Football season kicks off Friday

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com As if 2020 wasn’t punitive enough, the pandemic drastically altered the Valley community’s Friday night football rituals. Some teams, such as the Rio Hondo Bobcats, ended their season before it began. But others, including all in the 32-6A district, will be facing the stadium lights this month. Meanwhile, district 16-4A had …

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County: Bars can reopen

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Bars in Cameron County can now open at 50 percent capacity, two days after Governor Greg Abbott greenlighted their reopening in an executive order issued last week. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. announced bars can reopen effective immediately during an October 16 press conference. Bars can remain open until 11 …

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EDC celebrates first anniversary of Economic Development Center

Special to the NEWS The San Benito Business & Economic Development Center recently celebrated its first year anniversary of operation. The center had been under consideration for over six years and had an original estimated cost of $800,000. In 2019 it was finally implemented by EDC staff with a total cost of $120,000. On March …

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City approves local rent subsidies

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com On Tuesday, Commissioners approved various rent subsidies for local businesses totaling $30,012.50 as part of the Economic Development Corporation’s COVID-19 Emergency Rent Subsidy program. EDC Executive Director Rebecca Castillo said the EDC had allocated $100,000 in funds for the program to help local business cushion the blow of the pandemic. The …

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’Hounds lean on concrete foundation

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito Greyhounds will be back this Friday with a solid team, showing up to their first game against Brownsville Hanna with eight returning starters, four on offense and four on defense. Among these is the receiver and senior Kyler Castilleja, known for his quick touchdown runs, who was named …

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Farewell, Corporal: San Benito Marine re-enlists

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Rae Ann Nicole Villafranco, US Marine Corporal, said she tried college and vocational school before deciding to enlist in the military. Following graduation from San Benito High in 2013, Villafranco attended college for a year and then became a personal trainer. Still, her family tradition kept ringing in the back of …

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City cancels holiday events

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The holiday season is fast approaching: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas run consecutively, naturally raising concerns from officials of large social gatherings. San Benito City Commissioners on Tuesday followed City Manager Manuel De La Rosa’s recommendation to cancel all City-sponsored events through December. These include Tent-or-Treat on the Trail, the community Christmas …

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District details live instruction plan

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com On Tuesday, San Benito CISD board members met during committee meetings to discuss various agenda items in preparation for next week’s regular board meeting.  On top of the agenda was a discussion on the Campus Hybrid Instruction for grades 9-12. The plan for on-campus schooling aims to hold fewer students on …

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Abbott: counties can reopen bars

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Wednesday that bars may reopen across the state at 50% capacity in a new executive order. On Oct. 14, Texas bars can reopen at 50% capacity across the state, if counties choose to “opt in” to the order and enforce the protocols. Outdoor bars have …

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Early voting begins Tuesday

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Early voting begins on Tuesday, Oct. 13, with several races across the area, state and country, through Oct. 30. Early voting has moved from Port Isabel City Hall to the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center, at 309 Railroad St in Port Isabel, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays …

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