As COVID-19 positivity rates decrease, county beaches reopen

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Cameron County beach accesses and beach parks reopened this past Tuesday, as Texas sees its COVID-19 positivity rate dipping below 10 percent for the first time since late June. On Sept. 8, families and anglers came to the reopened Isla Blanca park, distancing themselves from others on the mile of beach …

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Food pantry seeking new building

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito Food Pantry is looking for a new building after the owners of their current building, CrossChurch, said they have a trucking company looking to move into the property. Food Pantry president Forest Walker said she is now seeking a lease that will be of no expense to the …

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City: No property rate increase, extra street repairs discussed

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com At a special City Commission meeting and budget workshop this week, City Manager Manuel De La Rosa recommended that the Ad Valorem property tax rate be maintained and not increased from its regular amount of .728125 per $100 valuation for the upcoming fiscal year 2020-2021. Other highlights of the proposed budget …

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SBCISD’s tax rate remains the same

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com During Tuesday’s San Benito CISD regular school board meeting, board members were set to vote on the district’s tax rate for the upcoming year. Assistant Superintendent of Finance Hilda Rendon presented the numbers to the board during their Public Hearing, stating that their tax rate is 1.0250 for maintenance and operation …

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Madame Ambassador: SB Native tells of her state-level experience

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Although she has seen the world, International Ambassador Rebecca Gonzales still treasures her small town of San Benito. Nominated and appointed by President Donald J. Trump, and by and with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate, Gonzales was appointed as the official, “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United …

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City responds to Mata shooting allegations

Attorney General releases custodial death report By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The City of San Benito is refuting claims from various media reports that Samuel Mata, who died at the hands of Officer Oscar Lara on August 19, might not have had a weapon at the time of the shooting. In a press release from August …

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#LetThemPlay stirs local teams

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Were this any other year, last Friday night would have gleamed with crowds and stadium lights as the Valley high school football season commenced. In Cameron County, however, which has reported over 20,000 COVID cases, an emergency order from the county judge will not allow fall sports to resume in person …

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District 16-4A put on back burner

By DAVID LOPEZ & GAIGE DAVILA editor@sbnewspaper.com editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Rio Hondo Bobcat and Port Isabel Tarpon Varsity Football programs, both in 16-4A Division II, will only be playing three games this season: against each other and Raymondville ISD, competing only for third place in the district. Meanwhile, four of the other five teams in the …

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“Don’t get it” and “Don’t spread it”

The coronavirus pandemic attacked the entire world, and some countries handled it with quick action. However, America is lagging woefully behind. Besides some politicians including the President of the United States, everyone in the nation was concerned so much as to do their part to minimize the impact of this terrible pandemic on our daily …

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B&G Club receives $65K donation, will assist virtual learning

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com After receiving an anonymous donation of $65,000, the Boys & Girls Club of San Benito will be assisting students with virtual learning beginning September 8. Liz Chavez, Board Chair for the Boys & Girls Club, said she received a call from their national office last week with some good news. “They …

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