City pool closing for repairsFree Access

The pool at the Port Aransas Community Park will close for repairs on Sunday, Jan. 7, according to David Hyde,...

January 4 edition is outFree Access

The top Port Aransas news stories and photos of 2017 are in the Jan. 4 edition of the South Jetty,...

Harvey the horrible

Harvey the horrible

Top Story of 2017

The past 12 months have been hard on Port Aransas, particularly the past four-and-a-half months since Hurricane Harvey turned the...

Best of the Blotter

Best of the Blotter

Reports that come from the daily logs of the Port Aransas Police Department aren’t the stuff of your ordinary small...

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Burnt pies? No competition

The pressure’s on. You know. New Year’s resolutions. Lose weight. Exercise. Work harder. Be nicer. Learn a new skill or a new language. Listen more....

Farenthold’s problems just keep coming

Blake Farenthold was an unlikely congressman to begin with. And his unforeseen and surprising unplanned exit from Congress seemed just as unlikely three months ago....

Try a little tenderness in 2018

DUBLIN, Ireland — “Try a Little Tenderness” is a song written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods. According to Wikipedia, it was...

Island Agenda

Organizations are asked contact the South Jetty once programs and activities resume. Daily • Port Aransas Community Park Swimming Pool, 700 Clark Pkwy. Open and lap swim: Tuesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-4:30...

Season extended

Season extended

The federal government’s announcement that the red snapper fishing season was extended was met with jubilation in Port Aransas. Originally,...

Great Roundup

Great Roundup

Good weather and good fishing made for a great 2017 Deep Sea Roundup. Among the big winners were bay/ surf...

Bull red bonanza

Bull red bonanza

Carson Dowling of Austin hauled in this monster redfish on Tuesday, Dec. 26. She was fishing with Capt. Rene Lopez...

Freeze fishing ban does not include Port Aransas waters

Freeze fishing ban does not include Port Aransas waters

Fishing report

Fish are still biting for those who are braving the freezing temperatures around Port Aransas where fishing activities have not...

Cold catches

Cold catches

From left to right Robert Jones, Autumn Johnson and Taylor Jones of Midland show off their catches of black drum,...

Amberjack, triggerfish rules set to rebuild the populations

Greater amberjack season for recreational anglers ends in federal waters on Jan. 27, according to a news release issued by...

Learning curve

Learning curve

Veteran Marlins find out why more athletic teams are ranked ahead of them

“Learning” was the key word to end the calendar year for the Port Aransas High School varsity basketball team as the Marlins took part in the Tenaha Hoops Classic from...

District play

District play

Lady Marlins look for win to start district

The Lady Marlins look to avenge early-season struggles with success during district play, which is slated to start on Friday, Jan. 5, against long-time rival Falls City. “Falls City is...

Anderson

Anderson

Former Port Aransas resident Rit Reed Anderson Jr., 78, of Hutto died on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. He was born on Nov. 28, 1939, in San Antonio to Rit Reed...

Nelson

Nelson

Peggy Nelson, 93, died on Dec. 22, 2017, in San Antonio after a stroke. She was a long-time resident of Port Aransas until retiring to Papalote with her husband, Maubrey....

Trammell

Trammell

Lorene Joyce Trammell, 94, of Port Aransas, previously of Kennard, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at her daughter’s home in Port Aransas. Trammell was born July 14, 1923, in Bemis,...


City pool closing for repairsFree Access

The pool at the Port Aransas Community Park will close for repairs on Sunday, Jan. 7, according to David Hyde, parks and recreation department director. The pool will be closed...

January 4 edition is outFree Access

The top Port Aransas news stories and photos of 2017 are in the Jan. 4 edition of the South Jetty, which is being delivered to news stands all over town...

Harvey the horrible

Harvey the horrible

Top Story of 2017

The past 12 months have been hard on Port Aransas, particularly the past four-and-a-half months since Hurricane Harvey turned the town upside down the night of Friday, Aug. 25. Even...

Best of the Blotter

Best of the Blotter

Reports that come from the daily logs of the Port Aransas Police Department aren’t the stuff of your ordinary small town. No, in Port Aransas, police encounter a much more,...

