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Willacy County commissioners approve changes to employee medical insurance

Willacy County employees will be able to buy certain medicines in Mexico at big savings with a pre-loaded debit card or order them through a Canadian mail-order pharmacy, also with a hefty discount, due to changes approved June 1 by county commissioners. Insurance consultant William Rusteberg of Brownsville explained how employees who need new types of drugs that do not […]

Lyford Mayor Solis, Commissioner Cavazos, local citizens clash over Albert’s Pantry

Tempers flared last Tuesday during a special Lyford city meeting over a charity food pantry and senior citizen assistance center housed in an old police station. Commissioner Albert Cavazos, who has been operating a food/clothing/toy distribution center, said he was hurt and angered when recently elected Mayor Jose G. “Wally” Solis made city workers remove signs that read “Albert’s Pantry […]

Emergency preparedness conference set for Thursday in Sebastian

Hurricane season began June 1, but many people are still not ready. Emergency Preparedness Conference 23 will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Sebastian Community Center, 434 W. Eighth St. Information on supplies and equipment needed in every home, food storage and preparation and what items to stock in an emergency kit will be explained. How […]

Willacy DA requests special prosecutor for John Ray Zamora case

Willacy County District Attorney said she has requested a special prosecutor be appointed to assist in reviewing the case of John Ray Zamora, 33, who died after being arrested by county sheriff’s deputies and Lyford police on Feb. 22, 2022. “I have asked a special prosecutor to assist with reviewing the investigative findings and report to ensure transparency in the […]

Lyford High School’s best students are serious about their futures

Lyford High School Valedictorian Marlina Rae Valencia Perez excelled in sports as a teenager and now she is aiming to turn her knowledge about sports into a career. She has competed in volleyball, basketball and tennis in high school, earning a Most Valuable Player award in volleyball, first team all-district in basketball and was a regional qualifier in tennis. With […]

Memorial Day programs canceled in Willacy County, but fallen soldiers of past wars not forgotten

On a typical Willacy County Memorial Day, the American Legion Post 390 Honor Guard, as well as post leaders, including Chaplain Larry Spence and leaders of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6719, gather near the entrance of the Raymondville City Cemetery to pay respects to fallen soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen. Spence, former Willacy County sheriff who is chaplain of […]

County officials discuss lawsuit with Navigation District, move park project forward, hear extension service update

Willacy County commissioners on Thursday met in closed session to discuss with attorneys an upcoming lawsuit with the Willacy County Navigation District regarding a new subdivision the district is creating within its property at Port Mansfield. No action was taken on the dispute between the county, which has declined to register the plat for the subdivision, and the Navigation District, […]

Willacy County Emergency Medical Service takes time to celebrate National EMS Week

Willacy County Emergency Medical Service Director Frank Torres said it is time to recall all the effort his crews devote to training, maintaining equipment, cleaning ambulances (especially during the coronavirus pandemic) and answering calls that could be just routine medical transportation, a sudden rush to save lives in a car crash on I69E or to assist victims of a house […]

Solemn Peace Officers’ Memorial Week ceremony held on courthouse lawn

With military precision, Raymondville, Lyford, Willacy County and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers honored fallen law enforcement officers Wednesday, May 17, at the county courthouse. The local program was part of the national Peace Officers Memorial Week commemoration. The Pittman Elementary School Choir performed “Amazing Grace” and other songs, a prayer was said, and a list of 23 police […]

Raymondville mayor, officials take oaths of office May 16

Mayor Gilbert Gonzales, City Commissioner Joel Garcia, City Commissioner Chris Tamez and Municipal Judge Felicita Gutierrez were pronounced winners on Tuesday, May 16, at the City Commission meeting. The oaths of office for Gutierrez, as well as for Garcia and Tamez, were administered by 197th state District Judge Adolfo Cordova. Cordova congratulated the elected officials for their hard work to […]

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