City workers begin fumigation efforts following uptick in mosquitoes

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com After two weeks of rain, swarms of mosquitoes have popped up across the city to annoy San Benito’s populace. On Monday, May 24 the City began spraying for mosquitos and will continue as needed. According to San Benito Public Relations Director, David Favila, the majority of fumigation takes place early in …

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Board votes to cut district’s purchasing power by half

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito CISD school board voted to cut the district’s purchasing power from $50,000 to $25,000 during a regular school board meeting on May 18. This means the board will now have to approve purchase orders over $25,000. During the discussion, SBCISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nate Carman explained that …

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City asks citizens to pitch name suggestions for new park

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The City of San Benito is currently taking name suggestions for its newest park currently referred to as ‘South Park.’ ‘South Park’ opened to the public on April 22 after the commissioners voted to open all public parks during a regular commission meeting. In 2014, during a special joint meeting of …

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Flood Zone: Severe storms cause flash floods

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Heavy thunderstorms have hit South Texas hard these past two weeks which caused flash floods in San Benito and other areas throughout the Valley. The US National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings in effect across the Valley. The National Weather Service, predicted 1-3 inches of precipitation, with some areas receiving …

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Commission discusses changes to EDC

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com San Benito City Commissioners discussed the revision of the San Benito Economic Development Corporation bylaws and heard the first hearing of Ordinance 2586-05-21 during a regular commission meeting held on Tuesday, May 18. The commissioners also discussed amending the San Benito Economic Development Corporation bylaws. Commissioners Rene Garcia argued that the …

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School board terminates contracts with legal services

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito CISD Board of Trustees held a special school board meeting on May 18 and discussed amendments to the BED(LOCAL) policy and the termination of contracts with the district’s current legal services and approval of a new contract. The school board voted to amend the BED(LOCAL) policy, which pertains …

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County deputies arrest man after shots fired

News Staff Report On Saturday, May 8, Cameron County Deputies responded to shots fired at the El Ranchito area on the outskirts of San Benito. Deputies arrested 38-year-old Daniel Treviño, who was wanted on several felony warrants. According to Cameron County Sheriff Eric Garza, deputies attempted to stop a vehicle involved with the call, but …

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City Manager receives raise after ‘above satisfactory’ evaluation

News Staff Report City Manager Manuel De La Rosa received a $5,000 raise following an annual evaluation of his position. City Commissioners deliberated De La Rosa’s position in executive session during a May 4 commission meeting. The evaluation of the city manager has been in deliberation since April 6. This raise increases his salary to …

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Aguilera granted temporary restraining order

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Judge Fernando Rodriguez Jr., during a hearing on May 7, granted Rosanna Aguilera her request for a temporary restraining order against the City of San Benito, effectively reinstating her onto the San Benito Housing Authority Board of Directors. The order states that Aguilera shall remain a member of the San Benito …

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Commission goes through with second food truck festival

By LOUIE DIAZ editor@sbnewspaper.com During a city commission meeting on May 4, the San Benito City Commissioners voted to host another Food Truck Festival slated to happen on the weekend of May 29 and 30. During the meeting, City Manager Manuel De La Rosa said they will increase amenities at the second food truck festival …

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