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World-Famous “Bowie No. 1” Makes Homecoming 200 Years After Leaving James Black’s Forge

WASHINGTON, AR: In the early 1830s, James Black crafted the most famous Bowie Knife ever forged for James Bowie in Washington, Arkansas. James Black, with his fire and forge, shaped the history and legacy of the world’s most famous blade from hisblacksmith shop in Historic Washington, Arkansas. Several years ago, Historic Arkansas Museum acquired Bowie No. 1 from an auction of the collections of two prominent Texas knife collectors. Once secured by Historic Arkansas Museum, Bowie No. Continue Reading →

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Southwest Arkansas Row Crop Meeting

Join us Friday, January 17, 2020 at Big Jake’s BBQ, 1521 Arkansas Blvd, Texarkana, Arkansas, for our Southwest Arkansas Row Crop Meeting from 9:00 – Noon. Presenters included University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Agronomists: Jeremy Ross, soybeans; Jason Kelley, wheat and feed grains; and Jarrod Hardke, rice, along with Mike Hamilton, Irrigation Specialist. Lunch will be provided and both presenters will be available to answer any questions. If you have any questions or to pre-register, please feel free to call: Jennifer Caraway, Miller County – 870-779-3609 Jennifer Samson, Little River County – 870-898-7224 Lance Rice, Lafayette County – 870-921-4744

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please feel free to call your local extension office as soon as possible prior to the event. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas House Updates 1-3-2020

One of the new laws which took effect this week may reduce the number of uninsured motorists on Arkansas roads. Nationwide, it is estimated that 1 in 8 drivers do not have insurance. In Arkansas, the uninsured motorist rate has been higher than the national average in recent years. The latest numbers show close to 16% of drivers on our roads may be uninsured. Arkansas State Police write more than 10,000 citations a year for failing to provide proof of insurance. Continue Reading →

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Southwest Arkansas Cotton Meeting Scheduled for January 15, 2020

Join us Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Ag Learning Center, located at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Arkansas, from 9:30 AM until noon for our Southwest Arkansas Cotton Meeting. Dr. Bill Robertson, Cotton Agronomist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will discuss cotton varieties, fertility and plant growth regulators as well as pest management. Irrigation Specialist, Mike Hamilton will discuss irrigation water management strategies. Lunch will be provided and both presenters will be available to answer any questions. If you have any questions or to pre-register, please feel free to call: Jennifer Caraway, Miller County – 870-779-3609 Jennifer Samson, Little River County – 870-898-7224 Lance Rice, Lafayette County – 870-921-4744

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Rep. Ratcliffe statement on Iranian missile strikes

Rep. Ratcliffe

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) released the following statement in response to Iran’s missile strikes on Iraqi military bases housing U.S. troops Tuesday night:

“I’m incredibly grateful that no American or Iraqi lives were lost in the missile strikes launched by Iran last night thanks to an early warning system that allowed our military to help prevent major harm to the bases being targeted. As the Trump administration continues actively monitoring the situation in the region, I’m pleased that Iran appears to be standing down and that further escalation will be prevented. “In the wake of the death of Iranian terrorist leader, Qassem Soleimani, I am confident that we’ll continue making strong progress toward peace and stability in the Middle East. Last night’s missile strikes were a glaring example of why we abandoned the Obama administration’s policy of appeasement and a deal which gave billions to an Iranian regime that, in turn, has used it to launch terrorist attacks against the United States and our allies. I fully support President Trump’s call for increased NATO involvement in the Middle East and for our allies to join the United States in moving away from the JCPOA toward a new deal that will ensure the world is a safer and more stable place.”
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A&M-Texarkana Will Not Hold Master Gardener Event in January 2020

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana
and the Bowie County Master Gardeners have announced that there will not be a
Master Gardeners Event on campus in the month of January. The next scheduled
event will take place on February 10th from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00
p.m. in University Center Room 326. For more information contact Emily
Newsome at 903.223.3039 or Teresa Slack at 903.831.7494. Contact Bowie County
Master Gardener President Steve Walls at mgstevew@gmail.com for program information. Continue Reading →

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New 911 Equipment in Miller County

 Miller County, under the supervision of The
Office of Emergency Management is proud to announce the recent replacement of
the outdated 911 Emergency Communications equipment at the Miller County
Sheriff’s Dept. “Communications between the public and emergency services like
the Miller County 911 dispatchers to sheriff deputies, emergency medical
responders and firefighters must involve the latest, updated equipment to
successfully process an emergency call for service to the 1st
Responders” said Joe Bennett, Coordinator of Emergency Management who oversees
the County’s 911 Emergency Communications. When Bennett
entered the office in January 2019, the system at that time had been installed
around 2007 with few updates and a mapping extension that didn’t work. The new Next
Generation system is more reliable, uses less specialized equipment, is much
more efficient and will provide the residents and visitors of Miller County
access to all emerging features for many years to come.  The funding was made possible by the Quorum
Court with added financial assistance and support from the Miller County
Sheriff’s Department. Continue Reading →

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Weekly Roadwork Report – TxDOT Atlanta District For Jan. 5-11, 2020

Road Construction Ahead

Bowie County

SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges. Camp County

None

Cass County

SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges. Harrison County

I-20 – At Potters Creek, conducting preventative maintenance work on bridges. SH 43 – From Loop 390 to Haggerty Creek, repairing and resurfacing highway. US 59 – From Marion County Line to Woodlawn Oaks Road, installing median barrier. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ratcliffe statement on the Death of Qassem Soleimani

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) released the following statement on the death of Qassem Soleimani, the head of the terrorist organization known as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force:

“The Trump administration was bold and resolute in taking out a designated terrorist personally responsible for the death of hundreds of American soldiers, sailors and marines. Qassem Soleimani was a terrorist who was killed, not in Iran, but in Iraq, where he orchestrated the latest attack on our U.S. Embassy and was actively planning more attacks to kill additional American forces and civilians. I support the President’s decisive directive to punish the killing of Americans and commend the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who carried out the order to deter future Iranian terrorist attack plans.”
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WWII VETERAN REQUESTS 100 CARDS FOR 100th BIRTHDAY

BONHAM, TEXAS – Today, Chairman of the Veterans Land Board George P. Bush asked the community for help in ensuring WWII Navy Veteran Lyndoll Hurley receives 100 birthday cards for his centennial birthday. It’s not every day that a WWII Veteran turns 100 years old. On Wednesday, January 8, WWII United States Navy Veteran Lyndoll Hurley will turn 100 years young. Lyndoll Hurley proudly served in WWII in the Navy. Please help us celebrate this momentous occasion by sending a birthday card to Lyndoll Hurley’s home at the Clyde W. Cosper Texas Veterans Home, run by the Veterans Land Board. Continue Reading →

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