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Equality Texarkana Meets With TASD

Local Equality Group Works to End Bullying in Schools

Texarkana, AR:  Members of Equality Texarkana met with administrators of the Texarkana Arkansas School District Monday, July 24 to propose a partnership to help fight bullying in local schools. Equality Texarkana gave a presentation concerning the impact of bullying, focusing on the increased risk of suicide and the increased truancy rate among bullied children.  The group proposed implementing several strategies within TASD schools, including making anonymous reporting more accessible, surveying staff and students about their bullying experiences, providing sensitivity training and suicide awareness for staff members, and working to promote a safer, more accepting school environment for all students. The group also gave information to the administrators concerning Equality Texarkana’s free group therapy for LGBT members and support group for parents of LGBT children to ensure school counselors are aware of these valuable services.   Equality Texarkana invited the TASD administrators to share the district’s specific needs so that the group can be a useful resource to the community.  TASD invited Equality Texarkana to be involved in the Day of Silence at North Heights Jr High, which takes place April 27, 2018 and strives to raise awareness about the impact of anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination. Equality Texarkana Founder and CEO Jimmy Pope, Jr. explains how these efforts work toward the group’s mission to fight discrimination and make the Texarkana area a more friendly place for all: “The statistics concerning bullying in general are alarming, but the statistics concerning the bullying of minorities are also staggering. Continue Reading →

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City Council Seeks to Fill Vacancy in Ward 4

TEXARKANA, TEXAS—Texarkana Texas City Council will accept letters of intent and applications from residents interested in serving as Ward 4 Council member. Dr. Brian Matthews’ has served as Ward 4 Council member for the past five years, but the seat was vacated when Matthews moved from the ward recently. The City Council will consider appointing a Ward 4 resident, who is a registered voter and otherwise fully qualified, to serve the remaining unexpired term that will end in November 2018. Applications for residents in Ward 4 that are interested in filling the vacant position will be accepted by City Secretary Jennifer Evans until 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 4, 2017. Applications can be accessed on the city’s website at http://www.ci.texarkana.tx.us/171/City-Council, or by visiting the City Secretary’s office on the 2nd floor of city hall at 220 Texas Blvd. Continue Reading →

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Kaiden Parris Suicide Prevention Awareness Softball Tournament

Redwater, TX- On September 9 at 9:00 a.m. the Redwater Sports Complex will host the first Kaiden Parris Suicide Prevention Awareness Co-Ed Softball Tournament.   There will be several events throughout the day including a butterfly and lantern release, a home run derby, music, concessions, a raffle, vendors and door prizes.  In addition counselors will be on site to help anyone needing assistance. The prevention is an outreach of Kaiden Parris’ parents.  Kaiden became a victim of suicide on May 21, 2017.   His family notes that he would have been 17 this year on September 9.   The event is a way to celebrate Kaiden’s life and help raise awareness and promote prevention of suicide. Kaiden had been a football player and student at Mount Vernon and Redwater.  His Facebook page is still maintained and notes that he had also taken classes at Texas Community College.   He was a well-liked young man and had over 370 friends on his site.  Kaiden has been described by his family and friends as having “a heart like tiger and a spirit like dragon.”   It is hoped that the event on September 9 will continue to help raise awareness and help prevent future suicides. Continue Reading →

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Battery 1st incident on 07/17/17 near Burhman Pharr Apartments

Texarkana, AR-Tuesday evening, July 17, 2017 around 6:00pm, 42 year old Daniel Hogan, along with his wife and daughter had just left the Salvation Army walking east on E 3rd Street near Laurel when they noticed they were being followed by a man they only recognized from the Salvation Army. As Hogan and his family approached the Burhman Pharr Apartments, Hogan’s wife observed the unknown male pull a pocket knife from his pocket and stab the victim in the back for no apparent reason. Hogan and Marley had not been involved in any prior altercation. Hogan and his family ran north away from the apartments towards the Miller County Courthouse where they were met by police. Hogan had sustained a deep puncture wound to his upper back and was transported to Wadley Hospital by Lifenet Ambulance. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana’s National Humane Alliance Fountain

Texarkana, AR- Herman Lee Ensign of New York died in 1899, and with his passing another wealthy philanthropist from that time passed away into history.  In addition to building his wealth off of advertising, Mr. Ensign was also an early anti-cruelty to animals’ advocate.  After his death, his stories were published in a book, Lady Lee and Other Animal Stories.  It would be published in 1901 to a modest review.  The book, like the man’s name and advertising company would virtually melt into history.  The book, in first edition format, can still be purchased today through antique dealers and online through EBay for a modest $25-$30 which as any collector can tell you does not raise the book to any great elevation in the world of book collectors.  It is simply another book and is now even available online through many free eBook programs.  But it is not Mr. Ensign’s business, or his book that has had the most enduring impact on American history and on Texarkana in particular as it is his love of Animals.  In the end, Mr. Ensign’s love for animals would reach out to well over one hundred cities after his death, and Texarkana was one of those fortunate cities. When Mr. Ensign died in 1899, it was two years after he had founded the National Humane Alliance.  That foundation received a great portion of Ensign’s money with very specific directions.  Ensign indicated in his donation that the money must be used to build animal drinking fountains for any city, anywhere, that wanted one.  The requirements were simple for a city.  The city had to request the fountain, provide an appropriate spot for it, maintain it, and ensure a constant water supply was provided.  The city could not charge for the use of the fountain, and it had to be free for horses, cats, dogs and any other animal that might require a drink while passing through the city which received the fountain. After Mr. Ensign’s death, the National Humane Alliance began making the fountains available.  Somewhere between 1904 and 1912 over one hundred cities across the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico took advantage of the free offer.  The fountains were built in Vinalhaven, Maine by the Bodwell Granite Company. Mr. Ensign could not have foreseen the impact that the auto industry was going to have on Americans and the way they would travel.  Most of the major cities that applied for fountains suddenly found themselves with a huge, water producing, potential hazards for new drivers.  Some of the cities put the fountains away in storage, others moved them to parks, and still others have been lost to the bureaucratic red tape of government and its ability to ever relocate, store, or even give away, and forget about what they have acquired through the years. Despite the fact that over one hundred were initially issued, there are still about 70 fountains in operation to this day.  There are multiple websites that show the fountains, all similar in design, and even give the coordinates for visitors to go see the fountains.  Texarkana, Arkansas currently maintains its own fountain. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Art Park and Brownfields Open House

