Category: Features

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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A Higher Calling: Local woman heads to Africa

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer “Follow your dreams” seems to be the mantra of the younger generation, and for 21-year-old Felicia Berg­man, it is exactly what she is doing. After dreaming about being in Africa, Bergman feels that she is called to do missions in South Africa and is working to raise the funds to …

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College ministry volunteers at Bethel Baptist

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer The need to serve can be a powerful driving force, and, for a group of Valley young men and women, that need was fed during a service proj­ect for a Port Isabel church. From May 19 to 20, Jour­ney, a college and career age ministry group out of Har­lingen, came …

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Judy Lynn Galvan named winner of 2011 PRESS scholarship

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer Soft spoken and aspiring, Judy Lynn Galvan has high hopes for her life as she moves from high school to college. She is the winner of the 2011 Port Isabel South Padre Press Scholarship. With the funds she has been awarded, the future 2011 Port Isabel High School graduate plans …

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Hill Top in line-up with popular Christain band

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Special to the PRESS How many musicians can fit on the top of a hill? In the case of Christ’s Harbor Church’s (CHC) praise and worship band, it takes seven. Hill Top is a group of local talent that has performed together every Sunday for two years to lead worship in Laguna …

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LAGUNA MADRE POLICE BLOTTER

May 4, 2011 – 11:31 a.m. Something Borrowed At the Church’s Chicken on HWY 100, a man requested police assistance in finding his car. The victim claimed to have lent out the vehicle to a friend, and it had yet to be returned. Officers said they would be on the lookout for the vehicle.  May …

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