Category: Features

Port Isabel boys head to Youth World Series

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Port Isabel youths Jeremy Martinez and Josiah Garza are both 11 and share more than just a hometown. Their love for the sport of baseball has propelled them to shoot for the stars and go for the big leagues, one World Seri­ous at a time. “I like [baseball] a …

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Student champion for the deaf

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer Ian Hook, 17, was born pre­sum­ably deaf. Thanks to ad­vances in technology, at the age of 18 months, he, along with other young boys and girls in Austin were given the chance to go where few children had gone before. Cochlear Implants were sur­gically installed, allow those children to hear …

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The Heart Of Art: Painter finds calling ‘back home’

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer There was once a young boy who thought he was a fish. He would dive into the bay and stare in awe at the world beneath the waves. His mind’s eye would photograph each color and scene. This boy has grown into a man who takes those scenes as well …

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Tips for staying cool in the summer heat

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer With the summer-like temperatures swelling throughout the Rio Grande Valley, people are always looking for a way to stay cool. Here are some obvi­ous as well as less known tips to keep it cool when the days get hot. For more on this story, pick up a copy of the …

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Island of Praise back for 3rd Annual ‘Fun in the Sun’

By LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS Island of Praise came to South Padre Island in 2009, they wanted the Island to be known as a place where com­munities of people could gather to wor­ship and give praise to God. The event will be June 11 and 12 and pro­mote family fun in the sun …

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Local author pens book on aliens

Local writer tells his story

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer The inspiration of a child is a wondrous thing; it is the time when imagination has few boundaries and reality is not a scary concept. At the age of 59, writer Lo­gan Hawkes can say that the inspiration he still has for his line of work comes from a childhood …

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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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Top grads look toward bright future

PIHS grads

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer As lockers and backpacks are emptied, college applications are mailed out and GPA’s are calculated, all eyes are turned to the top two students who gave their all for the past four years and can finally reap the benefits. Mayra Rodriguez, 17, is the valedictorian of the Tarpon’s 2011 class, …

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Camp encourages kids to fishPort

kids fish camp

By LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the NEWS On Saturday May 27 over 10 children and their parents came together at KOA Campground on South Padre Island to participate in a Fishing’s Future Kids Fish Camp. Fishing’s Future is a 501-c3 corporation whose mission is to reconnect kids and nature, strengthen family relationships, build stewardship of …

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