On the Fly

On the Fly

Kids’ class at UTMSI uses drones

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute is combining lessons in drone operation with instruction on environmental stewardship during the...

Tiny dancer

Tiny dancer


Layla Chrzastek of Austin, who will be 3 in July, was enchanted by the music of Melissa Brooke, who performed...

Bollard dress-up grows along beach

Bollard dress-up grows along beach


Standing at around two and a half feet and wearing beachgoers’ forgotten trash and clothes, they’re one of the more...

Peters makes Hall of Fame

Peters makes Hall of Fame


Gordon Peters’ first fishing experiences were about 70 years ago on the Tennessee River, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. “It started when...

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Perry slams Hillary, Cruz

After months of hinting, Hillary Clinton finally announced that she’s running for president. The former first lady, New York United States senator and secretary of...

Keep Golden Rule in mind

‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ –Matthew 25:40...

China’s big hack attack

Upon hearing of the massive data breach of employee information from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) — allegedly by hackers working for the Chinese...

Island Agenda


Daily • Port Aransas Community Park Swimming Pool, 700 ClarkParkway: Open swim: Tue.- Sun. 1-6 p.m.; Lap swim: Tue.-Fri.7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 12-6 p.m. Closed Monday. Call361-749-2416 for...


On the Fly

On the Fly

Kids’ class at UTMSI uses drones

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute is combining lessons in drone operation with instruction on environmental stewardship during the institute’s Summer Science Program for children. The program, which kicked...

Tiny dancer

Tiny dancer


Layla Chrzastek of Austin, who will be 3 in July, was enchanted by the music of Melissa Brooke, who performed at Roberts Point Park on Friday, June 10, as part...

Bollard dress-up grows along beach

Bollard dress-up grows along beach


Standing at around two and a half feet and wearing beachgoers’ forgotten trash and clothes, they’re one of the more unique “families” to visit the beach. “ The Bollard Family”...

Peters makes Hall of Fame

Peters makes Hall of Fame


Gordon Peters’ first fishing experiences were about 70 years ago on the Tennessee River, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. “It started when I was a little kid,” said Peters, now an 80-year-old...

Rockin’

Rockin’


The Port Aransas Garden Club has given its residential Yard of the Month award to Dave and Peggy Srader, who live at 403 Spencer’s Landing. They have a rock garden, a Farley Boat planter with a Chinese fan palm in it, plus palms of the pigmy date, Florida sabal, washatonia...

Fermentation

Class on basics and benefits slated Saturday

Learn about the health benefits of fermentation at a Fermentation and Pickling Basics Class on Saturday, June 20, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department offers the class as one of its Health/Ecology/Lifestyle/ Preparation (H.E.L.P.) activities. Participants will learn the “why and how...

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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 Interval Training Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Community Center, 408 N. Alister St. Fridays at the...

Getting a lesson on teaching

Rotary remarks

Our speaker June 11 was Ryan Piwetz, Port Aransas High School physics teacher. Ryan grew up in Woodsboro and went to Texas A&M University, where he earned a degree in ocean engineering. He has a wife, Tisha, and a son, Zakary. Ryan gave the group an overview of science courses...

Recap of session

Recap of session


On June 1, the 84th Texas Legislative Session officially came to an end. The last day of legislative session is commonly referred to as “Sine Die,” a Latin phrase which means “without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing,” though it does not represent the final point for...

TWIA reform signed by Abbott


Gov. Greg Abbott has signed legislation drawn up to reform the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA), according to Rep. Todd Hunter. “The signing of the windstorm law is great news for our coastal area,” said Hunter, whose district includes Port Aransas. “It should help lead to a better competitive insurance...

Art center scholarship

Art center scholarship


Arlene Hughes of the Port Aransas Art Center presented $500 scholarships to Maggie, left, and Katie Strain of Port Aransas on Tuesday, June 9. Both girls began attending the art center’s youth art camps when they were in third grade. They became volunteer camp helpers when they were too old...

Sales tax rebate up for April

Sales tax rebate up for April


Sales tax revenue statewide in May was $2.6 billion, up 5.2 percent compared to May 2014, according to Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. The sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in April by businesses that reported taxes in May and were returned to cities, counties and transit authorizes last week....

Tropical Storm Bill

Tropical Storm Bill

City, beach feel effects of first storm in Gulf this summer

Folks were hunkering down and waiting for a lot of rain as Tropical Storm Bill bore down on the Texas coast at press time on Tuesday, June 16. Bill made landfall in the Matagorda Bay area about 9 a.m. with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, according to the National...

Channel crossing

Channel crossing


Art Bussey, left, and Stoney McGerald, both of Port Aransas, pedal their bicycles away from the Mustang Island ferry landings after crossing the Corpus Christi Ship Channel aboard a ferry on Monday, May 25. They’d just finished cycling a 30-plus-mile round trip from Port Aransas to City by the Sea,...

MARLINS REUNITE

MARLINS REUNITE

PAHS alumni host all-class reunion

The old-school and the new-school Marlin alumni classes went head-to-head in a Port Aransas High School alumni basketball game during the the All- Class reunion on Saturday, June 13. The reunion started at PAHS in the Doyle Marek Gym where...

Trustees to discuss strategic planning at board meeting

Trustees to discuss strategic planning at board meeting


Port Aransas ISD administrators, teachers and community members met at Port Aransas High School for a follow-up to last year’s strategic planning meeting and to set new goals. The meeting, held on Tuesday, June 2, lasted for about an hourand a-half and looked at the goals approved by the Port...

Summer readin’

Summer readin’


Adriel Jimenez, 4, above, draws a Superman logo on a bag used to carry his books during the Summer Reading Program at the Ellis Memorial Library on Wednesday, June 10. The theme of the program on Wednesday was ‘Every Hero has a Story’ and was led by H.G. Olsen Elementary...

PAST finishes in first place against Kingsville Swim Team


Members of the Port Aransas Swim Team (PAST) hosted the Kingsville Swim Team at the Port Aransas Community Park swimming pool on Saturday, June 13. Following are individual results for PAST team members. 25 SC* Meter Freestyle Girls 6 & Under First, Olivia Starr, 49.54. Boys, 6 & Under First,...

Registration open through June 26 for swim lessons


Registration for Session II of youth swim lessons is underway, and non-residents may begin signing up on Tuesday, June 23. Port Aransas residents may continue to sign up children up until the close of registration on Friday, June 26. Session II runs Tuesday through Friday for two weeks from July...

At UTMSI

At UTMSI


University of Texas Marine Science Institute lab tech Wayne Hal, left, and former H.G. Olsen Elementary School teacher Julie Findley, right, assist students during a classroom session, part of the Summer Science Program, at the institute’s Visitor Center on Thursday, June 11.

Sailing class to start on June 30 at park pool

Sailing class to start on June 30 at park pool


Basic sailing skills will be taught at a class Tuesday through Thursday, June 30 through July 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. Come Sail Basic, offered by the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department, is for ages 10 to adult. Participants will learn about basic sailing skills such...

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