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Juan Manuel Alvarado retires
Family and coworkers with Commissioners Court, center, honor Juan M. Alvarado for 27 years of dedicated service.
Juan Manuel Alvarado retires
Alvarado will retire after 27 years.

Longtime employee Juan Manuel Alvarado honored 

Juan Manuel Alvarado - who will soon retire - was honored in Commissioners Court for his outstanding work and dedication the citizens of Hidalgo County.

The Court unanimously approved a resolution recognizing his 27 years of service.

"It's an honor and privilege to be here this morning," said Alvarado.  "There is a long list of mentors and coworkers that I had the privilege of working with."

Born in Reynosa, Alvarado began his career with the Hidalgo County Auditor's Office as an Office Clerk under the direction of Stephen F. Austin, CPA, and was soon promoted to Fixed Assets Internal Auditor.  In 2008, Alvarado transferred to the Hidalgo County Purchasing Department and contributed to the development of the Compliance and Reporting Division as the Division Manager.

Juan Manuel Alvarado with his family
Alvarado thanks his wife and daughter for their continued support.

"Mr. Alvarado is an admirable employee," said Hidalgo County Purchasing Agent Martha Salazar. "He came to this country to achieve the American Dream."

As a believer of hard work, Alvarado read a quote from part of a column written by County Judge Richard F. Cortez.

"We can set Hidalgo County on the path to a cycle of prosperity," he read.  

"In a county like ours, the American Dream is possible," said Alvarado.

The county wishes Alvarado a long, healthy and happy retirement and congratulates him for 27 years of committed service.

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Commissioners Court observes the 30th anniversary of the Alton Bus Crash

In Memoriam
Commissioners Court holds moment of silence
  Pct. 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres, Pct. 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores, County Judge Richard F. Cortez, Pct. 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu, and Pct. 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes observe a moment of silence at today's meeting.


Commissioners Court held a moment of silence for the victims and survivors of the Alton Bus Crash.  The crash occurred on Sept. 21, 1989 where a group of 81 Mission ISD junior high and high school students riding the bus to school, never made it to class that day in one of the deadliest school bus crashes in U.S. history.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the crash.

The court bowed their heads in remembrance of those killed and the surviving children (now adults) many of whom still bear the scars from that horrific day.

"Our hearts go out to all the victims and families affected by this great tragedy," said Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez.

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County celebrates Manufacturing Month

County celebrates Manufacturing Month
Members from the South Texas Manufacturers Association, the Pharr EDC, South Texas College, and PSJA ISD with Commissioners Court. Manufacturing Month is observed in October. Support manufacturers and buy U.S. products.

For generations, manufacturing has played a critical role in Texas’ diverse economy.  Texas is home to approximately 17,500 manufacturing firms, 80 of which are located in Hidalgo County, said Mike Willis, Treasurer of the South Texas Manufacturers Association.

National Manufacturing Month is observed in October with the first Friday in October celebrated as National Manufacturing Day.

“Thank you for having us here today,” said Willis, who accepted the proclamation on behalf of the group. “Celebrating Manufacturing Month gets more people involved in economic development, it increases awareness, and promotes the county."

Willis thanked several entities for their support in promoting Manufacturing Month.

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 Mike Willis, Treasurer of the South Texas Manufacturers Association. 

"I'd like to recognize Hidalgo County, the Pharr Economic Development Corporation, South Texas College, and PSJA ISD," Willis said.  "All of these entities work together with us to get the youth involved in Manufacturing Month."

Texas manufacturers employ 7.1 percent of the workforce, an estimated 910,000 manufacturing employees, including 7,500 in Hidalgo County.

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Vietnam Veteran leads Court in Pledge of Allegiance

Agustin Sauceda
Pledge of Allegiance
Agustin Sauceda Jr. leads the Court in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

Master Sgt. Agustin Sauceda Jr., United States Army, Retired, led Commissioners Court in the Pledge of Allegiance.  

Sauceda served in the U.S. Army from January 1963 to September 1983 and is a Vietnam veteran.
Sauceda is also a Retired JROTC Instructor from Edcouch-Elsa Independent School District.
Thank you for your 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 24, 2019
The Drainage District Board of Directors meets at 1:30 p.m. followed by Commissioners Court at 2:00 p.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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