Residents receive cemetery plot refund, say it’s not enough

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com More than a year after burying her son at the San Benito Historic City Cemetery, a.k.a. “El Nopal,” April Flores has finally received a refund for the overcharge on the plot. As reported in the NEWS in early March, Flores was asking the City of San Benito for a refund after …

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San Benito cases now at 37, Rio Hondo at 15

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com SAN BENITO—On Wednesday, April 29, Cameron County Public Health announced through a press release an additional case of COVID-19 in San Benito: a 33-year-old man who contracted the novel coronavirus from the community. The day prior, Cameron County Public Health reported two additional cases in San Benito. The two men, ages …

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County honoring state order to “reopen” Texas

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Cameron County’s shelter-in-place order, first enacted on March 25, and the 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, will effectively end on Friday, May 1, in response to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders to “reopen” the state. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr. announced the end of the county mandate, which …

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Gov. Abbott issues executive orders to reopen Texas economy

Special to the PRESS/NEWS Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a series of Executive Orders last Friday to begin the “reop ening” of the state, the first order establishing a “strike force” overseeing his orders. Additionally, Governor Abbott announced a preliminary timetable for reopening certain closed Texas businesses and state parks: • April 20: Most State …

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No action taken on City Manager’s evaluation

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com San Benito City Commissioners convened for a regular meeting Tuesday, in which they took no action on the evaluation of City Manager Manuel De La Rosa during a closed-door session. No action was taken at the last regular meeting either when commissioners first brought up the item this year. At the …

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SBCISD faces another age discrimination lawsuit

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA The San Benito Consolidated Independent School District is facing another lawsuit for age discrimination after the recent termination of David H. Garcia, now the former director of building and grounds. Garcia, who has been working for the district around four decades, was terminated last week by SBCISD Superintendent of Schools Dr. …

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Man arrested for assaulting officer while violating shelter-in-place

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com On Thursday, April 16, Sheriff Deputies stopped a vehicle after observing that the operator and passenger violated the shelter-in-place order in the outskirts of San Benito. As the deputy approached the vehicle, the operator rolled the window down and became belligerent. In an attempt to remove the driver from the car …

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San Benito businesses prepare to re-open

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA After Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an order outlining the next steps to re-open the economy last week, the San Benito Economic Development Corporation expects retail businesses to partially open within the next two weeks. “San Benito EDC will be seeing various retail businesses partially re-open in the upcoming two weeks,” …

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‘I wouldn’t change a thing’: Medicine Shoppe celebrates 40 years

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy, located on 205 Business 77, has become a staple in San Benito, with its community acting as a secret ingredient in the pharmacy’s continued success. The Shoppe, which opened on April 1, 1980, turned 40 years this month, making it the longest-running pharmacy in Cameron County under …

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Response to “The Case for Canceling school altogether”

Dear Editor: In response to your editorial, I am a native of Brownsville, born and raised. I am an elementary school teacher in Houston. I would say my perspective and experience is opposite to yours. No one could have anticipated not being in school in the second semester. We all expected school to go on …

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