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Joy of sights, sounds, scents of summer

Joy of sights, sounds, scents of summer

Certain sights, sounds and scents just make me happy. Enjoy them with me: • The laughter of children playing on...

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Endangered goose Did you ever hear the fable about the farmer whose goose began laying golden eggs? The farmer got...

Needed: The common sense of Will Rogers

Needed: The common sense of Will Rogers

Our politics sure is divided these days. Tempers are flaring and minds are rigid and closed. Here’s the solution: the...

Library summer programs continue through end of July

The William R. “Bill” Ellis Memorial Library summer programming will continue through the end of July. There is still time for all ages to stop by the library and register...

Parks and rec to host family events

Parks and rec to host family events

Some upcoming free events for families and folks in the community have been planned, all hosted by the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department. Family Game Night Go...

Appraisal board election slated Saturday

Appraisal board election slated Saturday

Election Day will be Saturday, June 15, in a runoff election to decide a board seat on the Nueces County Appraisal District. Early voting ended on Tuesday, June 11. On...

Dance party

Dance party

Kids who attend the Sunset Sounds Jr. concert on Tuesday, June 18, will be treated to an evening of funny lyrics, rocking jams to dance to and more. Juan C...

Rock and Tejano music on tap at Sunset Sounds on June 21

Rock and Tejano music on tap at Sunset Sounds on June 21

Spend an evening beside the ship channel listening to the high-energy tunes of the Palacios Bros Band on Friday, June 21. The band will take the Patsy Jones Amphitheater stage...

Blue Marlins notch another win at meet

Blue Marlins notch another win at meet


The 2024 Port Aransas Blue Marlins Swim Team hosted a meet against the Northwest Region Swim Team (NRST) out of Calallen at the Port Aransas Community Pool on Saturday, June...

Summer learning

Summer learning

Area students participate in an activity in the University of Texas Marine Institute Summer Science program on Wednesday, June 5. The class was given an energy budget for a fish,...

In position

In position

Katriel Chapa of San Antonio gets ready to pass a volleyball to his friend Alyssa Gauna of San Antonio on the beach in Port Aransas on a recent day.

Longtime Port Aransan Trey Olsen died June 5

Longtime Port Aransan Trey Olsen died June 5

Longtime Port Aransas resident Henry G. “Trey” Olsen – whose grandfather was the namesake of H.G. Olsen Elementary School –...

William Frank Myers

William Frank Myers

With Heavy heart we share the death announcement of William “Bill” Frank Myers of Port Aransas. Bill was born in...

We are called to do good

We are called to do good

Pastor’s Pen

“He (Jesus) went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” (Acts 10:38b) It is that time of the year when...

I don’t like change

I don’t like change

Coffee Girl

I recently heard someone say you know you’re getting old you when get upset that your grocery store moved stuff around. I’ve been old for a long time. Why do...

Prepare now for hurricanes

Prepare now for hurricanes

State of Affairs

In this week’s column I would like to remind everyone of the importance of being prepared for the upcoming storm and hurricane season. When storms and hurricanes make landfall, they...

It’s been an honor writing for you

It’s been an honor writing for you

Chief Concerns

After 41 years, two months, 20 days (15,057 consecutive days) of being a cop, I am retiring on June 30, 2024. My first column appeared here on June 17, 2010,...

Pole-vaulting contest hitting Port Aransas Friday, SaturdayFree Access

High-flying action will hit Roberts Point Park in Port Aransas on Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15. Pole vaulters from all over Texas and beyond will be competing at the park. Registration to compete in Port Aransas Beach Vault has closed, according to the organization’s website, but folks still...

Restrictions could tighten to save water

Restrictions could tighten to save water

Without significant rainfall in coming weeks, Port Aransas is anticipated to enter Stage 3 water restrictions in mid-August, and many people then won’t be able to irrigate their lawns or landscaping at all. The area entered Stage 2 water restrictions on March 12, which allows people to use their sprinklers once every other week. In this stage, folks also can...

Landscaping can be drought-resistant

Landscaping can be drought-resistant

With increased water-use restrictions looming in the near future, Port Aransas residents might soon be looking for new strategies to keep their front yards from looking like one big dead zone. The South Jetty spoke with plant experts to find out how people can best keep up their lawns without watering and what plants might withstand the drought the best....

Ribbon-cutting planned for harbor master’s office

Ribbon-cutting planned for harbor master’s office

Now that the final touches have been completed on the City of Port Aransas’ new harbor master’s office at the Dennis Dreyer Municipal Harbor, the marina is the “top” one on the Gulf Coast, according to Rob Phillips, harbor master. The city has invited the public to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the harbor master’s office and updated Fred Rhodes...

