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Mighty Blaze: Fire rips through mobile home

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer A trailer caught on fire on Wednesday, June 8 and spread to a pile of tires in Laguna Heights; no one was injured in the fire. Port Isabel, South Padre Island, Laguna Vista and Los Fresnos fire depart­ments all came to subdue the flames. Roberto Castillo, the owner of the …

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Indy 500 proves worthy

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS As I’ve written in these pages before, the history of the Indianapolis 500 is filled with the stories of drivers who seemingly had the race won, only to have victory snatched from them with just a few laps to go. There was Eddie Sachs who, in 1961, made …

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10 Tarps make All-District

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Ten Port Isabel Tarpons were recently named to the All-District 32-3A baseball team. Making the All-District first team were pitcher Bobby Barker, 1st baseman Blake Sapp, and 3rd baseman Jesse Loera. Named to the second team All-District were pitcher Johnny Loera and outfielder Armando Fierro. The hon­orable mention …

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Boy saved in near drowning

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer A four-year-old Mission boy nearly drowned at the La Copa Best Western on Thursday, June 2. The South Padre Island Fire Department, Police and Emergency Medical Ser­vices responded and came to 350 Padre Blvd. to aid the child. When they arrived, a Good Samaritan had al­ready performed CPR. The little …

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Nutrition program underway

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Healthy eating and an active lifestyle were pro­moted as the Summer Feed­ing Program kicked-off Sat­urday. The event served as the start of an 11-week program that provides free meals to students in the Point Isabel Independent School District. Free water and fruit cups were served. The program is …

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Buck Sergeant Vela recalls war

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer For many people, Memo­rial Day was a day of free­dom from work, but for oth­ers like Robert Vela, it was a reminder of the ghosts he had gathered in his years of protecting freedom. A Buck Sergeant in the Vietnam War, 65-year-old Vela had never left Port Isa­bel until he …

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Barkers all class on and off the field

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer Not many people can say they graduated alongside a sibling who is not a twin, but for Bobby and Josh Barker, that is exactly what they did. Growing up in the Port Isa­bel area since a very young age, 18-year-old Bobby and 17-year-old Josh were raised by their father to …

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PIISD holds annual commencement

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer It was a sea of blue flow­ing by as 148 seniors walked down the aisle on Friday to re­ceive their proof of purchase for their educations thus far. At the South Padre Island Convention Center, the 2011 seniors said “good-bye” to high school and “hello” to the rest of their …

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Baytown man drowns on SPI

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By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer The South Padre Island Constable’s Office released the name of the drowning victim on Tuesday, May 31. Billie Joe Crow, Jr., 55, was pulled from the water at beach access five on Sunday, May 29. in the afternoon by an unnamed good Samaritan. The Baytown, Texas resident was administered Cardiopulmonary …

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City improves ramp

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By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer What is peanut butter without jelly, or the sky without the sun? Much like these things, where would Port Isabel be without docks? The city has been granted the funds to not only improve but add new facilities onto the Pompano Park Public Boat Ramp. According to the city, “The …

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