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Rental assistance program to help 30 area families

Up to 30 Willacy County families could benefit from a state-funded program aimed at providing rental assistance to low income residents.  Known as the Tenant- Based Rental Assistance, or TBRA, the initiative provides rental subsidies for up to t More...

News

San Antonio hotel housekeeper falls in elevator shaft, dies

SAN ANTONIO ( AP) - Federal and state officials are investigating the death of a housekeeper who fell six stories down a service elevator shaft in a San Antonio hotel where she worked.  Gloria Rodriguez, 65, had worked at the historic downtown h More...

Navy does public service work in Cambodia

Navy Chief Petty Officer Rolando Tijerina, son of Carmen and Agustine Tijerina of Raymondville, Texas, and fellow Sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and embarked Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit ( More...

Deputies: Man returned to beer after bank robbery

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Tampa Bay area man ordered a beer at a bar, left to rob a nearby bank then came back to finish his beer.  More...

County Lifestyles

Pope Benedict to visit Leon and Guanajuato

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI will head to the Catholic-rich state of Guanajuato in his first visit to Mexico in March, and skip the country’s heavily populated capital.  The Mexican Episcopal Conference says Benedict will arrive on More...

Alien giant prawn threatens native Gulf shrimp

HOUSTON ( AP) - A gigantic, alien species of prawn is beginning to appear in Texas coastal waters, posing a threat to native species of shrimp and crab.  The Asian tiger prawn is a foot-long crustacean that not only devours the same food as thei More...

Revival

The United Pentecostal Church of Raymondville located at 1255 E. Hidalgo Ave. will be in revival this coming weekend. Rev. T.L. Smith from Kinder Louisiana will be our guest evangelist. Rev. More...

Crime & Courts

Things to do to have a better year

Now that we have officially come to the end of 2011 and started 2012, I’ve been looking for ways to make this year a little better than last. More...

Texas man fleeing to Mexico charged with slaying

PHARR, Texas (AP) - A man detained as he wanted to cross a bridge into Mexico is charged with the stabbing death of a 47-year-old woman found by firefighters responding last week to a blaze at her apartment in Pharr.  More...

Brownsville man accused in stem cell scheme

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A Brownsville man is in federal custody facing charges of misrepresenting himself as a doctor and researcher to run an illegal stem cell mail business.  The FBI arrested 52-yearold Francisco Morales in Brownsville last More...

County closes deal on 90-plus acres for sports complex

Building a sports complex near the prisons on the east side of the Frontage Road took a big step last week after the Willacy County Commissioners’ Court approved transferring money from the Local Government Corp. More...

Burglars hit town hard in last few days

About a dozen break-ins have been reported since last Friday with the last of them taking place in plain daylight Monday, but police said most happened while people were out of town during the holidays.  More...

Photo

THE RUT IS ON an 8-point white-tailed deer keeps a watchful eye on a buck as the doe plays hard to get. The two bucks were chasing the doe along the fenced road off Texas Highway 186. More...

Letters

Reader says county paid too much for sports park land

Sometimes you just have to ask, "What were they thinking?" Such is the case with the county's latest land acquisition. More...

Farm & Ranch

Deep Gulf of Mexico drilling thrives 18 mos. after BP spill

ALAMINOS CANYON BLOCK 857, Gulf of Mexico (AP) - Two hundred miles off the coast of Texas, ribbons of pipe are reaching for oil and natural gas deeper below the ocean’s surface than ever before.  More...

Poisonous snakes in luggage at Argentine airport

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - A man tried to board a plane in Argentina with almost 250 poisonous snakes and endangered reptiles in his baggage, each meticulously labeled with its Latin name.  More...

Cotton Market weekly

What a difference a year makes. In mid-December of 2010, the March futures contract was at just over $1.50 per pound. By the same time in 2011, it was in the mid-80s. More...

Obituaries

HEINO JANSSEN

HARLINGEN - Heino Janssen, 90, went to be with the Lord on December 28, 2011 with loved ones by his side.  He was born on December 1921 in Oldenberg, Germany to Richard and Dora Janssen. More...

MANUEL GUERRERO ARGANDONA

RAYMONDVILLE - Manuel Guerrero Argandona, 87, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at his home peacefully surrounded by his loving family. More...

JOSE VASQUEZ

RAYMONDVILLE - Jose Vasquez, 87, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 in Raymondville, TX. Jose was born January 7, 1924 in El Paso Real, Cameron County, Texas to Tomas Sr. More...

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