Rogue wave

Rogue wave

Boats overturn, rescues succeed

Tragedy narrowly was averted when a “rogue wave” capsized two small boats, throwing eight people into churning waters at the...

Man arrested in fatal accident
Should we limit them?

Should we limit them?

City council discusses possibility of golf cart cap

City officials again have begun talking about possibly trying to limit the number of golf carts on the road in...

Register by April 6 to vote in bond election


Those who wish to vote in the Thursday, May 6, Port Aransas ISD bond election must register by Thursday, April...

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Texas Senate: Voodoo economics?

More than halfway through its 140-day regular biennial session, the Texas Legislature is down to crunch time to settle budget disputes between the House and...

The (heart) beat goes on

Port Aransas has grown as a city in terms of population, commercial and residential development and infrastructure. Some say all that growth has destroyed the...

Personality and policy

In the aftermath of the debacle over the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump can learn a valuable lesson that will serve...

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...

Top coach

Top coach

Cowen just wants girls to have fun; Jones finalist for men’s best coach

The start of her ninth season as Port Aransas girls basketball coach did not go well for coach Stephanie Cowen. But a late-season surge by her Lady Marlins culminated in...

Court battles

Court battles

PAHS netters claim wins against much larger schools

Competing against Conference 5A and 6A teams, the Conference 2A mixed doubles team of J.D. Gonzalez and Toby Suphachai won consolation at the Clear Brook High School Tennis Tournament. The...

Owens throws first ‘pitch perfect’ game

Owens throws first ‘pitch perfect’ game

10-0 over Agua Dulce

Fifteen up, fifteen down. Port Aransas sophomore Kendall Owens pitched the first perfect game of her career on Friday, March 24, leading the Lady Marlins to a 10-0, run-rule win...

Pettus outlasts Marlins, by just 1 point

Pettus outlasts Marlins, by just 1 point


A final-inning rally fell short for visiting Port Aransas in a 6- 5 loss to Pettus on Friday, March 24. Trailing 6-4, the Marlins’ pitcher Noah Mack cut the lead...

Angels strike back at Port A girl squad

Angels strike back at Port A girl squad


Down 7- 1 to Corpus Christi Incarnate Word Academy heading into the bottom of the second inning, Port Aransas appeared to be on its way to hosting a matinee shortened...

Lady Marlins stop Freer, 4-3, on road

Lady Marlins stop Freer, 4-3, on road


Port Aransas senior Megan Garrett doubled to right field to drive in the winning run in the top of the seventh inning to push the Lady Marlins to a 4-3...

Three Rivers floods Marlins’ home plate

Three Rivers floods Marlins’ home plate


Port Aransas took visiting Three Rivers to extra innings before losing 10-5 in eight innings on Tuesday, March 21. That the wining run for Port Aransas stood on third base...

Zuniga sweeps Sinton relays

Zuniga sweeps Sinton relays

Three JV Lady Marlins take firsts

Port Aransas senior John Zuniga swept the individual distance events at the Sinton Pirate Relays on Saturday, March 25. Zuniga, a returning state qualifier, won the 3200 with a time...

Golfers on course


The Port Aransas boys golf team competed at a tournament hosted by Bishop at Alice Municipal Golf Course on Wednesday, March 22. John Zuniga led the Marlins with a 96....

Ya gotta have heart

Ya gotta have heart

A game lost with emotion better than a win without it

Port Aransas High School Marlin varsity players lost all four of their games in the Marlin Classic held Nov. 16-18. Yet, Coach Mark Spencer was feeling good about his team...


Rogue wave

Rogue wave

Boats overturn, rescues succeed

Tragedy narrowly was averted when a “rogue wave” capsized two small boats, throwing eight people into churning waters at the end of the south jetty on Saturday, March 25. Everyone...

Man arrested in fatal accident
Should we limit them?

Should we limit them?

City council discusses possibility of golf cart cap

City officials again have begun talking about possibly trying to limit the number of golf carts on the road in Port Aransas, but the idea so far hasn’t gotten beyond...

Register by April 6 to vote in bond election


Those who wish to vote in the Thursday, May 6, Port Aransas ISD bond election must register by Thursday, April 6. Early voting will be held from Monday, April 24,...

Pretty place

Pretty place


Linda Barker of Liberty Hall stands in front of the restaurant, recipient of the Port Aransas Garden Club’s Commercial Yard of the Month award for March. Landscaping there includes sago palms, plumeria, ginger, caladiums, Indian hawthorn, rosemary, junipers, bougainvilleas and what a garden club official said is the largest oleander...

