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How about a Lawnmower Ted statue?

How about a Lawnmower Ted statue?

They’re about to build a park on Alister Street, close to the Community Center. But wait! Is that really the...

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Thank a librarian It’s National Library Week. If you didn’t stop in to meet the librarians on Tuesday, you can...

Praying and worrying for America

Praying and worrying for America

Lent is over – and I’m kind of sorry. As a practicing Roman Catholic, I observe Lent every year. The...

‘Steel Magnolias’

‘Steel Magnolias’

Meet the ladies who frequent Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, when “Steel Magnolias” comes to the Port Aransas Community...

Auditions set for summer PACT play, actors 18 and up are invited to try out

Auditions set for summer PACT play, actors 18 and up are invited to try out

Open auditions for the summer 2024 production of “Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville” have been announced by the Port Aransas...

Pre-SandFest events to include sculpture lessons, flag raising

Pre-SandFest events to include sculpture lessons, flag raising

In just a little over a week, thousands of folks will make their way to Port Aransas for the 2024...

R&B, soul, pop and rock concert set on April 19

A San Antonio singer-songwriter will take the Patsy Jones Amphitheater stage at Roberts Point Park on Friday, April 19, at...

Marlins baseball team gets consecutive wins

Marlins baseball team gets consecutive wins


The Port Aransas High School Marlins have won four games in a row now. “I feel really good about where...

PAHS Lady Marlins defeat Woodsboro after Three Rivers loss

PAHS Lady Marlins defeat Woodsboro after Three Rivers loss


It was a big win for the Port Aransas High School Lady Marlins when the team edged Woodsboro, which previously...

PAHS runners advance to area

PAHS runners advance to area


Thirteen Port Aransas High School athletes and two alternatives will advance to area track competition. They earned the right to...

Marlin netters score victories at tourney

Marlin netters score victories at tourney


Port Aransas High School tennis players scored some nice victories during a tri-meet with teams from London and Veterans Memorial...

Students’ letters are blasts from their pasts

Students’ letters are blasts from their pasts

Every year, Brundrett Middle School teacher Michelle Parker has her sixth-graders write letters to their future selves. She asks them...

Thomas Cantay “TC” Nixon

Thomas Cantay “TC” Nixon

Thomas Cantay “TC” Nixon passed away peacefully at the age of 77, surrounded by his family, on the evening of...

Welcome happy morning

Welcome happy morning

Pastor’s Pen

A classic Easter Hymn begins, “Welcome happy morning, age to age shall say...” The words to the hymn were written...

NHS accomplished meaningful projects

NHS accomplished meaningful projects

Education Notes

NHS stands for the National Honor Society – a well-known organization in schools across the United States, focused on recognizing...

I was sworn in 41 years ago

I was sworn in 41 years ago

Chief Concerns

Forty-one years ago, today, on April 11, 1983, in a small office, in the basement of the court house in...

First responders recover a truck that was driven over the south jetty and into the ship channel in Port Aransas last night. The body of a woman believed to have been the driver was found inside. A police detective said he believes she didn't drive into the channel intentionally. (South Jetty Staff Video © 2024 by Elizabeth Weaver.)



Movie scenes shot in waters of Port A

Movie scenes shot in waters of Port A

Part of a feature-length horror adventure film was shot in Port Aransas waters last week. The movie is called “The Relic: Dragon.” “It’s a monster movie about two estranged sisters from a treasure-hunting dynasty family, who after the death of their father discover that an artifact he’d been looking for his entire life is actually real,” said Josh Logan, the...

City accepting nominations for name of new park

City accepting nominations for name of new park

Officials are collecting name ideas for the new park that is being planned near the Port Aransas Community Center. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department is gathering suggested names for the park, which will be built on a lot that lies northeast of the intersection of Alister Street and Oakes Avenue. Folks have until Monday, April 15, to submit nominations....

Police: Signs improved golf cart compliance

Police: Signs improved golf cart compliance

The new golf cart warning signs on sidewalks along State Highway 361 and at the intersection of Avenue G and the highway are helping deter people from driving golf carts on the highway and sidewalks, according to Police Chief Scott Burroughs. In March of last year, police cited 33 motorists for driving golf carts on the highway, Burroughs said. During...

A sight to see

A sight to see

Gazing through eye protection, students check out the solar eclipse outside Brundrett Middle School on Monday, April 8. In back, from left, are Claire Harris and Kylee Craig. Maggie Hayes is in the center, and in front are Halle Fish, left, and Madalyn Franks. It was mostly cloudy, but folks all over Port Aransas still were able to see the...

