Notorious RBG at Notorious Cutz: Mural honoring late Justice unveiled downtown

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The unmistakable image of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, dubbed the “Notorious RBG” by her younger fans, has a new home in an unlikely side of San Benito. Notorious Cutz barbershop oversaw the mural’s completion on the side of its store wall painted by Alamo artist Alexander “Alexandro” …

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Food Pantry President assaulted

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Food Pantry President Forrest Walker said she was violently assaulted last Tuesday, September 15, by a homeless man named David Solano, Jr. The attack resulted in Walker’s neck and arm being cut open, with several bruises across her upper body. She reported the incident immediately to the police and pressed charges, …

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Schwarzenegger donates $250K for county election

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com BROWNSVILLE—A celebrity surprised officials during Tuesday’s Cameron County Commissioner’s Court virtual regular meeting. Former actor and ex-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared briefly at the Zoom meeting to discuss a county’s elections office grant. Schwarzenegger dropped in during the public comments sections of the Commissioner’s meeting to declare Cameron County as the …

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District might house Food Pantry

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com San Benito CISD board members discussed three significant topics during their special meeting Monday, including the progress of the Natatorium and Performing Arts Center, employees’ hours, and possibly finding a space for the San Benito Food Pantry. First, the board discussed the progress of the construction of the Natatorium and Performing …

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October marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an issue affecting millions of individuals and families in the United States every year. According to the National Statistics Domestic Violence Fact Sheet, approximately 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the US, equating to more than 10 million women …

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For the children: Rotary to host Halloween drive-thru

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito Rotary Club is planning on hosting the Spooktacular Trick-or-Treat Drive-Thru on October 31. The socially safe Halloween event for families will feature various local organizations handing out candy and goody bags from their individual tables to kids trick-or-treating safely from their car window. Families will slowly drive through …

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City offers financial aid to residents hurt by pandemic

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Last week, San Benito City Commissioners approved the SBCARES Hardship Assistance Program aimed at providing financial assistance to residents who have experienced financial hardship due to temporary or permanent loss of employment income. Those who qualify can receive up to $500 for utilities, not to exceed three months, to pay for …

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County: Cases decreasing, threat not over

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Although overall cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19 are seeing a steady decline across Cameron County, officials warn the public against complacency. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño and other health officials held a press conference last Friday, September 18, updating residents on COVID-19, the storm on the Gulf of Mexico, the return …

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Bye-bye Bobcats: Dist.16-4A affected by Rio Hondo withdrawal

BY DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The Rio Hondo Independent School District board last Monday voted to file for a Texas Education Agency waiver allowing four additional weeks of remote learning, effectively preventing football season from occurring while hampering other fall sports. Bobcat students were returning to campus on September 28, but the waiver pushed the on-campus …

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Security by day, Conjunto Star by night: Frank “Panchito” Hernandez tells of his musical life

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Frank “Panchito” Hernandez has entertained fans of conjunto and musica regional with his bajo sexto skills and soulful singing for the past 30 years. Hernandez currently works full-time as a security guard at Berta Cabaza middle school and resides in San Benito. Still, outside of work, he’s known for his musical …

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