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Carjacking results in capture on SPI

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By JACOB LOPEZ Special to the PRESS On Monday evening, South Padre Island police arrested four men in connection with a carjacking that occurred in McAllen on Dec 22. Richard J. Cordova, 18, Javier Longoria, 19, John Paul Worthen, 19, and Johnny Anthony Vasquez III, 18, were all charged with evading arrest and with the …

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Quandt resigns as CVB director

Dan Quandt

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Special to the PRESS It’s the end of an era for the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (SPI-CVB). After serving the SPI-CVB for 13 years as its executive director, Dan Quandt resigned Thursday, leaving something of a legacy behind as he was instrumental in the Island’s most economically successful ventures, …

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Bird’s the Word: Center to bring attendance to new heights

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By RAY QUIROGA Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS rayq@portisabelsouthpadre.com Since its opening in 2009, the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center (SPI-BNC) has become known as one of the Island’s best kept secrets. But newly hired manager/marketing director Roberta Jackson would like nothing more than to shed that moniker by making the already popular Island …

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LV sets goals for new year

Laguna Vista

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS With the New Year come dreams and goals of future accomplishments for community leaders and citizens alike. In Laguna Vista, Mayor Susie Houston anticipates the completion of the parks projects initiated during 2011. “I look forward to the completion of our walking trail on the 15-acre tract on …

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Garza comes home to move forward

Ramiro Garza

By RAY QUIROGA Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS rayq@portisabelsouthpadre.com Port Isabel native Ramiro Garza may have never run for public office until now, but just hearing him speak, it’s obvious that this candidate seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for the District 27th Congressional Seat is poised, confident and well-versed in the art of the interview. But …

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Tarps make run for district with senior leadership

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By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Certain responsibilities go along with participation in a team sport. These responsibilities include such basics as showing up on time for practice and always listening to the coaches. For senior team members there’s one additional responsibility; providing leadership. Those players in their final year of inter-scholastic competition are expected, by …

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Bear Down: 2012 Dip Memorable

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Roach earns doctorate at UTB Commencement

UTB graduate William Roach

Special to the PRESS BROWNSVILLE – More than 1,400 graduates, including Port Isabel High School Principal William Roach received certificates and degrees at the 17th Winter Commencement for The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College on Saturday, Dec. 17. The graduating class is the largest in the university’s history. The original single …

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Board appointments policy OK’d

Laguna Vista

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS A uniform policy for making appointments to Laguna Vista advisory boards was approved here last month. A requirement of the Town’s Home Rule charter, the policy stipulates that volunteers wishing to serve should complete an application, provide background information, prior to consideration for an appointment. Exempted from that …

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Sea grass protection sought

Texas Parks and Wildlife

By RAY QUIROGA Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS rayq@portisabelsouthpadre.com Howard Meyers and his wife Melanie don’t like to be called “Winter Texans,” but they certainly fit the profile. The couple of 43 years has been visiting the Laguna Madre area for the past six winters, hauling Howard’s small motor boat from their permanent residence in Missouri …

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