Buck Sergeant Vela recalls war

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer For many people, Memo­rial Day was a day of free­dom from work, but for oth­ers like Robert Vela, it was a reminder of the ghosts he had gathered in his years of protecting freedom. A Buck Sergeant in the Vietnam War, 65-year-old Vela had never left Port Isa­bel until he …

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Barkers all class on and off the field

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer Not many people can say they graduated alongside a sibling who is not a twin, but for Bobby and Josh Barker, that is exactly what they did. Growing up in the Port Isa­bel area since a very young age, 18-year-old Bobby and 17-year-old Josh were raised by their father to …

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PIISD holds annual commencement

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer It was a sea of blue flow­ing by as 148 seniors walked down the aisle on Friday to re­ceive their proof of purchase for their educations thus far. At the South Padre Island Convention Center, the 2011 seniors said “good-bye” to high school and “hello” to the rest of their …

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Baytown man drowns on SPI

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By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer The South Padre Island Constable’s Office released the name of the drowning victim on Tuesday, May 31. Billie Joe Crow, Jr., 55, was pulled from the water at beach access five on Sunday, May 29. in the afternoon by an unnamed good Samaritan. The Baytown, Texas resident was administered Cardiopulmonary …

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City improves ramp

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By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer What is peanut butter without jelly, or the sky without the sun? Much like these things, where would Port Isabel be without docks? The city has been granted the funds to not only improve but add new facilities onto the Pompano Park Public Boat Ramp. According to the city, “The …

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District hopes for best from Austin

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By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer The Point Isabel Independent School District is preparing for the worst but hoping for the best as the Texas legislature has called a special session to reach a decision for state-wide school budgets. “We’ve been worried since day one,” said Henry Levrier, deputy superintendent for business and operations at PIISD. …

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TRAINING DAYS: Coast Guard protects waters

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By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer Imagine a lovely day out in the water, the coast to the right, open ocean to the left, and another boat bearing straight ahead, colliding and sending people in all directions. In such a scenario, it would be good to know that there are people trained to handle such an …

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Top grads look toward bright future

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By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer As lockers and backpacks are emptied, college applications are mailed out and GPA’s are calculated, all eyes are turned to the top two students who gave their all for the past four years and can finally reap the benefits. Mayra Rodriguez, 17, is the valedictorian of the Tarpon’s 2011 class, …

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Man accused of assault

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By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer BEHAM KHAJEH A local business owner was arrested on Monday, May 23 for assaulting multiple female family members; he was set free on a $28,000 bond, police reports read. Brownsville resident Beham Khajeh, 51, according to police reports, was arrested at his home on the 3700 block of Charmaine for …

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L.V. schedules summer events

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By MARTHA McCLAIN Staff Writer With Memorial Day comes the ceremonial kickoff for the summer season. The City of Laguna Vista will mark the season with the observance of the third annual Mayor’s Challenge and Health Fair, and a July 4 community picnic, as well as other regular municipal meetings and events. June 3 marks …

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