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Uncle Joe’s words to grads remain relevant

Uncle Joe’s words to grads remain relevant

[Editor’s note: The words penned by Joe Henkel to his niece, Libby Judson Ryan, daughter of South Jetty publishers Mary...

In November, remember greatest presidents

In “Leadership in Turbulent Times,” author Doris Kearns Goodwin teaches us how four presidents — Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin...

Is it nice to fool Mother Nature?

Is it nice to fool Mother Nature?

Yes, I was hunkered down paying rapt attention to the weather report on May 8 when an EF-3 tornado rampaged...

Early voting ends Friday; Election Day is Tuesday

Early voting ends Friday; Election Day is Tuesday

Early voting wraps up on Friday, May 24, in the run-off to decide the primary election winner in the Republican...

Sales tax holiday is declared for energy-efficient products

Texas families and businesses can save on the purchase of certain products during the Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR® Sales...

Families invited to a craft time Saturday to make tiki sand art

Families invited to a craft time Saturday to make tiki sand art

A Family Craft Time to make tiki sand art has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 25. The craft time, set...

YDF Beach Dash slated on Saturday

YDF Beach Dash slated on Saturday

Runners are invited to participate in the Beach Dash 5K run or walk on the beach on Saturday, May 25....

‘Finding Nemo Jr.’ opens May 30

‘Finding Nemo Jr.’ opens May 30

Take a journey beneath the sea at a musical adaption of the popular 2003 Pixar movie, “Finding Nemo,” soon to...

Catching waves

Catching waves


Surfers enjoy some small-but-fun waves as fishermen watch from Horace Caldwell Pier on a recent day. Sandbars near the pier...

Batter up!


Attention softball players: The summer adult co-ed softball league is getting ready to start its season. A captains’ meeting is...

Pull! Pull! Pull!

Pull! Pull! Pull!

Members of Port Aransas High School’s junior class play pull hard on a rope during a tug-of-war match against another...

PAHS principal Swartwout is named H-E-B semi-finalist for Excellence in Education

Port Aransas High School Principal David Swartwout has been named a semi-finalist in the 2024 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards....

Retirement party

Retirement party

Longtime Port Aransas ISD employee Sherry Henderson, right, embraces her son-in-law, Will Ulch, and her granddaughter, Maggie Ulch, of San...

Sanchez to play solo at state competition

Sanchez to play solo at state competition

A Port Aransas High School freshman will perform at a state-level band contest soon. Jhostin Sanchez will play a solo...

Breaking ground

Breaking ground

Lots of folks wielded shovels during groundbreaking ceremonies for construction of the Jim and Judy Cole Performing Arts Center on...

Tea party

Tea party

Jeffrey and Mayra Olivarri enjoy a recent tea party in the H.G. Olsen Elementary School cafeteria with their son, Lucca...

Theresa Ann Cummings Sumner

Theresa Ann Cummings Sumner

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Theresa Ann Cummings Sumner, a beautiful life taken much...

My watercolor life

My watercolor life

Coffee Girl

I have started to dabble in watercolors. By watching online tutorials, I’ve now completed two guided paintings and one freehand...

The meaning behind Memorial Day

The meaning behind Memorial Day

Chief Concerns

You can include me among those who believe that the historic reverence of Memorial Day lost some significance when it...

How our community shaped us

How our community shaped us

Education Notes

As graduation rapidly approaches and we get ready to leap into the next phase of life, we find ourselves reflecting...

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Here’s a video showing Port Aransas High School freshman band student Jhostin Sanchez playing Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E Flat, with a recorded piano accompaniment, on a recent day in the school band hall. Jhostin will play the same piece at the Texas State UIL Solo-Ensemble Contest at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville on Saturday, May 25. Check out the May 23 edition of the South Jetty newspaper for more on Jhostin and his ear-pleasing musicianship. Go, Jhostin! (South Jetty staff video © 2024 by Dan Parker.)



Forty Port A seniors to graduate Thursday

Forty Port A seniors to graduate Thursday

Forty seniors will receive their diplomas during Port Aransas High School graduation ceremonies on Thursday, May 23, at Doyle Marek Gym. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. The event will be open to the public. Selected by a student vote, the keynote speaker will be PAHS teacher Andrew Hardegree, who teaches algebra and...

Development chugging along

Development chugging along

The pace of hammering and sawing remains steady in Port Aransas this year, according to city building permit records examined by the South Jetty. As of May 15, some 51 residential building permits had been issued so far this year, and applications for an additional 40 were being reviewed. If those 40 are approved soon, that will bring the total...

Plans unveiled for $1.85 million playground

Plans unveiled for $1.85 million playground

City of Port Aransas staff has unveiled the renderings of a $1.85 million playground that will be built at Roberts Point Park. The illustrations were presented to the Port Aransas City Council at a meeting on Thursday, May 16. At the meeting, the council unanimously approved the purchase of playground equipment from Spring-based Kraftsman Commercial Playgrounds & Water Parks. Kraftsman...

Showing their colors

Showing their colors

Folks are bombarded with colored powder during the Color Splash Dash at the Port Aransas Community Park on Saturday, May 18. Everyone made sure to wear white so the colors would really show up well on their clothing. The event was sponsored by the Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department.

