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When your phone doesn’t know you, it’s bad

When your phone doesn’t know you, it’s bad

Trust me, if you fall ill, here’s a fact: Your general state of health at the starting gate makes a...

Our readers speak

I wanted to give a huge shout out to two of our community leaders for bringing great conferences and visitors...

Dirty details Trump hid from voters in 2016

Dirty details Trump hid from voters in 2016

Let’s contrast the candidates. In Washington this week President Biden delivered a high-minded speech condemning anti-semitism and warning us that...

Did we learn anything from COVID?

Did we learn anything from COVID?

The lockdowns instituted during the COVID pandemic were only supposed to last a few days. Remember, “14 days to flatten...

Performing arts center groundbreaking Monday

You can watch as a new page is turned in Port Aransas ISD history on Monday, May 20. The public...

Early voting in district attorney run-off election starts Monday

Early voting in district attorney run-off election starts Monday

Early voting will begin on Monday, May 20, in the run-off to decide the primary election winner in the Republican...

Graduation ceremonies set May 23

Graduation ceremonies set May 23

Port Aransas High School graduation ceremonies will be held on Thursday, May 23, at Doyle Marek Gym. Doors will open...

Municipal offices to close for Memorial Day, May 27

Certain city and other public employees will have the day off on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. City of Port...

Marlins excited for next baseball season

Marlins excited for next baseball season


Their excellent 2024 season is just freshly over, but most all of the boys who played on the Port Aransas...

BMS 8th grade boys take title

BMS 8th grade boys take title


With only a few outings under their belts, the Brundrett Middle School eighth-grade boys’ tennis team captured the district title...

Recognized

Recognized


Two statewide basketball organizations recently bestowed a variety of honors upon some players and coaches within Port Aransas ISD girls’...

Super softball players

Super softball players


Several Port Aransas High School softball players were honored with all-district distinctions recently. Making first team, all-district, were Kenna McCumber,...

Athletic accolades awarded

Athletic accolades awarded


Athletes of the year, sportsmanship and other athletic achievements awards were presented during the Port Aransas High School Athletic Banquet....

It’s a wrap

It’s a wrap


Port Aransas High School’s three entries in the regional tennis tournament came up just short of advancing to the state...

BMS students donate to kids at abuse center

BMS students donate to kids at abuse center

Some Port Aransas youngsters have made life a little better for babies in Corpus Christi. On Friday, May 10, students...

Efforts to break stigma of mental illness

Efforts to break stigma of mental illness

State of Affairs

Each year, May is designated as National Mental Health Awareness Month. This awareness month began to educate communities about mental...

He will always help me find my way

He will always help me find my way

Coffee Girl

I’m smart. Really, I am. I graduated with honors from an impressive high school. I obtained a university degree with...

We will never forget

We will never forget

Chief Concerns

National Peace Officers Memorial Day is observed on May 15 each year to pay tribute to the local, state and...

The power of positive

The power of positive

Education Notes

In his book, “The Power of Positive Leadership,” author Jon Gordon states, “Being positive doesn’t just make you better; it...

Featured Video


Due to rain, Port Aransas High School students moved their Field Day fun into Doyle Marek Gym on Friday, May 17. The fun included the tug-of-war that is traditionally a part of Field Day. In this video clip, seniors (wearing tie-dye) compete with juniors (wearing purple). (South Jetty staff video © 2024 by Dan Parker.)



Visiting officials admire PAISD

Visiting officials admire PAISD

Dozens of school administrators from all over Texas visited town last week to get a first-hand look at the strength and ingenuity involved in educational programs at Port Aransas ISD. Afterward, the leaders were bubbling with praise for H.G. Olsen Elementary School, Brundrett Middle School and Port Aransas High School. “Port Aransas is the epitome of what all small schools...

Bugs released to control pepper trees

Bugs released to control pepper trees

Tiny bugs called thrips are being released in the Port Aransas Nature Preserve to control the spread of Brazilian pepper trees, an invasive plant species. While the insects can hinder the growth and spread of pepper trees, they won’t pose problems for the rest of the environment, said Justin Quintanilla, a natural resource specialist with the city’s parks and recreation...

Wrong-way birdies pose Port A mystery

Wrong-way birdies pose Port A mystery

Port Aransas is known as a birding hot spot where many dozens of species can be seen, from tiny warblers to endangered whooping cranes. But sometimes, even more is in store for birders when they come upon the unexpected: the sighting of birds that rarely if ever are seen here. Such birds that have been spotted in recent weeks in...

When pigs fly

When pigs fly

Pigs, fish, octopi and lots more flew above the beach in Port Aransas on Saturday, May 11, as part of the Fun Kite Fly, a free event hosted by Fly It! a kite shop in town. This photo was shot near Marker 15, looking south. Look for more inside.

