Christmas cheer for all to hear…

As Buddy the Elf from the movie “Elf” would say, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Nobody seems to agree more than Madelyn Victoria Vallejo.

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Delinquent tax collection contract approved

The legal firm of Goggan, Blair and Sampson, LLP will again collect delinquent taxes for San Benito, contingent upon approval of an agreement by the city’s attorney.

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Commission hears Cultural Heritage/Museums Operations Plan

A comprehensive plan that would pursue economic and community development through tourism continues here in its formative stage.

Consultant Petra Rena, of Reyna & Associates, brief City Commissioners on Dec. 14 on the status of the project, saying two years have been invested by many supporters in the creation of this plan.

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Santa Claus visits Frank Roberts Elementary

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Officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the Port Isabel Detention Center surprised Frank Roberts Elementary School children in San Benito Tuesday, Dec. 14, with presents. Then Santa Claus made a surprise visit to help hand out the gifts. (Staff photos by Michael Rodriguez)

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Winner of tamale contest announced

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By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Oops, she did it again! San Benito resident Irma Gonzalez, 62, was named the winner of the Second Annual San Benito News “The Best Tamales in Town” contest Friday of 17 competitors, making it the second time she’s won. Taking second place was Ramona Montes, and third was a tie between Nubia …

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Superintendent defends spending

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By FRANCISCO E. JIMENEZ San Benito CISD Superintendent of Schools Antonio G. Limón downplayed on Friday a recent report conducted by the Texas Comptroller’s office, which ranked the district’s spending index as “very high”. Yet, according to Limón and an online source for the report, the website also indicates that the district shows “Strong Relative …

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Saldañas launch blanket project

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By FRANCISCO E. JIMENEZ What better way to show affection to someone than to embrace them with a nice warm hug?  That seems to be the mindset of Mary Lou Saldaña and her family this year as they initiate the first annual “Christmas Hugs” project, a campaign aimed at collecting coats, jackets, and blankets from …

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Flores plans to croon his way to top

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 By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Eighteen-year-old Hugo Flores, Jr. has a dream. It’s not one that includes the lavish lifestyles of a rock and roll star; instead, this multi-instrumentalist from San Benito wants to use his craft to bring joy to others. Cynics would scoff at such a statement, but not this optimist. Armed with mature vocals …

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Christmas Scrooges

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Unlike last year’s, I plan to make this column as short and as painless as humanly possible. After all, it is Christmas and while this little annual write-up of mine is always in good fun, there are those who have been known to take things a little too seriously. So I hope …

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New EMS provider named, Pro-Medic out

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By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ The San Benito City Commission approved the recommendation of a committee specifically appointed to weigh in on the selection of a new ambulance provider. At Tuesday’s regular city commission meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to contract with Med-Care EMS of McAllen, as recommended by the committee, at no cost to the city for …

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