PI’s Strunk accepts athletic director position at Pennsylvania high school

By Constancio Martinez, Jr. Special to the PRESS Jason Strunk, Port Isabel High School’s (PIHS) head football coach and athletic director since 2018, is now the Athletic Director at 6A Manheim Township High School, located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Strunk’s last day with the district was today, Tuesday, March 31.   “I have spent 25 years …

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Abbott orders Texas schools to remain closed until May 4

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Texas Governor Greg Abbott has extended a previous executive order, closing all Texas schools until May 4, amid the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, in an executive order Abbott made on March 19, schools were to remain closed until April 4, along with gyms, bars, in-room dining in restaurants, hair salons …

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Stores, restaurants continue supplying goods amid COVID-19 fears

By Angie Gamez Special to the Press Local grocery store managers and employees have worked tirelessly to stock groceries and merchandise and thoroughly clean their stores, floors, and shopping carts during store closure hours. They have all dealt with the logistics of providing and placing limits on high demand products.  Large sections of shelves are …

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Laguna Vista resident tests positive for COVID-19

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A 44-year-old Laguna Vista man has tested positive for novel coronavirus COVID-19. Cameron County Public Health department confirmed the case, along with two other cases–a 27-year-old man from Brownsville and a 59-year-old man from Los Fresnos–around 9:30 p.m. March 26. In a media release, Cameron County Public Health said all three …

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Cameron County confirms seventh case of COVID-19

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A 40-year-old man from Rio Hondo has contracted novel coronavirus COVID-19, Cameron County Public Health announced late last night. The man is currently in self-isolation. The person did not travel outside of Cameron County, according to the release, meaning they likely acquired the virus inside the Rio Grande Valley. Cameron County, …

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Port of Brownsville considers delaying commissioner election

                          By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Brownsville Navigation District (BND), also known as the Port of Brownsville, is considering delaying their Navigation and Canal Commissioner election to November 3, a media release states. The current date of the election is May 2. The …

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Judge Treviño issues mandatory shelter-in-place order for Cameron County

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Cameron County becomes the latest area in Texas with a shelter-in-place order, starting Wednesday, March 25, at 12:01 a.m. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr., issued the order during a March 23 press conference, hoping to slow the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19. The shelter-in-place order will last two weeks and …

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Former PIHS teacher describes life in China, Philippines during COVID-19 outbreak

                      By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Mike Hancock has been teaching at Huaihua University in Huaihua, Hunan Province, China since September 2019, just two months before the first case of novel coronavirus COVID-19 was confirmed in the country.  Hancock signed a year-long contract with the university …

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Laguna Vista names new city secretary

By Martha McClain Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista officials have named Ana Hernandez to serve as permanent city secretary. Town Council members last month named her as an interim in the position, after Alma Deckard resigned. The actions are a part of a reorganizing of the town’s top level personnel over the past few …

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Laguna Vista disaster declaration filed

By Martha McClain Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista Mayor Susie Houston this Tuesday signed a disaster declaration for the Town to help contain the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) now affecting this country The public health emergency declaration, which is scheduled to expire in seven days, is not a cause for alarm or panic, Houston …

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