Category Archive: News

Aug 16 2019

Money moves: County leaders considering tax increases, salary raises for officials

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS According to public notices, County commissioners will deliberate over a proposed tax increase as well as a pay raise for a variety of the county’s elected officials. On Tuesday, August 20, a public hearing for the two aforementioned topics will take place at 9 a.m. in the County …

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Aug 16 2019

Economic Engine: City seeks, finds commercial growth projects

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com With a hotel, convention center, sports complex, and additional retail stores and restaurants, the City of San Benito is expecting massive growth to take place over the coming years. The recent passing of House Bills 4347 and 2199 in the 86th legislative session and the currently under-construction Resaca Village show projected …

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Aug 16 2019

SBCISD cancels public meeting: No word on proposal to reorganize School Board

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS Without offering reasons, the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District canceled a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 13, supposedly to discuss a tax rate that will be adopted. The unexpected cancellation was revealed on Friday, Aug. 9, but the same email did not address whether the …

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Aug 16 2019

Treviño case in DA’s hands, awaits grand jury

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The Texas Rangers’ investigation into the fatal police-involved shooting of 21-year-old Ricardo Treviño III is nearing its conclusion. According to Treviño’s family attorney John Blaylock, the Texas Rangers have turned in their paperwork to the District Attorney’s office, where it remains until its presentation to a grand jury. “I’m waiting to …

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Aug 09 2019

Public sounds off on Vargas’ arrest through social media

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS While some residents deemed themselves understanding of the situation, others said it is time for accountability. After the NEWS published multiple stories on its Facebook page regarding the arrest of San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees President, Michael A. Vargas, 32, the public took to …

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Aug 09 2019

Potential shuffle: Proposal may reorganize School Board of Trustees

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS In an effort to give the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees a new face to its leadership, some board members have introduced an initiative to replace Michael A. Vargas as president. Spearheaded by board member Angel Mendez, the proposal is to reorganize the …

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Aug 09 2019

New information surfaces in hit-and-run: Suspected vehicle located, investigation nears conclusion

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS New information has been released in regards to a vehicular incident that left one person dead a few weeks ago. According to a police report from the San Benito Police Department, 46-yeard-old resident Willie Lee Williams Jr. was struck by a vehicle on the night of Sunday, July …

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Aug 09 2019

City approves $1.5M bond on sewer upgrade

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com A proposed bond of $1.5 million for the upgrade of six sewer lift stations was approved by commissioners this past Tuesday at a regular city meeting. The $1.5 million encapsulates phase 1 of the sewer overhaul, which includes only the designing and planning process. Commissioners approved the motion 3-1, with Tony …

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Aug 09 2019

SBCISD board member leaves Executive Session in tears

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS During a closed session of a Special Meeting of the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District, board member M. L. Garcia left Monday night’s Executive session in near tears alleging that her nephew, Jack Garcia, was being unfairly treated behind closed doors. “I’m not even talking to …

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Aug 04 2019

Garcia claims disrict cover-up

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com In the best interest of transparency, in his own words, Jack Garcia, former SBCISD Director of After School Programs and former mayor of San Benito, decided to speak to the media in an open conference Tuesday, detailing the events leading up to his termination from the school district and his current …

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