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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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Miller County Chief Deputy Tax Collector Retires

Miller County, AR – Mary Kay Hicks has spent the last three and a half years as the Chief Deputy Collector for the Miller County Tax Collector.   That short stint in Miller County does not do her justice when looked at alone.  Hicks has spent twenty years serving the citizens of Miller County.   She was also appointed by the Quorum Court to serve as the Tax Collector before the election of the current Collector, Cathy Hardin-Harrison.    Many people will recognize her from her work at the Tax Collector’s office where she has answered questions, assisted with problems, and…as the Tax Collector’s office does…taken your payments. Today at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., employees that the courthouse will celebrate Mary’s twenty years of service.  She will be retiring soon and this celebration is meant as an appreciation and a send off to a wonderful retirement.  The event is open to the public and Tax Collector Elect Laura Bates has extended invitations to friends, family and through social media.  Even if you miss the retirement party, drop Mary a line and say congratulations and thank you for many fantastic years of service to the people of Miller County! Continue Reading →

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Miller County Republican Committee Sets August 2017 Meeting

Miller County, AR – The Miller County Republican Committee will hold a monthly meeting Tuesday August 8 at 6:30 p.m.   The meeting will be held at the New Haven Golf Club on 2321 Line Ferry Road, Texarkana. An executive session will be held for officers from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the general meeting following after. The Miller County Republican Committee maintains a Facebook page and during elections seasons rents a headquarters in the Texarkana area.  The committee has a goal of assisting Republican candidates to obtain office.  All current Republican officer holders are encouraged to attend meetings, and provide updates regarding their offices. Continue Reading →

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Janet Satterfield Quietly Retires

Miller County, AR-If you have been to the Miller County Clerk’s office lately, then you may have noticed a change.  If you made your way there in July or even the first of August, then you may have felt something was just a little different.  No, there is no new paint and no new pictures on the wall.  Yes, you still have the same clerk and wonderful staff….well, most of them.  The change you should have noticed is the absence of Deputy Clerk Janet Satterfield. While you may not know the name, as she worked diligently in the background for 35 years at the clerk’s office, you certainly will know the face.  Janet was the employee that all the other employees seemed to refer you to for questions.  You wanted to know about your voter status?  They called Janet.  You wanted to ask a detailed question about some form?  They called Janet.  Simply put, Janet held a wealth of information for the county.  Some people say she practically served as the right hand of the clerk through Stephanie Harvin and Ann Nicholas’ terms.

Janet always had a smile, always had a kind word, and could always be found in meetings sitting somewhere near the back and silently taking notes for the clerk’s office.  To be frank, she had several different jobs and people seemed to turn to her for just about everything even if it wasn’t related to the clerk’s office. As I said, you may have noticed in the last month that Janet hasn’t been around the Clerk’s office.  On June 30, 2017, just as quietly as she had entered the job, Janet Satterfield quietly walked out the door of the Miller County Courthouse as an employee for the last time.  A small party had been held on the 28th at noon to celebrate her service.  She smiled for the camera, shook hands and hugged friends and made her final preparations to leave. Janet Satterfield was one of a kind and a huge asset for Miller County.  Already I have heard of at least three people who were surprised when they went to the clerk’s office and Janet was not there to help them.  At the Four States News we knew Janet was leaving on June 30.  We also knew that she is a quiet person who prefers to stay in the background and work hard.  Well Janet, we gave you a little time before we posted anything about your retirement, but that time is up.  You should know the county will never be the same and your smiling face will be missed in the day-to-day workings of our little southwest corner of Arkansas.  Enjoy that retirement. Citizens of Miller County, if you happen to see Janet at a store, event of somewhere else, you should return her wonderful smile and tell her how much you appreciate her 35 years of service to your county. Continue Reading →

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Miller County Delinquent Business Tax List Hits Social Media

Miller County, AR – Some are calling it “Public Shaming,” but for the Miller County Tax Collector, she is calling it “Public Accountability.”  What is that “Public Accountability”?  It’s a list of  over $200,000 of taxes owed to the county that is hitting social media today.  Several media outlets have already published the list.  Most of the responses from the public have been supportive so far; however, there have been a few that prefer to call it all “Public Shaming” and feel that it should not have been done. Continue Reading →

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Miller County Republican Committee Announces July 11 Meeting

