Category: Features

Search for Nahomi Rodriguez shifts to murder investigation

By Houston Van Nest Special to the News A long search concluded in an emotional press conference Monday, April 10 as the remains of a young woman found near Rio Hondo have been identified and confirmed by local authorities. The Harlingen Police Department, headed by Police Chief Jeffry Adickes, confirmed April 10 that the remains …

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The Heart of a Champion: Riverside student battling cerebral palsy gets surprise of a lifetime

By Pete Banda Managing Editor editor@sbnewspaper.com When Tristan Shafer was born, doctors told his parents that he would most likely never be able to run or play any kind of sport. In fact, doctors informed the parents to prepare for the possibility that Shafer would never be able to walk due to his cerebral palsy. …

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Winning the battle against fire: Rio Hondo VFD converts military vehicle into a firefighting machine

Special to the News The Rio Hondo Volunteer Fire Department received an excess military Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) through the Department of Defense Firefighter Property Program administered by Texas A&M Forest Service. Rio Hondo VFD protects the third largest citrus and vegetable producers in the United States. This truck will help increase their …

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Scoreboard repairs highlight SBCISD Re-Imagine 2021 update: Electrical work estimated around $100,000

Special to the NEWS Plans to repair or replace the Bobby Morrow Stadium scoreboard were among the items presented to the San Benito CISD Board of Trustees on Tuesday, March 21, during a status report on the facilities component of the Re-Imagine 2021 strategic plan. According to David Garcia of the plan’s facilities committee, the …

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District to begin pre-kindergarten pre-registration

Special to the News   The district will be working cooperatively and in partnership with NINOS, Inc. (Neighbors in Need of Services, Incorporated) Head Start/Early Start Program in providing a high-quality full-day pre-kindergarten education for early learners. As a child’s first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children, pre-kindergarten provides early learners a …

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Boost in local receipts a growing trend in San Benito: Sales tax revenues show signs of life in Resaca City

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Special to the News San Benito may be on track toward generating its largest annual sales tax revenues in the last 23 years, Texas Comptroller figures show. The city has already recorded more than $1.1 million in receipts between January and March, accounting for a 3 percent year-to-date increase over 2016. January saw $336,264.67 generated …

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SBCISD leaders mulling compensation plan

Special to the News Questions over a new compensation plan for San Benito CISD may soon be answered. The matter was scheduled to be discussed by the Board of Trustees at a workshop on Thursday. The last time board members met, concerns were expressed over previous studies’ comparative analyses incorporating market values from upstate districts, …

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Bringing History to Life: MJMS Living museum teaches history in a new way

By Sierra Flores Special to the NEWS This past Tuesday evening, February 28, students, parents, and teacher gathered for Miller Jordan Middle School’s 2nd Annual Texas History Living Museum. The museum highlights Texas history from the 1600’s to the 1900’s as history literally comes to life before your eyes. Texan heroes such as Stephen F. …

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Farewell to a hero: Family, Community remember the life of Judge Ayala

By Pete Banda Managing Editor editor@sbnewspaper.com There is definitely no shortage of stories when it comes to the life of the Honorable Jude Lupe Ayala. From his heroics as a police officer, which include jumping into a Resaca to save a drowning man and running into a burning building to save a young child, to serving …

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Under a watchful eye: Updated policies aimed at keeping up with changes

By PETE BANDA Managing Ediitor Editor@sbnewspaper.com By 5:30 in the morning, he’s already sifting through a pile of e-mails, text messages, and phone calls. As the Chief of Police for the San Benito Police Department, as well as the Emergency Management Coordinator for San Benito, Micheal Galvan oversees two of the biggest divisions within the …

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