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas, in partnership with Marlon Blackwell Architects, will be hosting an open house Thursday, July 20th from 6-8 pm to discuss the design and creation of the Texarkana Art Park in Downtown Texarkana. The meeting will be held in Cabe Hall at the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council (TRAHC) building, located at 321 W. 4th St., Texarkana, Texas, 75501. In addition, city staff will be on hand to discuss and give updates on the Brownfields Program of Texarkana, Texas. Members of the community who are interested in either the Art Park or Brownfields Program are encouraged to attend and provide input and feedback on the projects. Light refreshments will be provided. Continue Reading →

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Fouke Farmers Market “Fish Fry Picnic and Largest Catfish Catch”

Fouke, AR-Fouke Farmers Market would like to invite everyone out to celebrate our market, this Saturday July 15, come see what all the fuss is about at the first ever Fouke Farmers Market “Fish Fry Picnic and Largest Catfish Catch” this is a free event and all are welcome! We will start cooking at 9:30am and your more than welcomed to bring your favorite dish to share with other market comers! And don’t forget your favorite picnic blanket! We will be weighing all day for the Largest Catfish Catch and will announce the winner at 12pm. Winner revives a 25$ gift card from Academy! Continue Reading →

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Suspect Arrested on Traffic Stop

 

Texarkana, AR – On Friday, June 30, 2017 at 1:30pm Texarkana Arkansas Police Officer Chase Dixon attempted a traffic stop on a brown GMC Pickup Truck with fictitious tags, at the intersection of East 9th and Lincoln Street.  The driver of the vehicle fled and turned northbound on Oats street.  At the intersection of East 19th and Oats Street the suspect rammed into a patrol car operated by a TAPD police officer.  The suspect continued fleeing from officers by turning northbound on the railroad tracks located at the intersection of Broad Street and East 19th.  The suspect continued to drive on the railroad tracks until the vehicle was disabled from the tracks, which time the suspect fled on foot from the vehicle and into a wooded area nearby.  Shortly thereafter, TAPD Officer’s Rick Cockrell and Chris Estes located and arrested the suspect driver, Deon Lindsey, 45 yoa. Lindsey has been charged with Fleeing, Aggravated Assault, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Marijuana. The TAPD Officer involved in the crash received minor injuries. Continue Reading →

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SPRING LAKE PARK POND DREDGING SCHEDULED FOR JULY

 
TEXARKANA, TX- Beginning in July 2017, the City of Texarkana, Texas will work in conjunction with Tatum Excavating Company (TEC) to dredge the Spring Lake Park Pond. The project is part of the City’s current Capital Improvement Plan and is estimated to cost approximately $875,000. Dredging activities will bring the pond to a depth of 10 feet, and the pond will be dewatered to facilitate the construction efforts. The project will also include the installation of gabion baskets with rock to support and enhance the perimeter of the pond. Annual pond maintenance will not be conducted this year considering the scope and time frame of the dredging project. Continue Reading →

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MILLER COUNTY PARTNERS WITH ARKANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE FOR NEW VOTING EQUIPMENT

Miller County, AR- At the June meeting of the Miller County Quorum Court, Linda Crawford, Miller County Election Coordinator, informed Justices of the Peace that County Judge Roy John McNatt signed a contract for new voting equipment with the state vendor, Election Systems and Software (ES&S) of Omaha, Nebraska. The Quorum Court has been working for the past several months to secure the County’s portion of funding in the event the Secretary of State’s office had additional funding available.  In April 2017, The Secretary of State’s office sent a letter to each of the 63 counties who did not have new voting equipment.  The letter stated that limited funds were available to counties on a fifty percent partnership with the Secretary of State paying 50% and each county contributing the remaining 50%. Because of the foresight of Election Coordinator Linda Crawford, the Miller County Elections Commission, the Quorum Court and the County Judge, Miller County was able to immediately send a return letter to the Secretary of State confirming Miller County’s 50% share of the funding was in place.  The total cost of new voting equipment for the thirteen poll locations, early voting at the Courthouse, and the new system for election night reporting is approximately $400,000.00. The new machines will be used during the 2017 School Elections. The equipment will arrive in approximately 200 boxes which will be unloaded, assembled, tested, and stored with the assistance of ES&S. Continue Reading →

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