Volleyball season not far off

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS   The 2018 -’19 school year rapidly draws to a close and already the anticipation for the fall athletic seasons is building. Tarpon football players are hard at work in the weight room at the high school, and even before the start of classes next August, the volleyball …

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Letters to the Editor for May 9, 2019

Dear Editor, I’m looking for a witness to a two car accident that occurred in Port Isabel on Friday, May 3rd just after 5 p.m. A white SUV traveling south on Manatou Street was struck by a gray car traveling west on Highway 100, (Queen Isabella Blvd.). Note: this accident happened at an intersection where …

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Femme fatal: Women dominate school board race, Commissioners retain positions

By PAMELA CODY Special to the Press   Women candidates swept the Point Isabel ISD race, while reigning city commissioners kept their seats, in last Saturday’s Port Isabel elections. In a decisive victory, newcomer and attorney Heather Scott won the Trustee Place 3 position for the Point Isabel Independent School District with 46% (1,122) of …

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Rio History: A Man Named Isaac and Why the First Singer Sewing Machine Came to Texas

By Steve Hathcock Special to the Parade “The announcement that the will of Mrs. Singer, a relative of the late millionaire sewing machine inventor Isaac Merritt Singer had been read was a sad day for the relatives of the late William A Townsend, former book publisher,” read the headlines of the November 12, 1905 issue of the New York …

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Support groups to host Fish Fry

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com If you’re looking to have a weekend picnic, and support a good cause while doing so, the Friends of the Laguna Vista Library and the Laguna Vista Fire Rescue will be hosting a Fish Fry on Saturday, May 11. The event will be taking place from 11:00 …

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Island issues on the docket at County Commissioner’s meeting

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS   A concerned citizen addressed the Commissioners Court in Brownsville at their regular meeting at 9 a.m. on April 30, to voice opposition to development on the flats in South Padre Island. Recently, Cameron County commissioners issued an official request for proposals to possibly allow private development of …

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Escaping Berlin: Area resident recalls fall of German Capital

By LARRY GAGE Special to the Press Part I of II The number of people alive today who remember World War II decreases by the week. One such person whose memories are very much alive is 94-year old Brunhild Rajaniemi, of Weslaco. As Russian armies closed in around Berlin, Germany in the spring of 1945, …

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CoC awards banquet held

By WENDY VAN DEN BOOGERD Special to the Press     While enjoying the sunset at the Cannon Bar on Pirates Landing, Scott Friedman hosted this year’s Annual Port Isabel Chamber Banquet on Friday, April 26. Each year the Port Isabel Chamber takes the opportunity to recognize members of the community that go out of …

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Head to Toe Women’s Expo slated for May 5

By WENDY VAN DEN BOOGERD Special to the Press   This Sunday, May 5, prepare yourself for an afternoon of glitz, glamour and fun. The 2019 Head to Toe Women’s Expo will be held at the Hibiscus Room at Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Beach Resort, located at 100 Padre Blvd. From 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. …

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Busted, Local business owner charged with possession

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com   South Padre Island business owner Eduardo Peña has been charged with possession of cocaine and fabrication of evidence, according to Texas Dept. of Public Safety information officer Lt. Johnny Hernandez. In a succinct email to the PRESS, Hernandez stated, “Peña was charged with possession of cocaine …

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