County approves $0.02 tax increase

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com On Tuesday morning, the Cameron County Commissioner’s Court approved a $0.02 property tax increase per $100 valuation for the 2019-2020 year. Motioned by Pct. 2 Commissioner Joey Lopez, commissioners were quick to approve the motion, citing the need for the hike for addressing county employee wages, law enforcement, and infrastructure. The …

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Grand Jury: No indictment for Galvan, other officers

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS With a nine-month long Texas Rangers investigation coming to an end, this week Cameron County District Attorney Luis V. Saenz announced that former San Benito Police Department Chief Michael Galvan, who is now Assistant Police Chief, and other officers involved were “not billed,” or not indicted in regards …

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Carman’s demands are not a done deal

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS Without confirming or denying the exorbitant demands made by San Benito Consolidated Independent School District’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Nate Carman, a member of the board said such action would have to be approved in open forum. “It has to go back on the agenda,” said Angel …

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¡Viva La Villita! Historic dancehall hosts successful Market Days

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Come rain, come shine, people nevertheless flocked to Robertson Street last Saturday to attend the first La Villita Market Days. Inside the historic dance hall were miscellaneous vendors from San Benito and from across the Valley, vendors from Sharyland, Rancho Viejo, Brownsville, Mission, and Harlingen. Bajo-sexto and accordion music played inside, …

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PSJA Bears overwhelmed by ’Hounds

By JUAN ESTEVE Special to the NEWS The San Benito Varsity Greyhounds added another road victory to their record by winning 34-13 Thursday night against the Bears at PSJA Stadium in another non-conference game. It is important to assess that San Benito won routing their previous rival Victoria West by a score of 31-3, which …

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Not city’s responsibility: San Benito stands firm it has no obligation to fix pot holes

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Special to the NEWS The fate of Railroad Avenue, an unpaved and almost inaccessible road parallel to the railway in between Mayfield Road and Oscar Williams Road, is now uncertain after city officials have declared that public funds cannot be used on private property as a way to improve its conditions, as …

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Million Dollar Man? Board evaluates Superintendent’s contract behind closed doors

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS Without elaborating or giving any details after a closed executive session Tuesday, the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District approved changes to the contract of Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nate Carman. Apparently, the changes are still subject to legal review. After the regular board meeting, the school …

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Head-on Collision Kills Mission Woman

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS A Mission woman died during a head-on collision Tuesday when the driver of a suburban lost control of the vehicle and veered onto the opposite lane, hitting her passenger car. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the preliminary investigation reveals that a Gold 2001 Lincoln …

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Fewer students enrolled at SBCISD

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS Compared to the previous year, fewer students have enrolled in the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District during the current 2019-2020 school year. According to SBCISD’s enrollment figures, there are 10,158 students registered as of August 27, 2019. Last year as of August 27, 2018, 10,178 were …

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SBCISD Revises Policy to Reorganize School Board

By J. Noel Espinoza Special to the NEWS The San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees decided to revise its policy to reorganize that body in the future after some members tried to oust its president Michael A. Vargas, who was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated last month. The measure, the only …

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