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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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City Introduces Draft Comprehensive Plan Update and Seeks Final Input From Citizens

 TEXARKANA, TX- The third and final public engagement meeting regarding the City’s Comprehensive Plan Update will be held Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at the Texarkana, Texas Convention Center.  The City will introduce the draft recommendations for each element of the Comprehensive Plan update and receive input from the public to define early priority actions and improvements within the elements of Future Land Use Plan, Parks and Trails; Mobility/Transportation; Urban Design; Downtown; and Neighborhoods.  Over the past nine months, a 17-member steering committee met monthly; over 1600 public comments have been received; and just over 200 residents attended the Comprehensive Plan meetings so far.  A City’s comprehensive plan is an important guiding document that sets the tone for how a City will develop, grow, and change over time. More specifically, the plan will help guide growth and development in the City for the next 25 years. The City hopes even more citizens will participate in this final meeting to help shape your Texarkana.  This new Comprehensive Plan will provide clear direction for the development of the community. Continue Reading →

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City of Texarkana, Texas Approves Project Funds

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas City Council approved funds Monday night at the regularly scheduled council meeting for upcoming Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects set to be completed during the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The total expenditures for the upcoming year related to these projects will be $14.4 million.  The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a long-range plan that identifies capital projects and investment opportunities within the City and provides a planning schedule and financing options for identified projects. 
 Projects for this year include replacement of playground equipment across the city parks, dredging the Spring Lake Park pond, replacement of roofs for community centers, health department and city buildings, improvement of various parking lots and the installation of new ball field lights at both Spring Lake Park and Wallace Park, and also design costs for the airport terminal, Perot Theatre Restoration and Art Park, and the fire station relocation.  The eleven 2017-2018 projects are part of a 53-project comprehensive capital plan spanning through the year 2044. Continue Reading →

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City of Texarkana Texas receives two grants from Union Pacific Foundation

TEXARKANA, TX — The City of Texarkana, Texas accepted two donations from Union Pacific Railroad’s Foundation for the Texarkana Texas Farmers’ Market and Historical Downtown Bicycle and Pedestrian Tour. The Foundation donated $6,500 to the City and its downtown partners on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.  The money will be used to improve the Farmers’ Market, and implement heat mitigation strategies to keep both vendors and customers cooler during the summer months. The market will once again rent a large tent to help cool the area, which is currently not covered.  The grant to the Bike Tour will be used to design interactive signage which will highlight various locations around the Arts and Historic District. Continue Reading →

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City of Texarkana Kicks off Mobile Data Collection Project

TEXARKANA, TX — The City of Texarkana, Texas will begin a project next week seeking to inventory the condition of all streets within the city limits.  To accomplish this, the City retained the services of Data Transfer Solutions, LLC (DTS) based out of San Antonio, TX.  DTS is a nationwide firm and provides professional asset management and mobile data collection services to local and state government agencies. 
 DTS operates a fleet of sophisticated data collection vehicles equipped with an  array of precision instrumentation and data collection equipment that helps state and local transportation agencies inventory and manage transportation infrastructure, facilities, and assets.  Specifically, the vans possess digital cameras that will collect imagery on all pavement and above ground, transportation-related assets located within the right-of-way.  This imagery will be used to create a digital video inventory. 
 To collect all relevant data, the vehicles will be traveling all roads within the City of Texarkana, and to ensure the highest quality of data and imagery, the vehicles will only collect data during daylight hours.  If residents have any questions or need additional information regarding the vehicles, the project, or the process; please contact the City of Texarkana at 903-798-3948 or dusty.henslee@txkusa.org.  Continue Reading →

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Autism Conference Scheduled for March 17 in Texarkana

Texarkana, AR – Registration is open now online to attend Future Horizons Autism Conference in Texarkana, Arkansas.  The conference will be held Friday March 17, at the Arkansas Convention Center.  Featured speakers will be Dr. Temple Grandin, Eustacia Cutler, and Dr. Jim Ball. Additional information can be found online at http://fhautism.com/attend-a-conference/texarkana-arkansas-march-17-2017/  The conference will offer continuing education hours to those needing it.  A schedule of events is lined up as follows:

 
Autism Conference Schedule

Time
Event

7:00am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15
Welcome and Announcements

8:30
Dr. Temple Grandin – The Way I See It

10:00
Break

10:30
Eustacia Cutler (Via Skype) – A Thorn In My Pocket:  Eustacia’s Story of Raising Temple Grandin​

