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Few candidates filing for county election

Monday, Jan. 4 - Deadline for filing

Most County elected positions to be decided in the March 2 Democratic Party primary have only a single candidate at this point, less than a week before the Mon. Jan. 4 filing deadline. More...

News

November new home sales sink 11 percent

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sales of new homes plunged unexpectedly last month to the lowest level since April, a sign the U.S. housing market recovery will be rocky.   More...

Texas officials predict below-normal threat from wild fires

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Texans and firefighters may get a break this winter and spring on the heels of a couple of massive wildfire seasons across the state, according to the Texas Forest Service. More...

Some Texas faculty upset with Mack Brown’s $5M salary

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Some University of Texas faculty question whether football coach Mack Brown is worth $5 million annually when the school faces tough budget choices. More...

Farm & Ranch

Rain leaves bitter harvest for sugar farmers

KRAEMER, La. (AP) - Christmas Day was just another work day for farmers trying to salvage their sugar cane from the soggy fields of southeast Louisiana.   More...

AgriLife Extension district administrators sum up 2009, some good, some bad

COLLEGE STATION - Drought, flood, fluctuating energy costs, high feed costs, low milk prices - 2009 was a challenge for many Texas producers. More...

TDA Market Recap - Dec. 30, 2009

AUSTIN - For the week ending Dec. 26, feeder cattle price trends at Texas auctions are not available as most locations were closed for the Christmas holiday. One sale early in the week did report prices $2 to $5 higher per hundredweight. More...

Obituaries

JESUS ANTONIO RIVERA

SAN PERLITA - Jesus Antonio Rivera, 21, passed away December 24, 2009 just south of Norias, TX.   He was born on January 31, 1988 in Tlahualilo, Durango, Mexico to Ricardo Rivera and Maria Arcadia Hernandez Rivera.   More...

RUBY RUIZ

Ruby Ruiz, 21, passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2009 in Mission, TX. Chapel services were held Monday, 3 p.m., December 28, at Duddlesten Funeral Home. Interment followed at the Raymondville Memorial Park Cemetery.   More...

FLORESTELLA GOMEZ

PORTERVILLE, CA/LYFORD - Florestella Gomez, 56 passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at Sierra View District Hospital in Porterville, CA.   She was born on June 20, 1953 to Benito Gomez and Maria Trevino in Mission, TX. More...

Incident under Internal Investigation

Officer fires at fleeing juvenile early Christmas morning

Residents of the 400 block of Exchange Street were awakened early Christmas morning by the sounds of gunfire as a city police officer tried to stop a juvenile from fleeing the scene in a gray Lincoln Navigator. More...

Local woman dies in Mission car crash

Ruby Ruiz, 21, of Raymondville was killed in a one car crash on Dec. 22 in Mission. A passenger in her Ford Ranger pickup also died. He was identified as Jaime Santana Garcia, 22, of Edinburg.   More...

Raymondville & Lyford high schools, Myra Green Middle School on low performing schools list *

There are 8,998 public schools in Texas. In those public schools there are 4.6 million students and 310,000 teachers. Nationally, Texas is listed as #24 out of 50 for the "Smartest State" rankings. More...

Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Welcome 2010

Although it just seems only a few months ago that the year 2009 began, it's already been a year and now we are ready to enter 2010. When you think of a New Year different things come to mind. More...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Commissioner responds to letter

I am Eliberto Guerra, County Commissioner for Pct. 1-5 in Willacy County. I am responding to the unhappy constituent with her concern about the problem with the project that we have on Lopez Road. More...

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

State to destroy blood samples to end suit

AUSTIN - To settle a lawsuit, the Texas Department of State Health Services will destroy more than 5 million blood samples taken from newborns without the parents’ consent and stored for research.   More...

County Lifestyles

60th Wedding Anniversary

Rebecca and F.G. Page, former Raymondville residents, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a party in their home in Las Vegas, NV, with their daughter, Debby Page, San Diego, CA present. This was followed by a cruise to the Panama Canal. More...

Sosa-Lopez

Joe and Adelaida Sosa of Raymondville are pleased to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of their daughter, Deborah Renee Sosa, to David Lee Lopez of Lyford, Tx. More...

Pictures from Live Nativity 2009 at First Baptist Church of Raymondville, December 15-16.

BAND - From, left to right, Pastor Russ Willis, Angel Villalobos, Jesse Garcia, April Garcia. More...

Crime & Courts

RAYMONDVILLE POLICE BLOTTER

DECEMBER 24 - Incident: unattended death, 300 blk S. 8th.   Duty on striking landscape or fixture, 1000 blk S. 12th.   Arrested: Maria E. More...

Willacy County Sheriff’s Dept. Report

Larry G. Spence, Sheriff

DECEMBER 23 - Assault by threat, Holly Rd.   DECEMBER 24 - Assault causing bodily injury, Emma Ross Rd.   Burglary of a habitation, 300 blk W. La Jara, Lyford.   Missing person, FM 498, Lyford. More...

Kenedy County Sheriff’s Dept. Report

Ramon Salinas, III, Sheriff

DECEMBER 20 - Welfare concern - North County Line.   Motorist assist - Yturria Ranch.   Medical emergency - Tony De La Rosa St.   Abandoned vehicle - Butler Gate.   Traffic violation - North County Line. More...

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