David Lopez

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For the children: Rotary to host Halloween drive-thru

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito Rotary Club is planning on hosting the Spooktacular Trick-or-Treat Drive-Thru on October 31. The socially safe Halloween event for families will feature various local organizations handing out candy and goody bags from their individual tables to kids trick-or-treating safely from their car window. Families will slowly drive through …

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City offers financial aid to residents hurt by pandemic

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Last week, San Benito City Commissioners approved the SBCARES Hardship Assistance Program aimed at providing financial assistance to residents who have experienced financial hardship due to temporary or permanent loss of employment income. Those who qualify can receive up to $500 for utilities, not to exceed three months, to pay for …

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County: Cases decreasing, threat not over

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Although overall cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19 are seeing a steady decline across Cameron County, officials warn the public against complacency. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño and other health officials held a press conference last Friday, September 18, updating residents on COVID-19, the storm on the Gulf of Mexico, the return …

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Bye-bye Bobcats: Dist.16-4A affected by Rio Hondo withdrawal

BY DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The Rio Hondo Independent School District board last Monday voted to file for a Texas Education Agency waiver allowing four additional weeks of remote learning, effectively preventing football season from occurring while hampering other fall sports. Bobcat students were returning to campus on September 28, but the waiver pushed the on-campus …

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Security by day, Conjunto Star by night: Frank “Panchito” Hernandez tells of his musical life

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Frank “Panchito” Hernandez has entertained fans of conjunto and musica regional with his bajo sexto skills and soulful singing for the past 30 years. Hernandez currently works full-time as a security guard at Berta Cabaza middle school and resides in San Benito. Still, outside of work, he’s known for his musical …

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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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