Moments in Time: Shootings, smoking birds and boat misgivings

Curated by Steve Hathcock FIVE MEN DROWN OFF PADRE ISLAND WRECK OF A BARQUE, CAPTAIN AND FIVE MEN DROWNED A special cable message received at Lloyd’s on Thursday, from Galveston (Texas) states that the barque Abeona, bound to Corpus Christi, Gulf of Mexico, with a valuable cargo of bale and case goods, has gone ashore …

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2021 Walk to End Alzherimer’s comes to SPI next month

Special to the PRESS The Alzheimer’s Association is inviting Rio Grande Valley residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on October 23, 2021 at Clayton’s Beach Bar. On Walk day, participants honor those affected by Alzheimer’s with the poignant Promise Garden ceremony—a mission-focused experience …

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PIISD celebrates Coach Villarreal’s 200 wins

By Constancio Martinez Jr Special to the PRESS Last Wednesday the PI-ISD, Port Isabel High School and Tarpon Athletic Booster Club held a surprise ceremony for football head coach Tony Villareal celebrating his 200th career win.  Port Isabel Assistant Coach John Calvillo, who also worked with Villarreal in Weslaco for 11 years, had some words …

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Port Isabel faces Robstown in district opener

By Constancio Martinez Jr Special to the PRESS The (3-0) Port Isabel Tarpons will be facing the (2-1) Robstown Cottonpickers this Friday night. The last time these two teams met was back in 2010 when Robstown beat Port Isabel 37-7 in the Bi-District round. Unfortunately for Robstown that was the last time they’ve had a …

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Summer Causeway Run returns for 2021

Staff report The Summer Causeway Run returned this year, with attendees from across the United States running on the Queen Isabella.  Runners started in Port Isabel, coursing the entire length of the Causeway and onward to Louie’s Backyard on Laguna Blvd. Walkers ended their paths at the base of the Causeway on South Padre Island.  …

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Hometown Mariachi Hero: PIHS alumni Bernard passes first round of “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento”

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Port Isabel High School graduate Michael Bernard is on his way to Mariachi stardom, judging by his television debut this past week.  Bernard traveled to Los Angeles earlier this month to tape his audition for “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento,” a Spanish-language program similar to “America’s Got Talent.” He performed Marco Antonio …

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LVPD officer, Sutherlands employee succumb to COVID-19

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  COVID-19 has claimed two more lives in the Laguna Madre area. Laguna Vista Police Department officer Noah LeBlanc died early Monday, Sept. 12, morning after being hospitalized with COVID-19 two weeks ago. He leaves behind a wife and two young children. On the same day LeBlanc was hospitalized, Sept. 1, Anthony …

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Tarpons remain undefeated with win over Panthers

By Constancio Martinez Jr Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tarpons came away with a 41-7 win over the Aransas Pass Panthers this past Friday night. Despite coming in with an 0-2 record the Panthers were eager for a fight. The Panthers had two 6’-2” quarterbacks rotate throughout the game. Panthers QB Zachary Brou, …

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20 years later: Two decades after the Causeway collapsed, rescuers make peace with the Laguna Madre

Photos and words by Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Though the now-named Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway collapsed 20 years ago, for many it might as well have been yesterday.  That’s how it feels for Robert Espericueta and Tony Salinas, two of the four men who saved the three survivors of the collapse. On the twentieth anniversary of …

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Vigil held for LVPD officer fighting COVID-19

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The Laguna Madre community gathered at Roloff Park, in Laguna Vista this past weekend to spiritually support a local police officer fighting COVID-19. Organized by Cameron County Constable Pct. 1 Norman Esquivel and Brownsville Police Department officer Eric Castillo, a candlelight vigil was held for friends and family of Officer Noah …

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