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A&M-Texarkana to Host Economic Outlook Luncheon

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana and the College of Business, Engineering, and Technology will host an Economic Outlook Luncheon at Northridge Country Club at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 11th. The luncheon will feature guest speaker Dr. Joe Tracy, Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Tickets to the luncheon are $45 each and may be purchased online at RSVP to Jim Bynum at or 903.223.3191. Please
designate your vegetarian/dietary preference upon making RSVP. Continue Reading →

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Death Investigation at Bi-State Jail

Bowie County Chief Deputy Jeff Neal released the following statement regarding the death of an inmate on July 6, 2019:

On July 6, 2019 Bowie County Deputies Norman Alexander and Ed Steger were dispatched to the Bi-State Jail to assist Life Net personnel. When they arrived, they spoke with a corrections officer who informed them that another inmate had reported that inmate Michael Rodden was hanging in his cell. This corrections officer along with nursing staff entered the cell and administered CPR until Life Net personnel arrived. These attempts to revive Mr. Rodden were unsuccessful. There was nothing found during the initial investigation that indicates Mr. Rodden’s death was anything other than self-inflicted. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas House Update 7-5-19

Arkansas had one of the most productive, if not most productive, legislative sessions in the country with regard to addressing occupational regulations. Occupational regulations are licensures, certifications, or registrations required for workers in certain occupations. A few examples of licensed occupations include real estate agents, cosmetologists, and veterinarians. The success during the legislative session is partly due to Arkansas participating in the 15-state learning consortium through the U.S. Department of Labor (supported by the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), National Governors Association for Best Practices (NGA), and The Council of State Governments (CSG)) and further addressing occupational licensure through the Governor’s Red Tape Reduction Working Group.  For the 2019 legislative session, 41 bills were passed into law that were related to occupational licensing, certification, and registration.  One of the new laws (Act 250) ensures that an individual does not lose a license due to a defaulted or delinquent student loan.  Another law (Act 820) provides automatic licensure for active duty members, veterans and spouses of military members if they were practicing in another state. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana named one of 50 “Nicest Places in America”

Now America Votes to Decide the Top 10 Winning Places to be Featured in the Magazine

TEXARKANA, TX- Reader’s Digest has named the 50 finalists of its third annual search for “The Nicest Place in America,” a national crowd-sourced effort to uncover places where people are kind and treat each other with respect, and Texarkana tops the list in Arkansas and Texas. In an era of cultural and political divides, “Nicest Places” is Reader’s Digest’s response. Over a submission period of 31 days, Reader’s Digest collected more than 1,000 stories of places across America where people are kind and civility is winning. From these submissions, Reader’s Digest editors and a panel of judges selected 50 places – one for every state. Now, America will vote on which of these finalists will get a cover story in the November issue of Reader’s Digest magazine. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana to Hold Master Gardener Event July 8

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana
and the Bowie County Master Gardeners will present a program titled “Preserving
Your Garden Harvest” on Monday July 8, 2019. 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 presented by Cheryl Mapston who is a current Texas Master
Gardener and a retiree from the Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Service. The
discussion will focus on the best ways to preserve your fruits and vegetables so
that they may be enjoyed throughout the year. Continue Reading →

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EPA Announces $400,000 in Supplemental Funds to Clean Up and Reuse Brownfield Sites in Texarkana

City of Texarkana TX

TEXARKANA, TX- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $9.3 million in supplemental funding for 24 current successful Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grantees including an additional $400,000 in funding for Texarkana, Texas. According to the EPA, the supplemental funds announced are going to communities that have demonstrated success in using their RLF funds to clean up and redevelop brownfield sites. The funds will be used to continue their progress in reusing vacant and abandoned properties and turning them into community assets such as housing, recreation and open space, health facilities, social services, and commerce opportunities. “This Brownfields supplemental funding will provide additional resources to 24 communities with a proven track record of success so they can continue their progress revitalizing their local economy and improving the health and wellbeing of their community,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.  “We are proud to report that a majority of communities receiving these supplemental funds have Opportunity Zones within their jurisdiction, which means we are reaching communities most in need.”

