Clinton S. Thomas, Th.D.

Clinton S. Thomas, Th.D.

A published writer of  poetry, fiction and non-fiction in both the digital age and the pre-digital age of publishing.  Currently serving as editor and writer for the Four States News all while living life across the four states region from Texarkana, USA.

Recent Articles

Texarkana’s Night to Shine

Texarkana, AR – Social media came alive last night as people started to notice unusually bright lights to the north of the Interstate in Texarkana, Arkansas.  Almost immediately people began to post questions such as “Anyone notice those lights?” and “Anybody know what’s going on in Texarkana with the lights?”  It did not take long for the answers to come flowing in as people responded it’s the “Night to Shine” event at the convention center.  Spotlights could be seen from across town as they cut into the night to announce that the party was about to begin. Several hundred people descended into the Arkansas Convention center between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the evening.  At about 6 p.m., hundreds more began to flood through the doors.  They were met by police officers, the Pleasant Grove Hawks, and Liberty Eylau Football teams, Arkansas High Redline and the Arkansas High Cheerleaders along with dozens more as they entered the room.  The focus of all the volunteers from Football teams to dance teams and church groups and police groups was to welcome a special group of people to a Night to Shine. The annual Night to Shine is sponsored by the local organization of Night to Shine Texarkana  The local organization is part of the larger Night to Shine Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and is designed to allow people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to gather and party in a formal prom styled atmosphere and dance.  Surrounding organizations such as Evergreen Life Services, Opportunities, and many others worked to ensure the people they serve had formal dresses and suits for the evening.  Once they arrived, the Pleasant Grove Hawks and Liberty Eylau players helped escort the ladies and the Arkansas High Redline and Cheerleaders escorted the men onto the dance floor. The party rocked on from 6 p.m. until just after 10 p.m. Friday evening.  Several people noted that parking was full and that cars were parked as far away as the restaurants and other hotels around the area. Continue Reading →

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Living Room Reset – Marriage and Parenting Event

Texarkana, TX – Kirk Cameron, Chelsea Cameron, and Matt Hammitt will present “Living Room Reset” at First Baptist Church Texarkana on Sunday, January 28th at 4:00 p.m.  The event will focus on a Christian aspect of bringing the family together in the family “living room” to work out problems, celebrate joys, work through loss, and grow as a family. Tickets may be obtained at https://www.itickets.com/events/392395

More information about Cameron and his events may be found at http://kirkcameron.com/

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Six Leg Fun Run Returns to Texarkana

Texarkana, USA – The Six Leg Fun Run and 5 K will make its way back to Texarkana Sunday, January 28, in downtown Texarkana.  The fun will take off at 12:30 at the Front Street Stage.  This will be the 3rd annual race in Texarkana with proceeds benefiting the Care and Adoption Center of Texarkana. The focus for this year’s race is to raise enough funds to pay for an “Adoption Trailer” for the organization.  Consequently, everyone needs to come out and support this event – especially since the trailer has already been ordered! You can get more information or register online at https://www.sixlegfunrun.com/

So, take a few minutes to meet with your four-legged friend, discuss your race options and strategy, get your leash ready, add your two legs to your friend’s four, and get downtown on the 28th to race for a great cause!   Continue Reading →

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Governor Hutchinson Visits North Heights Jr. High Coding Program

Texarkana, AR- Governor Asa Hutchinson visited Texarkana Arkansas Independent School District’s (TASD) North Heights Jr. High this morning.  The planned visit allowed the Governor to meet with teachers and students in the school’s coding department.  North Heights has obtained national recognition for the coding program at the school and the Governor was present to honor and observe the program in action. Governor Hutchinson initiated the coding program during his first year in office.  The program has propelled school districts across the state into positions of leadership in coding classes and programs.  TASD has been honored as one of the leaders in the state as the program continues to help a new generation of children learn about computer programming and its applications. Continue Reading →

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Visits Texarkana

Texarkana, AR – Winter may have shut down schools and businesses in the Miller County area, but it was not going to stop Governor Hutchinson’s scheduled trip to Texarkana.  Governor Asa Hutchinson was the honored guest at Curt and Diane Green’s home this evening as temperatures outside started to drop.  Between one hundred and fifty and two hundred people people visited with the Governor at any given time during the planned event.  Representatives from the state, county and city were present to receive Asa along with several government officials and friends from Texas. Curt Green welcomed the crowd before turning over the introductions to State Representative Carol Dalby. Continue Reading →

