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


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


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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