Victim’s family disputes City’s version of shooting

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The family of 21-year-old Samuel Mata, who was fatally shot by San Benito Police Officer Oscar Lara last Wednesday, contest the events as told by the City. Members of Mata’s family spoke to reporters during a press conference Monday, held at the offices of their attorney Kenny Perez. The family spoke …

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City approves $9M sewer system overhaul

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Last Tuesday, the San Benito City Commission unanimously voted to approve two $9 million certificates of obligation to fund a sewer system upgrade and refinance old debt. The move will not raise property taxes or the City’s water rate this year, as previously proposed by San Benito City Manager Manuel De …

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’Hounds take the field in 7on7

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Editor’s note: Puro Greyhounds Baby was present at the games in partnership with the NEWS. They contributed game stats and information for this story. Players of the San Benito Varsity Greyhounds battled on the field this past weekend at the Sparc League 7on7 tournament in Edinburg. A total of 14 teams …

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Cameron County ranks 5th in COVID deaths

STAFF REPORT Cameron County ranks 5th in the state for COVID-19 deaths, according to Cameron County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo, who spoke on the county’s COVID-19 situation at a press conference on Aug. 24. “That has either happened because our population has health problems, because of our demographics, because of poverty, because of access …

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TRAGEDY ON POWERS: Man shot by police following disturbance

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com A San Benito neighborhood was shaken by a police-involved shooting late Wednesday night. At 11 p.m. on August 19, San Benito Police officers responded to an alleged domestic disturbance on East Powers Street near its intersection with South Bonham. According to an updated SBPD press release,  Officer Oscar Lara arrived to …

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Pride of the Town: Elida Villarreal passes

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By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com San Benito lost a community figure this week after Elida Salinas Villareal, 99, passed away Tuesday. She was easy to spot at any Greyhound football game or Lady’ Hound softball game, where many referred to her as “grandma.” San Benito CISD School Board President Orlando “Papas” Lopez is Villareal’s grandson. He …

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SB woman killed San Marcos collision

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By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com A San Benito woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash in San Marcos on August 13.  The San Marcos Police Department identified the woman as Maria D. Villegas, 70, who was not wearing a seat belt at the collision’s time. According to media reports, the collision occurred at 2 a.m. after …

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County infection rate exceeds metro areas

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Last Friday’s Cameron County press conference exposed some distressing figures but some encouraging statistics as well. Camer County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo compared the County’s rate of infection with New York City, which peaked in March and April. Around three percent of their population was confirmed infected, Castillo said, and …

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La Posada bids farewell

Special to the PRESS/NEWS As August closes, La Posada Providencia will be saying goodbye to two very familiar faces. After more than 30 combined years of dedicated service, Sisters Zita Telkamp and Margaret Mertens bid farewell to their beloved Rio Grande Valley. “Throughout their invaluable work here, they have made a very positive impact on …

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Remote instruction to begin Sept.8

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com San Benito CISD schools will begin remote instruction after Labor Day on September 8. The SBCISD school board decided on Tuesday to push back online instruction at the request of San Benito CISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nate Carman. “Essentially we’d finish [the school year] almost two weeks later into June, …

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