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Hidalgo County reports 12th COVID-19 related death

A 60-year-old Alamo man with underlying medical conditions died Friday after testing positive for the COVID-19 strain of coronavirus, Hidalgo county announced in a news release. The unidentified man is the 12th person in Hidalgo County to die after testing positive for the disease. “It’s hard as we confront the tragic news of another death…

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AGUA SUD receives $6M for wastewater project

The Agua Special Utility District is closer to finishing their multimillion-dollar project to bring a wastewater and sewer system to their customers in Palmview. During a press conference held Saturday, May 30, Agua SUD officials, along with officials from the city of Palmview and U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, announced that a key component of the…

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Amidst pandemic, Mission CISD holds graduation ceremonies

All Maria Chapa wanted was for her son to graduate high school. Chapa is the mother of Veterans Memorial High School senior Fernando Chapa and was devastated when she learned that the Mission school district would be closing all their campuses last March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “He’s my only son, I looked…

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‘This is unity’

County, cities reach compromise on $151M in COVID-19 relief When Palmhurst Mayor Ramiro Rodriguez was invited to dine at Tony Roma’s with the mayors of several cities in Hidalgo County and county Judge Richard F. Cortez, he knew exactly what the conversation would be dominated by. Last month, the county allotted $63 million out of…

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MCISD Transportation Dept. uses buses to bring cheer to graduates

Mary Lou Gomez, a bus monitor with the Mission CISD Transportation Department, wanted to show her son and his fellow graduates that the community is standing behind them as they move forward. Last week, the Mission Consolidated Independent School District held their graduation ceremonies for Mission High School, Veterans Memorial High School and Mission Collegiate…

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Mission city council discusses Madero Bridge Project

This week, the city of Mission held a meeting focusing on the current state of the much-discussed Madero Bridge Project. The meeting included a proposed schedule of events for the construction of the project, which has been in contention because the presidential permit to build a rail bridge in Mission is set to expire in…

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Palmview High School graduates with socially-distant measures

Senior graduations at LJISD have looked a bit different this year. The Palmview High School Class of 2020, along with all the other high schools in the district, celebrated their commencement at the La Joya Independent School District Stadium. The outdoor graduation was allowed in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, as per guidelines from the…

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Hidalgo County sees biggest increase in COVID-19 cases

Thursday saw the total amount of COVID-19 cases increase by 45, the largest single day increase, the county said. That brings the total number of known cases in the county to 679 people. “We have been saying for days that we knew an increase in positive cases was coming,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez…

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Hidalgo County awarded $4.2M for homeless residents

A grant that is part of the CARES Act will assist the county in aiding individuals and families who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless. Hidalgo County was awarded a Homeless Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) in the amount of $4,242,374 that will be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic…

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VMHS Valedictorian earns Gates Foundation Scholarship

Damian Gonzalez is ready to take the next steps on his academic journey. Gonzalez, the valedictorian of the Veterans Memorial High School Class of 2020, is one of 300 students in the country to earn a Gates Foundation Scholarship. A “last-dollar” scholarship that will fund every other expense not covered by other scholarships, the Gates…

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