Category: Features

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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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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