January 21, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

Ammerman has first day in court as new county & district attorney

Some defendants have developed bad habits as far as appearing in court when summoned is concerned. But, if they had good habits then their names probably wouldn't be on the county court docket in the first place. More...

News

Mexican families get houses funded by Mel Gibson

VERACRUZ, Mexico (AP) - Mexican officials have presented victims of Hurricane Stan with 109 homes that were partly funded by a donation from filmmaker Mel Gibson. More...

Mexican police accused of spray-painting teens

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) - Four teenagers say police in a northern Mexican town spray-painted their hair, shoes and buttocks to teach them not to paint graffiti on public property. More...

Memorial scholarship at University of Texas dedicated to Rogerio Cruz Garza by his family

The University of Texas System has officially established the Rogerio Cruz Garza Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Civil Engineering. In a Dec. 19, 2008 letter written to Mrs. More...

Letters

I hope he fails poster says ....

As one of almost 60 million voters who did not vote for Barack Hussein Obama, let me be among the first to say that I HOPE HE FAILS. I hope his plan to sign the Freedom of Choice Act which removes all restrictions on abortion fails. More...

Farm & Ranch

Texas drought worsens, cattle dying

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Drought conditions in Texas are so bad cattle are keeling over in parched pastures and dying. Drought conditions worsened significantly in the past week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday. More...

Cotton Market Weekly

Riding the coattail of a surge in soybean prices, cotton futures prices climbed higher Thursday on the Intercontinental Exchange despite the dismal global demand scenario. More...

Bankers say farmers worried about 2009

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Farmers appear worried about their 2009 profits, and they have scaled back their equipment purchases, according to a survey of bankers in 11 Plains and Midwestern states - including Minnesota. More...

Obituaries

MAXIMINA ESCALANTE FONSECA

CYPRESS, TX - Maximina Escalante Fonseca, 91, passed away Sunday, January 18, 2009 at Cypresswood Health & Rehabilitation Center in Cypress, TX. A rosary was recited Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Duddlesten Chapel. More...

MARIA DEL CARMEN "DONA POLA" SANCHEZ

Maria Del Carmen "Dona Pola" Sanchez, 89, died peacefully on January 19, 2009 at Retama Manor Nursing Home in Raymondville. She loved life, music and to help others. A prayer service will be held Wednesday, 7 p.m. at Duddlesten Chapel. More...

CANDIDA C. MENDEZ

Candida C. Mendez, 85, died Friday, January 16, 2009 at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Hernandez Funeral Home. † † † More...

"What advice would you give to President Obama"

"Keep the American people in mind during this difficult time. Keep focus and everything will fall into place." - Cleo Olivarez More...

Retired game warden dies at Port Mansfield

Mike Bradshaw, 61, who retired from his job as a game warden for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept. died of an apparent heart attack Monday while fishing at Port Mansfield. More...

Photo

BOARD OF DIRECTORS for the 2009 Willacy County Fair and Livestock Auction met Monday evening to discuss this year's event that will be held January 29, 30, and 31.The event will offer judging of farm animals, artwork and photography, cook offs, bake More...

Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Part of MLK's Dream Answered

Today has been rather hectic as It always is after a three day weekend. Tuesday always seems like a Monday because of the backlog of calls and people coming in for one reason or another. More...

Seeds From the Sower

Flowers and hours soon fade away. If you're average, you'll spend 157,000 hours getting an education. That leaves you 412,000 hours from age 18 to 65. You'll spend eight hours of every day sleeping and eight hours eating and relaxing. More...

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

House elects San Antonio Republican as speaker

AUSTIN - The 81st regular session of the Texas Legislature convened Jan. 13. On a voice vote, House members unanimously elected state Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, as speaker. Straus succeeds Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, in that powerful role. More...

County Lifestyles

Bathroom Humor - not by design

Whenever our friends or relatives come to visit, Spouser and I whip out "the list" and dash around the house planting the gifts they've given us over the years. It's not that we're ungrateful. More...

Raymondville LS.D. 21st Century Students attend NASA Field Day '09 at UTB/TSC

Raymondville I.S.D. 21 Century Program students participated in UTB/TSC STEMS NASA Field Day event this past Saturday at the UTB/TSC campus in Brownsville. More...

Arbor Day Foundation offer 5 free Crapemyrtle trees for planting in Texas

Texas residents will receive five free crapemyrtle trees for becoming a member-of the Arbor Day Foundation in January 2009. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation's Trees for America campaign. More...

Crime & Courts

Kenedy County Sheriff's Dept. Report

Ramon Salinas, III, Sheriff

JANUARY 11 - Motorist assist, Juanita Gate. Prisoner transport - out of county. Motorist assist - Los Olmos Creek. Motorist assist - Mifflin Camp. Fire - South County Line. 911 call/welfare concern - South County Line. More...

Crime of the Week

On January 2, 2009 unknown person(s) burglarized Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. More...

Raymondville Police Blotter

JANUARY 19- Incident, 300 blk E. Hidalgo. Grafitti, 300 blk W. San Francisco. Theft, over $50, under $500, 600 blk S. 8th. Criminal mischief, inconvenience, 800 blk W. White. Assault by threat, 200 blk E. Main. More...

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