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General Interest

UTPA program brings health education to the public

The University of Texas-Pan American’s College of Health Sciences and Human Services (CHSHS) is taking community engagement a step further and branching out to one of the Rio Grande Valley’s most popular venues—the “pulga.”

Read more: UTPA program brings health education to the public

   

Drainage district hears options for sale of $84M bonds

Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1 heard a presentation on the financing of $84 million in bonds for drainage improvement projects approved in the November election in their Tuesday, Jan. 22 meeting. The district board also approved a one-year extension of Godfrey Garza’s consulting contract – valued at $122,400.

Read more: Drainage district hears options for sale of $84M bonds

   

County approves budget amendment policy

As their first order of business, Hidalgo County approved a new budget amendment policy in their Tuesday, Jan. 22, meeting that stated, “Once the county budget has been adopted for the ensuing fiscal year, the County of Hidalgo Commissioner’s Court will not consider any changes to the number of positions and salary paid to each authorized position within a department/office which will have a fiscal impact on the current or future General Fund budgets.

Read more: County approves budget amendment policy

   

County approves more personnel additions

Several requests for additional personnel and pay increases were considered by the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court during their regular weekly meeting Tuesday. These requests were presented by various county departments long after the budget was approved.

Read more: County approves more personnel additions

   

Sheriff dissolves Panama Unit amid investigation

A special task force designed to target narcotics trafficking in Hidalgo County known as the Panama Unit, was dissolved this week according to the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office. The Panama Unit has been under investigation by the FBI since last August.

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Making the case for a new Hidalgo County Courthouse

The inadequacy of the existing Hidalgo County Courthouse has been a topic of discussion with the Commissioners Court for a number of months. The current structure was built in 1954, and since that time, the county’s population has increased by an estimated 476 percent. Its present capacity has not matched the area’s growth challenges.

Read more: Making the case for a new Hidalgo County Courthouse

   

SANTA’S WORKSHOP: Green Bees reach out to those in need

20121213 Greengate-Grove-A-park-giving IMG 0643 FEATUREWalking into the hall at Green Gate Grove RV Park in Mission, it almost looked like Santa’s workshop, buzzing with working Winter Texan ladies. These women are the Green Bees Quilters, and just like Santa’s elves, they’re prepping for Christmas.

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SPIRIT OF GIVING: Chamber chairwoman serves with passion

20121107 Comfort House Sandra Vecchio lg-05 featureFreshly washed towels. A new backpack. The smooth pages of a dictionary.

These things may all seem commonplace enough, but Sandra Vecchio knows that for the people who receive them through the charities she’s worked with they’re small gestures that can make a lasting impact.

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