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‘There is no ground zero’: Funeral home sees surge from COVID-19

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Funeral homes in Cameron County have been reportedly backlogged because of the increasing number of deaths, presumably from COVID-19. Thomae-Garza Funeral Director Albert Vega spoke to the NEWS about his funeral home facing an increasing number of deceased individuals. “The surge started in the first week of July,” Vega said. “It …

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Testing site returning to SB Aug. 3-9

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com A state-sponsored COVID-19 testing site is headed to the San Benito Fairgrounds, from August 3 to 9, with testing between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. However, only the first 125 people will be tested daily, said Zulay Seguinot of the Cameron County Emergency Management. “We are advising people to go as …

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Hanna rolls through: First hurricane of the season causes minor damage

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Hurricane Hanna, strengthening from a tropical storm just before touching down on North Padre Island at around 5 p.m. on July 25, brought at least 8 to 10 inches of rain to South Padre Island and destroyed docks, fences, signs, and trees. The rest of the Rio Grande Valley, particularly Hidalgo …

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Gov. Abbott visits RGV after hurricane, protestors demand more resources

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Texas Governor Greg Abbott visited the Rio Grande Valley, surveying Hurricane Hanna’s damage after visiting Corpus Christi and surveying damage there. Outside, protestors from Hidalgo County asked for Abbott to do something about recurring flooding in their homes. During the press conference, Abbott mentioned that he and other Rio Grande Valley …

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Man arrested for possible kidnapping

STAFF REPORT On Sunday, July 26, Harlingen Police Officers were dispatched to North 25th St. and East Washington Avenue in reference to a possible kidnapping by a San Benito resident. Harlingen dispatch received several calls in reference to a female inside a black passenger car screaming for help while being assaulted by a male subject. …

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More charges brought against contractor

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Oscar Hernandez, the owner of Vita Moderna, turned himself in to the Cameron County Precinct 4 authorities after they charged Hernandez with two counts of theft, according to the Cameron County Sheriff’s office. Hernandez surrendered himself on July 13 and was given a $10,000 bond on each count but was released …

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State of sports: UIL releases athletic schedules

By DAVID LOPEZ & GAIGE DAVILA editor@sbnewspaper.com editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com After several weeks of will they or won’t they, football, volleyball, tennis, and cross country practices and games are slated to begin in August and September. For 1A-4A school districts, volleyball and football practices can begin August 3, with their first games on August 10 and August …

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More cemetery issues: Resident denied burial in paid plot

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Jesse Garcia’s father, Jesus Garcia, passed away two Saturdays ago, unfortunately. His family was prepared to bury the elder Garcia in the old cemetery, where they say he purchased a plot in 2015. Sadly, he claims the City of San Benito has not allowed the burial and, to this day, has …

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SBYBSL mourns trailblazer

Special to the PRESS/NEWS Editor’s note: This article is based on accomplishments of Natividad Ontiveros, written by the late Ray Avila. Natividad “Tivo” Ontiveros passed away last Friday; he ran the San Benito Youth Baseball League as president for 20 plus years along with his wife. In 1975, there was only one baseball league in …

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SBCISD approves hotspots for fall

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com San Benito CISD held a regular board meeting Monday that discussed it’s investment report and saw the approval of all items on its consent agenda, from business and finance to administration. Board members Angel Mendez and M.L. Garcia were absent from the meeting. The consent agenda on administration likewise saw all …

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