Two ICE Unit MTC guards indicted for transporting illegal aliens thru Sarita

Purple Throat cites more thefts & detainee abuse

Two more MTC guards from the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Unit were indicted over the past few weeks for allegedly transporting illegal aliens through the Sarita Checkpoint last November, bringing the total number of MTC guards charged to six. MTC Sgt. Erik Villanueva, of Raymondville, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 13th, and charged with […]


The 13th Annual Willacy County Crime Stoppers Memorial Moon Walk will be held Saturday, April 26 at the RHS Gymnasium. Mrs. Delhma Jetton, Raymondville ISD Federal Programs Director, challenged Pittman Elementary staff and students to raise money for this event. Pictured above in front: Stephanie Saldivar, Natalie Conde and Sarahi Castro, P.E. Coach. Back row, left to right, Christopher Trevino, […]

Raymondville man pleads guilty to 2003 gang murder of woman

3 of 10 reputed Mexican Mafia members now convicted

A reputed Mexican Mafia member from Raymondville pleaded guilty to murder last Monday in the gang-related death of a 31-year-old Harlingen woman in 2003. Her remains were found in a densely wooded area of Willacy County in 2005. Ricardo Davila, 40, was convicted of murder, and was sentenced to five years in prison by 197th District Judge Migdalia Lopez, according […]

Delinquent property taxpayers need to be aware of their obligations

Raymondville's police dog "Mitzy" is retiring

Raymondville city commissioners gave it’s delinquent property tax collectors a thumbs up for their continued efforts to collect back taxes from property and business owners. The law firm of Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson reported that they collected $117,000 from the 2005/06 tax years, and $97,000 from the 2006/07 tax year. They are curretly working 33 cases of delinquent taxpayers, […]


Willacy commissioners hire consultant to look at precinct redistricting

Raymondville Drain funding & planning moving along

Raymondville Drain funding & planning moving along Willacy County commissioners approved the hiring of a consultant to study redistricting of the county’s precincts or political subdivisions in preparation for the 2010 census, and for future county, state, and national elections. Rolando Rios and Associates is being retained for $12,000 to come up with the redistricting recommendations. He will report back […]

Willacy County Crime Stoppers “Lucky Thirteen” 13th Annual Memorial Moon Walk/Run

Willacy County Crime Stoppers 13th Annual Memorial Moon 1mile Walk/5k Run is Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m. in front of the Raymondville High School Gymnasium. The walk has 15 different age divisions: 5 and under to 70+ while the run has 13 different age divisions: 13 and under to 70+. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals in each age division, […]


THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS have been selected to attend the Girls and Boys Conference this summer. The boys will attend June 7-13 in Austin and the Girls will attend June 17-24 in Seguin, TX. Shown, from left to right, Idolina Barrera, George Solis, Jennifer Cantu, Manuel Tijerina, Karina Trevino, Juan Hernandez, Steven Gonzales, Gilbert Galvan, RHS Principal, and George Galindo.

A quorum of two

Does the Willacy County Navigation District serve the taxpayers of the District, or the residents of Port Mansfield – or neither? On March 18 the Board of Navigation and Canal Commissioners (WCND) voted to cancel the lease of Port Mansfield resident Steve Banyai. Mr. Banyai thereby stands to lose the reported $34,200 he spent to purchase the leasehold rights from […]


THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE is a fun-filled, overnight experience you’ll never forget. Relay mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones and raise money to support the mission of the American Cancer Society. Myra Green Middle School chose “Follow the Purple Brick Road to a Cure” as their motto while they participated this past […]