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Bowie County Patriots Release Resolution Regarding TX House Speaker Strauss

Bowie County, TX – The Bowie County Patriots passed the following resolution overwhelmingly on Thursday evening the 27th of July 2017 at our weekly meeting:
Whereas, the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives is one of the most powerful and influential politicians in the State of Texas; and

Whereas, the current Speaker of the House has publicly stated that his constituency is NOT the people of Texas;

Whereas, under the rules of the House of Representatives the Speaker appoints committees, and appoints the Chairmen of those committees who then owe their positions to the Speaker; and further that the Speaker assigns bills to committees and is thus able to control which bills come to a vote and which do not through his influence over the various chairmen; and

Whereas, of the forty House committee chairmen appointed by the Speaker, fourteen are chaired by Democrats and twenty-one are chaired by the least conservative Republicans, according to the Rice University Study with none scoring in the top twenty most conservative; and

Whereas, very few conservative bills ever make it to the floor of the House for a vote, being stalled in one committee or another including the notorious and secretive Calendars Committee; and

Whereas, the Speaker has through such dilatory and obstructionist means, consistently denied the House the opportunity to act decisively upon the platform and priorities of the Convention of the Republican Party of Texas assembled in Dallas, Texas; and

Therefore, be it resolved that the Bowie County Patriots call upon our Texas House Representatives to call for a no-confidence vote for the Speaker of the House and elect a Conservative Speaker who will appoint conservative committee chairmen, who will bring conservative bills to the floor of the House of Representatives for an open and fair up or down vote.- – –
The Bowie County Patriots meet every Thursday at 6:30 PM at Smokey Joe’s BBQ in Nash TX. Meetings are open to the public, and participation is welcome. Interested individuals may also visit the Bowie County Patriots Online

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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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SPRING LAKE PARK POND DREDGING SCHEDULED FOR JULY

 
TEXARKANA, TX- Beginning in July 2017, the City of Texarkana, Texas will work in conjunction with Tatum Excavating Company (TEC) to dredge the Spring Lake Park Pond. The project is part of the City’s current Capital Improvement Plan and is estimated to cost approximately $875,000. Dredging activities will bring the pond to a depth of 10 feet, and the pond will be dewatered to facilitate the construction efforts. The project will also include the installation of gabion baskets with rock to support and enhance the perimeter of the pond. Annual pond maintenance will not be conducted this year considering the scope and time frame of the dredging project. Continue Reading →

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Four States News Expands Social Media Reach

The Four States News (FSN) is proud to announce we have added additional Facebook Groups online. The FSN is a “Community Journalism site.”  We focus on events in communities such as church happenings, school events, and other issues often not covered by mainstream media.  We are not looking to cover the latest wreck or the latest Congressional issues.  Instead of a broad focus, we might focus on a Congressional leader who visits the four states area, or we might focus on the impact someone had on others who happened to pass away from injuries of a wreck.  We want stories based on what’s important to you and your community.  Anyone can write that a great citizen passed away at a certain age and left behind a list of relatives, but we want to know and share how that great citizen changed his family, his or her friends, and touched the lives of those she may have known.  Community Journalism is driven by two factors – contributors or people taking time to write something and submit it, and the community’s desire to know more, understand what’s happening on a deeper or more “hometown” level. We also recognize that we can not possibly cover all the stories.  In our area we have several outstanding, online publications.  You may have seen Texarkana Today or Jeff Easterling’s outstanding Texarkana FYI  .   You have also likely seen the long-standing, now-online also publication for the Texarkana Gazette .   It also seems like new publications are popping up daily like the new  ArkLaTex Post. Because we focus not just on Texarkana, but on the surrounding area of the four states, we thought it was time to allow those areas to have a reference point for articles directly related to them and to share articles.  These new groups will allow people to easily share post from any news outlet with links back to the original publication.  Together we can share news not only published from FSN, but also from any major or minor publication touching on important events or happenings. Currently we have Four States News Community Post  our first set up to allow sharing of news from around the Texas and Arkansas.  We have just added Oklahoma Four States News Community Post  and Louisiana Four States News Community Post. 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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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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Texarkana, Texas to Participate in City Hall Selfie Day

 

Texarkana, TX.  “Selfie” is a new term to some and an old, or at least a few years old, to others.  The term “Selfie” means to take a picture of yourself.  This is usually accomplished by holding your self phone out, smiling, and clicking the picture.  Once taken, the selfie can be sent to friends, modified for various social media programs, or simply added to your social media site so someone will know what you look like when they click on your online profile. Continue Reading →

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