Category: Features

Rey Avila: A life of service, a life of achievement

By RAY QUIROGA INSIDE SCOOP publisher@sbnewspaper.com We have a poor habit of posthumously recognizing people for their contributions to community and society instead of honoring them when they’re alive. I’m happy to say, however, that Rey Avila was served much better. Throughout his many years of involvement with the preservation and recognition of Conjunto Music, …

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Colorado Principal, former SBHS student, wins bilingual education award

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com University Hill Elementary Principal Ina Belinda Rodriguez-Myer is receiving a prestigious award for her leadership in bilingual education. The Colorado Association for Bilingual Education chose Rodriguez-Myer for the 2019 CABE Educational Leader of the Year. The organization seeks to recognize Colorado educators in leadership roles who are dedicated to bilingual education …

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‘You must be strong’: Rio Hondo resident offers survivors advice

By CELESTE LOPEZ Special to the NEWS RIO HONDO—In one of the most pivotal moments of her life, Lina Rodriguez Lara remembers sobbing in her car in the parking lot of the doctor’s office where the last thing she expected to hear was that she had cancer. Lara, a lifelong Rio Hondo resident and RHISD …

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Heart and Heritage: Our Quinceñera debuts in RGV

The film’s next public screening will be held at the Cinesol film festival in South Padre Island on Nov. 23-24. For more information, visit cinesol.com. By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com “Let’s show the world how great it is to live in the Rio Grande Valley and San Benito,” says Veteran’s Memorial Academy Principal Gilbert Galvan at …

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¡Viva La Villita! Historic dancehall hosts successful Market Days

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Come rain, come shine, people nevertheless flocked to Robertson Street last Saturday to attend the first La Villita Market Days. Inside the historic dance hall were miscellaneous vendors from San Benito and from across the Valley, vendors from Sharyland, Rancho Viejo, Brownsville, Mission, and Harlingen. Bajo-sexto and accordion music played inside, …

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From Cornell to the Capitol: SB graduate interns in ATX

By CELESTE LOPEZ Special to the NEWS After graduating from IDEA San Benito in 2018 and making her way to Cornell in Ithaca, New York, Jessica Morales has continued her notable journey toward a career in politics as one of the inaugural members of the IDEA Policy Fellowship. As part of the fellowship, she spent …

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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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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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Family Reunited: Resendez clan comes together in hometown

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com A family is the foundation of society, and due to the modern world’s facilitated travel, families can be spread across the country. Or in the case of Latinos, spread across the continent. But how many families can say they reunite every so often, coming from places east and west of the …

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Celebrating 100 Years : Local woman credits faith for long life

By ASHLEY MATHEW Special to the NEWS Centenarians are part of a growing population within the United States. On June 20th, Elma Rodriguez Perez will be joining this minority by celebrating her 100th birthday. Perez was born in 1919 in San Benito, Texas. By 1946, she went on to earn the equivalent of a high …

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