Dolls place at National Competition

Special to the PRESS The realization of a dream come true came to fruition as 12 members of the Derry Elementary dance team “The Derry Dolls” traveled to Disney World to participate at the University Dance Alliance National Competition. The competition, which is affiliated with the National Dance Alliance, was held February 5, in Orlando, …

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South Padre Island House Fire

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South Padre Island residents were shocked to find a neighbor’s home ablaze just past 3 p.m. Saturday. That’s when authorities were notified that a home on 5903 Tropical Drive was on fire. A preliminary investigation showed that the cause may have stemmed from the home’s chimney, which was recently used by the homeowners during cold nights. The west side of the home, where the chimney was located, was devastated in the blaze. The fire also took the life of the family pet. One neighbor said that in his 30 years living in this area of the Island, this is the most devastating residential fire he’s seen. The home is believed to be owned by local real estate business owner Mickey Furcron. (Staff photos by Amanda Armstrong, Joe R. Bowling, Jr., and Ray Quiroga)

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UPDATE: Blaze consumes South Padre Island home

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Breaking News: No injuries reported in SPI house fire, family pet killed By JOE R. BOWLING, JR. Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – The middle of a beautiful Saturday afternoon was disrupted on South Padre Island as a second story fire swept through a residential home, believed to be owned by local real estate business …

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Port Isabel Cotillion 2011

FRONT (L-R): Ralynn Alcocer, Katherine Spurgeon, Carolina Perez, Shelly Campos and Kimberly Ceballos. BACK (L-R): Jasmine Cisneros, Gabriela Gonzalez, Erica Krzywonski, Nadia Perales, Laura Perez, Risa Garcia and Angelica Cantu. (Courtesy Photo)     Tweet

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NCEA Higher Performing School

The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., recognized Point Isabel ISD for having Port Isabel Junior High School make the 2010 NCEA Higher Performing Schools List. The Higher Performing Schools (formerly known as Just for Kids Schools) are identified by two measures: consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years …

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Ordinance draws crowd but no action

By JOE R. BOWLING, JR. For a second time an ordi­nance came before the Board of Commissioners in Port Isabel and still no clear deci­sion on whether it shall pass or fail. Members of the com­munity showed up that were both for and against a pro­posed ordinance regulating parking of motor vehicles within the R-1A …

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Police department recognizes their own

By JOE R. BOWLING, JR. Tuesday night during the Port Isabel City Com­mission Meeting four of­ficers were recognized for their efforts as Chief Gual­berto Gonzalez handed out awards to Cesar Garcia, Sergeant Javier Vivero, Monica Garza and David Martinez. Each of the four were recognized for do­ing their part to assist in the daily operations …

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Beach clean-up set for Friday

 By JOE R. BOWLING, JR. Rain or shine, warm or cold, the 14th Annual Win­ter Texan Beach Clean-Up will take place Friday, Feb­ruary 11 on South Padre Island. Monica Vela with the Cameron County Parks Department says that ev­erything is set for the an­nual event. “Last year was cold, but the weather isn’t going to …

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EDC director charged in death

By JOE R. BOWLING, JR. A weekend crash that in­volved a motorcycle and an SUV driven by the South Pa­dre Island Economic Devel­opment Corporation (EDC) Director has resulted in a fa­tality. The Saturday night ac­cident cost the life of a man identified as 63-year-old Jimmie Anklam. Anklam and his wife were on a mo­torcycle that …

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Missing fishermen found after 18 hours on water

Special to the PRESS A member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary located four missing boaters near South Padre Island early Wednes­day morning. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi was contacted at ap­proximately 7:20 a.m. by a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, stating that he had located the four missing indi­viduals sitting on top of their …

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