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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Nikki Rowe High School musicians perform. Sunday, Dec. 3 proclaimed TubaChristmas Day in Hidalgo County.
Nikki Rowe HS band members with Commissioners Court

TUBACHRISTMAS Concert set for Sunday, Dec. 3

Commissioners Court proclaimed Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 as TUBACHRISTMAS Day in Hidalgo County in honor of the holiday concert.

Members of the Nikki Rowe High School band performed "Carol of the Bells" prior to the reading of the proclamation.

"Thank you for that wonderful performance," said Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia. "This is certainly a wonderful holiday event and I encourage everyone to attend."

The performers included students Jorge Segovia, Jesus Rodriguez and Nick Garza and Assistant Band Director Abel Ocana. This year marks the 29th anniversary of the annual holiday event. The concert, which features 450 tuba and euphonium musicians, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Nikki Rowe High School gym, located at 2101 N. Ware Road in McAllen. Admission is free and open to the public.

"The Rio Grande Valley TubaChristmas Concert has grown in recent years to become the largest tuba Christmas event in the state and one of the largest worldwide," said Ocana. "I want to thank you (Commissioners Court) for this proclamation and for helping raise awareness of this annual event." 

Census 2020 Roundtable Meeting held in September
County Judge Ramon Garcia with mayors and others at a September 1 coalition meeting. Another meeting is set for Dec. 7.
Judge discusses 2020 Census

Preparing for the 2020 Census

Hidalgo County will register with the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Operation. LUCA allows counties and municipalities to submit addresses to be included in the 2020 Census.

"We are making sure that we are properly counted," said Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, adding that an accurate count is tied to funding.

"We met with area mayors to begin the process of preparing for the 2020 Census in a roundtable discussion last September," Garcia said. "We are holding a second meeting on December 7 at 9:30 a.m., to continue that effort and I encourage all of the Commissioners to take part in it."

Dr. Melendez with Commissioners Court
L-R: Health & Human Services Department  Chief Administrative Officer Eddie Olivarez, Dr. Ivan Melendez, Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Cantu, Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores, Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia, Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu, and Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes. Dr. Melendez has served 14 years.
Dr. Melendez sworn in.
Dr. Melendez sworn in.
Dr. Melendez sworn in.

Dr. Ivan Melendez appointed to another two-year term

Ivan Melendez M.D. was sworn in by County Judge Ramon Garcia as the Hidalgo County local health authority. 

Melendez has served the county for 14 years and has worked closely with the Hidalgo County Health Department diagnosing and investigating community health problems and hazards. 

"What an honor to have these opportunities," said Melendez.  "It's a blessing to take care of Hidalgo County residents; I feel very privileged."

STC students experience #CountyGovInAction first-hand

Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios answers questions as part of an STC government class assignment.
Palacios with STC students.
L to R: Lizeth Alonso, Melissa Hernandez, Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios, Claudia Wood, Pedro Vasquez, Maria J. Bernal.

Commissioner Joseph Palacios took a moment during court to recognize a group of South Texas College students. The students were there to observe a Commissioners Court as part of a Texas government class.  

Following the meeting, Palacios took time to sit with the students and answer questions about county government.

"I love everything about public service," said Palacios. "Every day we're challenged with the duty to meet the growth of the county and we have to be creative with the tools we have to in order grow progressively while taking care of the tax payer."

Click here for photos from today's meeting.

Did you miss today's meeting? Watch it at 9 p.m. Thursday on KMBH Ch. 10 or 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 here. You can also watch today's Commissioners Court and Drainage District meetings on KMBH TV, cable channel 10, on Thursday at 9 p.m. Or watch it on Friday morning at 9 a.m. on your local school district channel 17 on cable.

The next regular meeting of Commissioners Court will be held Tuesday, Dec. 5. 

The Drainage District Board of Directors meets at 9 a.m., followed by Commissioners  Court at 9:30 a.m. Meetings are held in the Commissioners Courtroom, located on the first floor of the Courthouse Annex at 100 E. Cano St. in Edinburg.  

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