Category: Features

Rio History: A Brief History of the Queen

  By Steve Hathcock Special to the PRESS The idea of connecting Padre Island to the mainland had been floated for over 25 years before the following notice appeared in the November 16, 1925 issue of The Galveston Daily News: D.E. Colp, member of the state park board, announced plans for a scenic beach drive …

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Pineapple Ninjaz to be featured on The Texas Bucket List

  Special to the PRESS/NEWS A bright yellow food truck sits on the side of the road in South Padre, serving up island style treats to quite the crowd.  At Pineapple Ninjaz, all of their drinks and delicious dishes are doled out within whole or halved pineapple fruits. Some of their most popular creations include …

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Rio History: Fire Making

By Steve Hathcock The ability to make fire by rubbing two sticks together was arguably the single greatest accomplishment made by our forefathers. The principle is simple: one wooden stick, called the drill or saw, was twisted or rubbed against another, known as the hearth. If done properly, enough heat is created to ignite dried …

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Creatures Among Us: The Nine-Banded Armadillo

By M. Kathy Raines Special to the PRESS Mirroring traits of the quintessential Texan, the nine-banded armadillo is “a hardy, pioneering creature,” one possessing “deep respect and need for the land, the ability to change and adapt, and a fierce, undying love for freedom,” according to 1995’s Texas legislature. Armadillos’ migration to Texas roughly coincides …

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With bars, venues closed, Jenuine Cello returns to Facebook Live

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Jen Mulhern started her Jenuine Cello solo project on her porch when she moved to South Padre Island at the beginning of 2017, performing on Facebook Live to build a local audience.  From there, Mulhern played regularly on the Island and in Brownsville and Harlingen, whether at Painted Marlin, Dodici, Carlito’s …

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LV resident making masks for essential workers

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A small, red cooler in the Golf Course neighborhood of Laguna Vista has become a welcome sign of relief for many needing face coverings. Dixie Jo Cullens, a Laguna Vista resident for the last two years, has made cotton face masks for the last month and a half, using the Center …

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Strunk set program on right path

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS He was only here for two years, but if any football coach that Port Isabel High has ever had put the program back on the path to playoff contention it is Jason Strunk. He arrived in Port Isabel with his family that summer of 2018, weeks after the …

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Creatures Among Us: The Painted Bunting—a Joy to Birders

By M. Kathy Raines Special to the PRESS Painted buntings don’t know about the coronavirus.   Oblivious to our fears and “shelter in place” orders, they, along with other exhausted, migrating birds, are stopping in South Texas in April and early May to rest and feed before flying northward, where they will merrily mate and nest. …

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Former PIHS teacher describes life in China, Philippines during COVID-19 outbreak

                      By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Mike Hancock has been teaching at Huaihua University in Huaihua, Hunan Province, China since September 2019, just two months before the first case of novel coronavirus COVID-19 was confirmed in the country.  Hancock signed a year-long contract with the university …

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Paragraphs bookstore’s final chapter celebrated

                        By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com After three leap years—or 12 years—Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard bookstore shut its glass-paned doors after a retirement celebration in honor of owners Joni Montover and Griff Mangan, on February 29.  Friends came and went from 10:00 a.m. into the …

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