12:00pm
Lunch on your own

1:00
Dr. Jim Ball – Early Intervention and Autism​

2:30
Break

3:00
Dr. Jim Ball (continued)

4:30
Conference Ends

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Consecutive Miscarriage

My daughter is seven days away from delivering my new grandchild, and due to distance, I am unable to be there.  I have lamented over this fact trying to find a solution, but alas, there is not one on the horizon.  I have worried about her health as I have watched her over her last trimester.  She has endured the fatigue and pain that accompanies the final stage of pregnancy without anyone to help her.  She lives in Hawaii, a recent transplant due to her husband’s occupation, and therefore, finds herself without friends or family to love or assist her.   Yesterday after she got home from church, she told me something that was absolutely horrifying.  While she was in her women’s class, her women’s group leader announced that she had suffered her twelfth miscarriage this past week.  Wow, how could you not feel badly for this woman’s emotional pain and suffering?  My daughter immediately asked me what she could do for this woman.  In order to help someone who has suffered a miscarriage, one must first understand the confusion and grief that accompanies such a profound loss. Eight Important things to know about Miscarriage and Grief

MISCARRIAGE IS NOT ACKNOWLEDGED AS LOSS

Miscarriage is classified as a non-loss within society.  Unfortunately, when a mother miscarries a pregnancy, many people may not have known that she was pregnant.  Sometimes the pregnancy announcement is delayed for one reason or another.  Parents who have previously suffered miscarriage are less likely to share the news of pregnancy early on due to an apprehension of potential recurrence. Human beings are experience driven.  If one does not have personal experience with a certain thing, one is generally unmoved by it.  The missed opportunity of holding, touching, kissing, or cooing a newborn baby leaves us without a tangible experience from which to draw.  The parent couple, grandparent couples, and perhaps siblings are potentially the only human beings on the face of the earth who will mourn the loss of a premature infant.  This small circle of awareness does not offer a support network of understanding or assistance for those suffering the very real experience of grief following the death of a wee loved one. MISCARRIAGE IS THE DEATH OF A CHILD

Ask anyone, “What is the worst sort of death known to mankind?”  The answer will always be, “The death of a child.”Although others may not have experienced the life of an expectant couple’s baby, the expectant couple has.  These parents have planned, prepared, sacrificed, and experienced the life of their child.  The death of their baby brings with it the death of their plans and hopes for their future.  It brings the same chaos and fears survivors experience at the death of any other loved one.  Expectant parents may experience a loss of identity, unity, and purpose.  These losses may spill over into other aspects of their lives.  Unfortunately, for parents grieving a miscarriage, there is little understanding, or patience found for them within society.  They are expected to bounce back as though nothing has happened by people who have not experienced the devastating death of a child. Continue Reading →

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BBQ at Sidney Masonic Lodge in Fouke to Support Scholarship Fund

Sidney Masonic Lodge will host a BBQ Scholarship Fundraiser on March 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Sidney Lodge is located in Fouke, Arkansas.  All proceeds from the event will be awarded to students in Miller County, Arkansas. A BBQ lunch will consist of a BBQ sandwich, chips, drink and desert.  Each meal cost $5.  In addition to the BBQ, everyone will have an opportunity to win one of two door prizes. Continue Reading →

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Captain Glenn Greenwell Retirement

Capt. Glenn Greenwell’s career in Law Enforcement began in November of 1975 with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department and he worked his way up through the ranks making Captain in October of 1999.  During his law enforcement tenure Capt. Greenwell left TAPD in May of 1984 for approximately 3 years to serve as Chief of Police for De Kalb Police Department. Captain Glen Greenwell served the majority of his time as the Services Division Commander responsible for the administrative function of the agency.  This included TAPD’s operating budget, personnel, training, risk management, internal affairs, computer services, radio communications, wireless mobile data support, technical services, grant management, fleet management, airport police services, court security, corrections, and logistical services support to the other department divisions. Captain Glenn Greenwell holds a Master’s Degree from Texas A&M University-Texarkana.  He has received many awards throughout his career including Police Commendation, Officer of the Quarter, Educational and Advanced Certificate, and many letters of commendation and appreciation in his files. Chief Bob Harrison said all of these professional accomplishments and accolades, pale in comparison to the real impact Captain Greenwell has had on the men and women of this agency. Glenn has been a very competent, dedicated professional, and personal friend that will be missed.  We will all greatly miss his contribution to the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department and to the City of Texarkana, Arkansas.  We wish him well as he transitions to the next phase in his lifetime of retirement. Continue Reading →

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