2018 Hardheads Bolivar Rig Run

By Jim Denys
The 4th annual Hardheads Bolivar RIG RUN is in the books. The first part of the event was like a long, slow dance with Mother Nature and her angry wet ways. After a week of pounding rain on the Bolivar Peninsula, the skies dried out just in time to get the event in. We appreciated the die hard Bumpity Bump sailors who came as far away

PSP Soccer Kicks Off

The Peninsula Sports Park Youth Soccer League is ready for the first kickoff. The coaches clinic was held on Saturday morning in preparation for a successful season. Coach Richard Thompson, with a National Class C soccer coaching license, led the coaches through a series of drills and exercises to help them prepare for practices coming up. This being the inaugural year for the youth soccer

Lions Club Gives

Bolivar Peninsula Lions Club presents a huge check ($10,300.00) to High Island ISD School Board, proceeds from the annual Golf Cart Poker Run. As the motto “We Serve” suggests, the Lions Club is a non-profit organization who, through fund raising, pours every cent back into the community.

THE LOCAL Welcomes Fall

The Fall issue of THE LOCAL hits stands and reminds us why we all look forward to the season after summer’s close. Bolivar settles down a bit, saying goodbye to summer vacationers and looking forward to cooler weather and emptier beaches. This issue celebrates the history of Bolivar and its development over the years. Specifically, a focus on the “beach-centric website”,, created

Remembering Ike

Ten years have come and gone, and though the memories of Hurricane Ike are still felt by many, the physical damage is virtually nonexistent. All over the community, the improvements have brought Bolivar back to be bigger and better than ever before. Businesses and homeowners have rebuilt and newcomers have established roots. It all takes time and dedication and a love for the area. Check out

Hardheads Bull Red Tournament

By Jim Denys
Just in case anyone missed it, there was fishing tournament this past weekend, the First Annual Hardheads Running of the Bulls, Bull Red Tournament. Those of us in the Bluewater area were the lucky ones to watch TEAM BLUEWATER grab the top three spots for the largest Bull Reds being caught on Saturday. With over 30 fisherman

The Hunt for ‘Bolivar’

‘Bolivar’ has been found for the last time this summer. The Strimple sisters found ‘Bolivar’ on Thursday evening, concluding the season’s exciting contest. The summer-long contest is the brainchild of David Harris and the Bolivar Tourism and Visitors Center. Each week, David would hide a pink flamingo somewhere on Bolivar Peninsula. Starting Tuesday mornings, he would give the daily clue

The Luck of the Irish

By Linda Elissalde
‘Twas the luck of the Irish when he spotted her across a crowded dance floor. He headed right over and invited her to dance. That moment led to Ellie and Tom getting married two years later in Burlington, VT at 4:00 PM on August 31, 1968. Ellie and Tom (Sandy) Pollard celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Crystal Beach, TX

Bay Vue UMC Honors Teachers

Bay Vue United Methodist Church honors teachersBy Linda Elissalde
It’s that back to school time of year! Bay Vue United Methodist Church honored teachers who were starting a new school year. Principal Traci Camp and Crenshaw teachers were thanked for their contributions to Bolivar Peninsula pupils. Nursery and Children’s Church Superintendent Trish Smith and teaching volunteers took part in

PB VFD Heats It Up

Cookers and Builders and Smokers and Families were all gathered as the teams and attendees of the 19th Annual Port Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department BBQ Cookoff. Saturday brought sunny skies for the cooking teams to fire up the pits and begin grilling early that morning. And there was an optional Winner-Takes-All competition for fajitas on Friday evening. The 19 teams entered in the various

Highway 87 – Raise it Up

The long-awaited highway project is finally underway. Officials from various State, County, and Local organizations, along with local residents, gathered to celebrate the ceremonial beginning of the Highway 87 elevation project. The groundbreaking was sponsored by the Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce at the intersection of Hwy 87 and 124. The BPCOC Vice-President, Anne Willis, began

Dollar General Moving In

A new Dollar General store is under construction in Crystal Beach next to the Post Office. The store will be about 8,500 square feet of sales floor space, featuring items by name-brand and private brand merchandisers. Find everything including health and beauty products, home cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, seasonal items, and basic clothing. Plus an assortment of

Student Discounts

By Kelly Moad
I can remember it clearly. I’m sure my parents can too. I was 3 hours away from home attending college, it was a Sunday (or a Tuesday, or Friday, or any old day, it didn’t matter) afternoon and I was making my calls back home to say Hi to Mom and Dad. Slightly nervous on my end, but then again, not really, because they *always* said Yes. My voice

New Art Gallery Open For Show and Sales

Attention local and area artists!!! The Bolivar Peninsula Tourism and Visitors Center believes that local and area artists need to have a location for visitors to see their work, plus a convenient stop they can count on to purchase local and area art. They are now taking submissions for wall space and table space in the Tourism Center. With plenty of room, they are looking for local and area artists to show

