Early voting set to begin Monday

By ANAMARIA RAMIREZ Port Isabel-South Padre Press With Election Day less than a month away, voters will soon have the opportunity to fulfill their constitutional duty. Three entities are on the ballot this cycle: the South Padre Island Mayoral election, the Port Isabel City Commissioners election, and the Point Isabel Independent School District Board of …

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Bird sanctuary thriving, calls for volunteers

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com   Cozily located between Pompano and Sheepshead St., the South Padre Island Migratory Sanctuary has been underdone revitalization over the past two years, but now, the sanctuary is hoping to bring in volunteers. If you take a stroll down to the sanctuary, operated by the Valley Land …

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Welcome Caum, SPI hosts Ed Caum as new CVB director

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS The new director of the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), Ed Caum, held a small welcoming reception Monday evening at the SPI Convention Center, to introduce himself and articulate some of his ideas for marketing the Island. Attended primarily by CVB staff and South Padre …

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Decker pleads guilty, gets 11 years

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com   Daisy Joy Decker, 21, of Sugarland, was sentenced Wednesday morning to serve 11 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Appearing before 445th state District Judge Gloria Rincones, Decker was found guilty of intoxicated manslaughter with a vehicle as well as counts of accident involving …

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Final mayoral forum held

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS With the election mere weeks away, the three candidates vying for the position of Mayor of South Padre Island converged at the SPI Convention Center Monday evening for a last public candidate forum. Facing a capacity crowd as well as the moderator and timer for the event, the …

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Business as usual for instrumental music

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS It was business as usual for the instrumental music department at Port Isabel High School this year. The 2018-’19 school year is fast drawing to a close, and the Press recently visited with Head Director of Bands Scott Hartsfield to get his thoughts on just what kind of …

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Tarpons to compete at Kingsville

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Seven Port Isabel track and field athletes have qualified for regional competition on the strength of their performances in this week’s area meet at La Feria. William Camacho, Cesar Aguilera, Mac Strunk, Jesus Moctezuma, Juan Ramos, Tavien Ellison, and Angel Cacho will all compete in the UIL Area …

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Lady’s track and field off to Regionals

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Seven Port Isabel Lady Tarpon athletes are off to next week’s regional track and field meet as a result of high finishes at this week’s area meet in La Feria. Madison Ramos, Marlyn Cesenes, Danaka Camacho, Gabby Torres, Mandy Perkins, Lora Galvan, and Allyson Reyes advance to regional …

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Rio History: Another Tale of the Bottle

By Steve Hathcock Special to the Parade Ellen Smith of Hot Springs, Arkansas sent me an email a while back asking about a bottle she and her husband had found while exploring near the mouth of the Rio Grande after Hurricane Dolly. The bottle you found, I replied, is known as a ceramic, or stoneware, beer …

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Gator exhibit on the way

Alligators to be housed at birding center By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS   The South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center (BNC) will soon be offering a new alligator exhibit for visitors to enjoy. Presently, there are alligators at the BNC, but they are not in any kind of enclosure. Cristin Howard, manager …

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