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Four Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District board members are sworn in during a Special Called Board Meeting in the ECISD board room in Edinburg. Pictured L-R: ECISD School Board Member Xavier Salinas, ECISD School Board Member Leticia Garcia, ECISD School Board Member Oscar Salinas and ECISD School Board Member Dominga Vela.

EDINBURG – More than 250 people filled the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District’s board room on Nov. 16 to witness the swearing-in ceremony for the four newly-elected members of the

Godfrey Garza, the former general manager of Hidalgo County Drainage District No. 1, made more than $3.5 million in commissions on a South Texas border fence project that was largely bankrolled by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The county is now suing him, claiming he should not have received a commission on the federal money — and that he should have disclosed that project contractors hired his children’s company to work on the project.
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Hidalgo County is taking a second crack at recuperating funds from a former employee who it alleges collected millions of dollars worth of unwarranted commission while overseeing construction of a

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at their respective election night rallies on Nov. 6, 2018. O’Rourke was in El Paso. Cruz was in Houston.

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Ivan Pierre Aguirre: O’Rourke/Bob Daemmrich: Cruz

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“Who?” That was the reaction back in late 2016 from former Houston Mayor Annise Parker when she first heard that a sophomore Democratic congressman from El Paso named Beto O’Rourke

Featured, from left: Hidalgo City Council Member Abram Ramírez, Council Member Linda Ayala, Mayor Sergio Coronado, and Mayor Pro Tem Gustavo “Gus” Sánchez were among city and state leaders present on Saturday, October 6, 2018 for the groundbreaking of Lepowitz Park at the Villa Garza Flores Subdivision. On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, the Hidalgo Mayor, his six colleagues on the Hidalgo City Council, and the Board of Directors of the Hidalgo Economic Development Corporation will host another ceremony, which will take place at the city-owned, $23 million State Farm Hidalgo Arena, to announce the first phase of a major commercial and industrial development, known as the The Hidalgo Infrastructure Project 2018, that will be built near the multi-event complex. The State Farm Hidalgo Arena is located at 2600 N. 10th Street (Hwy. 336).

Photograph By CHARLIE BARRIOS

$54.6 million The Hidalgo Infrastructure Project 2018 set for groundbreaking ceremony November 14

A projected $54.6 million economic development plan, known as The Hidalgo Infrastructure Project 2018, will be celebrated during a 10 a.m. groundbreaking in front of the State Farm Arena on

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SAN JUAN - Jose Guadalupe Champion, 87, died Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen.

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