Shorty’s bar building scheduled to move SundayFree Access

The other half of the historic Shorty’s Place building is scheduled to be moved starting about 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, according to Edwin Myers, the business owner. The...

Council fires city attorney

Council fires city attorney

The Port Aransas City Council has fired its city attorney for the second time in a year. During its meeting...

Candidates step forward

Candidates step forward

Several folks have filed to run for election to the city council and school board in Port Aransas. The period...

Ordinances under development

Ordinances under development

Port Aransas moves to produce new rules for carts, STRs

Children under the age of 3 could soon be prohibited from riding on a golf cart in Port Aransas, and...

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Prosecute political violence to the hilt

If the accusations against Solomon Peña are true, I am hoping a judge will come down hard on him. For the sake of our democracy....

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Comment ignored Regarding recent City Council meetings (December 15, 2022 and January 19, 2023), where public outcry and comment was again ignored and firing of...

Biden’s second student loan bailout worse

President Joe Biden isn’t waiting for the Supreme Court to decide on his last $400 billion student loan bailout before rolling out another, even more...

Another day, another Santos revelation

With all my heart I cherish the saga of George Santos (aka Anthony Devolder, aka Anthony Zabrovsky) because he’s the quintessential epitome of the MAGA...

Restaurant Week specials continue through Sunday

There is still time to take advantage of specially-priced lunch and dinner menus at 16 Port Aransas establishments during Restaurant Week through Jan. 29. The restaurants are offering special price-fixed...

Vintage tackle, lures is talk topic

Monday at Community Center

Vintage and antique fishing tackle and lures will be featured at the next lecture in the Winter Lecture Series hosted by the Port Aransas Museum on Monday, Jan. 30. David...

Book club to talk true story of racehorse

A book about spirit, obsession and injustice across American history will be discussed by members of the William R. “Bill” Ellis Memorial Library Book Club at the meeting on Wednesday,...

Art center exhibit to celebrate birding

Birding-related art will be featured in the February exhibition at the Port Aransas Art Center. Art center artists are invited to show their work at the Celebrating the Return of...

Big black drum

Big black drum

Margie Marks of Iron River, Mich., caught this monster black drum while fishing with friends on a recent day. She...

Anglers catch plenty of tuna

Fishing report

Folks have been catching a lot of blackfin tuna and yellowfin tuna on offshore fishing trips in Port Aransas this...

Marlins whip Yorktown

Marlins whip Yorktown

The offense was great. The defense wasn’t bad, either. The Port Aransas High School Marlins overpowered their Yorktown opponents on both ends of the court in a 68-19 road performance...

DEE-fense!

DEE-fense!

Brundrett Middle School students playing tough defense against Skidmore-Tynan are, from left, Lincoln Mayer, Micah Lafayette and Blu McGrady. The teams squared off on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Lady Marlins softball gains needed experience

Lady Marlins softball gains needed experience

While the Port Aransas High School Lady Marlins softball team didn’t make the playoffs last year, coach Jonathan Sheffield is feeling optimistic about this year’s girls. They’re a lot more...

Marlin cheerleaders busy

Marlin cheerleaders busy

Education Notes

Marlin Pride Runs Deep! is more than just a saying in Port Aransas, and this school year Marlins cheer made it a team focus to do everything within our power...

BMS players battle

BMS players battle

Brundrett Middle School basketball teams have been showing some moxy during difficult games. The boys’ teams battled through adversity during a Rockport-Fulton tournament on Saturday, Jan. 21. The boys “competed...

Netters take first, second places

Netters take first, second places

Two first place medals and two second place medals were earned by Port Aransas High School’s tennis team at the first tournament of the season at Rockport-Fulton High School on...

Press is key for JV

Press is key for JV

The half-court trap worked for the Port Aransas High School Marlins JV before. And then it worked for them when they met Yorktown on Friday, Jan. 20. The Marlins JV...

Heartbreaker

Heartbreaker

Lady Marlins lose in overtime

The game took a familiar path. But the outcome, a defeat, was no less painful. The Port Aransas High School Lady Marlins lost to Yorktown in overtime, 33-30, during a...

JV beats Yorktown on road

JV beats Yorktown on road

The distance from Port Aransas to Yorktown is nearly 100 miles. For the Port Aransas High School Lady Marlins JV, waiting a long time for a ferry and then traveling...

Shorty’s bar building scheduled to move SundayFree Access

The other half of the historic Shorty’s Place building is scheduled to be moved starting about 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, according to Edwin Myers, the business owner. The first half was moved from the bar’s longtime Tarpon Street location to a lot at Alister and Beach streets on...

Council fires city attorney

Council fires city attorney

The Port Aransas City Council has fired its city attorney for the second time in a year. During its meeting Thursday, Jan. 19, the council voted 4-3 to terminate the...

Candidates step forward

Candidates step forward

Several folks have filed to run for election to the city council and school board in Port Aransas. The period to file to be on the ballot started Wednesday, Jan....

Ordinances under development

Ordinances under development

Port Aransas moves to produce new rules for carts, STRs

Children under the age of 3 could soon be prohibited from riding on a golf cart in Port Aransas, and new construction of short-term rentals could require more parking spaces...

