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US REPRESENTATIVE JOHN RATCLIFFE WELCOMES NEW CONSTITUENT SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE TO REGIONAL OFFICE ON TEXARKANA COLLEGE CAMPUS

Monte A. Schrader II, Constituent Services Representative for U.S. Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX), said he feels right at home in his office located on the Texarkana College campus. Schrader, a TC alum, is also a veteran and works as a liaison between federal agencies to help resolve veterans’ matters. Schrader says his role as the Constituent Services Representative for the Fourth District of Texas is a job he’s honored to have. “Most veterans do not know what resources are available to them,” Schrader said. “We have so many great resources right here in our community to help veterans with their benefits, and I am able to steer them in the right direction. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ratcliffe honors Texas Middle School principal for statewide recognition and tours technology classrooms

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) visited Texas Middle School this week to honor Principal Tim Lambert for being selected as Middle School Principal of the Year by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals (TASSP) and as the Texas representative for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Principal of the Year Award. “As the son of two school teachers, I have a special place in my heart for those who dedicate their careers to education,” Ratcliffe said. “I have no doubt that Principal Lambert’s work at Texas Middle School will have an enormous positive impact on the future leaders of Texarkana and Northeast Texas.” 

Ratcliffe presented Lambert with a flag over the U.S. Capitol to commend him for achieving statewide recognition for his success as Texas Middle School’s Principal. Following the flag presentation, Ratcliffe met with members of the student council and visited a gaming programming and design class in the school’s Apple lab. He then toured the school’s synergistic technology lab, which provides hands-on and real-world learning opportunities for careers in science and technology. Continue Reading →

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Womack Statement on Arkansas Poultry Farmers Regaining Access to China

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Washington, DC—November 14, 2019….Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3), Co-Chair of the Congressional Chicken Caucus, released the following statement on China’s decision to lift its ban on poultry imports from the United States:

“Today’s announcement is welcome news for Arkansas and farmers across the United States. Our hardworking poultry producers help feed and fuel the world, and strong market access is critical to supporting jobs and economic growth. I look forward to seeing our farmers and local businesses take advantage of renewed export opportunities. We must also continue standing up for U.S. workers and Arkansas’s agriculture economy by passing the USMCA and securing modernized trade deals across all sectors.” 

Arkansas ranks second in the nation in chicken production and third in the nation in turkey production, with the Third District being the fifth-highest producing poultry district in the United States. Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) has represented Arkansas’s Third Congressional District since 2011. Continue Reading →

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Texas Bans Future Income Tax

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In the November 5th election 76% of Texas voters approved constitutional amendment Proposition 4 to prohibit the state from imposing any income tax.  Proposition 4 started in the Texas legislature as HJR 38, to refer to the voters the question of a constitutional prohibition on an income tax.  The measure amends the state constitution that requires a two-thirds supermajority in the House and Senate so support from both Democrats and Republicans was needed.  The voting results by Texas politicians and voters show a strong rejection of a state income tax.     

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared in a victory statement, “This ban on such a disastrous tax (state income tax) will keep our economy prosperous, protect taxpayers, and ensure that Texas remains the best state to live, work, and raise a family.” There are seven states without a personal income tax: Texas, Florida, Alaska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nevada, and Washington.  Tennessee will phase out its state income tax on January 1, 2021. For a fair tax to fund the federal government there is in the House Ways and Means Committee the FAIRtax bill, HR 25, that abolishes personal and corporate income taxes plus gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes.  Federal revenue to fund government programs would be collected by a progressive tax system that includes a national sales tax and a monthly tax refund, called the Prebate, that un-taxes all legal residents up to subsistence level spending—a progressive sales tax.   The FAIRtax also eliminates the threat to the insolvency of Social Security and Medicare and eliminates the need for tariffs to raise import prices to price levels of U.S. goods caused by the existing income/payroll tax system. 

Steve Hayes, President of Americans for FAIR Taxation states, “The Texas message is clear to Texans and those looking to move there that we are not going to destroy our economy and our competitive advantage over other states by putting in an income tax.  The FAIRtax has a similar message, America is going to abolish the income tax to stop destroying our economy and improve our competitive advantage.”    

