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Press Release: Michael Vargas Resigns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, December 19, 2019 Board to accept Place 1 Trustee’s resignation SAN BENITO, TX – The San Benito CISD Board of Trustees will meet to discuss and accept the official resignation of Place 1 Trustee and current Board President Michael A. Vargas during a special meeting slated for Monday, December 23, 2019, …

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Setback to SBCISD School Board Majority: Judge Temporarily Suspends Vargas Pending Trial

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS A visiting judge ruled today to temporarily remove Michael A. Vargas from his position as president of the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees pending a trial early next year. Retired visiting Judge Manuel Banales, who presided the hearing on the petition removal at …

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Former police chief running for Sheriff

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS San Benito’s former police chief has filed to run for Cameron County Sheriff in 2020. Michael R. Galvan, who was San Benito’s police chief from 2016 up until October of this year, will be on the Democratic ballot running against long-time incumbent Omar Lucio and former Cameron County …

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Court Date: Hernandez pleads not guilty

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Mayor Pro Tem Carol Lynn Sanchez’s ex-husband, David Lee Hernandez, faced arraignment Tuesday afternoon at the 107th district court presided by State District Judge Benjamin Euresti. According to court staff, Hernandez is scheduled for announcements on Jan. 14, 2020 while his trial is set for Jan. 21, 2020. Prosecuting and defending …

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Minor Assaulted: Former IDEA, San Benito CISD Bus Driver Faces Child Sex Crimes

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS A former San Benito IDEA bus driver is facing a 15-count indictment for a series of charges in relation to child sex crimes. Antonio Nino also worked for the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District twice during a period spanning almost two decades. Antonio Nino, 39, is …

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Hernandez charged with assault, arraignment set for Dec. 10

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Mayor Pro Tem Carol Lynn Sanchez’s ex-husband, David Lee Hernandez, was indicted by a Cameron County grand jury on Nov. 20 at the Cameron County Court in relation to an earlier case in which Hernandez was accused of shooting at Sanchez’s father. State District Judge Benjamin Euresti set an arraignment hearing …

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Southside Park completion behind schedule

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS It was meant to be one of San Benito’s most versatile attractions. However, it appears the new park has reached a halt. Being built south of Expressway I-69 and next to Fire Station No. 1 on Sam Houston, the long-awaited Southside Park, also referred to as South Park, …

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Judge waives Vargas’s arraignment, schedules trial for February 6

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS Assigned Judge Leonel Alejandro has set a Feb. 6 jury trial for San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees President Michael A. Vargas. The decision took place on Monday at the Cameron County Court At Law #5 in Brownsville after an unclear and confusing situation …

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No Comments: Board majority unwilling to add general ‘public comments’ during meetings

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS At an administrative committee meeting on Tuesday, the majority of the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District board members attempted to stop the addition of an item to the board agenda that could bring general “public comments” back during board meetings. SBCISD Board President Michael Vargas, who’s …

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Adjusting focus: former combat photographer reminisces on service

By HANNAH SALDAÑA Special to the NEWS Joining the army at the age of 22, Lorraine “Stevie” Mendoza felt eager for the new experiences and friendships that she would not have otherwise experienced as a resident of San Benito. Mendoza is a U.S. Army veteran who served as a combat photographer. Her assignments varied from …

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