South Jetty is Port A’s best news source

South Jetty is Port A’s best news source

If you’re a first-timer, welcome to the South Jetty newspaper, which has served Port Aransas and Mustang Island since June, 1971. This is an unabashed attempt to attract subscribers to this weekly publication that serves up the most accurate and complete information on the planet about Port Aransas. We come to you in both print and digital formats. Each year...

Additional traffic light to be considered at city workshop

Additional traffic light to be considered at city workshop

During its budgeting and goals workshop this summer, the Port Aransas City Council plans to discuss adding a four-way stop traffic light to the intersection of Avenue G and Station Street. According to city staff, the traffic flow at the intersection is uninterrupted, which creates “significant” traffic delays and access issues on Station Street. City staff presented to the council...

Boyer to fill job vacated by retiring Rick Adams

Boyer to fill job vacated by retiring Rick Adams

Nicole Boyer has been promoted to development services director for the City of Port Aransas. She was the city’s planning assistant for about a decade. She is taking over the position formerly held by Rick Adams, who retired, effective Thursday, May 16. City Manager David Parsons hired Boyer for the position. Adams also was the city’s emergency management coordinator. Currently,...

New park dubbed Old Town Square

New park dubbed Old Town Square

Stage to honor Mathews family

“Old Town Square” will be the name of the park the City of Port Aransas plans to build on a vacant lot next to the Community Center. The City Council named the park with a unanimous vote at a meeting on Thursday, May 16. Colleen Simpson, Parks and Recreation Department director, presented three names for the council to choose or...

SandFest organization gives back

SandFest organization gives back

The Texas SandFest organization gave away $403,500 to 16 Port Aransas and area non-profits on Thursday, May 16. The organization sponsored the “big check” party at the Port Aransas Community Center, where representatives from the non-profits, volunteers and sponsors celebrated the success of the 2024 event. “Our event this year had some records set on Friday and Saturday. The number...

Local color

Local color

Lots of kids enjoyed the Color Splash Dash activity at Port Aransas Community Park on Saturday, May 18.

Woman charged in fatal wreck

Corpus Christi Police arrested a woman on Friday, May 17, in connection with a fatal wreck that happened on State Highway 361 on Tuesday, May 14. Kayla Booth, 32, was arrested on Nueces County warrants charging her with intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle and intoxication assault with a vehicle, causing serious bodily injury, said Antonio Contreras, senior officer with the...

Open house

Open house

The Port Aransas Coast Guard station showed off a helicopter, their newish headquarters building and more at an open house on Saturday, May 18.

Christensen to continue plant-based food bank

Christensen to continue plant-based food bank

Theresa Sumner died of lung cancer at the age of 49 on May 8, but the plant-based food bank she started in Port Aransas reportedly will live on. Her aunt, Joyce Christensen, said she plans to continue the works of the non-profit organization. A Port Aransas resident, Christensen shared Sumner’s passion for the non-profit’s mission. “The mission is to get...

Event puts spotlight on local student talent

Student knowledge, creativity and innovation were on display for all of the community to see at Port Aransas High School on Tuesday, May 14. The event was the Marlin Museum and GT (gifted and talented) Showcase, coupled with a concert featuring Port Aransas ISD bands. Dozens of parents and other community members streamed into PAHS and were wowed by student […]

Yellowfin caught

Yellowfin caught

Ashley Davis of Lawton, Okla., caught this 62-pound yellowfin tuna on a 56-hour trip out of Dolphin Dock, which returned on Wednesday, May 8. The tuna was the largest tuna of the 66 yellowfin caught on the trip. She also caught a 40-pound amberjack. She was aboard the Dolphin Express...

Anglers return

Anglers return

Anglers aboard the Island Queen II return to the dock after fishing in the Anglers on Wheels tournament on Saturday, May 18. The free tournament for folks with disabilities is held twice a year, in May and September. It was reported that the group had a good day on the...

Paul Montagna named director of Texas OneGulf Center of Excellence

Paul Montagna, Ph. D., was named director of Texas OneGulf Center of Excellence, he is a former Port Aransas resident and University of Texas Marine Science Institute researcher, said a news release from Texas A& M University- Corpus Christi. Montagna is endowed chair for HydroEcology at the Harte Research Institute...

Federal red snapper season to open June 1

Recreational red snapper season will open in federal waters on Saturday, June 1, according to a news release issued on Friday, May 17, by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Red snapper fishing in state waters is open year-round. Bag and size limits for federal and state waters will remain the...

Big bonnethead

Big bonnethead

James Opela of Alvarado caught a 48-inch bonnethead shark on a 4-hour trip on Wednesday, May 15. He was fishing aboard the Flipper with Capt. Clay Sherman out of Dolphin Dock.

Do fish swim efficiently?

Institute Insights

The funniest part of studying animal behavior is noticing an overlap with human behavior. This can be as simple as a cat defiantly covering its eyes with its paws when you turn on the lights, or as complex as a...

It’s official

It’s official

Throwback Thursday

The Port Aransas High School gym was officially named the Doyle Marek Gymnasium on Friday, Jan. 24, 1992. Marek, who retired the previous year, was a coach and math teacher in the school system for 37 years. Pictured from left are high school teacher Jim Moss and the head of the PAISD maintenance department, Larry Gallemore. The two are holding...