SBCISD approves changes of Employees Standards of Conduct

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS Known as DH Local, the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District approved revisions of its employee’s standards of conduct language at a regular school board meeting on Tuesday. Previously recommended at an administrative committee meeting Jan. 14 by Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services Andrea Cruz, the update …

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Guerra enters race: Former Commissioner vying for Mayor seat

By FREDDY JIMENEZ San Benito NEWS Former City Commissioner, Place 3 Ricardo “Rick” Guerra has decided to run for Mayor for the City of San Benito. The retired firefighter resigned from his Commissioner seat last week on Thursday, January 16, a position he served in for nearly two years. Guerra was first elected in May …

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‘Be your own hero’: Former valedictorian, Yale graduate reflects on success

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com After having been an exceptional student the majority of her life, Andrea Mosqueda has finally reached the next step in her methodical blueprint for success: the career of her dreams. Mosqueda is a former valedictorian of San Benito High (Class of 2014) and a recent graduate of Yale University (Class of …

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San Benito sale taxes hit over $5 million mark

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS With nearly a half-million more in sale taxes revenues in 2019, San Benito’s economy is expanding with more businesses in the downtown area and a call center employing more than 120 employees. Rebeca Castillo, Executive Director of the San Benito Economic Development Corporation, said 2019 has definitely …

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Morales announces candidacy for city commission

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Deborah A. Morales is publicly announcing her candidacy for San Benito City Commissioner Place 2 in the upcoming May election. As a resident for over 20 years, Morales considers herself fortunate to live in this community. “I have been saddened and dismayed at the amount of political division between our ‘politicians’ …

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It’s On: Garcia files for Place 4

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS Former After School Program Director Jack L. Garcia has filed candidacy for the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees, Place 4 seat. Wednesday afternoon, via a Facebook post, Garcia announced his candidacy, saying, “Family and friends, after much consideration, I have decided to give back …

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Retirement ready: RHISD Superintendent to end term following contract expiration

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Rio Hondo Independent School District Superintendent Ismael Garcia submitted his letter of retirement amid an executive session during Monday night’s regular board of trustees’ meeting. Though not announced publicly, Garcia confirmed his retirement in a phone call with the NEWS, saying it will be effective June 30, 2020 when his contract …

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ACLU sponsors State Senate Candidate Forum in Brownsville, Lucio misses

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS At the last minute, the main attraction (arguably) to a political forum sponsored on Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union canceled and missed the opportunity to face the challengers vying for his seat at the Texas Senate District 27. Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio Jr., who’s …

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San Benito wants Wetlands as Wildlife Sanctuary

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS A San Benito wetlands project completed last year could someday become a fowl paradise for folks who enjoy bird-watching and nature. Officials said the city has added ecotourism features to the project, located at the site where a dozen sewer ponds were situated off 20 Line Road …

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McCullough Street safety measures mulled

By FREDDY JIMENEZ San Benito News After McCullough Street residents voiced their concerns of speedy, and potentially dangerous, vehicles driving down the road and requesting safety measures, City of San Benito officials further investigated the matter. At a city commission meeting held on Tuesday, January 7, Lt. Michael Cortez of the San Benito Police Department …

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