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Will The Alamo Fall Twice?

During the Presidential election of 1960, then-Senator John F. Kennedy while campaigning in Texas, made a brief visit to the Alamo. His speech, given in front of the historic mission yielded an iconic photo. Having completed his remarks and pressed for time, JFK reportedly asked San Antonio attorney Maury Maverick, Jr. if there was an exit in the back of the Alamo, to which Maverick replied, “there is no back door, that’s why they were all heroes.”

And so it is, that the Alamo and its remarkable history have been seared into the consciousness of our national character. It is the 19th century’s version of the Spartan 300, who stood defiantly against an overwhelming Persian army. The Alamo story is, in essence, our American Thermopylae, and the lodestar and standard of courage to which our fighting men and women aspire to till this day. Continue Reading →

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Miller County Republican Committee October Meeting

Miller County, AR – The Miller County Republican Committee will hold a monthly meeting Tuesday October 10 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 Republican Committee September Meeting

Miller County, AR – The Miller County Republican Committee will hold a monthly meeting Tuesday September 12 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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Caddo Commissioners Prepare to Vote and Spend Taxpayer’s Money

Caddo Parish, LA – When you look at the needs in Caddo Parish such as better roads,  improved police, firefighters, and Parish employee salaries, it’s hard to believe that the commissioners of this parish would be considering spending money that could be considered wasteful.  While it may be hard to believe, it appears that wasteful spending is what is about to happen in Caddo Parish.  As soon as Thursday, the commissioners will vote to spend upward of $200,000 or more of your tax dollars all on a project that they already received a committee report indicating it should not done.  A committee was assigned, spent countless hours reviewing the issue, and in the end recommended to the commission that they leave everything alone.  The commission appears to not be satisfied with citizen input and the committee’s report as they have decided to go ahead with yet another vote that could end up costing taxpayers an excess of $200,000 or more once it’s finished. For over one hundred years the Confederate Monument has stood in front of the Caddo Parish Courthouse.  The monument has stood there longer than the current courthouse has and is on what could be disputed property that may belong to another organization and not to the parish at all.  The Commission appointed a committee to study the possibility of moving the monument.  That committee, with hundreds stating to leave the monument alone and others stating it should be moved, recommended the monument remain.  The support for the monument was overwhelming and the cost of moving the monument would be burden for the parish tax payers.  Despite the committee’s recommendation, the commission is now preparing to vote on whether to proceed with moving the monument or not.  They are neglecting to tell the public a few important details:

A recent monument move of a much smaller monument in San Antonio, Texas had an estimated cost to the city of $150,000. The Caddo Parish Monument is much larger and will require much more care to move each individual part of it.  The cost could easily exceed $200,000 or more and some believe the removal and relocation could cost closer to a million dollars or more.  That is a cost the tax payers will directly carry. Moving monuments like this does not happen often without lawsuits. Continue Reading →

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Gov. Hutchinson Announces Arkansas & Facebook Techstart Partnership Expansion

 

HOT SPRINGS, AR–  Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced the details of an agreement with Facebook, Inc. to expand the company’s Techstart program to all Arkansas public high schools. The Arkansas & Facebook Techstart Partnership was a first-of-its-kind partnership with the social media giant. Under the original agreement announced earlier this year, Facebook donated approximately 400 Virtual Reality (VR) classroom kits, including computers, cameras and the Oculus Rift equipment necessary to administer the Techstart program to approximately 250 schools. This new agreement will expand the donation to all of the more than 360 public high schools in Arkansas. In addition, each school will receive an Oculus Rift touch controller and 30 virtual reality viewers. Continue Reading →

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces Appointments

 
LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced the following appointments:
 
Matt Keil, Texarkana, to the Pawnbroker Licensure Commission. Appointment expires August 1, 2020.  
Douglas Braswell, Little Rock, to the Pawnbroker Licensure Commission. Appointment expires August 1, 2024.  
Traci Lewellen, Van Buren, to the Pawnbroker Licensure Commission. 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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Bowie County Patriots Release Resolution Regarding TX House Speaker Strauss

Bowie County, TX – The Bowie County Patriots passed the following resolution overwhelmingly on Thursday evening the 27th of July 2017 at our weekly meeting:
Whereas, the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives is one of the most powerful and influential politicians in the State of Texas; and

Whereas, the current Speaker of the House has publicly stated that his constituency is NOT the people of Texas;

Whereas, under the rules of the House of Representatives the Speaker appoints committees, and appoints the Chairmen of those committees who then owe their positions to the Speaker; and further that the Speaker assigns bills to committees and is thus able to control which bills come to a vote and which do not through his influence over the various chairmen; and

Whereas, of the forty House committee chairmen appointed by the Speaker, fourteen are chaired by Democrats and twenty-one are chaired by the least conservative Republicans, according to the Rice University Study with none scoring in the top twenty most conservative; and

Whereas, very few conservative bills ever make it to the floor of the House for a vote, being stalled in one committee or another including the notorious and secretive Calendars Committee; and

Whereas, the Speaker has through such dilatory and obstructionist means, consistently denied the House the opportunity to act decisively upon the platform and priorities of the Convention of the Republican Party of Texas assembled in Dallas, Texas; and

Therefore, be it resolved that the Bowie County Patriots call upon our Texas House Representatives to call for a no-confidence vote for the Speaker of the House and elect a Conservative Speaker who will appoint conservative committee chairmen, who will bring conservative bills to the floor of the House of Representatives for an open and fair up or down vote.- – –
The Bowie County Patriots meet every Thursday at 6:30 PM at Smokey Joe’s BBQ in Nash TX. Meetings are open to the public, and participation is welcome. Interested individuals may also visit the Bowie County Patriots Online

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Brent Lawson Starts Campaign for State House

Challenging Larry Phillips in the Republican primary in March 2018

AUSTIN, TX- Today, Brent Lawson announced his campaign for Texas State Representative in District 62 against incumbent Larry Phillips. “Texas Republicans have had enough. It’s past time for the Joe Straus and Larry Phillips era of Texas politics to come to an end,” said Lawson. “I’m offering the people an opportunity to send a clear message to the Joe Straus establishment in Austin that ignoring the concerns of the taxpayers of District 62, and the obstruction of conservative reforms will no longer be tolerated.”

Lawson is a fourth generation Texan and an Electrical Engineer by profession. Brent and his wife Sandra have been married for 32 years and have been making the district their home for over two decades. Continue Reading →

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