Pool to close for repairs

The Port Aransas Community Park pool will be closed beginning Monday, March 19, for ongoing repairs for the damage from...

Catching a (Spring) Break

Catching a (Spring) Break

Spring Break revelers were out in force on the beach Saturday, March 10, as was the sun. Above: Spring Breakers...

New take Old on Town

New take Old on Town

New rules to preserve the look and feel of Old Town could be getting closer to reality. A citizens’ group...

Claims, scams, contractors — oh my!

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Public access is your right

[Editor’s note: This week, March 11-17, is Sunshine Week, a week dedicated to shedding light on issues of open government. The following editorial was provided...

How do Trump critics respond to his success?

President Trump’s critics, who include many establishment Republicans, are finding themselves left with few issues given the president’s recent string of successes. How difficult it...

Davis, Larson survive gov’s challenge

There were several two’s in the March 6 party primary elections. Two Republican Texas House members – Sarah Davis of West University Place, and Lyle...

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...

Super snapper

Super snapper

Mike Larson of Baudette, Minn., hauled in this 25-pound red snapper on Thursday, March 8. Larson was on an offshore...

Honeymoon angler

Honeymoon angler

Hannah Parrish of Abilene was visiting Port Aransas for her honeymoon. While here, she caught this redfish aboard the New...

Anglers on Wheels

Register now for tourney slated on May 18 and 19

Disabled anglers and up to three family members or friends are invited to take part in a free fishing tournament...

Bay trip catches

Bay trip catches

Casey Freeman, left, and Tyler Martin of New Braunfels, at right, went on a bay trip with guides, Capt. Charlie...

Spring Breakers hook snapper, shark and more

Spring Breakers hook snapper, shark and more

Fishing report

Head boat fishing businesses aren’t as busy as normal during Spring Break, but visitors still are coming to fish, according...

Hammer time!

Hammer time!

Joe Closna of San Antonio has a reason to smile. He hauled in this 7 foot 6 inch 130-pound hammerhead...

Honored

Honored

Marlins reel in district accolades; Brown, Kreutziger named co-MVPs

After another strong campaign on the hardwood, the Port Aransas High School Marlins basketball team reeled in the accolades in Class 2A District 30. The undefeated district season (10-0) was...

Lady Marlins lose district opener

Lady Marlins lose district opener

Fielding mistakes set back the Port Aransas High School Lady Marlins softball team in the district opener at Pettus on Friday, March 9. Port Aransas out-hit Pettus, 8-7, but eight...

Advantage: Marlins

Advantage: Marlins

PAHS netters score wins at own invitational tourney

Port Aransas High School snagged two firsts, a second, a third and a consolation in the Marlin Invitational Tennis Tournament on Thursday, March 8. Eight teams competed. First places were...

Walk-off

Walk-off

Sacrifice fly by Hall gives Marlins win over Kenedy

A walk-off sacrifice fly by Reese Hall earned the Port Aransas High School Marlins their first district win of the season over Kenedy on Friday, March 9. The game was...

BMS track competes at Three Rivers

Thirty-six Brundrett Middle School track team received ribbons at a meet in Three Rivers on Thursday, March 8. “Our kids represented extremely well,” said head coach Javier Mendoza. The ribbons...

Alvin John Kay

Alvin John Kay

Alvin John Kay of Port Aransas, TX, passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at the age of 79. He was born on June 10, 1938 to Alvin O. Kay...


Pool to close for repairs

The Port Aransas Community Park pool will be closed beginning Monday, March 19, for ongoing repairs for the damage from Hurricane Harvey. The repairs should be completed by Tuesday, March...

Catching a (Spring) Break

Catching a (Spring) Break

Spring Break revelers were out in force on the beach Saturday, March 10, as was the sun. Above: Spring Breakers gather between two buses to watch young women wrestle in...

New take Old on Town

New take Old on Town

New rules to preserve the look and feel of Old Town could be getting closer to reality. A citizens’ group working on the issue is hoping to put a proposed...

Claims, scams, contractors — oh my!
Into service

Into service

The new 28-car ferry the Amadeo Saenz Jr. was dedicated at ceremonies on Friday, March 9. The ferry went into service that day. Saenz was a former executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation. Above: Saenz, left, is presented with a copy of the plaque that is affixed to...

