Veterans to be honored on SPI

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Freedom is a blood-bought gift from the soldiers of past and present who fought to obtain and keep the American way. To honor those men and women, the City of South Padre Island will host a dedication ceremony for the Rio Grande Valley Purple Heart Memorial Trail on Friday, …

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Laguna Madre Bay to hear tunes

PRESS Staff Report The City of Laguna Vista is set to offer an evening for all ages as the bayside community gathers for Music by the Bay on Saturday, Nov. 12. The outdoor event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at Roloff Park, right near the Laguna Madre Bay. The event is free …

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Animal shelter update

By EDWARD MEZA Special to the PRESS The Isabel Y. Garcia Animal Shelter is now past its first six months of management by the City of Port Isabel.  Many improvements have been made, yet we still have work to do. We are completely within the “best practices” rules as outlined by the State of Texas …

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Unanimous vote keeps Schnier on board

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Amid talk of position forfeiture for excessive absences, and following a vote on the issue at Tuesday’s Laguna Vista Town Council meeting, officials unanimously agreed that Bill Schnier would remain a member of the city’s governing board. A forfeiture of office agenda item at the session called for …

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SPI to host recycle awareness event

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Keep SPI Beautiful Committee and Health Code Enforcement Department are hosting a recycling awareness event on Saturday, Nov. 19. It is expected to be “a fun and educational experience for the entire family,” promoters said. From 9 a.m. – noon, residents are invited to the Island Baptist Church …

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Library News

By MARGE JACOBS Special to the PRESS The Friends of the Library are hosting a pediatric health fair  on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Port Isabel Community Center (behind the library) 213 N. Yturria St. Bring your children to the Health Fair for free: Check-ups, Flu shots, Hearing exams, …

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Running with passion: Cross country athletes advance to regionals in San Antonio

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Passion for anything can push an individual to do amazing things, and for Armando Fierro (senior) and Ione Rodriguez (junior), their passion for running is putting Port Isabel on the map. Both 17-year-old athletes will be advancing to regionals in San Antonio this weekend after winning first and 10th …

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College B-ball comes to SPI

By BILL SCHNIER Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Invitational, one of college basketball’s elite Thanksgiving tournaments, has put together another impressive field for the ninth annual tourney scheduled for Nov. 25-26 at the SPI Convention Centre. The SPI invitational annually brings some of the best teams in the country to South Padre …

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Shrimp Cook-off to bring visitors

PRESS Staff Report Welcome to shrimp heaven! The 18th Annual World’s Championship Shrimp Cookoff, hosted by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, is slated Sunday, Nov. 6. Gates open at 10 a.m. Located in Las Palmas Shopping Center in front of Bealls Department Store on Highway 100, this culinary tradition is expected to be even …

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Sandcastle trail opens on Island

PRESS Staff Report Master Sand Sculptors from as far away as Singapore, the Netherlands, Canada and Florida have been creating semi-permanent sand sculptures all over South Padre Island as part of the Sandcastle Trail initiative. The sculptures feature a variety of themes including Angry Birds, a large pelican, a surfer, a giant floppy-eared stuffed bunny, …

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