Category Archive: Features

Jul 22 2016

Rio History: How Padre Island Got It’s Name

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Charles Canny emailed me and asked “What’s the story behind Padre Island’s name?” Padre Nicholas Balli, for whom the Island gets its name, was the first European to bring ranching to the Island. He and his nephew Juan founded El Rancho Santa Cruz de Buena Vista (later known as …

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Jul 01 2016

HAPPY 240th BIRTHDAY

Cities to mark 4th of July By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Many a Laguna Madre fiesta is being planned throughout the long holiday weekend to celebrate the 240th birthday of the United States of America. Things get started Friday evening, with the traditional beach and bayside fireworks displays on South Padre Island. Bayside …

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Jun 03 2016

The Long Road Back

Man walks to help kids, get gym back By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s said that every journey begins with a first step. For Harlingen resident David Remp, that first step began Saturday morning at the base of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway in Port Isabel and was set to end some 40 …

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Apr 29 2016

Lady of the Sun: Yvette Rendon

Special to the PRESS There’s no stopping Yvette Rendon. On any given day, she juggles her duties as a dedicated mother, friend, and family member all the while still attempting to find time in the day to indulge herself, and for Ms. Rendon, indulging herself typically includes partaking in some type of beach activity on …

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Mar 11 2016

‘Father Mike’ honored on 40th anniversary

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church parishioners celebrated the 40th anniversary of priesthood for the Rev. Michael Gnanaraj, parochial vicar on Sunday. Bishop Daniel Flores led a Mass in honor of  the reverend, known as Father Mike to his parishioners, and a celebration followed at the Port …

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Mar 11 2016

Spring Breaking with Jessica Guerra

PARADE Staff Report Hard working, independent, smart, talented, single mother, and, oh yeah,knows how to handle a firearm, all accurately describe the lovely Jessica Guerra. Hailing from Brownsville, Guerra is a marketing model and ring girl at regional boxing and mixed martial arts events.She’s also no stranger to the Island, not only spending serious time here …

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Feb 12 2016

Air Fiesta Soars Into Town

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The forecast is set to be perfect this weekend as Air Fiesta flies into town. Almost two dozen performers are ready to wow the crowds by performing aerobatic acts in the sunny skies over Brownsville this Saturday and Sunday. “We have several national acts, including a sailplane performer …

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Feb 12 2016

Quite the Cotillion

Special to the PRESS The 62nd Annual Presentation Ball of the Lower Valley Cotillion Club was held at the South Padre Island Convention Centre on Saturday, Jan. 30. The Cotillion Club was founded in September of 1954 by Mrs. Byron Campbell of Raymondville as a social organization designed to bring together and present to society …

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Jan 29 2016

Local author offers glimpse of Afghanistan

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS Will Everett is a noted writer, producer, world traveler and NPR correspondent with an impressive resumé.  His NPR documentary, The World War I Living History Project, in which he traveled around the country interviewing the last surviving US veterans of WWI, featured narration by Walter Cronkite and gathered …

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Jan 15 2016

Bunco Party to raise money for children’s hospital

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Members of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha women’s service organization are hosting a Bunco Party this Saturday to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The event, which is open to anyone, will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Port Isabel Community Center, said ESA …

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