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Equality Texarkana Holds Monthly Social Dinner

Texarkana, USA – Equality Texarkana held their monthly social dinner at Pop’s Place on Highway 67 Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m.  Roughly 20 people attended the event held for visiting, meeting new people, and perhaps most importantly…eating. Equality Texarkana is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization located in Texarkana, Arkansas and serving Texarkana, USA, and the surrounding areas.  The group strives to encourage equal rights and representation for all people regardless of sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or nationality/heritage.  While the group has a central focus on the LGBT community, they have members from all walks of life in the organization.  The group offers support meeting for family members, people dealing with social issues, and for people dealing with bullying issues in schools and in the community.   The group has had national celebrity support and political leaders support as they have continued to grow. During the monthly social dinner Saturday, one person stated, “I had no idea there was a support group like this in Texarkana.  I’m excited to find you guys!”   Business leaders and pastors from the community were in attendance Saturday evening. The group can be contacted through Facebook or their Website online.   Interested parties may also email the group. Continue Reading →

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Equality Texarkana and Special Guest to Host Major Event in Texarkana

Texarkana, USA – The non-profit group, Equality Texarkana, will sponsor a “Day of Pride” Parade and Festival this Saturday, June 9, in downtown Texarkana.  The event will start officially at 10:00 a.m. with a parade, followed by a picnic at 11:15, entertainment at 11:30 and a raffle at 3:00 p.m.  The public is welcome and encouraged to participate throughout the day’s events. This year the “Day of Pride” event will feature two nationally known guest.  Stephanie Rice, a recent major contender on the NBC television show The Voice, will serve as the MC and perform during the entertainment portion of the event.  Ms. Rice shared her history while on the show The Voice.   She suffered through being disowned by her family when she came as a lesbian out at eighteen.  Despite being alone and facing the world, Ms. Rice was able to attend college, earn her degree, contribute to HIV research, and become a major contender on The Voice.  Ms. Rice used her birthday celebration on Facebook to raise significant funds to assist Equality Texarkana in putting together this year’s “Day of Pride”. Another special guest this year will be speaker Kimberly Shappley.  Mrs. Shappley is a conservative Christian mother who found herself in the position of having a transgender child.  Her acceptance and encouragement that she promoted toward her child and to others has caused her story to be featured on The Today Show, and other shows and networks.  Articles about Mrs. Shappley have appeared in Good Housekeeping, the Huffington Post, and many other publications.  Mrs. Shappley is an R.N. and an ordained minister.  She has spent her life proclaiming love and acceptance to churches in Texas, Louisana, and Mississippi. In addition to the scheduled events, the day will also feature vendors, games, and various other events throughout the day.  The event is open to anyone and the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Equality Texarkana is a 501 (c) 3 organization promoting equality and fairness for all people regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.  To learn more about Equality Texarkana or the “Day of Pride” event, see the webpage at Equality Texarkana or the Facebook Page. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Resources Presents the 6th Annual Ark-La-Tex Challenge

Ark-La-Tex, USA – Cyclists it’s time to ride the Ark-La-Tex again!  Texarkana Resources is presenting the 6th Annual Ark-La-Tex Challenge. It doesn’t matter whether you’re young or just young at heart there is a route you can take.  So, get your tires aired up, get your safety gear on, load your bike and get ready because the ride is this Saturday, April 7th. New and experienced riders alike can join in on this ride.  It will cover three states for the experienced riders.  The challenge is offering five different distance categories ranging from 0 miles (my favorite) up to 70 miles.  The 70 mile trip will cover the entire scope of the race – Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana.   Imagine riding all three states on your bike!  There’s a list of rides and information on the website and even the kids can join in for a 3 mile ride! If you ride, or  if you just want to support a great cause, take the link here ARK-LA-TEX CHALLENGE and “ride” on over to the website for more details! Texarkana Resources is a non-profit organization that supports individuals with disabilities. Continue Reading →

