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Name: Pete Banda
Date registered: November 17, 2010

Latest posts

  1. From Cornell to the Capitol: SB graduate interns in ATX — August 16, 2019
  2. Money moves: County leaders considering tax increases, salary raises for officials — August 16, 2019
  3. Economic Engine: City seeks, finds commercial growth projects — August 16, 2019
  4. SBCISD cancels public meeting: No word on proposal to reorganize School Board — August 16, 2019
  5. Treviño case in DA’s hands, awaits grand jury — August 16, 2019

Most commented posts

  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

Author's posts listings

Aug 09 2019

SBCISD board member leaves Executive Session in tears

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS During a closed session of a Special Meeting of the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District, board member M. L. Garcia left Monday night’s Executive session in near tears alleging that her nephew, Jack Garcia, was being unfairly treated behind closed doors. “I’m not even talking to …

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Aug 04 2019

Letter to the editor: Infrastructure Issues

I have visited your city for the past 21 years straight. My wife is from San Benito. Her mother and siblings still live there. I was just there over the 4th of July holiday. I visited San Benito, Harlingen, Brownsville and South Padre Island. But here’s my concern of your city based on my observations. …

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Aug 04 2019

Garcia claims disrict cover-up

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com In the best interest of transparency, in his own words, Jack Garcia, former SBCISD Director of After School Programs and former mayor of San Benito, decided to speak to the media in an open conference Tuesday, detailing the events leading up to his termination from the school district and his current …

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Aug 04 2019

SBCISD unlikely to address Vargas’ DWI charge

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS After the fallout of SBCISD Board of Trustees President Michael Vargas, it’s unlikely SBCISD’s administration or board members will address his driving while intoxicated arrest at a public meeting. The News recently inquired with SBCISD Public Relations Director Isabel Gonzalez whether there were any plans for a …

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Aug 01 2019

Driver of fatal accident arraigned on manslaughter, released on bail

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The driver involved in a car accident in La Paloma that resulted in the death of 21-year-old Emma Danielle Ybarra was arraigned before a judge in the late afternoon of July 31. According to Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio, 21-year old Martin Zamorano was charged with involuntary intoxicated manslaughter with vehicle …

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Jul 26 2019

The life and contributions of Rey Avila

By CELESTE LOPEZ Special to the NEWS His passion for conjunto music and his dedication to preserving the history of the genre have made Rey Avila, Sr. a well-known and widely loved member of the community. Avila was born and raised in San Benito, Texas. He and Aurora, his wife of 54 years, have five …

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Jul 26 2019

Vargas’ Attorney: Absolutely Not Guilty

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS Although his client refused to perform a sobriety test when arrested, the lawyer representing Board of Trustees President Michael A. Vargas said he will plead not guilty at his arraignment. A police report obtained by the News indicates that Vargas, 32, was found “sleeping behind the wheel …

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Jul 26 2019

Video Shows Vargas Incoherent during night of arrest

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS A dashcam video released by the Harlingen Police Department shows San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees President Michael A. Vargas incoherent the night of his arrest for driving while intoxicated. The video begins when officer Arnoldo Maldonado approaches Vargas’ black vehicle in the Taco …

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Jul 19 2019

Citizen of the Year: Boland awarded for continuous and widespread community involvement

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Anywhere the News covers community events, we can be sure to find Norma Boland present, volunteering and/or displaying her friendly smile. It was for her consistent involvement in local events that the News chose Boland as 2019’s Citizen of the Year. She has lived in San Benito most of her life …

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Jul 16 2019

SBCISD Board President Arrested on DWI Charge

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS Nearly two months after being re-elected president of the San Benito Consolidated Board of Trustees, Michael A. Vargas was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated in Harlingen. A police report obtained by the News indicates that Vargas, 32, was found “sleeping behind the wheel of a …

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