FEATURED: Bride Judith Pappas, who in the mid-1980s as Judith Pappas Zaffirini would become the first Mexican American woman elected to the Texas Senate, and groom Carlos M. Zaffirini, pose with family members following their wedding more than 57 years ago.
Photograph Courtesy SEN. JUDITH ZAFFIRINI FACEBOOK
FEATURED: Third-year University of Texas Rio Grande Valley medical student Isha Mittal and Dr. Michael Hocker, Dean, UTRGV School of Medicine, display Mittal’s recent U.S. Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Award.
FEATURED: Myra L. Ayala, Edinburg’s recently appointed city manager, is a rarity in more ways than one as the top leaderof the municipal government for one of the most populated (100,000+ residents) cities south of San Antonio. By becoming the city’s top administrator, Ayala is now part ofthe public leadership profession in Texas where women are the minority. Ayala’s appointment as city manager makes her the the second female city manager in the Edinburg community since 2003, when Wendy Smith was selected as city manager.
FEATURED: Prominent media attorney Thomas Williams, who also serves as a member of the Board of Directors, Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, will highlight an open government seminar to be held in Edinburg on Monday afternoon, June 13, 2022, reports attorney Omar Ochoa. The event, to take place from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the County Commissioners Court Chambers, Annex III, 100 E. Cano Street, is free and open to the public.
FEATURED: DHR Health, in partnership with the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office, is hosting an Active Shooter/Critical Incident training on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance, located at 118 Paseo Del Prad0. The course is free, open to the public, and geared toward adults and older teenagers. Seating is limited to the first 400 people. Call (956) 362-6843 to reserve entrance.
FEATURED, FROM LEFT: Rep. Óscar Longoria, D-Mission; Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg; Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr., D-Mission; Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen; and former McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. The area leaders were participating in the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s 87th Legislative Session Wrap-up Luncheon, held on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at The Old Church Performance and Event Venue, 700 Main Street, McAllen. The Rio Grande Valley state lawmakers have a long history of supporting the Texas Open Meetings Act and the Texas Public Information Act.
FEATURED: Sohail Rao, MD, MA, DPhil, President and CEO, DHR Health Institute for Research & Development, was presented with a legislative resolution, authored by Rep. R.D. “Bobby” Guerra, D-McAllen. “Through his vision, leadership, and dedication, Dr. Rao has contributed significantly to the well-being of countless Rio Grande Valley residents during a historic public health crisis, and in so doing, he has earned the deep respect and appreciation of all who are privileged to know him,” said Guerra, who serves as Vice Chair, House Committee on Public Health.
FEATURED: Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, addresses participants during the 25th Annual League of United Latin America Citizens’ (LULAC) Legislative Awards Gala, held at the Hamilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Friday, March 17, 2022. The South Texas lawmaker participated in the induction of one of his great-uncles, JoséTomásCanales, into the LULAC Hall of Fame. José TomásCanales, a founder of LULAC, was a prominent civil rights leader who led the 1919 investigation into the Texas Rangers for their actions during the 1910s, in particular the massacre of 15 unarmed ethnic Mexican men and boys.
FEATURED, FROM LEFT: McAllen natives and brothers Dr. Macaulay Ojeaga and Dr. Patrick Ojeaga posed together on Saturday, May 8, 2021, on the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Brownsville Campus, during their graduation from the UTRGV School of Medicine. Patrick is now a resident physician at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and Macaulay is now at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.