February 18, 2009 RSS feed / Front Page

RISD Supt. Pineda gets raise and contract extension

At a special board meeting on Feb. 12, Raymondville Superintendent Johnny Pineda recieved a favorable evaluation and was given a one year extention on his contract. More...

Andrea Espinosa sues Judge Barnhart, Police Chief Zamora & City of Raymondville in sexual harassment case

An issue that doesn't go away is the claim by Andrea Sias Espinosa that she was sexually harassed and abused by Willacy County Judge Eliseo "Cheyo" Barnhart before he was elected and while he was a justice of the peace. More...

News

Harding & Lee to tell of Valley's early days

The Docents of the Raymondvllle Historical Museum are presenting a program Sunday, February 22, at 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium on South Seventh Street. There will be a book signing for two new books by Raymondville authors. More...

Ike-damaged Galveston goes on with Mardi Gras fest

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Hundreds of revelers gathered Saturday to celebrate an annual Mardi Gras tradition in a show of support for this island ravaged by Hurricane Ike's powerful storm surge just five months ago. More...

Perry keeps up bailout criticism

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Gov. Rick Perry is keeping up his criticism of federal bailout programs with a new Web site his campaign launched that asks Texans to join an online petition. More...

County Lifestyles

Local Young Lady Competes For The Miss Jr. Pre-Team Austin Title

Destini Nieto of Austin was recently selected to participate in Nationals' 2009 Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Austin pageant competition that will take place on March 1, 2009. Destini learned of her acceptance into this year's competition as Nationals, Inc. More...

Bruce-Urbanovsky

Lori Elizabeth Bruce and Joseph Colby Urbanovsky were united in an outdoor sunset ceremony at the Mary B Ranch. More...

Twins celebrate 95th birthday

KERRVILLE, Texas (AP) - Erma Wenzel and Erna Adams aren't your typical twin sisters. Oh, they may argue, bicker and talk over one another like typical siblings, but after 95 years, they've earned that right. More...

Crime & Courts

RAYMONDVILLE POLICE BLOTTER

FEBRUARY 16 - Theft 0/50 U/500, 405 E. Norman. Incident: 400 E. Harris. Arrested: Melba Garcia Execution of Warrent, 1371 Industrial DR. Fraudulent Use of Identifying, Information, 883 W. Tampico. Incident: Dog Bite, 1045 S. 12th. More...

Willacy County Sheriff's Dept. Report

Larry G. Spence, Sheriff

FEBRUARY 11 - Civil Matter, Sebastian, 7t & County Rd. Civil Matter, Bus.77 & Fm 1761. Theft Lasara, FM 1015. FEBRUARY 13 - Possession of Control Substance, Refugio Salazar, FM 491 & FM 2845. FEBRUARY 14 - Harrassment, Sebastian, So. More...

District Clerk's Report

Suits filed: Ex Parte Steven Andrew Lopez. Ex Parte Ramon Ray Salazar. In the Matter of Rosalinda Rosales vs Candido Rosales Ramirez & In Interest of children. Application for Protective Order. More...

Man who threatend police shot in front of burning home

When firemen reported to a fire at a house located at 474 W. San Francisco, early Tuesday afternoon they were threatened by the occupant later identified as Carlos Cortez, 29. More...

COMBINED ANNUAL PAYROLL $21.9 MILLION MTC employs 1,063 people at 2-Willacy County facilities

In recent days we have made an attempt to determine the economic impact of the prison industry in Willacy County. This week we heard from Carl Stuart of MTC Corporation concerning the two facilities his company operates in our county. More...

Former deputy Martinez sues Juan Guerra, Willacy County & Roy Tamez in federal court

Juan Guerra's 12-year reign as county & district attorney continues to cause our county to pay the price for his behavior. More...

Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Sheriffs Day at the Capitol

I am writing this column on Sunday afternoon as I prepare to leave for Austin in the morning for the Texas' Sheriffs annual visit to the State Capitol. More...

Speaker Straus names 34 chairs of standing committees

AUSTIN - Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on Feb. 12 exercised one of his most important duties in naming standing House committees. More...

Farm & Ranch

Cotton Market Weekly

February 12, 2009

Widespread selling on shaky economic sentiment pushed cotton futures prices on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) to sixweek lows Thursday. More...

Producers may apply for crops not covered by federal crop insurance

NON INSURED CROP DISASTER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

CEO Anastacio Cavazos Jr., Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Willacy County reminds agricultural producers of the need for insurance coverage for crops in order to be eligible for the agency's Disaster Assistance Programs. More...

TDA Market Recap

Feb. 17, 2009

AUSTIN - (Feb. 17, 2009) For the week ending Feb. 14, 2009, feeder cattle prices at Texas auctions were mostly steady to $6 higher per hundredweight, with a few locations lower on calves weighing less than 500 pounds. More...

Obituaries

MINDY LEA SIMMONS

Mindy Lea Simmons, 30, of Port Mansfield, TX passed away on January 7, 2009 after a hard-fought, five year battle with cancer. She was courageous in her fight and an inspiration to those who survive her. More...

ELENA JIMENEZ

Elena Jimenez, 84, died Thursday, February 12, 2009 in San Antonio, TX. A rosary was recited Sunday, 7:30 p.m., at Duddlesten Chapel. Funeral mass was celebrated Monday, February 16, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. More...

TOMAS GONZALES

Tomas Gonzales, 85, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2009 at Solara Health Hospital in Harlingen, TX. A rosary was recited Saturday and Sunday at Duddlesten Chapel. Funeral mass was celebrated Monday, Feb. More...

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