SB cases increase to 47, Rio Hondo stays at 15

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com SAN BENITO—The latest numbers on positive COVID-19 cases in Cameron County reveal San Benito cases continue to increase. Cameron County Public Health reported three additional cases on Wednesday, May 13. Two of those three cases were linked to previous cases. Two males, 36-year-old female and a 69-year-old male. The third case …

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Districts announce graduation plans

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com SAN BENITO—School districts across Cameron County are announcing plans for their graduation ceremonies, many choosing outdoor in-person events. Last Thursday, the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District announced via its Facebook page that they would be holding the Class of 2020’s graduation ceremony on Friday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at …

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Resident arrested on child sexual assault

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com SAN BENITO—The Harlingen Police Department arrested San Benito resident Jesus “Jesse” Garcia Montez, Jr., Wednesday, on sexual assault charges. A Harlingen PD press release stated that an investigator from the Harlingen Major Crimes Unit worked on the case and was able to identify Montez as the suspect. “A warrant for his …

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Letter to the editor: Uncharted waters

Dear Editor: As we set out to partially re-open Friday, we should all take extra precautions going forward if we don’t want to end up back where we were. Do you need something at Target? Consider curbside for a bit longer. Frustrated staying home? You can now (starting May 1) take a drive with kids …

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Letters to the editor: On the beaches re-opening

We asked readers online to give us their opinion on the beaches opening this past weekend. Below are their responses. “Wow,” is about all I can say. It was unbelievably crazy at the beach; traffic, golf carts, restaurants, and retail stores. Most did not use masks or practice social distancing at all. A total madhouse. …

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District to hire food services company, considers summer school ‘live’

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA SAN BENITO—In a finance committee meeting on Tuesday, the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District reviewed and discussed a proposal to hire a food service management company to run the school district’s food services. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nate Carman said three of four companies completed the bidding process, and all …

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‘Above Satisfactory’: City Manager evaluated favorably, receives pay raise

*Updated Friday, May 8, 2020* By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com SAN BENITO—City commissioners evaluated City Manager Manuel De La Rosa as “Above Satisfactory” in all categories at Tuesday’s regular meeting, granting him a $5,000 pay increase. De La Rosa’s yearly salary is now $130,000. After deliberating for 12 minutes behind closed doors, Mayor Ben Gomez announced …

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Beach Time: Thousands visit SPI after state restrictions lifted

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com SOUTH PADRE ISLAND—Thousands of cars drove to South Padre Island last weekend after Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order allowing some businesses to re-open at 25 percent capacity, starting Friday, May 1. On Friday, May 1, 8,977 cars drove to the Island; on Saturday, May 2, 10,866; and on …

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SB cases increase to 40, Rio Hondo stays at 15

*Updated at 12 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2020* By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com SAN BENITO—On Wednesday, May 6, Cameron County Public Health announced an additional community transmission case of COVID-19 in San Benito in the form of a 20-year-old male. On Monday, May 4, Cameron County Public Health reported another community-transmission case in San Benito of …

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Gov. Greg Abbott to allow Texas hair salons and pools to reopen Friday and gyms to open May 18

By Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune May 5, 2020 Editor’s note: “Gov. Greg Abbott to allow Texas hair salons and pools to reopen Friday and gyms to open May 18” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government …

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