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A Marine Arrives in Heaven

“The Marines have landed, and the situation is well in hand.”  Richard Harding Davis, the famous American journalist wrote those words well over one hundred years ago.   When the Marines landed and fought in Okinawa, Guadalcanal, Saipan, Tinian, and Tarawa, Jessie Tinsley was there.  Jessi Tinsley was a member of the 2nd Division Marines and served from 1941-1945.  During this time, he fought in the Pacific Campaign for the United States.  There he witnessed some of the most brutal fightings of the war and received the Bronze Star for his service in combat.  He rose through the Marines to the rank of Master Sergeant.  Later, during the Korean War, he would continue his service as an instructor for the Marines. Jessie would take his Marine training and experience and turn it into a successful life after his service time had ended.  He would go on to be a Certified Life Guard, an electrical contractor, and even a president for a term serving the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).  Several times throughout his life he would be interviewed and honored for his service to the country as a Marine.   He would raise a family, and live the American dream. By the time I met Jessie, he was well into his 90s.  I met him at a small function where Jessie came in with the assistance of a wheelchair and spoke with several people.  The event was not meant to honor him, but his name and service were quickly brought up.  Along with several other people, I spoke with him, listened to his stories and “talked politics”.  He had the natural ability to draw people to himself.  He smiled, he talked, and he instantly seemed to be like everyone in the room’s grandfather. It was during this function that I had the honor of observing Jessie interact with a young Marine.  As I stood back and watched, the young Marine approached Jessie as if he was approaching the President of the United States or perhaps some other great dignitary.  You could see the awe and wonder in the young man’s eyes as he kneeled down next to Jessie’s chair, and said, “Sir, I want to thank you for your service to our country and to the Marines.”  The young man was not wearing a uniform but knew for a fact that not only was the man a Marine, but he also was an officer in the Marines.  He held a rank that was higher than the one Jessie held, but he spoke to Jessie as if he would have followed him into battle anywhere the Marines may have had to go.  The two men locked eyes and it was at that instant that I knew each recognized the other as a fellow Marine.  The moment was beautiful for the Marines and even more beautiful for our nation. Continue Reading →

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Congress Fails to Protect 29 States with Medical Marijuana

The United States Government has a long history of breaking promises and once again it appears poised to break a promise to the people.  If you really doubt this and think your government could never break a promise, simply look to Native Americans and ask them how they feel about promises made and broken.  It will not take a long walk through history before you clearly see that nothing promised is guaranteed by the government.  29 states and the District of Columbia will soon be in the target sights of U.S. attorneys.  The target this time will be medical marijuana and the failure to act that goes to the halls of Congress. While the medical marijuana business has boomed in the last few years, it has not done so without the knowledge that according to federal law it is still illegal.  During President Obama’s terms, there was a strict “hands-off” policy in place.  In fact, the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment made it temporarily impossible for the Justice Department to spend a dime on the prosecution of medical marijuana distributors and users where state laws protected them.  Now, this ban is about to expire and no new federal laws have been put in place by Congress to extend the ban, or to make it permanent.  Without the protections of the ban or new laws protecting medical marijuana on a federal level, the Justice Department could start implementing raids, arrest, and prosecutions in all 29 states and the District of Columbia once again. Unfortunately for those in need of medical marijuana, those experimenting in labs with potential cancer cures, and even those prescribing it under state laws, Jeff Sessions, the U.S. Attorney General, has openly indicated that he will not leave medical marijuana alone.   The decision has prompted stock sell-offs, shook up medical providers and even has Congress tweeting and discussing it, which appears to be all they seem willing to do these days.   Within the last fifteen hours or so, there have been several news stories covering the issue that now seems to be driving a “panic” in the states, for distributors, and for the medical community. Regardless of who is in charge in the federal government, this is simply another example of broken promises by the United States Government to the people.  In this case, over half the states in the country and the District of Columbia have taken the federal government at its word to not interfere with medical marijuana.   While it is sad to allow one office or man to break the promise of non-interference made by the government, it is perhaps more telling that a Congress – fully aware of the limitations placed on the restrictions – would allow the limitations to expire without taking action. Congressional representatives from 29 states, including Arkansas, have had plenty of time to hammer out laws and regulations that would have protected their home states and the people they represent from the Justice Department.  Jeff Sessions may be the instrument of attack in the broken promises to the American people, but the real failure sits squarely on the shoulders of Congressional representatives who squandered away the time given to them to make meaningful and lasting laws which would have allowed the states to continue with medical marijuana.   While we have yet to see exactly how Sessions will act, one thing is certain and that is that people will suffer due to a broken promise again on all levels from those in need to those providing the medical needs.  In our area, Texarkana stands to lose a substantial economic boom that could have helped hundreds of people from all around the four states.  Congress should be ashamed and more importantly, they should answer the burning question-why did they not act to protect their home state’s interest before now? Continue Reading →

