2022-02-16 E-Edition

Three homes burn on Gem St.

Three Raymondville homes were destroyed early Monday by a fire in the 600 block of West Gem Street. The fire was caused by an electric heat lamp being used to keep dogs warm as a typical February “norther” was beginning to fade. Raymondville and Willacy County Fire Chief Lauro “ Oscar” Gutierrez said a home in between the Ibarra family […]

Texas Rangers investigating Willacy County Jail death

Texas Rangers are now investigating the death of a prisoner after jail staff, sheriff ’s deputies and Willacy County Emergency Medical Service paramedics were unable to revive an “unresponsive male” discovered Friday in the county jail. An account of the matter was released on social media by the Sheriff ’s Office Friday. “Earlier today, Willacy County EMS was called to […]

‘Maquinita’ operator needs to check city rules before buying land for new game room

Gilbert Sada, who holds a Lyford city permit to operate an ‘8-liner,’ or ‘maquinita,’ should carefully check all city requirements before buying land to build a new game room, Mayor Rick Salinas and city commissioners advised on Monday. Sada had re-opened his business at El Toro dance hall after being closed by Willacy County authorities over alleged legal problems concerning […]

Gov. Abbott speaks on parental rights Wednesday to large crowd at campaign stop in Harlingen

Gov. Greg Abbott pushed his “Parental Bill of Rights” plan to protect students and parents from over-reaching government and school authorities last Wednesday during a political ‘pachanga’ fundraiser at a Harlingen barbecue restaurant. Speaking to an enthusiastic overflow crowd at SMOKE: Texas BBQ and Watering Hole, the governor touted his plan to ensure parents are the primary decision maker in […]


Grief tutorial 2.0 - Part 2

“In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.” – Benjamin Franklin Ben was a smart guy, but I’d like to add one item to his list: grief. Death is nearly, almost always accompanied by grief; it is a third certainty in our world. Last week I wrote advice for those grieving. Today the advice is for those helping […]

A String Quartet Concert in the Park at Quinta Mazatlan

The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and Quinta Mazatlan are proud to present A String Quartet Concert in the Park on Thursday, February 17th, at six in the evening. The concert features a string quartet with violinists Geoffrey Wong and Lindsey Gamble, violist Young Sin Choi, and cellist Patrick Hopkins. The quartet will be performing notable pieces such as String […]

The Sheriff’s Corner

Stay vigiliant and avoid scams

Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope you are all enjoying your week so far. Tax season is upon us once again and the IRS is warning of possible Tax Scams. “With filing season underway, this is a prime period for identity thieves to hit people with realistic-looking emails and texts about their tax returns and refunds,” cautioned IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. […]

Three separate vehicle pursuits and a vehicle stop leads to 17 migrants arrested

EDINBURG – Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents disrupted four migrant smuggling attempts resulting in 17 arrests. On Feb 11, RGV agents working near Encino, Texas, attempted to initiate an immigration inspection on a Ford F150 truck. The driver failed to yield and led the agents on a vehicle pursuit. The truck drove through a ranch perimeter fence […]


Vaping comes with health risks

Editor, While some individuals may view vaping as a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes, the health risks associated with vaping are undeniable. Vapes Down is a nationwide campaign that Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is utilizing to ensure parents are equipped with the proper information in order to spark the conversation with their youth about vaping. They released data […]