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Hidalgo County Commissioners Court members bow their heads in a moment of silence in observance of Patriot Day.
Patriot Day

Commissioners Court holds a moment of silence in observance of Patriot Day

Commissioners Court held a moment of silence to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Public Affairs Manager Julia Benitez Sullivan read through a timeline of events that occurred on the day we will never forget.

"On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 al-Queda militants hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against U.S. targets," said Sullivan.

As the audience, and members of the court, woefully bowed their heads Sullivan continued to paint a picture of that horrific day that brought the country together, ending with a heartfelt message.

"As Americans, we have turned that day of unspeakable evil into a national day of service and remembrance. One of the ways we can honor those we lost and give thanks to the first responders is to donate our time and talents in service or by simply doing a good deed," said Sullivan.

Tomorrow flags will fly at half-staff in honor of Patriot Day.

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County remembers murder victims and their families

Murdered Victims and their Families
Victim support group members, law enforcement and members of the county's District Attorney's office along with Commissioners Court (center) honor murder victims and their families with a proclamation.
Families of murdered victims
Sept. 25 is National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims.

A group of brave survivors of murdered victims honored their loved ones before Commissioners Court today surrounded by law enforcement and members from the county's District Attorney's office.    

Robert Garcia, CEO and Founder of the RGV chapter of
the National Parents of Murdered Children, held up a photograph of his brother Rogelio "Roger" Garcia as Public Affairs Manager Julia Benitez Sullivan read the proclamation declaring September 25 as National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. 

Families of murdered victims
RGV POMC Founder Robert Garcia with supporters.

Survivors of homicide victims want their murdered children to be valued, regardless of the circumstances surrounding their deaths, Sullivan read. 

"My brother was a mentor of mine and didn't die in vain," said Garcia, who accepted the proclamation on behalf of the group. "I will be the voice of pain and grief."

According to Garcia, in 2018, there were an estimated 17,000 homicides nationwide and over 170,000 close relatives were affected. The Rio Grande Valley experienced 42 murders, leaving behind over 420 close relatives.

District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez
District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez Jr.

"Grief is the last act of love we can give," said Garcia.  "Where there is deep grief, there was great love."

Hidalgo County residents are encouraged to participate in the 7th Annual Candlelight Vigil "Together We Climb The Mountain To The Peak Of Hope,” to be held on September 25, at the Pharr Events Center located at 3000 N. Cage in Pharr from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Mario Lizcano
DHR Administrator of Corporate Affairs Mario Lizcano.

September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

Commissioners Court declared September as National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month honoring more than 400,000 survivors of childhood and adolescent cancers in the United States.

Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease past infancy for U.S. children. About 11,060 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2019.

"Learning what genetic changes caused a cancer can help doctors diagnose it more effectively," said Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Administrator of Corporate Affairs Mario Lizcano.  "Thank you for your support on behalf of our Board of Managers, 700 physicians, and 5,000 employees."

Treatment of childhood cancer is coordinated by a team of experts who know the differences between adult and childhood cancers, as well as the unique needs of children with cancer, and their families.

Hidalgo County supports pediatric cancer awareness and encourages all county residents to join in national observances and in reaffirming our commitment to fighting childhood cancer.

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Pledge of Allegiance led by Staff Sgt. Marcos Lopez, Ret.

United States Army Staff Sergeant Marcos Lopez
United States Army Staff Sergeant Marcos Lopez.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Marcos Lopez.

Retired United States Army Staff Sgt. Marcos Lopez led Commissioners Court in the Pledge of Allegiance.
“Staff Sgt. Lopez served from 1994 to 2018,” said Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez.  “I am proud to say that he is also a member of the Hidalgo County family.”

Lopez is a Surveillance Nurse in the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program of the Department of Health and Human Services.

He served as Operations Sergeant for the medical company tasked with detainee operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn, Camp Cropper in Iraq in 2010 and 2011.

Lopez served 23 years in combined service with the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserves, and Texas Army National Guard.

Thank you for your service.

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Tax report shows county growth

Tax Assessor and Collector
Tax Assessor-Collector Pablo "Paul" Villarreal Jr., at right of Commissioners Court, with fraud investigators and supervisors.

Tax Assessor & Collector Pablo “Paul” Villarreal Jr. and his staff presented the 2018-2019 Motor Vehicle and Property Tax Annual Collection Reports for the county,
focusing on the collection of current and delinquent taxes.

The Motor Vehicle report reflects all collections relating to Vehicle Registrations and the Tax Collection report reflects all Hidalgo County taxing jurisdiction collections.

In addition, Villarreal also introduced his office and sub-station supervisors and fraud investigators.

"I am very proud of all the effort placed into our Annual Report," said Villarreal.  "I want to thank my staff for all that they do for the county."

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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 17, 2019
The Drainage District Board of Directors meets at 9:00 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 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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