Barbecue benefit

Foundation hosting fundraiser for kids

Enjoy a plate of barbecue under the Fred Rhodes Memorial Pavilion at Roberts Point Park or grab a plate to go on Saturday, March 17. The Port Aransas Youth Development Foundation is hosting a barbecue benefit beginning at noon until all the plates are gone. For $10 a plate, folks...

Chamber is organizing volunteer groups, taking work requests now

Port Aransas residents in need of help completing projects around their homes can take advantage of the many volunteer groups that will be on the island during the Spring Break weeks. Sheri Johnson, marketing and communications manager with the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau, said that there...

Yahtzee!

Yahtzee!

This group was playing Yahtzee near Marker 22 on the beach in Port Aransas on a recent day. From left are Jill Letwin, Gil Letwin, Jonas Smith, Thyra Smith, Torin Smith and Jason Smith. All were visiting from Alberta, Canada. Jill said the game is a good way to teach...

Trying for the score zone

Trying for the score zone

Sliding a puck down the board is Charlie Seng of Cadott, Wisc., while Tim Hall, right, of Babbitt, Minn. looks on. The two winter Texans were playing a game of shuffleboard at Gulf Waters RV Park on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Life goes on

Life goes on

Pastor’s Pen

“Life goes on”…have you heard that phrase? That is one phrase we have had to learn the hard way in Port A. Harvey hit, and we had about two weeks to manage our own stuff. Once the lights came back on nothing slowed down: kids had to go to school,...

Help!

Funding needed to fill coffers for PAHS awards

More than $113,060 in donations have come in, however more is needed to reach the goal of $214,950 in total scholarship money for graduating Port Aransas High School seniors. The annual awards ceremony where every graduating Port Aransas senior receives scholarships is at risk due to the devastation that Hurricane...

Splintered

Splintered

Coff ee Girl

I think there’s a tiny narcissist that lives inside each of us, especially if we’re parents. Though we may not admit it, we really do want our kids to be chips off the old blocks. That’s why a little piece of me dies inside, every time my son complains about...

Library gets grant from Dobie Trust

A grant of about $6,500 has been awarded to the William R. “Bill” Ellis Memorial Library, and the money is expected to help rebuild the library’s collection in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The J. Frank Dobie Library Trust provided the grant, according to a letter the library received from...

It’s a party

It’s a party

Spring Breakers dance in the back of a pickup truck during a beach party near Mile Marker 34 on Saturday, March 10.

Looking good

Looking good

Garden club puts on style show

They came, they saw, they shopped, they marveled at beautiful fashions. Scores of folks turned out for the Port Aransas Garden Club’s style show at the Civic Center on Thursday, March 8. The event is in its 20th year. This...

OAP advances to bi-district

OAP advances to bi-district

For the fifth consecutive year, members of the Port Aransas High School One-act play advanced after competing at the district competition in Kenedy on Saturday, March 10. The group advances to the bi-district round of the contest, which also will be held at Kenedy High School Auditorium on Saturday, March...

Developing innovators

Developing innovators

Education notes

The world around us is full of challenges. Many of them are unique challenges that will take creative minds to develop solutions. So how can we develop the creative innovators of tomorrow? In his book Creating Innovators, Tony Wagner puts forth the idea that there are four essential qualities of...

Science program sign-up open

Science program sign-up open

Registration is now open for the 2018 University of Texas Marine Science Institute Summer Science Program to be held in Port Aransas. Students who live in the Coastal Bend may register early. Open registration will begin Monday, March 19. “Summer Science usually takes place in the Marine Science Education Center,...

Elected to college senate

Elected to college senate

Lindsey Uhlik, a 2016 graduate of Port Aransas High School, has been elected to serve as a senator in the 2018 student government at Texas A&M University, College Station. Uhlik, a sophomore, is majoring in leadership through the college of agriculture and life sciences.

Having fun

Having fun

H.G. Olsen Elementary School students play on the recently installed 10-spin, which is considered a modern day merry-go-round, on a recent sunny day.

Smart phone safety

Smart phone safety

Students from Brundrett Middle School and Port Aransas High School listened to a panel discussion on smart phone safety on Friday, March 9. Eric Hardison, a licensed professional counselor, who works as counselor for Port Aransas ISD, speaks to the students, while the other speakers, Victoria Walker, outreach manager for...

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