Public comment sought for dredging issue

Public comment sought for dredging issue

The clock is ticking toward the deadline for public comment on a newly issued document related to a proposal to significantly deepen the ship channel in Port Aransas and extend it further into the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inviting the public to comment on the Port of Corpus Christi’s Channel Deepening Project Final Environmental...

Salt Island Trail restoration to begin at nature preserve

Salt Island Trail restoration to begin at nature preserve

Construction on a $2.3 million project to restore the Salt Island Trail at the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture is expected to start this month. The trail was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The trail is the city’s last FEMA-funded public access project that needs to be completed at the nature preserve, said Rae Mooney, nature preserve...

Woman dead after truck’s channel plunge

Woman dead after truck’s channel plunge

A woman was found, dead, in the wreckage of a pickup truck after it plunged off the south jetty and into the ship channel in Port Aransas this week. Authorities hadn’t yet released the woman’s name at deadline for this edition of the South Jetty. The pickup truck went into the channel on the evening of Monday, April 8, after...

Grosse wills land to PAC

Grosse wills land to PAC

Mark Grosse, who died on March 31, has willed five acres of East Flats-area wildlands to the Port Aransas Conservancy (PAC). PAC plans to preserve the land, which lies near the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, just west of Piper Channel, said James King, president of the non-profit organization. The wetlands-heavy acreage will be valuable not only for wildlife but also...

Nixon was superintendent of Port Aransas ferry system

Nixon was superintendent of Port Aransas ferry system

The ferry that crossed the Corpus Christi Ship Channel shortly after 9 a.m. on Friday, April 5, carried a white hearse. Thomas Cantay “T.C.” Nixon, former superintendent of the Port Aransas ferry system, was making the trip across the ship channel, one last time. After the channel crossing and a few blasts from the ferry’s horn, T.C.’s hearse received a...

Museum seeks longtime local family histories for new exhibit

Museum seeks longtime local family histories for new exhibit

The deadline is Thursday, April 18, for longtime local families to step forward and commit to helping create displays about their ancestors for the Port Aransas Museum’s next big exhibit. That exhibit will be about the “historic families and characters of Port Aransas,” said Cliff Strain, museum director. Only two different Port Aransas families have committed to taking part so...

Making a difference

Making a difference

Heidi Tarbuck, employee of Port A Beach Buggies, stands next to the business’ golf carts in Port Aransas on Friday, March 29. Tarbuck said the golf cart warning signs the city installed at the intersection of Avenue G and State Highway 361 and on sidewalks along the highway are helping keep people from driving golf carts on the highway.

AI phone scam attempted against Port Aransas woman

When a Port Aransas woman answered her phone one recent day, she heard what very much seemed to be her grown son on the line. He sounded upset. “He was crying, ‘Mom, I’ve been in a car accident,’ ”recalled the woman, who asked that her name not be used in this story. “I was just kind of silent for a...

Sea turtle nesting season underway

Sea turtle nesting season underway

Sea turtle nesting season began in late March, and Texas beach visitors are urged Texas beach goers to stay vigilant, drive slowly and avoid disturbing nest sites to help protect sea turtles, including the endangered Kemp’s ridley and the threatened loggerhead and green sea turtles, according to a news release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Sea turtles face...

Adulting 101 course teaches practical skills

This is the Port Aransas High School course where students acquire many of the practical skills that all grown-ups need in life. At Adulting 101, students learn about personal finances, cooking, home maintenance, sewing, laundry, telephone etiquette, gardening and much more. Thirty-five students, in all, are enrolled in the school’s two Adulting 101 classes. “I think they are learning a […]

Hall of famers

Hall of famers

Some Port Aransas residents were inducted into the Texas Saltwater Fishing Hall of Fame on April 6 during an event in Galveston. The Port Aransas inductees were Bruce Furlow and his late wife, Barbara Furlow; Patricia Hawn Wallace; and Dee Wallace. Above, holding plaques, are Hawn, center; Dee Wallace, right;...

Anglers catching a lot of sheepshead

Anglers on bay trips have been catching a lot of black drum and redfish, while offshore trips have been hampered by high winds, according to folks at the docks along the waterfront. At Fisherman’s Wharf, Dee Wallace, tournament director, said their bay trips have been doing very well, catching a...

Looking for answers in the mud

Institute Insights

Explaining to your friends and family you are going on a cruise makes it sound like a vacation, including sleeping in till lunch, sunbathing by the pool or playing shuffleboard on deck. Instead, I boarded the Research Vessel Pelican only...

Vets on parade

Vets on parade

Veterans were honored during a parade and patriotic ceremonies on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 1990. Port Aransas native Marine, Nathan Sheppard, is shown riding in the parade as parade marshal. To attract area dignitaries, the event was held Sunday morning, a VFW spokesman said. The parade ended at Roberts Point Park, where a Veterans Day ceremony was held. This...