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Emergency Responders Working Together in Miller County

Miller County, AR-On June 15, 2017, the four states region received news from the Miller County Sheriff’s office that the body of Ryan Shane Johnson of Fouke, Arkansas had been recovered from the Sulfur River at the Smith Park Landing.  While the news was devastating to family, friends, and the community, there was a positive side regarding the efforts that were made to find Mr. Johnson.   The search for Mr. Johnson was not an exclusive Miller County Sheriff’s Office operation.  The fact is, much like any disaster or search to take place in the area, the entire region came together. For the search for Mr. Johnson, there was no concerns about state boundaries, districts, county lines, city or county officials.  There was only a concern to search and find Mr. Johnson.  That concern transcended boundaries not because of pay, or legal standings, but because Mr. Johnson needed people to care and search for him, and they did just that.  People came from the city, from Texas, from other areas of Arkansas and all around to help.  In the words of the Press Release from the Miller County Sheriff’s Office “Each of these entities devoted many hours assisting in the recovery.”

Too often we limit ourselves to our own cities, towns, states, or counties.  People sometimes think in terms of “Well that’s a county problem” or “That’s a Texas side problem” or “That’s an Arkansas side problem,” but we forget that the people acting as responders do not think that way.  Their thought patterns are different and instead they think, “Someone needs help.”  These people, regardless of boundaries or their assigned areas, are the ones you see running toward a disaster, or a need when others are running away.  When the call goes out for help, they are the ones who come. When the call went out for help to find Mr. Johnson, true to their oaths, their dedication, and their training, they came.  Below is a list of those who crossed the lines and boundaries because someone needed them.  They are owed a huge amount of gratitude from everyone in the area and especially from Miller County, Arkansas:

Corp of Engineers

Texas Parks and Wildlife

The Salvation Army

Red Cross

Bowie County Sheriff’s Office

Genoa Volunteer Fire Department

Boggy Creek Volunteer Fire Department

Mandeville Volunteer Fire Department

Doddridge Volunteer Fire Department

Bowie County Dive Team

Miller County Office of Emergency Management

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department

Bright Star Volunteer Fire Department

Many volunteers from several communities

 

We should all be thankful to know that living in this region affords us access to some of the finest emergency response people in all the country.  The groups above dedicated many hours and for that the entire community should show gratitude and thanks.   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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Miller County Republican Committee Meeting June 2017

Miller County, AR – The Miller County Republican Committee will hold a monthly meeting Tuesday June 13 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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Update from the Fouke Farmers’ Market

The information and pictures comes from Kevin and Ashley Matthews regarding the Fouke Farmers’ Market

June 3, 2017, Fouke, AR- The news is spreading fast about our small town market! Today was our unofficial first day to be able to come together with the exception of some of the vendors being out due to unforeseen circumstances but next week we intend to be in full swing! This week the theme was “kids day”. We did “pinch pot planters” for any child that visited the market. Next week the theme is “reuse reduce and recycle” so we will be planting in old toys rubber boots and what ever else we come across! Continue Reading →

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Lisa Mauldin Plaque Dedication

Miller County, AR – The family of Lisa Mauldin, the officers and staff of the Miller County Correctional Facility and members of Pink Behind the Thin Blue Line came together today to honor the memory of Lisa.  Lisa passed away from injuries received in the line-of-duty on December 18, 2016.   Since that time the family, county officers and staff have continued to coup with the loss through services, candlelight vigils and gatherings like today’s dedication. Christy Pettit, the Vice President of Pink Behind the Thin Blue Line, presented a plaque this morning in commemoration of Lisa’s service to the jail and the community.  The plaque was received by Sheriff Jackie Runion and correctional facility staff.  Over thirty officers, staff, and family members visited, remembered Lisa, and spent time together.   It was a apparent throughout the dedication and time directly afterwards that Lisa’s impact on her co-workers and the community is still strong.  The plaque will hang a the Miller County Correctional Facility in memory of Lisa and her dedication. 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 https://www.facebook.com/millercountyrepublican/

The committee’s Google + Page can be found at https://plus.google.com/communities/117300121176911053351

The committee’s small website can be found at http://texarkana-millercountygop.com/

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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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