Category: News

Superintendent, school board top over $68,000 in refunds

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS At a public hearing Sept. 8, it was revealed the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nate Carman claimed over $68,074 in reimbursement expenses during a 10-month period. The description of reimbursements includes meals, lodging, transportation, motor fuel, and …

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Moving forward: Judge to recuse herself from Vargas’ DWI Case

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS During Tuesday’s arraignment over his July 5 arrest for driving while intoxicated, San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees President Michael A. Vargas was unable to enter a plea at the Cameron County Courthouse in Brownsville. Presiding Judge Estela Chavez Vazquez expects to recuse herself …

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Spiritual Language: Artist exhibits Valley landscapes

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Jessica Monroe believes that nature holds a spiritual intelligence, and it is this belief that has led her to connect with the natural environment in an artistic manner. Monroe’s exhibit, Sacred Wisdom, opens at the San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum on October 17 and runs through Nov. 27 of this year. …

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Rey Avila: A life of service, a life of achievement

By RAY QUIROGA INSIDE SCOOP publisher@sbnewspaper.com We have a poor habit of posthumously recognizing people for their contributions to community and society instead of honoring them when they’re alive. I’m happy to say, however, that Rey Avila was served much better. Throughout his many years of involvement with the preservation and recognition of Conjunto Music, …

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Smooth Road? Railroad Avenue renovated, rumors of lawsuit linger

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS After months of outreach and organizing, the residents of Railroad Avenue, by way independent local efforts, finally have a renovated and leveled road to drive through. However, rumors of a potential lawsuit in response to said efforts have generated against the individual who committed the service. CELEBRATION Where …

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School Board curbs public comments

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS Despite a new state law that allows public criticism of a governmental body, San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees President Michael Vargas denied the only two persons who signed up for public comments from speaking during Tuesday’s regular board meeting. “To the FBI, if …

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Colorado Principal, former SBHS student, wins bilingual education award

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com University Hill Elementary Principal Ina Belinda Rodriguez-Myer is receiving a prestigious award for her leadership in bilingual education. The Colorado Association for Bilingual Education chose Rodriguez-Myer for the 2019 CABE Educational Leader of the Year. The organization seeks to recognize Colorado educators in leadership roles who are dedicated to bilingual education …

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Road work ahead: City approves 2019-2020 budget

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com At last Thursday’s special city commission meeting, the City of San Benito approved its 2019-2020 general fund budget, totaling $13.2 million for this year’s general budget compared to last year’s budget of $12.8 million. The largest contributor to the higher allocated funds was revenue received from property taxes: $5.24 million compared …

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‘You must be strong’: Rio Hondo resident offers survivors advice

By CELESTE LOPEZ Special to the NEWS RIO HONDO—In one of the most pivotal moments of her life, Lina Rodriguez Lara remembers sobbing in her car in the parking lot of the doctor’s office where the last thing she expected to hear was that she had cancer. Lara, a lifelong Rio Hondo resident and RHISD …

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San Benito suffers loss at the Battle of the Arroyo

By JUAN ESTEVE Special to the NEWS Harlingen-The San Benito Varsity Greyhounds went on the road for the fifth consecutive week to face their classic rival, the Harlingen High Cardinals, at the Battle of the Arroyo. Under the Boggus Stadium lights Friday night, the ‘Hounds fell to the Cardinals by a score of 35-13.  The …

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