Courthouse staff to move into new building in mid-October
The opening of Hidalgo County’s new courthouse has again faced a delay toward opening to the public, but the $177 million price-tag has not increased. Because of this, the substantial completion date was scheduled for Aug. 27, but instead reached the target date by Aug. 30. “As it stands now, the building can effectively be used,” Sanchez said. As of now, Sanchez said the goal is to begin moving everyone from the old courthouse into the new courthouse in mid-October. The current auditorium used in the old courthouse for jury selection only seats around 175 people.myrgv.com
Hidalgo County confirms eight more cases of omicron variant
Hidalgo County confirmed another eight cases of the omicron variant were detected in the county, in addition to the five cases of the variant that were previously reported. While there have only been 13 cases of omicron recorded in the county so far, the county said omicron was considered the predominant variant among current cases. The confirmation of more omicron cases comes as COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise throughout the entire Rio Grande Valley. Three of those individuals were not vaccinated, the county reported in a news release issued Thursday. Starr County reported 113 confirmed cases and 32 probable cases on Thursday while Willacy County reported 30 confirmed cases and three probable cases, according to DSHS data.myrgv.com
Top-level Harlingen city admin jobs open
Since October, when commissioners gave the city manager’s job to Gabriel Gonzalez, officials have been searching for an assistant city manager for internal affairs, the job he held since the position was created in 2012. Applications reviewSince the TML posted the ads three weeks ago, the city has received 21 applications for assistant city manager for internal affairs and six applications for the external affairs job, spokeswoman Irma Garza said. Starting salariesMeanwhile, Gonzalez said the city is trimming the jobs’ starting salaries. Meanwhile, Gonzalez, who had served as assistant city manager since 2001, was making $103,100 when he took on new position of assistant city manager for internal affairs. In 2016, Sanchez was hired as assistant city manager for external affairs after the previous commission promoted Serna to the city manager’s job.myrgv.com
Over 1,000 more cases tied to Hidalgo County schools in apparent backlog
Hidalgo County reported over 1,000 new cases tied to schools Wednesday, however those numbers do not accurately reflect the actual number of new positive cases. The county reported 125 additional positive cases Wednesday morning, but it also reported 160 new cases among staff and 892 among students in county schools. Since the county began reporting daily positive cases in schools, there have been a total of 707 cases among staff and 2,677 cases among students in county schools. The county’s 125 additional positive cases include 54 confirmed cases, 70 probable cases, and one suspect case. There have been a total of 114,847 positive cases in Hidalgo County, including 67,786 confirmed cases, 44,620 probable cases, and 2,441 suspect cases.myrgv.com
Bee attack lands Hidalgo County employees in hospital
Two employees with the Hidalgo County Drainage District No. The incident occurred just before noon as the two men were repairing some erosion to the drainage ditch near Ridge Road in Pharr. “They encountered a beehive, and both men were attacked,” county spokesman Carlos Sanchez said. This is the second bee attack reported in the Rio Grande Valley since Wednesday, a group of migrants near Peñitas were attacked by bees, according to Border Patrol agents. One Honduran woman was separated from her 2-year-old daughter during the attack and air-lifted to a hospital for treatment, agents said in a news release.myrgv.com
White Sox P Cordero suspended 3 games for hitting Contreras
CHICAGO – Major League Baseball suspended Chicago White Sox reliever Jimmy Cordero for three games Saturday and fined him an undisclosed amount for hitting the Cubs' Willson Contreras with a pitch. Manager Rick Renteria was suspended for one game, and he and pitching coach Don Cooper were also fined. Contreras hit a three-run shot off Dylan Cease in the third, then exited the batter’s box with sky-high bat flip. He also greeted White Sox utilityman Yolmer Sanchez, who pitched the ninth, with a solo shot for his eighth career multihomer game. The playoff-bound White Sox had lost six straight and were tied with Cleveland for second place in the NL Central behind Minnesota entering Saturday's game.
Ten out of the 12 hospitals in Texas' Rio Grande Valley are now full
Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas TribuneHospitals in the Rio Grande Valley sounded the alarm Saturday as their beds filled to capacity with COVID-19 patients and some began transferring patients elsewhere. The local and Valley hospitals are at full capacity and have no more beds available, Starr County Judge Eloy Vera said in a statement. Hospitals in Starr County were also transferring patients, with at least two severely ill patients flown to Dallas and San Antonio, Vera added. As COVID-19 cases have exploded across Texas, health officials in other areas are also expressing concern about hospital capacity. Greg Abbott, who began allowing Texas businesses to reopen on May 1, expanded his June 25 ban on elective surgeries to counties in South Texas on Tuesday to preserve hospital capacity.