Category: Features

Children’s Advocacy Center welcomes new director

By ALAN RAMIREZ Special to the NEWS The Children’s Advocacy Center of Cameron and Willacy Counties have announced Rio Grande native, Laura Lyles Regan, as their new Executive Director. Regan holds an impressive resume, having graduated with a Master’s Degree in sociology from the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and acquiring 25 years of experience …

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A bridge into the past: Rio Hondo receives a historical marker for its iconic yellow bridge

By ALAN RAMIREZ Special to the NEWS Rio Hondo native Pete Castillo, founder of The Rio Hondo City Museum, has worked persistently to assure that the Arroyo Colorado Bridge acquired the recognition that it deserved. The bridge has had an everlasting impact on the lives of countless locals serving as a faster port of entry …

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Home again: Navy Chief surprises daughters at school

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Ten months aboard a navy ship is no easy task. For U.S. Navy Nuclear Chief Petty Officer and San Benito native Mark Anthony Rodriguez, lack of communication with his loved ones was the most difficult to bear, so it was through the element of surprise that he decided to express his …

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‘Be your own hero’: Former valedictorian, Yale graduate reflects on success

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com After having been an exceptional student the majority of her life, Andrea Mosqueda has finally reached the next step in her methodical blueprint for success: the career of her dreams. Mosqueda is a former valedictorian of San Benito High (Class of 2014) and a recent graduate of Yale University (Class of …

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Castilian Roses exhibit exemplifies cultural heritage

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum opened an exhibit in December of 2019 unlike its predecessors. Running until January 24, 2020, Castilian Roses in December is a community-curated exhibition exploring the iconography of La Virgen de Guadalupe. “The purpose of the exhibit was to promote the culture as well as a …

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Golden Years: SBN manager retires

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com He is the eyes and ears of this newspaper. If these walls could talk, Rudy Peña could still tell you more than them. Rudy Peña is a 45-year employee of the San Benito News, the longest employed at the company. His story is one of the American dream, as he began …

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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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From Duke and Duchess to King & Queen

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS Through the magic of friendship, Angeline Cruz and Alex “Hondo” Garcia, Jr. are this year’s Homecoming Queen and King, an accomplishment much deserved after running together for the entirety of their high school career. Garcia and Cruz are both seniors at San Benito High School, sharing with the …

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‘I’m from San Benito, Texas’: Local musician finds success, remembers roots

By Freddy Jimenez Special to the NEWS “I’m from San Benito, Texas,” is the opening line to Charley Crockett’s song titled “The Valley,” written by the San Benito-born and Los Fresnos-raised man who has made a career out of writing and performing music while remaining “transient.” Crockett, 35, was born at the now closed Dolly …

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Neighborhood aims to bring Halloween back

By HANNAH SALDAÑA Special to the NEWS Halloween is typically a night when children dress up in their favorite costumes and walk around their neighborhood, scary faces and all, ready to go door-to-door reciting the famous phrase, “Trick-or-treat!” For one neighborhood in San Benito, however, it seems that the American tradition has nearly died out. …

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