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FROM MIGRANT FARM WORKER TO COUNTY JUDGE - Most folks agree that the late Willacy County Judge Simon Salinas was one of the good guys. Simon also had a lot on the ball. More...

News

Fort Hood welcomes troops for the holidays

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Victoria Buhman has been preparing to make her baby's first Christmas special, but she knew it wouldn’t be perfect unless her husband returned from Iraq in time.   More...

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Sebastian man sentenced to 8 years for D.W.I.

The Willacy County and District Attorney’s Office announces that on December 15, 2009, Fred Harrison, Jr., 43, of Sebastian, TX, was found guilty by a Willacy County jury in the 197th District Court for Driving While Intoxicated 3rd.   More...

Farm & Ranch

TDA Market Recap December 21, 2009

AUSTIN - For the week ending Dec. 19, feeder cattle price trends at Texas auctions were mixed. More...

Texas pecan crop down but not out

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Between the drought, an untimely freeze and heavy rain in early fall, pecan growers in Texas faced challenges this year that will keep the holidays from being as cheerful as they might have been. More...

Cotton Market Weekly

December 17, 2009

Cotton futures on the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) started the week off with a bang as prices rallied to the highest levels in 15 months, stretching all the way back to June, 2008. By Thursday, the market had fallen as the U.S. More...

Obituaries

TERESA SALINAS SAENZ

On Monday, December 21, 2009 the roll was called up yonder and Mom’s name was called to go home at the age of 95. The end was peaceful and no doubt the beginning glorious. More...

ANN KNOX

Ann Knox, 78, passed away Saturday, December 19, 2009 at Golden Palms Retirement Center. She was born at Brownsville, TX to Henry and Dona Wright. Ann was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Raymondville and a Eastern Star. More...

Parents of Lasara student who died will be charged with manslaughter

Willacy County Sheriff's investigator Danny Solis has arrested the parents of a teenaged girl from Lasara, who died on November 17 after an insulin pump was removed by a family member, believed to be her mother.   More...

Martinez sworn in as new municipal judge

Detective patrol sergeant Armin "Mino" Martinez resigned one job and accepted another at the city meeting last night. With his wife by his side Sgt. More...

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GROUNDBREAKING FOR LYFORD CITY PARK Local officials met on Monday at 4:30 p.m. to dedicate the site for the city's new playgound and park. More...

Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

‘Tis the season to be jolly?

Well, we’re rounding the last turn and heading into the final stretch, trying to get to the finish line. Yes, the Christmas shopping season is almost over. As of this writing only three more shopping days left until the big day.  More...

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

Texas statewide unemployment rate shows improvement

AUSTIN - Texas’ November unemployment rate was 8.0 percent, a decrease from 8.3 percent in October.   The rate, at two percentage points below the national average, validates “the approach we take here in Texas,” Gov. More...

Letters

County resident not happy with her commissioner

I’m a lifelong resident of Willacy County, and have been living north of Raymondville for nearly 5 years now. More...

No health care reform for Congress or President Obama

It is amazing that so many voters do not understand what our Congress and President Obama are planning for us voters that elected them. They want to give us another massive bureaucracy to administer our health care. More...

County Lifestyles

Austin-Cantu

Rebecca Sue Austin and Jeremie Nathaniel Cantu are pleased to announce their upcoming exchange of marriage vows on February 13, 2010. They, along with their parents, Baldemar and Marcella Cantu and John Jr. More...

Your Weekly Horoscope

(12/27 - 01/02)

ARIES: MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 All it would take to turn this into a positive thing is a willingness to hear people out. Get over yourself. You can't expect them to want to stick around if you refuse to take their needs into account.   More...

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A SMALL GROUP OF PARISHIONERS FROM PRINCE OF PEACE -LYFORD, AND OTHER VALLEY PARISHES VISITED OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE IN MEXICO CITY. For many this was their first time in Mexico City. More...

Crime & Courts

Suspect claims hard times responsible for copper wire theft

On December 21, 2009 at approximately 2:09 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a call of a suspect or suspects stealing wire from a fishing pier. The caller gave description of a vehicle and subjects involved. More...

Kenedy County Sheriff’s Dept. Report

Ramon Salinas, III, Sheriff

DECEMBER 13 - Agency assist - Exxon Gate.   P.O.M. arrest - Sarita Border Patrol Checkpoint.   911 call/welfare concern - Armstrong.   Prisoner transport - Willacy County.   Found property - Armstrong. More...

District Clerk’s Report

Suits filed:   Gerald Sullivan, Rosalinda Sullivan Jointly and Individually as Next Friends of Lauren Marie Sullivan; Gerald Louise Sullivan; Steven Sullivan and Danielle Sullivan; Adam Reyes and Casey Reyes, Jointly and Individually as Next More...

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