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Top of the class: Valedictorian reflects on accomplishments

By Freddy Jimenez Editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Productive, independent, and eager such is the description of Miya Whittington’s character and work ethic, all qualities which have landed her at the top of the Port Isabel High School (PIHS) Class of 2019 graduating class as Valedictorian. Throughout her time at PIHS, Whittington has kept herself occupied, joining clubs and …

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Salutatorian headed to Texas A&M: Barrera on school, values, and the future

By Freddy Jimenez Editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com   Doused in self-awareness, with strong family and communal values, as well as a desire to serve the country and help others, Karen Michelle Barrera earned herself the Salutatorian rank for the Port Isabel High School graduating Class of 2019. Apart from attending school like most teenagers, Barrera has also found …

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Laguna Madre Youth Center receives special program grant

Special to the Press   The Laguna Madre Youth Center has received a one-year $20,000 grant from United Way of Southern Cameron County.  The funds will be used to create a math program and enhance an existing reading program for its elementary and middle school age members. The new programs will begin in July, and …

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Sandpiper pavilion opens at Isla Blanca Park

Special to the Press   Last week, Cameron County announced the completion and opening of the new Sandpipers Pavilion at Isla Blanca Park. The new improvements at Sandpiper Pavilion include picnic tables, restrooms, rinse stations, concession areas, bbq areas, and an ADA dune walkover. Other new features include the development of a lighted beachfront boardwalk …

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Best Beach 2019, SPI receives Best Restored Beaches Award

Special to the Press The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) have awarded the City of South Padre Island the Best Restored Beaches for 2019.  The ASBPA released its much-anticipated annual list of the nation’s best-restored beaches. This year’s list provides representation from the mid-Atlantic, south Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts. South Padre Island …

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Medina prepping for upcoming football season

By Larry Gage Special to the Press   Brayan Medina is hard at work preparing for the 2019 high school football season.  He is an incoming senior and will be suiting up as a player for his final season of the Port Isabel version of “Friday Night Lights”. The Press found Medina in the weight …

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Castillo looks forward to volleyball season

By Larry Gage Special to the Press   Galilea Castillo is very much looking forward to the 2019 high school volleyball season.  With the school year officially coming to an end this week, well, it means that volleyball season is less than three months away. The Press found Castillo at an open gym workout this …

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Letters to the Editor for the week of May 23, 2019

Dear fellow Texans, As we enjoy the blessings of family and friends this Memorial Day, let us all take a moment to recollect the reason for this day. Today, we honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives, so that we may enjoy the freedoms we hold so dear. I ask you to unite …

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Rio History: Sam Walker, Texas Ranger

By Steve Hathcock Special to the Parade     May 4, 1846. Across the river from Matamoros, Mexico. Star shaped, the completed fort (named Texas in honor of the new State) consisted of nine and a half foot earthen walls surrounded by an eight and a half foot deep ditch and could hold more than …

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Opposition to flats development grows

By PAMELA CODY Special to the Press The Cameron County Commissioners Court was met with a contingency of local residents and environmental activists, all save for one opposing the commission’s decision to pursue private development of the Andy Bowie flats on South Padre Island. The County Commission began soliciting bids for private development for a …

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