Recipients of EPA’s Brownfields RLF funding provide low-interest loans and sub-grants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfields sites. When loans are repaid, the loan amount is returned into the fund and re-lent to other borrowers, providing an ongoing source of capital within a community. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Hires Ryan Wall to Lead Men’s Basketball Program

Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana has named Ryan
Wall as the university’s head men’s basketball coach. Wall is the second coach
tabbed to run the first ever A&M-Texarkana basketball program after initial
hire Charles Goar decided to pursue other interests. Wall comes to lead the inaugural A&M-Texarkana men’s basketball team
having completed 5 years as the head coach at fellow Red River Athletic
Conference institution Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. His career record as a head coach stands at 109-42 and includes a trip to the
Sweet 16 and two trips to the Elite Eight in the NAIA National Basketball
Tournament. He has recruited and coached 4 All-American players including an
NAIA national leading scorer and NAIA national leaders in steals and assists. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas House Update 6-28-19

Arkansas is home to more than 600,000 acres of lakes and more than 90,000 miles of rivers, streams, and creeks. As this is a popular time of the year for Arkansans to enjoy the waterways, we wanted to highlight boating safety in the state. Last year, Arkansas saw a 9% decrease in boating accidents and a 36% decrease in the number of boaters who died from boating accidents. However, there were 60 reported boating accidents in 2018 which resulted in 29 injuries that required medical attention and seven fatalities.  Of those seven fatalities, six drowned.  According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, three of those six were not wearing a life vest and the other three were either improperly wearing their life vest or their vest was in poor condition and not functioning properly. In order to ensure your safety, we wanted to remind you of some of the laws passed over the years regarding boating safety so that we can continue to reduce the amount of property damage and to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities associated with boating. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Trustees Approve New Degree in Health Sciences

Texarkana College

Texas- At the Texarkana College board meeting held on June 26, Trustees
approved the addition of the Associate of Science in Health Sciences degree to
be implemented in January 2020. According to Dr. Donna McDaniel, TC’s Vice
President of Instruction, the degree will prepare students to enter competitive
fields within the healthcare industry and will provide a direct pathway into
the Associate Degree Nursing program at TC. “The creation of an Associate of Science in Health Sciences degree
will ensure students who plan to enter the TC nursing program, or other
competitive healthcare training programs, have the courses needed to continue
into their desired program of study,” said McDaniel. “The science curriculum
within this new degree plan has been enhanced to better prepare students for
careers in healthcare and for transfer to a four-year university.”

McDaniel said the TC Academic Council and Curriculum Committee
approved addition of the new degree plan and will now seek confirmation of
compliance from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on
Colleges (SACSOC). Trustees also heard a report from McDaniel recognizing Pam Owney,
Associate Professor of English, as the 2019 National Institute for Staff and
Organizational Development (NISOD) Teaching in Excellence Award Winner
representing Texarkana College. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Education Professor Published in Journal of Culture and Values in Education

Texas A&M Texarkana

Texas – Dr. Abbie Strunc, Texas A&M University-Texarkana
Assistant Professor of Education and Chair of Teacher Education was recently
published in the Journal of Culture and
Values in Education. Her article, “The Politics of Culture: A Discourse
Analysis of the Texas Social Studies Curriculum” examines the history of the
education curriculum in Texas. In her work, Strunc outlines how outside agencies like Educational
Research Analysis (ERA) can affect changes to the state’s education mandates. This includes decisions by the State Board of Education on subjects such as
curriculum standards, approving instructional materials, controlling high
school graduation standards, and other administrative duties. The input from
agencies from like the ERA and the political nature of the process (Texas State
Board of Education members are elected) can cause noticeable shifts in the curriculum
from one revision period to the next. Continue Reading →

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