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Desire to keep Port A real looms large

Desire to keep Port A real looms large

Preliminary results of a recent survey taken to help our tourist bureau develop its marketing strategy for the next three...

Loveless state of modern romance

Loveless state of modern romance

With all the changes modern life is bringing us, here’s one that makes me sad: romance is dying. Here are...

A deeper love than chocolate reflects

A deeper love than chocolate reflects

Last week the country marked another Valentine’s Day, a reminder I haven’t had a traditional “Valentine” since my fiancée and...

Comedy play to wrap at PACT

Comedy play to wrap at PACT

A few more performances remain of “The Play That Goes Wrong” remain scheduled for the Port Aransas Community Theatre stage....

Help sought for KPAB highway cleanup day

Help sought for KPAB highway cleanup day

Volunteers are invited to help with an Adopt-a-Highway event on Sunday, Feb. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. Members of...

Harrison photos are lecture topic

Bring your lunch to the Port Aransas Community Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 29, for a presentation by Lee Harrison of...

Members’ art work on display during March

Members’ art work on display during March

Port Aransas Art Center member artists will submit their works for a judged show in March. The annual Tiddle Caylor...

Great season ends for Lady Marlins

Great season ends for Lady Marlins


The 2023-24 basketball season was an overall success for the Lady Marlins, despite being eliminated in the second round of...

Prepping for playoffs

Prepping for playoffs


Editor’s note: The Port Aransas High School Marlins were scheduled to start their first playoff game of the year shortly...

PAHS netters score consolation trophies at Flour Bluff tourney

PAHS netters score consolation trophies at Flour Bluff tourney


Thirteen was a lucky number for members of the Port Aransas High School tennis team. They competed in the Flour...

Lady Marlins begin new season

Lady Marlins begin new season


The Port Aransas High School Lady Marlins have started their softball season at 1-1. “All in all, I can’t really...

Firing

Firing


Kaleb Conner of the Port Aransas High School Marlins baseball team fires off a pitch during a double header against...

High school golf team sees improvement at tourneys

High school golf team sees improvement at tourneys


Port Aransas High School golfers continued to sharpen their skills at two recent tournaments. Neither the boys’ nor girls’ teams...

Students on TV Thursday

Students on TV Thursday

Port Aransas High School students will battle with students from Banquete in a televised contest of intellect on Thursday, Feb....

Applications open for TxDOT scholarships

High school seniors currently attending public, private or home schools and planning to attend an accredited Texas college, university or...

PAISD seeks input on Pre-K program

Port Aransas ISD officials are asking parents for their input to help the district plan its prekindergarten program for the...

Bounce house play day open to all kids

Bounce house play day open to all kids

Bring the kids to the park for an afternoon of fun on Saturday, Feb. 24, at a Pop Up and...

Brennan named to fall President’s list

Elish Brennan, a 2022 graduate of Port Aransas High School, was named to the President’s Honor Roll for the fall...

Reagan Andrew Heard

Reagan Andrew Heard

Reagan Andrew Heard, aged 25, from Port Aransas, Texas, passed away on February 9, 2024. He transitioned to a new...

Lent, a time for trans-formation

Lent, a time for trans-formation

Pastor’s Pen

“But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the...

Marlins baseball team looking strong

Marlins baseball team looking strong

Education Notes

Starting the last week in January the 2024 Marlin baseball junior varsity and varsity baseball teams began full team practices,...

Marching into the spring tourism season

Marching into the spring tourism season

From the President’s Desk

February is shaping up to be an amazing month for Port Aransas. We’ve had strong crowds, great events, and pretty...

Don’t drive like a Texan

Don’t drive like a Texan

Chief Concerns

One of the most frequent complaints I hear from locals about our annual out-of-state visitors is about the way they...

Crane delivery planned for Port Aransas ferry projectFree Access

As part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s $64 million project to upgrade landing facilities at its Port Aransas ferry operations, the contractor is scheduled to transport a large crane...

Whoop, whoop, whoop!

Whoop, whoop, whoop!

Whooping Crane Festival starts Thursday in Port A

Birders, nature lovers and photographers will flock to Port Aransas for the 26th Whooping Crane Festival hosted by the Port Aransas Tourism Bureau and Chamber of Commerce. The festival will run Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 22 through 25. The four-day event will feature renowned speakers, birding trips, boating trips, nature tours, photography workshops, a trade show and much more. Folks...

Races fail to develop in election

Races fail to develop in election

It’s looking likely that incumbent office holders in Port Aransas will get new terms after May. The deadline to file to run for various local offices has come and gone, with only incumbents throwing their hats into the ring. The deadline to file to run was at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. Without contested races, the election scheduled for May...

Work begins on new ARK building

Work begins on new ARK building

Construction has begun on a new animal care facility at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. The Amos Rehabilitation Keep Rescue Center will be a 2,000-square-foot building where treatment will be provided to sick and injured shorebirds and sea turtles. The structure will include spaces for veterinary care, housing of animals in rehabilitation, a workroom and an office, said...

Parade brings out crowd in Port Aransas

Parade brings out crowd in Port Aransas

Hundreds of people attended the Mardi Gras parade on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 13, in Port Aransas. The parade is a longtime Port A tradition. The parade consisted of decorated golf carts, cars, trucks, floats, bicycles, trailers and more. The colors of the parade were traditional for Mardi Gras - green, purple and gold. Parade participants dressed in wigs, masks, beaded...

