This Year’s Top News from the Texas Coast

Here are the some of the year’s biggest stories from the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

By Rhonda FanningDecember 24, 2015 12:45 pm

For the past few days we’ve been featuring the biggest news stories from aroudn the state. We’ve talked to editors in the Rio Grande Valley and the Panhandle, now we turn to Tim Archuleta, editor at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times to hear about the biggest stories to come from the Texas coast this year.

Police Chief Death

Office Floyd Simpson was killed while out on an off-duty motorcycle ride in Corpus Christi earlier this year. Archuleta says he was extremely popular.

“He was a very very popular chief – a model of what good modern policing is all about in terms of community relations, was beloved,” Archuleta says. “In fact, his funeral was one of the largest funerals I’ve ever been involved in.”

Corpus Christi Residents in Wimberley Flooding

Three of the families devastated in the spring flooding in Wimberley, Texas this year hailed from Corpus Christi. Two of the children are still missing.

“They made up a bulk of the victims who lost their lives in that flooding,” Archuleta says. “It had a huge impact on our community. ”

Selena Festival

Tejano pop star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez was raised in Corpus Christi. She was called the “Queen of Tejano Music.” Selena wasshot in 1995 by a friend and former employee. Corpus Christi’s festival made national headlines.

“It was a huge story because it was a chance for our community,” Archuleta says. “They had been mourning Selena’s death for about 20 years and now was an opportunity to celebrate all the contributions she made.”