SB cases increase to 50, Rio Hondo up to 16

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The latest numbers on positive COVID-19 cases in Cameron County reveal San Benito cases continue to increase. Cameron County Public Health reported an additional case in San Benito Wednesday of a 49-year-old male in a travel-related transmission. An additional case was reported Monday of a 25-year-old woman linked to a previous …

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Nine-year-old dies in crash

STAFF REPORT On May 18, at approximately 1:17 a.m., officers of the San Benito Police Department Patrol Division responded to the 1700 block of West Expressway 77 for a one-car major automobile crash. Upon arrival at the scene, officers discovered that a black-colored Ford Expedition had rolled over several times before coming to a stop …

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Commissioners approve rezoning for new housing

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com San Benito commissioners Tuesday unanimously approved a request to rezone a property on Combes Street that will pave the way for a multi-family residential zone. The rezoning that residents Mario and Norma Linan requested will result in the building of four duplexes on their property, located next to St. Theresa’s Catholic …

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City and Chamber partner up for re-opening

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Restaurants, salons, and retail businesses will all be allowed to open by the end of the month as per Governor Greg Abbot’s recommendations. The San Benito Code Compliance division, which oversees health regulations in the city, has partnered with the San Benito Chamber of Commerce to recognize the businesses which have …

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Rotary donates 200 masks to non-profits

The San Benito Rotary distributed 200 masks to three local non-profits and one local business. The masks were ordered from Chuy’s Custom Sports and distributed Monday to the Museums of San Benito, the Boys & Girls Club,  the San Benito Food Pantry, and Blanquita’s. Tweet

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COVID-19 testing sites arrive in Cameron County

STAFF REPORT Eighteen COVID-19 testing sites are coming to Cameron County. The COVID-19 tests are free for Cameron County residents. Persons can only be tested via appointment, after registering on txcovidtest.org or calling (512) 883-2400. Registrations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of the testing date. All who are selected for testing …

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SB cases increase to 47, Rio Hondo stays at 15

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com SAN BENITO—The latest numbers on positive COVID-19 cases in Cameron County reveal San Benito cases continue to increase. Cameron County Public Health reported three additional cases on Wednesday, May 13. Two of those three cases were linked to previous cases. Two males, 36-year-old female and a 69-year-old male. The third case …

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Districts announce graduation plans

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com SAN BENITO—School districts across Cameron County are announcing plans for their graduation ceremonies, many choosing outdoor in-person events. Last Thursday, the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District announced via its Facebook page that they would be holding the Class of 2020’s graduation ceremony on Friday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at …

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Resident arrested on child sexual assault

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com SAN BENITO—The Harlingen Police Department arrested San Benito resident Jesus “Jesse” Garcia Montez, Jr., Wednesday, on sexual assault charges. A Harlingen PD press release stated that an investigator from the Harlingen Major Crimes Unit worked on the case and was able to identify Montez as the suspect. “A warrant for his …

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Letter to the editor: Uncharted waters

Dear Editor: As we set out to partially re-open Friday, we should all take extra precautions going forward if we don’t want to end up back where we were. Do you need something at Target? Consider curbside for a bit longer. Frustrated staying home? You can now (starting May 1) take a drive with kids …

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