roger Chanes.

UTRGV introduces new Vice President and Athletic Director Chasse Conque

Commissioners Court helped "Rally the Valley" welcoming UTRGV's new Vice President and Athletic Director Chasse Conque.

Conque joined UTRGV on Aug. 2 after previously serving as Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he added a wrestling program and set a record for fundraising.  He also helped guide the men’s and women’s basketball programs, which both reached the NCAA Tournament, advancing to the second round.

"He comes to us with a record where students have excelled through athletics as well as academically," said UTRGV Vice President for Governmental and Community Relations Dr. Veronica Gonzales who introduced Conque.

Gonzales said that Conque had coined the phrase "Rally the Valley" and has unified the university throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

In a presentation shown in court, Conque highlighted stats and academic success from 158 UTRGV student athletes with GPAs of 3.0 or higher.  

"I am very proud of our programs and coaches," said Conque. "I can't tell you how excited I am to be a part of a growing campus of 30,000 students. We are a very diverse cohort where academics are thoroughly important."

As Conque thanked the court, he introduced a very special guest, the university's mascot the Vaquero, who brings pride and tradition to the campus and the community at large.  

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Raymond Herrera leads the Pledge of Allegiance 

Veteran Raymond Herrera
United States Veteran Raymond Herrera
Veteran Raymond Herrera.

Hidalgo County Assistant Veterans Service Officer Raymond Herrera led the Pledge of Allegiance at today's Commissioners Court.

Herrera served in the U.S. Navy as a Search and Rescue Swimmer from 2008-2013.

He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Hidalgo County thanks him and all veterans for their service.

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Weslaco honored on Centennial anniversary

Weslaco celebrates Centennial
Commissioners Court honored the City of Weslaco with a proclamation for its 100 year celebration.

Celebrating their rich history as they work together to build a bright future, the people of Weslaco take great pride in the important role their city continues to play in the story of Hidalgo County as they celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Commissioners Court honored the City of Weslaco with a proclamation commemorating the momentous occasion. 

Accepting the proclamation, sponsored by Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes, were Weslaco Mayor David Suarez, Weslaco Commissioner Letty Lopez, Centennial Committee Chairman Mark McCaleb, and Committee member Alex Livas.

The city was founded in 1919 when the W. E. Stewart Land Company sold 30,000 acres to founders Ed Couch, Dan Couch, R.C. Couch, and R. L. Reeves. By 1920 Weslaco had acquired a post office, a chamber of commerce, and a bank. The following year Weslaco Independent School District was established.

Weslaco observed its centennial with a five-day celebration that included a 5k run, a screening of a documentary about their great historic town, and other community engagements.

McCaleb handed out commemorative medallions to each member of Commissioners Court thanking them for the proclamation.

"Since April 2016 we have worked diligently to put this 100 year program together," said  McCaleb. "We'd like to thank everyone who helped make this happen."

For more information on the history of Weslaco click here.

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Pct. 2 Wellness Program Coordinator Diana Huallpa
Diana Huallpa

Hidalgo County Wellness Program is ready for 2020 

With a calendar stacked full of events and programs, Hidalgo County Wellness Program Coordinator Diana Huallpa says that 2020 will be a busy year as the county continues on its successful road to wellness.

"We have a full calendar beginning January 2020 to December 2020 providing county employees with programs to improve their quality of life each and every month," said Huallpa.

With wellness challenges, mobile cooking Ccasses, and more, county employees will have the opportunity to start the new year off on a healthy note.

To view the county's Wellness Program 2020 Calendar of Events click here.

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Children's Advocacy Center

Commissioners Court approves funding for Estrella's House

Hidalgo County Commissioners Court approved funding in the amount of $50,000 towards the Children's Advocacy Center, also known as Estrella's House.

Section 381.004 (f) of the Local Government Code states:

"The Commissioners Court of a county may support a Children's Advocacy Center that provides services to abused children." 

The community-based nonprofit has been serving county children and families affected by abuse or neglect for 19 years.

Funds from the county will be used to provide services to children and their families in need.

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Did you miss today's meeting? Watch it
on the county's YouTube Channel!

If you missed today's meeting, you can view it on our county website or 
YouTube Channel by clicking hereYou can also watch today's Commissioners Court and Drainage District meetings on Friday morning
at 9 a.m. on your local school district channel 17.

The next Commissioners Court meeting is scheduled for

Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 9 a.m.

Meetings are held in the Commissioners Courtroom, located on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex III at 100 E. Cano St. in Edinburg.  
View meetings and find other news and events on our
Hidalgo County YouTube Channel.
To view a copy of the agenda and related backup documentation for this meeting, visit the county website at www.hidalgocounty.us

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