Shorty’s move appears imminent

Shorty’s move appears imminent

The highly anticipated move of the historic Shorty’s building could happen this week, according to Edwin Myers, the business owner. Plans are to saw the structure in half to make transport by truck and trailer more manageable. The building’s two halves would be moved one at a time, on different...

Candidates’ Night rescheduled

Candidates’ Night, a voter education forum run by the South Jetty, has been rescheduled. It previously was slated for April 12 at the Port Aransas Community Theatre. It now has been rescheduled for April 19 at the same location. The change was made to avoid a conflict with Port Aransas...

EPA: Desal plant lacks authorization

EPA: Desal plant lacks authorization

Port seeking permit for saltwater intake

No authorization exists under the Clean Water Act for the discharge of desalination wastewater off Port Aransas, despite the state’s recent approval of a permit, according to an EPA official. Dated Jan. 19, the letter from Earthea Nance, an EPA regional administrator in Dallas, was sent to Texas Commission on...

Trustees extend McKinney contract through June, 2026

Trustees extend McKinney contract through June, 2026

A one-year extension on Superintendent Sharon McKinney’s contract has been OK’d by the Port Aransas ISD Board of Trustees. The approval was unanimously approved on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Trustees held the vote after emerging from an executive session to discuss McKinney’s annual evaluation. After the meeting, Daniel Johnson, vice president...

Volunteers sought for beach clean up

Volunteers sought for beach clean up

Mark your calendars and make plans to be on the beach to help clean up trash on Saturday, Feb. 4. Individuals and families are invited to report to the beach at Avenue G beginning at 8:30 a.m. to register and be assigned an area to clean. The cleanup will take...

Council mulls conference center options

Council mulls conference center options

A conference center could still be on the books for the City of Port Aransas. During its regular meeting Thursday, Jan. 19, the Port Aransas City Council and city staff discussed possible options that could be pursued to build a conference center. One would be a public-private venture between the...

Helping out

Helping out

Family Center IGA representatives presented Port Aransas Police Foundation members a check for $5,086 on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The grocery store collected donations for the foundation by selling donation placards over a period of two months. The foundation provides funding for the Port Aransas Police Department for equipment or whatever...

Sewing group open to all

Sewing group open to all

A group of Winter Texans gets together twice a week in Port Aransas to sew for charities. Anyone interested in joining their sewing group is invited to join them on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Courtyard Condominiums, 622 Beach Access Road 1A. The group, Sue’s Gals, meets from 9 a.m....

Tennis time

Tennis time

Police Blotter

Information in this column was gleaned from Port Aransas Police Department records and interviews with department personnel. Everyone charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. Monday, Jan. 16 12 p.m. • Four people returned to a store in the 1800 block of State Highway 361...

An abode among boats

An abode among boats

When folks on tour boats cruise through the city harbor in Port Aransas, they might spot a couple dressed like pirates waving at them from a nearby condominium. That would be Ileana and Richard Craft, who live at The Harbour...

Academic competitors

Academic competitors

Brundrett Middle School students pose for a photo in Kenedy, where they were involved in a UIL academic competition on Friday, Jan. 13. BMS is planning an awards ceremony in early February. No specific date had been set at press time.

Many marlins

Many marlins

In recognition of the School Board Appreciation Month of January, creations from all three Port Aransas ISD schools were presented at a meeting of the school district’s board of trustees on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Above, H.G. Olsen Elementary School principal Kelye Garcie gestures toward Marlin-oriented artwork created by Olsen students....

Spelling bee Saturday at Doyle Marek Gym

The competition won’t involve basketball when students face off at Port Aransas High School’s Doyle Marek Gym on Saturday, Jan. 28. Students from H.G. Olsen Elementary School and Brundrett Middle School will take part in a spelling bee at the gym that day. The event, which will start at 9...

Band students recognized at PAISD board meeting

Band students recognized at PAISD board meeting

Several Port Aransas students were recognized at a recent school board meeting for their accomplishments at band competitions. They were Michaela Villagomez, a seventh-grader at Brundrett Middle School; Maebe Hines, also a seventh-grader at BMS; Jhostin Sanchez, a BMS eighth-grader; and Fernando Camarena, a sophomore at Port Aransas High School....

BMS to receive HVAC upgrade

Port Aransas ISD will pay Malek Inc. $1.1 million to install new air handlers for the HVAC system at Brundrett Middle School. The school board approved a motion calling for that on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The school district is paying an additional $191,150 to the Trane corporation for the air...

PAISD insurance on rise

Last year, Port Aransas ISD had to pay about $600,000 for windstorm and other kinds of insurance. This year, it’s looking like the district may have to pay 65 percent more than that due to the rising cost of windstorm insurance. Officials from Carlisle Insurance briefed the school district’s trustees...

Whale of a catch

Hauling in two massive sharks put Michael Magallanez of Port Aransas in first place in the Sharkey’s Pro Shark Tournament in 1992. Magallanez was fishing aboard his 13-foot Boston Whaler, and reeled in a 9’-1”inch, 330-pound bull shark after a 2½ hour fight; then a 190.04 pound, 9’3” hammerhead after an hour and 15-minute fight. With him were his wife,...

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