‘Hop Into Spring’ sign class slated at art center Monday

‘Hop Into Spring’ sign class slated at art center Monday


Create an outdoor sign for your home at a class on Monday, April 3, at the Port Aransas Art Center. A “Hop into Spring” sign will be completed at the class from 1 to 4 p.m. Learn some art techniques while painting a 16-inch-by- 16-inch wooden sign with a white...

Save lives

NHS to sponsor blood drive Wednesday

One in seven people entering the hospital will need blood, according to the Coastal Bend Blood Center website. On Wednesday, April 5, the National Honor Society at Port Aransas High School is hosting a blood drive to help with critical blood shortages in the Coastal Bend. The bloodmobile will be...

Port A Day is Tuesday

Port A Day is Tuesday


You can help this community trumpet its identity at the state level at “Port A D ay.” The City of Port Aransas and Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau will hold “Port A Day” at the Capitol in Austin on Tuesday, April 4. Festivities are scheduled from 9:30...

Appeals court denies firm’s request for stay of federal judge’s order


A federal appeals court has denied a firm’s request for a stay of a lower court’s order that the company’s barge moorings stop operating in Lydia Ann Channel. The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued the decision on Monday, March 27, according to a court document. Senior U.S. District...

‘Minnesota Al’ to open Sunset Sounds series


Sunset Sounds, the free monthly concert series sponsored by the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department, will begin on Friday, April 7. Al Spitzer, who performs on the island as “Minnesota Al,” is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Patsy Jones Amphitheater in Roberts Point Park....

Boat works party slated for April 8


Burgers will be sizzling on the grill at the Farley Boat Works Second Saturday party on Saturday, April 8. The festivities will begin at 6 p.m. at the boat works, 716 W. Ave. C. Frank Coletta, boat works manager, said that folks should bring “picnic-style” appetizers, sides or desserts to...

Buried treasure

Buried treasure

Winter Texan successfully finds jewelry, coins, historical artifacts with metal detector

When he was a kid, Mark Gibson dreamed of hunting treasure. Today, he’s a retired Winter Texan who travels the country in search of buried jewelry and artifacts. “It’s like an adult Easter egg hunt every day,” said Gibson, who has been wintering in Port Aransas for the past three...

At the mike

At the mike


Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau President and CEO Jeff Hentz makes remarks during a chamber mixer on Wednesday, March 22. Hentz spoke on a variety of methods for keeping tourism booming in Port Aransas.

First Friday to feature ‘Gals of the Gulf’ show


Works of four women artists will be on display in April at the Gals of the Gulf show at the Port Aransas Art Center. The show will open with the First Friday reception on Friday, April 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The works of Sarah Searight, Suzanne Balluck, Nancy...

Spring is here

Spring is here

Wildflowers showing up around Port Aransas

It’s springtime, and wildflowers have popped out all over Port Aransas. On any given day, one can see wildflowers growing all over town. Clockwise from upper right: A fiery skipper butterfly stops and sits on a Rio Grande phlox in...

One-act play team advances to area

One-act play team advances to area


Port Aransas High School’s one-act play team members advanced to area competition after competing in UIL competition on Thursday, March 23. The team performed “Bus Stop” by William Inge at the bi-district competition at Kenedy High School. Seniors Aubrey Sergeant and Hunter Frost received allstar cast honors. In addition to...

Chapter 41 hurting PAISD

Chapter 41 hurting PAISD

Education notes

One should never assume that everyone who pays taxes in a community fully understands how all of those funds are spent. Are you aware that Port Aransas is considered a “Chapter 41” district? This means that PAISD funding is found in Chapter 41 of the Texas Education Code and is...

Academic team wins district, 17 advance

Academic team wins district, 17 advance


Students from Port Aransas High School competed in the University Interscholastic League’s district competition from Wednesday, March 22, to Friday, March 24, at Kenedy High School. PAHS had 17 of 23 students qualify for the regional competition that will be Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, at Texas A&M...

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker


Harold Gage, a U.S. military veteran, spoke to Susie Kleinhans’ fourth grade class as Chris Cruz, also a veteran, held up an American flag at H.G. Olsen Elementary School on Thursday, March 23. Gage answered all of the fourth graders’ questions as well. Students who were interested in learning more...

Barello to state

Barello to state


Port Aransas High School student Jordan Barello has qualified for the Texas University Interscholastic League piano competition. She will compete against the top pianists in the state in June at Texas State University in San Marcos. Barello qualified after receiving a first division score at the UIL region 14 piano...

OES Marlin day

OES Marlin day


After nine weeks in the classroom, H.G. Olsen Elementary students were rewarded with Marlin Day, an event that included popcorn and games. Shawn Cox, left, and Kinley Oestreich, right, play a game of rock, paper, scissors during the event, which took place on Thursday, March 23. The students were able...

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