History: Troops encounter ‘enemy’ at Port Isabel

By RENE TORRES Special to the PRESS/NEWS It was a Tuesday morning in 1940 when troops from Brownsville’s Fort Brown and Rio Grande City’s Fort Ringgold sounded the “alert” to get ready to confront “the enemy” at Port Isabel. Within minutes, both forts broke camp with 1,000 men in uniform and fully armed ready to …

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‘Hounds track athlete commits to Tabor College

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com San Benito Greyhound track and field standout, Josh Castro signed his letter of intent to run track for the Tabor College Bluejays on Thursday, April 8. Castro began running track in middle school and continued running throughout high school. Castro runs in the 110m hurdles, the 300m hurdles and is a …

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School board denies action to revise public comment policy

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com On Tuesday, April 13 the San Benito CISD held a regular board meeting and denied a motion to revise the BED (Local) policy. Trustee Ana Llanes brought forth the item on the agenda. “It’s very important that we give our community a voice, it doesn’t mean that it has to be …

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City releases more details about food truck event

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Last week, the San Benito City Commission voted to put on a food truck event during a regular commission meeting. During the meeting, commissioners discussed what sorts of activities will be at the event. Due to COVID-19 precautions, activities will be limited to live music from local artists, food trucks, and …

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City hosts community-based focus group

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com On Thursday, April 15, the City of San Benito hosted a community focus group regarding the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). A post was made on the City of San Benito Facebook page, detailing the intention of the focus group. “The City of San Benito CDBG is hosting a focus group …

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Car accident leaves two SB teenagers dead

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com On Monday, April 5, a car accident occurred on FM 732 killing two San Benito teenagers. 16-year-old Christian Valdovinos was rushed to the hospital and died from his injuries. Three days later, on April 8, Eliseo Rene Saldivar, 15, died from his injuries. The crash took place at about 7:40 p.m. …

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San Benito Lady ’Hounds wrestler signs with Schreiner University

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com San Benito High School senior, Kalyn Martinez signed her letter of intent to wrestle on Schreiner University’s women’s wrestling team. Martinez has been wrestling since her freshman year. She currently competes in the 215 lbs. weight class. As a wrestler for the Lady ’Hounds, she earned second place at the district …

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Former housing authority board president sues the city

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Rosanna Aguilera, now former board president of the San Benito Housing Authority, filed a federal lawsuit against the City of San Benito on March 16. The City of San Benito motioned to dismiss the case during an earlier court proceeding; however, the City’s motion was denied. Aguilera was appointed to serve …

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School board discusses campaign policy violations

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito CISD Board of Trustees held a meeting and discussed the GKD Local policy concerning campaigning on school district property. During the meeting, some board members shared that they received letters of reprimand concerning posts on social media that violated the GKD Local policy. Trustee Ramiro Moreno commented that …

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Commission goes through with food truck event

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito City Commission approved a food truck event at the Heavin Trail Park during a commission meeting on Tuesday, April 6. In an effort to return to normalcy after a year overtaken by the COVID-19 pandemic, the city proposed to host a food truck event. City Manager Manuel De …

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