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Texarkana Arkansas Police Offer Car Seat Exchange for Warrant Amnesty

Texarkana, AR-Currently, Texarkana Arkansas Police Officers locate many drivers who do not provide proper car seats for their children.  Arkansas Child Restraint Laws state that;

Infants from birth to at least twenty pounds should be restrained in a rear-facing or convertible seat rear-facing, and children from twenty to 60 pounds are required to be restrained in a convertible seat forward facing or forward facing seat or booster seat as applicable. Because motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children younger than 13 years of age we want to ensure that every child is properly restrained in a vehicle.  In an effort to raise awareness of the Arkansas Child Restraint Laws and reduce injuries due to motor vehicle crashes, the Texarkana Arkansas District Court and the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will conduct a car seat exchange warrant amnesty period beginning May 15th through May 26th, 2017 for people who have outstanding warrants for Contempt of court for not paying fines.  By bringing in a NEW, in the box, car seat, the Texarkana Arkansas District court and the TAPD has agreed to waive the warrant fee and reset a payment arrangement without penalty. The upcoming car seat exchange warrant amnesty period was announced today by District Court Judge Wren Autrey, who said the amnesty program would enable those being sought on warrants to avoid being arrested, avoid being assessed additional court costs and resolve their case entirely.  Judge Wren Autrey said, “These individuals have had their driving privilege suspended and clearing these fines will also enable them to regain a valid driver’s license”.  Judge Wren Autrey will waive the $350.00 warrant fee and release your driver’s license for reinstatement. Pe’Tree Banks TAPD Dockets Coordinator says, “Many individuals in Texarkana, Arkansas unfortunately have outstanding warrants that could benefit from this.  Instead of being locked up in jail away from your families, bring in a car seat.  You will not only help yourself, but you will also be contributing to the safety of a child in this community.”

All donated car seats will be utilized by the Southwest Arkansas Prevention Taskforce to support the Safety Baby Shower program in the area.  The seats will be provided to parents completing the Safety Baby Shower program and installed by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. The seats can be donated at the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department located at the Bi-State Justice Center, 100 North State Line Avenue, 8:00am-5:00pm, beginning May 15th through May 26th, 2017. Continue Reading →

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Keep the Kids Busy and Happy This Summer at TC Kids College

Texarkana, Texas- Texarkana College is gearing up for another exciting Kids’ College this summer for kids ages 7-12. Students who enroll can participate in a wide range of different classes such as multiple sports classes, Lego-Robotics, Google Coding, Future Chefs in the Making, Cosmo Kids, and many others. Kids’ College was started in 1993 as part of the Community and Business Education Division. “For 24 years, Texarkana College has provided thousands of kids from grades 2-6 the opportunity to design robots, solve crimes, explore creative art, engage in cooking classes, and much more all while discovering new friendships in a fun and educational environment,” said Kristi Hart, TC Community and Business Education Director. Kids’ College is a two-week summer enrichment program for children in grades 2-6. Continue Reading →

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Genoa Band Plays Spring Concert

Genoa, AR – Genoa Central Band presented their Spring Concert this evening in the Genoa Central Gym.  The kids recorder groups played songs from “Mary had a little lamb” to “When the Saints Go Marching In”.  The advanced band played “El Capitan” while the beginner band played “Conquest”.  Several other songs were presented by each group and the combined groups. William’s Brass presented “And The Walls Came tumbling Down”, and finally a combined band played “Year of The Dragon”.  The Genoa band was also honored with guest Dr. George English who presented a bagpipe presentation. In all, twenty songs were presented for enjoyment of the community.  Family and friends were in attendance from around Genoa and surrounding areas. On a special note, the Four States News would like to congratulate Band Director Joe DuPas on his pending retirement.  Mr. DuPas served as director of the band this evening for what will likely be his last time at Genoa.  Much to the disappointment of the community, students, and parents, Mr. DuPas has decided to retire at the end of this school year.  Mr. DuPas started the band program at Genoa in 2006, and has served as band director since that time.  The lives changed and enhanced through the music that he has brought over the years to Genoa can never be repaid or fully measured. Continue Reading →

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McLarty Ford Gives Grant and Partners with Texarkana College For a Workforce Grant

