Ready, set, SandFest!

Ready, set, SandFest!

Thousands expected at Port Aransas festival

Incredible sand sculptures, live music, entertainment, food, beverages and merchandise await the thousands of folks who will visit the beach...

Sand land

Sand land


SandFest means big, impressive sand sculptures, like the one at left, depicting the famous Alamo. This edition of the South...

New high school principal hired
Marlin pride

Marlin pride


Kindergarten and first grade students at H.G. Olsen Elementary School enjoyed the pompoms they received to show school spirit at...

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Judge says voter ID law is still discriminatory


To no one’s surprise, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos says she still thinks the Texas voter ID law is unconstitutionally discriminatory. Ramos, of Corpus...

See, slide, bounce, enjoy


We’ve got a big weekend ahead of us with SandFest getting started on Thursday with master sculptors setting up their “canvasses” in preparation for their...

Reform the tax code now!


Thanks to the beneficence of the federal government (and the calendar), we Americans had until midnight on April 18 to file our income taxes. It’s...

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...

Men in Blue win

Men in Blue win


The Marlins jumped on top of Pettus early and never looked back, earning their second win of the season in a 4-3 victory on Thursday, April 13. Pettus scored in...

Refugio gives Marlins rough ride on the road

Refugio gives Marlins rough ride on the road


After hanging around early in a road game at state-ranked Refugio, a big Bobcats fourth inning put the game out of reach for the Port Aransas High School Marlins baseball...

Woodsboro no match for Blue

Woodsboro no match for Blue


Nina Sifuentes drove in four runs for the Port Aransas High School Lady Marlins softball team in a 14-3 win against Woodsboro last week. The game was started on Tuesday,...

Lady Marlins fight off Freer

Lady Marlins fight off Freer


In a game that only witnessed four total hits, the Port Aransas High School Lady Marlins’ softball team was able to slide by Freer, 4-2, on Thursday, April 13. The...

Swim team tryouts coming up


Tryouts for new swimmers have been set for the Port Aransas Swim Team’s (PAST) summer swimming club on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 2 and 3. Those interested in trying out...

BMS netters make debut on Bluff courts

BMS netters make debut on Bluff courts


Brundrett Middle School’s tennis team took a week-and-a-half of practice to Flour Bluff where they faced a team that has been on the courts since the first day of school...

Banquet

May 1 meeting to focus on event

The year-end athletic banquet and scholarships for graduating seniors will be on the agenda at the Port Aransas Athletic Booster Club meeting on Monday, May 1. The meeting will begin...


Ready, set, SandFest!

Ready, set, SandFest!

Thousands expected at Port Aransas festival

Incredible sand sculptures, live music, entertainment, food, beverages and merchandise await the thousands of folks who will visit the beach in Port Aransas this weekend. The 21st edition of one...

Sand land

Sand land


SandFest means big, impressive sand sculptures, like the one at left, depicting the famous Alamo. This edition of the South Jetty contains everything you want to know about the big...

New high school principal hired
Marlin pride

Marlin pride


Kindergarten and first grade students at H.G. Olsen Elementary School enjoyed the pompoms they received to show school spirit at the Port Aransas Education Foundation’s awards ceremony on Thursday, April...

It’s on!

It’s on!

Sun, fun, live music, shopping, rides, more slated to begin Friday

SandFest is not only about sand sculpting. It is a family-friendly festival with many varied activities, something to appeal to every member of the family. The vendor area will be filled with 91 different sellers of all manner of food, beverages and merchandise. See the site map on pages 30...

Sunrise service

Sunrise service


Scores of folks attended an interdenominational sunrise Easter service at Roberts Point Park on Sunday, April 16. Above: The Fred Rhodes Memorial Pavilion is packed for the service. Left: The Sandy Bottom Boys played bluegrass music at the service.

Join with others in Easter journey

Join with others in Easter journey

Pastor’s pen

Grace to you and peace from our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Amen. Easter Day has passed. It is the primary celebration of the Christian Church — not Christmas, as society and our Western World might dictate. Easter Day is the name of the Sunday; other appropriate names are...

