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Cameron County ranks 5th in COVID deaths

Staff report Cameron County ranks 5th in the state for COVID-19 deaths, according to Cameron County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo, who spoke on the county’s COVID-19 situation at a press conference on Aug. 24.  “That has either happened because our population has health problems, because of our demographics, because of poverty, because of access …

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The Port Isabel-South Padre Press is looking for a salesperson

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Staff report The Port Isabel-South Padre Press is looking for a salesperson to fill a full-time position. The salesperson will sell advertisements for both the weekly Port Isabel-South Padre Press and the monthly South Padre Parade entertainment magazine. Previous sales experience preferred. Email Ray Quiroga at rayq@portisabelsouthpadre.com. Serious inquirers only. Tweet

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PI plans Tex. Supreme Court appeal in Meza case

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The highest court in the state will decide whether a lawsuit against the City of Port Isabel from its former city manager will ever see a courtroom.  After the state’s Thirteenth Court of Appeals, which serves Cameron County and several other South Texas counties, denied the City of Port Isabel’s request …

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Candidates selected for SPI election

            By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Both incumbents are running for reelection in South Padre Island’s mayor and council elections later this year. Patrick McNulty, who won a runoff election against Darla Jones in 2019, is running for mayor again. Alita Bagley, current council member for Place 4, has also filed …

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PI-ISD’s new food service director outlines meal plans for school year

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  School buses will zip through the Laguna Madre area’s streets soon, but not with students on board. The “Grab & Go, Eat at Home” program is PI-ISD’s school-year version of meal programs started in March, when PI-ISD suspended in-person classes after COVID-19 cases started rising in Texas. Leading the program is …

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PI resident arraigned on child pornography, sex abuse charges

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  A Port Isabel man has been arraigned in court for possessing child pornography and aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child. Javier Garza, 22, who was arraigned in the Port Isabel Municipal Court on Aug. 14, has a total $170,000 in bonds: $20,000 for possession of child pornography; $100,000 for …

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LV approves art projects for Roloff Park

By Gaige Davila editor@portisaabelsouthpadre.com  Laguna Vista’s Roloff Park will receive a significant, artistic facelift soon, reflecting the town’s various wildlife and naturescape.  Local artist Christina Salazar will paint a mural of native butterflies and birds on the outside of Roloff Park’s bathrooms that face Highway 510, along with some artwork on the park’s electrical boxes …

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Man arrested on SPI facing kidnapping, capital murder charges

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  A man accused of kidnapping and murdering a McAllen woman is facing a capital murder charge after being arrested on South Padre Island.  Richard Ford, 40, of McAllen, is being charged with aggravated kidnapping/sexual abuse and murder of his ex-wife, 37-year-old Melissa Banda. Ford is being held on a total $4.5 …

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PI-ISD school board president selected for leadership conference

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Jimmy Vela, Point Isabel Independent School District’s (PI-ISD)school board president, will represent Port Isabel in a statewide school board member program, the first to do so from the district. Vela was accepted into the Leadership TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) program last week, the only school board member from Region …

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County order delays school, fall sports further

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Cameron County students cannot physically return to school until late September, a new order from Cameron County states.  Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr. and Cameron County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo ordered delaying in-person classroom instruction until after Monday, Sept. 28, citing rising COVID-19 cases in the county. Previously, Treviño …

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