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Sales tax on Port Mansfield rental property begins April 1

At a special meeting on March 6, Willacy County Commis-sioners voted to establish a 4 percent sales tax on all rental property in Port Mansfield. More...

News

STATE BOUND

On March 14, the Bearkat Power lifting team traveled to Kingsville, TX to compete in the THSPA Region V Division II-III Regional Championships. The Bearkat team finished in second place bringing home three gold and one silver medal. More...

LYFORD GIRLS VARSITY SOFTBALL TEAM

Shown, standing, Coach Eloy Perez, Annie Garcia, Katrina Zamorano, Nannette Salinas, Marlina Rivera, Miranda Perez, Renee Chavez, Coach Larissa Molina. Kneeling, Marissa Chavez, Michelle Romo, Lexi Lopez, Becca Mendez, Jackie Esparza, Maria Lopez. More...

2,000 more troops arrive in Mexican border city

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) - Mexico deployed 2,000 troops to this embattled northern border city Friday to reinforce a crackdown against drug gangs. More...

Farm & Ranch

USDA approves shot for cows aimed at E. coli

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota company has won federal approval to become the first in the U.S. to market an E. coli vaccine for cattle, a new weapon against a foodborne disease that can cause serious illness in people and even death. More...

Cotton Market Weekly

Spurred higher by rallies in outside equities and commodities, cotton futures prices on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) advanced higher on Thursday. More...

Drought hits Texas Agriculture hard as costs climb toward $1 billion

Producers holding out hope season can be salvaged

AUSTIN - Recent rains across the state have provided some relief for all Texans, but for farmers and ranchers, the effects of the lingering drought continue to escalate. More...

Obituaries

MARIA MAGDALENA "MAGGIE" BENSON

Maria Magdalena Benson died Saturday, March 7, 2009 at Harlingen Medical Center after a brief illness. She died of natural causes. She was born in Crosby, TX and raised in Raymondville. She graduated from RHS and Nursing School. More...

ANTONIO MATA

Antonio Mata, 67, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2009 at Retama Manor Nursing Home in Raymondville. A prayer service was held Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Duddlesten Chapel. More...

Interfaith leaders ask for increased share of hurricane relief funds for housing repairs

Texas will get $1.1 billion from the federal government to provide hurricane relief to repair damage to homes and infrastructure caused by two 2008 hurricanes, Dolly, which struck the Rio Grande Valley and Ike which demolished much of the Galveston More...

28-year-old woman convicted of smuggling 155 lbs. of marijuana in Kenedy County

SARITA - A 28-year old resident alien was convicted of a second degree felony in state district court at Kingsville on March 3. Claudia Cortines- Benavidez was stopped at the Santa Border Patrol Checkpoint on Sept. 4, 2008 while driving a pickup. More...

State Sales Tax receipts down in February, but Raymondville sales up 13.8 percent

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs mailed checks for $433 million to cities that collect sales taxes at the end of February. The figures can be used to estimate the rise and fall of retail sales from month to month. More...

Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

The joy of reading

Last week I was asked by a local elementary school to come and read and talk to some students. This is an annual event that I have participated in since it's beginning. More...

THE HILL

Phony moTrMtgage plan

President Obama and his big spenders are moving quickly, to the relief of those who are facing foreclosure on their mortgages. But the program they are offering will do nothing for those most in need. More...

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

Sen. Shapiro, Rep. Pitts offer plans for state's next two year budget

AUSTIN - Our Legislature is two steps closer to building a state budget for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. Sen. Florence Shapiro, RPlano, and Rep. More...

Letters

Letter to the Editor

Jeff Foxworthy's voice again....

Editor: Jeff Foxworthy's voice again. If you believe that all the efforts to remove God from our public schools is a good thing, why then you must be a Democrat. More...

County Lifestyles

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Smith celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

Gary Lee Smith and Terry Rae Clark were united in marriage December 26, 1958, at the First Baptist Church in Raymondville. Reverend John B. Wilder officiated at the ceremony. More...

Busse-Savage

Alison Busse and Judson Savage, along with their parents, are proud to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Alison is the daughter of Gary and Pam Busse of Lyford and Judson is the son of Richard and Vivian Savage of Raymondville. More...

Article

RUSS MURPHY, 2007 NEW ICM ARTIST OF THE YEAR, and the winner of numerous other music awards was in Raymondville Sunday, Mar. 15, to honor local veterans. The free concert took place at the First United Methodist Church of Raymondville. More...

Crime & Courts

District Clerk's Report

Suits filed: Chase Bank USA N.A. vs Dora V. Valle, debt. Arrow Financial Services LLC Assignee of Chase Bank USA vs Eusebio Gutierrez, debt. Ex Parte vs Daniel Gomez, Writ of Habeas Corpus. More...

Kenedy County Sheriff's Dept. Report

Ramon Salinas, III, Sheriff

MARCH 8- P.O.M arrest - Sarita Border Patrol Checkpoint. Suspicious circumstances - La Parra Rd. Motorist assist - Rudolph Tower. Motorist assist - North of Sarita Border Patrol Checkpoint. Impounded vehicle - Sarita Border Patrol Checkpoint. More...

RAYMONDVILLE POLICE BLOTTER

MARCH 15 - Burglary of habitation, 600 blk W. Hidalgo. Theft, under $50, 400 blk W. Hidalgo. Arrested: 1 female juvenile, assault causing bodily injury, FV and resisting arrest, 300 blk E. Kimball. Criminal mischief, 400 blk E. Exchange. More...

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