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Tarpons play host to unbeaten Brownsville Veterans

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tar­pons will entertain the Chargers of Brownsville Veterans Memorial this Friday night. It will be the Tarpons’ final non-district game of the sea­son. Veterans Memorial is the new school in town and this is their second season of football com­petition. And here’s a surprising fact; …

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Slot machine regulation proposed in LV

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Slot machines and coin-operated devices in Laguna Vista could be regulated in the near future, following recent action by the city’s Town Council. “The ordinance would regulate coin and/or slot machines within the Town limits,” City Manager Rolando Vela said. As such, should legalized gambling be approved locally …

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SPI Walk for Women brings hope

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The annual South Padre Island Walk for Women is in full swing for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. According to Margie Swartz, a spokesperson for the event, their mission is to raise money for local women battling breast cancer as well as bring awareness to the community. Women who …

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Agreement terms ensure EMS, jail use for LV

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Emergency medical ser­vices and jail use in the City of Port Isabel will continue for the Town of Laguna Vista for the next year under terms of an agreement approved by officials here Sept. 13. Laguna Vista has tradition­ally contracted for the service in lieu of providing the …

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‘Raptoberfest’ combines beer, beach cleanup

By LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS On Saturday, Sept. 24 more than 1,000 people gathered along South Padre Island beaches for the 25th annual Adopt-A-Beach Fall Clean­up. Volunteers throughout the state of Texas picked up an estimated 20 tons of trash and debris, including plastic bottles and bags which are harmful to sea life. …

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Outdoor Living: Tarpon served on the rocks

By JIM FOSTER Special to the PRESS There are fish and then there are fish. All are fun to catch but there are those that are thrilling. There are a few species that cover all the bases, adding challenge and quite rare experience to the average angler. This fish is Megalops Atlanticus, the tarpon. Several …

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2 jailed, 1 at large in aggravated robbery

PRESS Staff Report Authorities in the Laguna Madre area are currently searching for a man wanted for aggravated robbery. On Tuesday, Sept. 27, at approximately 1:30 a.m., the South Padre Island Police Department received a call concerning the crime. The victims indicated that three suspects approached them asking for drugs with one of the suspects brandishing a …

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National Day of Play: Kids get active at B&G Club

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Madre joined in with the thousands of centers around the nation on Friday for National Day of Play. Bettina Tolin, president of the board  for the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Madre said, “One of the things the Boys and Girls …

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SPI forms local EMS unit

  By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Emergency Medical Services are now Island based. “We are now certified as a 911 provider service,” said South Padre Island Fire and EMS Chief Burney Baskett. The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSH) finished the certification process on Friday for the SPI station. After purchasing a second …

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PI to approve budget

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel City Commission will have a plate-full to talk about at their up-coming meeting. On the list of topics for Tuesday’s meeting is the approval of the proposed $4.5 million budget and tax rate of 0.626327. “The budget went up from last year’s because of inflation,” said …

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