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Raymondville City Commission reluctantly accepts Yogi Garcia’s retirement



Longtime City Manager Eleazar “Yogi” Garcia participated Tuesday in his last City Commission meeting, turning in a letter thanking city officials for the professional opportunity to work in the key position for 26 years. Commissioners asked him if he would change his mind and stay, but Garcia said his decision is final. Commissioners also approved a retirement party for Garcia. […]

Lyford doubles permit fees, tweaks maquinita ordinance



Lyford has enacted a revised ordinance that doubles the cost of city permits regulating 8-liner game rooms “maquinitas,” arcades that have two or more coin-operated game machines. After the new ordinance takes effect Jan. 1, an annual license for an 8-liner hall will be $50,000, twice the $25,000 fee now charged, plus the annual charge of $20 for sticker for […]

Mario Tijerina sworn in Friday as Precinct 2 Willacy County commissioner



Mario Tijerina was sworn in Friday as Precinct 2 Willacy County commissioner, with County Judge Aurelio “Keter” Guerra administering the oath of office. Tijerina took the seat of Commissioner Oscar De Luna, who died in March. He had been foreman of Precinct 2 for six years and had attended commissioner meetings since De Luna’s death but sat in the audience […]

Wind turbine breaks early Sunday near Sebastian, Duke Energy takes it offline



A wind turbine located about 1.5 miles east of Sebastian was damaged by high winds last weekend and owner Duke Energy is dealing with the situation. Robert Pena, a Rio Grande Valley-based consultant for wind energy companies, said turbines at that location, Farmto Market Road 2629E and Willacy County Road 310 (Marigold Road) are owned by Duke Energy. That was […]

Willacy County schools go all-out to commemorate Veterans Day



Solemn ceremonies were held at all four Willacy County school districts, meals, marching, 21-gun salutes and speeches. Raymondville led off on Monday, Nov. 7, followed by San Perlita on Wednesday, Nov. 9, Lasara on Thursday, Nov. 10 and the largest program on Friday at Lyford’s Bulldog Stadium. The event was first called Armistice Day, to recall the “11th hour of […]

“Yogi” crunches numbers for total of 40 years at Raymondville City Hall, Willacy County courthouse



After 26 years as city manager of Raymondville and 14 years as Willacy County auditor before that, Eleazar “Yogi” Garcia is retiring. The story is much the same in his positions with the county and the city, Garcia said. “The first thing we did was clean up the books, you couldn’t even get an audit out at that time,” said […]

Maquinita owners complain of Lyford building permit delays



An attorney for developers of a new 8-liner hall to be constructed in Lyford urged city commissioners on Monday to cut red tape needed to issue a building permit. Mark Sossi, speaking for Lyford Partners (Gilbert and Eddie Sada) and contractor Eric Solis, said one delay after another has caused economic loss for his client and the contractor. “It’s totally […]

Lyford man indicted for bribery and extortion by federal grand jury



A Lyford man formerly employed by the U.S. Department of Transportation has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of bribery and extortion. Patrick Gorena, 54, who was a border investigator at the DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, was scheduled to appear in federal court. A federal grand jury in Houston returned the indictment, alleging Gorena accepted […]

Tony Chavez hired as Raymondville city manager Tuesday; will take over Dec. 1 from retiring Eleazar “Yogi” Garcia



Raymondville City Commission members met in closed session Tuesday with Lyford Mayor Pro Tem Tony Chavez, then announced he was hired as city manager. Chavez, who is tax assessor collector and accountant for the Lyford Consolidated Independent School District and worked there for 18 years, thanked Raymondville officials for allowing him to advance in his career. He told the Raymondville […]

Democrats prevail in Willacy voting returns, not so much statewide



The “red wave” touted by Texas Republicans may have been successful in Austin, but Willacy County continues to be a stronghold for the Democratic Party, County Judge Aurelio “Keter” Guerra said late Tuesday. Democrats dominated all races in unofficial electionnight mid-term and local races, he said. “I think it is very similar to 2018,” Guerra said. “The (voter) turnout is […]


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