City, district elections postponed to November 3

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS During an emergency school board meeting via audio-conferencing and a special City Commission meeting on Tuesday, the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District and the City of San Benito decided to postpone their May 2 elections to November 3. The move comes as a measure to avoid …

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SBCISD raises emergency level to 3, lessons online and meals available

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS Within a week, the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District raised its emergency level from 1 to 3 to stop the spread of the COVID-19, which could potentially close all campuses or the entire school district in consultation with the Cameron County Health Department. SBCISD Public Relations …

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County declares shelter-in-place for two weeks

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus, Cameron County officials issued a mandate for residents to stay home for the next two weeks, beginning Wednesday, March 25. The mandatory countywide shelter-in-place was announced by Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. during a …

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Rio Hondo ISD confirms first COVID-19 case, 7th in county

STAFF REPORT A 40-year-old man from Rio Hondo has contracted novel coronavirus COVID-19, Cameron County Public Health announced late Tuesday night. The man is currently in self-isolation. The person did not travel outside of Cameron County, according to the release, meaning they likely acquired the virus inside the Rio Grande Valley. Rio Hondo ISD Superintendent …

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‘Show up to work’ email sparks concerns among SBCISD Staff (Employees)

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS After the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District issued an email March 17 requesting school employees report to work on Monday, the Texas Classroom Teachers Association received numerous calls from SBCISD employees with concerns of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus declared a pandemic. Issued by SBCISD Superintendent of …

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Longoria files suit against SBCISD

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS Former San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Public Relations Director Celia Longoria filed a lawsuit against the school district last month, claiming age discrimination. Longoria, who worked approximately 22 years in the school district, was terminated from her position on Nov. 7, 2018. After working for several …

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BREAKING: Governor Abbott suspends STAAR exam for 2019-2020

STAFF REPORT Texas Governor Greg Abbott has canceled the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam for the 2019-2020 school year. Abbott waived the state testing requirement in response to the growing concern of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. As of March 16, there are 68 …

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Ineligible? Mayor’s City taxes raise questions about candidacy

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com According to the Cameron County Tax Assessor-Collector website, San Benito City Mayor Ben Gomez is delinquent on his property taxes for the 2019 year. The deadline to pay property taxes was January 31. Gomez owes $408.15 to the City of San Benito, with the base amount due at $374.45 plus a …

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SBCISD letter warns about campaigning within its premises

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS After receiving a letter from the school district informing candidates about campaigning within its grounds, Jack Garcia was not too happy. Garcia posted a picture on social media of him and other candidates (Ramiro Moreno, Janie Lopez, and Anna Llanes) drawing their names on the election ballot …

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Grand opening draws many to the Callandret Black History Museum

By ALAN RAMIREZ Special to the NEWS Locals occupied the front steps Saturday morning to celebrate the grand opening of the Joe Callandret Black History Museum located on the corner of Stenger and Doherty Street. The Museum is named after Joe Callandret, a Louisiana native, who relocated to San Benito in the early 1900s. Furthermore, …

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