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Hidalgo County Clerk receives recognition
The Office of County Clerk Arturo Guajardo Jr. was awarded the 2019 Exemplary Five Star Service Award for excellence.

Hidalgo County Clerk's Office receives recognition for excellence

Proving once again that their office works diligently to provide quality and exceptional service, the Office of County Clerk Arturo Guajardo Jr. was awarded the 2019 Exemplary Five Star Service Award for excellence in the Vital Statistics Registration Process. The award was presented during the 65th Annual Texas Vital Statistics Conference in December.

Accepting the resolution was Hidalgo County Clerk's Office Chief Deputy Annette Muniz, along with employees from the Vitals department.

“These ladies standing beside me are a perfect example of what public servants are," said Muniz. "Aside from Vitals, they also work on marriage licenses, cattle brands, and more."  

To qualify for this award, local registrars must meet timelines, training, and registration management criteria set by the Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit.  

Guajardo credits Vital Statistics Official Records Manager Velma Ybarra, and Deputy Clerks Maria Ana De Leon, Monette Jasso, Sandra Rivera, Debbie Keller, and Rita Gonzalez for the work they do on a daily basis.  

"Meeting extraordinarily high standards is an ongoing achievement for the Hidalgo County Clerk’s Office," Muniz said. "Their attention to detail and customer service is impeccable, so we thank them for a job well done."

Hidalgo County recognizes the importance of vital statistics and applauds the Office of Hidalgo County Clerk Arturo Guarjardo Jr.

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Commissioners Court supports the awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor to Vietnam Veteran

Commissioners Court Supports  Congressional Medal of Honor for Cruz Yanez
Hidalgo County Commissioners Court supports Vietnam Veteran Cruz Yanez, pictured at right, holding the resolution.

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the United States Armed Services. The deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his comrades and must have involved risk of life.

On December 3, Vietnam Veteran Cruz Yanez was recognized in Commissioners Court, for his exceptional bravery while serving in the U.S. Army. During the recognition, Hidalgo County Veterans Service Officer Felix Rodriguez reported that Mr. Yanez had not been awarded a much-deserved Congressional Medal of Honor.

Today, a resolution was passed in support of Yanez being awarded this prestigious and long overdue honor.

As Yanez humbly accepted the resolution, he shared his reason for enlisting during the height of the Vietnam War. 

"I was born in 1946, and in 1953, my family moved to McAllen, where I attended high school where I received a basketball scholarship and attended UTPA," said Yanez. "Instead of going to UTPA, I felt a call to duty, and it was during that time that I volunteered to serve our country."

Yanez has been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, two Bronze Star Medals with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device, two Silver Star Medals, and an Air Medal. His many heroic actions included protecting a wounded comrade under heavy fire while reinforcements arrived, and he also completely disregarded his own safety by opening fire on enemy forces to save his fellow soldiers.

There are two protocols for awarding the Medal of Honor, the most common being that a service member submits a nomination through the chain of command and the other process is through nomination by a member of Congress, usually at the request of a constituent and approved by a special act of Congress.

Commissioners Court supports the awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor to Vietnam Veteran Cruz Yanez for his exceptional bravery while serving in the U.S. Army.

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Antonio Cordova leads the Pledge of Allegiance

Antonio Cordova
Antonio Cordova
Antonio Cordova.

United States veteran Antonio "Tony" Cordova lead the Pledge of Allegiance at today's Commissioners Court.

Cordova is a United States Marine Corps veteran (Retired), who served from 1965-1970.

He is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Hidalgo County thanks him and all veterans for their service.

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2019 Employee Wellness Challenge participants recognized

Hidalgo County Employee Wellness Challenge
Hidalgo County employees were recognized for participating in the 2019 Wellness Challenge for a healthier lifestyle.

Hidalgo County Wellness Program Coordinator Diana Huallpa presented the court with the winners of the 2019 Employee Wellness Challenge.

"We truly value your dedication and effort towards a healthier lifestyle," said Huallpa.

The Employee Wellness Challenge began in August 2019. Employees formed teams and were weighed-in. During the 16 week event, they took part in a series of fitness challenges. At the end of the challenge, the employees were measured again to determine who lost the highest percentage of weight.

The top two winners were Joe Garcia with the District Attorney's Office Juvenile and Civil Division, and Maria Perez with Drainage District #1. They both talked about their journey and experience completing the Employee Wellness Challenge.

"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to get well," said Garcia, who has lost a total of 50 pounds from diet and exercise. 

"This experience has built a sense of community for me," said Perez.  "I went into this challenge with a goal, and I recently completed my first 5k."

Huallpa also recognized a group of county employees who regularly attend fitness classes at the Precinct 2 Indoor Sports Complex for their commitment. 

Commissioners Court congratulates all the employees as they continue on their fitness and health journey.

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 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 10 a.m. on your local school district channel 17.

The next Commissioners Court meeting is scheduled for

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 2 p.m.

Drainage District 1 Board of Directors meets at 1:45 p.m., followed by Commissioners Court at 2 p.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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