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GT300 underway from SPI to Galveston

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Onward and outward, the Great Texas 300 race from South Padre Island to Galves­ton launched for the ninth year in a row on Wednesday. Battling wind and surf, 16 catamaran sailing teams par­ticipated in this year’s GT300 with crews from all over the world. By 9 a.m. teams had …

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International Surfing Day Children’s Surf Clinic set

By LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS Join Surfrider for the Fifth Annual International Surfing Day Children’s Surf Clinics.These two free surf clinics will introduce children to the sport of surfing, the wonder­ment of the oceans, waves and beaches and the importance of protecting them. Surfboards, lunch and t-shirt provided. The event will be at …

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Tarpon Athletics: The year that was, and the year to come

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The 2010-2011 school year is at an end. The seniors have graduated and those involved in athletics have carried the school colors in competition for the last time. In academics and athlet­ics, it was a good year. This writer sat down with Port Isa­bel High School (PIHS) head …

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Baby turtles make it to sea

By LAUREN N. LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS The first Kemp’s Rid­ley turtle nest hatched in the early morning hours of June 13. It was the first of many public turtle hatching viewings. Since that morning two more nests have hatched and made it to the water. The three nests com­bined produced a total of …

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Coast Guard station to hold change of command ceremony

By LAUREN N. LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS Coast Guard Station South Padre Island will be hosting a Change of Com­mand ceremony June 16, 2011, at 10 a.m. The cer­emony will take place at Coast Guard Station South Padre Island, located at 1 Wallace Reed, South Pa­dre Island, TX, 78597 During the Change of Command …

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Police investigate shooting

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer A shooting occurred outside the Coral Reef Lounge on South Padre Island at about 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Petty Officer 2nd class Richard Kenneth Biffle of the US Coast Guard was arrested and charged with deadly conduct. South Padre Island Po­lice responded, arriving at 5401 Padre Boulevard to investigate the …

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The Heart Of Art: Painter finds calling ‘back home’

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer There was once a young boy who thought he was a fish. He would dive into the bay and stare in awe at the world beneath the waves. His mind’s eye would photograph each color and scene. This boy has grown into a man who takes those scenes as well …

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Laguna Vista attorney on agenda

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista Town Council members are ex­pected to accept City At­torney Janice Cassidy’s resignation Tuesday as they meet in regular ses­sion at 6 p.m. in City Hall. Cassidy reportedly sub­mitted a letter of resigna­tion to officials on Fri­day. Action to appoint an interim town attorney is also scheduled. …

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Port Isabel hosting mixer

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer Port Isabel is a lovely city to live and visit, but the upkeep takes time and money; now the Port Isa­bel Beautification Com­mittee is asking for help in their endeavors to keep Port Isabel beautiful. They will be hosting a mixer on Thursday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Light­house …

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Play Day by Bay set for weekend

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS More than 45 activities to increase child wellness and summer fun will be show­cased at the first Laguna Vista Play Day by the Bay, scheduled June 18 at Roloff Park from 8 a.m.-12 noon. The event is free to the pub­lic. The activities are a part of the …

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