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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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Spring Lake Park Project Requires Relocation of Fowl

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas has partnered with a local contractor, Little’s Critter, to relocate approximately 30 ducks and geese from Spring Lake Park that are considered and or identified as domesticated. Originally, Texas Parks and Wildlife instructed the city to leave the animals at Spring Lake Park during the dredging of the lake. The ducks and geese were expected to naturally migrate as necessary. Upon a follow up observation, TPW recommended that the domesticated animals be relocated. The relocation began yesterday evening, July 26, 2017 and will take approximately 3-5 days. Continue Reading →

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Farmers’ Market hosts 8th Annual Best Salsa in the Ark-La-Tex Contest

 

TEXARKANA, TX- The Texarkana, Texas Farmers’ Market will host its annual Best Salsa in the Ark-La-Tex Contest Saturday July 29th, from 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Texarkana, Texas Farmers’ Market, 305 Texas Boulevard, Texarkana, Texas. Market manager Holden Fleming invites everyone to participate, by making salsa, or taste testing. “The public is encouraged to enter their best salsa recipe into one of 6 categories; mild, medium, hot, smokin’ hot, specialty, and a special children’s category for participants 13 and under.” Fleming said. “To enter, simply bring four pints of salsa to the Farmers’ Market the morning of the event.”

Salsa registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and free tastings will be available at 8:30 a.m. Winners for each category will be announced at 11:00 a.m. Each categories’ winner will receive a prize courtesy of the Texarkana, Texas Farmers’ Market. Along with the salsa contest, local vendors will be on hand selling fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts, and an assortment of other goods. Continue Reading →

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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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