Beach break

Beach break

Bad weather hurts, helps businesses at Spring Break

Spring Break was cool, foggy and rainy throughout much of its two-week duration this year, but it wasn’t all together...

Hey, big fella!

Hey, big fella!


Greg Stunz of Port Aransas inspects a 9- foot mako shark during filming in Gulf waters for the Discovery Channel’s...

Spring Break offenses vary widely

Spring Break offenses vary widely


Port Aransas police responded to many dozens of incidents during Spring Break, ranging from reckless driving to a stabbing. During...

More Winter Texans visiting Port Aransas

More Winter Texans visiting Port Aransas


Winter Texan numbers this season have been big, according to Port Aransas folks who keep a close eye on that...

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Focus on guns not pre-kinder

Given the intensity of the discussion, you are forgiven if you thought your state senators might be weighing important matters like full-day pre-kindergarten. No such...

Letting go — or trying

A registered control freak, giving up my duties under the part of my job description that reads “news editor” won’t be easy. However, I can...

Disastrous Iran deal may be fatal for Israel

In 1982, during one of many visits to Israel, I had the opportunity to speak with Prime Minister Menachem Begin, who told me, “Israel needs...

Island Agenda


Daily • Port Aransas Community Park Swimming Pool, 700 ClarkParkway: Open swim: Tue.- Thur. 1 – 2 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 1-5 p.m.;Lap swim: Tue. – Thur. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Fri. 8...

Marlins lose to Bobcats, 1-6

Marlins lose to Bobcats, 1-6


Managing one run against the Refugio High School Bobcats, the Marlins fell in seven innings, 1-6. The Marlins played in Refugio on Tuesday, March 17, warming to their triple-header in...

PAHS track team off to a solid start

PAHS track team off to a solid start


The Port Aransas High School track team is picking up steam as the season is getting on its feet. The team competed at a meet in Refugio on Thursday, March...

Lady Marlins shut out Pettus, 15-0, at home

Lady Marlins shut out Pettus, 15-0, at home


Coming off a 10-0 shut out win against Woodsboro High School to open district play, the Lady Marlins shut out the Lady War Eagles of Pettus High School in three...

Woodsboro falls to Port Aransas, 10-0


In a seven-inning game, the Lady Marlins kicked off district play by soaring higher than the Lady Eagles of Woodsboro High School, winning in a shutout, 10-0. The Lady Marlins...

Lady Marlins win and lose at Banquete double-header


The Lady Marlins picked up a win, 6-0, and a loss, 2-10, in a double-header against the Lady Bulldogs of Banquete High School. The girls played on Friday, March 13,...


Beach break

Beach break

Bad weather hurts, helps businesses at Spring Break

Spring Break was cool, foggy and rainy throughout much of its two-week duration this year, but it wasn’t all together bad for business, according to some Port Aransas merchants. Many...

Hey, big fella!

Hey, big fella!


Greg Stunz of Port Aransas inspects a 9- foot mako shark during filming in Gulf waters for the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week on a recent day. Stunz is endowed chair...

Spring Break offenses vary widely

Spring Break offenses vary widely


Port Aransas police responded to many dozens of incidents during Spring Break, ranging from reckless driving to a stabbing. During the Spring Break period of March 7-22, PAPD activity reports...

More Winter Texans visiting Port Aransas

More Winter Texans visiting Port Aransas


Winter Texan numbers this season have been big, according to Port Aransas folks who keep a close eye on that kind of thing. Pat Reilly has seen it. She’s the...

Pogo pooch

Pogo pooch


The Port Aransas Animal Shelter held an event to encourage folks to adopt the shelter’s dogs and cats at the Family Center IGA parking lot on Sunday, March 1. (The occasion originally was scheduled for the previous day, but it was rained out and postponed.) In this photo, Candy, a...

Food, wine sampling event set for Monday

‘Meet the Chefs’

Food samplings and wine pairings from six of Port Aransas’ restaurants are on tap Monday, March 30, at the fourth annual Kiwanis Club “Meet the Chefs Food and Wine Extravaganza.” The event is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Civic Center, 700 W. Ave. A. Chefs from The Black...

Dunk the junk

Free large item disposal day for Port Aransans is Saturday

Take advantage of the opportunity to dispose of all that junk that’s been collecting around the house on Saturday, March 28, at the Spring Dunk Your Junk Day. Port Aransas homeowners and residents may bring all varieties of large items for proper disposal to the City of Port Aransas Citizens...

Saturday meal at VFW slated as farewell for Winter Texans


Join the VFW Post 8967 and the Ladies’ Auxiliary on Saturday, March 28, with a goodbye salute to the Winter Texans who will soon be departing. Dinner will be served from 5 to 6 p.m. at the VFW post, 311 N. Alister St. On the menu is pulled pork sandwiches,...

Stuff to do and see

Parks and Rec Roundup

The following are upcoming events and activities sponsored by the Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department. For more information or to register for events, call 749-4158. This Week Total Body Aquasize Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10: 30 a. m. and Saturdays at 12 p. m. Community Park pool. Total body...

Road projects underway

Road projects underway


The City of Port Aransas is embarking on several new road projects, including construction of 82 new parking spaces at Roberts Point Park. The work is to be funded by about $834,000, money that was left over from a $6.4 million bond that paid for rehabilitation of 11th Street, according...

Elbow room

Council OKs first reading of new parking ordinance

It’s looking like parking requirements for new developments in Port Aransas could change fairly soon. The city council voted 6-0 on Thursday, March 19, to approve a first reading of an ordinance that would change development rules in an effort to make sure residences built in short-term rental areas in...

From smoking to self defense

From smoking to self defense


I want to follow up and give an update on this important legislative session that is well underway. Friday, March 13, marked the legislative filing deadline to file bills for the 84th Legislative Session. With this deadline now past, I want to take this opportunity to discuss some of the...

Beach camping

Council approves second reading of ordinance; added rules will impact RV and tent camping

The Port Aransas City Council has taken another step toward enacting a fee for RV camping on the beach and banning tent camping on areas of the beach where there are no restrooms. The move also would make it illegal for RVs to park on the parts of the beach...

Research team discovered ecosystem change in Gulf

Research team discovered ecosystem change in Gulf


A research team that included a University of Texas Marine Science Institute scientist has discovered that a “large reorganization” of plants and animals in the Gulf of Mexico occurred about 20 years ago, and the change was linked to a shift in surface water temperatures, according to a news release...

Reminiscing with The Medicare Band

Reminiscing with The Medicare Band

Local musicians play big band music from the 30s and 40s in Port Aransas

Some could say a band’s name is a unifying title that embodies each of its members. For a group that was meeting to rehearse big band era music, that name was The Medicare Band. “He looked around the room, and...

Egg hunt for kids slated for April 4

Egg hunt for kids slated for April 4


Kids will be running to gather Easter eggs on Saturday, April 4, at Roberts Point Park, at the community-wide Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Thousands of eggs will be hidden for kids 0 to 10 to hunt. Areas will be marked off for age groups 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and...

Finding Marlin pride everywhere

Finding Marlin pride everywhere

Education notes

Marlin pride! It is a way of life at Port Aransas ISD. It may be so imbedded in our daily lives that one might not even notice it. I became consciously aware of it recently when my girls said they wanted to wear a Marlin T-shirt every day during Spring...

Registration for science day extended through Friday


Registration has been extended until Friday, March 27, for the second annual Women in Marine Science Day on Saturday, March 28, at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Girls in grades fifth through eighth may explore the field of marine science from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the...

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