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Prayers for tight lines, bent rods

Prayers for tight lines, bent rods

Deaths hit small towns harder than they do in the city. And in smalltown Port Aransas, there is a subculture...

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Good people Hooray for Port A! Saturday, July 13, I woke up to discover that I’d left my insulin needles...

Democracy on ballot, thanks to Project 2025

Democracy on ballot, thanks to Project 2025

Two weeks ago, Professor Ruth Ben-Ghiat, author of “Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present,” commented that “one of the most alarming...

Taking a vacation from politics — sort of

Taking a vacation from politics — sort of

Being far away from home in Iceland and Britain for the last two weeks was perfect timing. Just as President...

‘Males Order Brides’

‘Males Order Brides’

A play about a crooked lawyer, lonely men and fake brides will open on the Port Aransas Community Theatre stage on Thursday, July 18. The melodrama, “Males Order Brides or...

Library hosts book club, story time, speaker, more

Summer programming at the William R. “Bill” Ellis Memorial Library will be wrapping up at the end of the month. All upcoming events will begin at 10 a.m. Middle School...

Auditions set for PACT fall show

Auditions set for PACT fall show

Actors are invited to audition for the fall production at the Port Aransas Community Theatre, “The Addams Family, a Musical.” Auditions are set for Monday and Tuesday, July 22 and...

Family-fun goal of parks and rec

Family-fun goal of parks and rec

A family bike ride and an outdoor movie are two upcoming events to be hosted by the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department. Glow Ride-Family Bike Ride On...

Benefit set for Balcoms

Meals, a silent auction, a raffle and more will be on tap during a benefit for Patsy and Paul Balcom on Saturday, July 27. The fundraiser is to offset medical...

Regional meet winners

Regional meet winners


Members of the Port Aransas Blue Marlins Swim Team showed off their medals from the Texas Amateur Athletic Foundation Region 16 Championship on Tuesday, July 16. The meet was held...

Magic show bunny

Magic show bunny

Performing a magic act as Red the Clown, Josiah Campbell of San Antonio holds his rabbit, Newton, while 7-year-old Gwyneth Speegle of Port Aransas pets the bunny at Roberts Point...

Elizabeth K. and Johnie Yarbrough

Elizabeth K. and Johnie Yarbrough

Elizabeth Kahaunani Yarbrough and her husband, Johnie “John” Yarbrough, both residents of Port Aransas, died within weeks of each other...

Michael Thomas DePalma

Michael Thomas DePalma

Michael Thomas DePalma, born on February 10, 1951, in Providence, RI, peacefully passed away at home on June 26, 2024...

Bernard Gerard Kampschmidt

Bernard Gerard Kampschmidt

Bernard Gerard Kampschmidt, born on April 2, 1956, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2024, in...

Do the right thing

Do the right thing

Coffee Girl

Writing a weekly column has its challenges, especially when you’ve done it for nearly 20 years. Everything worth writing about has been written about. I asked some reliable helpers— my...

Summer reading keeps kids sharp

Summer reading keeps kids sharp

State of Affairs

The summer months are often the most anticipated months of the year. Especially in our area, with so much to do and see, the summer is a great time to...

Grass fire burning on San Jose IslandFree Access

Dan Parker South Jetty editor A grass fire has been burning for hours on the south end San Jose Island today (Thursday, July 18), directly across the ship channel from Port Aransas, but no damage to structures has been reported. The only buildings on the island are at a ranch...

PAVFD fighting fire on San JoseFree Access

The Port Aransas Volunteer Fire Department currently is fighting a fire on San Jose Island. The fire covers an estimated 1 1/2 acres. There is no known cause. The firefighters were taken to the island by Coast Guard boat.

Smoke clears at San Jose IslandFree Access

As of this afternoon, Friday, July 19, there appears to be no smoke coming from San Jose Island. But it was unclear whether the grass fire that started there yesterday...

Two killed when boat, ship collide

Two killed when boat, ship collide

The Port Aransas boating community was shocked by the death of two of its members and injury to two others in a collision between a sportfishing boat and a tanker ship early on the morning of Saturday, July 13. The crash was fatal for the co-owner and captain of the boat, Colin Ocker of Port Aransas, and Jared Hunt of...

Bates and Clay win Roundup

Bates and Clay win Roundup

Hundreds of anglers turned out to participate in the 88th edition of the Deep Sea Roundup held Thursday through Sunday, July 11 through 14. Anglers of all ages fished the bay/surf and offshore divisions on Friday and Saturday. The Port Aransas Boatmen, Inc. hosts the tournament every year. “The tournament went great despite the boating accident that broke everyone’s heart....

Success story

Success story

PAHS grad comes home to take Coast Guard leadership position

After 25 years, Charlie Wilson, a Port Aransas High School graduate, is returning home to the Coastal Bend to assume command at the Air Station of the Corpus Christi sector of the U.S. Coast Guard. Capt. Wilson, 43, officially takes command on Friday, July 19. He will oversee all Coast Guard air operations along the South Texas coast from the...