Hummingbirds on the Move

Prepare your feeders for the upcoming Fall migration of hummingbirds. These energy-intensive little critters require lots of fuel to travel the great distances. Some hummingbirds travel from their nesting place as far north as Canada or Alaska to southern points in Mexico and Central America. Studies show that a hummingbird, at the weight of a nickel, can pack on high energy fat to double

United Methodist Women make plans

By Linda Elissalde
Bay Vue United Methodist Women (UMW) met August 13 to plan for their fall mission. Although they are officially the UMW, they could be called the Galvanizing Gals (GG). These ladies never stop. President Cindy Hunt sets the pace with her well planned meetings. The group made and delivered baby blankets to UTMB so that all newborn

Utility Bill Scammers Hard at Work

Customers should be alert for fraud
Entergy has received multiple reports recently of attempted bill payment scams from customers in the Beaumont and surrounding area. In the five reports Entergy received on Friday, the customers reporting the scam attempts didn’t fall for the scheme and instead, reported the attempt to Entergy. In each of the cases, the con artists instructed

Golf Cart Poker for Schools

With the beginning of another school year just around the corner, the 6th Annual Bolivar Peninsula Lions Club Poker Run was a gambling success. The very popular event attracted 626 registered participants in 292 golf carts, ready to play poker to help raise money for the Crenshaw and High Island Schools. Registration began early Saturday morning at Jose’s Cajun Restaurant under rainy skies. By the time

Our UPS Man – Aaron Springer

By Linda Elissalde
What a magical night! The standing room only crowd provided a rousing ovation as AARON SPRINGER, our United Parcel Service man, entered the room. Family and friends packed Jose’s Cantina Cajun Steakhouse to honor everyone’s favorite “Man in Brown.” People lined up to taste Jose’s fine buffet, but the really long line was one of

Second Going Resale Store Helps Local Schools

By Linda Elissalde
Bay Vue United Methodist Church’s Second Going Resale Store loves to give. Especially when it comes to the Bolivar Peninsula. Their mission includes providing the food truck each week, low cost quality clothing and household items, and free medical equipment to those in need. One of their favorite missions is to help our community schools. Second Going enjoyed a banner

21 PLUS 56

By Linda Elissalde
SURPRISE! That was the greeting Robert (Bob) Morgan received when he entered Tiki Bar on August 19. His sister Sherry had invited folk to a surprise birthday party in his honor. Beach pals, and friends from Port Arthur where Bob had served both as mayor and Justice of the Peace, convened and helped him mark the advent of

Get On A Boat

Visit Galveston Yacht Basin to rent a boat during your coastal vacation. GYB has many options to meet your desires for boating fun. Whether you want a motorized fishing boat or a kayak or canoe, GYB has it all. Galveston Yacht Basin has been around for over 40 years, offering fishing and pleasure boating on the Gulf Coast, plus many other amenities at the yacht club. GYB offers boat storage as well. Stop by

Visiting Artists

Bolivar Tourism and Visitors Center is featuring the works of two new artists. Glenn Cernosek and Terri Ann Stokes were in the Center on Saturday to meet with visitors and talk about their art. Glenn Cernosek lives near Austin, Texas where he has been a self-taught artist of western, antique, and landscape subjects as well as oil and watercolors of tropical and botanical features. Glenn has exhibited his

Houston Diesels Beach Bash 2018

Houston Diesels rumbled over to Crystal Beach on Saturday for their 3rd annual Beach Bash with friends and family to enjoy the sand, sun, and fellowship. Nearly 3000 in attendance celebrated summer while raising awareness and funds for, an organization supporting veterans suffering from PTSD. Houston Diesels is a club and family of diesel loving members. What began in North Houston

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Unveils New Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp

Mallards and emperor geese were the stars of the show as the 2018-2019 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp – commonly known as the Duck Stamp – went on sale. The new Federal Duck Stamp and its younger sibling, the Junior Duck Stamp, debuted at a special event hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Hanover, Maryland on

Washers for the 4th

The skies cleared and the crowds filled in for the 8th Annual July 4th Washers Tournament. Sixty-four teams participated in this renowned event in front of many spectators from near and far, competing for the $1000 First Prize. The sun was bright, the breeze was cool, the sand was hot, and the drinks were cold. The players had many spinning tosses and sinking washers, all while celebrating

KBB – Gold Star Affiliate

“Highest Gold Star recognition to Keep Bolivar Beautiful on behalf of Bolivar Peninsula from Keep Texas Beautiful. Thank you to our tireless volunteers, County Crew and Galveston County Officials working in unison to Keep Bolivar Beautiful.” [Carlis Cole]

Jerry’s Full Moon Party

Once again, Jerry Diaz and his Hanna’s Reef band performed their popular brand of Texas Beach Music last Friday night to the delight of the large crowd gathered for his annual Full Moon Beach Party, celebrating the full moon, and summertime in general, right on the beach! A very popular event, beach goers came early to set up chairs and break out the beverages and snacks. The music began

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