Texarkana, Texas- At a check presentation on today, April 28th, McLarty Ford owners Michelle and Todd Shores will give $25,000 to the Texarkana College Foundation. The presentation will take place at 11a.m. in the Patman Room of the Truman Arnold Center on the Texarkana College campus at 2500 N. Robison Road, Texarkana, Texas. Their gift is going to fund a new endowed scholarship to support Texarkana College’s Presidential Scholarship program. The scholarship allows top graduating high school seniors to attend Texarkana College on full scholarship for two years. In addition, McLarty Ford has partnered with Texarkana College to receive a $141,231 Job-Training Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Continue Reading →

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Friends of The Texarkana Library to Hold Book Sale

Texarkana, USA – The Friends of The Texarkana Public Library will hold a book sale April 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   This sale will be the organization’s “Spring Clearance” so everything is half price. Friends of the Texarkana Library was founded in 1981 as a not-for-profit organization.  They serve to encourage people to show support for the library in Texarkana.   The Friends Used Bookstore is located at 320 West Broad street and is opened on the scheduled times listed below.  Donations are accepted in the forms of books, or financial contributions.  The organization published a newsletter Between Friends, and maintains officers as well as a site through the public library site at Friends. After this weekend’s sales, you can catch other sales on the following dates:

May 12, 26, 27

June 9, 23, 24

July 14, 28, 29

August 11, 25, 26

September 8, 29, 30

October 13, 27, 28

November 10, 11 (Everything Half Price Customer Appreciation Sale)

December 8, 9

Donations are accepted when the store is open.  Memberships are also available for individuals, families, and groups.  See the front counter at the store for more information. Continue Reading →

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National Honor Society of Arkansas High Welcomes New Members

Texarkana, AR – The Arkansas High Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed new members at a ceremony Thursday evening at the Red Wall on the high school campus.  Current officers, President Taylor Sexton, Vice-President Mary Cook, Secretary Kelsi Petross, and Treasurer Claire Fowler, presented information about the society and offered the welcoming to the new members.  New members signed the membership book and participated in the candle lighting ceremony.  Afterwards, friends, family and the new members enjoyed a brief social time at the Red Wall. New Members:

Seniors: Tyler Dawson, Markayla Gulley, and Kayla Morrow

Juniors: Harley Brock, Brittany Kelley, and Katelyn Todd

Sophomores: Cecile Barnes, Tamara Biddle, Brittany Bolden, Peyton Brown, Hannah Chapman, Mica Chesshir, Reese Chesshir, Madison Colbert, Taylor Gamble, David Gustafson, Marion Haggard, Carson Holder, Kaleb Manley, Hannah Massey, Cole Mitchell, Amy Claire Mugno, Rachel Mullino, Bryan Nguyen, Kaitlyn Oliver, Sydnee Pritchett, Alyssa Smith, Madison Stanley, Savanna Thomas, Haylie Tipton, Kaylie Tipton, Alison Westbrook, and Savanna Young

The National Honor Society sets membership requirements that may be exceeded or expanded by each chapter.  From the website, National Honor Society, minimum membership requirements are as follows:

Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.)
This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation. Leadership
Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others. Continue Reading →

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“The Geese That Laid the Golden Eggs, But Never Cackled” – Winston Churchill
 While the military fought on the front lines of World War II, a cast of mathematicians, musicians, and chess players, including foreign language experts and women (who were not allowed in combat), were engaging in a battle of razor-sharp minds to crack codes that would help the military make brilliant tactical moves. 
 Learn about how code breakers in Bletchley Park in England and Arlington Hall in the US played the most pivotal role you can imagine for the Allies in WWII.  As part of the Texarkana College Distinguished Lecture Series, Ernie Cochran will unmask the characters who played in these key roles and will reveal the science behind breaking the Enigma Code. Cochran is an attorney with Cochran & Golden, LLC, in Texarkana, Texas, and has been on the Texarkana College Board of Trustees since 2016.  Cochran is a Texas High School Graduate who attended TC before transferring to Baylor University to earn a B.A. in political science (1986). He went on to earn a law degree from Baylor School of Law in 1989. Since he was 12 years old, Cochran has been fascinated by WWII and the battle in the Pacific and has spent many hours researching and gaining expertise in this intriguing subject. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College Trustees Recognize Excellent Student Leadership

