College ministry volunteers at Bethel Baptist

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer The need to serve can be a powerful driving force, and, for a group of Valley young men and women, that need was fed during a service proj­ect for a Port Isabel church. From May 19 to 20, Jour­ney, a college and career age ministry group out of Har­lingen, came …

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Judy Lynn Galvan named winner of 2011 PRESS scholarship

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer Soft spoken and aspiring, Judy Lynn Galvan has high hopes for her life as she moves from high school to college. She is the winner of the 2011 Port Isabel South Padre Press Scholarship. With the funds she has been awarded, the future 2011 Port Isabel High School graduate plans …

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PIISD announces Top 10

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Special to the PRESS Children are the pride of the community that raised them, and for the Point Isabel Independent School District (PIISD), the top 10 seniors of Port Isabel High School are no exception. Graduating at the top of her class is valedictorian, Mayra Rodriguez with a GPA of 6.4756. She …

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Clay builds on Island beaches

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Special to the PRESS Isla Blanca Park is known for beach fun, dolphins, jetties and …clay? In front of the first pier on the park, there is a wall of clay riddled with sharp shells and assorted garbage along the shore-line. The water is a dark grey color with a dank smell …

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Leaders project growth, nature vision

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Making the most of this unique coastal area in a responsible, conservative manner over the next five to 10 years is high on the list of priorities for at least some of the newly elected officials who will be governing the new City of Laguna Vista. Voters gave …

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Home Rule Charter enacted

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS With unanimous approval of the Board of Aldermen, the Town of Laguna Vista Tuesday evening became the City of Laguna Vista, subject to formal approval by the US Department of Justice. The action follows Saturday’s majority vote to upgrade the community’s form of government by almost a two-to-one …

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Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Madre open ‘Ship Store’

Ribbon cutting for The Ship Store, which was named in honor of the United Stated Coast Guard volunteers for all the service, mentoring and coaching that they provided over the past year, took place Wednesday, May 18. Pictured are members of the USCG under the leadership of Lt. Mickey Lalor, members of the Laguna Madre Boys and Girls Club, Board of Directors and staff and the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors. (Photo by Lauren Laughlin)

By LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS The Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Madre celebrated the opening of their new Ship Store on Wednesday, May 18. The store was named in honor of the United States Coast Guard crewmen who volunteer at the club throughout the year. Present at the ribbon cutting were members …

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2011 Kite Round-up underway on SPI

By LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS On May 18 the 2011 South Padre Island Kite Round-up kicked off on a beautiful day with great winds for the kite boarders. The eventruns through May 22 with different contests every day. The event and contests are open to the public, with many kite boarding clinics and …

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Resort celebrates fifth anniversary

By LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS The Palms Resort celebrated its fifth anniversary on Tuesday May 17, with a party on the resorts beach side deck. Participants in the celebration included members of the South Padre Island City Counsel, the Chief of Police and Fire Department and many other local business owners. The Palms, …

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Coast Guardsmen double as firefighters

By LAUREN N. LAUGHLIN Petty Officer Third Class Fabian Gonzalez, Fireman Lance Strand and Seaman Benjamin Dennard are volun­teer firefighters with the Lagu­na Vista Fire Department. Not only do they work 24 hours a day for the Coast Guard but on their off time they are on call for the fire de­partment. All three are …

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