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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Representatives from Doctors Hospital at Renaissance accepted a proclamation declaring October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month from Commissioners Court.

Breast cancer remains the most prevalent cancer and second most common cause of cancer-related death for Texas women and about one in 1,000 men also are diagnosed with breast cancer. Prevention and early detection are keys to survival.

During this month-long observance, all Hidalgo County residents are encouraged to join in activities and initiatives that help raise support and awareness of breast cancer.

Edinburg basketball players praised for volunteer work

Commissioners Court recognized the Robert Vela High School basketball team for assisting Precinct 4 in preparation for Hurricane Harvey. Commissioner Joseph Palacios presented the team with a plaque for the coaches and certificates of appreciation for each individual player at the meeting.

All hands were on deck as Precinct 4 prepared for the forecasted hurricane last August. Staff and volunteers, including the Vela basketball team, prepared and distributed sandbags to all residents who visited the Field Operations Office.

"We want to thank ou for your service, for your help, for your consideration, and for your leadership," Palacios said.

An estimated 30,000 sandbags were distributed to thousands of residents in preparation for the hurricane. In attendance at the meeting were coaches David Keith, Homer Garr and Lucio Rodriguez and several of the players, including Jeremy Rodriguez, Dariel Arostegui, Joshua Villarreal, Matthew Arteaga, Aaron Guerrero, and Andrew Amoh.

"If there is anything in the future that our little army can help you with, we will be there," said Keith.

Robert Vela Sabercats basketball players and coaches with Commissioners Court.
Robert Vela High School basketball players and coaches with Commissioners Court.

CSA gets go-ahead to assist Galveston CSA serve families

Community Service Agency Executive Director Jaime Longoria received Commissioners Court approval to continue assisting the Galveston CSA in serving families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Prior to receiving approval, Longoria reported he and five staff members assisted nearly 400 families in Fort Bend and Brazoria counties by interviewing them and qualifying them for services valued at $196,000.

Peeia Alexandra Matias at the podium.
BETA fall intern Peeia Alexandra Matias.

BETA intern Peeia Matias introduced

Hidalgo County continued its partnership with South Texas Independent School District Business Education and Technology Academy with a new intern who will work in the Purchasing Department this fall semester.

For six years, BETA students have gained valuable real-world experience by interning with several county departments, said BETA Internship Coordinator Nashla Showery.

"Our students appreciate the opportunity and have noted it on scholarship applications and resumes," Showery said, prior to introducing the newest intern.

Peeia Alexandra Matias, 18, said she looks forward to working in the Purchasing Department and thanked Commissioners Court for the opportunity.

Chambers of Commerce celebrated 

Commissioners Court adopted a proclamation declaring this week (October 16-20) as Texas Chamber of Commerce Week.  On hand to accept the proclamation were members of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce.

Texas Chamber of Commerce Week is designed to celebrate the work of chambers and the communities they represent. Chambers of Commerce staff and volunteers work in the service of business to create an environment of prosperity and a place that people love to call home.

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