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Hidalgo County approves proclamation declaring September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Yolanda Estrada - Say Yes to Life
Accounts Payable Supervisor in Pct. 1 Yolanda Estrada-Peralez.

County emphasizes mindfulness in Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Each year, more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind their friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of loss. Commissioners Court unanimously approved a proclamation emphasizing the importance of mindfulness and declared September as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Suicidal thoughts, much like other mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background.

Precinct 1 Accounts Payable Supervisor Yolanda Estrada-Peralez started the Say Yes to Life campaign with her husband, following the death of their 17-year-old son Andrew on December 15, 2015.

“I have found hope; that is why I host the Say Yes to Life events," said Peralez.  "My purpose is to help others get the help they need and to stop the stigma of mental illness and suicide."

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. 

The National Hotline is 1-800-273-TALK; everyone is encouraged to save this number and use it when you, a friend, or loved one is experiencing a crisis so that lives can be saved. 

The third annual Hidalgo County Suicide Prevention Eventhosted by Say Yes to Life, the Peralez Family, Chris Ardis, Vivian Velazquez Tamez, and the International Baccalaureate at Lamar Academy Student Councilwill be held at 7 p.m. on August 31,at North San Juan Park, at 509 East Earling Road in San Juan.

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Jerrry Bell
John Womack, who is married to Bell’s daughter Jeannette, spoke on behalf of the family.

Jerry Bell honored for his commitment to the citizens and City of Peñitas 

Hidalgo County Commissioners Court honored Rio Grande Valley native Jerry Bell with a resolution sponsored by Hidalgo County Pct. 3. Commissioner Joe M. Flores.

“Jerry had the greatest respect and valued his friendship with Commissioner Flores,” said John Womack, who spoke on behalf of the family.

Born on July 23, 1933, in Pharr, Bell and his first wife Barbara were instrumental parts of the team that incorporated the City of Peñitas in the 1990s. 

He served on municipal boards, generously supported children involved in various clubs, and donated time and resources to churches, libraries, and schools.
His commitment to the citizens and City of Peñitas came from a sincere drive to see the area flourish and grow. It later opened doors for commercial developments that provided numerous jobs and services to his neighbors. 

"Thank you all for today," said Womack.  "It gives my family and me great honor to be here accepting this resolution in Jerry's name."

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Sheriff's Substation
Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office Substation in Precinct 1 in Weslaco, was voted on unanimously by the Court to be named the Benito E. Bravo Substation. Friends and family are pictured with Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra, and Commissioners Court.

County's Sheriff's office names Substation after fallen deputy Benito E. Bravo

Commissioners Court voted in favor of naming the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office Substation in Precinct 1 Weslaco after fallen deputy Benito E. Bravo. 

The Sheriff's Office, in collaboration with Precinct 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes, is preserving the memory of Bravo who was was killed in the line of duty in a car accident near the location of the new substation.

Bravo was first hired at the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office on July 2, 1984, and worked his way up the ranks to patrol deputy in January 1987.  He graduated from the Sheriff's Office Academy in August 1986.

"Deputy Bravo will forever be remembered for sacrificing his life to protect our community," said Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra

Family members of fallen Deputy Bravo were present to accept the resolution.

Erasmo Bravo, one of Benito’s two brothers, spoke on behalf of the family.

“The substation is a couple of miles away from where my brother died,” said Bravo, adding that he and his family will be there when it opens.

His end of watch was on July 21, 1987, at 12:10 a.m. 

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Food Bank RGV and Commissioners Court encourages residents to raise awareness of food poverty.
Food Bank RGV and Commissioners Court encourage residents to raise awareness of food poverty.

Hunger Action Month encourages residents to raise awareness of food poverty in Hidalgo County

Commissioners Court declared September as Hunger Action Month to raise public awareness about the importance of hunger.

The Court recognizes the fundamental role the Food Bank RGV plays in addressing hunger and raising awareness through fun and educational activities for the community.

The Food Bank RGV is the fourth largest food bank in the State of Texas, feeding up to 64,000 individuals per week via 275 partner agencies.

Food Bank Manager of Grants and Advocacy Omar I. Rodriguez spoke on behalf of CEO Ronald Meijerink.

"We understand that reducing poverty in Hidalgo County is one of the priorities for Judge Cortez and the Food Bank RGV hopes to help in that endeavor," said Rodriguez.  "Last year, the Food Bank RGV distributed the equivalent of 21 million meals to Hidalgo County residents.  In the Valley, an average meal is $2.14 based on USDA data; that means our Food Bank was able to save $44.5 million for low-income families, the disabled, Veterans, and seniors in food costs alone."

Hidalgo County encourages residents to raise awareness of the issues caused by hunger and to consider donating canned goods, time, and money to the Food Bank RGV. 

The Food Bank RGV's largest annual fundraiser, the Empty Bowls Luncheon will be held at the Pharr Events Center on Sept.17. 

Please click here for more information.

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Commissioners Court observes a moment of silence for former county employee Hector Diaz and DPS Trooper Moises Sanchez 

Commissioners Court bow their heads during a Moment of Silence during Tuesday's meeting
Commissioners Court observed a moment of silence during Tuesday's meeting for former county employee Hector Diaz and DPS Trooper Moises Sanchez.  Both passed away on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Hidalgo County Commissioners Court observed a moment of silence in remembrance of former employee Hector Diaz and DPS Trooper Moises Sanchez.

"Today, we mourn the loss of a member of the Hidalgo County family," said Hidalgo County Public Affairs Director Julia Sullivan.

Sullivan read a message received from County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Jaime Palacios.

"It is with great sadness to announce that County Court at Law No. 2’s former bailiff, Hector Diaz, has passed away and gone to be with our Lord, August 24, 2019. He made an impact in everyone’s lives and will be dearly missed," Sullivan read.

Diaz was a Hidalgo County employee for 26 years prior to his retirement on March 31, 2016. He began his career working in County Court at Law No. 4 in 1990, and joined Judge Palacios’ staff on February 8, 2006, where he served until his retirement.
He is survived by his son Hector Diaz Jr.

Moment of Silence for Trooper Moises Sanchez

Hidalgo County Commissioners Court mourned the passing of DPS Trooper Moises Sanchez.

Trooper Sanchez' End of Watch was Saturday, August 24, 2019, after succumbing to injuries from gunshot wounds he sustained in April.

"We ask for continued prayers for his loved ones, friends, and colleagues; and we ask for prayers for the safety of all our law enforcement officers who risk their lives daily to keep us safe from harm," said Sullivan.

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U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Reyna leads Commissioners Court in Pledge of Allegiance

Mario Reyna
U.S. Air Force veteran Mario Reyna led the court in the Pledge of Allegiance.
U.S. Air Force Veteran Mario Reyna leads the Pledge of Allegiance.

"Today we are honored to have Mr. Mario Reyna leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance," said County Judge Richard F. Cortez.  "Capt. Reyna is a United States Air Force Veteran."

He served from August 3, 1976, to November 30, 1995.
Reyna is Dean of the Division of Business, Public Safety and Technology at South Texas College.
 We thank Mr. Reyna for his service.

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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 Commissioners Court meeting is scheduled for:

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

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
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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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