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Commissioners Court gathers for first meeting of the New Year

Commissioners Court
L-R are: Pct. 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres, Pct. 3 Commissioner Joe Flores, County Judge Richard F. Cortez, Pct. 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu, and Pct. 1 Commissioner David Fuentes. 

The New Year brought with it a new Hidalgo County Commissioners Court. We welcome County Judge Richard F. Cortez and Pct. 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres to the Court.

The new Court looks forward to working with the departments and the community on making Hidalgo County effective and efficient in 2019.

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Texas Hunger Initiative
Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative representatives Elaine Hernandez and Jeremy Everett.

Texas Hunger Initiative creates local task force to battle hunger

Commissioners Court tasked Community Service Agency Executive Director Jaime Longoria with developing a plan to ensure that no county resident, from children to adults, goes to bed hungry because they are not aware of assistance available to them.

The county will work in partnership with Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative, other community agencies, schools, and faith-based organizations, Longoria said.

Texas Hunger Initiative Executive Director Jeremy Everette reported that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payments in Hidalgo County have dropped over the past three years, leaving money on the table that could have helped residents purchase food for their families.

Judge Richard F. Cortez questioned the cause of people going hungry when there are funds available to assist them.

"We want to know where we are today in terms of food poverty and where we can improve," said Cortez.  "I ask this so that we can respond to your needs as well."

Everett said one of the main reasons is that people don't know that there are programs available to assist them and to work with agencies, organizations, and schools to identify those families.

"The Boys and Girls' Club offers free after-school meals to our school children; we'd like to thank them for that," said Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu.

Precinct 1 Commissioner David Fuentes also recognized the free meal programs offered by school districts.

"Yes, all of those are wonderful resources," said Everett. "Our job is to continue finding avenues to feed those in need."

In addition to helping county residents, SNAP also helps the local economy because those funds are spent locally.

"The Program is responsible for one in 10 jobs in local grocery stores both in Hidalgo County and in the country," Everett said.

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During her term as District Clerk, Laura Hinojosa has been working diligently to preserve archives. Pictured on the left is an unpreserved book of archives, and on the right is a preserved book.

District Clerk's office seeks grant funding for archive preservation 

Hidalgo County District Clerk Laura Hinojosa received approval to apply for a grant through the Texas Bar Foundation regarding records preservation.

The grant will assist the District Clerk's office with preserving records filed before 1950 to be archived and properly preserved. 

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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 hereYou 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.

The next regular meeting of Commissioners court will be on 
Tuesday, January 15
The Drainage District Board of Directors meets at 9:30 a.m. followed by Commissioners Court at 10:00 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 videos 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

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