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How Zachary Taylor helped get our Lighthouse

By RENE TORRES Special to the PRESS/NEWS The Rio Grande Valley occupies a unique and highly important position in the annals of American progress and development. When the dispute between the United States and Mexico became a noticeable conflict—it was in Point Isabel, as it was known then, that Fort Polk was born. Zachary Taylor …

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Gardening: Let the survivors revive

By Robert Lewis Special to the PRESS It’s been a month since the February 2021 freeze ended after nearly a full week of relentless cold winds of an arctic blast that made life miserable for the entire state of Texas and left our beautiful Rio Grande Valley tropical landscapes brown and dying.   A lot has …

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Ramos Golden Again at Tarpon Relays

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS Port Isabel High’s own Madison Ramos was golden again in the high jump at last Friday’s Tarpon Relays. Ramos twice set a new PR (personal record) in the event on her way to taking first place by seven inches.  Miranda Hernandez, of Raymondville, was second with a leap …

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Camacho Takes Gold at Tarpon Relays

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS Will Camacho took his second straight gold medal in the long jump last week in the Tarpon Relays in Port Isabel. In doing so he improved by a foot on the distance he recorded at his first meet of the season at Rio Hondo the week before. Camacho’s …

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Child drowns in SPI pool

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  A four-year-old boy died last weekend after drowning in a pool on South Padre Island.  At 8:30 p.m., on Friday, Mar. 12, South Padre Island Police and Fire departments responded to 911 calls about a child found unresponsive in a swimming pool on the 2600 block of Padre Boulevard.  A South …

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PIHS students get first look at Eco-Tourism center

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Port Isabel High School (PIHS) students got an exclusive look at the Cameron County South Texas Eco-Tourism Center last Thursday.  The South Texas Eco-Tourism Center is a 10-acre site across Laguna Vista on Highway 100, highlighting the flora and fauna of the Rio Grande Valley.  Noble Texas Builders, the contractors building …

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Tips for post-freeze lawn revival

By Robert Lewis Special to the PRESS What a beautiful Saturday: warm sunshine and a steady cool breeze and lots of emerging green leaves accented by the clear blue sky.   You know I mention the “spring energy” often in these articles, but I love it when you can walk outside one morning and you can …

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Part II: Depression Era Basketball: Junior Tarpons brought home the bacon at Cameron County Championship

By RENE TORRES Special to the PRESS Rio Grande Valley high school and junior high division basketball got a boast in the 1930s by the La Feria Lions Letterman’s club.  C. E. Vail, La Feria coach and Cameron Country director of sports was the leader in promoting athletics in the entire Rio Grande Valley. Beginning …

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PI-ISD staff receive COVID vaccinations

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Point Isabel ISD employees have been vaccinated for COVID-19, two days after the Texas Department of State Health Services announced teachers, child care and Head Start program staff were eligible for vaccines.  All PI-ISD staff who wanted the COVID-19 vaccine were vaccinated during a clinic at Port Isabel High School on …

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Beach restrictions lifted: Mask, business occupancy mandates ordered and rescinded during spring break

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  On the same day Texas Governor Greg Abbott lifted mask and business occupancy mandates statewide, the City of South Padre Island has rescinded their beach restrictions just as spring break approaches.  Beachgoers no longer have to distance themselves fifteen feet from each other. Canopies are now allowed on the beach, with …

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