2021-07-21 E-Edition

Successful 46th Annual Port Mansfield Fishing Tournament one for the record books

A year of coronavirus pandemic, completion of a huge dredging project, topped off with excellent weather added up to one of the most successful Port Mansfield Fishing Tournaments in the events 46 years. Chairman Tom Floyd said that having to cancel the tournament last year due to the coronavirus pandemic ban on large gatherings, the completion of a U.S. Army […]

COVID-19, hurricane prep, disaster recovery teams, emergency communication

Willacy County law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, county extension service personnel, county/city/ workers and volunteers gathered Thursday to review ongoing programs and emergency procedures that may be needed to protect the public from disease outbreaks, floods, fires, tornados, hurricanes or other emergencies. County Emergency Management Coordinator Frank Torres said the coronavirus pandemic has stretched on to 455 days, requiring extraordinary training, […]

Willacy COVID-19 rate going back up, vaccines urged by local officials, Delta variant here

Coronavirus infection rates have gone back up sharply across the nation and Willacy County is no exception, Willacy County Emergency Management Coordinator Frank Torres said Tuesday. Although Willacy officials aren’t able to get statistics from the Texas Department of State Health Services on the number of Delta variant cases that have been detected in Willacy County so far, in the […]

Port Director Ron Mills runs for Filemon Vela Jr.’s Congressional seat

Ronald Mills, Port Mansfield’s port director since 2014, is running for the 34th District House of Representatives seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela Jr., DBrownsville. “I’m running as a Republican, but at first I was going to file as an independent, but I thought about it and I don’t want to pull a ‘Ross Perot,’”he said, referring to […]


The great laptop crash and other daily foibles

Dear readers – Some days are not quite like any others. Yesterday was one of those days. It started at 5:34 am – early, like all of my favorite days do (not). I awoke with the birds and had a happy thought: It’s Tuesday. I have a deadline to send two columns to newspapers today and I wrote three columns […]

Rio Grande Regional hospital heroes walk the Superhero Trail at Quinta Mazatlán

Everyone loves a Superhero with a great story, especially reallife Superheroes of today. Rio Grande Regional Hospital is proud to sponsor the outdoor Superhero Trail at Quinta Mazatlán in July and August. Cris Rivera, Chief Executive Officer of Rio Grande Regional Hospital states, “We are proud to sponsor the outdoor Superhero Trail at Quinta Mazatán. Our health system and many […]

Unopened Super Mario 64 game from 1996 sells for $1.56 million

DALLAS (AP) – An unopened copy of Nintendo’s Super Mario 64 has sold at auction for $1.56 million. Heritage Auctions in Dallas said that the 1996 game sold Sunday, breaking its previous record price for the sale of a single video game. A spokesman did not immediately respond to an inquiry about who purchased the game. Super Mario 64 was […]

The Sheriff’s Corner

Sheriff reports that jail has received compliance certificate

Happy Wednesday everyone I hope you are doing great. Here at the Sheriff’s Office we continue to stay busy. This week the Willacy County Sheriff’s Office hosted an Emergency Response training instructed by Lyford C.I.S.D. Police Officer Guadalupe “Lupe” Reyna, who provided insight on Emergency Response Plans, which consists of Active Shooter Protocols. This training was attended by W.C.S.O. Personnel, […]

Free substance abuse and mental health services in Raymondville

Behavioral Health Solutions is offering free substance abuse and mental health services at 471 West Hidalgo Ave. in Raymondville. Services available include case management, referral to services, evidence-based curriculum and presentations, the agency said in promotional materials. The Raymondville office is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. The agency […]