October 24, 2007 RSS feed / Front Page

Wild in Willacy this weekend features nature tours & food cookoffs

Special Port Mansfield water trolley trip added

Nature lovers and history buffs will like this years lineup of events for Wild in Willacy, which starts early Thursday and runs through Sunday morning. More...

Photo

A 27-YEAR-OLD SEBASTIAN MAN WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK for cultivating a marijuana farm on his property next to the community cemetery ( More photos on Page 8). More...

News

Halloween safety tips

Meriden, CT - Halloween is a time of great fun for children, but it can be a little scary for parents and drivers. Children are often out after dark, crossing busy streets and perhaps going to unfamiliar homes. More...

Judge grants anti-toll road group new hearing

AUSTIN - The "Keep Texas Moving" advertising campaign funded by the Texas Department of Transportation continues to be challenged by Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF). Travis County State District Judge Orlinda Naranjo on Oct. More...

Bush asks for $46 billion more for Iraq, Afghanistan wars

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush will ask Congress for another $46 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and finance other national security needs, The Associated Press has learned. More...

Farm & Ranch

Senate farm bill expected to be good

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Senate version of the farm bill is expected to maintain most current farm subsidies and boost loan support for several crops, Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said Wednesday. More...

Willacy County Riders and Ropers begin new season

Willacy County Riders and Ropers will begin their new season on November 3 at 6 p.m. at C.W. Wheaton Rodeo Arena in Raymondville. Participants will compete in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying and roping events. More...

TDA Market Recap October 8, 2007

AUSTIN - (October 22, 2007) For the week ending October 20, 2007, the average cash feeder steer price declined from a week earlier, with trends at local auction markets reported from $7 per hundredweight lower to $7 higher. More...

Obituaries

LAWRENCE RICHARD BRANDT

Lawrence Richard Brandt, 73, of Cleburne, Texas (formerly of Raymondville) died Sunday, October 14, 2007 at Town Hall Estates in Keene, TX. He was born July 23, 1934 in Raymondville, the son of Sydney and Dorothy Brandt. More...

JAMES BRADLEY "JIM" MILLS

James Bradley "Jim" Mills was born February 22, 1921 to William Cephus Mills and Millie Exa Jackson on his family's farm just outside of Winnsboro, Texas. Jim attended school in Winnsboro and Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas. More...

RAY ORTEGA

Ray Ortega, a resident of Farmington, NM since 1990, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007 at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. He was born on July 8, 1958. More...

Indictments against Barnhart not dismissed, but special prosecutor to be appointed

Indictments for Gloria Garcia & niece dismissed

Presiding District Judge J. Manuel Banales was not convinced to dismiss a perjury indictment against suspended Willacy County Judge Eliseo More...

$40 million 1,000 bed immigration detention center expansion set for winter completion

Willacy County's new 1,000 bed permanent facility to house illegal aliens for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) service is well underway according to construction company and county officials. More...

Electric company rapist brought back to Willacy County

A 26-year-old door-to-door electricity salesman who allegedly raped a 30-year-old Raymondville woman in her home at the labor camp is now in custody at the Willacy County Jail, after being transported from McAllen. More...

Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

October, another busy month of activities

Here we are in October already, the weather has cooled off at least for a day or two and the nights are cooler. Before long we will be planning turkey dinners and going Christmas shopping. Before that though we must get through October. More...

San Perlita Sports Talk

TROJAN HARRIERS CAPTURE 2ND PLACE AT 31-A DISTRICT MEET

The varsity boys cross country team finished in second place behind state powerhouse Knippa at the district 31-A meet on Monday, October 22nd. The meet was held on a cold, windy course at Choke Canyon State Park outside of Three Rivers. More...

County Lifestyles

Fisher-Brackhahn

Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Fisher of Spring, Texas are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Stephanie Ann, to Jason Kenneth Brackhahn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Brackhahn of Raymondville. More...

Quinceanera

Amanda Marie Rivas celebrated her 15th birthday on Oct. 13, 2007 with a mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Dance/ reception was held at Texas Dance Hall. She is the daughter of Virginia and Arnulfo Rivas of Raymondville. More...

Quinceanera

Demi Nicole Cortez, daughter of Arnulfo and Dalia Cortez of Sebastian, celebrated her 15th birthday with a quinceanera on Oct. 20, 2007 at St. Martin Catholic Church. A reception was held at El Toro. Escort of honor was Omar Ramirez, Jr. More...

Crime & Courts

Raymondville Police Blotter

OCTOBER 22 - Incident, fire, 100 blk S. 9th. Graffiti, 100 blk S. 3rd. Incident, Planned Parenthood, 100 blk S. 1st. Harassment by phone, 800 blk E. Gem. Criminal trespassing, 500 blk S. 15th. Lost property, 300 blk S. 1st. More...

Kenedy County Sheriff's Dept. Report

OCTOBER 14 - 911 call/motorist assist - Diamond Ranch Gate. Agency assist - Sarita. Suspicious circumstance - Sarita Border Patrol Checkpoint. OCTOBER 15 - Abandoned vehicle - Little Park. 911 call/reckless driver x2 - South County Line. More...