Category: Features

Rio History: Lost Treasures and Ghost Ships

By Steve Hathcock The cargo steamer Baychimo, built in Sweden, in 1914 for the Hudson Bay Company, spent its early days plying the frigid waters along the Victoria Island Coast of the Northwest Territory trading supplies for pelts with the people who lived in the cold northern wilderness. The Baychimo was homeward bound in October …

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Varsity Hoops Player Pinkerton Eager to Get Started

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS Cole Pinkerton is ready to go.  The third-year Varsity hoops player has been hard at work on his game ever since the end of last year’s basketball season and he is ready to hit the hard court running when practice begins this week.  The Press found Pinkerton in …

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The Most Haunted Places in The RGV: An Introduction

By Johanna “Luna” Sanchez Special to the PRESS My name is Luna, and I am part of a paranormal investigation team called @JoeDarklyVlogs. The team and I will be taking you across the Rio Grande Valley to encounter some of the experiences we, and others, have come across with the paranormal.  Our first visit was …

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4th annual Hallowings Monarch Migration Festival celebrates monarch journey

By Laura Lyles Reagan Special to the PRESS It was perfect weather for the 4th Annual Hallowings Monarch Migration Festival. The South Padre Island Birding Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary (SPIBNCAS) hosts the annual celebration of the Monarch butterfly migration which passes through South Padre Island late October and early November.  The generation of Monarchs …

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Polished and Poised: Local bartender’s wine glass polisher invention soon to be mass produced

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com   Most evenings, you can find Robert Foehringer behind the bar at Gabriella’s Italian Grill and Pizzeria, at 700 Padre Boulevard on South Padre Island.  Sometime during the seven years he’s worked there, Foehringer created a faster method to an oft-dreaded restaurant side work: polishing wine glasses. Foehringer created a wine …

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The ‘Carlos Santana of Harmonica’: Tim Gonzalez returns to the Island for two shows

By Angie Gamez Special to the Press Brownsville native and harmonica artist, Tim Gonzalez, from Nashville, Tennessee, will be performing at LongBoard Bar and Grill on South Padre Island Thursday, October 10, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 12, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.   His performances will cover original songs from his …

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Laguna Vista schedules fun Fall events

By MARTHA  McCLAIN Special to the PRESS A series of Fall events scheduled in Laguna Vista begin with a community celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday evening, Oct. 1 at Roloff Park, 122 Fernandez Street. Sponsored by the Laguna Vista Police Department, the event is designed to encourage a closer relationship with the police and …

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Native Son, Nolan Perez, MD Named to UT System Board of Regents

By Laura Lyles Reagan Special to the PRESS   Nolan Perez, M.D., a 1989 Point Isabel High School graduate has been appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and confirmed by the Texas Senate, to join the University of Texas System Board of Regents to a two-year term which will end on February 1, 2021. He …

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32nd Annual Sandcastle Days starts next weekend

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Special to the Parade Starting next weekend, on Wednesday, October 2, Sandcastle Days begins their 5-day event at Clayton’s Beach Bar, complete with sand sculptures from master sculptors, a mercado, sand sculpting lessons at “Sandcamp,” live bands, numerous sand sculpture competitions, water slides, bouncer, and a bull riding simulator. On Wednesday …

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Breaking The Glass Ceiling: O’Carroll appointed first female police chief

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS After serving the city of South Padre Island and working her way up the ranks for 21 years, Claudine O’Carroll has achieved what no woman has before her: She is now the first female police chief in the history of SPI. “This was the first city I applied …

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