LITTLE ROCK – Nearly a million people a year stop at one of Arkansas’ 13 welcome centers. The staffs answer a lot of questions about our state and work hard to see that our visitors feel welcome. Travelers often share personal stories with members of the staff. Once in a while, employees hear a story that reminds them that their work brightens someone’s day.
Sheila Ward, manager of the Blytheville Welcome Center, recently learned that her staff had redeemed Christmas for one of the center’s visitors. Continue Reading →
Texarkana, AR- The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will be working extra hours this holiday season to help keep vehicle drivers and passengers safe as we look for impaired drivers. From December 13, 2017, through January 1, 2017, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will partner with the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a special year-end “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over “enforcement mobilization to get intoxicated drivers off the street and to spread the word about the dangers of impaired driving. This holiday season drivers will notice an increase in law enforcement watching for anyone who is driving impaired. The holidays are a special time in America, full of excitement and endless festivities. Oftentimes, these celebrations bring higher numbers of drunk drivers to the roads, endangering those drivers and others. Continue Reading →
Texarkana, USA- For the Sake of One was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Texas Bar Foundation. Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $18 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar Foundation. For the Sake of One plans to use the grant funds to “Enhance Support and Resources for Families in the Foster Care System.” According to For the Sake of One Director Angela Coston, “For the Sake of One is thankful for the Texas Bar Foundation’s support of our program increasing awareness and supporting the entire foster care community in and around Texarkana. We are honored to be selected as a recipient of this grant and are excited about how it will benefit the foster care community.”
For the Sake of One is a new non profit whose mission is to advocate for the foster care community in Texarkana and the surrounding areas. They do this through five key areas: maintaining a resource room for foster and kinship families, encouraging caseworkers, mentoring biological parents, recruiting new foster families, and supporting current foster families. Continue Reading →
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) encourages Texans in all regions of the state to make preparations for winter weather as we enter the cold weather season. “While we’ve all heard the joke about Texas only having two seasons – hot and hotter – all Texans need to prepare now for the serious threats that the upcoming winter could bring,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Every year, Texas faces the dangers of winter weather conditions, including freezing temperatures, ice, sleet, and even snow. Texans are urged to stay informed about changing weather in their area and to take steps now to help stay safe during the coming months.”
Texans should winterize their vehicles by checking the battery, windshield wipers (including appropriate freeze resistant-fluid), tire pressure, tire tread, fluid levels, and lubricate door and trunk locks to prevent freezing. In addition, here is a list of emergency supplies drivers can keep in their vehicle:
Blankets/sleeping bags, extra clothing, gloves and a hat. Continue Reading →
LITTLE ROCK – ARCodeKids is creating a program to include 12 adults who each will receive a $6,000 scholarship to attend the 12-week Arkansas Coding Academy, Governor Asa Hutchinson and ARCodeKids representatives announced at the capitol today.
These scholarships will provide adult Arkansans who already are in the workforce with new skills in a high-need area. Four of the 12 scholarships have been designated for employees of Arkansas state government—one from each of the state’s four congressional districts. The four state employees selected will receive paid leave from the state during the academy.
Governor Hutchinson also announced that enrollment in state high school computer science classes has increased by 12 percent over the 2016-2017 school year. Continue Reading →
Miller County, AR- Detention Deputies with the Miller County Sheriff’s Office prevented a tragedy by saving an inmate’s life recently. On Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at approximately 5:15 p.m. Sergeant Alan Sanders was conducting a security check. During the check Sergeant Sanders located a male inmate hanging in his
cell by a bed sheet. The inmate was turning blue from the lack of air. The detention center emergency protocol was immediately initiated. Continue Reading →
Texarkana, AR – Maybe your team is out of the playoffs, maybe you are just missing local football, or maybe you just want to support a good cause, but whatever your reason may be, football is back at Arkansas High Stadium Saturday. The celebrations for the Live United Bowl have been going on all week. The players have been in town, the pep rallies have been held, and tonight everyone is turning in early with hopes and dreams of walking away a winner from tomorrow’s big game. Parking and tailgate party information can be found on the official site at Live United Bowl You can also find other information such as ticket cost ($10 for adults and $4 for students) and even information about drawings and other related events. This year the Pittsburgh State Gorillas will face off against the Arkansas Tech Wonderboys. Rod Smith from the NFL will also be present to take part in the activities surrounding the game and the halftime performance will be by The Robert St. John Band. If you can not come out and enjoy the game, you can still watch online at the website. You can also always donate and help as the Live United Bowl has donated over $25,000 to the United Way of Greater Texarkana. You can find the United Way of Greater Texarkana at their website – step up today and help. The Live United Bowl: http://www.liveunitedbowl.com/
United Way of Greater Texarkana: https://texarkanaunitedway.org/
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It’s time once again to extend Christmas cheer. On Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 the Shop with a Cop event will take place. During this event a child will be given $100 to shop for Christmas gifts with a police officer at Wal-Mart on Arkansas Blvd. Officers from all over Texarkana will line up at the Bi-State at 8:30am and convoy with lights and sirens to Wal-Mart. This year, with the continuous support of our local contributors, almost 100 children from here in Texarkana will receive something special this holiday season. Shop with a Cop
December 5th, 2017, 9:00am. Wal-Mart, 133 Arkansas Blvd, Texarkana, AR
On Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 the annual the annual Cops and Kids meal has been scheduled at the Four States Fairgrounds. Police Officers of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will meet at the station at 5:00pm and form two convoys; one parade formation will travel to The Texarkana Baptist Orphanage and the other to The Watersprings Ranch. Continue Reading →
AUSTIN, TX – Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is encouraging Texas history enthusiasts to visit the Alamo and see a special temporary exhibition exploring the life of legendary Alamo defender James Bowie and his iconic knife. Since opening earlier this year, the exhibit, entitled Bowie: Man – Knife – Legend, has since been explored by nearly 400,000 visitors. With a new exhibit coming to the Alamo in spring 2018, Bowie: Man – Knife – Legend will officially close on December 31, 2017. “Visiting the Alamo is a moving experience for all Texans and this special exhibit is one you don’t want to miss,” Commissioner Bush said. “This exhibit brings together an iconic Alamo defender, Jim Bowie, his namesake knife, which was a technological advance in its day, and a new technology that puts these amazing artifacts on display for the world to enjoy and study.” Included in the exhibit are what many historians believe to have been the first ever Bowie knife and a Bowie knife that belonged to a member of a famous Civil War unit. Continue Reading →
TEXARKANA, TX- The Texarkana, Texas Farmers’ Market will host its Fourth Annual Christmas Market from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 4 in downtown Texarkana. The market will be held in conjunction with Main Street Texarkana’s Christmas Parade. The Christmas Market, located at 305 Texas Boulevard, will feature local vendors from the Ark-La-Tex region. Highlights of the Market will include homemade jams and jellies, artisan crafts, baked goods from Bee the Blessing Bakery, Christmas trees from the Texarkana Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm, and more. Limited vendor space is available. Continue Reading →