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Cruz Yanez honored in CC
L-R: Rogelio Prado, Frank Hinojosa, Homer Gallegos, Tony Cordova, Commissioners Court, Cruz Yanez, Gorge Gonzalez, Frank Albian, and Felix M. Rodriguez.

Commissioners Court honors Vietnam Veteran Cruz Yanez

Vietnam Veteran Cruz Yanez was recognized in Commissioners Court for his exceptional bravery while serving in the U.S. Army. 

Hidalgo County Veterans Service Officer Felix M. Rodriguez introduced Yanez as an American hero and requested support from the court in the effort of Sgt. Yanez receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Yanez was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V Device, the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.

“I am highly honored to be in the presence of a real American hero,” said Rodriguez.   “This man courageously served our country and saved lives.”

According to Rodriguez, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez has offered to assist in obtaining a Congressional Medal of Honor for Sgt. Yanez.

Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient Tony Cordova read through a record of all of Sgt. Yanez's accomplishments in the military.  

His many heroic actions included, protecting a wounded comrade under heavy fire while reinforcements arrived and, in true gallantry fashion, he also completely disregarded his own safety by opening fire on enemy forces to save his fellow soldiers. 

"Through all of these escapades and actions, he never got wounded," said Cordova.

Commissioners Court congratulated Yanez for all of his achievements.

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Borderland Hardware celebrates 100th year anniversary
Borderland Hardware is honored in Commissioners Court with a proclamation for its 100th year anniversary.

Borderland Hardware celebrates 100th year anniversary

Commissioners Court honored Borderland Hardware for its 100th year in business as the oldest hardware store in Mercedes.

The hardware store was first opened in 1919 by traveling salesman E.E. Jack Johnson and an associate, both maintaining and operating the store with a complete line of hardware and implements.

Owners of the hardware store Robert and Loretta Eilers, along with their son Ken Eilers and his wife Debbie, accepted the proclamation.

“On behalf of the family we'd like to thank you for having us here," said Ken Eilers. "My dad has been working at the store for 70 years and we appreciate the community that has supported us and the great employees we have."

In 1949, Robert Eilers began his employment with the hardware store working his way up to manager and purchasing it in 1969.

After 80 years, the family business was moved to a new and bigger location, allowing the business to broaden its line of merchandise and services.

In 1999, Eilers received the prestigious Gold Hammer award for 50 years of dedicated service to the hardware industry, and in 2009 was elected president of the National Retail Hardware Association.

The County of Hidalgo honors Borderland Hardware for being a locally owned and operated business and congratulates them on its 100th year anniversary.

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Vietnam Veteran Cruz Yanez leads the Pledge of Allegiance

Cruz Yanez
Sgt. Cruz Yanez
Vietnam Veteran Cruz Yanez.

Vietnam Veteran Cruz Yanez led the Pledge of Allegiance at today's Commissioners Court.

Sgt. Yanez served from August 20, 1969 – April 16, 1971 in the U.S Army.

He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V Device, the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal.
Yanez is a member of the VFW Post 8788 Color Guard. 

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Diana Huallpa
Wellness Coordinator Diana Huallpa.

County wellness program continues to encourage healthy lifestyle choices

Wellness Program Coordinator Diana Huallpa presented an update on the Hidalgo County Employee Wellness Program at Commissioners Court.

The mission of the program is to improve the quality of life of individuals by providing them with the necessary resources and tools to achieve their wellness goals.

Huallpa reported on several events including the Community Wellness Expo taking place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Hidalgo County Precinct 2 Indoor Sports Complex.  

“The event is open to all county residents,” said Huallpa. “We will have vendors providing samples of products such as protein shakes, juices, healthy meals and more.”

On December 2, at the county's Health and Human Resources Department, Pct. 2 will also be hosting “Take the First Step with Us," an event that will show participants steps on how to obtain a healthy lifestyle by making healthier food and fitness choices.
For more information on these events, and other Precinct 2 projects, please call 956-787-1891 or click here

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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 Friday morning
at 9 a.m. on your local school district channel 17.

The next Commissioners Court meeting is scheduled for

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 2 p.m.
Drainage District 1 Board of Directors meets at 1:30 p.m., followed by Commissioners Court at 2 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.  
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