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Pharr Shines Bright in 2020 State-of-the-City Address
San Juan police chief earns his bachelor degree from South Texas College
Political stage: Guajardo returns
Comptroller Glenn Hegar Distributes $764 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments
Serious allegations Former Edinburg / Pharr CM accused of assault “Extortion,” he claims
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News

Edinburg EDC Interim Director resigns position effective 1/20/20

A military veteran who served four years in Afghanistan, earning a Bronze Star for his service to the nation, Rubén R. Ramírez, the interim Executive Director for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 announced that he was resigning his position in order to return to private practice as an attorney.

Ramírez’ resignation goes into effect on Monday, January 20, 2020.

Richard M. Hinojosa appointed as temp. exec. director for Edinburg EDC

Richard M. Hinojosa, Edinburg’s Interim City Manager, on Monday, January 20, 2020, was appointed as the temporary executive director for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, which is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council.

The decision was made on a 4 to 0 vote by the Board of Directors of the Edinburg EDC following the executive session portion of its public meeting, held in the City Council Chamber at Edinburg City Hall.

EDINBURG – Hidalgo County Tax Assessor-Collector Pablo “Paul” Villarreal Jr. reminds residents that the deadline to pay their 2019 property taxes is Friday, Jan. 31. Paying after the deadline may result in added interest and penalties. Taxpayers can pay online at www.hidalgocountytax.org,by mail to the Hidalgo County Tax Office, P.O. Box 178, Edinburg, Texas 78540, or at the following locations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays:

Sports

RGV WRESTLERS HIT THE MAT

Care to wrestle with a Bear? Probably not.

You may care even less to tangle with a PSJA Lady Bear wrestler.

With the UIL district wrestling tournament two weeks away, PSJA'sgirls wrestling team is ranked number nine in the state in Class 6A.

The Bears are the only team raked statewide and have been a dominant force on the mat all season, as expected.

Karen Marroquin, a sophomore, is ranked No. 20 individually for the

UIL Realignment

Once again, the future is unclear in the the high school sports (and extracurricular activities) world.

That can only mean that it’s realignment time.

Edinburg CISD school awarded $25,000 fitness grant

EDINBURG – Lyndon Baines Johnson Elementary School students and staff recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the launching of their Project Fit America Program.

Johnson Elementary School is one of 19 schools and the third campus from the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District to receive a grant, since the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation began sponsoring the Project Fit America (PFA) Program in 2014.

Opinion

Another “Deaf” lawsuit Deaf people have porn rights, too?

OMG, the world really has gone mad. Don’t know if you remember the story I wrote a few years back (2017) about a deaf couple suing a local hospital, claiming that the hospital had done them wrong by not supplying them with a sign-language interpreter 24/7 while their infant child was there waiting for expensive neuro/cancer-related surgery.

Congressman Gonzalez Encourages Law Enforcement Agencies to Apply for Community Policing Grants

McALLEN – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing (COPS) opened two grant funding opportunities for law enforcement agencies across the nation.

Governor requests presidential disaster declaration

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 13 asked for a presidential disaster declaration for three counties that sustained widespread damage attributed to severe thunderstorms, straight-line winds, hail and tornadoes.

The stormy weather on Oct. 20-21 hit Cameron, Dallas and Erath counties Abbott's request includes public assistance and hazard mitigation.

Lifestyle

All wedded unions should be so blessed for so long

Their marriage lasted 67 years

Ed. note: The average marriage today lasts EIGHT years. Hey, even I was shocked when I looked it up as I got ready to write this editor’s note. That number comes from multiple reputable sources, by the way, so I’d call it reliable. Couples who make it to their 10th wedding anniversary experience a lower divorce risk each subsequent year. Again, this stat comes courtesy of multiple sources.

Nostalgic Christmas Tree Forest, Annual Tradition at the IMAS

MCALLEN - The halls of the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) are heavy with anticipation for the annual exhibition of community-decorated Christmas trees. The Christmas Tree Forest is a five-decade tradition originating shortly after the opening of the 53-year-old museum, then the McAllen International Museum or MIM.

County recognizes Jr. Ms. Galaxy

EDINBURG – Hidalgo County Commissioners Court congratulated Leilani Renee Wyrobek in Commissioners Court with a resolution for winning the 2020 Jr. Miss Galaxy International pageant and wished her a prosperous journey ahead.

"Never give up on your dreams, wear your crown within your heart, work hard, keep trying, and best of all, don't be afraid to dream big," said Wyrobek.

Obituaries

AGAPITO GARZA JR.

PHARR - "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept my faith" Agapito Garza Jr., age 84, passed away on Friday, December 13, 2019 at Alfredo Gonzalez State Veterans Nursing Home.

He was preceded in death by his son, Romeo Garza and brother, Rene Garza.

DOLORES C. SALINAS

PHARR - Dolores C. Salinas, 85, entered eternal rest Monday, January 6, 2020, at San Juan Nursing Home.

Dolores and her husband were longtime owners of 495 Drive Inn Grocery Store in Pharr.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Rubio O. Salinas; her parents, Mauricio and Maria Dolores Chapa; and six siblings.

ROMELIA SOLTERO

AUSTIN - Romelia Soltero, 87, went home to our Lord Saturday, January 4, 2020, at her residence in Austin.

Ms. Soltero was born in Santa Barbara, Chihuahua, MX.

She was proceeded in death by her parents Maria Chavez and Manuel Soltero; as well as her son Jesus Manuel de la Riva Soltero.

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