Zumba: Fitness craze big deal locally

By RAY QUIROGA They’re so hot, they’ll fog up your lens! Of course, that’s if you just happened to be a newspaper photographer assigned to shoot a Zumba class at Port Isabel’s The Gym. The Gym’s jam-packed morning Zumba class has proven to not only fog up lenses, but even get specta­tors sweating. Fitness trainers …

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Director recalls early days at port

 By RAY QUIROGA It’s al­most too hard for retired S an Benito busi­ness­man Lionel Betan­court to fathom. But it has been over 30 years since he first approached Bob Cornelison with the proposition to take the helm of a financially-despondent Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District (PISBND). During a recent Rotary Club meeting in San Benito, Cornelison …

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Paper or plastic? Not an option on South Padre Island

 By STEVE CODY, II It’s a done deal. The City of South Padre Island joined the bandwagon to ban plastic bags at the point of sale. The or­dinance will be voluntary beginning Feb. 1st of this year and will take full effect on January 1st, 2012. The City of South Padre Island is attempting to …

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Swearing in

Justice of the Peace Bennie Ochoa, III gives the oath of office to Horacio A. Zamora, constable for Cameron County Constable Department Precinct #1 at the county courthouse earlier this month. Zamora’s wife, Eva, and daughter, Iris Zamora Moya, stood by his side. (Courtesy Photo) Tweet

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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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