January 8, 2014 RSS feed / Front Page

City completes sanitary sewer line rehabilation project

A project that called for rehabilitating onethird of the city’s sanitary sewer line has been completed and the next step is to apply for another grant to take the project to other parts of town.  Joe Muñoz, with Guzman, & Muñoz Enginee More...

News

Pope to nuns: Why aren’t you answering the phone?

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis has made another one of his cold calls to wish a group of nuns in a Spanish convent Happy New Year. Only he got their answering machine, instead.  More...

Booming Austin sees costs of living skyrocket

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Austin is a city on a winning streak, amid twin booms in economic and population growth.  But The Austin American Statesman reports that the city’s success is also making it more expensive. More...

Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Commander remains in custody on drug charges

McALLEN, Texas (AP) A federal judge in South Texas refused to adjust the bond of a fired South Texas sheriff's commander who remained in custody Monday on drug trafficking charges.  More...

Letters

Thieves steal memorial from cemetery

On New Year’s Day I went to the cemetery and I was so upset to find out that somebody had stolen a big heavy rock that we had brought to my husband from the Frio River, a place that he loved. More...

County Lifestyles

Ybarra Wedding

After 34 years, Mr. and Mrs. Juan D. Ybarra were united in marriage. Their son, Carlos Ybarra, gave his mother away. Celestino Rubio of Bryan, TX was the bestman. More...

RIO GRANDE COUNCIL BOY SCOUTS TROOP 440

RIO GRANDE COUNCIL BOY SCOUTS TROOP 440 recently helped eleven Willacy County families with canned food during the holidays. More...

Lucas Koester of Raymondville graduates from University of Nebraska- Lincoln

Lucas William Koester of Raymondville was among more than 1,500 students who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at commencement exercises Dec. More...

Crime & Courts

RAYMONDVILLE POLICE BLOTTER

JANUARY 6- Incident: vehicle fire, 900 blk E. Hidalgo.  Accident, 9th and Hidalgo.  Child custody, 400 blk W. Hidalgo.  JANUARY 2- Accident, 700 blk N. 7th.  Incident: verbal disturbance, 300 blk E. More...

Willacy County Sheriff’s Blotter

DECEMBER 27 - Assist other agency (emergency medical services), Chapote St., Lyford.  Criminal mischief, W. 1st St., Sebastian.  Execution of warrant/failure to appear- tampering with physical evidence. Arrested: Allen Espinoza, W.C. More...

County to start new year by donating $38,000

Approving two donations for a total of $ 38,000 will be considered during the first meeting of 2014 of theWillacy County Commissioners’ Court.  First, the board of the Local Government Corp. will meet at 9:30 a.m. More...

Port director resigns

Shane Cameron, the director of the Willacy County Navigation District, has resigned from his job after two years at the helm of the turbulent district.  Board chair Thomas Rains Jr. More...

E-books available to local students

With the click of a button, children from the Raymondville area can now have access to books via the electronic medium.  A system called Footsteps2Brillance Program will be in effect in 2014 to motivate elementary school students to read more an More...

Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Does Anyone Have a Conscience Anymore?

As I review some of the reports and listen to Investigators relating information concerning the cases they are working on, I often pause to wonder, "Does anyone have a conscience anymore? More...

SEEDS FROM THE SOWER

A clever thief broke into a shoe store, took the shoes out of the boxes and placed the boxes back on the shelves - empty. The next morning, each time a sales person opened a shoe box for a customer, it was empty. Everyone was confused!  More...

Farm & Ranch

Cotton Market Weekly

A Service Provided by Plains Cotton Cooperative Association January 2, 2014

The cotton market ended the year with a bit of a whimper as futures contracts at the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) traded on either side of unchanged Tues- day. More...

World's hottest pepper is grown in US

FORT MILL, South Carolina (AP) - Ed Currie holds one of his worldrecord Carolina Reaper peppers by the stem, which looks like the tail of a scorpion.  On the other end is red fruit with a punch of heat nearly as potent as most pepper sprays use More...

Obituaries

CHARLES JOHN VASSBERG

LYFORD, TX - Charles John Vassberg, 79 of Lyford, TX, entered into rest Thursday, January 2, 2014 at his residence.  He was born October 12, 1934 in Harlingen, TX, son of Carl and Adelia Christina Josephina (Johnson) Vassberg.  Charles is p More...

JERRY COYT CARLISLE

Jerry Coyt Carlisle, age 59, of Montgomery, Texas passed away on December 11, 2013 of pneumonia.  He was born in Hereford, Texas and preceeded in death by his loving parents, Theo Coyt Carlisle and Melba Ernestine Carlisle. More...

RICARDO GUAJARDO

RAYMONDVILLE, TX - Ricardo Guajardo, 38 of Raymondville, TX, entered into rest Friday, December 27, 2013 at his home.  He was born in Raymondville, TX, son of Rene and Estella (Hernandez) Guajardo.  More...

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