Category Archive: News

Oct 30 2014

Candidate defends controversial remarks in emails

By JACOB LOPEZ & MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS edi…@portisabelsouthpadre.com John Thobe, a candidate for Laguna Madre Water District Director Position No. 2, said that controversial statements he made in a Jan. 6, 2009 email to former Town of Laguna Vista Mayor Stan Hulse were “taken out of context.” Recently, citizens have expressed concern with statements …

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Oct 30 2014

Woman accused of prostituting teen girls

PRESS Staff Report Cameron County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested a 35-year-old Laguna Heights woman on multiple felony charges for allegedly prostituting two teenage sisters from multiple locations in the Port Isabel area. One of the areas where the female suspect, identified as Martha Ochoa, allegedly prostituted the teens was at the Port Isla Inn off …

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Oct 30 2014

Investigation ongoing in nurse’s death

PRESS Staff Report Authorities with the South Padre Island Police Department and Emergency Medical Personnel were dispatched to the Hilton Garden Inn on 7010 Padre Blvd. in response to an unresponsive female. The female subject, identified as Melissa A. Ortiz, 25, a nursing program graduate of the University of Texas at Brownsville and registered nurse …

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Oct 30 2014

END OF AN ERA: SPI bids farewell to Pinkerton, Evans

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS A farewell reception for outgoing South Padre Island Mayor Robert Pinkerton and Councilperson JoAnn Evans was held at the Isla Grand Beach Resort on the Island last Wednesday, with family, friends, local first responders and members of the community gathering to celebrate the pair’s years of service to the …

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Oct 30 2014

Silver Tarpon Marching Band advances to state

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Members of the Port Isabel High School Silver Tarpon Marching Band raised their game last Saturday. They placed fourth in the finals of the area marching band competition at Corpus Christi Calallen and advance to next week’s state marching contest in San Antonio. In order to make Saturday …

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Oct 30 2014

Pint-sized Haunted House charms at library

By ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press edi…@portisabelsouthpadre.com Darra Fuqua of Port Isabel received her first dollhouse made of tin in the 1940s as a Christmas present. When she decided to build one from scratch in the early 70s, it became a collaborative venture she pursued with her two daughters, and has been a lasting project …

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Oct 30 2014

Derry participates in pumpkin decorating contest

By ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press edi…@portisabelsouthpadre.com Following the participation in the Rotary International event Read Across America, also spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Port Isabel, Derry Elementary hosted a pumpkin decorating contest in which students depicted their favorite book characters, and the resulting childlike interpretations of literary icons colorfully graced the school library …

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Oct 30 2014

Police visit Garza Center children

By ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press edi…@portisabelsouthpadre.com As part of the Head Start Program, the roughly 150 children of the Esperanza B. Garza Center in Port Isabel got an educational treat this past Thursday when local law enforcement agents gave a presentation on the significance of knowing how to respond during an emergency and the …

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Oct 30 2014

Laguna Madre’s tourism future assessed

By ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The lower Laguna Madre area is reaching a turning point as the face of the standard tourist is beginning to evolve. With the area soon having to make adjustments to younger generations visiting, while accommodating the travel decline of baby boomers, a tourism assessment team came down from …

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Oct 30 2014

Ocean enthusiast holds personal accumulation of messages in a bottle

By ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press edi…@portisabelsouthpadre.com Carole Mahalak, a long time winter Texan, has an unusual talent that corresponds with her love of the ocean. Every year for the past four years, she has come across a message in a bottle that has reached the South Texas shore. “I’ve had a love affair with …

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