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Marco Antonio Solis

20120810 Marco Antonio SolisMarco Antonio Solís Photo courtesy: Kike San Martin Photography Inc.Heart throb and Mexican icon Marco Antonio Solís makes an appearance at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo on Friday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m. with a guest appearance by Natalia Jimena. The doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets prices range from $49 to $150.

As a songwriter, Solís has 300 songs to his credit. As a man with the talent to sing, he’s sold over 80 million records.

Solís was born in Ario de Rosales, Michoacán, Mexico and began singing at age six with his cousin Joel Solís as Los Hermanitos Solís. He went on to form Los Bukis which helped to bring him to the forefront in North, Central and South American and then went solo in 1995.

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Hidalgo County 4-Hers recognized

The County Commissioners’ Court recognized nine Hidalgo County 4-H members July 24 for their achievements in competitive events in the areas of clothing and textiles, fashion design, and consumer decision-making at the district and state level.

They were Renee Boyle, Claudia Martinez, Vanessa Martinez, Timmy Bradford, Matthew Salinas, Amanda Salinas, Brianna Bullion, Beth Quintanilla, and Bianca Garcia. Texas AgriLife Extension Service County Extension Agent Nora N. Garza accompanied them. She is their advisor and coach.

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Long delayed swimming pools get new contractor

20111004 MISSION PARKS HollisRutledge BannworthPark JB 0097Stalled Project: This file photo, taken last September, shows the new gymnasium building at Bannworth Park on Shary Rd. as the project neared completion. Both the gymnasium and the swimming pool at Bannworth remain unfinished today. The city is bringing in a new contractor to finish the project.MISSION – After being on hold since April, Mission Parks and Recreation swimming pool projects are getting re-started with a new contractor hired to finish out the projects. The projects include repairs to the swimming pool at Catholic War Veteran’s Park located on south Mayberry Rd. and the new natatorium at Bannworth Park located on Shary Rd. The original completion date for the projects was September.

Julian Gonzalez, Parks and Recreation Director, said, even though they are happy with the work done by the previous contractor, the jobs were put on hold around April when the city decided they could not give the contractor more time. The contractor was not able to fulfill timeline restrictions. Gonzalez said the city had been very generous when the contractor would ask for more time. It came to a point they had to stop giving those extensions and find another route to get the job completed.

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Hidalgo County to hold surplus auction

Hidalgo County is holding a surplus auction at 9 a.m. Wednesday, August 8, at the McAllen Convention Center and online.

Pre-register and view vehicles and other merchandise on Monday August 6 and Tuesday August 7 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The auction will have surplus cars, trucks, equipment and seized vehicles as well as surplus computers, equipment and other seized items.

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OWLS push commissioners for open forum up front

EDINBURG — The Objective Watchers of the Legal System (OWLS) revisited its concerns July 31 regarding Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court decision to move open forum to the end of the meeting.

OWL Frank Traver told commissioners that he just doesn’t understand why open forum is at the end of the meeting to save time when award ceremonies and individual recognitions take up a huge amount of time at the beginning of Commissioners’ Court.

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County Judge Ramon Garcia expresses support of transportation projects

The Texas Transportation Commission met in Corpus Christi on July 26, 2012 and approved the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority’s (HCRMA) request to terminate the Pass-Through Agreements for the State Highway 365 and US 281 Military Highway Overpass project.  This action was necessary to allow for the HCRMA to proceed in negotiating an Advance Funding Agreement (AFA) with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for $112 million in funding for SH 365 and US 281.  The proposed AFA gives the HCRMA greater flexibility than the Pass-Through Agreements if additional funding is secured for the projects.  It is anticipated that the AFA will be considered by the Texas Transportation Commission at its August 2012 meeting.

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Mobility and Hope: groups work together to help disabled Mexicans

WEB 20120714 PET -Project lg-6 FEATUREPET Project RGV coordinator Stan Marley cheers Matamoros resident Sarahi Hernandez Prado on as she takes her first ride on the PET cart she just received to replace her wheelchair. Progress Times photo by Luciano GuerraMATAMOROS — Cerebral palsy left Sarahi Hernandez Prado, 20, wheelchair bound since childhood. She has been disabled her whole life, but recently she received a new lease on life, thanks to the Personal Energy Transport (PET) hand-powered cart the PET Project Rio Grande Valley in Mission, and Comunidades Unidas Pro Salud (CUPS), in McAllen, gave to her.

“I want a PET so that I can sell things and be more mobile,” she said. “More than anything I want to be able to help myself, and with a PET I will be able to go places and do things I cannot do in a wheelchair.”

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Hidalgo County faces $11M budget shortfall

Budget-ShortfallEDINBURG — A new sheriff substation in Weslaco and proposed cost of living adjustments are two major factors affecting the 2013 Hidalgo County budget, Sergio Cruz, budget officer, told county commissioners during a July 24 workshop.

Cruz told the commissioners that 2013’s estimated revenues are $159.5 million.

“Revenues have not increased significantly this year compared to last, about $1 million increase due to property, but we’ve incurred $3.7 million in expenditures since the last adoption” Cruz told commissioners. “If we don’t intend to cut and keep the status quo, we would have to cut into the fund balance.”

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