Category: Features

Meet the Author Series at Paragraphs: Book signing and conversation with author, W. F. Strong

By WENDY VAN DEN BOOGERD Special to the PRESS Paragraphs has scheduled a book signing with author W.F. Strong for his second appearance at Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard bookstore, on October 12, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 5505 Padre Boulevard. In 2010, Strong began sharing his “Stories from Texas” vignettes on public radio …

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Recap: 2019 Wahoo Classic Tournament

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com                             The 2019 Wahoo Classic tournament, an offshore-only fishing tournament, concluded over the weekend, with the weigh-in held at Jim’s Pier, just off Swordfish St. on South Padre Island, just before sundown. Winning the tournament’s namesake was “Hoo …

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Sea Turtle, Inc. fundraiser raises money towards turtle rehab facility

By PAMELA CODY Special to the Parade Turtle lovers from all over Texas came out to lend their support to Sea Turtle, Inc. last weekend, to help raise funds for the organization’s ongoing endeavors to rescue and rehabilitate injured sea turtles and conserve all marine turtle species. The fundraiser, dubbed “Tastes and Toddies with the …

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Creatures Among Us: Welcome, Hooded Warbler!

By M. KATHY RAINES Special to the PRESS Fall migration is in full swing, and the charming little hooded warbler is resting and filling up on Valley insects as it journeys from the eastern U.S. to the tropics. A black hood, like Batman’s cowl, encircles the lemon-yellow face of the male, making it one of …

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Creatures Among Us: Diamondback Water Snake

By M. KATHY RAINES Special to the Parade Relax, it’s not a cottonmouth. Those venomous water snakes, you’ll be pleased to know, live no further south than Corpus Christi. No, that long, thick, brownish snake swimming in or basking along one of the Rio Grande Valley’s resaca is likely one of our benign and quite …

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Business Highlight: Luna Medical Clinic

By WENDY VAN DEN BOOGERD Special to the PRESS No matter what ails you, Greg Luna is the person you’ll want to see. Located at 112 West Queen Isabella Ste C in Port Isabel, Luna Medical Clinic operated by Gregory Luna, P.A., delivers personalized care, along with compassion and a knowledge base that is sure …

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Rio History: The Reservation

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the Parade Bill Howard wrote to ask about about a postcard he found. The photo shows the U.S. Naval radio tower and station which was situated on a 22 acre plot near where the swing bridge connecting Long Island Village to Port Isabel is located today. In response to increased …

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Mural now adorns side of SPI Community Center

By Wendy Van Den Boogerd Special to the PRESS Self-taught local artist Mario Morales has changed the face of the South Padre Island Community Center, with a new mural that celebrates South Padre Island culture.  The mural is at 9.5 feet tall and 72 feet long, with 674 square feet in total. There are three …

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Rio History: Coil Spring Mattress Contributes to President’s Death

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PARADE President James Garfield survived an assassination attempt on July 2, 1881 but his chances of recovery hinged on his doctors being able to locate and remove a bullet that was lodged somewhere in his chest. The problem was simple; if the bullet had penetrated the liver or other …

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Author of “South Padre Shark” holding book signing this weekend

By WENDY VAN DEN BOOGERD Special to the Press Ernest Francis Schanilec, author of the “Hastings series” novels, will be signing copies of his most recent novel, “South Padre Shark,” on Saturday, August 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, at Paragraphs on Padre Bou levard bookstore, located at 5505 Padre Boulevard on the island. …

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