Perjury indictment against Barnhart continued – Special prosecutor to be appointed

Indictments for Gloria Garcia & niece dismissed

Indictments for Gloria Garcia & niece dismissed ROBERT WILCOX ReporterÊ Presiding District Judge J. Manuel Banales was not convinced to dismiss a perjury indictment against suspended Willacy County Judge Eliseo "Cheyo" Barnhart, but was easily convinced to dismiss extortion charges against former RISD School Board President Gloria Reyes-Garcia, her niece, and her niece’s husband at Friday morning’s pretrial hearing in […]


Employees complaining about mold at Willacy County courthouse

State sends technician to test selected areas

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reportedly sent inspectors to test for mold at the Willacy County Courthouse, after receiving complaints from employees working in the building that was built in the early 1900s, according to sources at the courthouse. Inspectors setup test equipment that monitors mold contamination. They also uncovered several areas where mold could be prevalent, including […]


Daylight Savings Time is one week later than usual this year. Central Standard Time (CST) will change backwards 1-hour in the Fall this coming Sunday, and then forward again next Spring. President George Bush signed legislation in 2005, that starts a multi-year trial in 2007, to see if there are sufficient energy savings. Remember to set your clocks back when […]

Mom arrested after boy calls 911 from car to report her driving

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) – An 8-year-old boy riding in a car with his mom called 911 several times to report that she wasn’t “acting normal,” leading to her arrest for investigation of drunken driving and other charges, authorities said. Paulette Lynn Spears, 33, was arrested Saturday after she drove to a fire station and said she had a medical problem. […]

Deer crashes into classroom, leaves through cafeteria

ABERDEEN, N.J. (AP) – The buck didn’t stop when it crashed through a window at an elementary school here Tuesday morning; it ran into the school cafeteria before being let out the back door, police said. No one was injured in the incident, which took place shortly before 10 a.m. at the Lloyd Road School, the Asbury Park Press reported […]

Drug officers warn of increasing abuse of prescription drugs

HOUSTON (AP) – Law enforcement officials are warning that abuse of prescription painkillers and anti-anxiety drugs is on the rise in Southeast Texas and say that increased state regulation is required to address the growing problem. Houston narcotics officers this year have seized nearly 216,000 grams of hydrocodone, up from about 9,000 grams in 2005 and about 58,500 grams in […]

Fire kills thousands of turkeys in Minnesota

GROVE CITY, Minn. (AP) – The state fire marshal’s office was investigating on Monday a weekend fire that killed thousands of turkeys in central Minnesota. Meeker County authorities got a 911 call Saturday afternoon about a fire at the Jennie-O tur- key farm north of Grove City. The fire destroyed the barn and killed about 20,000 birds, which were four […]

State Leaders hope to preserve Sales Tax Break

(AUSTIN) – Comptroller Susan Combs and Texas Congressman Kevin Brady want to preserve a tax deduction that saves Texans more than $1 billion per year on their federal income tax. A law allowing Texans who file itemi- zed federal income tax returns to deduct state and local sales taxes will expire at the end of this year if Congress does […]

Wild in Willacy drew record crowd to main events on Saturday

Good food and entertainment enjoyed by many

Organizers were pleased with the turnout on Saturday at the 8th Annual Wild in Willacy celebration held at the museum and tourist center. Nature lovers and history buffs enjoyed the tours, while everyone got to sample scrumptious pan de campo, chili and tamales at the various cook offs. The Jailhouse Grillers took first place for their pan de campo; Mary […]