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Fouke Citizens Start Scavenger Hunt

 

Fouke, AR – Have you ever wanted to do something, but then just found you did not have the funds to make it happen?  Maybe you wanted to go on a fancy vacation, or a trip to the lake, or even a trip to McDonald’s, but when you pulled that pocket book out, the bank said, “Not today”.  If you have found that to be case, or even if you have the funds, but you’re just not about to spend them, the “We Love Fouke” Facebook page has an answer for you.  It’s time for a good old fashioned scavenger hunt. The concept is easy and can be applied for a “family fun activity,” or for a “cheap date” – ladies, do not hold the Four States News responsible if you get a cheap date – all this easy scavenger hunt needs is a little gas in the care and a digital camera.  You can use your camera, phone, or whatever takes pictu

res.  Using the list provided on the Facebook page (as seen here too) you simply download the list and look for things indicated.  Once you find them, take a picture or just make a note of the information being sought.  Points are awarded for each find. While it may seem like a simple concept on the outside, the group plans to update the challenges and expand it as time goes.  With so much in the Miller County area, you will not only be getting out for a little while and maybe moving the kids away from the video games, but you also have the potential to learn a little history.    The bottom line is this group in Fouke has found a way the whole family can join in the fun.  The page is growing, the scavengers are growing, and the list is getting longer- you had better jump onboard now and get started. We Love Fouke

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Ladies It’s Tea Time in Fouke

Fouke, AR-Elaborate and fancy tea party stories filled the imagination of a young girl named Ashley years ago.  Her father would tell stories about her great grandmother attending tea parties at such places as the Grim Hotel in Texarkana.  Participants would attend the formal dressed parties, many on the roof top of the hotel, where the ladies would talk of fashion, the news, the events around town and naturally they would drink tea.  Ashley thought these stories of a bygone time were like fairy tales where noble ladies would chat for hours on end and make remarks about “how fair the weather is for this time of year,” or “how the clouds provide just enough shade for a cooler gathering.”

Years after those stories were told to the little girl, she grew up, and has a family of her own.   Ashley Mathews is now at a stage in her life where she is remembering and telling others about the fairy tale tea party stories of her childhood.  She realized that she had never been able to participate in such a party and had never had the excitement of dressing up before tea.  It was during conversations with some friends that the idea struck and stuck…. why not have a tea party now?  Instantly the idea developed from talk, into plans, and into a date.  Ashely stated that the general feeling in Fouke was “How fun it be to bring this tradition alive again!”

With a little thought and planning, the group has their first Tea Party scheduled in Fouke.  The ladies will be at the Scoggins house Saturday, October 7 at 2:30 P.M.  Tea and refreshments will be on hand, yard games, and socializing will be on the schedule of events. Ashley says the event is open to any ladies, any age wishing to attend and a photographer will be on site to take pictures.  They even have a make-up artist available for “make overs.  When asked if formal dresses are the requirement for the event, she stated that they hope to have donations of dresses, costume jewelry, over the top hats, long elegant gloves and “all things girly” – and yes, your Four States News just published the word “girly” – for those who may not have access to such dresses or formal wear.   The group plans to make this a seasonal event in the Fouke area. Ashely stated that anyone wishing to donate the costume jewelry, over the top hats, long elegant gloves or dresses should contact her directly.  Ladies, church groups and non-profits from the area are being encouraged to sponsor a table at the event which would mean you could provide some of the decorations.  Those interested in attending may contact Ashley, Courtney Miller, Brittany Gearlds, Angela Swatsell or Melissa Mims for more details on Facebook.  You may also call 903-824-3942.  

 

 

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JASTER NAMED INTERIM CITY MANAGER

 

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas is pleased to announce the appointment of Shirley Jaster as Interim City Manager. The City Council confirmed Jaster’s appointment on Friday, August 4th, 2017 after former City Manager John Whitson announced his retirement. Whitson served the City of Texarkana, Texas for the past 4 and a half years, and plans to retire to Oklahoma to live near his daughter and new granddaughter. Jaster, a Texarkana native, has filled various positions at the City of Texarkana for the past 25 years, most recently as a Deputy City Manager- Development. She has also been the Director of Planning, Director of Community Services, Director of Community and Public Works and Assistant City Manager. Continue Reading →

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BUDGET OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 7

 

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas will host two open house sessions regarding the city’s budget on Monday, August 7 at City Hall. Residents are invited to come provide input regarding the proposed budget at each meeting. The first open house is scheduled from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., followed by the second open house from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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Fouke City Website Arrives Online

