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San Benito sale taxes hit over $5 million mark

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS With nearly a half-million more in sale taxes revenues in 2019, San Benito’s economy is expanding with more businesses in the downtown area and a call center employing more than 120 employees. Rebeca Castillo, Executive Director of the San Benito Economic Development Corporation, said 2019 has definitely …

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Morales announces candidacy for city commission

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Deborah A. Morales is publicly announcing her candidacy for San Benito City Commissioner Place 2 in the upcoming May election. As a resident for over 20 years, Morales considers herself fortunate to live in this community. “I have been saddened and dismayed at the amount of political division between our ‘politicians’ …

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It’s On: Garcia files for Place 4

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS Former After School Program Director Jack L. Garcia has filed candidacy for the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees, Place 4 seat. Wednesday afternoon, via a Facebook post, Garcia announced his candidacy, saying, “Family and friends, after much consideration, I have decided to give back …

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Retirement ready: RHISD Superintendent to end term following contract expiration

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Rio Hondo Independent School District Superintendent Ismael Garcia submitted his letter of retirement amid an executive session during Monday night’s regular board of trustees’ meeting. Though not announced publicly, Garcia confirmed his retirement in a phone call with the NEWS, saying it will be effective June 30, 2020 when his contract …

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ACLU sponsors State Senate Candidate Forum in Brownsville, Lucio misses

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS At the last minute, the main attraction (arguably) to a political forum sponsored on Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union canceled and missed the opportunity to face the challengers vying for his seat at the Texas Senate District 27. Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio Jr., who’s …

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San Benito wants Wetlands as Wildlife Sanctuary

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS A San Benito wetlands project completed last year could someday become a fowl paradise for folks who enjoy bird-watching and nature. Officials said the city has added ecotourism features to the project, located at the site where a dozen sewer ponds were situated off 20 Line Road …

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McCullough Street safety measures mulled

By FREDDY JIMENEZ San Benito News After McCullough Street residents voiced their concerns of speedy, and potentially dangerous, vehicles driving down the road and requesting safety measures, City of San Benito officials further investigated the matter. At a city commission meeting held on Tuesday, January 7, Lt. Michael Cortez of the San Benito Police Department …

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Arrested Again: Coach resigns following arrest

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com After being arrested on Dec. 28, 2019 by Mercedes Police, Jacob Gonzalez, 33, resigned from his position as a Physical Education teacher at San Benito High School. SBCISD Public Relations Director Isabel Gonzalez confirmed Gonzalez’s resignation, stating that it was effective immediately. Media reports further informed that Gonzalez was again arrested …

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Top Stories of the Decade, Vol. II

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Last week, the San Benito News published five of the top ten stories of the 2010’s in honor of the new decade’s arrival. Here is a look back at the top five stories whose influence reverberated across the Resaca City, unraveling our city’s own complicated challenges as we witnessed history in …

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Top Stories of the Decade, Vol. I

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The 2020s are upon us, and with the coming of a new decade comes the natural need for reflection. Here are five of the top ten stories of the decade. The top five stories will be published in the coming week. 10. Lady ’Hounds win state In 2012, the San Benito …

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