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New Lyford commissioner sworn in; tempers flare over lift station

Antonio Carrillo was quizzed on Monday by Lyford officials over a malfunctioning El Toro sewer lift (pumping) station. Issues debated included a shortage of certified water and sewer system employees, Carrillo’s alleged failure to assign employees to a definite work schedule and possible defects in the design or construction of the lift station. An engineer and builders were recently informed […]

Georgia man dies in Saturday crash in Willacy County

An Atlanta man was killed Saturday in a rollover crash in Willacy County. Antonio Perez, Jr., 44, died in a one-vehicle accident and no other vehicles were involved. DPS spokesperson Sgt. Maria Hernandez said the crash occurred at about 5 p.m. Saturday at Interstate-69E and Farm-to-Market Road 3168. Perez’s Ford F-550 was traveling southbound on the expressway, Hernandez said. The […]

Alaniz has Republican opponent in Willacy fall general election

Republican Paul Anders will face Democratic Party candidate Micaela “Kelly” Alaniz in the Willacy County November general election. Alaniz narrowly defeated longtime Precinct 1 Commissioner Eliberto “Beto” Guerra in the March Democratic Party primary election. Anders is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s. A retired building contractor who worked in that business for […]

Death of woman arrested in San Perlita now under probe

Willacy County sheriff’s deputies responded at 1:25 a.m. May 9 to a call about a home burglary in the 2200 block of Sunset Street in San Perlita. The caller identified the woman as Jo Marie Solis and described her as wearing a yellow top, jean shorts and black shoes, the sheriff’s office reported on social media. After deputies arrived, the […]

Worker electrocuted at a wind farm at FM 1018 and FM 507 last Wednesday

Staff Report A wind turbine employee was killed last Wednesday at FM 1018 and FM 507. Willacy County Emergency Medical Service Director Frank Torres and Willacy County Sheriff Joe Salazar said the man who was electrocuted high up on the wind turbine tower was lowered to the ground by other company workers. The man was fatally electrocuted in what has […]

Willacy to hold May 24 Memorial Day ceremony on courthouse lawn

Willacy County officials agreed Thursday to Manuel Tijerina, post commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6719, said he and Larry Spence, who is chaplain of both the VFW and American Legion Post 390, will participate and likely a number of other veterans will also participate. The event is at 10 a.m. May 24, the Friday before Memorial Day, May […]

Raymondville ISD clinic offers Botox, vitamin therapy; superintendent forms companies

A year ago, Raymondville’s school district opened an in-school health clinic offering doctor and nursing services. With musical fanfare, a ceremony was held in the administration building parking lot to announce on-campus medical care for students, teachers, staff and the general public with quick appointments to avoid traveling to doctor clinics in larger Rio Grande Valley cities, saving money and […]

Salinas Family Farm offers U-pick sunflowers and an evening of fun phones

As tolerable temperatures come with the evening setting sun, families gather at a small farm south of Lyford. The Salinas Family Farm offers U-pick sunflowers, tomatoes, strawberries and other organically grown produce. The Tovar Family, Stacey and Steve, and children Slade, Shianne and baby Stetson, explored the sunflower patch on Monday evening. The atmosphere is similar to a corn maze […]

Early voting for May 28 run-off election for District 37 state rep. race will take place May 20-24

Ruben Cortez will challenge Jonathan Gracia in the May 28 Democratic Party runoff election for the District 37 state representative position . Cortez spent 10 years on the State Board of Education. Gracia is a Brownsville attorney. Early voting will take place May 20-24 at the Reber Memorial Library on the courthouse square in Raymondville. The winner of the May […]

National Crimes Victims Week Resource Fair a success

An enthusiastic crowd attended the National Crime Victims’ Week Resource Week Resource Fair Thursday at Raymondville’s Veterans Park. Police Chief Uvaldo Zamora said the purpose of the program was to help inform the community where victims can receive assistance and resources to help recover from a crime. City Commissioners Edward Gonzales, Joel Garcia and Chris Tamez addressed the crowd about […]

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