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Slide of Odon Bocanegra in uniform.
Odon Bocanegra
Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient Odon Bocanegra.

Purple Heart veteran leads today's Pledge of Allegiance

Specialist E-4 Odon Bocanegra Jr., United States Army, Retired, led Commissioners Court in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Bocanegra is a Vietnam War veteran. He served in the U.S. Army from December 10, 1968 to December 9, 1970, and in the Texas Army National Guard from February 7, 1976 to February 6, 1978.

Bocanegra was awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Purple Heart Badge for wounds he sustained on November 30, 1969 while serving in Vietnam. 

He is currently the Chapter Chaplain and Finance Officer with the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 5077 in McAllen.

Thank you for your service.

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CSA Executive Director Jaime Longoria
Jaime Longoria

Community Action Plan

Hidalgo County Community Service Agency Executive Director Jaime Longoria presented Commissioners Court with the 2020 Community Action Plan (CAP). The plan details the agency’s efforts to address the needs of the most vulnerable families in Hidalgo County.  

The plan stems directly from the Community Needs Assessment produced by CSA in late fall of last year.  

“The assessment is the result of meaningful conversations with many of the stakeholders of the agency” Longoria said. ”Those conversations were summarized and organized into manageable categories. The result of this process lays out the framework for how our resources will be allocated for the coming year.” 

In today’s action, the Court allowed for public input prior to final approval of that plan. The Community Service Block Grant funds total approximately $1.7 million for the upcoming year. Agency personnel and Advisory Board Members participated in developing the plan, Longoria said.

Moment of Silence
A moment of silence was held in honor of the Midland-Odessa shooting victims prior to the start of today's meeting.

County Judge asks all Hidalgo County residents to take precaution as Tropical Storm Fernand forms in Gulf

As Mexico braces for Tropical Storm Fernand, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez asked residents to be vigilant to weather updates.

Meantime, in anticipation of upcoming rain, Precincts 1, 3, and 4 announced sandbag distribution will be open until 7 p.m. tonight.

There is a limit of 6 sandbags per car. Sandbags will be available at the following locations:


Sunrise Hill Park

Mile 11 N & Mile 1 1/2 W
Mercedes, TX
**NO Requirements.


Mile 7 & La Homa Road (across from Family Dollar)


Hidalgo County - La Mansion

2401 N. Moorefield
Mission, TX
**NO Requirements at either location.


M Road Storage Facility

1124 N. M Road
Edinburg, TX
(956) 383-3112
 **Proof of county residency with utility bill.

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 10, 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
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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