May 21, 2015 RSS feed / Front Page

Beach wet, but open  Free Access 

The beach is “sloppy, but people are making it work,” Mayor Keith McMullin said after he and City Manager Dave Parsons drove the beach this afternoon. Their route took them from Beach Street south to Access Road 1. More...

Artfest

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Stating his case

Port Aransas High School track star Collin Barr runs in the 1,600-meter event at the state meet in Austin on Saturday, May 16. He also ran in the 3,200-meter race. How did he do? Look inside. More...

Free, inside

This edition contains the South Jetty’s Summer Visitors’ Guide, full of information on dining, activities, night life, events, lodging and much more. More...

Storms spawn flooding, tornado scare

A series of rainstorms over the past few weeks has produced record rainfall and a tornado warning that had many Port Aransans taking cover. More...

Deadlines to be earlier for holiday

The South Jetty office will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25. That will necessitate early deadlines for the May 28 edition. Deadline for classified and display advertising will be 1 p.m. Friday, May 22. More...

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Snuffing out marijuana decriminalization

The Texas Legislature probably will adjourn June 1 without reducing the penalties for marijuana possession to the level of a traffic ticket. More...

Drought: You can count on it

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Water, water – water everywhere! Except when it’s not. As lakes and reservoirs rise with all the rain we’ve had over the past several months, people are yelling from the palm treetops: “The drought is over! More...

In Depth  Free Access 

ArtFest sells paintings, jewelry, music and more

Clockwise from right, artist Mary Goering of Leander, left, and Port Aransans Daryl Wiley and Melissa Kay, look at Goering’s painted sand dollars during ArtFest at Roberts Point Park on Saturday, May 16. More...

Fishing

Fighting fish

Estha Shiflet of Weatherford hauled in this 40-inch redfish on Saturday, May 16. She was fishing with cut mullet at Horace Caldwell Pier. It took 30 minutes for Shiflet to land the fish with the help of her husband, Robert. More...

Port A Pachanga

Bay, offshore tournament slated here May 29 and 30

Anglers will make their way to Port Aransas on Friday and Saturday, May 29 and 30, for the second annual Port-A Pachanga Fishing Tournament. More...

Going fishing

Bill Maier, left, of Spring Branch, hangs out on the back porch of Woody’s Sports Center with other competitors as they prepare to board the Island Queen II to take part in the Anglers on Wheels fishing tournament on Friday, May 22. More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Johnson

Pamela Leah Johnson of Port Aransas died suddenly on Sunday, May 17, 2015. She was born in New Orleans on Dec. 17, 1951, and grew up in Houston. She moved to Austin where she was a nurse. More...

Splish-splash!  Free Access 

A truck splashes through soggy sand on the beach south of Access Road 1 on Sunday afternoon. Overnight showers gave way to sunshine and brought Memorial Day holiday crowds back to the beach. More...

Saturated city prepares for more rain  Free Access 

Mary Henkel JudsonEditorPort Aransas emergency managers met Friday to find a way for Memorial Day holiday visitors to get to and enjoy a beach already saturated by the wettest May on record in Port Aransas -- and more rain expected. More...

Anglers catching gafftops galore  Free Access 

Lots of gafftop are being caught in the bays, according to the folks who work at the docks along the Port Aransas waterfront.Atlantic sharpnose shark and kingfish were caught in recent offshore trips out of Fisherman’s Wharf, said Karen Leister, an e More...

Turtle released cancelled  Free Access 

A turtle release scheduled by the ARK (Animal Rehabilitation Keep) for Monday, May 25, has been cancelled due to predicted weather conditions. More...

Football, island style

When Port Aransas High School students play football, they’re probably going to do it at the beach. Jace Maxham carries the pigskin while Dylan Denton pursues him in sands near Sand Castle Drive on a recent day. More...

From boiling to merely hot

Development slows slightly

Development in Port Aransas isn’t quite up to last year’s rapid pace, but it certainly isn’t dragging. More...

A big difference

Brain surgery helps Kocurek

It started as a twitch in his thumb and forefinger 10 years ago. At his worst, the former Port Aransas ISD basketball coach and teacher Joe Kocurek said his Parkinson’s disease gave him five twitches per second. More...

Island Life

Boat show

The Port Aransas Garden Club will kick off the Farley Boat Planter Tour, in conjunction with the Farley Boat Works and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce-Tourist Bureau, on Friday, May 22. More...

Feeling lucky?

Kiwanis Golf Ball Drop is Tuesday

Purchase your tickets for a chance to win the $1,000 grand prize at the Kiwanis fifth annual Golf Ball Drop to be held on Tuesday, May 26, at 5:30 p.m., just before the Port Aransas High School Scholarship Awards ceremony. More...

Auxiliary to collect donations

Friday through Monday

American flags and poppies will be distributed on Memorial Day weekend, and donations collected for the Fisher House Foundation by the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 8967. More...

Youth

Field day fun

Clockwise from top, Olsen Elementary Students Justice George, left, Mikey Hornbuckle, Alvira Scott, Megan Gallegos and Mollie Sheffield blow chewing gum bubbles during a game for field day on Friday, May 15. More...

Scholarships

Ceremony at PAHS set for Tuesday in Doyle Marek Gym

The Port Aransas High School scholarship ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 26, in the Doyle Marek Gym at PAHS, at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited and the admission is free. More...

Looking forward: reflecting on a successful year

Education notes

It is hard to believe that another school year has come and gone. This is a great time to reflect on where we have been, and where we are going. More...

Sports

TLU bound

Senior Jackson Willoughby, center, talks on the phone with the coach from Texas Lutheran University on Wednesday, May 13, before signing to play basketball. Shown seated with Willoughby are his parents Kelly and Kurt. More...

Barr places in state track meet in Austin

PAHS senior finishes fifth, sixth in running events

Port Aransas High School’s Collin Barr ran in both distance races at the UIL State Track and Field meet at Mike A. Myers Stadium. More...

Top athletes

Above, Madison Ray, left, and Collin Barr pose with Port Aransas ISD athletic director Steve Reaves as they’re presented with the Athlete of the Year award on Monday, May 18, at the Port Aransas Civic Center. More...













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