Tag Archives: San Benito

‘Local Treasures’ Keep Community Connections

An arrangement of flowers at Southern Roots Flower Market, which has strong ties to McAllen.

A customer called Cissy Infante Guerrero to let her know they wouldn’t be coming by that week – but no worries – a return to Tucker’s Barbecue was guaranteed. “It was so sweet of her to call,” Infante Guerrero said of the customer. “She was worried about us and wanted to assure they would be back to see us.” The months of COVID-19 have consequently tested local businesses. They’ve adjusted…

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San Benito Halloween Spooktacular

A drive-thru trunk-or-treat takes place during the San Benito Halloween Spooktacular Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. (until supplies last). Attendees are asked to follow all guidelines: Face covering required. All attendees must stay in their car. Vehicles only. No one can walk into this event. The following vehicles will not be permitted: limos, bicycles, motorcycles, scooters, vehicles with trailers attached, buses, motor-homes, cargo vans, and any vehicle over 8’2’’ high.…

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San Benito Community Virtual Job Fair

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The San Benito Chamber of Commerce and Workforce Solutions Cameron cohost a virtual job fair Sept. 30. Job seekers may register online and upload a resume in .pdf format. Job seekers may get more information by emailing bsucameron@wfscameron.org. Employers may register online. Once the employer registers, Workforce Solutions Cameron will provide a tutorial video on how to set up their booth and answer questions. For more information, contact the San Benito…

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Catholic Diocese Conducts Census Sundays

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The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville is launching Census Sundays in an effort to bolster census participation in areas that are still undercounted. In addition to announcements to parishioners, certain area churches will host drive-through events every weekend through Sept. 27. “A vital part of the mission of the Church is to care for the people of God – all people – Catholic or not,” states a release from the Diocese.…

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Producing Health Care Workers In Time of Need

South Texas Training students practice skills on each other in early spring 2020. (Courtesy)

The front lines of hospitals and nursing homes are under severe duress – and help isn’t coming just from universities and nursing schools. Employers are in need of nurse assistants, medical assistants and phlebotomists in caring for surging numbers of patients. Career schools with licenses from the Texas Workforce Commission are training and educating these essential workers. Schools such as Careers Unlimited and South Texas Training Center are working to…

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Customer Service Plus!

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This “Customer Service Plus!” on Aug. 27 is a condensed, no-cost version of the two-hour session. The workshop gives participants a better understanding of why customer service is so important to the success of a business. Learn tips on the following: Meeting customer expectations and satisfy customer needs Delivering excellent customer service Becoming a powerful problem-solver The UTRGV SBDC offers the session. Promotional support comes from the Rio Grande City…

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Longhorn Cattle Company Is Back

Plates of hot meats and tasty sides are heaping and ready for Longhorn customers.

It was a day before the Longhorn Cattle Company reopening and owner Bill Turner was raring to go. “The fires are lit and the beans are cooking,” said Turner on June 2, the eve of his barbecue restaurant reopening after weeks of COVID-19 closure.  The San Benito mainstay business along the expressway is a destination restaurant in the Rio Grande Valley. The days of closure were long ones for a…

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Moonshiner Bring Slice Of Ozarks

Jerrod Leon Henry stands by his copper still in Los Fresnos.

Tape holds up a distiller’s and rectifier’s permit from the state to the front window of Jerrod Leon Henry’s emerging business. A gold 120-gallon copper still made in Tennessee sits inside of what will become the Rio Grande Distillery and Magic Valley Moonshine. It’s on Highway 100 on the outskirts of Los Fresnos. Traffic buzzes by on the way to Port Isabel and South Padre Island. Henry is bringing a…

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San Benito Pharmacy Recommits to Community

Smiles and great customer service are the rule of thumb at the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy of San Benito. (Courtesy)

David Garza opened his San Benito pharmacy on April 1, 1980. That same day, his wife Dorothy gave birth to their first child.  It’s 40 years later and The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy endures. The landmark anniversary has been met by a worldwide pandemic in the spring of 2020. The COVID-19 virus has put a dent in the longstanding community pharmacy. It perseveres, however, under the primary watch of a second…

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Magnet Schools Adapt to Changing Times

Simulation Lab Facilitator Linda Valdez shows the variety of equipment in her lab at Med High

Engineering students are at work inside a new innovation lab building on the Mercedes campus of the South Texas Independent School District campus. They peer over laptops and move from table to table, conferring over projects and looking over numerical formulas that offer solutions.  “These kids know they’re not on an island,” said Gabe Valdez, an instructor at the school. “They collaborate. They look for opportunities to teach each other.”…

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