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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
 Breast Cancer Awareness Month promotes the importance of prevention and early detection as keys to survival. 

Hidalgo County observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month; early detection key to survival

Breast Cancer continues to be the most prevalent cancer and the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths among Texas women, also affecting about one in every 1,000 men.

Commissioners Court passed a proclamation declaring October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in part to promote the importance of prevention and early detection as keys to survival. 

"We would like to invite our community to join us in raising awareness,” said Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Administrator of Corporate Affairs Mario Lizcano.  “We are here to ensure that our community has the resources available to them for early detection screenings."

A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it is easier to treat, Lizcano stated.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

While there are factors known to increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, nearly 80 percent of women diagnosed do not exhibit any of the determinant factors.

Early detection of signs and symptoms of breast cancer can increase the survival rate by nearly 95 percent.

During this month-long observance, all Hidalgo County residents are encouraged to join in activities and initiatives that help raise support and awareness of this serious health concern which has claimed too many lives over the years.

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Zack Sanchez
Zachary Sanchez.

Part of 10th Street re-named after late State Trooper Moises Sanchez 

Hidalgo County Commissioners Court unanimously passed a resolution re-naming a portion of 10th street to State Trooper Moises Sanchez Boulevard.

North Schunior Street to FM 1925 is the portion of 10th Street that will be re-named after Trooper Sanchez, who made the ultimate sacrifice when he was killed in the line of duty while protecting the citizens of Hidalgo County on August 24, 2019.

Surrounded by State Troopers, Zachary Sanchez, the late Trooper's son, proudly accepted the resolution that was sponsored by Pct. 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres.

"So many people in the community have reached out to me and my family and have asked how we are," said Sanchez. "I am amazed at how big of an impact my father had on the community.  Thank you for going the extra mile and honoring him here today by naming the street after him."

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Shan Rankin honored in court for 30 years of dedicated service to Museum of South Texas History

Shank Rankin was honored by the court for 30 years of service to MOSTH.
Shank Rankin was honored by Commissioners Court for 30 years of service to Museum of South Texas History.

Raymondville native Shan Rankin, who has served as executive director of the Museum of South Texas History since 1989, was honored with a resolution in Commissioners Court for her committed service to the community.

"Thank you for having me here today," said Rankin. "I am proud to be recognized by your court."

During her tenure, the museum served thousands of visitors and local citizens, completed multiple expansions, and changed its name to Museum of South Texas History to better reflect its mission to preserve and present the borderland heritage of South Texas and northeastern Mexico.

One of Rankin's many accomplishments includes securing accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. 

She has served as an appointed member of the Hidalgo County Historical Commission, board member of the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation, and countless other endeavors.

"Throughout the years serving as director of the museum, you have been our strongest ally," said Rankin. "I hope the relationship continues as I hand over the reins to Dr. Francisco Guajardo."

The county congratulates Rankin for 30 years of outstanding, dedicated, and committed service and wishes her continued success. 

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Fred Robles BBQ champion
Yadi and Fred Robles.

County applauds BBQ champ and Weslaco native Fred Robles  

Weslaco native Fred Robles was recognized by Commissioners Court for his recent win at the 40th American Royal World Series of Barbecue on Sept. 12-15 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.

The world championship competition, included participants from 39 states and 10 countries.

“To me, barbecue is something my Dad would do, and over the years, it became a passion for me," said Robles

Robles, the owner of Rio Grande Meat, is the second person in Texas to win this coveted prize.

“For the past six years, Robles won several competitions across the county and given back to the community,” said Public Affairs Manager Julia Benitez Sullivan, who read the proclamation sponsored by Pct. 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes.

In 2018, Robles, together with his wife, and with the help of Big Poppa Smokers and Smithfield, donated $8,500 to Estrella’s House, a childhood advocacy center in Edinburg.

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Elections Administrator honored for TAEA election

Commissioners Court recognized  Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramón for being elected president of the TAEA.
Commissioners Court recognized  Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramón for being elected president of the TAEA.

