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Texarkana Arkansas Police Offer Car Seat Exchange for Warrant Amnesty

Texarkana, AR-Currently, Texarkana Arkansas Police Officers locate many drivers who do not provide proper car seats for their children.  Arkansas Child Restraint Laws state that;

Infants from birth to at least twenty pounds should be restrained in a rear-facing or convertible seat rear-facing, and children from twenty to 60 pounds are required to be restrained in a convertible seat forward facing or forward facing seat or booster seat as applicable. Because motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children younger than 13 years of age we want to ensure that every child is properly restrained in a vehicle.  In an effort to raise awareness of the Arkansas Child Restraint Laws and reduce injuries due to motor vehicle crashes, the Texarkana Arkansas District Court and the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will conduct a car seat exchange warrant amnesty period beginning May 15th through May 26th, 2017 for people who have outstanding warrants for Contempt of court for not paying fines.  By bringing in a NEW, in the box, car seat, the Texarkana Arkansas District court and the TAPD has agreed to waive the warrant fee and reset a payment arrangement without penalty. The upcoming car seat exchange warrant amnesty period was announced today by District Court Judge Wren Autrey, who said the amnesty program would enable those being sought on warrants to avoid being arrested, avoid being assessed additional court costs and resolve their case entirely.  Judge Wren Autrey said, “These individuals have had their driving privilege suspended and clearing these fines will also enable them to regain a valid driver’s license”.  Judge Wren Autrey will waive the $350.00 warrant fee and release your driver’s license for reinstatement. Pe’Tree Banks TAPD Dockets Coordinator says, “Many individuals in Texarkana, Arkansas unfortunately have outstanding warrants that could benefit from this.  Instead of being locked up in jail away from your families, bring in a car seat.  You will not only help yourself, but you will also be contributing to the safety of a child in this community.”

All donated car seats will be utilized by the Southwest Arkansas Prevention Taskforce to support the Safety Baby Shower program in the area.  The seats will be provided to parents completing the Safety Baby Shower program and installed by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. The seats can be donated at the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department located at the Bi-State Justice Center, 100 North State Line Avenue, 8:00am-5:00pm, beginning May 15th through May 26th, 2017. Continue Reading →

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City Beautiful Committee to Host Clean Up

Texarkana, AR – The Texarkana Arkansas City Beautiful Committee will host a clean up Saturday May 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.   Texarkana Arkansas citizens may participate by bringing items to one of three locations within the city.  Drop off sites will be set up at Bramble Park, Market Place (the old County Market on Jefferson Ave) and The Sandflat Glendale Center on E. 14th. Dumpsters will be set up and supervised by City Beautiful Committee members from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  No items will be taken before 9:00 a.m. and no items will be taken after the dumpsters are full or after dumpsters have been picked up at 12:00 p.m.

Please do not leave items at any location unless there is a dumpster and a City Beautiful Committee member present.  Dumping items at these locations without a dumpster and a committee member could be considered illegal dumping. The following items may not be placed in dumpsters and will not be accepted:

Tires and/or Wheels
Automobile parts and/or batteries 
Dead animals – including fish
appliances with refrigerant
building materials – includes shingles
concrete, bricks, rock, dirt
paint and/or paint cans
electronics
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Partial Street Closure – Broad St

 

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas will partially close the 100 Block of West Broad Street on Monday, May 15, 2017 to ensure public safety during the Kress demolition project.  The 100 block of West Broad Street in front of the Bi-State Justice Center will be restricted to one-way traffic with the west bound lanes closed to through traffic for the duration of the project. East bound lanes will remain open at this time. The north side of West Broad Street and the sidewalk will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians from Main Street running east to mid-block. Anyone needing to access the businesses in the 100 block of W. Broad will be able to enter and exit via Pine Street. Delivery trucks are asked not to enter this area until the road is re-opened. Continue Reading →

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Ratcliffe Announces Major Economic Development for Texarkana

TEXARKANA, Texas – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) announced a major economic development win for the greater Texarkana region at a ceremony Thursday in New Boston, Texas. The TexAmericas Center will receive a designation by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), which will bolster its ability to attract new businesses and create jobs. “I’m incredibly pleased that my congressional staff and I were able to secure HUBZone designation for TexAmericas through our work with the Department of Defense and the Small Business Administration over the past year,” Ratcliffe said. “Given the enormous potential for increased job creation in this region, I’m very optimistic about the bolstered economic growth this HUBZone designation will bring.”

