A nation in God’s hands

I don’t usually write. In fact, it has been quite some time since I’ve submitted anything for publication anywhere, and for good cause. I believe that the last thing anyone needs to read (or write!) is another run-of-the-mill opinion regarding X, Y, Z, or Q. We’ve heard it all, seen it all, and done it …

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High-ticket dinner raises questions, Board members provide answers

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com A fundraiser flyer for the campaigns of San Benito CISD school board candidates Orlando Lopez and Victor Rosas raised some eyebrows this past weekend as posts online decried the campaign’s use of a Special Purpose Action Committee (SPAC). The “Steak Fundraising Dinner” was held on September 11, at Blanquita’s Restaurant, with …

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After bomb threat, memories from Causeway collapse resurface

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of Port Isabel hosted this year’s memorial ceremony for the 19th anniversary of the Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse, the morning after a bomb threat closed the bridge for more than eight hours. City leaders of both South Padre Island and Port Isabel, some of them having spent the entire …

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City welcomes two new hires

Special to the NEWS The City of San Benito has welcomed two new employees: Aleida Garcia has come on board as the City’s new Museum Coordinator and David Favila as the City’s Public Relations Director. Both officially began on Sept. 8, 2020. Aleida Garcia is a native of the Rio Grande Valley with 20 years …

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Cameron County 2020 Census stats

Pictured are the latest Cameron County response rates for the 2020 Census. The deadline to complete the census is now September 30. (Photo courtesy of Cameron County)     Tweet

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As COVID-19 positivity rates decrease, county beaches reopen

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Cameron County beach accesses and beach parks reopened this past Tuesday, as Texas sees its COVID-19 positivity rate dipping below 10 percent for the first time since late June. On Sept. 8, families and anglers came to the reopened Isla Blanca park, distancing themselves from others on the mile of beach …

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Food pantry seeking new building

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito Food Pantry is looking for a new building after the owners of their current building, CrossChurch, said they have a trucking company looking to move into the property. Food Pantry president Forest Walker said she is now seeking a lease that will be of no expense to the …

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City: No property rate increase, extra street repairs discussed

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com At a special City Commission meeting and budget workshop this week, City Manager Manuel De La Rosa recommended that the Ad Valorem property tax rate be maintained and not increased from its regular amount of .728125 per $100 valuation for the upcoming fiscal year 2020-2021. Other highlights of the proposed budget …

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SBCISD’s tax rate remains the same

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com During Tuesday’s San Benito CISD regular school board meeting, board members were set to vote on the district’s tax rate for the upcoming year. Assistant Superintendent of Finance Hilda Rendon presented the numbers to the board during their Public Hearing, stating that their tax rate is 1.0250 for maintenance and operation …

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Madame Ambassador: SB Native tells of her state-level experience

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Although she has seen the world, International Ambassador Rebecca Gonzales still treasures her small town of San Benito. Nominated and appointed by President Donald J. Trump, and by and with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate, Gonzales was appointed as the official, “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United …

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