Category: News

Iconic Bank & Trust building given second lease on life

By RAY QUIROGA publisher@sbnewspaper.com The local citizenry curious and even concerned about the fate of the iconic San Benito Bank and Trust building located in downtown San Benito can breathe a little easier these days as a county-led effort to rehabilitate and ultimately repurpose the structure as county offices commenced this week. According to documents …

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Students, Pre-K to 6th grade, can visit the Zoo for free this summer

Special to the NEWS BROWNSVILLE—Children across the Rio Grande Valley can visit the Zoo for free this Summer thanks to Gladys Porter Zoo’s Summer Pass Program. The program, which had been on hold for the past two years due to virtual learning, is back, once again. Staff at the Zoo are excited to revive this …

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Hernandez ready for fresh start

By DAVID LOPEZ Special to the NEWS As far as she can remember, Alejandra Hernandez has been in and out of foster care. “My whole life has been about being in the system. My siblings and I, we’ve been in and out, but they’re the reason why I am able to choose a career over …

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Columbine survivor speaks at Rising Scholars Academy

By PETE BANDA Special to the NEWS In April of 1999, the country was rocked by the deadliest school shooting in American history when two teens at Columbine High School went on a shooting spree and attempted to detonate two 20-pound propane bombs. While the two shooters were terrorizing the school, Craig Scott was taking …

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Residents urged to speak up about water rate hikes

By TONY VINDELL Special to the NEWS The water bills the residents of San Benito pay monthly today are not the highest in the Rio Grande Valley. According to a study prepared by the consulting company CAPEX, the rates are nearly in the middle when compared to most cities in the region. But such rates …

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SB gears up for music, cultural events

By TONY VINDELL Special to the NEWS A number of public events are coming up in San Benito for the benefit of the community. The Memorial Day Celebration will be held at 151 East Robinson St. on May 30, while the 2022 ResacaFest is scheduled for July 2 at Heavin Memorial Park. Also, an artwork …

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Parks fall victim to vandalism, again

By DAVID LOPEZ Special to the NEWS San Benito parks were once again victims of vandalism last week. Specifically, vandalism at the Heavin Resaca Trail and Falligrant Park is what led Mayor Rick Guerra to call for action on his Facebook page late last week. “We are looking to set up cameras or other deterrent …

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RHISD superintendent to retire

By DAVID LOPEZ Special to the NEWS Rio Hondo ISD Superintendent Roger Ellis announced his retirement from the district early last week set for the end of August 2022. He will be taking sick leave starting July 1. In an interview with the NEWS, the 65-year-old superintendent cited health concerns as his main reason for …

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Local aviation maintenance student volunteers at area aircraft flying museum

Special to the NEWS Damian Leal, of Rio Hondo, grew up playing video games, many of which happened to be related to world wars. Little did he realize that his love for those games would lead to an education at Texas State Technical College. “These games introduced me first to military tanks and then aircraft,” …

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Gigi: Striking out diabetes

By RENE TORRES Special to the NEWS Editor’s note: The introductory portion of the following story was written when Angelina “Gigi” Garcia was ten years old. Today, she is 16 and attends San Benito High School. Can kids play competitive sports if they are diabetic? Of course they can. For instance, let’s look at Angelina …

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