August 29, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Local singer to compete in statewide music contest for trip to Nashville

Andrew Swanberg sang as a young child growing up in Raymondville, while composing songs in his head that he would later write and sing professionally. More...

News

Using old Willacy County jail & other options considered to avoid jail bond default

Willacy County's sheriff, the judge, and several commissioners met with the state's jail standards commission on Thursday to decide whether the old county jail could be reopened. More...

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

Raymondville Chamber of Commerce personnel were at Lupita's Mexican Buffet at 383 E. Hidalgo Monday morning for the ribbon cutting ceremonies. Attending were city and county officials, chamber personnel, and invited guests. More...

Prosecution of Willacy County criminal cases in limbo as D.A.'s office procrastinates

Suspects not being indicted or charged with crimes

Criminal suspects in felony and violent cases are not being charged or are languishing un-indicted in the Willacy County jail, according to business owners or their attorneys. More...

Farm & Ranch

Texas farmers dodge cuts as Congress renews farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - As Congress prepared to take up a new farm bill earlier this year, prospects for Texas growers looked bleak. President Bush had proposed slashing the number of farmers eligible for government help. More...

Drought, heat may mean shortage of pumpkins for Halloween

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The severe drought and high temperatures that have pummeled Tennessee lately may mean a shortage of pumpkins come Halloween. More...

Opening day shrimp boat count lowest on record

AUSTIN, Texas - Aerial counts of bay and bait shrimp boats working the Texas coast were conducted Aug. 15 after the commercial shrimp season opened. More...

Obituaries

RAFAEL GONZALES

Rafael Gonzales, 80, died Monday, August 27, 2007 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. He was born October 28, 1926 in Pleasanton, TX to Manuel, Sr. and Rosita (Cadena) Gonzales. More...

JUAN S. GONZALES

LYFORD/RIO HONDO - Juan S. Gonzales, 68, of Lyford/Rio Hondo died Friday, August 24, 2007. More...

TOMASA OZUNA LEDESMA

Tomasa Ozuna Ledesma, 73, died Sunday, August 26, 2007 at Harlingen Medical Center in Harlingen. She was born May 20, 1934 in Los Ramones, Nuevo Leon, Mexico to Benito and Petra (Gonzalez) Ozuna. She lived in Raymondville all her life. More...

Guerra will attempt to indict Barnhart on Friday in sexual molestation incident

However, his old love letter reveals ethical conflict

Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel "Johnny" Guerra is convening a grand jury for a third-time on Friday to try to indict county judge Eliseo "Cheyo" Barnhart in the alleged sexual molestation of a temporary worker early last year. More...

Raymondville's new budget calls for property tax increase, water & sewer rate hikes

City workers to get a 5 percent pay raise in plan

Raymondville city commissioners endorsed a plan by Mayor Lonnie Correa to raise property taxes 2.7 cents or about 3.9 percent. Residents may also see a five percent hike in water and sewer rates. More...

Willacy County commissioners give Guerra a 3rd investigator in new budget

Sheriff and city's police chief challenged to take drug test

After three hours of listening to Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel "Johnny" Guerra argue his case for a third investigator; commissioners gave in and let him have a parttime investigator on Wednesday afternoon. More...

Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

"Slicing & Dicing-- It's budget time again"

It's that time of year when the county department heads submit their proposed budgets to operate their respective departments for the coming year. More...

Adventure of the Seas (Part 3)

The only people who take cruises are newlyweds and "almost-deads," my friend Leslie said before Spouser and I left on our 9-day Royal Caribbean cruise. I didn't have to think hard to figure out which category she was lumping us into. More...

EDITORIAL OPINION:

Commissioners pandering to Guerra hard to understand

County and District Attorney Juan Guerra recently sued District Clerk Gilbert Lozano, County Clerk Teresa "Terry" Flores and Sheriff Larry Spence in an attempt to remove them from office because they refused to help him shut down a local bail bond More...

County Lifestyles

Perez-Casoria

Kristina Lee Perez, daughter of Viola C. Stearns, granddaughter of NR and Lydia Chavez of Lasara was married to Joseph R. Casoria, son of Mark and Cynthia Casoria of Hendersonville, North Carolina on June 30, 2007. More...

Munoz-Capetillo

Noe R. and Yolanda Munoz of Mission are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Amanda Denise Munoz to Benino Capetillo, Jr., both of Raymondville. More...

Palousek-Moczygemba

Gary and Carol Palousek of Raymondville announce the engagement of their daughter, Alexandria Lauren Palousek, of Houston, to Allen James Moczygemba, also of Houston. Alexandria is a graduate of Raymondville High School. More...

Crime & Courts

Raymondville Police Blotter

AUGUST 27 - Burglary of vehicle, 500 blk E. Kimball. Criminal mischief, over $50, under $500, 600 blk W. White. Violation of court order, 400 blk W. White. Violation of court order, 400 blk W. White. Theft, over $500, under $1,500, 600 blk W. More...

District Clerk's Report

Suits filed: Hollis Swanberg vs Albert L. Smith, MD and Albert L. Smith, MD, P.A., damages. The State of Texas vs Pablo Hernandez, Habeus Corpus. In ref: Myrto Garza, Habeus Corpus. More...

County Clerk's Report

Marriage licenses issued: Mark Anthony Chavez and Melinda Jean Balzly. Cesar Adolfo Cavazos and Elizabeth Jean Zarate. Michael Gonzalez and Areli Castro. More...