Ready for launch

Ready for launch

New lighting on parts of SH 361

New lighting on parts of SH 361

The state has installed lighting to improve visibility along two areas of State Highway 361, the Island Road, where there have been fatal crashes at night. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) started installing the lighting in May. The project is expected to be complete with the lights operating in October, said Rickey Dailey, TxDOT spokesman. One area is in...

Hogan named COO at port

Hogan named COO at port

The Port of Corpus Christi has named Kyle Hogan chief operating officer, to succeed Clark Robertson, who will retire in September . Most of the ships that pass through Port Aransas each year are heading to and from the port. The port also plays a role in maintenance channel dredging and in proposals to deepen the channel further. Hogan most...

TWIA committee recommends hike in insurance rates

TWIA committee recommends hike in insurance rates

Ten percent rate increases have been recommended for Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) residential and commercial policies. TWIA’s Actuarial and Underwriting Committee issued the recommendation by a 5-1 vote while meeting on Monday, July 15. Georgia Neblett of Port Aransas cast the lone vote against making the recommendation. The recommendation, which now goes to TWIA’s Board of Directors, came after...

Moving along

Moving along

Workers continue to build the city’s new public safety building in the 700 block of West Avenue A on a recent day. Work started on the structure in July 2023, and the $10.1 million project is expected to be completed in early 2025.

Park place

Park place

Work continues on Friday, Jul 12, at a piece of land where the City of Port Aransas is building a new park, to be called Old Town Square. The lot is on Alister Street, just north of the Community Center.

Above the beach

Above the beach

Cars line the beach in Port Aransas on Thursday, July 4. The July 4 holiday weekend started off strong for local merchants, but they took a hit when many visitors left early due to concerns about Hurricane Beryl, which was looking for a while like it might hit Port Aransas. It ended up hitting the area of Matagorda as a...

A gusher

A gusher

Traffic makes its way through big puddles on Alister Street, just north of Avenue G, on Saturday, July 13, after a cloud burst moved through Port Aransas. Some 1.13 inches of rain fell in Port Aransas on Friday and Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Bump-bump-bump

Bump-bump-bump

It wasn’t things going ‘bump!’ in the night, but three cars that went ‘bump!’ in the daylight. The accident occurred about 9 a.m. on Friday, July 5, on State Highway 361 at the intersection of Beach Access Road 1A in front of the Stripes convenience store. The biggest damage was to vehicles; passengers suffered only minor injuries and were treated...

Fun and games

Fun and games

Playing a bit of croquet on the beach in Port Aransas on Sunday, July 14, are Cory Dyson (in back) and his children, Deklin, 8, and Alex, 6. The family is from Hutto.

Kids hook lots of fun at perch contest

The Piggy Perch Contest took place on Friday and Saturday, July 12 and July 13, at the Dennis Dreyer Municipal Harbor in Port Aransas as part of the Deep Sea Roundup fishing tournament. The contest is free and gives kids aged 0 to 12 the chance to take part in the tournament. The Piggy Perch Contest has introduced the joy […]

Black drum caught

Black drum caught

It was a great day fishing in the Corpus Christi bayou on Wednesday, July 3. From left are Keith Gerik and Kinsler Hinojosa of Waco and Hudson Ramsey of Rockwall. They caught a 10-pound black drum.

Anglers to head offshore with shotgun start Thursday

Anglers will head offshore after a shotgun start to try to land the biggest billfish in the 2024 Billfish Pachanga, Wednesday through Saturday, July 17 through 20. The catch-and-release-only billfish tournament is hosted by Virginia’s on the Bay. The tournament will feature a private concert by the Texas music band...

Nominations sought for awards

The Coastal Bend Bays Foundation (CBBF) is accepting nominations and sponsors for the 22nd Coastal Bend Bays Foundation Conservation and Stewardship Environmental Awards, according to a news release from the foundation. The awards recognize and honor Coastal Bend citizens, educators, businesses, governing bodies and other entities that have demonstrated environmental...

Commercial shrimp season now open

Folks can once again purchase fresh Gulf shrimp right off the boat because commercial shrimp season reopened on Monday, July 15. In a news rel ease on Tuesday, July 9, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department ( TPWD) announced the opening of commercial shrimp season for state and federal waters 30...

Offshore trips hook kingfish, red snapper

Anglers have been catching kingfish and vermilion snapper as well as limits of red snapper on offshore trips out of fishing charters in Port Aransas the past week. At Dolphin Dock, 5-hour, 8-hour and 12-hour offshore trips have been bringing in limits of red snapper and some vermilion snapper, said...

Living life at two extremes

Institute Insights

Whenever I meet someone new and the inevitable topic of “what I do” comes up, my response is often met with confusion. “So what do you do?” “I’m a grad student at the UT Marine Science Institute.” “Cool! What do...

Palm’s up

Palm’s up

Throwback Thursday

Lanette Nolte, left, manager of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce, helps shovel in some dirt as a freeze-resistant Florida sabal palm tree is planted on chamber grounds on April 16, 1985. Standing by are Ricky Darling, center, and Patsy Jones Waters of Victory Contracting, which donated the palm. Jones became a well-known figure in Port Aransas, having penned and...