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County mandates facial coverings starting June 19

Special to the NEWS Effective Friday, June 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr. ordered, in consensus with the County Commissioners’ Court, that all businesses and commercial entities in Cameron County must require that all employees and visitors to the premise or other facilities utilize a facial covering when in an …

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SBCISD sees positive COVID-19 cases, cancels summer programs

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Following a letter issued to parents of a student-athlete testing positive for COVID-19, San Benito CISD has suspended its 2020 Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Program until further notice as well as all extracurricular activities, including Belles, Cheer, and Band. The letter, issued Monday, stated that the student who tested positive did …

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John D. Gonzalez recognized as 2020 Sportsman of the Year

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com At the age of five, John Daniel Gonzalez began playing soccer; he was terrible at it. When he was six, Gonzalez began playing baseball, but he was even worse. Afterward, his parents, Lino Daniel and Brenda Gonzalez placed Daniel in football, and he excelled automatically. Fast forward to his high school …

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From Lady ’Hound to Lady Panther: Kari Cisneros signs with Prairie View

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Four-year softball varsity player and hitter Karina Cisneros signed her letter of intent to play with Prairie View A&M University Monday at the San Benito High School gym. Cisneros said she chose Prairie View after she first visited their campus in November of last year. “I felt like I was part …

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Preoccupations: An exhibit on DIY valley culture

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Driving through any city in the Rio Grande Valley, one will see countless signs of Mexican restaurants, Mexican or Tex-Mex food at corner stores, or Mexican food trucks cruising through neighborhoods. This is the culture that Paul Valadez, Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, wished to …

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Grievance Denied: Residents demand fraud investigation

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com San Benito residents on Wednesday attempted to meet with local law enforcement officials to discuss multiple cases they allegedly suffered of housing fraud. However, officials refused to meet with residents after 12 people showed up to City Hall. Public Relations Director Martha McClain told the crowd and reporters present that a …

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County cases near 1,000

STAFF REPORT According to media reports, COVID-19 cases across Texas, including Cameron County, have been increasing. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr., held his first press conference in three weeks to address the rising cases.  Treviño said new daily cases had been in the “low teens” before the state’s first phase of reopening, on May …

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Number of Texans hospitalized with coronavirus hits all-time high

By SHANNON NAJMABADI The Texas Tribune texastribune.org For the third day in a row, Texas has reported a record number of patients hospitalized with the new coronavirus, a metric Gov. Greg Abbott has said he’s watching as businesses continue reopening and limits on their operations are loosened. Data released Wednesday by the Texas Department of …

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Lady ’Cat signs with Schreiner

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com RIO HONDO—Softball Lady Bobcat Nayeli Garcia signed to play for Schreiner University in Kerrville at her high school campus Wednesday afternoon. Garcia played Varsity softball since her freshman year when she started at third base. She started at second base her junior year, and finally pitched her senior year. “Being able …

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EDC offers aid to businesses hit by pandemic

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito Economic Development Corporation is offering loans and rent subsidies to local businesses negatively impacted by the current pandemic. According to an EDC press release issued last Friday, the EDC is setting aside $100,000 to fund zero-interest loans to qualifying businesses. Another program is setting aside $100,000 to fund …

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