Category: Features

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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Lady Tarpon track working towards district

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons track athletes continue their efforts to put together a complete team in time for next month’s district meet. They may have been lost in the crowd at last week’s Falcon Relays in Los Fresnos, but the field was loaded with big school teams …

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Creatures Among Us: The Scrawled Cowfish—a Charming Gulf Resident

By M. Kathy Raines Special to the PARADE The sloping forehead of this multi-dimensional fish ends in a tiny, puckered “o” of perpetual awe or surprise. This is silly, of course. All fish wear fixed facial “expressions”, so to speak. Still, given our propensity to personify our fellow creatures, scrawled cowfish look, well, adorable. Even …

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200-meter Dash Man Strunk Set to Go

            By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Senior trackman Mac Strunk is ready to get started. This is the third week of practice for the Port Isabel High track and field teams and the first meet of the new season is now only two weeks off. The Press found …

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Shrimp Tales Local authors document Port Isabel, Brownsville shrimping history in new book

Local authors document Port Isabel, Brownsville shrimping history in new book By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The degrees of separation between a person and a shrimper in the Laguna Madre area are few. And though the Laguna Madre’s shrimping industry has slowed considerably, it still exists, and carries with it generations of stories. Local authors Rudy …

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2019: Year in Review

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                  By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadrepress.com The Port Isabel-South Padre Press had some transitional periods in 2019. Longtime editor Dina Arevalo left the PRESS at the beginning of the year, to work with the Mid-Valley Town Crier, where she is Editor. Freddy Jimenez, former editor of San Benito …

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A comedy about the valley, its people, and…chickens?

Casting for Valley-based sitcom “Something Fowl” finishes By DAVID LEE ZAMORA Special to the PRESS On December 21, Pandering Productions, a Rio Grande Valley-based content producer, held its second casting for a comedy sitcom pilot called “Something Fowl” in the Brownsville Public Library. The next day, at Austin Street Bar in McAllen, Texas, they held …

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PI-ISD’s Mariachi Plata Wins Area and Advances to State

                By LAURA LYLES REAGAN Special to the PRESS Point Isabel ISD proudly announced on December 17 that the Port Isabel High School Mariachi Plata earned a Division 1 Superior Rating at the Texas Association Mariachi Educators South Area Contest. It qualified them to compete at the state …

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