Trustees hire new principal

Rockport’s McNeely gets job

On Monday, Aug. 10, the Port Aransas ISD welcomed a new principal of Port Aransas High School and Brundrett Middle...

Weighing in

Weighing in


Boats involved in the Texas Legends Billfish Tournament idle in Dennis Dreyer Municipal Harbor while waiting for their turn to...

Fun, fun, fun

Fun, fun, fun


Edward Salazar, 9, of San Antonio gets a big splash from a wave as he rides a body board at...

PAISD proposes lower taxes


A slightly lower tax rate is being proposed by the Port Aransas ISD. According to Carol Sue Hipp, executive director...

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5th Circuit nixes Texas voter ID law

Fittingly, three federal judges chose the day before the Voting Rights Act’s 50th anniversary to rule that Texas’ voter ID law violates it. A three-judge...

Hold on to our history

Losing as much local history as we have in the past two weeks is, in our experience, unprecedented in Port Aransas. Esther Arzola, Marcy Mathews...

Fox debate: Fair, but unbalanced?

Twenty four million people tuned in to watch the first primetime debate among 10 Republican presidential candidates. What were they expecting, a love-in? Some conservative...

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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...

Tidwell

Billie Dee Tidwell of Port Aransas died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006, in a Corpus Christi hospital. He was 79. Tidwell was born Aug. 24, 1927, in Denton County, to George...


Trustees hire new principal

Rockport’s McNeely gets job

On Monday, Aug. 10, the Port Aransas ISD welcomed a new principal of Port Aransas High School and Brundrett Middle School as well as an associate principal of Brundrett Middle...

Weighing in

Weighing in


Boats involved in the Texas Legends Billfish Tournament idle in Dennis Dreyer Municipal Harbor while waiting for their turn to dock, weigh their fish and show video of the fish...

Fun, fun, fun

Fun, fun, fun


Edward Salazar, 9, of San Antonio gets a big splash from a wave as he rides a body board at the beach in Port Aransas on Thursday, Aug. 6.

PAISD proposes lower taxes


A slightly lower tax rate is being proposed by the Port Aransas ISD. According to Carol Sue Hipp, executive director of business and operations, the rate change being proposed comes...

The gang’s all here

The gang’s all here

‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’ musical opens run at PACT Friday

Comic book characters will take the stage beginning Friday, Aug. 14, when “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” opens at the Port Aransas Community Theatre. The production will run Fridays through Sundays, Aug. 14 to 23. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m....

Bad Buoys play Friday


Rock out to the Bad Buoys on Friday, Aug. 14, at the next Sunset Sounds concert. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Patsy Jones Amphitheater in Roberts Point Park . The band that plays classic rock, country and more is made up of Woodie Ray Lawson on bass,...

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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. at the Community Center, 408 N. Alister St. Personal trainer Karen Decker leads the...

Thomas was proud of her island roots

Thomas was proud of her island roots

Marcy Mathews Ward Thomas 1931-2015

Marcy Mathews Ward Thomas, part of a pioneering Port Aransas family, died on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. She was 83. She lived all her life in Port Aransas, except for about 15 years she spent living in other cities including Kingsville, Corpus Christi and Houston. “I have lived here when...

Guide Dreyer remembered

Guide Dreyer remembered


One of this community’s last connections to the classic days of the old-time Port Aransas waterfront scene is gone. Lloyd Alfred Dreyer, died on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. He was 91. After Port Aransas was largely destroyed by hurricanes in 1916 and 1919, its seaport industry was wiped away, and...

Former public works director dies

Former public works director dies


Carl Castell, a former director of public works with the City of Port Aransas, has died. Castell, of Yoakum, died on Wednesday, Aug. 5. Funeral services were held on Sunday, Aug. 9, at Thiele Cooper Funeral Home in Yoakum. Burial was at Pilot Grove Cemetery, near Yoakum. Born in Victoria...

Port Aransas named as an ‘up and comer’


An Internet vacation rental marketplace has named Port Aransas to its list of top “upand comers” vacation spots. The company, FlipKey, has more than 300,000 rentals in more than 11,000 cities around the world, according to the firm’s website. FlipKey put together a top- 14 list by examining its past...

Funds for food

Funds for food


Representatives of the Family Center IGA present a check for $12,617 to folks with the non-profit Helping Hands Food Pantry on Friday, Aug. 7. The money was produced by an IGA fundraiser. From left are cashier Marcus Sturm; Arlene Hughes of the food pantry; cashier Sandi Sachnowitz; Mike Hall, co-owner...

Whooping Crane Festival T-shirt design contest open


Artists 18 and up are invited to enter designs for the official 2016 Whooping Crane Festival T-shirt sponsored by the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce-Tourist Bureau. A press release from the chamber states: “Now celebrating 20 years, the festival has grown immensely and the festival T- shirts are a favorite...

OES garden cleanup set for Tuesday


Are you ready to get your hands dirty? The Port Aransas Garden Club will be working in the Reading Garden at H.G. Olsen Elementary School on Tuesday, Aug. 18. The PAGC will be joined by members of the Brundrett Middle School Builder’s Club to help clean and weed out the...

On the waterfront

On the waterfront


Clockwise from right, tourists and locals alike enjoy cold beverages while the sun goes down at The Back Porch Bar on Saturday, Aug. 8. Fishing guides at Deep Sea Headquarters hang red snappers caught on a recent fishing trip on...

Dress code set for new school year

Dress code set for new school year


According to the district’s handbook, the dress code is designed to teach hygiene and grooming, as well as prevent disruption and minimize safety hazard. A warning will be given to students who violate the dress code. If not corrected, the student will be assigned to in-school suspension (ISS) for the...

Closed session

Closed session


The Port Aransas ISD board of trustees meet at the administration building on Thursday, Aug. 6, in closed session, to discuss the hiring of Port Aransas High School and Brundrett Middle School principal Scott McNeely.

Marlin Academy

Registration open Monday for existing PAISD students

Registration for Marlin Academy, an after-school latchkey program sponsored by the Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department, will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, for existing students at the Parks and Recreation building. New students and pre-kindergarten registration will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 19,...

Youth soccer league seeks board members


Adult volunteers are needed to fill positions on the board of directors of the Port Aransas Youth Soccer League. Positions as president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, equipment manager and referee coordinator need to be filled. Volunteers are not required to have a child who plays in the league to serve,...

Immunizations due before first day of school, Aug. 24


Are your child’s immunizations up-to-date? Proof of state-mandated vaccinations or a notarized exemption must be submitted to Port Aransas ISD for the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 24, before children can attend class. Information regarding vaccination exemptions and concerns can be found through the Texas Department of State...

Free or reduced lunch program available for PAISD students


Free and reduced-priced meals and applications for the program are available at Port Aransas ISD throughout the year. Applications can be picked up at the cafeteria, administration building or school offices. Filled out applications must be turned into Child Nutrition Director Renee Hillis or the school secretary. Applications will also...

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