May 21, 2008 RSS feed / Front Page

Body dumped over fence in northwestern Willacy County

Willacy County sheriff's deputies are closer to identifying a male corpse found by a U.S. Border Patrol agent last Thursday morning on Rio Beef Road, about 10 miles north of State Highway 186. More...

News

Man charged with assault for throwing candy at police

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 20-year-old Des Moines man is charged with assaulting a police officer - with candy. Officials say Sean McGuire, a student at Drake University, was arrested early Sunday at a convenience store. More...

Seatbelt crackdown begins in Valley

State troopers, police officers and sheriff's deputies statewide will be stepping up enforcement of the state's safety belt laws today through June 1, 2008. More...

Texas teen gets life in Tennessee prison for trooper murder

COVINGTON, Tenn. (AP) - After the jury deadlocked, a judge sentenced a Texas teenager convicted of murdering a Tennessee state trooper during a traffic stop to life in prison with a chance at parole in 51 years. More...

County Lifestyles

No costume jewelry for Southlake Carroll's prom queen

SOUTHLAKE, Texas (AP) - The prom queen in this affluent, one-high school town receives much more than special memories to mark her crowning moment. More...

Cancer victim spends time crocheting gifts for family and friends who are ill

Charlotte Scott has enjoyed crocheting hats, baby blankets and sweaters for family and friends. She often made hats for strangers as well-delivering her creations to grateful residents of area nursing homes from her former home of Sebastian. More...

16TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

Michelle and Ricardo Contreras were married in Raymondville on May 23, 1992. The couple will celebrate their anniversary with family and friends. More...

Crime & Courts

Kenedy County Sheriff's Dept. Report

Ramon Salinas, III, Sheriff

MARCH 11 - 911 call/suspicious persons - South County Line. 911 call/reckless driver - Norias Ranch. 911 call/motorist assist - North of Sarita. Abandoned vehicle - Juanita Gate. Abandoned vehicle - Turcotte Gate. More...

Willacy County Sheriff's Dept. Report

Larry G. Spence, Sheriff

MAY 13 - Civil matter, 6th St./ Jones, Lasara. Assault, 300 blk W. Main, Sebastian. Theft, 700 blk E. 3rd, Lyford. MAY 14 - Burglary of habitation, 300 blk Harbor, Port Mansfield. Burglary of habitation, 1200 blk Port South, Port Mansfield. More...

County Clerk's Report

Marriage licenses issued: Juan Ramiro Perez and Maria Gonzales. Marco Gracida and Jessica Rodriguez. More...

Chronicle/News offices will be closed for Memorial Day

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Shoppers can save during new state sales tax holiday this coming weekend

Energy saving appliances, fans, light bulbs, etc.

U.S. Rep. Solomon Ortiz, Jr. (D-Corpus Christi) announced a new sales tax holiday for energy efficient products, which will take place starting Saturday, May 24th and run through Monday, May 26th. More...

All by himself: Sheriff Spence is sole remaining member of two prison boards

County jail in the "red" for November bond payment

Sheriff Larry Spence found himself alone at the meeting table on Monday afternoon, after two of the three remaining members of Willacy County's boards that oversee the 500-bed U.S. More...

Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Do this in Remembrance of Them

Memorial Day is a special day that gives an opportunity to remember our fallen heroes -men and women, who gave their lives that we could be free today. More...

Farm & Ranch

Republicans abandon Bush on food, energy issues, as farm bill passes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress responded speedily to voters' angst over rising grocery prices and $4-a-gallon gasoline Thursday, bucking President Bush's veto threats with lopsided votes to boost food stamps and farm subsidies - after ordering Bush to More...

Landowners hope to block Pickens' energy projects

CHILDRESS, Texas (AP) - Nearly all of the some 175 landowners raised their hands during a meeting here Friday when a West Texas lawmaker asked how many wanted legislators to oppose billionaire T. More...

Congress passes farm bill, defying Bush

WASHINGTON (AP) Congress sent the White House a huge election-year farm bill Thursday that includes a boost in farm subsidies and more money for food stamps amid rising grocery prices. More...

Obituaries

FRANCES V. FONSECA

HARLINGEN/RAYMONDVILLE - Frances V. Fonseca, 74, died at Valley Baptist Medical Center on May 16, 2008. She was born on December 12, 1933. She worked for Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen for 31 years. More...

JESUS MANUEL MENDOZA

LYFORD - Jesus Manuel Mendoza, Jr., 26, died Sunday, May 18, 2008. He was born January 3, 1982 in Harlingen to Jesus Manuel, Sr. and Graciela (Carranza) Mendoza. He lived in Willacy County all his life. He is survived by his parents, Jesus, Sr. More...