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City of Rio Grande City Seeks to Raise Taxes

The City of Rio Grande City commission voted to approval a proposal that would increase property taxes by one cent.  It was a vote of three in favor and two opposed with both Commissioner Flor Flores and Commissioner Dave “Chachi” Jones voting against. Before the group discussed the possible increase, they heard the needs of a preliminary budget for the […]

City of Rio Grande City Seeks to Raise TaxesThe City of Rio Grande City commission voted to approval a proposal that would increase property taxes by one cent.  It was a vote of three in favor and two opposed with both Commissioner Flor Flores and Commissioner Dave “Chachi” Jones voting against. Before the group discussed the possible increase, they heard […]

Lawmaker Announces State Funding for Schools, Local Board Consider Raises

State Representative Ryan Guillen announced that there will be an estimated increase in state funding for Starr County Schools of an estimated $12.3 Million dollars last Tuesday.  The same day the Rio Grande City CISD school board discussed possible raises for their teachers.   House Bill 3 was marketed as a bill that would increase the pay for Texas teachers […]

Cases of Illegal Voting Dismissed 

Two of the four cases of illegal voting indicted last month, were dismissed on July 30th. Both Rigoberto Vela(49) and Rogelio Garcia (44) were cleared because the statute of limitation had expired. The men were accused of voting in the Democratic Primary of 2016 while they were under probation and ineligible to do so. In 2018 they were arrested following […]

Tell It Like It Is

Editorial   It sounds like our long time Congressman Henry Cuellar is going to have a tough race.  Not only does he have a democratic opponent for the democratic primary in the form of Jessica Cisneros but he also has republican opposition.   Last week Sandra Whitten of Laredo was in Starr County as she continues her campaign for the […]

Tell It Like It Is

Editorial   When you can’t change facts go after the reporter.  Throughout the last three years I’ve been accused of being biased but in recent weeks this publication has been continuously attacked.  Not only did I, as the owner and featured reporter, receive a threat against my life but an elected official has taken his attacks to a new level. […]

Roma ISD School Board Fails to Approve Contractor

A tie of those board members in favor and those opposed caused the recommendation for a contractor not to be approved. Last Thursday during the Roma ISD school board meeting the absence of what could have been the decisive vote contributed to being able to approve the contractor. Present at the meeting were President Clarissa Alvarez, Vice President Juan Antonio […]

New Officers for Starr County Bar Association

Congratulations to our client and local attorney Abel Villarreal of the Villarreal Law Group PLLC, on being voted President of the Starr County Bar Association. Officers include: President Abel Villarreal Jr. Vice President Jennifer Vasquez Secretary Gemma Lucia Lopez Treasurer Lori Perez Director Jay Pena Congratulations!

An Undecided Candidate

Justice of the Peace Jose “Kiko” Perez has once more said to outside media that he is undecided on a run for commissioner in 2020 despite the signs dispersed throughout the precinct. Although state law specifies that if he announces his candidacy for another position he automatically resigns the definition of an announcement is vague. County Attorney Victor Canales, who […]

Indicted with Indecency with a Child

Lazaro Orlando Banda Treviño was indicted by a Starr County grand jury this month on a charge of indecency with a child. His indictment states that on or about the 27th of May of 2017 he engaged in sexual contact with a minor. The document also states that he had been convicted  of a drug possession charge previous to this […]


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