Top Stories of 2019

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Whether in the school district or city government, in sports or in the community, San Benito had news that could fill an entire book. This week, we take a look back at our top five stories which were the most read, most discussed, and most significant in our neck of the …

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Fun-N-Sun RV Resort chosen for Shuffleboard Championship

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS The Resaca City, surrounded by palm trees and subtropical weather, will soon host a championship tournament that will bring in players and visitors from across the world. The International Shuffleboard Association (ISA) chose Fun-N-Sun RV Resort, located on 1400 Zillock Rd., as a location for the 2021 …

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Golden Years: SBN manager retires

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com He is the eyes and ears of this newspaper. If these walls could talk, Rudy Peña could still tell you more than them. Rudy Peña is a 45-year employee of the San Benito News, the longest employed at the company. His story is one of the American dream, as he began …

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Black History Museum coming

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS San Benito will soon be opening its first black history museum. Last week, at the site of the former Joe Callandret Positive Redirection Center (PRC), city and school district officials gathered to announce the genesis of the Valley’s first black historical museum. The Joe Callandret building has been …

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Vargas resigns as board trustee of San Benito CISD

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS A week after a visiting judge temporarily suspended Michael A. Vargas, head of the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees, the board president has decided to resign. A press release issued on Thursday by SBCISD Public Relations Director Isabel Gonzalez states the board of …

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Rotary club donates over 1,000 socks

By CELESTE LOPEZ Special to the NEWS As the year comes to an end and the holiday season is in full swing, many people are in the giving spirit and looking for opportunities to volunteer or make donations that can have a positive impact on people’s lives. In the midst of all the donation drives …

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Three Trustees, Carman Vouch for Vargas

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS A day before a visiting judge ruled against Michael A. Vargas, president of the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees, several of his fellow board trustees and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nate Carman filed affidavits supporting the character of the now temporarily suspended board …

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Report on inmate’s death released

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com A custodial death report was released by the Office of the Attorney General of Texas last Friday, detailing the charges faced and events leading up to Ernesto Alonzo Gonzalez’s suicide in the custody of the San Benito Police Dept. According to a press release from the City of San Benito released …

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Press Release: Michael Vargas Resigns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, December 19, 2019 Board to accept Place 1 Trustee’s resignation SAN BENITO, TX – The San Benito CISD Board of Trustees will meet to discuss and accept the official resignation of Place 1 Trustee and current Board President Michael A. Vargas during a special meeting slated for Monday, December 23, 2019, …

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Setback to SBCISD School Board Majority: Judge Temporarily Suspends Vargas Pending Trial

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS A visiting judge ruled today to temporarily remove Michael A. Vargas from his position as president of the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees pending a trial early next year. Retired visiting Judge Manuel Banales, who presided the hearing on the petition removal at …

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