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Award winning film: Local film “Our Quinceañera” wins best documentary at Film Festival

By David Lee Zamora Special to the PRESS Our Quinceañera is a heartwarming documentary, putting a spotlight on the community of San Benito, Texas, and San Benito Veteran’s Memorial Academy (SBVMA) as they host a quinceañera for 75 students. The documentary was shown at the 26th Annual CineSol Film Festival on November 23 and 24, …

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Approved: School Board passes new insurance changes

By Constancio Martinez, Jr. Special to the PRESS   The Point Isabel Independent School District held a special meeting this past Tuesday, December 3, with only two items on the agenda.  Discussion, recommendation and action on the district’s insurance policies were on tap. Insurance consultant Roger Garza, with Valley Risk Consulting, based in McAllen, Texas, …

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TREMENDOUS TURNOUT AT TOYS FOR TOTS

By Pamela Cody  Special to the PRESS      Holiday spirits were on full display Tuesday afternoon, as Laguna Madre residents packed Louie’s Backyard on South Padre Island in support of Toys for Tots.      The Toys for Tots program collects donated toys and money to support children and families in need during the holidays. For the 20th …

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B-Ball: Tarpons defeat Greyhounds

By JUAN ESTEVE Special to the PRESS The San Benito Varsity Greyhounds hosted the Port Isabel Tarpons in a non-conference basketball game on Tuesday night at the San Benito Main Gym and fell in a back and forth game 61-47. This game was played ferociously by each team; however, Port Isabel took an early advantage …

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Laguna Vista Council approves pact with David

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista Town Councilmembers on Tuesday approved a one-year employment contract with the new City Manager, Tony David. David served as chief of police for the Town for the past five years. He was the unanimous choice of the Town Council which reportedly reviewed some 20 applications for …

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If you swore an oath, you shouldn’t have the luxury of acting like an absurd and weird political pundit

By ROBERT AVILA Special to the PRESS If I had a nickel for every time a conservative political pundit (someone who identifies as an authority on conservative values for media) attempted to put-down and shame freshman congressional Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her former job as a bartender, I could buy everyone reading this column — …

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Tarpons, Pirates set for Bi-District showdown

By Constancio Martinez, Jr. Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tarpons and Sinton Pirates will be facing each other in a Bi-District matchup this Friday, at CC Buccaneer Stadium, at 7:30 p.m.  Sinton will be making its 40th playoff appearance, while Port Isabel will be making its 47th playoff appearance.  Though both teams have …

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Lady Tarpons win season opener at home

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel High School Lady Tarpons basketball team won its season-opening game over IDEA Quest of Alamo last Friday at home.  They led most of the game, including the entire second half, and won 54-30.   “It’s about setting goals and achieving them, and to do that in …

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Martinez acclimates to Varsity level

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS Kaiden Martinez is a sophomore and first-year Varsity member of the Port Isabel High boys’ basketball team.  The Press found him in the main gym this week as he took a break from practice with ice on one ankle.   “Everything’s going good,” Martinez said as he operated the …

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Joining Forces: PI City Officials vote to annex with RGVMPO

By Pamela Cody Special to the PRESS        Following the actions of neighboring cities South Padre Island and Laguna Vista, the Port Isabel City Commission voted Tuesday night to pass a resolution supporting the annexation of the Laguna Madre area into the Rio Grande Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization.      A metropolitan planning organization (MPO) by definition …

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