Government shutdown won’t affect dredging plans for Port Mansfield, port director says

A recent month-long federal government shutdown won’t have any effect on a major dredging project to clean out the silt-clogged channel connecting Port Mansfield to the Gulf of Mexico, the intracoastal waterway and harbor, Port Director Ron Mills said Tuesday. “I didn’t have any trouble getting hold of any of the people at the Corps of Engineers offices all through […]

Winter Texan golfer says life has been good to him so far

Winter Texan Bill Baker turned 90 years old last week and his foursome won a golf tournament at the Raymondville city golf course. He stays active which is why he’s still around to enjoy retirement years, he said. His longevity may be the result of working outdoors all his life as a house painter, painting houses, apartment buildings and anything […]

Place 1 Raymondville City Commission candidate still must clear long list of traffic offenses, judge says

A hopeful candidate for Raymondville City Commission who had outstanding traffic court fines has paid fines mentioned in last week’s Chronicle but now must clear up 20 more outstanding fines or warrants in Willacy County and other counties if she plans to have her named placed on the ballot. Erica Reyes Rubalcaba, 34, has outstanding warrants or unpaid fines as […]

Longtime Guerra opponent, paddling advocate, former Willacy DA Garza, dead at 65

An attorney best known locally for his long-running battle with former Willacy County District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra died Dec. 27. Gustavo Ch. Garza, 65, was Willacy County DA from 1992 to 1996. He started his career as a teacher in his hometown of Los Fresnos. After graduating from Los Fresnos High School in 1971, he earned a bachelor’s degree […]


Tidying up

We all wake up in the morning – unless we work the night shift. Then we go to bed in the morning and wake in the evening. But despite differing schedules, we all have some sort of beginning to our waking hours each day/night. We all have to wake up. The alternative isn’t pretty. Further, the vast majority of us […]

Lower Valley Cotillion Club

The 65th Annual Presentation Ball of the Lower Valley Cotillion Club was held at the South Padre Island Convention Center on Saturday, February 2, 2019. The Cotillion Club was founded in September of 1954 by Mrs. Byron Campbell of Raymondville as a social organization designed to bring together and present to society Lower Rio Grande Valley college-bound, civically and socially […]


LYFORD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CASSIDY HINOJOSA (right), Willacy County Livestock Show Fair Queen and Kayleen May (left), first runner up.

Behind the Badge

No more football, what's a man to do?

As the roar of the Rams fans died to a murmur, and the Patriots’ players lined up to once again kiss the trophy as it passed by on its way to the owner, most men, and some women were thinking aloud, “now what am I going to do?” Well, sports fans, never fear, basketball season is in and baseball is […]

Trial opens for man charged with abducting 2 Texas sisters

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Prosecutors say a man who abducted two sisters and is suspected of killing their mother had moved into their Central Texas home to help look after the girls. Terry Allen Miles is on trial for kidnapping charges for allegedly abducting the girls and fleeing to Colorado in December 2017. Prosecutors said during opening statements Tuesday that […]

Burned woman’s body found in east Texas in 2006 identified

LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) – Authorities say the burned body of a woman found in east Texas more than 12 years ago has been identified. Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano and sheriff’s Lt. Eddie Hope say the body found Oct. 29, 2006, and known as Lavender Doe has been identified, but declined to release the woman’s name. The body was found […]