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Obituary–Fernanda N. Koite

Fernanda N. Koite, of San Benito, Texas, passed from this life on November 6, 2019 at the age of 83.  She was born in Arcelia, Guerrero, Mexico, on December 5, 1935 to the late Francisco and the late Brigida Rayo Noriega. Fernanda enjoyed traveling and was a member of Iglesia Alpha y Omega of San …

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‘I’m from San Benito, Texas’: Local musician finds success, remembers roots

By Freddy Jimenez Special to the NEWS “I’m from San Benito, Texas,” is the opening line to Charley Crockett’s song titled “The Valley,” written by the San Benito-born and Los Fresnos-raised man who has made a career out of writing and performing music while remaining “transient.” Crockett, 35, was born at the now closed Dolly …

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State amendments election slated for Nov. 5

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS Ten amendments are being proposed to the Texas Constitution this election season, Election Day being slated for Tuesday, November 5. Voting polls for Nov. 5 by precinct are provided below. Voters can find their precinct on their voter ID cards or on the Cameron County Elections website. VOTING …

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Cultivating champions: MJMS Cougars go undefeated

By JUAN ESTEVE Special to the NEWS However one defines impressive, the Miller Jordan Middle School Cougars are defining it right. The 8th and 7th grade football A-teams have become undefeated district champions. Both A-teams have gone undefeated this season, though it is worth noting that the current 8th grade A-team went undefeated as a …

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Judge recuses herself from Vargas’s DWI case: Visiting judge presides over hearing held

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS Cameron County Court At Law #5 Judge Estela Chavez-Vasquez recused herself from the driving while intoxicated case involving San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees President Michael A. Vargas. The judge herself did not respond to the NEWS, but Court Administrator Monica Lopez confirmed on …

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Board President removal petition hearing set

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS The same day (Oct. 31) that Michael A. Vargas was scheduled for a compliance hearing to install an interlock device for his driving while intoxicated case in Brownsville, the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees President was also slated for a hearing on a …

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McAllen driver drowns after crash in San Benito

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS The Texas Department of Public Safety suspects alcohol as a cause in the deadly crash of a driver who plunged into a resaca west of Sam Houston Monday evening. The victim, 55-year-old Ubence Ruben Hernandez,Jr., of McAllen, was alone in the vehicle and pronounced dead at the …

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Neighborhood aims to bring Halloween back

By HANNAH SALDAÑA Special to the NEWS Halloween is typically a night when children dress up in their favorite costumes and walk around their neighborhood, scary faces and all, ready to go door-to-door reciting the famous phrase, “Trick-or-treat!” For one neighborhood in San Benito, however, it seems that the American tradition has nearly died out. …

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Body Art: Underground Tattoos marks 15 years

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Rolando Betancourt’s first tattoo was made on himself using a self-made tattoo machine that he learned to make by studying a friend’s machine. Betancourt tattooed a letter “R” on his arm, all at the age of 12. “My love for tattoos started when my dad would take us over to my …

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Surrounding school districts allow general public comments during board meetings

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA San Benito NEWS In Contrast to the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees that enacted a recent measure allowing the public to speak only about agenda items during school board meetings, all surrounding school districts allow the public to comment on overall issues. Last month, the state indicated …

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