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BREAKING: Island police search for missing man

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Late on Friday evening, the City of South Padre Island released a statement saying it was working with other law enforcement agencies to investigate a missing persons case.­ “While conducting the investigation, investigators obtained information that led to a rural area in Willacy County where human remains were …

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After suspension, Port Isabel officer demoted

Editor’s Note: This report contains profanity and sexually explicit language that may disturb some readers. To jump to Part 2, exclusively available online, please click here. By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A Port Isabel police officer who was given a 7-day suspension in late June has since been demoted from the rank of …

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Tourney champs reflect on winning runs

By ALEXA RAY Special to the PRESS The 37th Annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament (LKT) wrapped up this past Sunday. After a full and fun day at sea on Saturday, participants of the tournament gathered at the South Padre Island Convention Centre to relax and celebrate all of their hard work. For the fishing teams who …

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Local leaves lasting legacy at LKT

By ALEXA RAY Special to the PRESS Ann Louise Wells fished her whole life. She first took up the hobby when she was just a baby in her home state of Michigan, participating in tournaments with her father. After moving to South Padre Island, Wells quickly fell in love with bay fishing in the Laguna …

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Dominguez to hold town hall in Laguna Vista

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS The Town of Laguna Vista will host a Town Hall Meeting featuring State Representative – Elect Alex Dominguez on Monday, Aug. 20 from 6-8 p.m. in the Council Meeting Room, located at 122 Fernandez Street. “As he prepares for the Legislative Session that starts in January, the Representative-Elect wants to …

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Police chief gets 3-year contract

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The future of the Port Isabel chief of police is secure for the next three years after the Port Isabel City Commission voted to approve an employment contract agreement with him during Tuesday evening’s meeting. The contract was approved by a split vote — 3 for, and 1 …

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School district set to pass balanced budget

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By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com After meeting numerous times over the course of summer break, the Point Isabel School Board of Trustees is poised to pass a budget for fiscal year 2018-19 that does not require the district to dip into its fund balance. Such was the news delivered by Deputy Superintendent of …

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Laguna Vista eyeing new $1.71 million budget

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Town of Laguna Vista officials Tuesday a proposed operating budget of $1,713,331 for the coming fiscal year. Highlights of the financial document include an unchanged tax rate of 0.354124, which is the current tax rate, a 3 percent salary increase for Town employees and the purchase of a rescue …

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Routine Maintenance: Committee hears status update on City parks

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Parks and Keep SPI Beautiful Committee discussed park maintenance, feedback regarding the July 4th parade, and the Committee’s social media site during their Wednesday, August 15 meeting. Jon Wilson, with Public Works, also provided an update on completed and planned maintenance at the City’s parks. …

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City to hold November bond election

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel City Commission approved the second and final reading Tuesday night of an ordinance calling for a special election this November for a series of bonds to fund several capital improvement projects. The Commission also approved the first readings of the budget for fiscal year 2018-19 …

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