Miller County, AR – The Miller County Republican Committee will hold a monthly meeting Tuesday July 11 at 6:30 p.m.   The meeting will be held at the New Haven Golf Club on 2321 Line Ferry Road, Texarkana. An executive session will be held for officers from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the general meeting following after. The Miller County Republican Committee maintains a Facebook page and during elections seasons rents a headquarters in the Texarkana area.  The committee has a goal of assisting Republican candidates to obtain office.  All current Republican officer holders are encouraged to attend meetings, and provide updates regarding their offices. Continue Reading →

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Miller County Sheriff Warns of Recent Telephone Scams

 

Miller County, AR- Chief Deputy Michael McQuerrey of the Miller County Sheriff’s Office has issued a press release regarding a telephone scam in the area. The scam is coming from an “unknown” number. The caller states they are the Miller County Sheriff’s Office and the agency will be serving court papers for a supposed debt on if they do not immediately pay a large amount of money over the phone by use of a credit or debit card. On this scam the caller reportedly knows the phone number, address, and social security number of the intended victim. The victims do not know how their personal information has been obtained. Continue Reading →

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Fouke Farmers Market “Fish Fry Picnic and Largest Catfish Catch”

Fouke, AR-Fouke Farmers Market would like to invite everyone out to celebrate our market, this Saturday July 15, come see what all the fuss is about at the first ever Fouke Farmers Market “Fish Fry Picnic and Largest Catfish Catch” this is a free event and all are welcome! We will start cooking at 9:30am and your more than welcomed to bring your favorite dish to share with other market comers! And don’t forget your favorite picnic blanket! We will be weighing all day for the Largest Catfish Catch and will announce the winner at 12pm. Winner revives a 25$ gift card from Academy! Continue Reading →

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Miller County Receives “Turnback” Check From Arkansas

Miller County, AR- When land and/or homes in a county go tax delinquent it cuts into funds needed for the county to operate efficiently.  Money that would normally go for schools, county pay raises, road improvements, sheriff patrols and many other areas needed stops when a land or home owner does not to pay the taxes.  There can be any number of reasons that an owner may not pay, but regardless of the reason, it affects everyone in the county.  When an owner does not pay the taxes, they become delinquent and eventually the County Tax Collector must certify the property and send it to the State Land Commissioner.  Once there additional attempts are made to collect the taxes, fines and other penalties.  If the State Land Commissioner can not collect, the property goes to auction.  The auction recovers the taxes, fines and fees from bidders.  If the property has multiple bidders, an overage is created.  After four years on the books, that overage, called “Turnback” and is sent back to the county. Today State Land Commissioner John Thurston came to Texarkana and presented the check for the Miller County Turnback.   Today’s check brought a Turnback, or overage, of $338,839.  This means that not only did the county receive the delinquent tax funds, but it also received the money from the auction in the form of the Turnback. While the state conducted the sales, the bottom line is Miller County would never have seen this Turnback without the work of Cathy Hardin-Harrison, the County Tax Collector, and her staff at the county.    Cathy’s office maintains the records, reviews the tax rolls, and certifies the delinquent taxes before turning them over to the state.  Without this operation, not only would Miller County be missing delinquent taxes, but the county would never have seen a Turnback check.  Today a few pictures were posted on Facebook about the check and the Turnback, but the citizens of Miller County deserve to know that those funds came to the county only through the hard work of the Tax Collector’s staff and Cathy Hardin-Harrison. Continue Reading →

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MILLER COUNTY PARTNERS WITH ARKANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE FOR NEW VOTING EQUIPMENT

Miller County, AR- At the June meeting of the Miller County Quorum Court, Linda Crawford, Miller County Election Coordinator, informed Justices of the Peace that County Judge Roy John McNatt signed a contract for new voting equipment with the state vendor, Election Systems and Software (ES&S) of Omaha, Nebraska. The Quorum Court has been working for the past several months to secure the County’s portion of funding in the event the Secretary of State’s office had additional funding available.  In April 2017, The Secretary of State’s office sent a letter to each of the 63 counties who did not have new voting equipment.  The letter stated that limited funds were available to counties on a fifty percent partnership with the Secretary of State paying 50% and each county contributing the remaining 50%. Because of the foresight of Election Coordinator Linda Crawford, the Miller County Elections Commission, the Quorum Court and the County Judge, Miller County was able to immediately send a return letter to the Secretary of State confirming Miller County’s 50% share of the funding was in place.  The total cost of new voting equipment for the thirteen poll locations, early voting at the Courthouse, and the new system for election night reporting is approximately $400,000.00. The new machines will be used during the 2017 School Elections. The equipment will arrive in approximately 200 boxes which will be unloaded, assembled, tested, and stored with the assistance of ES&S. Continue Reading →

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