Commissioners Court recognized and honored Elections Administrator Yvonne Ramón for being elected president of the Texas Association of Elections during the 37th Annual Election Law Seminar held in Austin.

Ramón has been a member of TAEA for 11 years, and before becoming president, she was elected as Secretary, Treasurer, and then Vice-President. As president, she will oversee the TAEA membership, which consists of 350 elections administrators and elections staff who represent each of the 254 counties in the state.

“This is an honor to be standing here today, not only because I have represented the county of Hidalgo going on almost 12 years, but I also get to be a representative of the Texas Association of Elections Administrators which is all 254 counties," said Ramón.

Ramón said she will use her knowledge and experience to promote efficient integration of voter registration functions with the actual conduct of elections and ensure that voter registration, voting and vote tabulation are all carried out in accordance with the highest legal and ethical standards.

Ramón was joined in court by her family, including husband John Ramón, their children, Laura, Gilbert, and Robert, as well as her granddaughter.

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Sgt. Abel Silva leads court in Pledge of Allegiance

Sgt. Abel Silva
Sgt. Abel Silva
Sgt. Abel Silva.

Sgt. Abel Silva, United States Army, Retired, led the Pledge of Allegiance at Commissioners Court.

Sgt. Silva served in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970 and is a Vietnam Veteran.

Silva retired in 2015 from the Hidalgo County Auxiliary Court as a Bailiff and is a retired Federal Agent.

Thank you for your service.

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Pct. 1 receives travelling trophy
 Rick Hinojosa and  Pct. 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes.

Pct. 1 receives traveling trophy award for blood drive competition

Vitalant RGV Center presented Pct. 1 Commissioner David L. Fuentes with a traveling trophy for donating the most blood during the 2019 "Battle of the Precincts" blood drive competition.

"As one of the blood providers here in the RGV, we provide over 175 blood products to all of our area hospitals," said Vitalant RGV Center representative Rick Hinojosa. 

For the second year in a row, Pct. 1 was crowned the winner of the blood drive competition.

Congratulations to Pct. 1 for winning the traveling trophy award with 22 successful donors.

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County Judge Richard F. Cortez gets annual flu shot; encourages residents to do the same

County Judges receives flu shot
County Judge Richard F. Cortez received a flu vaccine from Texas Vaccine for Children Program Coordinator Nelda Mendez.

Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez sat front and center at Commissioners Court to receive his annual flu vaccine as a reminder to all county residents to protect themselves during the flu season.

The flu vaccination is the first step in protecting your immune system against influenza.

Each year more than 25,000 people die in the U.S. from medical complications impacted by the flu virus.

The Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department encourages all county residents to get their flu vaccine.

Protect your co-workers, friends, family, and yourself from the flu. Get your flu vaccine today!

EMS agencies receive recognition to improve quality of care for STEMI and Acute Coronary Syndrome patients

EMS Agencies
Hidalgo County EMS and Med-Care EMS received the Bronze Plus award through the Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Program.

Hidalgo County EMS and Med-Care EMS received the Bronze Plus award through the Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Program to improve quality of care for STEMI and Acute Coronary Syndrome patients. Lifeline falls under the American Heart Association, where EMS provider organizations are recognized for the improvement of patient care.

“Through our Texas Healthy Communities Grant, these agencies were awarded and are also the first in the Rio Grande Valley to be a part of this program where the whole purpose of our EMS 911 contractors and EMS programs is to save lives, and to encourage, that if a person is having a heart attack or a stroke, they are treated at advanced levels to get a higher incidences of recovery.”

Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition, a program designed to showcase Emergency Medical Service organizations across the nation, focuses on saving lives of patients suffering from the most severe form of heart attack, as ST-elevated myocardial infarction, or STEMI, where the coronary artery is completely and suddenly blocked.

“We use evidence-based metrics to measure and improve the system's performance, and outcomes in the community we serve,” said Med-Care EMS Director of Operations Mack Gilbert.

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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 missetoday'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, October 22, 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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