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Gary Gurwitz, appointed by Gov. Ann Richards as one of the seven founding members of Board of Trustees, South Texas College, retires after 29 years

FEATURED: Gary Gurwitz, center, is joined by his colleagues on the Board of Trustees, South Texas College, on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, as they paid tribute to his 29 years of service on the governing board. He did not seek reelection this year for another six-year term as District 4 trustee, which represents north McAllen, northwest Pharr, Palmhurst, northeast Mission, and southwest Edinburg. Three candidates are seeking to succeed him later this spring. From left are: Danny Guzmán, District 7; René Guajardo, District 6; Victoria Cantú, Secretary, District 2; Gurwitz, District 4; Rose Benavidez, Chair, District 1; Dr. Alejo Salinas, Jr., Vice Chair, District 5; and Paul R. Rodríguez, District 3.

Photograph By BENJAMIN BRIONES

FEATURED: Gary Gurwitz, center, is joined by his colleagues on the Board of Trustees, South Texas College, on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, as they paid tribute to his 29 years of service on the governing board. He did not seek reelection this year for another six-year term as District 4 trustee, which represents north McAllen, northwest Pharr, Palmhurst, northeast Mission, and southwest Edinburg. Three candidates are seeking to succeed him later this spring. From left are: Danny Guzmán, District 7; René Guajardo, District 6; Victoria Cantú, Secretary, District 2; Gurwitz, District 4; Rose Benavidez, Chair, District 1; Dr. Alejo Salinas, Jr., Vice Chair, District 5; and Paul R. Rodríguez, District 3.

Photograph By BENJAMIN BRIONES

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Village in the Valley (ViVa) Juneteenth Perfecting Unity Celebration, which will raise funds for scholarships and to help the poor in the area, scheduled for Saturday, June 11, 2022 in McAllen

Village in the Valley (ViVa) Juneteenth Perfecting Unity Celebration, which will raise funds for scholarships and to help the poor in the area, scheduled for Saturday, June 11, 2022 in McAllen

FEATURED, SEATED, FROM LEFT: Juneteenth Planning Committee members Sabrina Walker Hernández, CEO, Supporting World Hope; Dr. Theresa Gatling, Co-Pastor, Mount Olive Worship Center, McAllen; and Marsha Terry, RN MSN, Administrator, Terry Physical Therapy. Standing: C.J. Sánchez, Vice President, Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce. Not pictured are Elizabeth Flores, Dan-Eli Ace Forwarding, Inc; Sharon Almaguer, Almaguer Law Firm; and Marla Sandoval, HNI Healthcare.

Photograph By AMANDA RODRÍGUEZ

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Building a state hospital for mental health in the Valley, reviewing border security, and dozens of other legislative proposals will be considered in 2022 by committees which include Sen. Hinojosa

Building a state hospital for mental health in the Valley, reviewing border security, and dozens of other legislative proposals will be considered in 2022 by committees which include Sen. Hinojosa - Texas Legislature - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: Sen. Juan Hinojosa, D-McAllen, with his wife, Amanda Leticia Hinojosa. On Monday, April 4, 2022, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, asked committees of the Texas Senate to study issues during the remainder of 2022 that could affect Texas in general and the Rio Grande Valley in particular. Those topics gain increased visibility and are more likely to be on the policy agenda for the next regular session of the Texas Legislature, which returns to work in early January 2023. The District 20 senator serves on several of the committees which will consider major legislative proposals such as a state hospital for mental health in the Valley and border security.

Photograph By ABEL RIOJAS

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DHR Health recognized by McAllen City Commission as a founding and ongoing sponsor of Annual Christmas for Kids Toy Giveaway

FEATURED: McAllen City Commissioners Pepe Cabeza de Vaca (in white long sleeve shirt), Víctor “Seby” Haddad (in red shirt) next to him, and J. Omar Quintanilla (in red shirt, to the right of Haddad) hand out gifts during the 20th Annual Christmas for Kids Toy Giveaway on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at the McAllen Public Safety Building and Municipal Park. The event, which draws as many as 8,000 youngsters plus their parents/ guardians, has featured DHR Health as one of its major financial sponsors since it began.

FEATURED: McAllen City Commissioners Pepe Cabeza de Vaca (in white long sleeve shirt), Víctor “Seby” Haddad (in red shirt) next to him, and J. Omar Quintanilla (in red shirt, to the right of Haddad) hand out gifts during the 20th Annual Christmas for Kids Toy Giveaway on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at the McAllen Public Safety Building and Municipal Park. The event, which draws as many as 8,000 youngsters plus their parents/ guardians, has featured DHR Health as one of its major financial sponsors since it began.

Photograph Courtesy CITY OF McALLEN

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“Texas Privacy Act” overturned after judge rules it is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment, reports attorney Omar Ochoa

“Texas Privacy Act” overturned after judge rules it is an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment, reports attorney Omar Ochoa - Texas Privacy Act - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: Billy Calzada, a photojournalist and FAA Part 107 drone pilot with the San Antonio Express-News, was making photographs with a drone on July 24, 2018, of the aftermath of a fatal apartment fire when he was approached by ATF agents and the San Marcos police and told to stop the activity because it was illegal. Lawyers for the National Press Photographers Association sued the state of Texas seeking to overturn the law, and won on Monday, March 28, 2022.

Photograph By ADÁN CALZADA

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Palmhurst Mayor Ramiro J. Rodríguez, Jr., who passed away on April 5, 2022, remembered for his public service career by Congressman Henry Cuellar and Sen. Juan Hinojosa

Palmhurst Mayor Ramiro J. Rodríguez, Jr., who passed away on April 5, 2022, remembered for his public service career by Congressman Henry Cuellar and Sen. Juan Hinojosa - Palmhurst Mayor - Titans of the Texas Legislature

FEATURED: Palmhurst Mayor Ramiro J. Rodríguez, Jr., 68, who had been mayor of that community for more than than 23 years, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. His death was announced by U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo.

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