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L-R 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.

Commissioners Court observes Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Commissioners Court held a moment of silence in honor of Remembrance Day, which commemorates Dec. 7, 1941 when hundreds of Japanese planes attacked U.S. military forces at Pearl Harbor.  Nearly 20 American naval vessels, including 8 battleships, and more than 300 aircraft were destroyed.

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day will be observed on Saturday, December 7.

"Each year on December 7, we honor and remember all those who lost their lives or were injured, and the brave men and women who survived to fight on," said Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez.

This year marks the 78th anniversary of the attack that killed 2,403 service members and civilians and injured 1,178 people.  The attack brought the United States into World War II.

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IDEA Edinburg Eagles cross country team recognized

Edinburg Eagles
The team was awarded the 2019 Texas Charter School Academic & Athletic League State Champions.

Commissioners Court passed a resolution in recognition of the IDEA Edinburg Eagles Boys’ Cross Country team for winning the Texas Charter School Academic & Athletic League State Championship in Georgetown.

All team members were present to accept the resolution sponsored by Precinct 4 Commissioner Ellie Torres.

Led to success by their coaches Tomas Martinez and Antonio De La Rosa, the team is comprised of Jose Suarez, Hugo Chavarria, Fabian Garcia, Joel Solis, Isai Garcia, Uziel Vazquez, and Javier Peña. The team competed locally, winning two out of eight meets and advanced to the state level where they were awarded the 2019 TCSAAL State  Championship.

"The Eagles have truly shown their excellence and dedication to the sport of Cross Country,” said Martinez. "It's been a pleasure seeing these young men grow up and become leaders and dedicated athletes."

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U.S. Marine Alejandro Figueroa leads the Pledge of Allegiance

Alejandro Figueroa
Alejandro Figueroa
Alejandro Figueroa.


U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Alejandro Figueroa led the Pledge of Allegiance at today's Commissioners Court.

Figueroa served from July 28, 1997 to December 3, 2000 as an E-5 Sergeant.

He is an Assistant Veteran Services Officer and has been employed with the county’s Veterans Service Office since 2017. 

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Diana Huallpa
Wellness Program Coordinator
Diana Huallpa.

Teladoc Utilization Service proves successful 

Wellness Program Coordinator Diana Huallpa presented a summary of the Hidalgo County Teladoc service. 

Teladoc is a call service that provides a national network of U.S. board-certified doctors available 24/7/365 to resolve medical issues, inquiries or concerns employees may have about their health. The phone service allows employees to speak to a doctor even when most medical offices are closed, thus saving a trip to the emergency room, said Huallpa.

"Our numbers have been increasing," said Huallpa. "We've seen a big improvement in utilization of this service since the start of the year."

According to the report, more employees are using the service each month.  Of the users, 15% would not have received treatment, 5% would have gone to an Emergency Room, and 17% to an Urgent Care facility if Teladoc wasn't available.

Teladoc is part of a countywide effort to encourage healthy habits among employees.

"We want to continue to encourage the wellness programs and opportunities for all of our county employees," said Precinct 2 Commissioner Eduardo "Eddie" Cantu. "Monday through Friday beginning at 5 a.m., we offer our employees a place to work out. We also have our Community Wellness Expos the first Saturday of the month, where the community learns about what we are doing to keep our employees healthy."

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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 10, 2019 at 10 a.m.
Drainage District 1 Board of Directors meets at 9:30 a.m., followed by Commissioners Court at 10 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.  
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