2021-09-01 E-Edition

Great fishing weather reels in successful Young Farmers Fishing Tournament, but uptick in COVID-19 throttles back turnout for Willacy County annual event

As Hurricane Ida blasted into the upper Gulf Coast, Willacy County anglers revived the traditional “Bullet” Bob Austin Willacy County Young Farmers Fishing Tournament Saturday at Port Mansfield. Event President John Butler said the tournament, which began in the late 1970s to raise money for college scholarships for Willacy County youth, had to be canceled last year due to the […]

Willacy commissioners on Monday plan COVID-19 infusion center to battle rising virus cases

County officials put a pencil on Monday to the costs of setting up an infusion center to provide oxygen treatment for coronavirus patients. The Willacy-based facility could cost as much as $500,000 to set up, including purchase of oxygen generators, and as much as $4,500 a day, said Frank Torres, county emergency management coordinator. Assistant Emergency Medical Service Director Gilbert […]

Suspended Raymondville detective under investigation for alleged assault, domestic violence incident

A Raymondville police detective has been on administrative leave since May after being arrested by Rio Hondo police for an alleged assault, domestic violence, incident that occurred on Jan. 1. Javier Arriaga, 27, is suspended without pay, Raymondville Police Chief Uvaldo Zamora said. Although a warrant was issued in Rio Hondo in January, Arriaga was not actually arrested until May. […]

COVID statistics released for Willacy County by state officials

Texas Department of State Health Services has released weekly statistics on coronavirus cases in Willacy County, but with a new twist. A total of 32 new cases of COVID-19 infections among Willacy County residents were reported this week, as well as two backlogged cases, said Frank Torres, county emergency management coordinator. Also, for the first time, state officials released a […]


Courage or bravery or maybe even strength

When my husband first left this earth, people told me I was strong. I recoiled from this label because at the time I felt anything but strong. I think maybe I’ve since changed my mind. Please allow me this grace. If grief has taught me one thing it’s that the person you believe yourself to be changes on a daily […]


WILLACY WARRIORS GOING STRONG – Shown, front row, Alex Valles, Tony Camacho, Devrick Trevino, Abram Villarreal. Back row, Coach Eric Trevino, Xavier Gutierrez, Leeroy Villarreal, Jonathan Saldivar, Tommy Gonzalez, Alfredo Esparza, JJ Orozco, Coach Juan Orozco and Manager Micho Saldivar.


VINCENT HERNANDEZ with the U.S. Army was in Kabul, Afghanistan and is now at his station in Oklahoma. He is from Lyford.


U.S. ARMY DRILL SGT. MICHAEL HERNANDEZ is stationed in Oklahoma. He is from Lyford.

The Sheriff’s Corner

Sheriff reports new developments

Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope you are all enjoying your week so far. Here at the Sheriff’s Office we have had several developments. We were excited to launch our Sheriff’s Office boat, at this past weekend’s Willacy County Young Farmers Fishing Tournament. We were given many ” thumbs up” by fellow boaters who appreciated the Sheriff’s Office Presence on the […]