Category Archive: South Padre Parade

Sep 29 2017

Rio History: How’s Them Apples?

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS “Something under here,” Bill said as he moved the coil over a steaming pile of fresh manure. Holding my breath, I began shoveling. Now let me start at the beginning. A few years back, my friend Bill Biecker called to tell me the sad story of a woman who …

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Sep 22 2017

Writer’s Block: Fall Equinox

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I saw a meme on Facebook recently. It said it’s fall in Texas and asked the reader if they knew what that meant. It then answered the question by saying “Absolutely nothing! It’s still 90 degrees out!” Boy, is that ever true. The forecast for the rest of …

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Sep 22 2017

Rio History: Going for the Gold

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS I received an email from Tom recently asking about treasure hunting on South Padre Island. Steve, We are planning on visiting the Island sometime and I am planning on bringing my metal detector with me. Can you tell me what I need to know about the legalities of using …

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Sep 15 2017

Writer’s Block: Never Forget

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s funny the things that will spur a memory that’s sat quietly in the back of our minds. Sometimes a familiar smell or sound will trigger a fond reverie of pleasant times past. Other times, the memories which spring to the surface are unpleasant ones whose sharp edges …

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Sep 15 2017

Rio History: Treasure Hunting Tips

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Simple logic will pay big dividends if properly applied. When the United States went off the gold standard back in the 1930’s, banks were failing all over the country. Small time bank robbers, such as the notorious Bonnie and Clyde, became the heroes of the common man while bankers …

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Sep 08 2017

Writer’s Block: No Holds Barred

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The comforting aroma of freshly brewed coffee begins to fill the air inside a home warmly lit and cozy with seasonal knickknacks set out on practically every flat surface. The sun has gone down and with it, the heat of the day has subsided to a much more …

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Sep 08 2017

Rio History: What’s This

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Dave, a local treasure hunter, found an old wooden box while hunting behind the dunes near the Cameron-Willacy County a few years back. The box was so decrepit that it literally fell apart as he dug it out of the sand. But amazingly, the old square nails that had …

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Sep 01 2017

Writer’s Block: Texas Proud

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s been a tough week for a lot of Texans. With Hurricane Harvey making its slow approach towards the Texas coast last week, we here in the Laguna Madre began making our storm preparations. So, too, did our brothers and sisters to the north. It wasn’t a very …

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Sep 01 2017

Rio History: Bagdad on the Rio Grande

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The small Mexican town of Bagdad, located across the border at the mouth of the Rio Grande, would assume its place in history and sustain the Southern cause throughout the war. The Union did not desire another war with Mexico and was bound by treaties to allow shipping in …

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Aug 18 2017

Writer’s Block: Clear the Shelter

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Being an animal lover can be a dangerous thing. How so? Well, being an animal lover makes it incredibly difficult to take a trip down to the local animal shelter to work on a story about all the cute cats, dogs, kittens and puppies. It makes it difficult …

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