BREAKING: Governor Abbott suspends STAAR exam for 2019-2020

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Texas Governor Greg Abbott has cancelled the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exam for the 2019-2020 school year. Abbott waived the state testing requirement in response to growing concern of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. As of March 16, there are …

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BREAKING: Judge Treviño suspends all county-sponsored events amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño has suspended all Cameron County-sponsored functions or events for the next 14 days. The order specifically addresses events with anticipated attendances of 250 or more. Treviño is also requesting events on South Padre Island be canceled or suspended within 14 days. Events on South Padre Island, …

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UIL suspends all sanctioned contests

By Constancio Martinez, Jr. Special to the PRESS On Thursday, March 12, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) had released a statement that the UIL Basketball Tournament, CX Debate State Tournament and the UIL State Robotics FIRST Tech Challenge were suspended until further notice weeks due to the COVID-19 virus, known collectively by its general name, …

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Spring break continues as Texas offices, PI-ISD prepare for ‘pandemic’ COVID-19 outbreak

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Spring break continues on South Padre Island, amid a pandemic outbreak of COVID-19, a novel coronavirus that causes respiratory illness similar to the flu.  With “Texas Week” on the horizon, when several Texas universities are let out for spring break, the City of South Padre Island has no plans to stop …

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Paragraphs bookstore’s final chapter celebrated

                        By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com After three leap years—or 12 years—Paragraphs on Padre Boulevard bookstore shut its glass-paned doors after a retirement celebration in honor of owners Joni Montover and Griff Mangan, on February 29.  Friends came and went from 10:00 a.m. into the …

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Lady Tarpon track working towards district

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons track athletes continue their efforts to put together a complete team in time for next month’s district meet. They may have been lost in the crowd at last week’s Falcon Relays in Los Fresnos, but the field was loaded with big school teams …

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Creatures Among Us: The Scrawled Cowfish—a Charming Gulf Resident

By M. Kathy Raines Special to the PARADE The sloping forehead of this multi-dimensional fish ends in a tiny, puckered “o” of perpetual awe or surprise. This is silly, of course. All fish wear fixed facial “expressions”, so to speak. Still, given our propensity to personify our fellow creatures, scrawled cowfish look, well, adorable. Even …

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Lady Tarpons host Port Isabel/Los Fresnos Tournament

  By Constancio Martinez, Jr. Special to the PRESS This past week, the Port Isabel Lady Tarpons softball team participated in the 20th Annual Port Isabel / Los Fresnos Tournament. The 10-team, round-robin style tournament was played over a 3-day span, Thursday, February 27, through Saturday, February 29. Port Isabel came out of the tourney …

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Tarpon basketball playoff season ends in 3rd round

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tarpons were eliminated from the 2020 Texas high school basketball playoffs, 77-47, at the hands of the Pleasanton Eagles Tuesday night, March 3, in Kingsville. The Eagles came in with 33 wins. They controlled the opening tip and scored first on a free throw. Port …

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PI powerlifting team picks up 2 silver medals at last qualifier

                      By Constancio Martinez, Jr. Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Boys powerlifting team traveled to Brownsville to participate in the Eagles’ last qualifier meet hosted at Hanna High School.  The meet consisted of 14 schools and 110 individual lifters. The Edinburg Economedes team …

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