‘Show up to work’ email sparks concerns among SBCISD Staff (Employees)

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS After the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District issued an email March 17 requesting school employees report to work on Monday, the Texas Classroom Teachers Association received numerous calls from SBCISD employees with concerns of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus declared a pandemic. Issued by SBCISD Superintendent of …

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Longoria files suit against SBCISD

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS Former San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Public Relations Director Celia Longoria filed a lawsuit against the school district last month, claiming age discrimination. Longoria, who worked approximately 22 years in the school district, was terminated from her position on Nov. 7, 2018. After working for several …

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BREAKING: Governor Abbott suspends STAAR exam for 2019-2020

STAFF REPORT Texas Governor Greg Abbott has canceled the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam for the 2019-2020 school year. Abbott waived the state testing requirement in response to the growing concern of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. As of March 16, there are 68 …

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Ineligible? Mayor’s City taxes raise questions about candidacy

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com According to the Cameron County Tax Assessor-Collector website, San Benito City Mayor Ben Gomez is delinquent on his property taxes for the 2019 year. The deadline to pay property taxes was January 31. Gomez owes $408.15 to the City of San Benito, with the base amount due at $374.45 plus a …

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SBCISD letter warns about campaigning within its premises

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the NEWS After receiving a letter from the school district informing candidates about campaigning within its grounds, Jack Garcia was not too happy. Garcia posted a picture on social media of him and other candidates (Ramiro Moreno, Janie Lopez, and Anna Llanes) drawing their names on the election ballot …

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Grand opening draws many to the Callandret Black History Museum

By ALAN RAMIREZ Special to the NEWS Locals occupied the front steps Saturday morning to celebrate the grand opening of the Joe Callandret Black History Museum located on the corner of Stenger and Doherty Street. The Museum is named after Joe Callandret, a Louisiana native, who relocated to San Benito in the early 1900s. Furthermore, …

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NEWS and Chamber host candidate forum

By David Lopez editor@sbnewspaper.com The San Benito News and the San Benito Chamber of Commerce hosted a “Meet the Candidates” forum for Mayor and City Commission last Thursday at the Lone Star Inn in San Benito. The purpose of the forum was to inform the public about where the candidates running for public office stand …

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Grave mistake? Cemetery stirs controversy amid price inconsistencies

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Resident April Flores is asking the City of San Benito for a refund after discovering the City might have overcharged her for her son’s burial in December 2018. Flores’s son, Ricardo Treviño III, was shot and killed by San Benito Police after a high-speed chase in December of 2018. Flores buried …

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Boys soccer secures key district victory

By JUAN ESTEVE Special to the NEWS The San Benito Boys Varsity Soccer team played host to the always ferocious Hanna Golden Eagles from Brownsville on Tuesday night at the Bobby Morrow Stadium. The home-team emerged with a critical victory in district play through Penalty Kicks (3-3 tie and 5-4 in PKs). Now the Mighty …

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Takedown: Perez reflects on wrestling career

By JUAN ESTEVE Special to the NEWS When one door closes, another one opens up. This is the story for the acclaimed San Benito wrestler Yamilex Perez, who last weekend reached the third round in her division at the Class 6A UIL Wrestling State Championship meet. She was the only wrestler from both boys’ and …

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