Category: Features

Local man wins $1,000 grant for Boys and Girls Club

By PETE BANDA     STAFF WRITER REPORTER@SBNEWSPAPER.COM Twenty-year-old Jesus Muniz of San Benito spends about as much time as he can volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club in San Benito. Everything from helping kids with their homework, to maintenance around the building, Muniz has been one of the more reliable volunteers at the …

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A League Of Their Own- Training program plays major role in Greyhound athletics

By PETE BANDA   STAFF WRITER REPORTER@SBNEWSPAPER.COM Every Friday night during football season, thousands of people fill the stands of Bobby Morrow Stadium to see their beloved Greyhounds go to battle on the football field. During basketball season, the gymnasium will routinely be sold out, and we all know how fans travel in packs to …

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Math instructor wins Teacher of the Year award

By PETE BANDA    Staff Writer reporter@sbnewspaper.com One day, San Benito High School math teacher Alejandra Trevino was in her room grading papers while on her conference period, as she usually does. Only that day, Trevino got an unexpected visit from SBHS Principal Henry Sanchez, who had some rather surprising news for the eight year …

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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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