Business picking up at Hidalgo County Courthouse may serve as COVID barometer
Then, on March 14, 2020, a slew of events in Hidalgo County were canceled. Three days later, on March 17, 2020, the Hidalgo County Board of Judges suspended jury panels in the wake of the initial seven-day disaster declaration from Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez. But on that day, there was not yet a single confirmed case of COVID-19 in Hidalgo County though Tamaulipas health officials announced its first confirmed case. A little more than a month later, on April 24, 2020, two years ago today, just four people in Hidalgo County, 14 in Cameron County and one in Willacy County had died from the virus. As of Friday, 3,898 people have lost their lives to the virus and there are 128,001 confirmed cases, according to a Hidalgo County news release.myrgv.com
Film documents history of Underground Railroad in South Texas
EDINBURG, Texas – A little known chapter of Civil War history makes for a dramatic story told in “Just a Ferry Ride to Freedom,” a documentary produced by the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. The film is based on the choice made by runaway slaves prior to the Civil War, to head south instead of north, to Mexico using another Underground Railroad. The route to freedom would be longer over treacherous terrain between the Nueces and Rio Grande Rivers. Instead, she relied on oral histories with the descendants of those who helped or decided to stay in South Texas, many of whom are now buried in the Rio Grande Valley. They helped other people.”Both he and Bacha-Garza said the people of the Rio Grande Valley should be proud of its history.