Fouke, AR – Late Wednesday evening Fouke Mayor Terry Purvis made the announcement that the city of Fouke now has a new website.  It’s unclear at this time if the website will feature a “Monster Cam” or any other pictures of the famous “Boggy Creek Monster,” but for now it will feature important news for Fouke citizens.  The site should share information about school events, council meetings, agendas, and other information. Mayor Purvis released the following statement on Facebook:
I am pleased to announce that the City of Fouke has launched a new website today for our Great City. On this site you can stay informed of upcoming events, keep track of resources in our area, keep informed of upcoming City Council Meetings as we will be posting agendas of the meeting and minutes of the meetings. We have an alert icon you can click on and sign up to receive alerts from the City such as water outages, sever weather alerts, or emergencies in our town. I invite you to visit our site and look around. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, Texas- City Construction Update

 

TEXARKANA, TX- Multiple construction projects will prompt the temporary closure of roads and intersections within city limits on Thursday, August 3. North Park Road from Summerhill Road to Greenbrier Forest (East) will be closed to traffic to allow construction crews to lay new asphalt in the area. Construction crews anticipate completing the initial asphalt work in one day and will work with residents to get them in and out of their homes during the construction period. The intersection of Main and W. Broad will be closed starting at 9:00 a.m. while the contractors working on Kress Building demolition complete a needed adjustment to equipment. The intersection is expected to reopen the same day between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., barring any unforeseen complications. Continue Reading →

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CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING ON AUGUST 4, 2017

TEXARKANA, TX- The Texarkana, Texas, City Council will hold a special meeting on Friday, August 4, 2017, beginning at 5:30 p.m., to consider taking action on two items.

The first item will be to amend John Whitson’s employment contract and setting an end date to the contract. Whitson intends to retire in early 2018. The second item on the agenda will allow council to consider appointing an interim city manager to take effect immediately upon approval. “These action items follow discussions between the Council and Mr. Whitson, and we will have more information to provide to the public at the Friday meeting,” said Mayor Bob Bruggeman. More information will be forthcoming at the conclusion of Friday’s special council meeting from this office. Continue Reading →

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Rotary Splash Pad Temporarily Closing for General Maintenance

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas Parks and Recreation Department will be temporarily closing the Rotary Splash Pad on Monday, July 31 and Tuesday, August 1st for general maintenance. The Rotary Splash Pad will reopen on Wednesday, August 2nd, with normal operating hours. For more information about the Splash Pad, please contact (903) 798-3978. Continue Reading →

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Equality Texarkana Honors Trans Service Members

Local Equality Group Organizes Silent Gathering to Support Transgender Service Members

Texarkana, TX:  More than sixty participants gathered at the Vietnam War Memorial Saturday evening to observe thirty minutes of silence to show support for transgender service members.  Participants also signed a painting representing the thousands of transgender troops who serve in the United States armed forces. The painting will be given as a gift to SPART*A, an organization that exists to support LGBT service members, veterans, and their families.  The gathering was held in response to President Trump’s tweets stating transgender individuals would not be allowed to serve in the United States military. Jimmy Pope, Jr., founder and CEO of Equality Texarkana, stated “Every American should have the right to volunteer to defend the freedom that we all enjoy. Continue Reading →

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Fouke Food Pantry Opens with Success

Fouke, AR- The small town of Fouke has a lot going on these days.  If you haven’t heard, they have an outstanding Farmers Market, great schools, a growing community, some sort of monster legend, and a mayor that’s….well, we think he’s a pretty good guy. Yesterday that pretty good guy – Mayor Terry Purvis- shared a Facebook post for the Fouke Food Pantry noting that it had just opened last Tuesday and Thursday.  Since we honestly did not know this pantry was in operation, we’re thankful to the Mayor for sharing the news….. now it’s our turn…. The pantry is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am until 2 pm and is located at the Fouke Family Clinic next to the Dollar General Store.  They have served well over 50 families in the area and the list may grow.  People in the community and friends of Fouke are encouraged to stop by during operations and see what’s going on at the pantry.  The post on the site notes that you can come by and “see our community at work.”

The pantry is encouraging people to spread the news not only for the hope of reaching more people in need, but also for the hope of reaching people willing to serve or donate.   Currently the pantry is in need of two large freezers and volunteers.  We are sure they can also use donations of canned food items and other things.  We encourage you to check out their Facebook page at Fouke Food Pantry. Remember, this organization is a non-profit organization – so all you big companies in town, restaurant suppliers, and others keep in mind that you are midway through the year – you may need a few tax write offs come January of 2018 – what better way to get those write offs than driving a large freezer down to Fouke and making a difference in people’s lives? Continue Reading →

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