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Skate park possibly coming to South Padre Island

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of South Padre Island and the Parks, Rec­reation and Beautification Committee (PRBC) are cur­rently considering taking the first steps towards building a skate park for the youth of the community. A subcommittee was formed at the PRBC meet­ing on Wednesday, July 20 with PRBC member Diane O’Leary …

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Firebreathers light it up

By LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS PadreRitaVille in South Padre Island has opened its doors with a new art form, fire dancing. Two new female fire dancers, Aarin Hartwell and Dorothy Kumpe, en­tertained the crowds by firedancing with poi, a pair of arm-length chains with handles attached to one end and a bundle of …

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Camp Rock comes to SPI

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS How best for a kid to spend a hot Rio Grande Valley sum­mer? Try forming a cool rock band, recording a CD and staging a live concert on South Padre Island to show­case your talent. At least that’s what five local youth are doing as part of their …

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Fierro sets record

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Armando Fierro won both the 800-meter and 1600-me­ter runs at the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Regional Track and Field Champion­ships in McAllen on Satur­day. In so doing he quali­fied for the Games of Texas Championships in Waco next week. Fierro’s times in both events set Region II sum­mer …

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Famed coach resides in SPI

By FRANCISCO E. JIMENEZ Special to the PRESS This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic campaign of the 1961 San Benito Greyhound foot­ball team, an unforgettable squad of savvy go-getters who came a game shy of reaching the state champi­onship game. That year, the team set the bar for generations of Greyhound football …

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Cheerleading competition comes to SPISAVE

By LAUREN LAGHLIN Special to the PRESS From July 16-17, South Padre Island was “cheer­tastic” in hosting the American Spirit Cham­pionships where over 15 single performers, over 40 cheer teams and eight dance teams competed for the title of champions of the first cheerleadering competition of the sea­son. Cheerleaders and danc­ers came from all over …

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Rotary hosts new navigation district port director

By FRANCISCO E. JIMENEZ Special to the PRESS The new Port Isabel/San Benito Navigation District (PISBND) Port Director was the guest speaker at a San Benito Rotary Club meeting on Thursday, July 14. Steve Bearden of Santa Rosa recently took over as Port Di­rector for the district, a position previously held by Bob Cor­nelison for …

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SPI hosts Night at the Park

Night at the Park

By LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS The City of South Padre Island and the Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee hosted a night at the park. City Council, committee members, and city staff joined the public for fun and answered questions at Water Tower Park from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM on July 13th. Over …

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Tanglewood agreement approved

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By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Creation of new soccer and baseball fields — along with some new recreational facilities — should be available soon for Laguna Vista youth, thanks to cooperative action taken by the Town and Cameron County Housing Authority. “This has been a pet project that I have been working on …

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