Category: Features

A Look Back- The top 5 local stories of the year

By STEVEN RAY HERNANDEZ   EDITOR EDITOR@SBNEWSPAPER.COM This year can pretty much be summed up in two words- Roller coaster. The Lady ‘Hounds topped the majority of headlines early in the year with their historic Final Four championship run, and the Greyhound’s football squad even had an impressive history-making season themselves. But it was unexpected …

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High School clubs join forces for ‘Jolly Meals’ food giveaway

By PETE BANDA    Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito High school held their second annual Jolly Meal giveaway this past Tuesday at Saint Benedict’s church in San Benito. The group of students and teachers, made up mostly of FFA and BPA (Business Professionals of America) members, served Thanksgiving- like meals consisting of turkey, mashed …

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A Christmas Wish- Firefighters makes local kid’s dream come true

By PETE BANDA    Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com When Paul Orta was trying to think of the perfect gift for his cousin, Jaime Gonzalez, all he knew was he wanted to make it something big. He ended up calling the San Benito Fire Department in hopes of getting a few signed items since Gonzalez was such …

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Community Effort- Thousands of toys raised/donated by local organizations

By PETE BANDA Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito Police Department, along with the Union, held their second annual toy drive this past Saturday and according to officers, it was even more successful than last years. Police Union President Carlos Romero reported over 1,200 toys raised and an additional $500 in monetary collections. The police …

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Baseball team raises toys for local family in need

By PETE BANDA      Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com Although the first pitch of the season might still be two months away, that didn’t stop the San Benito Greyhound baseball program from coming together as a team recently. For the fourth consecutive year, the team, along with San Benito CISD School Board President Anna Cruz, helped …

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Elks Lodge program continues to make big impact for local families during holidays

By Daniel Vasquez Rodriguez   Special to the NEWS The Elks Lodge of San Benito reprised its role as an early Santa Claus this past Saturday, donating staple assortments of food and necessities to 12 families with special needs children or with veterans, a meaningful association with the 12 days of Christmas. It’s a holiday …

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HOLIDAY HOPE- Local woman hopes year ends on better note

By STEVEN RY HERNANDEZ  Editor Editor@sbnewspaper.com Just like almost everybody in town this year, San Benito resident Linda Callandret Brock had a nice, big juicy turkey sitting in her freezer for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, Brock never got the chance to cook it for her family. And from the looks of it, Christmas won’t be any different. …

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‘Madelyn Victoria’ named final Tamale Contest judge

By PETE BANDA     Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com It’s official! The third and final judge for the San Benito News “Best Tamales in Town” contest has been chosen. San Benito’s own Madelyn Victoria Vallejo, a 2009 graduate of San Benito High School, will complete the panel of three judges who will choose the winner of …

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The Season of Giving- Girl saves money all year for toy donation

By PETE BANDA   Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com For the third year in a row, one ninth grader from Rio Hondo is making sure kids at Sunny Glenn have a very Merry Christmas. Criseve “Evie” Montez, an honor roll student at Rio Hondo High School, made her annual toy donation to the Sunny Glenn Children’s Home …

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HOLIDAY HEARTBREAK- Woman placed on life support after giving birth

By STEVEN RAY HERNANDEZ   Editor Editor@sbnewspaper.com Like most people this time of year, San Benito resident Eddie Ramirez knew exactly what he wanted on his Christmas wish-list. But it wasn’t anything you could put in a gift-box. Since last month, Eddie has been hoping and praying for the health of his new-born son Emilio …

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