Jerry Jones speaks at leadership mixer

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce hosted a mixer on the Island to kick off the 16 Leader­ship Laguna Madre (LLM) class on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Members from the com­munity, both seasoned and new, came to learn about LLM, a class that spans over a nine month period …

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National Night Out impacts SPI

By LAUREN N. LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS On Tuesday, August 2, the South Padre Island Police, Fire and Code En­forcement hosted their An­nual National Night Out event along with thousands of communities nation­wide. It was South Padre Island’s second time to host the event which took place at the Island Baptist Church parking lot. …

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Tarpon football practice underway

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS High school football practice officially began this past Monday. Tues­day morning I found my way out to the practice field behind Port Isabel High School. I wanted to see how everybody was doing and have a brief visit with the Tar­pon head man, Coach Monty Stumbaugh. It has …

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Coast Guard helps to release rehabilitated sea turtles

By LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS The United States Coast Guard Station South Padre Island and American Diving partnered with Sea Turtle Inc. to release several re­habilitated turtles back into the wild including Karma, a 200 pound Atlantic Green Sea Turtle. On July 25, one Hawks­bill and three Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles were re­leased, …

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Laguna Vista hires financial advisers

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Estrada Hinojosa & Co. has been chosen to represent the Town of Laguna Vista as its financial advising team. The firm will guide officials in determining the Town’s viability in financing future projects in that community. With two proposals to con­sider, Town officials evaluated the services of Estrada …

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No Biggie: Don passes through with little impact

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer The sudden coming and going of Tropical Storm Don left residents reasons to smile and frown over the weekend. Through the storm brought some needed showers to alleviate some of the dust build-up and power problems caused by drought situations, the storm was rated by most to be far from …

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Work underway on L.V. budget

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS With an anticipated drop in taxable property value, Laguna Vista officials have entered into their annual budget-making process that will determine the level of community improve­ments and services that will be scheduled here for the coming fiscal year. Expected to be a “tight bud­get,” City Manager Rolando Vela …

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Officials hope new FM 732 corridor leads to SPI

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Special to the PRESS In what San Benito Mayor Joe H. Hernandez called a “long overdue” project, City of San Benito officials together with representatives of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) gathered Monday for a ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the opening of a new FM 732 corridor in town. The …

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Fierro second in 1600-meter run in Waco

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS It was another close fin­ish for Armando Fierro on Saturday. In fact, the finishes don’t come much closer than this one. In the 1600-meter race at the Games of Texas Champi­onships in Waco, Fierro came home second by a tenth of a second in a vir­tual side-by-side finish. …

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Laguna Madre battens down the hatches: Don’s coming

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer The rain has started to fall from Tropical Storm Don’s approach to the Texas Coast. Residents are advised by officials to remain vigilant to developments and possible complications caused by the storm. “Stay home,” Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos said. “We anticipate, depending on where you’re going to be in …

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