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Family preserves historic building

Port Aransas structure, 100+ years old, once was home of Catholic Church

In an era when some classic old Port Aransas buildings have been demolished to make way for new development, the Wright family has no plans to tear down the historic former Catholic church building that stands on their Old Town property. In fact, Lenore and Henry Wright of Waco had the structure restored just within the past few years. “I’m […]

Plate readers to ID carts on 361

Registered golf cart owners could soon be getting citations in the mail if their golf cart is caught traveling on State Highway 361. In an interview on Aug. 16, Police Chief Scott Burroughs said five license plate readers were slated to be installed along the highway in Port Aransas on Thursday, Aug. 24. They will be able to identify golf […]

Riders on the storm

Harvey survivors’ stories harrowing

Editor’s note: Friday, Aug. 25, will be the sixth anniversary of Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane that devastated Port Aransas and the surrounding region. While most residents evacuated ahead of Harvey, some stayed and endured life-threatening ordeals. Some of their stories are below. Dave Alford knew he was in trouble when he saw water bubbling up through a floor grate […]

Port A soaks up rain from Harold

Tropical Storm Harold made landfall on South Padre Island south of Baffin Bay about 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, bringing a lot of rain to Port Aransas. A dispatcher at the Port Aransas Police Department said there had been no major incidents due to the storm as of 11 a.m. Tuesday, shortly before the South Jetty went to press. Police […]

City changes direction on rec center proposal

The City of Port Aransas has switched gears on the recreation facility issue. The city earlier was pursuing construction of a sports and community venue that would have been paid for by hotel occupancy (HOT) tax revenue. Port Aransas voters would have had to approve increasing the HOT tax to pay for it. But the city now is planning to […]

Beach access road discussions ongoing

Construction hasn’t yet begun on a new beach access road even though it’s been more than a year and a half since the Port Aransas City Council decided to issue certificate of-obligation bonds to finance the project. But that doesn’t mean nothing has been happening on the matter. Council has been discussing the planned Beach Access Road B in executive […]

Council prepares $22 million budget

The proposed City of Port Aransas budget for fiscal year 2023-2024 includes expanding City Hall, building a recreation center and a lower tax rate. The Port Aransas City Council took a first look at the proposed budget and tax rate on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Council unanimously voted to direct city staff to move forward with the budget with a $14 […]

School bells ring Tuesday

Goodbye, summer job. Hello, fall classes. The first day of the 2023-24 school year will be on Tuesday, Aug. 15, and Port Aransas ISD students arriving on campus will find a lot of new stuff. They’ll be walking into school buildings where hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of maintenance and improvements happened during the summer. Students will meet new […]

Two wrecks cause major injuries

Two major wrecks in Port Aransas on Friday, Aug. 4, resulted in multiple serious injuries. A golf cart and a Toyota Highlander collided at the intersection of Alister Street and Roberts Avenue. The Toyota ran a stop sign and struck the golf cart, police said. Police responded to the incident at 9:06 p.m. The driver of the Toyota, Cindy Roberge, […]

How the heat has hit Port A

While much of the nation has been broiling in a massive heat wave this summer, Port Aransas also has seen some record-breaking days, though they haven’t been as searing as those experienced in inland cities. A “heat dome” this past summer has kept air conditioners running overtime from Nevada to Florida. Death Valley saw temperatures climb as high as 128 […]

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