Learn more at Fairtax.org. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana and Bowie County Master Gardeners to Present Program on Growing Cool Season Crops

TEXARKANA, Texas –  Texas A&M University-Texarkana and the Bowie
County Master Gardeners will present a program titled “Growing Cool Season
Crops and How to Have Your Own Hoop House” on Monday, November 11th. The event will take place from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in University Center
room 326. The class is free and open to the public and reservations are not
required. The program will be conducted by
James Lamb, a current Arkansas Master Gardener and Plant Pathology Technician
at the University of Arkansas Experimental Station in Hope, Arkansas. The
discussion will feature tips on which crops can reap plentiful harvests in cold
weather, as well as tips on how and when to plant seeds to ensure your spring
crops thrive. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana and Texarkana Symphony Orchestra Hold Chamber Music Series Concert

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TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana
and the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra will be holding the second Chamber Music
Series concert of the season on Monday, November 11th. The concert
will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Tri-State Iron & Metal Atrium on the 3rd
floor of the University Center building. The concert is free and open to the
public. The program includes
music for piano trio by Sergei Rachmaninov and Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky.  Featured guest artist is David Fung, piano,
along with TSO’s assistant concertmaster, Diana Norwood and TSO’s principal
cellist, Brett Andrews.  “TSO is pleased to partner again with Texas A&M
University-Texarkana to bring great classical music to the A&M campus” said
TSO Executive Director R. Andrew Clark. Continue Reading →

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Weekly Roadwork Report – TxDOT Atlanta District For Nov. 10-16, 2019

Road Construction Ahead

Bowie County

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

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Cass County

FM 3129 – From US 59 to SH 77, resurfacing highway. SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges. Harrison County

I-20 – At Ferguson Creek, FM 3251 and FM 968, conducting preventative maintenance work on bridges. FM 451 – From 0.6 mile east of FM 31 to FM 9, resurfacing highway. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas House Update: 11-8-19

Arkansas is home to over 219,000 Veterans. They live and work in every community throughout our state. Our men and women who served are an extraordinarily selfless group. They worked as a team and looked out for one another. 

We must look out for them. 

In 2017, the General Assembly passed Act 141 which exempts military retirement benefits from state income tax. This year, we continued our effort to improve veteran affairs in our state with various legislation. Continue Reading →

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CASA Joins Churches Across the Country in Stand Sunday

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Texarkana, USA – Since 2004, churches across the country have shown their commitment to supporting children in foster care through Stand Sunday, and this Sunday, November 10, CASA for Children is joining the movement. At any given time, there are 250 – 300 children in the child
welfare system here in our community.  CASA
for Children is spreading awareness through Stand Sunday of ways faith
organizations can show their commitment to improving the lives of children and
families involved in the child welfare system. “It takes a community to care for children and that’s what these places
of worship are – a community,” said Brandy Eldridge, executive director of CASA
for Children. “Our hope is to inform all the diverse faith organizations in our
community of the size of the problem happening right now in our own backyard.”

Stand Sunday is a globally recognized day of prayer sponsored by the
Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO). This year, CAFO and CASA have worked
with the Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS) to get the first
names of the 31,000 children in foster care in Texas. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana to Receive $250,000 Grant from AEP Foundation

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas – Officials from Texas A&M
University-Texarkana and Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) will
gather in TAMUT’s building for Academic and Student Services Friday, November 8th
to announce a $250,000 grant from the American Electric Power Foundation to the
university’s College of Business, Engineering, and Technology. The event will
include a check presentation and will feature remarks from TAMUT administration
and faculty as well as representatives from SWEPCO. The announcement will take
place at 10:00 a.m. in room 247 of the Building for Academic and Student
Services. The grant will be used to construct a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) lab and will be completed in two phases. The first phase of the CAD lab will contain 24 state-of-the-art CAD workstations and an instructor lecture workstation. Continue Reading →

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