Category: Features

Rio Hondo 9th grader to be honored at Expo

By PETE BANDA   Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com For the first time ever, the Girls’ World Expo will be coming to the Rio Grande Valley this weekend on October 17, and one local teen was invited. One of ten Rio Grande Valley Girls of Merit to be honored this Saturday will be Criseve “Evie” Montez, a …

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24th Annual NMCAC Festival Slated

By PETE BANDA  Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com It’s almost that time of the year again. With October 23 fast approaching, the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center is getting ready to hold their annual celebration of their roots as the “birthplace of Conjunto music.” The festival, which is held each October and runs for three days, showcases …

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Local man/firefighter publishes children’s book

By PETE BANDA    Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com A few years ago, former San Benito graduate Santos Vallejo decided to write an inspirational children’s book based on his real life experiences. He was able to finish the book about two years ago, but was “just too embarrassed to tell anybody about it,” he said. Well, the …

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Cadets build new home for Brownsville woman

By PETE BANDA   Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com When Maria Velez fell down in her house and broke her shoulder and knee, her family knew they had to take action to make the house more accessible to the elderly woman. Her son and his wife worked to get the house in better condition, investing over $4,000 …

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Football “State” of Mind- IDEA football team eyes 3rd State Championship

By PETE BANDA    Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com Idea Public Schools has a growing reputation as one of the best educational institutes in America. Just recently, the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics named IDEA Public Schools a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education. Many parents in San Benito have begun to flock towards the …

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Business and Fitness- Local entrepreneur helps others fight obesity/poverty

By STEVEN RAY HERNANDEZ   Editor Editor@sbnewspaper.com His initials might spell out R & R, but I guarantee you there’s no Rest or Relaxation for 25-year old CEO Ruben Rodriguez Jr. of San Benito. When the 2008 San Benito High School graduate moved back to the Valley in November of last year, he had two things …

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Local vet returns home after 20-years of service, takes on new roll as school instructor

By PETE BANDA      Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com For most people, retiring before 40 seems like nothing more than wishful thinking – extreme wishful thinking. David Satterfield might be one of the few that did that and still went out and got a full-time job. The former Air Force Master Sergeant recently got hired to …

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Elk’s Lodge Helps Local Youth Kickoff School Year Right

By PETE BANDA     Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com Although Christmas is still four months away, you’d never know that by walking in to the Elks Lodge on Saturday morning. It almost seemed like the final scene of a Disney movie, with kids laughing and smiling while feasting on a seemingly endless supply of pizza. The …

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Local man up for $25,000 prize with product

By PETE BANDA     Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com H-E-B is in search of their next big winner for the second annual “Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best” contest. From cities all over Texas, individuals have submitted their new product to the competition with 25 finalists selected. Bill Crawford of San Benito is one of the …

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Bright future ahead for Sea Turtle Inc. Intern

By Monica Fonseca   Special to the NEWS While most of us were in between dreams Sunday night, 20-year old Brianda Montoya was assisting in the release of 70 sea turtle hatchlings. After volunteering for one year at the Sea Turtle Inc. in South Padre Island, the proud San Benito native is now their youngest …

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