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Rio History: The Pearl of Allah

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Legend has it that, feeling death’s approach, Lao Tzu, a sixth century BCE philosopher known as the father of Taoism, gave his nephew a small amulet upon which he had carved representations of Buddha, Confucius and himself — the legendary Three Friends.  He told his nephew he had …

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‘Awesome’: Live raptor show a big hit as WOWE wraps up

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com “Awesome!” That one word succinctly summed up Kathy Russo’s experience at the Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo (WOWE) last Friday afternoon. In particular, it summed up her one-of-a-kind experience during the Live Raptor Show with raptor rehabilitator and educator, Jonathan Wood. Russo, a first time Winter Texan from Illinois, …

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DELAYED: Trial on hold for man accused in death of former PRESS editor Elizabeth Sweeten

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Trial has been delayed for a man accused in the death of former PRESS editor Elizabeth “Liz” Sweeten. Ronnie Huerta, 33, is accused of killing Sweeten during a drunk driving incident last March. His trial was set to begin this Monday, Jan. 28, but proceedings have been delayed …

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CVB board greenlights reallocating $150,000 for marketing

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Election of new officers, welcoming new members, consideration of sponsoring a new event and decisions on marketing the Island highlighted the Wednesday, Jan. 23 meeting of the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Advisory Board (CVA). The Board considered making a recommendation to City Council to approve the reallocation …

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Kite Fest happening now at SPI

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The South Padre Island Kite Fest was set to get underway Thursday evening with a special indoor kite-flying show at the South Padre Island Convention Centre. The show continued Friday and Saturday as the kite fliers move things outdoors — to the bayside tidal flats just north of …

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Town sponsoring code enforcement campaign

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS The Laguna Vista CARES – Code Enforcement Campaign is in full swing locally. “We at the Town are working on raising awareness on encouraging property owners to maintain their properties,” City Manager Rolando Vela said. Police Officer Christina Esquivel is working as the code enforcement officer for the Town, …

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TCEQ to host Annova LNG air permit meeting

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is set to hold a public meeting in Brownsville next week regarding an air quality permit submitted by Annova LNG. The state regulatory agency issued a notice earlier this month stating that it has prepared a draft permit in response to …

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Music by the Bay slated in Laguna Vista

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS The Laguna Madre community is invited to participate in the Laguna Vista Live:  Music by the Bay event on Saturday, March 2 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Roloff Park. “We are reaching to those interested in participating this event,” Laguna Vista City Manager Rolando Vela said, adding the …

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Shop till you drop: Thousands flock to SPI Market Days

DARREN GOLLER Special to the PRESS There was plenty to see and do at the 23rd annual SPI Market Days held at the South Padre Island Convention Centre this past weekend. The event saw over 7,000 patrons pass through the gates, all eager to see what treasures they could find on the Island. You could …

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Good as gold: Barrera earns top spot at Edinburg meet

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Port Isabel senior powerlifter Julianna Barrera was golden again in the latest meet at Edinburg IDEA Academy last Saturday. She finished in first place for the second time in as many meets this season and remains on track for a return trip to the state powerlifting meet later …

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