February 27, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Kenedy County voting for district attorney, sheriff & Pct. 1 commissioner

Registered voters in Kenedy County have taken advantage of early voting in one regional and two local races. More...

News

U.S. toughening sanctions for companies that hire illegal aliens

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government will raise by 25 percent the fines it levies against employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants, officials said Friday. More...

Angry Clinton rips Obama as Ohio primary campaign intensifies

NEW YORK (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton grasped for new traction in her faltering Democratic presidential bid on Sunday, reaching out to blacks who have been pivotal in rival Barack Obama's success so far and, in a new offensive, More...

Guerra's prosecutorial record is weaker than former D.A. Gus Garza

Neighboring counties show stronger record than Guerra

State records show that Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel "Johnny" Guerra does not have a stronger prosecutor's record than former District Attorney Gustavo "Gus" Garza, More...

Letters

Woman voters are seeing through Hillary

Editor, According to the demographics, I should be voting for Hillary Clinton: I'm a white, 60-year-old, highly educated woman from the Northeast. But I'm supporting Barack Obama. More...

Go out and vote, reader says

Dear Editor: I attended the debate of the candidates for district/county attorney. Art Saenz was out of town, and Juan Guerra chose not to attend which was probably a wise decision. More...

Justice accusations of money laundering draw court scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court suggested Monday the federal government may be stretching the anti-money laundering law too far in prosecutions of small-time criminals. More...

County Lifestyles

Quinceanera

Miranda Leighann Trevino celebrated her 15th birthday on Saturday, February 9, 2008. Blessing services were conducted by Pastors Baldo and Marcela Cantu. A reception and celebration followed. Escort of Honor was R.J. Rodriguez. More...

Photo

RETAMA MANOR KING & QUEEN FOR 2008 - Manuela Martinez, Juan Carranco. Prince and Princess Matilde Martinez, Antonio Mata were crowned on Valentine's Day. More...

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ANISSA REYES will be competing in the 2008 Texas High School Woman's Powerlifting Association (THSWPA) regional meet this Saturday in Kingsville. She is ranked 6th in the region and has earned 1st and 2nd place medals in previous local meets. More...

$876 thousand in legal fees from Guerra's lawsuits hang over taxpayers

The 43 cases exclude future civil damages

An estimated $876,000 in attorney's fees that Willacy County is starting to pay stems from dozens of civil and criminal cases that District Attorney Juan Angel "Johnny" Guerra has initiated due to a dispute he started with fellow elected officials. More...

Tax office candidate can't prove college degrees, CPA or notary certifications

Coronado-Ramirez: "I only answer to voters if elected"

A candidate who is running in the 3-person race for Willacy County's Tax Assessor Collector position has refused to show proof of bachelors and masters degrees from a Texas institution, along with proof of her CPA and notary public certifications. More...

Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Leap year- an extra 24 hours

Have you ever felt the week was just too long? I think we've all had those kind of weeks. Sometimes, some of them even run together for two or three long weeks. Have you ever thought the opposite? More...

SAN PERLIITA SPORTS TALK

The Trojans and Lady Trojans both made the playoffs by finishing third in the district for the 2007 - 2008 season. The Lady Trojans played Prairie Lea in the bi-district in Orange Grove on Tuesday, February 12th and lost a close one 38 -34. More...

Women's Health

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Farm & Ranch

Farm bill approaching expiration, tense negotiations continue

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional negotiations over multibillion-dollar farm legislation are closing in on a March deadline as some members of Congress are tempering expectations back home. More...

Cotton Market weekly

February 22, 2008

Cotton futures on the New York Board of Trade settled at a four-year high Thursday on a flood of technical buying by speculators and funds. The December cotton contract gained 2.26 cents to close at 80.94. More...

Obituaries

VALENTIN CORTEZ, SR.

SEBASTIAN - Valentin Cortez, Sr., 74, died Monday, February 25, 2008 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. He was born February 4, 1934 in Sebastian. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Severa V. More...

FRANCISCO J. SALAZAR, SR.

Francisco J. Salazar, Sr., 68, died on Monday, February 25, 2008. More...

HUMBERTO RIOS

LASARA - Humberto Rios, 64, died Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at his residence. He was born on March 25, 1943 in El Mante, Tamps., Mexico to Brigido Rios and Julia Garcia Rios. He was preceded in death by his parents. More...

Crime & Courts

Willacy County Sheriff's Dept. Report

Larry G. Spence, Sheriff

FEBRUARY 20 - Lost property, Lyford City Hall. FEBRUARY 22 - Theft, Lyford. Identity theft - 9th and Houston, LaSara. Accident, minor, FM 1015 and FM 490, LaSara. Indecency with a child, Port Mansfield. More...

Kenedy County Sheriff's Dept. Report

Ramon Salinas, III, Sheriff

FEBRUARY 17 - Motorist assist - birdwatchers. Alarm (business) - Kenedy County Sheriff's Office Impound Yard. Welfare concern - Sarita. 911 call/reckless driver - South of Sarita Border Patrol Checkpoint. More...