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Third Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in Texarkana

Texarkana, USA- The third annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade will be held Monday, January 15, 2018.  The parade will start at 11:30 a.m. and consist of about 50 participants.  The planned route will cover a little over a mile covering from Broad Street to the Front Street Plaza before turning on Olive and continuing on to Stateline where it will cross and travel down Fourth Street to end at the Miller County Courthouse. There is a $15 entry fee payable to BTGA.  Those interested in participating should provide a check or money order only for entry fees.  All entries are due by January 11 at 5:00 p.m.
Applications for entry are available at the following locations:

Jefferson Professional Building, Ste. B at 4425 Jefferson Avenue

Sandflat Center at 209 East 14th Street

You may also email brandon.houff@dla.mil or call 870-330-7909 for additional information. There are limitations on the types of vehicles permitted and those interested should contact parade officials for more details. Bands and drill teams from local schools will be permitted to perform routines at the bandstand which will be located in front of the Front Street Plaza Stage. Continue Reading →

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Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall 2018 Calendars

Texarkana, USA – It’s now four days into the new year and your phone calendars have all updated, so now it’s time to finally consider a wall calendar.  You still know what a wall calendar is, right?  It’s those paper – yes paper- calendars with pictures we all love.  Some people get calendars with pictures of mountains, the Dallas Cowboys, cheerleaders, or a favorite movie or theme so that it can decorate your wall for the year to come.  Right about now those calendars are starting to be marked down and if you’re like me you’re just about ready to run out and buy a few to place around the home or office. Now, before you run out and buy your favorite baseball team’s calendar, you need to ask yourself one question.  Can I make my calendar mean something this year?  The answer is “Yes”!  Not only can you have an outstanding calendar for 2018, but you can make sure that your donation for the calendar goes 100% for a local charity. The Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall organization is offering 2018 calendars.  Supply is limited, so you need to hurry.  You can go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/texarkanafallenbikersmemorialwall/ or call 903-244-1883 to get yours.  The cost is only $10 and you will know that your money is not going to some calendar company somewhere far off…instead it’s going right here in Texarkana, USA and to a 501 (c) (3) organization working to bring a memorial wall to our community.  Don’t wait – call now and decorate your wall while you help build the memorial wall. Online: https://www.facebook.com/texarkanafallenbikersmemorialwall/

Call: 903-244-1883

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Maud Elementary Completes Canned Food Drive

Maud, TX- As elementary students prepare for the final countdown to Christmas, the Maud Elementary students can be proud to know that they have made someone’s Christmas a little brighter this year.  Roughly four days ago the school announced the completion of the STUCO Canned Food Drive on their twitter feed.  The small East Texas school managed to donate 1,157 cans of food this year in their drive. The school reported that Mrs. Jones’ elementary class collected the most canned items with an impressive 340 cans. Those wishing to follow Maud’s news and notices may do so by following them on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MaudTXISD
To Mrs. Jones’ and all the teachers, parents, and especially the children of Maud Elementary School, we want you to know that all of East Texas and the Four States area and News has seen your shining beacon of love and devotion during this Christmas season of giving.  Thank you for giving back and may you have a most wonderful and blessed Christmas!  

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