2022-10-05 E-Edition

Lyford, Raymondville business owners indicted by feds in 8-liner payout scheme; El Toro gambling funds allegedly funneled via silver tokens purchased locally

` Two local people are named in federal indictments alleging they conspired to hide about $21 million in 8-liner “maquinita” gambling proceeds from authorities in 2017 and 2018. Dominga Ledesma, owner of Brittany’s Boutique, and Rene Gamez Jr., then operator of an 8-liner at El Toro Game Room, were arrested in 2018. The businesses were raided in October 2018 and […]

Domestic Violence Awareness Month theme of Saturday courthouse rally

Families who have been affected by domestic violence were joined Saturday at the Willacy County courthouse by Raymondville Mayor Gilbert Gonzales, Police Chief Uvaldo Zamora, Willacy County District Attorney Annette Hinojosa and her staff as they resumed the annual “Walk in Their Shoes” silent walk around the historic courthouse and through the downtown area. Hinojosa explained that a substitute drive-through […]


Putting the cart before the horse - Part one of two

I’ve addressed grocery store conduct in the past, but today I address a topic so immense and lifechanging that it spans two weeks worth of columns. It’s a specific facet of grocery store protocol which is (or should be) of paramount importance to us all. Shopping carts. Shopping carts are a necessity because toilet paper, bread, milk and bananas take […]

Texas Honors Native Plants in October to support people and wildlife

During the month of October, the Center for Urban Ecology at Quinta Mazatlan is celebrating native plants, planning educational events, hosting the annual Planta Nativa Social, providing Native Plant Sales, holding a Native Plant Giveaway for schools and families, launching an RGV Native Garden Contest, and planting Tiny Forests to create habitat for birds, butterflies and all wildlife. The Rio […]

RHS Athletic Booster Club Meeting

There will be a Raymondville Athletic Booster Club meeting on Monday, October 10, 6:30 p.m. in the Old Gym, One Bearkat Blvd., Raymondville, TX.

The Sheriff’s Corner

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope you are all enjoying your week so far. This year’s National Night Out Tour starts on Monday the 10th at the Lyford Sports Complex and continues on Tuesday the 11th in Lasara at the School Pavilion, then Wednesday the 12th in Sebastian at the Martin Cavazos Pavilion and we finish of the Tour in San […]

Public Utility Commission adopts expanded weather preparation rules to further strengthen grid reliability

AUSTIN, TX – The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) today adopted expanded weather preparation rules for electricity generators and transmission utilities to ensure grid reliability during both summer and winter weather events. The expanded rules build on the successful implementation of the winter weather preparation requirements adopted by the PUCT in November 2021 and add new summer weather preparation […]


RAYMONDVILLE MAYOR GILBERT GONZALES, right, joins owners and employees of Tovar Financial Group, VTX-1 telephone company, Raymondville Economic Development Corp. to celebrate Tovar Financial Group’s Grand Opening in the EDC’s business incubator in the Raymondville Rural Technology Center, 700 FM 3168 Suite 134.

RISD hosts Gateway Marching Invitational

Raymondville Independent School District hosted the inaugural “Gateway Marching Invitational” band exhibition on Saturday at Burnett Stadium. “It was held specifically to promote small school marching bands in our region,” said RISD Deputy Superintendent Ben Clinton. Six bands, total, from Monte Alto, Santa Rosa, La Villa, Lyford, Progreso and Raymondville performed in front of a live audience and three active […]