Monday, March 27, 2017, Texarkana, TX- Today the Texarkana College Board of Trustees recognized student members of the TC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society who took top honors at the Texas Regional Convention held in Corpus Christi earlier this month. The Zeta Sigma Chapter received the Award of Distinction for their Honors in Action project and the Award of Merit for their college project. In addition, the TC chapter was one of 20 chapters named as a Texas Top Chapter out of 91 throughout the state. College officials said that success is due to great leadership provided by the chapter’s sponsor, Mary Ellen Young, support from the college’s Administration and Board of Trustees. “We are so proud of the caliber of students we have here at TC—they represent us so well throughout our community and state by their involvement in organizations like Phi Theta Kappa,” said Dr. Donna McDaniel, Vice President of Instruction. Continue Reading →

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New Norman Charter School Expands Opportunities for Parents and Students

“Choice is on the march”
NORMAN, OK – ChoiceMatters, a parent-led group that advocates for expanding educational opportunities for Oklahoma families, today thanked the Oklahoma State Board of Education for approving a new charter school in Norman. Le Monde International School, now set to open in 2018, will offer students both French and Spanish immersion education. Reagan Elementary, the local public school, had previously offered a French immersion program but had discontinued it. In response, local parents worked to build support for a new charter school and submitted a successful application to open next year. “This is a tremendous victory for parents and children in Norman,” said ChoiceMatters President Robert Ruiz. Continue Reading →

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This Week’s Events at Texarkana College

Please join Texarkana College for two big events this week.  Today, Wednesday, March 22 at 10 AM, TC will receive a $100,000 check from Texas Mutual Insurance Company to fund new safety training courses.  Then, on Thursday, March 23 at 11:30 AM, Chairman Andres Alcantar of the Texas Workforce Commission will be the keynote speaker at a region-wide luncheon to kick-off the Texas Higher Education strategic plan of 60x30TX.  This is a huge goal set forth for our state that 60 percent of Texans age 25-34 years old will hold a college credential by the year 2030.  Right now in our region of northeast Texas, we are somewhere between 15-18 % of that goal.  We have a long way to go to meet the state’s goal.  The luncheon speaker will introduce the plan to stakeholders and explain the importance of the plan for our region. AGENDA

A Higher Education/Workforce Collaboration to Attain 60X30TX

Thursday, March 23, 2017- 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Truman Arnold Student Center- Texarkana College Campus


Welcome & Greeting


5 minutes
James Henry Russell- President, Texarkana College

·       Greetings and Importance of Event

·       Lunch today prepared and served by TC Culinary Department

·       Introduce Brad Morgan, Williams Memorial Methodist Church

Rev. Brad Morgan

Lunch – 15 mins. Lunch Served

Welcome & Introductions


5 minutes
James Henry Russell- President, Texarkana College

·       Introduce Northeast Texas Community College President, Brad Johnson and Paris Junior College President, Dr. Pam Anglin

·       Introduce Dr. Emily Cutrer and other TAMUT officials

·       Introduce legislators and elected officials- Robbin Bass, US Rep. John Ratcliffe’s; Judge James Carlow- Bowie County Judge, etc

·       Introduce Randy Reed, Executive Director of Workforce Solutions NE Texas and special guest, TWC Chairman, Andres Alcantar

Overview of 60X30TX and the four broad goals to achieve through this strategic plan.  

5 minutes
Dr. Pam Anglin- President, Paris Junior College

·       The economic future of the state

·       Focus on college completion for underserved populations

·       Marketable skills needed for today’s workforce

·       Management of student loan debt

Partnerships and Stakeholders- We all have a role to play


5 minutes
Dr. Brad Johnson- President, Northeast Texas Community College

·       Role of Community Colleges in 60X30TX Plan- #TXSuccess

·       Partnerships with Universities/ Articulation Agreements

·       Talk about the Articulation Agreement signed with TAMUT

·       Business and Industry Partnerships for Training initiatives

NE Texas Workforce Climate and Introduction of Andre Alcantar


5 minutes
Randy Reed- Executive Director, Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas

·       Partnerships with regional Community Colleges

·       Projected growth and future of this area

·       Introduction of TWC Chairman, Andre Alcantar

Texas Workforce Commission’s Support of Texas Higher Education Goal- 60X30TX


20-30 minutes
Chairman Andres Alcantar

·       Demographics of the State in relation to northeast Texas

·       Need for skilled workforce to sustain economy

·       Tri-Agency recommendations and 60X30TX

·       Outlook for the state- job forecast

·       Role Community Colleges will play in reaching the 60X30TX Goal

Thank you and Response to Remarks


5 minutes
James Henry Russell

·       Introduction of Mary Ellen Young, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor at Texarkana College and TCCTA President- Elect

Seeing the goal become reality- how do we achieve this on the local level? Continue Reading →

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