Category: Features

Los Fresnos native serves at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

By ALVIN PLEXICO Navy Office of Community Outreach OAK HARBOR, WASH. – Petty Officer 2nd Class Angelica Casas, a native of Los Fresnos, Texas, is serving with the U.S. Navy’s cutting-edge maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft squadron in Oak Harbor, Washington. “I was interested in cybersecurity and was looking for on-the-job experience,” said Casas. “The …

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Valley skies covered with Chocolate

  By RENE TORRES Special to the NEWS In the decades between 1920 and 1930, the population of the Lower Rio Grande Valley more than doubled. It was a period of growth imagined only by our founding fathers and it was coming into reality. The 1930 census gave the Valley a population of 176,074—more than …

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Noe and Amelia: A hometown hero and his wartime sweetheart

By RENE TORRES Special to the PRESS/NEWS After Pearl Harbor, many of our local boys did not hesitate at the opportunity to join the war effort. In fact, according to Valley-wide selective service records—Cameron and Hidalgo counties revealed that over 27,000 of our boys were registered to serve. That did not include the numbers from …

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A memorable day for the citizens of PI & SB

By RENE TORRES Special to the PRESS/NEWS On April 19, 1933, Port Isabel and the Rio Grande Valley witnessed one of the most glorious days in the history of this region. The occurrence: the celebration of the beginning of the work of a dream come true. The establishment of a port at the seaside city …

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SB woman competes in bodybuilding competition after 176-pound weight loss

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com On Saturday, Sept. 11, Jennifer White stepped onto the bodybuilding stage to show off the four years of dedication she put into the gym. White, 32, began her weight loss journey four years ago after a doctor’s appointment left her discouraged. In November 2017, White was informed at a doctor’s appointment …

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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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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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