TxDOT says ferry landing work won’t affect operations

TxDOT says ferry landing work won’t affect operations

Work associated with a $64 million project to upgrade ferry landings on Mustang Island began on Monday, Feb. 19. “The ferry system will maintain its standard operating schedule,” said Rickey Dailey, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the agency that runs the ferry system. “Wait times, as always, will depend on traffic volumes at any given time,”...

Officers, civilians honored at police awards banquet

Officers, civilians honored at police awards banquet

Scott Burroughs was honored for his 15 years as chief of the Port Aransas Police Department at the department’s 13th annual awards banquet on Friday, Feb. 16. Burroughs plans to retire this summer and move to the Dallas-Fort Worth area with his wife, Shirlene, where they have family. “Throughout your tenure, you have instilled in us the ideal of enforcing...

Flower Garden Banks coral in jeopardy of dying by 2040

This story is part of the Pulitzer Center’s nationwide Connected Coastlines reporting initiative. For more information, go to pulitzercenter.org/ connected-coastlines. GALVESTON — Biologist Brooke Zurita lowered a turkey baster into a tank’s still water. She squeezed a stinky, chocolate milk-colored mixture with plankton, algae and fish eggs over a piece of rescued, wild coral. The food swirled like a wispy...

Street work schedule told

Street work schedule told

Road repairs planned all over town

The City of Port Aransas recently released the work schedule for 27 street and drainage projects across town. The projects are part of the $6.5 million street and drainage bond voters passed in November 2022. The bond work began in mid-January on Beach Access Road 1A. A link to the schedule is listed on a pop-up notice on the city’s...

Restoration work completed at I.B. Magee Beach Park building

Restoration work completed at I.B. Magee Beach Park building

At press time, the headquarters building at I.B. Magee Jr. Beach Park was expected to open to the public this week after completed reconstruction, according to Nueces County officials. Nueces County employees who have been working in a temporary building at the park were also expected to move into the updated structure this week as of press time. A fire...

Social services assistance offered

If you’d like some help from any of various social services, you might want to attend an upcoming informational session in Port Aransas. Case assistance and referral specialists from the Coastal Bend Food Bank will lead the session, which will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at the Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church Parrish Hall. Free and open the public, the...

Wind, weather add to competition on court

Wind, weather add to competition on court

27th Winter Old-Lympics

Doubles teams in the 27th Winter Old-Lympics Tennis Tournament were not only battling one another, they also were up against bitter cold and near gale-force winds on Saturday, Feb. 17. Conditions improved considerably for the second day of competition on Sunday, Feb. 18. The tournament featured mixed doubles on Saturday, and men’s and women’s doubles on Sunday. Matches were played...

About the Gulf of Mexico

About the Gulf of Mexico

Sharon Herzka, associate professor at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, gives a presentation about the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico at the Patton Center for Marine Education in Port Aransas on Thursday, Feb. 15. The presentation was part of a winter lecture series being put on by the institute.

Soil testing available for Port A residents

Soil testing available for Port A residents

Port Aransas residents can now take advantage of a free soil testing program. Port Aransas property owners can determine the nutrient level and pH content in their yard’s soil to optimize their landscape and protect the environment from contamination by runoff of excess fertilizers. The program is sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Nueces County Water and Improvement...

In appreciation

In appreciation

Lilly Andersen, education specialist and volunteer coordinator at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, presents a slide show at a luncheon for Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) volunteers on Thursday, Feb. 15, praising folks for providing 7,478 volunteer hours to the ARK from February 2023 and February 2024. The luncheon was held at the Patton Center for Marine Education. Andersen...

Envision Port Aransas

Envision Port Aransas

Dozens of people attended a community forum hosted by the Port Aransas Tourism Bureau and Chamber of Commerce at the Port Aransas Independent School District administration building on Wednesday, Feb. 9. The purpose of the forum was to collect public input to help develop the bureau’s new three-year strategic plan. The chamber has been collecting public input online for the...

On stage

There was plenty right about ‘The Play that Goes Wrong.’ The production was greeted with heavy applause by the audience at the Port Aransas Community Theatre (PACT) on opening night - Thursday, Feb. 15. The comedy will complete its run Thursday and Friday, Feb. 22 and 23, and Sunday, Feb. 25. (Check out the story in this edition for details.)

Hooked a wahoo

Hooked a wahoo

Dale Kopman of Hayti, S.D., holds a wahoo he caught while a 56-hour offshore trip out of Dolphin Dock. The boat, the Dolphin Express, arrived back at dock in Port Aransas on Thursday, Feb. 15. Capt. Tim Oestrich said anglers on board caught 42 wahoo, 60 yellowfin tuna and other...

Wind, rough waters keep boats in dock

High winds and rough waters kept most boats in dock this past weekend, according to the folks who work at the docks along the Port Aransas waterfront. At Dolphin Dock, employee Lori Juarez reported they had some 4-hour and 8-hour trips that took anglers out the end of last week....

Officer honored

In July of 1990, Port Aransas police officers paid tribute to fellow officer Robert Lynn Cooper Sr. by parking his patrol car in front of the police department and lowering the flags to half-mast. Cooper died of cancer on Monday, July 16, 1990. Three years previously, he had survived four gunshot wounds to the back during a confrontation with two...