Huelga de AmFELS: Workers, organizers strike for union at AmFELS, employees vote against it

By GAIGE DAVILA Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com                                           On Wednesday, Keppel AmFELS workers voted against establishing a union at the shipyard facility. Out of 793 workers, 247 expressed interest in a union during five …

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In memoriam: Ceremony held for Causeway collapse’s 18th anniversary on the Island

By Wendy Van Den Boogerd Special to the PRESS                 Four days after the terrorist attacks of September, 11 2001, South Padre Island experienced their own tragedy. Sunday, September 15, 2019, marked 18 years since the Queen Isabella Causeway collapsed just after 2:00 a.m., where eight people died …

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Lady Tarpons fall to Grulla at home

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons volleyball team hosted RGC-Grulla Tuesday night, and were taken down by the Lady Gators in straight sets, 25-21, 2510, 25-22. The first set was back-and-forth until Port Isabel scored four straight points and took a 10-6 lead. Grulla then took 11 of the …

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Ramos improving her game

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Madison Ramos is working all the time to improve her game so she can be more of a contributor on the Port Isabel High volleyball team. She sat with the Press this week and talked about how, as a sophomore, she knows her way around the court more …

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Tarpons fall short in 21-13 loss to the Pirates

By CONSTANCIO MARTINEZ, JR. Special to the PRESS   The Tarpons traveled to Hidalgo to take on the Pirates last Friday night, working to build on last week’s win over Valley View. On paper, both teams only passed the ball about 30 percent of the time, so the game would be decided on the ground. …

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Zapata Fishing Tourney held last weekend

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com               The third annual Jaime J. Zapata Fishing Tournament concluded at Louie’s Backyard over the weekend. The tournament is held in honor of Jaime J. Zapata, a Brownsville-born U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent killed in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on February 15, 2011. “Blue …

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CVAB approves food truck festival on SPI, denies fall music festival

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS The Convention and Visitors Advisory Board (CVAB) of the City of South Padre Island met at noon Wednesday, September 18, to consider funding requests and view presentations by potential group business marketing firms. The CVAB discussed funding requests for two potential upcoming events this fall. One event was …

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Coffee and Conversation program focuses on college readiness

By ANGIE GAMEZ Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce held its “Coffee and Conversation” on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at the Padre Island Brewing Company. The “Coffee and Conversation” program gives chamber members and local citizens the opportunity to meet and hear from different public figures, Roxanne Ray, President/CEO of …

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Point Isabel ISD receives “Superior” rating in Texas Education Agency audit

By LAURA LYLES REAGAN Special to the PRESS On September 17, 2019, the regular Point Isabel ISD School Board with President Pinkerton residing, received a report presented by Deputy Superintendent of Business and Operations, Johnny Pineda, on the Texas Education Agency (TEA) audit, called School FIRST (Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas). Point Isabel ISD …

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Recap: 2019 Wahoo Classic Tournament

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com                             The 2019 Wahoo Classic tournament, an offshore-only fishing tournament, concluded over the weekend, with the weigh-in held at Jim’s Pier, just off Swordfish St. on South Padre Island, just before sundown. Winning the tournament’s namesake was “Hoo …

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