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A&M-Texarkana and PLACE to Host Poetry Workshop and Reading

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana
and the Program for Learning and Community Engagement (PLACE) will host poet
Joy Ladin for a poetry workshop and reading on Thursday, May 9th. The workshop will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in University Center
room 230, and the poetry reading will be from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in
University Center room 217. Both events are free and open to the public and
light refreshments will be served. Joy Ladin holds the Gottesman
Chair in English at Yeshiva University, and, in 2007, became the first (and
still only) openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution. Her
work has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a
Fulbright Scholarship, an American Council of Learned Societies Research
Fellowship, and two Hadassah Brandeis Institute Research Fellowships, among
other honors. Continue Reading →

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Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing Moves to Texarkana College’s Main Campus

Texarkana College

Texarkana, TX- The world’s first recognized school of bladesmithing, Texarkana College’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing, will have a new home beginning July 1, 2019. With support from the American Bladesmith Society (ABS), Texarkana College will move the school to the main college campus in Texarkana located in Bowie County, Texas. 

Established in 1988 by TC officials and founding ABS members, TC’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing has operated in Washington, Arkansas since its inception. Texarkana College President Dr. Jason Smith said the move to TC’s main campus will allow the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing to offer more modern amenities while preserving the school’s rich history and proven instructional methods. The Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing will begin offering courses in its new location beginning fall 2019. “This school is the real deal when it comes to bladesmithing,” Smith said. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana and PLACE Hold Lecture on #MeToo and Kesha

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana
and the Program for Learning and Community Engagement (PLACE) will host an open
lecture titled “Kesha is a Joke: #MeToo and Kesha” on Thursday, May 2nd. The discussion will be led by TAMUT Associate Professor of English Dr. Doug
Julien and will take place from 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. in room 247 of the
Building for Academic and Student Services. The lecture is free and open to the
public and light refreshments will be served. PLACE is a faculty-led
program designed to create a community of learners comprised of
A&M-Texarkana students, faculty, staff and the community at large. PLACE
chooses an annual theme around which to organize a lecture series and other
activities that provide focal points for learning and discussion. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana and PLACE to Host Lecture by Novelist Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs

Texas A&M Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana
and the Program for Learning and Community Engagement (PLACE) will host
novelist D. Elizabeth Cobbs for a lecture titled “Fighting on Two Fronts: World
War One, The Vote, & America’s First Women Soldiers.” The event is
scheduled for Friday, May 3rd from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in
University Center room 217. All university PLACE events are free and open to
the public. Elizabeth Cobbs is the author of
eight books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Hello Girls: America’s
First Women Soldiers. Her prior book was the bestselling Hamilton Affair: A
Novel, and she has a forthcoming novel on the Civil War military service of
Harriet Tubman titled The Tubman Command. She is a former juror for The
Pulitzer Prize, holds the Glasscock Chair at Texas A&M University, and is a
Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Continue Reading →

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East Texas Giving Day

TODAY, April 30, 2019, until 11:59pm you can schedule your gift to Cypress Basin Hospice for East Texas Giving Day presented by East Texas Communities Foundation. Through East Texas Giving Day, Cypress Basin Hospice has the ability to raise funds directly for charitable care. Our 2019 goal for East Texas Giving Day is $10,000 which will provide 75 Days of charitable care including medications, medical supplies, and durable medical equipment for patients on service through our Cypress Basin Hospice community care patient program. These are unfunded patients that do not qualify for Medicare or Medicaid but qualify for charitable care which is provided through the support of community fundraisers and donations.Our organization has been selected for a generous matching funds grant of $2,500 meaning every dollar up to $2,500 will be matched and your gift will be doubled!This is your home, and this is your hospice. You have the opportunity to help us in our little part of doing something incredibly important, not only for the least of our brother and sisters of Northeast Texas, but for all of the citizens of Northeast Texas as well. Will you consider marching forward with us? Not one of the least of these will be denied hospice services for lack of payment. Continue Reading →

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TC’S PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM RESULTS SHOW SUCCESS

Texarkana College

Texarkana, TX- Texarkana College Trustees learned today that the TC Presidential Scholarship program, established in 2014, has resulted in more than 300 local students earning college credit toward their degree or certificate with no debt. Dr. Donna McDaniel, TC’s Vice President of Instruction, said the program was instituted to reward high-achieving graduating students from area high schools for their hard work and high grades. “The program allows recent high school graduates from schools in our service area to study at TC for up to two years at not cost to them for tuition and fees,” said McDaniel. “When the program was established, we saw the need for top students coming right out of high school to take part in a unique first year experience. We are pleased to see so many area students participating in the program and continuing their education toward earning their college credential.”

