Girls golden in field events

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Marlyn Cesenes and Madison Ramos each won gold in their events at the Tarpon Relays track and field meet at Tarpon Stadium last Friday. Cesenes’ best height of 9-feet, 6-inches was well short of her first-place performance at the previous week’s Hog Relays in Pharr, but was a …

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Lifters qualify for regionals

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Four Port Isabel High Tarpon power lifters have qualified for regional competition. Neyfus Castellanos, Jonathan Mendoza, David Hernandez, and Jaden Lopez will all compete at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association Regional Meet, to be held at Bishop High School on March 8. Two of these lifters will …

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Letter to the Editor for February 28, 2019

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, My jaw actually dropped as I read the wonderful Ms. McClain’s coverage of a recent Laguna Vista Town Hall Meeting. Twenty-four hours to correct brush/debris violations! $1,000 DAILY fines! Where the H E double Hockey Sticks are we living? I have one word for the Bright Spark who came up …

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Writer’s Block: Small Observations

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Sometimes I struggle with what to fill this space with every week. Kind of paradoxically, when your options are nearly limitless, you can suddenly find yourself at a loss for what to do. Having too many options can occasionally feel just as constricting as having too few. Such …

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Rio History: Last of the Karankawa Indians of Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Though the basic story line is different from that penned by James Fenimore Cooper, Old Indio’s story is an accurate portrayal of the lives and times of the once proud Karankawa Indians of Padre Island. He was all-Indian and the influence of Europeans did little to change him. …

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Chasing 8 seconds

Cowboys compete at the Los Fresnos PRCA Rodeo By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com With a characteristic Southern twang, a rodeo announcer introduced a competitor at the PRCA Rodeo in Los Fresnos last Friday evening. The crowd — sitting in grandstands on three sides of an earthen arena — hummed with excitement while looking …

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SPI approves $100,000 in last minute Spring Break funding

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The allocation of $100,000 for Spring Break related marketing was the subject of two special committee meetings held on South Padre Island on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The item was first decided on during a special session of the SPI Convention and Visitors Advisory Board (CVA). During public comments and …

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Council again raises Padre Boulevard median proposal

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island City Council held a workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 19 to discuss the potential for more improvements to Padre Boulevard, including medians, sidewalks and a boardwalk project. Discussion on the project pitted concerns over pedestrian safety and enhancing aesthetics against the potential impact to business owners …

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LV looking to tighten-up trash ordinances

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Amid an ongoing code enforcement effort for Laguna Vista property owners to keep their yards free of trash and debris, the first reading of an amendment to an ordinance designed to encourage property upkeep was introduced here last week. At the beginning of the year, the Town of Laguna …

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Glenn McGehee, former Island mayor, dies at 88

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Glenn Lawrie McGehee — a businessman, rancher and conservationist who served as mayor of South Padre Island from 1978-1982 — has died. He was 88 years old. McGehee was perhaps most well known as the man who established the first grocery store and liquor store on the Island. …

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