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Health and Human Services receives Gold level
L-R Health and Human Services Chief Administrative Officer Eduardo Olivarez, Commissioners Court, and  Health Department Public Health Education Coordinator Ricardo Salinas, holding the county's Gold recognition.

County's Health and Human Services receives Gold recognition from Texas Healthy Communities Program

The Texas Healthy Communities Program recognized Hidalgo County's Health and Human Services department for its efforts to reduce cardiovascular disease, stroke, and other chronic diseases.  

At the completion of an assessment from the THCP, Hidalgo County achieved a score of 97.5 points out of a possible 100, earning a recognition level of Gold from the program, said Health and Human Services Chief Administrative Officer Eduardo "Eddie" Olivarez.

"This award is a direct result of collaborative efforts of a workgroup coordinated by Ricardo Salinas," Olivarez said. 

Olivarez said in addition to staff, the success is the result of a countywide team effort.

“We would like to thank Commissioner David Fuentes, Commissioner Eddie Cantu, Commissioner Joe Flores, Commissioner Ellie Torres, County Judge Richard Cortez and his office, Clear Impact, Easter Seals, Make the First Five County, American Heart Association, Hidalgo County ISDs, Hidalgo County municipalities, UTRGV, DSHS, Community Service Agency, WIC, HOPE Family Center, Texas Hunger Initiative, Texas A&M School of Public Health, and Nuestra Clinica Del Valle,” Olivarez said.

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Maria L. Benavides
Commissioners Court celebrates Maria L. Benavides and her 100th year.

Maria L. Benavides reaches a 100- year milestone

Commissioners Court unanimously passed a resolution celebrating the 100th birthday of Sullivan City resident Maria L. Benavides, who was born August 1919, in San Isidro. 

In the past century, Benavides has lived through 18 United States Presidents, starting in 1919 with the 28th President Woodrow Wilson. The resolution was sponsored by Precinct 3 Commissioner Joe M. Flores.

Maria L. Benavides
Maria L. Benavides.

Benavides graduated high school in 1939. She married the love of her life Rosendo Benavides, in 1947, and worked as a nurse until 1952, when the family moved to Sullivan City and opened a small convenience store.

Benavides was joined at Commissioners Court by family members. She and her husband raised four children, Roel, Noemi, Joel, and Nydia. She has 11 grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren, and seven great-great-great-grandchildren.

“Every minute of her 100th year has been filled with laughter and the love of her family,” said Flores.

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U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Agustin "Gus" Garcia leads court in Pledge of Allegiance 

Agustin Gus Garcia
Agustin "Gus" Garcia
Agustin "Gus" Garcia.

Sgt. Agustin “Gus” Garcia, United States Marine Corps, Retired, led Commissioners Court in the Pledge of Allegiance.  

“Today we are honored to have Sgt. Augustin “Gus” Garcia, United States Marine Corps, Retired, leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance,” said County Judge Richard F. Cortez. “Thank you for your service.”

Garcia served from 1961-1965. He is past-Commander for American Legion Post 408 and previous-District Commander for the 15th District American Legion.

Thank you for your service.

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Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon
Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon.

September is Valley Voter Awareness Month

With only 42 days left until the November 2019 elections, Commissioners Court declared this month as Valley Voter Awareness Month to encourage voter registration, voter education, and the importance of voting.

Hidalgo County Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramon reported that voter registration has been steadily increasing and thanked Voter Registration Manager Belinda Sagredo, who is the longest-serving elections department worker. 

"Belinda and her staff are responsible for the increase in voter registrations but it is not enough to register," Ramon said. “I was at an event today with over 5,000 18-year-olds representing 10 school districts and that is one of the things I stressed."

Ramon added that she focused on registering to vote and then following up with going to the polls to vote.

“More than that, I asked them to be informed about what is on the ballot,” Ramon added. 

According to the Elections Department, the county has more than 370,600 registered voters. The Elections Department has registered 12,000 new voters since January. This increase proves that there is a continuing need to work together as a community to increase participation in the electoral process in Hidalgo County and the Rio Grande Valley.

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Hidalgo County adopts 2020 budget
Hidalgo County adopts 2020 budget, and cuts taxes by half a cent.

Commissioners Court cuts taxes by half a cent

After working diligently under the direction of Commissioners Court, Hidalgo County Budget Officer Sergio Cruz presented a finalized budget.

The court voted unanimously to adopt the 2020 budget along with lowering the tax rate by half a cent to 0.5750. The County's general fund budget for 2020 is $220,331.

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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

Thursday, October 3, 2019
A workshop will be held 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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