2020-09-09 E-Edition


WORKERS FROM BILL NEUENS ENTERPRISES, a contactor hired by the City of Lyford, to pick up brush and debris from Hurricane Hanna, quickly fill a large truck and trailer on a street in south Lyford on Thursday. A large grappling hook on a hydraulic arm makes quick work of brush piles along the street but many return trips are required […]

Willacy County receives backlog of over 200 COVID-19 cases; total number of positive cases now reaches 1,137; 44 deaths

Due to a backlog of reports from a laboratory, Willacy County’s total number of positive coronavirus infections jumped more than 200 cases in one week, but many of the people listed in the reports are no longer sick and no longer have to be in quarantine, local officials said. The additional cases were mentioned in a Sept. 4 report but […]

Willacy County officials cautiously plan FY 2021 budget, employee raises

Willacy County officials have finalized a $7.9 million 2021 fiscal year budget, based on 78.82 cents for each $100 in assessed property value rate. The rate consists of 66.578 cents for the general fund and 12.249 cents for road and bridge, or a total of 78.82. The rate is now called the “no new revenue” tax rate to reflect the […]

Raymondville holding line on taxes, but planning to buy L.E. Franks Tourist Center

Raymondville held its first public hearing on its planned 77.74-cent property tax rate, which is designed to raise the same amount of revenue as the current rate with no increases planned for the new budget year. The rate is being advertised as the “no-new revenue tax rate” which is designed to maintain the status quo, City Manager Eleazar “Yogi” Garcia […]

Vanessa Tijerina booked in jail on felony charges; state, local GOP leaders say she’s no Republican

Vanessa Tijerina was arrested on three felony indictments issued last week by a Willacy County grand jury, booked into the county jail and released on bond. Willacy County Sheriff’s Major Andy Maldonado released the following information: Tijerina was arrested on a warrant for theft, $20,000 to $100,000, with a $1,000 cash bail. That charge was related to a 2016 case […]


THE HARBOR AT PORT MANSFIELD was busy on Monday’s Labor Day holiday. Boats, trailers and anglers were seen everywhere. Fishing enthusiasts took full advantage of the holiday despite overcast weather and the possibility of rain.


In defense of Karen

(Dedicated to all the innocent Karens in the world) None of us chooses our own name ( at least not the original one.) Let that sit for a moment. You might be John or Steve or Julie or Lisa, but not by choice. Most likely your name came by the choice of your parents. Imagine that another Steve or Julie […]


ROTARY CLUB OF WILLACY COUNTY donates 3,000 protective medical masks to Willacy County Emergency Medical Service and 1,000 masks to Loaves & Fishes. EMS Director Frank Torres said his agency will share the masks with first responders such as local fire and police departments. Rotary District Governor Eddie Bartnesky, Past District Governor Andy Hagan, Torres and Loaves and Fishes Executive […]

The Kindness Trail starts at home

Around the world, children at home during this time of stress, are sharing creative messages of kindness. In honor of this social media campaign, Quinta Mazatlán has created a Kindness Trail in the Woods and hopes to see it spread throughout the community. Students, co-workers and families are invited to participate by sharing kind messages on rocks, window art, driveway […]