Category: Features

Nieto recalls Tarpon football career

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS He was known as the “Nitro Man” or, simply, “Nitro.” He is Port Isabel Junior High, and part-time Varsity, football coach Johnny Nieto. He recently met with the Press at a local burger place and shared the memories of his playing days as a Port Isabel Tarpon. Nieto …

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Drum major Morales ready to go

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Elizabeth Morales is a clarinet player when she’s in the ranks of the Port Isabel Silver Tarpon Marching Band. However, she will not be down in the ranks for the 2019 marching season. She will be one of two drum majors fronting the band this year for the …

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History of TIFT: How the tournament’s first year predicted its 80th

By GAIGE DAVILA Port Isabel-South Padre Press In the June 1934 edition of Rio Grande Valleybased Monty’s Monthly News magazine, James Addison Hockaday, or “J.A.,” a Missouri-born physician who moved to Port Isabel, described the philosophy behind the first Rio Grande Valley Fishing Rodeo, two months before the tournament’s start: “At our front door flows …

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Green awarded Press scholarship

By MARINA WISE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel – South Padre Press, in partnership with several local businesses, is pleased to announce the recipient of our 2017 academic scholarship, Ramsey Green. Green was selected from a talented pool of applicants and will receive $500 to aid his post-secondary educational pursuits. A first generation college …

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Rio History: How Padre Island Got It’s Name

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Charles Canny emailed me and asked “What’s the story behind Padre Island’s name?” Padre Nicholas Balli, for whom the Island gets its name, was the first European to bring ranching to the Island. He and his nephew Juan founded El Rancho Santa Cruz de Buena Vista (later known as …

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HAPPY 240th BIRTHDAY

Cities to mark 4th of July By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Many a Laguna Madre fiesta is being planned throughout the long holiday weekend to celebrate the 240th birthday of the United States of America. Things get started Friday evening, with the traditional beach and bayside fireworks displays on South Padre Island. Bayside …

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The Long Road Back

Man walks to help kids, get gym back By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s said that every journey begins with a first step. For Harlingen resident David Remp, that first step began Saturday morning at the base of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway in Port Isabel and was set to end some 40 …

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Lady of the Sun: Yvette Rendon

Special to the PRESS There’s no stopping Yvette Rendon. On any given day, she juggles her duties as a dedicated mother, friend, and family member all the while still attempting to find time in the day to indulge herself, and for Ms. Rendon, indulging herself typically includes partaking in some type of beach activity on …

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‘Father Mike’ honored on 40th anniversary

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church parishioners celebrated the 40th anniversary of priesthood for the Rev. Michael Gnanaraj, parochial vicar on Sunday. Bishop Daniel Flores led a Mass in honor of  the reverend, known as Father Mike to his parishioners, and a celebration followed at the Port …

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Spring Breaking with Jessica Guerra

PARADE Staff Report Hard working, independent, smart, talented, single mother, and, oh yeah,knows how to handle a firearm, all accurately describe the lovely Jessica Guerra. Hailing from Brownsville, Guerra is a marketing model and ring girl at regional boxing and mixed martial arts events.She’s also no stranger to the Island, not only spending serious time here …

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