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COVID-19 death toll surpasses 1,600, ICU hospitalizations increase

Hidalgo County’s COVID-19 death toll surpassed the 1,600 mark as another 23 souls perished from COVID-19 related complications Thursday while 209 new positive cases were reported, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a news release. “I remain very concerned with the growing number of deaths from this virus, but I am told that many of…

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Hidalgo County reports 25 more COVID-19 deaths

Another 25 people in Hidalgo County died from COVID-19 related complications while 164 new positive cases were logged, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a Wednesday news release. “The death toll continues and so does the tragedy of this disease,” Judge Cortez said. “Unfortunately, we are seeing younger people dying from this virus.…

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23 Hidalgo County residents die from COVID-19 complications

On the same day that COVID-19 death count for the entire country surpassed 200,000 people, 23 people in Hidalgo County perished from complications of the COVID-19 virus. An additional 255 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a Tuesday news release from, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez. Tuesday’s new numbers bring the total…

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Woman accused of mailing ricin to President Trump, Valley law enforcement agencies identified

UPDATE MONDAY, SEPT. 21, 2:57 P.M. The Canadian woman accused of mailing envelopes containing the poison ricin to President Donald J. Trump and local law enforcement agencies has been identified. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation identified Pascale Ferrier, 53, as the suspect in this case. Ferrier was previously arrested last year on misdemeanor charges. Hidalgo County…

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4 arrested in shooting near Madero area

Four individuals were arrested following a Sunday afternoon shooting that left an individual with a gunshot in his mouth. Mission police responded to a call from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent who was flagged down for help by a female driver near Los Indios Road and Conway Avenue who had a male passenger…

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22 new COVID-19 deaths reported in Hidalgo County

Another 22 deaths from complications of COVID-19 were reported Friday while 202 new positive cases were logged, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a Friday news release. “The death and infection numbers continue to rise,” Judge Cortez said. “We should all be concerned and we should all pray for the families and friends…

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Palmhurst reviews minimum control measures for stormwater detention

The Planning and Zoning commission for the city of Palmhurst met over a phone conference to review the stormwater department’s MS4 Permit regarding minimum control measures for the Stormwater Department. City Planner Lupe Garcia presented the sections under review to the commission during a meeting held Tues. Sept. 15, 2020. He said the measures were…

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Nearly 1 million meals distributed by Sharyland ISD

When the spring 2020 semester started last January, the Sharyland school district began implementing an ambitious new breakfast program for its high school students. In January, the district’s child nutrition program rolled out a breakfast bar at Sharyland High School and Sharyland Pioneer High School that had an omelet, waffle and smoothie station for its…

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Three candidates run for LJISD Board of Trustees Place 7

Three familiar faces in the community are running for one place on the La Joya ISD Board of Trustees. Alex Cantu, Norma Chapa and Jerry Alaniz have all filed applications to run for Place 7 on the La Joya Independent School District board. The race is packed in the district, with 12 total candidates vying…

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Sharyland begins reopening plans

The beep of a metal detector at the entrance of the Sharyland Alternative Education Center was accompanied by an alert from a newly installed temperature walkthrough scanner. The aforementioned beep echoed through the hallways of the campus, seemingly replacing the sound of a busy hallway teeming with students and teachers on their way to class.…

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