Category: Features

2021 San Benito News Citizen of the Year: Pharmacist, Thomas A. Garza earns annual award for service to the City of San Benito

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com For his continued service during the COVID-19 pandemic, which gripped the world this past year and a half, local pharmacist, Thomas A. Garza, has been awarded the San Benito News Citizen of the Year Award. Garza humbly accepted the award and was quick to mention the efforts of his colleagues. “It’s …

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River Bend Golf Course: A slice of heaven on the “Military Highway”

By RENE TORRES Special to the NEWS/PRESS Before I dwell into the local golf scene—allow me to take you back in time to the reign of King James of Scotland. It was in 1491, the king signed into law, which would have been a death stroke to golf in England, but you’ll be surprised as …

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’Hounds Linebacker recognized as 2021 Sportsman of the Year

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com San Benito High School Greyhound linebacker, Aaron Reyes, has been chosen to be the San Benito News 2021 Sportsman of the Year. Even though the season was shortened, the ‘Hounds linebacker managed to stand out. In the six game season, Reyes recorded 52 tackles—10 of those tackles were for a loss—five …

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A Father’s Day Story – A Story of Hope Young cancer survivor pursues Hollywood dream

By RAY QUIROGA Staff Writer The father-son duo of Luther and Dustin Jones tend to speak with mannerisms, but their message is loud and clear. It may be a wince here, a raise of an eyebrow there, or a far off glance towards the distance as they recall bittersweet moments from years gone by, there’s …

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History: Troops encounter ‘enemy’ at Port Isabel

By RENE TORRES Special to the PRESS/NEWS It was a Tuesday morning in 1940 when troops from Brownsville’s Fort Brown and Rio Grande City’s Fort Ringgold sounded the “alert” to get ready to confront “the enemy” at Port Isabel. Within minutes, both forts broke camp with 1,000 men in uniform and fully armed ready to …

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V.I.P. Realty celebrates 25 years in business

BY LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com San Benito businesswoman, Velma De los Santos, celebrated the 25th anniversary of her business, V.I.P. Realty on Feb. 8. De Los Santos has been a licensed real estate agent since 1983 and broker since 1995. After graduating high school, De Los Santos did not expect that she would be in the …

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Boca Chica: The People’s Beach Outings to the seashore in the 1950s

  Special to the NEWS/PRESS With the widespread development of Padre Island and the most recent visitor to the area, Space X, Boca Chica Beach has lost its luster, for many. For many years, Boca Chica Beach afforded Valley folks the nearest and most accessible beach before the building of the Queen Isabella Causeway at …

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The student becomes the Master: Former SBHS grad offers professional advice

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com As is common in the Rio Grande Valley, Brenda Lopez grew up as a first-generation Mexican immigrant daughter. From an early age, Lopez could sense that education provided an escape from poverty, beginning her education at the age of three in Headstart’s low-income schooling. After 20-plus years in school, Lopez graduated …

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Morales wins 2020 SBN Scholarship

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com A legacy of immigration and hard work on the part of his parents has solidified senior Edwin Morales as a standout student at San Benito High School. Morales is this year’s recipient of the San Benito News Scholarship. As the oldest of three children, Morales is naturally a role-model for his …

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‘I wouldn’t change a thing’: Medicine Shoppe celebrates 40 years

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, located on 205 Business 77, has become a staple in San Benito, with its community acting as a secret ingredient in the pharmacy’s continued success. The Shoppe, which opened on April 1, 1980, turned 40 years this month, making it the longest-running pharmacy in Cameron County under …

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