City to use survey to decide landfill hours
Poinsettia power

Poinsettia power


Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce Tourist Bureau Executive Director Ann Bracher Vaughan and her 3-year-old granddaughter, Ava, of Uvalde, are...

Monday at noon is deadline for Jan. 1 edition


New Year’s Day will mean an early deadline and early press time for the South Jetty. Monday, Dec. 29, at...

Council gives Kovacs high marks

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

In 1897, Francis P. Church, an editorial writer at the New York Sun, wrote what is probably the most famous editorial ever written. “Yes, Virginia,...

House speaker drama goes on

As the Texas House of Representatives prepares to come into session in mid- January, with a race to be its leader heavily under way, heed...

A look back in history – 1987

I was talking with a fellow the other day – a guy about my age (50s) – about college classes he’s been taking and the...

Island Agenda


  DAILY • Port Aransas Community Park swimming pool, 700 Clark Parkway, offers swim lessons, water exercise and lap swimming. Open daily except Mondays for swimming, 1- 6 p.m., and...

A welcome win

A welcome win

Lady Marlins beat the Warriors

The Port Aransas High School Lady Marlins went to war with the Highland Avenue Christian Warriors and won. and won. The Lady Marlins prevailed, 54- 44, in a game played...

2008-09 Lady Marlins Port Aransas High School Basketball schedule


Date Opp Time/Score NOVEMBER T-11 Bloom’ton 45-35; 35-11 13&15 PA JV girls tourney F-14 Bishop CANCELLED T-18 Odem 54-33; 41-9 20-22 M’lin Classic M-24 Aransas P. 61-35; 25-14 T-25 Ingleside...

2008-09 Brundrett Middle School Basketball schedule


Date Opponent Time NOVEMBER 10 IWA 4 17 Pettus 4 24 Woodsboro 4:30 DECEMBER 1 Yorktown 4 11 Falls City 4 JANUARY 8 St. James 4 15 Pettus 4 17...

Tough sell in Austwell

Tough sell in Austwell

Despite fine execution, Marlins fall, 45-68, to Redfish

In the battle of the finned mascots on Friday, Dec. 19, the mighty Marlins couldn’t pull off a win over the fighting Redfish. The Port Aransas High School Marlins fell...

2008-09 Marlins Port Aransas High School Basketball schedule


Date Opponent Time/Score NOVEMBER 18 Taft V: 36-64; JV: 27-47 20-22 Marlin Classic 24 Highland C. V: 64-30 25 O. Gr. V: 41-61; JV: 25-47 DECEMBER 2 Refugio CANCELLED 4-6...


City to use survey to decide landfill hours
Poinsettia power

Poinsettia power


Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce Tourist Bureau Executive Director Ann Bracher Vaughan and her 3-year-old granddaughter, Ava, of Uvalde, are nearly swallowed by poinsettias growing at the chamber office. Each...

Monday at noon is deadline for Jan. 1 edition


New Year’s Day will mean an early deadline and early press time for the South Jetty. Monday, Dec. 29, at noon will be the deadline for the Jan. 1, 2009...

Council gives Kovacs high marks
Celebrate 2009 early in the park

Celebrate 2009 early in the park


Get a head start on 2009. Join the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department at the Fred Rhodes Memorial Pavilion in Roberts Point Park for an early celebration of the coming year. Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 11:30 am to12:30 pm, celebrate (early) the arrival of 2009 with music...

In the spirit

In the spirit


Wearing santa hats, third graders Carson Burns, left, and Aaron Peterson watch a Christmas program performance by fellow students at the H.G. Olsen Elementary School gym on Friday, Dec. 19.

Foul weather fails to dampen birders’ spirits

Foul weather fails to dampen birders’ spirits


Cold, wind and waves did little to dampen the enthusiasm of participants in the 32nd annual Port Aransas Christmas Bird Count on Monday, Dec. 15. The prospect of having, for the second consecutive year, the highest count in the nation of piping plovers, noting several rare species and the addition...

Sitters ready for New Year’s Eve


If you don’t have a babysitter lined up yet for New Year’s Eve, you’re in luck. A group of eighth graders from Brundrett Middle School is offering babysitting services at the Pollock Center, 129 S. Alister St., from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31. Cost is $50...

Beach walk set for Friday


A beach walk may appeal to the hale and hearty souls who have energy to burn after Christmas. Port Aransas resident Shirley Fischer will guide beach walkers on Friday, Dec. 26, in browsing tidal offerings. Walkers should meet at 9 a.m. under the purple flag near Horace Caldwell Pier, at...

New PACT production opening


Warm up in January by seeing a play about the Fourth of July. The Port Aransas Community Theatre winter musical production is entitled “Fourth Of July.” Performances will be Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 8 – 31, with a 2:30 matinee on Sunday, Feb. 1. The play...

Changing light

Changing light


Standing in a raised bulldozer bucket, Cody Claypool of the City of Port Aransas Public Works Department changes the bulb in a traffic light at the intersection of Alister and Cotter streets on Friday, Dec. 19.

Museum benefit projects planned

Museum benefit projects planned


The Mercer logs, a boat that Barney Farley built and the bell from the train that delivered the jetty boulders are among the latest offerings to the collection of the newly opened Port Aransas Museum. The Port Aransas Preservation and Historical Association met a week after the museum opened to...

Amos to give talk


The public is invited to hear Tony Amos discuss Hurricane Ike and beach marine debris on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. Amos, a research science fellow at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, will speak in the Port Aransas Civic Center, 710 W. Ave. A. The lecture, sponsored...

Book club to read ‘Dreams from My Father’


The Ellis Memorial Library Book Club discussion group will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 13. The club, open to the public, meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the library. The January selection to be discussed is “Dreams from My Father,” by Barack Obama. Stop by the...

Learning the ropes

Learning the ropes


The Port Aransas High School criminal justice class got a tour of the police station from officer Sandra Franco on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The students were shown the communications center, booking areas, holding cells, and court rooms. They learned police procedures on arrests and detentions, then had a question and...

Deadly sharks

Deadly sharks


The Bull Sharks, a team of six Port Aransas youths, participated in a soccer tournament on Saturday, Dec. 13, in Corpus Christi. They placed first in the under-9 division and second in the under-8/undernine division. The team qualified to take part in the Western Finals in Las Vegas, Nev., as...

Back to church

Back to church


I confess. I haven’t been to church for months and months. It isn’t that I’ve lost faith. Or maybe I have. Not in a higher power, but in my boys. I have no faith that my three sons will sit quietly and behave. And so I have stopped going. But...

Canoing through Christmas

Canoing through Christmas


Carrying a cardboard canoe as a prop, physical education teacher Steve Popielski clowns with fellow H.G. Olsen Elementary School teachers performing a Hawaiian-themed song and dance during a Christmas program held for students, teachers and parents at the school gym on Friday, Dec. 19.

Poetry contest seeks students in high school for competition


The 2009 Emerging Writers Poetry Contest is seeking submissions from high school students in grades 9 through 12 who are under 18 years of age. The contest is in conjunction with the annual Texas Laughing Gull Writing contest sponsored by the Art Center for the Islands in Port Aransas. Poems...

Forensics expert, author to speak at benefit event


Author and forensics expert David Ciambone will give a talk on “Murder 101” on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. The talk will be at the Dunes Condominium, 1000 Lantana Drive. The $3 admission will help support the Laughing Gull writing contest, sponsored by the Art Center for the Islands....

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