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Community Spirit Restores Ed Worrell Memorial Park Sign

Red River Softwash picture before and after

The Texarkana business Red River Softwash, LLC recently cleaned the Ed Worrell Memorial Park sign and City Beautiful members followed up with painting.  Red River Softwash, as they described it on Facebook, was between jobs when they spotted the need for the sign to be cleaned.  Without contracts and pay, the company stopped, power washed the sign, and went on about business.  The post immediately made the rounds on Facebook for the company’s willingness to give back to the community.  Wendell and Mary Warner, members of the City Beautiful Commission of Texarkana, Arkansas, decided to follow up with the lettering and paint needs on the sign. Surprisingly, Mary said they found that the sign had black
cardboard inserted as letter filling on the sign.  She stated that she and Wendell had to remove
the lettering and it made the 15-minute touch-up job take about an hour, but
they were glad to do it.  Mary said she
assumes the letters have been cardboard since the sign was put up and she has
no idea how they lasted that long.  A
small plaque on the back of the sign states the foundation was put up in 1994,
which would mean at a minimum the cardboard letters have lasted twenty-five
years.  

Wendell Warner painting sign

Mary and Wendell reported on the project at today’s City
Beautiful Commission meeting.  Other members
did not realize that the sign was being addressed and the two were commended
for stepping out and stepping up for the community.  When asked by other members about how hot
it’s been, Wendell responded, “Oh we went in the evening.  There was no way we could do it in the heat
of the day.” 

If you know Mary and Wendell Warner, then you likely know
they have restored homes here in Texarkana and they have a long history of
service.  Mary and Wendell’s service at
the sign is just another example of the spirit of community that shines through
these two amazing people.  If you know
them, take a moment to say thank you for all their hard work.  In truth, you have no idea how many little
projects likes this one they take on all the time behind the scenes. Sign after cleaning and painting

As for Red River Softwash, check out their Facebook page and keep them in mind for all your power washing needs.  They do windows, sidewalks, homes, etc.  If you have a project that needs attention, spend money with someone that invests and donates time back into your community.  Red River Softwash took the time to go above and beyond for our community, and they deserve our business and support as they grow in Texarkana.  See the link below for more information or call them up at 903-276-3990. On Facebook -click here: Red River Softwash LLC. Continue Reading →

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Spring Lake Park Project Requires Relocation of Fowl

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas has partnered with a local contractor, Little’s Critter, to relocate approximately 30 ducks and geese from Spring Lake Park that are considered and or identified as domesticated. Originally, Texas Parks and Wildlife instructed the city to leave the animals at Spring Lake Park during the dredging of the lake. The ducks and geese were expected to naturally migrate as necessary. Upon a follow up observation, TPW recommended that the domesticated animals be relocated. The relocation began yesterday evening, July 26, 2017 and will take approximately 3-5 days. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Arkansas Yard of the Month Nominees Needed

Texarkana, AR – The Texarkana Arkansas City Beautiful Commission is looking for the best, brightest, and most beautiful yards in the city.  Each year as flowers bloom, trees fill out, and the grass grows green, the commission attempts to find and recognize the hard work, clean-up, and beautification of Texarkana yards.  This year the commission is turning to you for help and nominations! Do you know someone with a fantastic yard?  You know the kind of yard the commission is looking for; it’s the yard that makes you slow down when you drive past and say, “Wow”.  Texarkana has beautiful yards all over the place….in fact, there are so many that there is no way commission members can find them all.  So, your City Beautiful Commission needs your help.  The commission needs you to find the yards, and send them in for review by the commission. If you know of a yard that should be “Yard of the Month” or you stumble across one while driving around, send a note on the commission’s Facebook page.  The commission will take all nominations, review them, and vote.  Pictures would be helpful, but are not necessary.  The address will be needed for review. Send nominations online to Texarkana Arkansas City Beautiful Commission.  Continue Reading →

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Making Texarkana Beautiful and Moving on Up….or Over

Texarkana, Arkansas – Mary and Wendell Warner not only have a passion for the beatification of Texarkana, Arkansas, but they live that passion daily.  Mary is the former chair of the Texarkana Arkansas City Beautiful Commission and Wendell is the current Vice-Chair.  Both continue to serve on the commission and contribute to the city’s efforts to be….well, beautiful.  Mary and Wendell have taken their passion for Texarkana and applied it now to home – in fact not just one home, but two. In 2001, the couple purchased their home at 801 East 12th in Texarkana, Arkansas.  Over the next few years they poured work into not only their passions for the city and the area, but also into the home.  The home became a masterpiece in Texarkana.  With more home than couple needed, they decided to do what any couple would with a passion to make the city better….they bought the house next door. In March of 2016, Mary and Wendell embarked on another beatification project.  This home, roughly the same size as their current home would be a move up….well, a move over.  The house is located at 721 East 12th  and is right next door to the last house the couple renovated. After purchasing the house, the couple dedicated themselves almost completely to the renovation.  They took time off from other ventures and focused daily on the work at 721.  Anyone passing by the home in the morning, afternoon, or evening was sure to see Wendell or Mary somewhere around the house.  They were painting doors, on scaffolds, having plumbers in, having perth electricians in, and having the floors sanded and redone.  Those friends on Facebook and other social media outlets were able to follow the progress along as the couple worked tirelessly to complete the beautification and renovation of another home on East 12th. After months of hard work, moving day finally arrived.  When I heard that the move was happening, I couldn’t help but hear the old Jefferson song from the series running through my head “We’re moving on up…” except this time I kept hearing it as “We’re moving on over….”  The newly renovated house is now home to Mary and Wendell.  Their previous project, and beautiful home, is now listed for sale. Continue Reading →

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Seventh Annual Bi-State CEP Horticulture Conference

Texarkana, USA-Area gardeners are invited to take part in a seed swap and plant exchange at the Seventh Annual Bi-State CEP Horticulture Conference on Thursday, March 30. The free event will be held from 8:35 am. to 4:55 pm. at the Southwest Center, 3222 West 7th Street, Texarkana, Texas. The seed swap and plant exchange will be a new addition to the annual conference which includes programs by authoritative speakers on topics of interest to home flower gardeners, vegetable gardeners, and small truck farmers. Continue Reading →

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City will partner to celebrate Arbor Day

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas will partner with several local organizations, the Texas A&M Forest Service and the Arkansas Forestry Commission to giveaway trees during Texarkana’s third annual Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Spring Lake Park across from the Rotary Splash Pad.  Members of Texarkana Water Utilities, the City of Texarkana, Texas Parks and Recreation Department, the City of Texarkana, Texas Planning and Community Development Department, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, and the Texas A&M Forest Service will be on-hand to help give away bare root seedlings and small potted trees. The public is invited to participate in the tree giveaway by selecting free trees to take home and plant on a first-come first-serve basis.  The tree species have been carefully researched by a certified arborist and varieties were selected that are adaptable to Texarkana’s climate. Available species may include Eastern Redbud, Cottonwood, Silky Dogwood, Pecan, Sawtooth Oak, Gobbler Sawtooth Oak, Chestnut Oak, Shumard Oak, Cherrybark Oak, and Nuttall Oak. Continue Reading →

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