2022-03-23 E-Edition

Raymondville to demolish three dilapidated houses

City officials learned Tuesday that three old houses will be torn down under the Raymondville Condemnation Ordinance. The structures are old, abandoned, considered unsafe and dangerous for human occupancy, City Code Inspector Andy Chavez said. The three broken-down buildings are located at 378 W. Yturria Ave.; 370 W. Rodriguez Ave.; and 389 W. Riggs Ave. “These city properties are very […]

Juan Manuel Tobias case reset for May 6 on charge of capital murder

The case of Juan Manuel Tobias Jr., an illegal alien from Mexico who had been living in Raymondville, accused of killing his girlfriend, Nora Rodriguez (Conde) Villalobos, has once again been reset in 206th state District Court in Edinburg. Tobias’ new date for jury selection is May 6. Count 1 of his indictment by a grand jury is for capital […]


WILLACY COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY ANNETTE HINOJOSA and staff members, Raymondville Mayor Gilbert Gonzales and City Manager Eleazar “Yogi” Garcia, join with leaders and forensic interviewers Diana Cortez and Monica Galvan-Castillo, staff members and law enforcement officers for a Tuesday ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Cameron and Willacy Counties’ newly remodeled facilities at Raymondville City Hall.

Internet sites claim additional Willacy COVID-19 cases

Willacy County has varying case totals of COVID-19 depending on source. One source, USA Facts.org, a government statistic site, reported that as of March 20, Willacy County’s total for coronavirus infections was 6,916 since March 2020, when the pandemic officially began in South Texas. Willacy County Department of Emergency Management received no report this week of new COVID-19 infections from […]

Five elections coming up in May in Willacy County

Willacy election officials are preparing for four upcoming elections on May 7 and a runoff on May 24. In the four elections to be held May 7, Lyford residents can cast ballots in the City of Lyford City Commission election, a construction bond election for the Lyford Consolidated Independent School District and two State of Texas constitutional ballot measures. There […]

Local woman appears in court for three cases but trial date still pending

A local woman known both for her political aspirations and for running afoul of the law appeared Monday in 197th state District Court in its Brownsville courtroom. Vanessa Stephanie Tijerina is facing three criminal charges that Willacy County authorities are planning to combine into one trial. She was indicted in April 2019 for allegedly stalking (third degree felony) Natalie Conde. […]


Cruel to be kind

Last weekend I dove headfirst down a deep rabbit hole. And, as those of us with rabbit hole experience can attest, once you hop in there is no going back. It started innocently enough, as most rabbit hole ventures do. I recently got a haircut and have decided to embrace my naturally wavy/curly, albeit fine, hair. I have a lot […]


Ernest and Laura Lerma of Denton, formerly of Raymondville, are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Adam Lerma to Mireya Villanueva, daughter of Vince and Minerva Villanueva of Denton. Adam is the grandson of Rafaela Lerma and the late Elido Lerma; and the late Jose and Josefina Saravia of Raymondville. He is the nephew of Carmen Saravia, Lydia […]

The Sheriff’s Corner

Sheriff gives weekly updates about brush fires and illegal dumping

Happy Wednesday, I hope you are all enjoying your week so far. Spring has sprung, and it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the weather. Here at the Sheriff’s Office we are getting ready for our Easter egg hunt. Please be careful with outdoor burning. We have had a series of brush fires in the Eastern section of the county […]