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Part II: Depression Era Basketball: Junior Tarpons brought home the bacon at Cameron County Championship

By RENE TORRES Special to the PRESS Rio Grande Valley high school and junior high division basketball got a boast in the 1930s by the La Feria Lions Letterman’s club.  C. E. Vail, La Feria coach and Cameron Country director of sports was the leader in promoting athletics in the entire Rio Grande Valley. Beginning …

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A story never told: Podcast chronicles night of Causeway collapse

  By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The Queen Isabella Causeway collapse is a story more recited than told. But a new podcast is seeking to tell the collapse’s story in more detail than ever before, from those who were there, nearly 20 years later.  “The True Story of the Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse” podcast first debuted …

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Part I: Depression Era Basketball: In the 1930s, Tarpons dominated the dirt courts

By RENE TORRES Special to the PRESS/NEWS With the 2020-21 edition of the Port Isabel Tarpon Basketball Team heating up the courts straight into the postseason, this writer thought it would an appropriate time to reissue an article compiled and published in 2015 detailing the Post-Depression-Era Tarpons and their historic run on the courts that …

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Rio Grande Distillery brings moonshine to the RGV

By Gaige Davila Los Fresnos, Texas, may be the last place anyone would expect to find moonshine, but it’s there, and it’s presence is becoming more known.  Jerrod Leon Henry, owner and master distiller of Rio Grande Distillery, makes Magic Valley Moonshine from his storefront on Highway 100 in between Laguna Vista and Los Fresnos …

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Manuel’s reopens: Customers sustain beloved restaurant

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  After two weeks, Manuel’s Restaurant has reopened with the help of longtime customers, many who continued donating on Manuel’s opening day in the form of generous tips.  On Tuesday, Jan 26, morning, Manuel’s parking lot looked as it does every other day (except Mondays, when they’re closed): full of cars. That …

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Rio History: Moments in Time

Curated by Steve Hathcock Editor’s note: These articles appeared in the Port Isabel-South Padre Island PRESS on January 8, 1976.   Cable TV Comes to the Laguna Madre  At a meeting of the South Padre Island town council, Tom Russell, a representative of the Laguna Madre Cable Company told the council about his companies’ proposal to …

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Manuel’s continues crowdfunding campaign

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Laguna Madre community, its winter residents, and people across the country are continuing to donate to a beloved Port Isabel restaurant impacted by COVID-19.  Manuel’s Restaurant, through a GoFundMe campaign started on Jan. 13 by Frank Barroso, son of owner Jose “Manuel,” are raising money to remain in business.  More …

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Exploring chainmaille artistry at Alchemaille Exploratorium

Words and Photos by Gaige Davila The Port Isabel Lighthouse, though built in 1852, is not the oldest piece of history in Port Isabel’s Market Square. Down the hill of the lighthouse sits Alchemaille Exploratorium, the workspace and store of Michael DeVeny, Port Isabel’s only chainmaille artist.  “I saw a chainmaille shirt sitting over a …

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Rio History: January Moments in Time

Curated by Steve Hathcock Editor’s note: These articles appeared in the Port Isabel-South Padre Island PRESS on January 8, 1976.   Cable TV Comes to the Laguna Madre At a meeting of the South Padre Island town council, Tom Russell, a representative of the Laguna Madre Cable Company told the council about his companies’ proposal to …

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Daiquiris to-go comes to South Padre

Photos and Words By Gaige Davila South Padre Parade Louisiana has made its mark on South Padre Island, in the form of a familiar drink served in an unfamiliar way, served to-go.  Island Daiquiris 2 Go is now serving frozen cocktails just off South Padre Island’s entertainment district, with old favorites and new flavors for …

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