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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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Sheriff’s Office Promotes Wesley Penny to Sergeant

Miller County, AR- The Miller County Sheriff’s office recently announced the promotion of Wesley Penny.  Penny is an Investigator with the Sheriff’s office and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  He has been with the office for fourteen years and severed the county in several different capacities of law enforcement.  Penny has served as a Detention Deputy, a Patrol Deputy, and an Investigator.  He is currently an Investigator within the Criminal Investigation Division of the office. The announcement noted that Sergeant Penny’s “dedication to duty and exemplary manner in which he serves the citizens of Miller County” served as the reasons for the promotion.  In addition, on social media, Mayor Terry Purvis of Fouke, Arkansas praised the promotion and noted that Sergeant Penny also serves as a Fouke City Marshal. Continue Reading →

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Miller County Republican Committee to Meet Tuesday

Miller County – The Miller County Republican Committee (MCRC) will meet at the New Haven Golf Club Tuesday April 11 at 6:30 p.m.  The executive committee, consisting of MCRC officers, will meet at 6:00 p.m.

The New Haven Golf Club is located at 2321 Line Ferry Road in Texarkana, Arkansas.  The MCRC meets at the club routinely on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Officer of the MCRC:

Wayne Smith, Chair

Diana Lowe, Vice-Chair

Andy LaGrone, Second Vice-Chair

Clint Thomas, Secretary

Bill Poynter and Cathy Hardin-Harrison serves the MCRC as State Committeeman and Committeewoman. Membership in the committee is open to all registered voters who vote in the Republican Primary. The committee’s Facebook Page can be found at

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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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The Needed Connection of Arkansas High to Arkansas Stadium

Texarkana, AR- Anyone who has ever attended Arkansas High and had to walk from the school to the stadium or from the stadium to the school knows the dangers faced by a student.  While students are fortunate to have a stadium so close to the main high school campus, they are also hindered by no direct, safe route to walk to the stadium. Nix Creek effectively blocks any direct access to the stadium for students.  The best students can do is walk down Nix Creek trail and then cross the bridge on 18th street where they are exposed to traffic from both directions.  During game nights this traffic can range anywhere from a few cars to hundreds of cars flooding up and down the street. Continue Reading →

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Burglary At Nutt Auction Company

Garland City, AR – The Miller County Sheriff’s office released a notice this afternoon regarding a burglary at the Nutt Auction Company in Garland City.  The notice is below:

The Miller County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a Burglary at the Nutt Auction Company located at 106 State Hwy 134 in Garland City, Arkansas. The suspect(s) entered into the business and removed various shop related tools valued at approximately $4300.00. If you have any information regarding this crime or any other crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 903-793- STOP.  You will remain anonymous and could earn up to a $1,000.00 reward for the information.  Continue Reading →

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Miller County Detention Officers Complete Training

Miller County, AR-Eleven new detention officers completed basic jailer’s school Friday January 20, 2017, at the Miller County Detention Center

The Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards certified jailer’s course involves fifty-six hours of training which covers Ethics, Professionalism, Jail Standards, Searching of Persons and Cells, Prisoner Transport, Escape Prevention, Inmate Discipline, Use of Force, Constitutional Rights, Report Writing, Occupational Stress, and Caring for Special Needs Inmates. The Officers were taught numerous self-defense tactics.  They were certified to use OC spray and JPX pepper gun system to assist them in use of force situations.  CPR and AED defibrillator lifesaving skills were also taught to the detention officers. The courses were taught by Detective Wesley Penny, MCSO (Miller County Sheriff Office), Detective Patsy DeHart, MCSO, Officer Shane Johnston, MCSO, Officer Tony Hanning, MCSO, Lt. Golden Adams, MCSO, Dr. Yates Morgan, MCSO, Officer Chris King and Cody Easley, Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department, Robert Tibbit, Arkansas Game and Fish, Anita Taylor, Southern Health Partners, and Shon Matthews, LifeNet Emergency Medical Services. Sheriff Jackie Runion stated he is proud of the men and women who completed the training and is looking forward to working together with them in providing the citizens of Miller County a safe and secure detention center. The Miller County Detention Center has three hundred beds and houses male and female felony and misdemeanor inmates.  All felony arrestees in Miller County are housed in the detention center.  Inmates in the center are awaiting federal, state or local trials, or placement in penitentiaries across the nation.  There are forty-one full time employees at the Miller County Detention Center. Continue Reading →

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10th Annual Bowie County Special Olympics Benefit

Texarkana, Texas-  The Texarkana Dart Association and the Texarkana Elks Lodge #2771 will host the 10th Annual Bowie County Special Olympics Benefit Dart Tournament. The Tournment will be held on Saturday January 28 form 12-6p.m.

The event will have a silent auction, live music from Haywire and more.  A $5 donation gets admission and  children are free.  To enter the tournament there is a  entry fee of  $5 . Prizes will be awarded for all skill levels. Continue Reading →

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Miller County Sheriff Elect Runion To Take Office January First

Miller County, AR- At 11:45p.m. on December 31st, a group will gather at that late hour, and as the clock ticks into the next year on January 1st, 2017, there will be a new sheriff in Miller County.   Jackie Runion will become the sheriff of the county.  District Judge Wren Autrey will conduct the swearing in ceremony. According to a press release, the ceremony will be held at the courtroom at the Miller County Sheriff’s Office.  The public is invited to attend. Continue Reading →

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Mauldin Route for Funeral Motocade Announced

Lisa Mauldin’s funeral will be held at Trinity Baptist Church located at 3115 Trinity Blvd, Texarkana, Arkansas on December 22 at 2:00 p.m.

A motorcade for Correctional Officer Mauldin will leave Trinity Baptist Church and go to Hillcrest Cemetery, 5101 W. 7th Texarkana Texas, via south bound on Four States Fair Blvd., I-49 south around the loop to W. 7th.  Estimated time of departure from Trinity is 2:45 p.m.

Mauldin was killed in the line of duty Sunday December 18 at the Miller County Detention Center.  A co-worker was injured and is now recovering at home.  Mauldin passed away in Texarkana from her injuries. The Four States News continues to pray for the family of Lisa Mauldin and those affected by her passing.  We ask that you not concentrate on the incident that took her life, but instead on the outstanding life she lived as related to everyone by her friends, co-workers, and those who knew Lisa. Continue Reading →

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