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Free Tax Return Assistance

Texarkana, USA -Free in-person tax preparation is available again this year from local AARP volunteers for Tax Aide. Both federal returns and state returns can be prepared, and the volunteers can file electronically for most taxpayers. Special arrangements are required to assist taxpayers claiming the Border City Exemption, but the volunteers are familiar with that and can provide the needed support. Taxpayers must bring Social Security cards for themselves and all dependents, photo ID, all relevant tax forms and records (W-2, SSA-1099, medical expenses, etc.), last year’s tax return and all healthcare insurance documents. Assistance will be available at two sites this year starting in February and ending April 12, the last volunteer workday before this year’s tax filing deadline of Tuesday, April 17. Beginning February 1, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 2 pm, at the Southwest Recreation Center, 3222 W. 7th Street, Texarkana, TX, and ending April 12. Continue Reading →

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Halloween Safety

Texarkana -The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department wishes children and parents a safe and happy Halloween.  We would like to recommend the following safety tips to parents and trick-or treaters to raise safety awareness. Motorists are urged to be especially alert on Halloween. Watch for children darting out from between parked cars
Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs. Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully. At twilight and later in the evening, watch for children in dark clothing. Continue Reading →

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ANIMAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO HOST EVENT FOR LOCAL PET OWNERS

TEXARKANA, TX- Animal Control Services for the City of Texarkana, Texas is hosting Bark at the Park.  This is a community-wide event promoting city registration and rabies vaccination for dogs and cats of local pet owners. The event will be on Saturday, October 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the pavilion near the Kylee Sullivan Dog Park in Spring Lake Park. Free three-year rabies vaccination will be offered for dogs and cats of all area residents, and city registration will be offered for Texarkana, Texas residents. Other vaccines will be available for a fee, and microchipping will be available for $30. Attendees will have the chance to win door prizes, from local vendors while learning more about the pet services available in Texarkana. Continue Reading →

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Gov. Hutchinson to Speak at TASD Grant Event

Texarkana, AR – Governor Asa Hutchinson will speak at the “Red Wall” on Wednesday October 6 at 9:30 a.m. about Texarkana Arkansas School District’s (TASD) new grant.  TASD has received the Magnet Assistance Program Grant.  The grant will continue to help TASD prepare students for post graduate lives in Texarkana and beyond. The event will be held at Arkansas High School at the Red Wall.  Parking will be reserved for the event next to the high school on Jefferson. Continue Reading →

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Sidney Lodge in Fouke Hosting Scholarship Fundraiser Saturday

Fouke, AR- On Saturday, October 7, Sidney Masonic Lodge in Fouke will be working again to raise funds for their scholarship program.  The lodge will serve BBQ sandwiches, chips, a drink and a desert all for $5.00.  Proceeds go directly into the scholarship fund.  The fund is awarded to one or more local high school graduates. In addition to the work and funds to help local high school graduates, the lodge also has several door prizes to award guest on Saturday. Continue Reading →

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Battle on the Border is Saturday October 7

 

Texarkana, USA – The Battle on the Border will once again arrive in Texarkana, USA this Saturday at noon.  Spring Lake Park will be the host site for bands, a chili cook-off and a 5K run.  In addition to this “Battle” events, the event will also host a variety of games and contest. In our digital age of televisions, electronic games, online gaming, and picture driven advertising, reading is often overlooked.  Reading is still an important need for children and adults. Continue Reading →

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TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR DINE ON THE LINE

Texarkana, AR/TX – Tickets are still available for Main Street Texarkana’s biggest fundraiser of the year, this Saturday’s Dine on the Line. The dinner and block party event will be held this Saturday from 4-9pm on State Line Avenue. Adult dinner tickets are $25 and ticket holders will receive a three course meal prepared by downtown favorites Verona and Pecan Point. The meal will consist of a salad, chicken and alligator sausage gumbo over rice, okra cornbread, and a homemade dessert. Kids dinner tickets, for small diners ages 12 and under, are $10 and will include chicken strips, mac n’cheese and a homemade chocolate chip cookie from downtown’s newest restaurant Johnny B’s. Continue Reading →

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