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Karate kids: SPI BJJ graduates two junior black belts

Photo and words by Gaige Davila  Two Laguna Madre area teens have become the lone junior karate black belts in the area, after more than six years of training. Kirin Cantu and Joaquin Rodriguez, both 8th graders at Port Isabel Junior High, were promoted to junior black belt in karate on August 18, receiving the …

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In the lead: Meet ABI-SPI’s new director, Deanna Powell

Photo and words by Gaige Davila Art Business Incubator (ABI-SPI) introduces local and out-of-state artists every year to the Laguna Madre area; and this year, they’re introducing a new director. Deanna Lynn Powell, from Dallas, is now leading the SPI Economic Development Corporation-created ABI-SPI, three years after its inception in 2019.  Before Powell came to …

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Parents continue protesting PI-ISD over band woes

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Point Isabel ISD (PI-ISD) band parents continue to plead to the district to address bullying, schedule changes and the resignation of longtime Port Isabel High School (PIHS) band director Scott Hartsfield, alleging nothing has changed since they brought up the concerns last week. Port Isabel Band Booster Club members, consisting of …

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History: Moments in Time: August 26

Curated by Steve Hathcock TIN CAN TOURISTS WANT CAMPSITE HERE FOR MEMBERS The Tin Can Tourists of the World, an international organization of tourists who travel by motor car are very anxious to establish a tourist camp in Brownsville and other points in the Valley, according to a letter received by the Chamber of Commerce. …

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Lady Tarpons win consolation bracket

By Constancio Martinez Jr Special to the PRESS This past Thursday, August 19, Point Isabel ISD hosted their “Volley at the Beach” volleyball tournament at the Port Isabel High School. The three-day event included the following teams: Pool 1: Port Isabel JV, St. Joseph Academy, Rio Hondo and Santa Rosa; Pool 2: Port Isabel, San …

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PI prepares for first full season back

By Constancio Martinez Jr Special to the PRESS The 2021 Tarpons will be looking to rebound from last year’s disappointing football season. Due to the pandemic the Tarpons were only scheduled to play two games in 2020. While their new district opponents from the coastal bend area started their season in late August, the Tarpons …

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Tunnel from Isla Blanca to Boca Chica proposed by Musk-owned company

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  A company founded by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is proposing to build a tunnel between Isla Blanca Park and Boca Chica Beach, in an apparent solution to Highway 4’s recurring closures.  The Boring Company met with Cameron County officials last month proposing the tunnel, which would be the third the company …

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Questioning Tarpon time: Class scheduling changed after band director allegedly resigns

  By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Though Point Isabel ISD (PI-ISD) has solved a scheduling blunder that was criticized heavily by band students, parents and alumni, the district is, as of this article’s writing, without a band director.  Point Isabel ISD band parents and alumni met with Superintendent Theresa Capistran early this past Wednesday, August 25, …

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SPI police reports: August 16-23, 2021

Curated by Steve Hathcock Editor’s note: The following reports have been edited for clarity and AP Style.  CRIMINAL MISCHIEF: On August 20, 2021, at approximately 4:56 a.m., officers were dispatched to 901 Padre Boulevard in reference to a criminal mischief. Upon arrival contact was made with a male subject who stated he damaged a vehicle. …

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Prohibition and the Roaring Twenties: Illegal booze spills across the border

By RENE TORRES  Special to the PRESS/NEWS The “Roaring Twenties,” one could say, created a pandemic for those that were afflicted with the consumption of liquor.  But it was also considered an era of progress, and Rio Grande Valley experienced tremendous growth in business and population during that period of time. “Life” magazine called it …

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