AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Tejano Settlers' Monument at the state Capitol was officially unveiled Thursday morning.
Authorized by legislation in 2001, officials broke ground on the monument 2 1/2 months ago. The multistatue monument will honor early Spanish and Mexican pioneers and their contributions to Texas.
The unveiling on the Capitol south lawn got under way at 10 a.m., accompanied by the University of Texas mariachi to celebrate.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry attended and offered some compliments.
"If anything is worth doing, it's worth doing right – and Armando Hinojosa, you did it right," said Perry. "I don't know much about art, but I know what I like."
Hinojosa, who is also a painter, started out with a 29-cent watercolor set, and he was able to sculpt the masterpiece with only eight fingers.
He and many family members attended the unveiling, with many from his hometown of Laredo.
"The Mission of the Tejano Monument is to emplace a monument on the Texas Capitol grounds to establish an enduring legacy that acknowledges and pays tribute to the contributions by Tejanos as permanent testimony of the Spanish-Mexican heritage that has influenced and is inherent in present-day Texas culture."
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
The Round Rock-based computer giant, Dell Inc., is offering some workers voluntary buyouts as it seeks to trim costs and boost productivity.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
A Lago Vista couple faces child endangerment charges after authorities found their home covered in feces and garbage.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
Cold temperatures forecast for Saturday morning have prompted Georgetown officials to cancel the parade associated with the annual Christmas Stroll. The Stroll, however, will go on.