City officials look ahead

Consider what might be in store in 2017 legislative session

Tourism, windstorm rates and local control of tax revenue are among topics that Port Aransas city leaders say they’ll be...

Climbing the walls

Climbing the walls


Defying gravity, Ben Villasana, 13, of Port Aransas, skates to the top of a concrete bowl in the skating area...

Legislators speculate on session
Coastal issues high on Kolkhorst’s list

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Yet another anti-abortion move in Texas

Those in control of Texas government seem to bring a new twist to the old joke that “We’re from the government, and we’re here to...

Put better foot forward in 2017

In 2016 voters endured particularly nasty political campaigns at both the national and local levels. Let’s hope that, in 2017, candidates and their supporters stick...

Hope and humility

Former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY) once said that, “Those who travel the high road of humility will not be troubled by heavy traffic.” That descriptive...

Island Agenda


Daily • Port Aransas Community Park Swimming Pool, 700 ClarkParkway: Open swim: Tue.- Sun. 1-5 p.m.; Lap swim and exercise:Tue.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 12-5 p.m. Closed Monday.Call...

7th grade Lady Marlins

7th grade Lady Marlins


Members of the seventh grade girls’ Lady Marlins basketball team take time out to pose for a team photo. Back row from left are, Samantha Ogle, Hannah Ramsden, Lena Alexander,...

PAYSL U10 girls

PAYSL U10 girls


The U10 girls team of the Port Aransas Youth Soccer League took time out for a photograph recently. From left, are, Coach Taylor Davis, Lilly Nixon, Gavin Colglazier, Lexi Lara,...

PAYSL U10 boys

PAYSL U10 boys


The U10 boys team of the Port Aransas Youth Soccer League finished first in their division and went to playoffs. Back row: From left, are Coach Meredith Taylor, Sean Durkin,...

U12 coed team

U12 coed team


The U12 coed team of the Port Aransas Youth Soccer League posed for a photo recently. From left, are, Randy D’Herde, coach; Jacob Cabrera, Izaiha Cabrera, Victoria D’Herde, Theodore Pocrass,...


City officials look ahead

Consider what might be in store in 2017 legislative session

Tourism, windstorm rates and local control of tax revenue are among topics that Port Aransas city leaders say they’ll be watching when the Legislature convenes in January. Windstorm City Manager...

Climbing the walls

Climbing the walls


Defying gravity, Ben Villasana, 13, of Port Aransas, skates to the top of a concrete bowl in the skating area at the Port Aransas Community Park on a recent day....

Legislators speculate on session
Coastal issues high on Kolkhorst’s list
Pastoral sunset

Pastoral sunset


Bench-sitters contemplate birds crossing the setting sun on a recent evening at the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture, a 1,200-plus acre sanctuary that is a favorite spot for birders, hikers, runners and other nature lovers.

‘Tuna Does Vegas’

Two-man comedy opens Jan. 4 at PACT

You will want to purchase advance tickets for what is sure to be sold out shows of “Tuna Does Vegas” at the Port Aransas Community Theatre. Ken Yarbrough and Mike Jones will perform the two-man show of another installment of the Tuna characters on the PACT stage Wednesday, Friday and...

Bring in the New Year with two parks and rec activities


Ring in 2017 at two events hosted by the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department. Noon Year’s Eve Party For those who want to get a jump on the festivities, the annual Noon Year’s Eve Party will begin at 11:30 a.m. Make your way to the Fred Rhodes...

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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. See the Island Agenda for weekly events. Activities This Week Noon Year’s Eve Saturday, Dec. 31, at 11:30 a.m. Count down the New Year...

Check unclaimed property

Check unclaimed property


Texas is currently holding about $4 billion in cash and other valuables waiting for their rightful owners to claim. The Texas Comptroller estimates that one in four residents of the State of Texas have unclaimed property. Examples of unclaimed property include dividend, payroll or cashier’s checks; stocks, bonds and mutual...

Foghorn weather

Foghorn weather


Above: Ferry workers unload passengers in heavy fog on the morning of Thursday, Dec. 22, at the Port Aransas ferry crossing. Lack of visibility forced wait times of an hour or more and ferries sounded their foghorns while crossing the channel. Right: A laughing gull sits on a ferry landing...

New Year’s holiday to see closures at City Hall and others


In observance of the New Year’s holiday, Port Aransas city offices and municipal facilities will be closed. Port Aransas City Hall and the municipal court will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. Police and EMS workers will be on duty; however, administrative offices will be closed on that day...

Neither rain …

Neither rain …


Drizzle, fog and temperatures in the mid-60s were not enough to deter a surfer and several fishermen from enjoying their pastimes on Thursday Dec. 22, at Port Aransas’ Horace Caldwell Pier.

What I never knew

What I never knew

Coff ee Girl

At a recent family dinner, my sister-in-law handed me a baby shoe. My baby shoe, to be exact. She’d found it in a box of stuff that had been in storage for who-knows-how-long. The other one is probably still out there somewhere, wondering where its buddy is. I knew it...

VFW Christmas dinner

VFW Christmas dinner


Members of the Moore-McDonald VFW Post 8967 and the Auxiliary to the post hosted a Christmas Day dinner for the public on Sunday, Dec. 25. Folks fill their plates while Lolita Haines, at right, waits to replenish the buffet.

Sling shots

Sling shots

Drink recipes for New Year’s Eve

The holidays are about decking the halls, gathering with friends and family, and enjoying good food and drinks. I’ve written 10 columns on Christmas food so with New Year’s Eve not far away, I thought I would make some holiday...

Blast off!

Blast off!


Model rocket hobbyists and drone enthusiasts gathered and sent their aircrafts skyward at Port Aransas Community Park on Saturday, Dec. 10. The third annual Rocket and Drone Fest was sponsored by the City of Port Aransas.

School could lose funding

School could lose funding


Port Aransas schools could lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in state aid under the pending repeal of a 2006 law designed to protect ISDs from legislative cuts in school tax rates. Sharon McKinney, superintendent of the Port Aransas Independent School District, said the state is estimating that the district...

Pearl of a flag

Pearl of a flag


Members of VFW Post 8967, Cub Scouts, and students, teachers and administrators from the Port Aransas ISD salute during flag-raising ceremonies Wednesday, Dec. 7 ­— Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day — at the PAISD Administration Building. The local VFW Post donated the flag shown being raised, along with several others, to...

Kids’ artwork sought for GLO calendar contest


Kids in kindergarten through sixth grade have an opportunity to win round-trip airline tickets, a Caribbean cruise, a class party at Schlitterbahn Waterpark, tickets to the Houston Zoo and more. The 21st annual Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest, sponsored by the Texas General Land Office, is offering...

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