A look back at 2017

A look back at 2017

On the following pages are excerpts from stories and/or photos from 2017, in no particular order, that were significant to Port Aransas. Each story or photo will include the date the story and/or photo was published in the South Jetty. Readers who want to learn more or refresh their memories...

Officers dive in to save woman

Officers dive in to save woman

Port Aransas police rescued a woman from drowning at the beach on Sunday, Jan. 22, with one officer stripping off his uniform and swimming through cold water a distance longer than a football field to get to the victim. One day after the ordeal, Heather Miller, 52, said she wanted...

Hentz tapped to lead bureau

Hentz tapped to lead bureau

A new president and CEO of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau started to work Wednesday, Jan. 18. Jeffrey Hentz is relocating to Port Aransas from Deerfield Beach, Florida, according to a news release from the chamber. Hentz has 28 years of experience as a destination marketing...

Winton follows in family’s footsteps

Winton follows in family’s footsteps

Kim Winton of Port Aransas has been appointed to the Nueces County Coastal Parks Board, making her the third generation of her family to serve on the board. Her father, Charlie Zahn Jr., served 12 years on the board. Zahn succeeded his father-in-law, former Port Aransas Mayor J.C. Barr. And...

Library gets $50,000 grant

A $50,000 grant has been awarded to help the Ellis Memorial Library in Port Aransas expand, according to a news release issued by City Hall. The grant came from the Tocker Foundation, which partners with small and rural library communities serving populations of 12,000 or less. “Through this grant, our...

Joan Holt noted for conservation

Joan Holt noted for conservation

Dr. Joan Holt of Port Aransas will be honored at the 21st annual Rotary Club of Corpus Christi Harvey Weil Conservationist Award Dinner in Sinton. Holt will receive this year’s Professional Conservationist Award during the event on March 18, according to a news release issued by the Rotary Club of...

Last chapter

Last chapter

Island fixture, Bilmore and Son, goes up for sale

There’s something about an old, homegrown hardware store. Bilmore and Son, which has been operating in Port Aransas for 63 years, has a look and feel that cannot be found anywhere else. The front exterior wall of the 115 N. Alister St. building features a big painting (by longtime Port...

First Friday party

First Friday party

Adult students to show, sell their art throughout the month of January

Adult students of the Port Aransas Art Center will have a chance to show off their artwork at a show throughout the month of January. The show opens at the first First Friday reception of 2018 on Friday, Jan. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy wine, light snacks and...

Landscaping after Harvey to be topic

PAGC on Tuesday

Native plants and how to re-do your landscape after Harvey’s destruction will be the topics at the first Port Aransas Garden Club meeting of the new year. The meeting will be held at the Community Center, 408 N. Alister St., on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for...

Workforce housing among townspeople’s top priorities

Workforce housing, environmental issues and small-town ambiance were listed as top concerns when more than 100 people attended a Port Aransas City Council workshop on Thursday, Nov. 30. The “future-of-Port Aransas” meeting was held so members of the public could tell the council what issues are important to them as...

Photos of the year

Photos of the year

Subject matter ranges from joy to destruction

Hurricane Harvey’s wrath. Police work during Spring Break. A little dog’s sheer joy at chasing a tennis ball. All that and more figured into the best photos that ran on the pages of the South Jetty in 2017.

Brundrett student will perform in Nutcracker ballet

Brundrett student will perform in Nutcracker ballet


Hazel Morris of Port Aransas will perform in the Nutcracker with the Corpus Christi Ballet Saturday, Dec. 16, at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi. The ballet including Morris will perform the Nutcracker tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 15, for area schools. The Corpus Christi Ballet performers will be accompanied by...

Homecoming royalty is elected for 2007


The student body elected the 2007 Port Aransas High School homecoming court Tuesday, Dec. 5. The court consists of freshman duchess Melanie Wheeler, sophomore duchess Hannah Jones, junior duchess Elaine Franco and two senior duchesses, Katie Coeckelenbergh and Whitney Williams. One of the senior duchesses will be crowned queen at...

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