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Name: Pete Banda
Date registered: November 17, 2010

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  1. School district looking to repurpose low-enrollment campuses — January 12, 2018
  2. Making the Rounds: Senate Hopeful rolls through town on tour of Valley — January 11, 2018
  3. City terminates lease with South Texas Raceway — January 11, 2018
  4. Kneading our support: Community fund raiser for destroyed bakery scheduled Friday — January 5, 2018
  5. City employees to receive 2 percent salary raise — December 29, 2017

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  1. Limón returns to work; tackles staffing, insurance at SBCISD — 122 comments
  2. No one is safe: All school departments subject to staff reductions according to policy — 105 comments
  3. CHEER DRAMA: T-shirt controversy leads to physical altercation reported at SBHS pep rally — 92 comments
  4. BREAKING: Trustees recommend reinstating Janie Gonzalez — 89 comments
  5. City, SBCISD hopefuls file for candidacy — 73 comments

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Jan 12 2018

School district looking to repurpose low-enrollment campuses

While rumors have been circulating for years, it appears the SBCISD is preparing to repurpose several of their low enrollment schools, citing better efficiency as the main reason. The decision has not been finalized, but Trustee Angel Mendez confirmed the board is looking for ways to make the districts use of facilities more efficient. “It’s …

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Jan 11 2018

Making the Rounds: Senate Hopeful rolls through town on tour of Valley

      By Pete Banda Managing Editor editor@sbnewspaper.com Beto O’Rourke, current U.S representative and the Democratic favorite to challenge Ted Cruz in the upcoming Senate race, made a stop in San Benito this past weekend during a campaign trip through the Rio Grande Valley. O’Rourke, a Democrat based out of El Paso, has been …

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Jan 11 2018

City terminates lease with South Texas Raceway

By Pete Banda Managing Editor editor@sbnewspaper.com Another major attraction has lost its footing in San Benito. South Texas Raceway was expected to bring in hundreds of visitors to the City every weekend with mud and drag races. Now, less than a year after a 5-year lease was signed by South Texas Raceway owner Henry Thomae, …

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Jan 05 2018

Kneading our support: Community fund raiser for destroyed bakery scheduled Friday

By Pete Banda Managing Editor While most were bundled up to avoid the freezing temperatures this past New Year’s Eve, La Especial Bakery, a San Benito staple, was dealing with a crushing blow to their historic business. SBPD officers reportedly responded to a fire on the night of December 30. According to police, the 78-year-old …

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Dec 29 2017

City employees to receive 2 percent salary raise

Special to the NEWS According to City spokesperson Martha McClain, City employees are scheduled to see an increase in their salary for 2018. In a statement to the NEWS, McClain stated: “All City employees, including police and fire departments, are scheduled to receive a 2 percent salary increase in their Jan. 12, 2018 paychecks. The …

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Dec 18 2017

Cantu cleared in 2016 Shipley’s robbery

By Pete Banda Managing Editor editor@sbnewspaper.com Back in November of 2016, news broke of a felony theft that took place at the Shipley’s Donut shop in Harlingen. At the time, three citizens were arrested, including two from San Benito. Now, full 12-months later, at least one of those three has been able to clear her …

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Dec 18 2017

Commissioners continue to work on resolving City manager’s contract

By Pete Banda Managing Editor editor@sbnewspaper.com When City Manager Manuel De La Rosa was hired back in 2015, it was understood he would be in line for raises throughout the length of his contract. After all, his $95,000 starting annual salary was considered low by most standards. Per his contract, De La Rosa would receive …

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Dec 01 2017

New County animal shelter holds grand opening: Facility more than doubles capacity of former shelter

  Special to the NEWS After a committed investment of $ 1.3 million towards the construction of a new animal shelter in May of 2016, the Cameron County Commissioners’ Court, in conjunction with the Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to announce the grand opening of the new Cameron County Animal …

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Dec 01 2017

Falcons looking for 3rd round win

By PETE BANDA Managing Editor editor@sbnewspaper.com The Los Fresnos Falcons won their fifth straight game last week, shocking San Antonio Southwest in a 47-35 shootout. Now, the Falcons will be looking for their first Regional championship when they take on perennial 6A powerhouse Lake Travis on Friday. The Cavaliers, standing at 10-2, are currently ranked …

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Dec 01 2017

Is this THE year? Greyhounds looking for historic win against O’Connor

    By PETE BANDA Managing Editor editor@sbnewspaper.com For the second time in three years, the San Benito Greyhounds are set to play for a Regional championship. After coming away with a hard fought victory over fellow Valley powerhouse McAllen Memorial, the ’Hounds will continue their perfect season in Corpus Christi Friday night when they …

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