Lady Tarpons take district opener in four

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel High Lady Tarpons volleyball team took the bus to Raymondville Tuesday for their first district match of the 2019 season, and came away with the win in four sets. The team won by the scores of 25-20, 15-25, 2523, 25-17. The Press visited with head …

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Hartsfield talks marching band

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Scott Hartsfield has been Head Director of Bands for the Port Isabel school system for over 20 years now. He recently sat with your instrumental music reporter and talked about the kind of musical aggregation the 2019 Silver Tarpon Marching Band is shaping up to be. “They’ve done …

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Freshman Montoya digging the xylophone

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Freshman Silver Tarpon Marching Band member Christopher Montoya plays the xylophone in the frontal ensemble. And even though he’s a freshman this is not his first time around in the Silver Tarpon band. Montoya was brought up last year as an eighth grader and he talked with the …

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Tarpons dominate the Tigers in 37-16 win

By CONSTANCIO MARTINEZ, JR. Special to the PRESS After their loss to Porter the prior week, Head Coach Jason Strunk vowed to clean up the Tarpon rushing game miscues, and they were successful, with the Tarpons racking up 454 rushing yards against the Tigers. The first home game of the season brought in a huge …

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Eighteen years later: Thoughts on the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway collapse

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I am sure my memory starts at age five, though I likely have memories from well before then. But my older memories do not have discernible metrics of time that were present then: no clocks or calendars, no acid wash, no sharp versus rounded lines of older and newer cars, and …

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We can’t ignore the American spirit protesters in Hong Kong carry

By ROBERT AVILA Special to the PRESS There is a deep irony anytime the familiar drum beat of Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 song “Born in the U.S.A.” begins playing at a political campaign rally today. Thirty-five years after it its debut, it is still one of the most misunderstood songs in American politics, so much so …

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Judgement Day: Laguna Vista to interview candidates for judge

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Four candidates who applied to serve as Laguna Vista Municipal Court Judges will be invited for interviews with the Town Council at their October meeting. Applicants for the position include current Judge Luis R. Hernandez, as well as Edmund K. Cyganiewicz, James H. Hunter, Jr. and Ricardo M. …

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Laguna Vista Council takes no action on city secretary’s resignation

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista’s Town Council took no action Tuesday night, after reviewing in closed session, City Secretary Alma Deckard’s resignation submitted in July, Laguna Vista Mayor Susie Houston said. The executive session was listed on the Town’s Sept. 10 meeting agenda to “deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, …

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Another one: State Senator Lucio announces 2020 reelection campaign, faces two challengers

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com   In a field just north of Alton Gloor Boulevard and Highway 77, Texas state senator Eddie Lucio, Jr., announced his 2020 campaign for reelection during a “Super Pachanga” party, similar to the festival Lucio threw in 1990 for his first Texas senate campaign.       Lucio adopted a light …

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PI City workers health insurance rates increase

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS Finalizing old business and discussing options for health insurance were a few of the topics the Port Isabel City Commissioners discussed at Tuesday night’s meeting. Previously discussed items that were approved and passed included the annual budget and tax rates; continuation of funding for the SPI Wave free …

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