Greyhound defense shines in 49-0 thumping of Vikings

By PETE BANDA Special to the NEWS San Benito Greyhounds continued their non-district dominance with a 49-0 blowout victory over the Brownsville Pace Vikings. The ’Hounds dominated in every fashion, racking up nearly 400 total yards while limiting the Vikings to a measly 120. Star running back Fabian Garcia was a one man wrecking crew, …

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Commissioners adopt new budget

By TONY VINDELL Special to the NEWS It’s official. The Cameron County Commissioners’ Court has adopted the budget for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 during Tuesday’s September 6 meeting. The $186.1 million package covers all aspects of county government, including its general fund, road and bridges, worker’s compensation, drug forfeiture, parks and international bridge system, and the …

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SBHS grad becomes UT Vice Provost of Admissions

By DAVID LOPEZ Special to the NEWS San Benito High Class of ’93 graduate Miguel Wasielewski, who has served as UT’s Director of Admissions since 2018, was recently appointed Vice Provost of Admissions. In his new role, Wasielewski will continue leading the Office of Admissions and will also be in charge of spearheading the initiatives …

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County adds new positions

By TONY VINDELL Special to the NEWS As the deadline to adopt Cameron County’s new budget for Fiscal Year 2022-23 was fast approaching last week, the Commissioners’ Court was set to approve the financial document within the next meting set for this week. Xavier Villarreal, the deputy county administrator/ budget officer, told commissioners the budget …

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STISD accepting apps for free and reduced-price meals

Special to the NEWS South Texas Independent School District (STISD), which has a campus in San Benito, is currently accepting applications for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-2023 school year. Although families typically must meet income eligibility requirements each school year to qualify for free and reduced rates, last year all families qualified for …

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Commission discusses property tax rate

By TONY VINDELL Special to the NEWS The San Benito City Commission will consider lowering the city’s property tax rate by two cents. The prospect even surprised the mayor who was hesitant to provide a one cent reduction. San Benito Mayor Rick Guerra said earlier that any decrease in property taxes will cost the city …

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NMCAC readies for annual Conjunto Festival

Special to the NEWS The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center (NMCAC) volunteers and organizers are preparing to bring the public the always popular and highly anticipated annual Conjunto festival to be held, once again, in Los Fresnos. Celebrating its 29th event, the three-day festival will be held October 7, 8, 9, 2022 at Los Fresnos …

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Cultural Heritage Museum celebrates Conjunto

Special to the NEWS The City of San Benito’s Cultural Heritage Museum announced this week its Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration with an exhibit entitled, “Conjunto In My Backyard.” According to San Benito Cultural Arts Director Aleida L. Garcia, “This exhibition celebrates Conjunto music and explores its origins, its impact on the region, and how this …

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Attempt to remove city manager continues

By TONY VINDELL Special to the NEWS An attempt to remove Manuel De La Rosa from his job as San Benito city manager went a step further as a group of concerned citizens voiced their opinions before the city commission. Five people took the podium to lambast De La Rosa as another group wearing patriotic …

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Port Isabel goes ‘bananas’ in the 1930s

By RENE TORRES By the 1930s, the Rio Grande Valley had established a farming region of excellent productivity. Beyond the crops that covered thousands of acres, its fertile soil overlapped into the home gardens throughout the Valley. The fertile soil, sub-tropical climate, and brilliant sunshine brought people to this area from all over the world— …

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