Vows planned

Vows planned


Taryn Walker and Scott Willey of Denver, Colo., announce their engagement to be married. Both are former residents of Port Aransas. The bride is the daughter of Carmel and John Contereras of Dallas. The groom’s parents are Leslie Willey Jr. and Debbie Fawley of Port Aransas. An April 2018 wedding...

Bond details for voter okay listed


Following is a list of projects and purchases that would be funded at the Port Aransas Independent School District if voters approve a $6 million bond on May 6, according to the district’s website. Early voting starts on Monday, April 24. (See related story, this issue.) Major maintenance • Roof...

Early voting starts Monday


Early voting in a $6 million Port Aransas school bond issue starts on Monday, April 24. The polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 24, through Friday, April 28, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, May 1 and 2. Balloting will...

Egg-citing!

Egg-citing!


Children rush to find eggs during an egg hunt sponsored by First Baptist Church at the Port Aransas Independent School District’s track complex on Easter Sunday, April 16.

I choose to believe and keep believing

I choose to believe and keep believing

Coffee Girl

The Easter Bunny still comes to my house. So does Santa, and though I’ve never caught one, I’m pretty sure some leprechauns keep hiding my keys. I’m always shocked, and a bit surprised, when someone tells me those characters stopped visiting them long ago. What a shame. I learned when...

On the move

On the move


The Corpus Christi Ship Channel in Port Aransas hosts a wide variety of vessels on any given day. In this photo, two ships, a sailboat and two other small craft share waters off the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture on Saturday, April 15. Ninety percent of the ships...

Library Friends seek votes to land a grant


The Friends of Library organization is looking for your help to land a grant to help expand the William R. “Bill” Ellis Memorial Library in Port Aransas. The group is taking part in a contest sponsored by A Community Thrives, a program that dispenses grants to fund community needs. Folks...

Yard art

Yard art

Pieces can be found in yards all over town

Interesting pieces of art can be found in yards all around Port Aransas. This is a collection of some of the quirky pieces in residents’ yards. Clockwise from upper right: Ron Revell has had a couple of toilet planters in...

Project Graduation party in need of monetary donations


Project Graduation, an all-night substance-free party the night of graduation, is a tradition for Port Aransas High School seniors and juniors. Organizers are seeking cash donations for the event set for Friday, May 26, at the Civic Center. Project Graduation receives no funding from the Port Aransas ISD and is...

Superior band

Superior band


The Port Aransas High School band received a unanimous first division ranking at the UIL Region 14 concert held at Sinton High School on Tuesday, April 11. A first division rating is the highest possible, and is designated as a “superior” performance. In the sightreading contest, the band received a...

Five-day boat class offered


Skilled boat builders will guide youth ages 10 to 18 to build their own wooden boats at a class offered by the Farley Boat Works in June. The five-day class will be offered in two sessions, Tuesday through Saturday, June 6 through 10 and June 20 through 24, from 8:30...

Check it out: BMS shows pride

Check it out: BMS shows pride

Education notes

There are many great things that are going on here at B.M.S. Our state testing scores are amazing, our teachers are second to-none, we have incredible support from our parents and community and we have continually earned accolades for our progress and success rates. But none of those are our...

Campus ‘climate’ is subject to survey


Port Aransas ISD administrators soon will survey teachers to get feedback for an assessment of the district’s culture. Superintendent Sharon McKinney brought the idea of a “climate survey” to the board of trustees, and the board approved it at a Wednesday, April 12, regular meeting. This is the first survey...

Robotics

Robotics

Boys with local ties compete for title

Two young men with Port Aransas ties are conquering a quest in robotics as their team, the McKinney Mercenaries, qualified for the FIRST World Championship of Robotics to be held Wednesday, April 19, to Saturday, April 22, in Houston. FIRST was created 25 years ago, and is known for being...

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