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COVID-19 testing available in PI through weekend

    By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Port Isabel residents have several chances to get a COVID-19 test through Aug. 30, after Cameron County extended the mobile testing site’s hours. From today until Sunday, Aug. 30, COVID-19 testing is available at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The site’s …

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More turtles “hatch” along the Sea Turtle Art Trai

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Three more sea turtles have “hatched” along South Padre Island in the last two weeks, as part of the Sea Turtle Art Trail. Artists Beth Fedigan and Chelsea Fedigan are behind the largest of the Sea Turtle Art Trail’s “hatchings,” with an 11 to 12 foot tall sea turtle sculpture displayed …

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Cameron County ranks 5th in COVID deaths

Staff report Cameron County ranks 5th in the state for COVID-19 deaths, according to Cameron County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo, who spoke on the county’s COVID-19 situation at a press conference on Aug. 24.  “That has either happened because our population has health problems, because of our demographics, because of poverty, because of access …

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The Port Isabel-South Padre Press is looking for a salesperson

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Staff report The Port Isabel-South Padre Press is looking for a salesperson to fill a full-time position. The salesperson will sell advertisements for both the weekly Port Isabel-South Padre Press and the monthly South Padre Parade entertainment magazine. Previous sales experience preferred. Email Ray Quiroga at rayq@portisabelsouthpadre.com. Serious inquirers only. Tweet

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PI plans Tex. Supreme Court appeal in Meza case

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The highest court in the state will decide whether a lawsuit against the City of Port Isabel from its former city manager will ever see a courtroom.  After the state’s Thirteenth Court of Appeals, which serves Cameron County and several other South Texas counties, denied the City of Port Isabel’s request …

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Candidates selected for SPI election

            By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Both incumbents are running for reelection in South Padre Island’s mayor and council elections later this year. Patrick McNulty, who won a runoff election against Darla Jones in 2019, is running for mayor again. Alita Bagley, current council member for Place 4, has also filed …

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PI-ISD’s new food service director outlines meal plans for school year

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  School buses will zip through the Laguna Madre area’s streets soon, but not with students on board. The “Grab & Go, Eat at Home” program is PI-ISD’s school-year version of meal programs started in March, when PI-ISD suspended in-person classes after COVID-19 cases started rising in Texas. Leading the program is …

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PI resident arraigned on child pornography, sex abuse charges

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  A Port Isabel man has been arraigned in court for possessing child pornography and aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child. Javier Garza, 22, who was arraigned in the Port Isabel Municipal Court on Aug. 14, has a total $170,000 in bonds: $20,000 for possession of child pornography; $100,000 for …

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LV approves art projects for Roloff Park

By Gaige Davila editor@portisaabelsouthpadre.com  Laguna Vista’s Roloff Park will receive a significant, artistic facelift soon, reflecting the town’s various wildlife and naturescape.  Local artist Christina Salazar will paint a mural of native butterflies and birds on the outside of Roloff Park’s bathrooms that face Highway 510, along with some artwork on the park’s electrical boxes …

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Man arrested on SPI facing kidnapping, capital murder charges

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  A man accused of kidnapping and murdering a McAllen woman is facing a capital murder charge after being arrested on South Padre Island.  Richard Ford, 40, of McAllen, is being charged with aggravated kidnapping/sexual abuse and murder of his ex-wife, 37-year-old Melissa Banda. Ford is being held on a total $4.5 …

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