Water works

Water works

Workers from Nueces County Water Control and Improvement District No. 4 fix a broken main water line in the 400 block of Cut-off Road on Friday, May 10. An 8-inch water pipe was broken around 3 p.m. Friday as a result of underground utility work being done in the area. Cut-off road was closed for several hours between Avenue C...

Hurricane town hall to take place on June 3

Hurricane town hall to take place on June 3

This will be a meeting you likely should attend if you’re wondering how you should prepare for the upcoming hurricane season. A hurricane town hall meeting will be conducted by the City of Port Aransas on Monday, June 3, at 7p.m. at the Community Center, located at 408 N. Alister St. The meeting will be free and open to the...

New beginnings

New beginnings

Fawn Berger, Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) volunteer, measures the shell of a turtle, called a carapace, as the turtle lays 58 eggs near Mile Marker 174 on the beach on Mustang Island on Saturday, May 11. The eggs were retrieved and taken to the Padre Island National Seashore for incubation until they hatch. ARK staff and volunteers patrol area beaches...

Surprise request

Surprise request

Port Aransas High School senior Abby Kay, left, surprised Lia Phillips with a hand-created poster asking Phillips to be the one to hand the diploma to Kay at PAHS graduation ceremonies on May 23. Phillips is a teacher at Brundrett Middle School and a coach. Students traditionally may choose specific school district employees to hand them their diploma at the...

On the fly

On the fly

The sky was gray on the beach in Port Aransas on Saturday, May 11, but folks brightened things up with a wide variety of colorful kites. This photo was shot near Marker 15, looking north. That’s The Dunes condominium in the background. Folks were taking part in the Fun Kite Fly, a free event hosted by Fly It! - a...

Celebrating moms

Celebrating moms

Ellis Library celebrated Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 10, with a story time reading of ‘If Mom Had Three Arms’ and a craft of making paper flowers. At left is Sophie Cabrera, library clerk, reading the book. At right from front to back are, Maggie Collins, 6 1/2, her sister Goldie Collins, 4 and their father Chris Collins. The Collins...

‘Finding Nemo Jr.’ to open at community theater on May 30

‘Finding Nemo Jr.’ to open at community theater on May 30

A musical adaption of the popular 2003 Pixar movie, “Finding Nemo,” is coming to the Port Aransas Community Theatre stage. The youth production of “Finding Nemo Jr.” will open on Thursday, May 30. The musical will run Thursday through Sunday, for two weeks, May 30 through June 9. Show times are Thursday through Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at...

All about EMS

All about EMS

More than 300 people attended the EMS Education by the Sea conference in Port Aransas Wednesday to Friday, May 8 to 10. The conference was hosted by the Port Aransas EMS.

Gallery shop

Gallery shop

Folks attending the opening of the Tiddle Caylor All-Member Show in March, at the Port Aransas Art Center, shop and converse in the gallery gift shop. The art center is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. It is closed on Sunday. Folks are always invited to view the works featured each month in the gallery and shop...

Swift fans have ‘The Best Day’ at park

Tay by the Bay drew dozens of Taylor Swift fans to Roberts Point Park on Friday, May 10. The Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department function featured singing, dancing and more in celebration of the famous singer.

Scarlet’s catch

Scarlet’s catch

This little miss, Scarlet, 7, of Corpus Christi, caught her first ever fish on Tuesday, May 7. She caught this piggy perch from the dock at Fisherman’s Wharf. Dee Wallace, tournament director, said ‘She was so excited and squealed so loud I think she could be heard all over the...

‘Anglers on Wheels’ tourney scheduled Friday, Saturday

Organizers report the Anglers on Wheels Tournament, set for Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, is full. The free fishing tournament for folks with disabilities is held twice a year, in May and in September. Anyone who would like to register for the September trips can do so at...

Amberjack a common catch on offshore trips

Amberjack a common catch on offshore trips

Anglers caught a 71-pound amberjack on a 56-hour trip out of Dolphin Dock the past week. Also reeled in on the trip were 23 other amberjack, a 62-pound yellowfin tuna, 65 other yellowfin tuna and 47 almaco jack. Other eight-hour and 12- hour offshore trips out of Dolphin Dock have...

Stormy weather

Stormy weather

Throwback Thursday

In early October 1996, high tides from Tropical Storm Josephine turned the parking lots around Tortuga Flats, Sportsplex, Quarter Deck and Fisherman’s Wharf into a saltwater lake. One flounder was reportedly gigged in the waterfront area, locally known as The Flats. This photo originally appeared in the Oct. 10, 1996 edition of the South Jetty.