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City Earns Recognition for Financial Reporting

TEXARKANA, TEXAS– The city of Texarkana, Texas has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2017 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. This certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. This is the 28th year in a row the City of Texarkana, Texas has earned this recognition. Chief Financial Officer for the City of Texarkana, Texas, Kristin Peeples, leads a the Finance Department staff who are responsible for producing the annual report. The finance department’s dedication to transparency and sound financial accounting has earned this award year after year for the city. Continue Reading →

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Bobby Ferguson Park Sign Progress Continues

Texarkana, AR – Enter Bobby Ferguson Park near UofA Way or pass it as you come off the Interstate and you’ll see a nice, rock sign on the hillside just inside the park informing you of the park’s name.  However, if you enter from the Fairgrounds end of the park, there is no sign to indicate the name of the park.  Soon, the lack of a park sign will not be a problem near the Four States Fairgrounds. The Texarkana Arkansas Beautiful Commission works to improve the appearance and beautification of Texarkana, Arkansas.   In addition to having clean-up days, dumpster trash days, planting days, and coordinating education about keeping the city clean, the commission has overseen the implementation of signs for city properties.  The most recent sign, the huge “Welcome to Texarkana” sign on the Interstate was one of the larger sign projects the commission has undertaken in recent years. The commission usually, through suggestions of need, etc. attempts to take on a sign project whenever it can afford to do so.  Funding is supplied through the A&P Commission and the City Beautiful Commission seeks bids, designs the signs, and implements the projects.  Once completed, several other groups, including city maintenance, the Master Gardners, and other volunteer groups join in to assist in planting, watering, and maintaining the signs for the city. The commission’s latest project is underway right now.  The unfinished sign is coming together on the southwest corner of Bobby Ferguson Park.  When finished, there will be two flag polls, the sign, lights, water, and plants to celebrate and enhance the new sign’s location. Continue Reading →

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City Beautiful Commission Presents First “Yard of the Month” for 2018

Texarkana, AR – The Texarkana Arkansas City Beautiful Commission awarded the first “Yard of the Month” Award for 2018, last Monday night.  Jeff Brown, the Chair of the City Beautiful Commission, was on hand at the City Meeting Monday the 16th to provide the award to Ms. Toni Nix.   Ms. Nix’s home is located on the corner of 23rd and Laurel and will proudly display the award sign presented Monday. For several years the City Beautiful Commission has awarded “Yard of the Month” Awards to various homes and yards around the city.  The only criteria to be nominated is for someone to recommend the yard to the commission.  Once recommended, the Commission members review the yard, present the information at the monthly meeting and vote.  The public is encouraged to recommend yards to commission members or through the commission’s Facebook site. Jeff Brown stated that he always enjoys the opportunity to provide an award to a homeowner.  Jeff said, “You’d be surprised at how many great yards there are in Texarkana.  Sometimes we have a real struggle picking out just one.”  Jeff also said he would encourage anyone to nominate a yard.  “Community involvement is very important to the Commission whether it’s in nominating a yard or helping with one of our clean-up projects throughout the year.  We need everyone in Texarkana to help make our city beautiful.” The Texarkana Arkansas City Beautiful Commission is an all-volunteer commission meeting on the second Tuesday of each month.   The commission maintains a Facebook site at:  https://www.facebook.com/TexarkanaArkansasCityBeautifulCommission/ Continue Reading →

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Group Cleanup Focuses on Butts

 

Texarkana, AR – The Miller County Project Prevent Youth Coalition partnered with local groups Saturday to promote a cleanup day at Bobby Ferguson Park with a focus on cigarette butts.   Arkansas High Student Madison Stanley with the Interact Club from the school and the Student Council assisted in the cleanup which was sponsored by several local groups including the Texarkana Arkansas City Beautiful Commission. Teresa Davis oversees the Miller County Project Prevent Youth Coalition and set the event in motion.  Other groups such as the Student Council and Interact Club from Arkansas High sponsored by Tonya Dunphy, and Nedra Turney with the City Beautiful Commission contributed volunteers and supplies.  Several local businesses also sponsored the event such as Chicken Express, McAlisters, El Chico, On the Border, Ta Molly’s, Texas Roadhouse, Sonic, Walmart, Parrot Island in Ft. Smith and others. The event provided a base camp, supplies and other items needed for the day.  The focus was to pick up trash and gather cigarette butts in particular.   Nedra Turney was happy with the turnout and stated that all the volunteers worked hard to ensure a successful cleanup day.  The group hopes to take the cigarette butts to the Texarkana Arkansas City Board and request that consideration be given to making the Arkansas city side parks smoke free.  Late Saturday afternoon dozens of pictures were being posted to social media celebrating the success of the event. Continue Reading →

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JASTER NAMED INTERIM CITY MANAGER

 

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas is pleased to announce the appointment of Shirley Jaster as Interim City Manager. The City Council confirmed Jaster’s appointment on Friday, August 4th, 2017 after former City Manager John Whitson announced his retirement. Whitson served the City of Texarkana, Texas for the past 4 and a half years, and plans to retire to Oklahoma to live near his daughter and new granddaughter. Jaster, a Texarkana native, has filled various positions at the City of Texarkana for the past 25 years, most recently as a Deputy City Manager- Development. She has also been the Director of Planning, Director of Community Services, Director of Community and Public Works and Assistant City Manager. Continue Reading →

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BUDGET OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 7

 

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas will host two open house sessions regarding the city’s budget on Monday, August 7 at City Hall. Residents are invited to come provide input regarding the proposed budget at each meeting. The first open house is scheduled from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., followed by the second open house from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Lisa Thompson at lisa.thompson@txkusa.org or 903-798-1743. 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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