Southside Park completion behind schedule

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS It was meant to be one of San Benito’s most versatile attractions. However, it appears the new park has reached a halt. Being built south of Expressway I-69 and next to Fire Station No. 1 on Sam Houston, the long-awaited Southside Park, also referred to as South Park, …

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Judge waives Vargas’s arraignment, schedules trial for February 6

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS Assigned Judge Leonel Alejandro has set a Feb. 6 jury trial for San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees President Michael A. Vargas. The decision took place on Monday at the Cameron County Court At Law #5 in Brownsville after an unclear and confusing situation …

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No Comments: Board majority unwilling to add general ‘public comments’ during meetings

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS At an administrative committee meeting on Tuesday, the majority of the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District board members attempted to stop the addition of an item to the board agenda that could bring general “public comments” back during board meetings. SBCISD Board President Michael Vargas, who’s …

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Adjusting focus: former combat photographer reminisces on service

By HANNAH SALDAÑA Special to the NEWS Joining the army at the age of 22, Lorraine “Stevie” Mendoza felt eager for the new experiences and friendships that she would not have otherwise experienced as a resident of San Benito. Mendoza is a U.S. Army veteran who served as a combat photographer. Her assignments varied from …

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Letter to the Editor–Kick Them. Kick Them. Kick Them

To The Editor, I am not a fan of the school board president but I would not sign a petition to remove him based on a DWI or being an alleged drunk. If a doctor was caught and charged with a DWI or being drunk, would he be disqualified to practice being a doctor? If …

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Cameron County voters overwhelmingly approve State constitution changes

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com On November 5, Cameron County voters overwhelmingly voted in favor of the ten proposed Texas constitutional amendments proposed on Election Day. In all, 10,568 votes were collected from 62 precincts. In all, 210,335 people are registered to vote in Cameron County. Only 12 percent of registered voters in Texas voted this …

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Catch him if you can: Leaving his mark in Cross Country, Medina heads to state

By JUAN ESTEVE Special to the NEWS Everything started spontaneously by chasing loose goats at home. That’s how San Benito High School’s cross country prodigy Joaquin Medina described his initial immersion into the sport of running, specifically cross country distance. After his father saw him running once, he recommended Medina to join a running team …

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Vargas’s citation issued: State Rep., ex-Brighton attorney represent board president

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees President Michael Vargas appeared with a duo of lawyers to his Oct. 31 petition hearing seeking his removal from office. The petition was filed by concerned San Benito citizens who believe Vargas should be removed from the school …

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School Board President’s DWI charges upgraded

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office has upgraded the driving while intoxicated charges against Michael A. Vargas, the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees president after his Oct. 31 hearing that also dealt with his compliance to install an interlock device on his vehicle. …

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‘I’m from San Benito, Texas’: Local musician finds success, remembers roots

By Freddy Jimenez Special to the NEWS “I’m from San Benito, Texas,” is the opening line to Charley Crockett’s song titled “The Valley,” written by the San Benito-born and Los Fresnos-raised man who has made a career out of writing and performing music while remaining “transient.” Crockett, 35, was born at the now closed Dolly …

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