Letters to the editor: On the beaches re-opening

We asked readers online to give us their opinion on the beaches opening this past weekend. Below are their responses. “Wow,” is about all I can say. It was unbelievably crazy at the beach; traffic, golf carts, restaurants, and retail stores. Most did not use masks or practice social distancing at all. A total madhouse. …

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District to hire food services company, considers summer school ‘live’

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA SAN BENITO—In a finance committee meeting on Tuesday, the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District reviewed and discussed a proposal to hire a food service management company to run the school district’s food services. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nate Carman said three of four companies completed the bidding process, and all …

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‘Above Satisfactory’: City Manager evaluated favorably, receives pay raise

*Updated Friday, May 8, 2020* By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com SAN BENITO—City commissioners evaluated City Manager Manuel De La Rosa as “Above Satisfactory” in all categories at Tuesday’s regular meeting, granting him a $5,000 pay increase. De La Rosa’s yearly salary is now $130,000. After deliberating for 12 minutes behind closed doors, Mayor Ben Gomez announced …

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Beach Time: Thousands visit SPI after state restrictions lifted

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com SOUTH PADRE ISLAND—Thousands of cars drove to South Padre Island last weekend after Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order allowing some businesses to re-open at 25 percent capacity, starting Friday, May 1. On Friday, May 1, 8,977 cars drove to the Island; on Saturday, May 2, 10,866; and on …

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SB cases increase to 40, Rio Hondo stays at 15

*Updated at 12 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2020* By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com SAN BENITO—On Wednesday, May 6, Cameron County Public Health announced an additional community transmission case of COVID-19 in San Benito in the form of a 20-year-old male. On Monday, May 4, Cameron County Public Health reported another community-transmission case in San Benito of …

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Gov. Greg Abbott to allow Texas hair salons and pools to reopen Friday and gyms to open May 18

By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune May 5, 2020 Editor’s note: “Gov. Greg Abbott to allow Texas hair salons and pools to reopen Friday and gyms to open May 18” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government …

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Residents receive cemetery plot refund, say it’s not enough

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com More than a year after burying her son at the San Benito Historic City Cemetery, a.k.a. “El Nopal,” April Flores has finally received a refund for the overcharge on the plot. As reported in the NEWS in early March, Flores was asking the City of San Benito for a refund after …

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San Benito cases now at 37, Rio Hondo at 15

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com SAN BENITO—On Wednesday, April 29, Cameron County Public Health announced through a press release an additional case of COVID-19 in San Benito: a 33-year-old man who contracted the novel coronavirus from the community. The day prior, Cameron County Public Health reported two additional cases in San Benito. The two men, ages …

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County honoring state order to “reopen” Texas

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Cameron County’s shelter-in-place order, first enacted on March 25, and the 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, will effectively end on Friday, May 1, in response to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders to “reopen” the state. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr. announced the end of the county mandate, which …

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Gov. Abbott issues executive orders to reopen Texas economy

Special to the PRESS/NEWS Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a series of Executive Orders last Friday to begin the “reop ening” of the state, the first order establishing a “strike force” overseeing his orders. Additionally, Governor Abbott announced a preliminary timetable for reopening certain closed Texas businesses and state parks: • April 20: Most State …

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