Port A powers up

Port A powers up


Recovery from Hurricane Harvey’s devastating blow to Port Aransas is picking up steam, with electricity largely back, debris collection progressing...

Piling it high

Piling it high


That big pile of debris on State Highway 361 continues to grow as trucks haul Hurricane Harvey wreckage away from...

Storm of emotions

Storm of emotions

Free counseling offered after Harvey

Hurricane Harvey smashed our homes and businesses and cars and boats, and he didn’t stop there. He also inflicted psychological...

Harvey put people out of work

Harvey put people out of work


As Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast, Port Aransas included, not only were homes, vehicles and memories lost, but many...

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We’re different – stronger

Port Aransas looks different, it smells different, it feels different. It is different. It may not seem like it now, but I’m confident we’ll be...

Organize lege like Congress?

The Texas House of Representatives’ Freedom Caucus hopes in 2019 to keep fiveterm House Speaker Joe Straus, a moderate Republican, from winning a sixth. As...

Mafia and the migrants

ROME — I spotted them on my way to dinner with a friend near Castel Gandolfo. They are migrants from Africa, sitting by the side...

Island Agenda


Again, the following are activities that would be happening in Port Aransas. However, post-Hurricane Harvey, these are on hold. Whether scheduled events for later in September will take place remains...

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...


Port A powers up

Port A powers up


Recovery from Hurricane Harvey’s devastating blow to Port Aransas is picking up steam, with electricity largely back, debris collection progressing and tap water declared drinkable again. “Generally, I think it’s...

Piling it high

Piling it high


That big pile of debris on State Highway 361 continues to grow as trucks haul Hurricane Harvey wreckage away from the curbs of Port Aransas neighborhoods. More on the debris...

Storm of emotions

Storm of emotions

Free counseling offered after Harvey

Hurricane Harvey smashed our homes and businesses and cars and boats, and he didn’t stop there. He also inflicted psychological damage on Port Aransans. “There’s anxiety, depression, grief,” said Dr....

Harvey put people out of work

Harvey put people out of work


As Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast, Port Aransas included, not only were homes, vehicles and memories lost, but many people are no longer employed since businesses also were affected...

TWIA opens mobile claims office at Community Center

TWIA opens mobile claims office at Community Center


A mobile claims center was opened last week in Port Aransas by TWIA (Texas Windstorm Insurance Association). TWIA staff members are at the Community Center, 408 N. Alister St., assisting policyholders with claim filing, claim status inquiries and advance claim payments. Spanish-speaking staff and representatives from FEMA will be on...

Beach

Nighttime curfew begins; end date not determined

A nighttime curfew has been instituted on the beach, according to an announcement made on Monday, Sept. 11, by Port Aransas Mayor Charles Bujan. No one will be allowed on the city’s beaches from 8:30 p.m. to 7 a.m., Bujan said. Some partying has been happening on the beach at...

Art center to remain closed for time being


The Port Aransas Art Center, which officially opened its doors to its new building at 104 N. Alister St. on Friday, Aug. 4, made it through Hurricane Harvey in good shape according to Mary Rose, executive director. “However, we still have no electricity, phone or internet so classes and other...

Grab, go

Grab, go


Hurricane Harvey debris is picked up from a curb along Sixth Street near Avenue E on Thursday, Sept. 8. Some seven debris trucks were working Port Aransas early this week, and city officials were hoping to see two more added by the end of the week.

Bird’s-eye view of Harvey destruction

Bird’s-eye view of Harvey destruction


July sales tax receipts up for Port Aransas

July sales tax receipts up for Port Aransas


Port Aransas enjoyed a double-digit increase in its share of sales taxes collected in September. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar sent the city a check for $296,712.75 compared to last year’s check for the same period of $264,445.14. That’s a 12.20 percent increase over 2016 and a 7.07 percent increase for...

Conquer the Coast route changes


Organizers of the annual Conquer the Coast annual cycling event have announced that the event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, as planned despite the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. “Although the 10 and 21-mile routes remain the same, the 66-mile option will change,” according to said Yvette Lara,...

Tourne y rescheduled


The Elite Redfish Series fishing tournament originally scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 14-16, in Port Aransas, has been rescheduled for later in October according to organizers of the series. “Due to Hurricane Harvey, this event has been rescheduled if the community can rebuild and move forward enough to host...

Disabled tourney cancelled


Anglers on Wheels, the semi-annual fishing tournament for disabled anglers, has been cancelled according to the organizers of the event. The tournament was set for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 22 and 23. “With all of Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, the annual September fishing tournament for fishermen with disabilities had to be...

Port A goes international

Port A goes international


Port Aransas and Hurricane Harvey made the Aug. 31 edition of this German newspaper. Ronnie Parsons of Port Aransas has friends in Germany who sent him the newspaper that included a photo of a boat in the parking lot of the Connoisseur Shop on Alister Street. The story, of course,...

Signs of the times

Signs of the times


Hurricane Harvey produced a bumper crop of attention-getting signs in Port Aransas. Some were written in the spirit of humor — something the town needs right now.

State visit

State visit

First Lady of Texas comes to town to see damage at PAISD

With Harvey came Cecilia. The First Lady of Texas, Cecilia Abbott, made a visit on Thursday, Sept. 7, to see the damages Hurricane Harvey caused Port Aransas ISD. A small group of school officials and City Council Member Beverly Bolner joined Abbott, her press secretary and bodyguards on a tour...

Sports

Sports

Displaced PAISD student athletes may play for their home school with new UIL ruling

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) imposed a new rule that will allow displaced students affected by Hurricane Harvey to play for their home schools, said Steve Reaves, Port Aransas ISD athletic director. Reaves announced the new rules to students and parents at a meeting at Padre Island Baptist Church on...

School damage

School damage


Debris is piled high outside the Brundrett Middle School gym as workers survey damage to the roof on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Friends, students help Cowen as he focuses on helping PAISD

Friends, students help Cowen as he focuses on helping PAISD


Pete Cowen is the head of maintenance at Port Aransas ISD, and Hurricane Harvey wasn’t his first tussle with a storm of this magnitude. He lived in East Texas in 2005 and his town, Corrigan, was affected by Hurricane Katrina, so he knows first-hand that preparation is the key to...

Board to decide portables bid; district is accepting donations


School officials remain unsure when Port Aransas ISD will open, but hope to know more by week’s end, said Superintendent Sharon McKinney. PAISD began accepting bids for between 40 and 50 portable classrooms on Thursday, Sept. 7. The bidding process ended after the South Jetty’s press deadline on Tuesday, Sept....

PAISD announces when students may be able to return


Port Aransas ISD students can expect to return to the district on Monday, Oct. 16, according to Superintendent Sharon McKinney.Classes will be held in portable buildings until the schools are repaired from damages caused by Hurricane Harvey, she said. A bid for portable classrooms was approved at a school board...

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