“Sizzling 777” Casino gets OK to operate 8-liners

A new eightliner business received the go ahead from the city of Raymondville to operate inside a building bought with money administered by the Economic Development Corp. Sizzling 777 was issued a city permit last Friday to operate 50 machines inside the old Hocott Implement building on South Seventh Street. The building was bought by local realtor Frank Solis after […]

Lyford traffic fines double those of Raymondville

Although the two police officers working for the city of Lyford issued fewer citations during the month of August, complaints from motorists and local residents continue. In an August 12 story, the Chronicle News brought up the issue of whether Lyford is the latest speed trap in the Rio Grande Valley after Combes, Los Fresnos and La Joya. Mayor Henry […]


Does the City hate the Merchants?

I don’t know the answer to that question but sometimes it certainly looks like they do. That’s because the city commissioners continue to be in love with 8-liner gambling machines. I didn’t realize it until last night but this newspaper has been fighting illegal gambling in this city and county since 2007—That’s eight years! 8-liners suck the life out of […]

SLICES OF LIFE A large “pursenality”

A recent morning news show featured a segment on purses and what a handbag reveals about your personality. I watched with interest because less than 24 hours earlier my purse had saved me from grave bodily injury. But I’m getting ahead of myself. If purses reveal our personalities, I am a study in contrasts. I jockey between two bags. The […]

An evening honoring Oscar Cavazos, Esq.

Attorney Oscar Cavazos has retired after practicing as a sole proprietor in Raymondville for 62 years. A retirement dinner and dance to celebrate his distinguished career was held Saturday, September 19, at the L.E. Franks Memorial Tourist Center. Cavazos thanked everyone who took part in the celebration and was honored and humbled by the event. He also thanked all his […]

Behind the Badge

Sharing Border Problems and Insights in Arizona

This past week it was time again for our combined meeting of the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition, The Southwestern Border Sheriffs Coalition, and the Western States Sheriffs Association. As members of the TBSC, we are automatically members of SWBSC, and our bylaws state we have to meet twice a year with SWBSC, once in Texas and the other at a […]

“Life begins at 90,” reader says

Dear Sir: A dinner dance was held in honor of Oscar Cavazos for his sixty-two years of dedicated service to this community. He is the last living attorney of a bygone era. After the congratulatory speeches, he shared some memories with those who attended;. The price of gasoline and automobiles in comparison to today’s prices, and the few students of […]

New county budget excludes Flores’ engineer contract

The new Willacy County budget for fiscal year 2015-16 will go in effect on Oct. 1. And the $7.3 million budget, which is about $800,000 less than the 2014-15 budget, eliminates a contract the county had with Flores Engineers. The engineering company, owned by Raul Flores, has been getting paid $7,000 a month since 2011, the year former county judge […]

City approves water well bid

A bid submitted for a water well project to pump one million gallons a day of the vital liquid was approved during Tuesday’s meeting of the Raymondville City Commission. The $965,000 bid was awarded to a company called Alsay Inc. with offices in Houston and San Antonio. Construction of the project is to start in 30 days and, once completed, […]

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