McDaniel said the 2019 cohort of Presidential Scholars marks the fourth year of the program, and students who were inaugural members are now beginning to graduate with their bachelor’s degrees from four-year universities. 

“Since its inception, we’ve seen great success with the program and have enabled students to not only earn their credentials, but also network with community business leaders through automatic acceptance into the TC’s Honor’s College,” said McDaniel. Continue Reading →

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Drug Take Back Day Update

Texarkana Arkansas Police

On Saturday, April 27th, 2019 the Texarkana
Arkansas Police Department, Miller County Sheriff Office, the Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA), and the Miller County Prosecutor’s Office participated in
the April Drug Take Back Day. We would like to share with you that over 80
pounds of prescription medication was collected from that event alone.  In combination with the medications collected
since the October 2018 Drug Take Back and with the new local drop off box
locations, this brings our medication collection total to over 320 pounds in 6
months’ time.  That is a phenomenal
accomplishment when comparing this number to the previous amount of 342 pounds collected
in the entire years’ time before the new local drop off box locations were
available.   We have collected twice the amount of
medications in much less time. 

Keep it up Texarkana! Bring your medications for disposal to any of
our three drop off box locations; Bi-State Justice building (100 North State
Line Avenue), Miller County Sheriff Office (2300 East Street), Texarkana
Emergency Center (4646 Cowhorn Creek)

It is important to
know that law enforcement is only interested in the removal of unused and/or
outdated medications and over the counter drugs from the homes of our citizens. It matters not whose name is on the prescription, by whom it was prescribed,
where it was prescribed, or where you reside. We stress that it makes no
difference if you live in Texas or Arkansas. Continue Reading →

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Texas Shoppers can save this weekend with the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday

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April 27-29 – Be prepared for emergencies and save money! AUSTIN – Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is encouraging Texans to take advantage of the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday this weekend to be ready in case a natural disaster strikes such as hurricanes, storms, flooding, wildfires and tornadoes. This year’s holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 29. “Texans know a major factor in recovering from a natural disaster is to be prepared,” said Commissioner Bush. “This weekend Texas is waiving the sales tax on many items you may need when disaster strikes such as batteries, hurricane shutters, generators, smoke detectors, fuel containers, and more. Now is a great time to save while stocking up on supplies you may need for the upcoming hurricane season and to gather any items you need to complete your emergency kit.” The 2019 Hurricane Season officially starts June 1st. For details and to see a full list of tax-exempt items, visit the Texas Comptroller’s Office website at https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/publications/98-1017.php. For more information, contact the Texas Comptroller’s Office at 800-252-5555 or visit https://comptroller.texas.gov/web-forms/tax-help. Find tips on putting together an emergency kit from FEMA at https://www.fem
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Arkansas House Updates April 19, 2019

When we pass legislation to grow our economy, it does not stop at tax incentives and workforce training. In Arkansas, we know our economy can also grow by bringing in people from out of state to appreciate our natural resources, our talents, and our history. The hospitality industry is the second largest industry in the state. It is a $5.6 billion industry and employees over 100,000 people. From encouraging investment in our historic buildings to designating a scenic highway, we passed several pieces of legislation aimed at promoting tourism in the 2019 Regular Session. 

Act 292 designates certain routes in Central and Southwest Arkansas as the “Camden Expedition Scenic Highway”. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Panhellenic Council Gives Lead Gift to the Robert A. Jones Scholarship Fund at Texarkana College

Texarkana College

Front Row: Al Davis, JoAnn Rice, Robert Jones, Dr. Jason Smith- featured with members of Texarkana College faculty and staff. Members of the Texarkana Panhellenic Council recently presented a $1,000 check to Texarkana College Foundation as a lead gift for the Robert A. Jones Scholarship Fund. Proceeds raised at the annual Greek Show held on April 6, 2019, enabled the Council to donate to the scholarship fund. Jo Ann Rice, this year’s Greek Show organizer, said the event is the Council’s largest fundraiser. “We are so pleased the Greek Show was a big success this year and that it has allowed us to make the $1,000 lead donation to the Robert A. Jones Scholarship Fund at TC,” said Rice. Continue Reading →

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