 

Through its HUBZone status, tenants at the TexAmericas Center will have preference for award of federal contracts to small businesses. They will also gain access to federal set-aside contracts and sole source contracts, as well as a price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions. Continue Reading →

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Fatal Wreck Near Redwater, Texas

TEXARKANA– On Wednesday, May 11, at approximately 9:20 p.m., Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers responded to a one vehicle crash on Highway US 67, two miles east of Redwater, Texas. The preliminary investigation indicated that a 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling west on US 67 when it left the roadway onto the right shoulder of the road. The vehicle then struck a culvert before rolling. The driver, Morgan Kyle Seals, 26, of Maud, Texas was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. This is an ongoing investigation. Continue Reading →

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Fouke Farmers’ Market to Open on May 20

Fouke, AR – Like most small towns around the country, Fouke is preparing for opening day of their Farmers’ Market.  Unlike many other small towns, Fouke’s Famers’ Market just happens to be located on one Monster Expressway – another term for Highway 71 in the Fouke area.  In addition to being the home of the Fouke Monster, a great Farmers’ Market, and a growing community, the market will also feature some unique friends and events this year. In what promoters describe as “One of the more non traditional things” the community has decided to have Ark-La-Tex Animal Rescue for this year’s Farmers’ Market season.  Visitor will be able to purchase fresh produce, listen to the live music, observe various demonstrations and activities as well as consider helping to rescue an animal. Continue Reading →

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Tony Alamo Dead According to Early Reports

Update:  The Four States News has now confirmed that Tony Alamo has died.   No details have been released as of this time; however, Alamo was serving his 175 year sentence in federal prison.  Reports indicate that he died in a prison hospital in Butner, North Carolina.  The information has been released by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.  

Fouke, AR -Early reports coming in from citizens in the Fouke, Arkansas area indicate that Tony Alamo has died. Continue Reading →

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Community Wide Yard Sale scheduled for this Saturday at Spring Lake Park

UPDATE:  THE SALE HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO BAD WEATHER PREDICTIONS.  IT HAS BEEN MOVED TO MAY 13.  

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas Parks and Recreation Department will host the Spring Community Wide Yard Sale this Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Spring Lake Park. The yard sale will begin at 8:00 a.m. and last until 3:00 p.m.

This year, the electronics recycling event that is held in conjunction with the yard sale has been cancelled because the collection service that the City partners with every year is unavailable. For more information, please contact Robby Robertson at 903-798-3999 or email at rrobertson@txkusa.org. Continue Reading →

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Old Tyme Burger Shoppe to Change Hours

 

Texarkana, USA – It’s no secret that Old Tyme Burger Shoppe is one of this writer’s favorite places in town to eat.  They have some of the best Chicken Fried Steaks and Chicken Fried Chicken in the region, they are family owned, and the atmosphere is friendly for anyone.  If someone comes to town, and intends to eat out, the Old Tyme Burger Shoppe is always one of the best options. Speaking with Thomas “Tombo” Collins today I learned that the hours at Old Tyme will be changing soon.  Tombo said that they have received a lot of feedback and request for additional hours at the restaurant.  To help with this, a new manager has been hired to assist Tombo, and new ideas are floating around the restaurant all the time.  Tombo said the hours would change starting May 1st to meet customer request. Starting May 1, the new hours will be as follows:

MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY                                                                           OPEN 6 AM TO 3 PM

THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY
OPEN 6 AM TO 8 PM

The new hours should allow families and friends to stop in and pick up dinner or eat in the restaurant on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings before heading out on the town for other events.  It will be easy to go eat, and then head over to a movie or even a football game once the season rolls around again.   In a town saturated with mainstream, fast, food restaurants, it’s good to know that Old Tyme Shoppe is around to meet the needs of people wanting fast, quality food. Continue Reading →

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Making Texarkana Beautiful and Moving on Up….or Over

Texarkana, Arkansas – Mary and Wendell Warner not only have a passion for the beatification of Texarkana, Arkansas, but they live that passion daily.  Mary is the former chair of the Texarkana Arkansas City Beautiful Commission and Wendell is the current Vice-Chair.  Both continue to serve on the commission and contribute to the city’s efforts to be….well, beautiful.  Mary and Wendell have taken their passion for Texarkana and applied it now to home – in fact not just one home, but two. In 2001, the couple purchased their home at 801 East 12th in Texarkana, Arkansas.  Over the next few years they poured work into not only their passions for the city and the area, but also into the home.  The home became a masterpiece in Texarkana.  With more home than couple needed, they decided to do what any couple would with a passion to make the city better….they bought the house next door. In March of 2016, Mary and Wendell embarked on another beatification project.  This home, roughly the same size as their current home would be a move up….well, a move over.  The house is located at 721 East 12th  and is right next door to the last house the couple renovated. After purchasing the house, the couple dedicated themselves almost completely to the renovation.  They took time off from other ventures and focused daily on the work at 721.  Anyone passing by the home in the morning, afternoon, or evening was sure to see Wendell or Mary somewhere around the house.  They were painting doors, on scaffolds, having plumbers in, having electricians in, and having the floors sanded and redone.  Those friends on Facebook and other social media outlets were able to follow the progress along as the couple worked tirelessly to complete the beautification and renovation of another home on East 12th. After months of hard work, moving day finally arrived.  When I heard that the move was happening, I couldn’t help but hear the old Jefferson song from the series running through my head “We’re moving on up…” except this time I kept hearing it as “We’re moving on over….”  The newly renovated house is now home to Mary and Wendell.  Their previous project, and beautiful home, is now listed for sale. Continue Reading →

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