Overturned

Overturned

Port Aransas EMS and lifeguards work at the scene of a golf cart crash on Avenue G, near the beach, on Wednesday, June 5. Minor injuries were reported. More information is in this edition’s Police Blotter on page 3B.

Funding allocated for channel dredging

Funding allocated for channel dredging

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has allocated more than $11 million for maintenance dredging of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, State Rep. Michael Cloud announced. Cloud’s office issued a news release on Thursday, June 6. “The allocated funds will be used for essential dredging operations, ensuring the channel remains deep and navigable for larger vessels, which is vital for...

Woman dies on the beach

No cause of death has been determined in the case of a woman who died at the beach in Port Aransas on Monday, June 3. The 60-year-old Corpus Christi woman’s name hasn’t been released, pending notification of next of kin. Members of Port Aransas Surf Rescue pulled the woman, who was unconscious, from the water near Pole C about 11...

Ribbon-cutting

Ribbon-cutting

The Port Aransas Art Center held a ribbon-cutting on Friday, June 7, to commemorate the recent completion of an expansion of the organization’s building at 104 N. Alister St. From left are Rhonie Stuart of the Port Aransas Tourism Bureau and Chamber of Commerce; Steve Davis, an art center board member; Amy Collin, class/event coordinator with the art center; Theresa...

Getting green

Getting green

The pier at Charlie’s Pasture is pictured along with a picnic table and trees on Friday, June 7. The green material on the ground is recently applied hydromulch grass seed made up of a native blend of buffalo, curly mesquite and blue grama grass. Hydromulch is a planting process that uses a slurry of seed, mulch and fertilizer.

Turtle nests

Turtle nests

Paula Baker, foreground, and Fawn Berger, both members of the Amos Rehabilitation Keep Turtle Patrol, watch over a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, an endangered species, as it lays eggs at the edge of the dunes on the beach in Port Aransas on Monday, June 3. The turtle emerged from the Gulf of Mexico, laid 95 eggs near Marker 57, then...

Farley Boat Works sets workshops for summer

Folks are invited to build a variety of wooden projects at the Farley Boat Works summer workshops. The workshops are for all ages, but kids under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Workshops will run Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the boat works. The fee is $100 per person for each workshop. Materials...

Ukuleles united

Ukuleles united

Port Aransas ukulele enthusiasts recently got together to learn from each other and jam at the Port A Beach Lodge. They’re all members of the Parrot Heads of Port Aransas organization, and they gather to play ukulele from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Ukulele players or aspiring players should feel free to...

Former PAISD finance director takes on new job with chamber

Former PAISD finance director takes on new job with chamber

Previously a Port Aransas ISD employee, Jackie Peaslee recently was hired as the finance and administration director at the Port Aransas Tourism Bureau and Chamber of Commerce. Peaslee had been the finance director at the Port Aransas ISD. Her last day with the school district was May 24. To replace Peaslee, the school district has hired a payroll and accounting...

At the museum

At the museum

At the Port Aransas Museum on Friday, June 7, docent Judy Parker, right, explains a bit of local history to visitors, from left, Tim Golian and Madeleine French, both of San Antonio; and Andy French of Canyon Lake. In the foreground is a bronze bell that was on the railroad engine that was used to carry the rocks used to...

Port Aransas teenagers nab summer jobs

Summertime in Port Aransas means lots of vacationers in town. And that means loads of activity for tourism-based businesses in town. And that means plenty of summer jobs for Port Aransas youngsters.

Picture proof

Picture proof

Robert Hand of Boerne shows a cell phone photo of himself holding a redfish he caught while fishing on Saturday, June 8, in the Young Texans Against Cancer tournament, headquartered at the Island Moorings Marina. It was a catch-and-release tournament, so photos of the catches were required for judging. The...

88th Deep Sea Roundup early registration open

The oldest fishing tournament on the Texas coast, the 88th annual Deep Sea Roundup, hosted by the Port Aransas Boatmen, Inc. is just a little under a month away. The tournament for all ages is set for Thursday through Sunday, July 11 through 14. Anglers who register by Tuesday, July...

Red snapper and sharks common catches offshore

Anglers have been catching a lot of sharks and limits of red snapper on offshore trips out of Port Aransas fishing charters the past week. At Fisherman’s Wharf, offshore trips on the Scat Cat have brought in limits of red snapper every day, said Capt. Dee Wallace. The trips also...

Mission not impossible

Mission not impossible

Throwback Thursday

In June 1983, six Texas college students, members of the Baptist Student Union, took a religious survey of Port Aransas. The survey was sponsored by the First Baptist, Community Presbyterian, Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal and Assembly of God churches. The students, from left, are Jo McClellan, Angelo State University; Linda Crist, Stephen F. Austin State University; Sandra Bass, Tyler Junior College; James...