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District approves mask mandate resolution

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito CISD Board of Trustees voted to instate a mask mandate resolution during a special board meeting on Aug. 16. Janette Rodriguez, the SBCISD Health Services Coordinator, presented information about the Cameron County Public Health, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and State of Texas’ recommendations. Recently, Texas …

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CASA hosts backpack giveaway for fostered youth

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cameron and Willacy Counties (CASA) held a superhero-themed backpack giveaway for children under their care on Thursday, Aug. 5. “It was really exciting to have this event for them [children] and even though we couldn’t be in a building and be in-person, it was nice …

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SB Chamber and Monica, Maggie’s House supply students for school year

News Staff Report The San Benito Chamber of Commerce and the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Cameron and Willacy Counties (Monica and Maggie’s House) hosted a back-to-school bash on Saturday, Aug. 7. Families signed in at the entrance before heading into the main area. School supplies were given away by each sponsor and given some community …

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Church donates shoes to SBCISD students

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The First Methodist Church of San Benito partnered with the San Benito CISD and Walmart to donate shoes to children in need on Saturday, Aug. 7. On Saturday between 9-11 a.m. families selected to be a part of the giveaway were invited to come to Walmart on Business 77 and choose …

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Board discusses additional stipends for hourly employees

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito CISD Board of Trustees discussed revisions to the 2021-2022 compensation plan and to board policy during an administrative committee meeting on Saturday, Aug. 3. Dr. Andrea Cruz, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services, presented the revisions to the compensation plan. A major revision to the plan included a new …

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Before death, must we part with Abbott

The day Governor Greg Abbott declared he would not impose a new mask mandate despite rising cases throughout the state, I, fully vaccinated since April, contracted COVID-19. The day the Rio Grande Valley saw 648 new cases for COVID-19, the first time cases have reached that number in months, every breath felt, and sounded, like …

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Class of 2010 awards scholarships for its second year

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito High School Class of 2010 awarded two SBHS graduates with scholarships for the second year in a row. The recipients of the scholarship were recent SBHS Class of 2021 graduates, Mia Lopez and Celia Salazar. Salazar and Lopez both received $500 to help fund their school year. The …

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Chamber of Commerce relocates office

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito Chamber of Commerce has moved its office to a larger location, on Sam Houston. The chamber of commerce’s growth has caused them to move locations and into a larger area. “We needed a larger space because we’ve been growing our membership, we’ve been doing more live events, and …

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Amigos del Valle reopens in San Benito

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The nonprofit group, Amigos Del Valle, made its grand reopening on Monday, Aug. 2. The event took place at 100 Cornejo Drive from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Free meals were given to people over 60-years-old. Prizes were also raffled at the reopening. Registration by Friday, July 30 was required for the …

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Commission discusses employee insurance and waste collection contract

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The City of San Benito held a regular commission meeting on Aug. 3. They discussed the employee health insurance plan for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, and contract for waste collection services with Republic Services. Health insurance plan The item was presented by Gracie Alaniz, the director of human resources for the …

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