Category: Features

Fifth Barrientez sibling reaches 100

Special to the PRESS Longtime Port Isabel resident Isabel Barrientez Perez celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, with her children, grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren.  Barrientez was born to Romana Valent and Pedro Barrientez in Port Isabel, one of 14 children of 14 children, including 3 sets of twins. Barrientez is …

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LV skate bowl’s future questioned after church prohibits use

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A skating pool located behind the former site of Christ Harbor Church in Laguna Vista, now San Benito-based Cross Church’s Bay Area campus, has been an alt-culture staple in an otherwise quiet bayside community.  Sometime between Cross Church’s launch of their Bay Area campus on Easter Sunday of this year and …

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In Memoriam: SPI resident loses battle with COVID-19

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com When COVID-19 hit the Rio Grande Valley, Doug Atwell, a South Padre Island resident, became a cautious man, advocating to his family and friends to stay inside, wear masks and practice social distancing.  Even after the state reopened with a slew of orders issued by Governor Greg Abbott, Doug Atwell kept …

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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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