2021-06-30 E-Edition

County Extension Agriculture Agent updates Commissioners Court Thursday

Georgina Macias, Willacy County agricultural and natural resources extension agent, briefed Willacy County commissioners Thursday on her activities dealing with farmers, ranchers and youth in this rural area. There has been a lot to do, even though she was hired for her position and got started during the coronavirus pandemic, when a lot of businesses, schools and public events were […]

Construction work on Dead Man’s Curve on Highway 186 delayed due to pandemic; lawsuit settlement also pending

Few Gen-Y or Millennial Willacy County residents can relate to the 1963 Jan & Dean hit “Dead Man’s Curve.” But local people have heard that title applied to a dangerous S-curve on Highway 186 just west of Raymondville city limits. Four members of a local family were killed on that section of highway, which includes an intersection with Spence Road, […]

Lyford officials amend subdivision ordinance to establish fees for city services

Lyford officials approved an ordinance on Monday to amend the city’s subdivision ordinance to establish fees for various city services needed for a new subdivision. Mayor Rick Salinas said commissioners also approved a new flood plain application fee submitted by the city engineer. Raul Flores (Flores Engineers) was hired to file a certificate of Convenience and Necessity application for both […]

Willacy COVID-19 numbers low, watching for Delta variant; expected heavy rain will boost mosquitos, caution advised

New novel coronavirus numbers reported by the Texas Commission on State Health Services have been low the past two weeks, but officials are now on the lookout for a new strain of the disease, Willacy County Emergency Management Coordinator Frank Torres said Tuesday. There now have been a total of 2,387 cases of Willacy people who tested positive for COVID-19 […]


Week two, the “we” of compassion

Merriam Webster Definition: “Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” Previously, I’ve postulated an idea related to the vastness of life’s purpose – an idea so wide-reaching it can be summed up in seven words. Can a mere seven words help us establish a focus on the meaning of life? Perhaps. In fact, I’m willing […]

Free youth nature photo contest this summer

If you’re looking for fun and educational kid activities this summer, nature photography is a great way to pull them away from the computer and TV. The Valley Land Fund and Quinta Mazatlán invite your children and/or youth group to enter the Southern Exposures Youth Nature Photo Contest! Children from ages 5 to 18 can enter their original photographs taken […]

The Sheriff’s Corner

Sheriff gives updates

Happy Wednesday everyone, I hope you are all enjoying your week so far. I am happy to say that we are closing our sixth month of our first year in office. I am very proud of our team, they have been working hard at accomplishing our goals. We have a long way to go, but I would like to thank […]

Heroic agent saves drowning juvenile migrant

EDINBURG – Over the weekend, Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector (RGV) agents and partners make three significant rescues. Saturday morning, McAllen Border Patrol Station agents working near Penitas, Texas, were following footprints leading away from the river further into the United States. Agents came across a child in distress, as he was attempting to stay above water while attempting […]


Elyssa Berg graduated from Texas A&M College of Medicine as a M.D. She was an honor graduate and will do her residency in Internal Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. Both are the children of Kenneth and Jerry Lee Berg and the grandchildren of Bobbie Berg and the late Chester Berg of Edcouch and the late A.G. Boycan and […]