Category: Features

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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Body Art: Underground Tattoos marks 15 years

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Rolando Betancourt’s first tattoo was made on himself using a self-made tattoo machine that he learned to make by studying a friend’s machine. Betancourt tattooed a letter “R” on his arm, all at the age of 12. “My love for tattoos started when my dad would take us over to my …

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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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