NBA Showcase helps local economy

By ANTONIO VINDELL The NBA Development League Showcase has been having a series of games this week on South Padre Island where scouts are looking for potential players to go to NBA teams all over the country. But the four-day event, that ends tonight (Thursday), also provided a prime opportunity to showcase the Island and …

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L.H. man attacks constables

By ANTONIO VINDELL A Laguna Heights man is behind bars after he assaulted two Cameron County deputy constables and attempted to take the gun away from a third one, authorities said. The incident happened at about 1 a.m. January 7. Deputy constables responded to a call about a suspicious looking man walking around Michigan and …

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Third body washes ashore on S.P.I.

By ANTONIO VINDELL Another body showed up over the weekend on the north side of South Padre Island, bringing to three the number of drowning victims from a Mexican fishing boat that capsized in gulf waters in late December.  A fourth man is still being reported as missing, authorities said.  For more on this story, …

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NBA D-League Basketball Clinic at Port Isabel Junior High

Players from the NBA’s D-League Bakersfield Jam and the NBA’s D-League front office put on a basketball clinic for the girls and boys student-athletes.  The clinic not only focused on basketball skills but on students’ physical and mental fitness as well. Students participated in six different stations including jump rope, ladder, knock-out, ball handling, bean …

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Pro bono vacation

Part of a group of about 40 students from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law was in the Port Isabel/ South Padre Island area this week doing pro bono legal services. Their work included informing people on a variety of issues such as immigration reform, and helping low income people on how …

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Community Corner: Fishing has been his life

By ANTONIO VINDELL Port Isabel resident Jose Cuevas has been connect­ed to the Gulf of Mexico during the better part of his life. He came from Tampico, a town on the Mexican gulf coast, at the age of five and started working with the local shrimping indus­try as a teenager. “I went to school and …

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The Wave gets better

By ANTONIO VINDELL A one-of-a-kind new bus has been acquired by the City of South Padre Island public transportation sys­tem called The Wave. Dubbed as the party bus due to its inside configura­tion, beachgoers and visi­tors will be able to carry items such as coolers, food, boogie boards, umbrellas, chairs and other items each time …

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Causeway run breaks records

By RAY QUIROGA Mild temperatures and overcast skies that shielded runners from the sometimes harsh South Texas sunrays may have contributed to the record masses that took part in the 27th Annual Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk, held here on Satur­day. Nearly 4,000 participants took part in this year’s run which started at the …

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SPI enacts plastic ban ordinance

By ANTONIO VINDELL The South Padre Island City Council unanimously voted in support of a proposed ordinance that prohibits the use of plastic bags at the point of sale in the city. The action came a day after an ordinance banning plastic bags went into effect January 5 in Brownsville. The SPI ordinance provides a …

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Bearden takes helm at PISBND

By ANTONIO VINDELL Steve Bearden, a La Feria resident, has taken the helm as director of the Port Isabel/San Benito Navigation District. “My first day was Monday,” he said in a Tuesday interview.  “I am new at this job, but I have been learning a lot already from Bob.” Bearden was referring to Bob Cornelison, …

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