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DPS Urges Drivers to Fill Up on Safety for Thanksgiving

AUSTIN – As Texans prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding motorists to make safety a priority and to enjoy the holiday weekend responsibly. “Thanksgiving should be a time of celebration with family and friends, and we are encouraging everyone to take some simple but potentially life-saving steps to celebrate responsibly,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “DPS Troopers will also be on the lookout for drivers who needlessly endanger others by disregarding the law. Everyone, especially motorists, has a part to play in keeping our roadways safe, and it is imperative that you take this responsibility seriously.”

DPS Troopers, and other Texas law enforcement agencies, will be patrolling Texas around-the-clock during the holiday weekend looking for drunk drivers, speeders, seat belt violators and other motorists who are endangering themselves or the public. During the Thanksgiving weekend in 2016, DPS troopers issued 51,592 traffic citations and warnings for a variety of violations, including speeding, no insurance and seat belt/child safety seat usage. Continue Reading →

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Cities Team Up for Small Business Saturday

Texarkana, TX & AR- The City of Texarkana, Texas has partnered with the City of Texarkana, Arkansas and American Express to encourage residents on both sides of the state line to participate in Small Business Saturday on November 25 by shopping at small and local businesses. Residents are encouraged to show their support for the small businesses of the area by taking time out of their busy Thanksgiving weekend to shop small and shop local. Businesses wishing to participate in Small Business Saturday are encouraged to stop by either City Hall before Nov. 22nd to receive a free small business packet containing complementary promotional items. Additionally, small businesses can visit to create custom promotional materials for the day. The City of Texarkana, Texas will be creating a Small Business Saturday guide for shoppers and asks local businesses who are planning Small Business Saturday promotions or activities to connect with us via the City’s Facebook page or Instagram account so that they may be included in the guide. Continue Reading →

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Thanksgiving Holiday Seatbelt Mobilization

The Thanksgiving holidays is one of the busiest time of year, and to help save lives on our roadways, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will be teaming with other state and local law enforcement agencies across the country to crack down on seatbelt violations. Statistics show that the Thanksgiving holidays period can turn deadly for motor vehicle occupants, something that is made more dangerous when the occupants of motor vehicles fail to wear their safety belts. During the week of November 20, 2017, through November 26, 2017, Officers with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will be working the State Seatbelt Mobilization. Extra officers will be out and about looking for occupant restraint violations. Arkansas State Law requires that all front seat passengers and any passenger under 15 years of age be buckled up. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ratcliffe votes for biggest tax cut package since Reagan

Creates 80,000 Texas jobs and adds $2,600 in after-tax income for middle-class Texas families

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) voted today for the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) in the U.S. House of Representatives. As the biggest reform of our tax code since 1986, this bill will create bigger paychecks, create more jobs and allow 9 out of 10 Americans to file taxes on a postcard. “I’ve heard far too many of the hard-working Northeast Texans I represent tell me about how our overly complex and convoluted tax code makes it tough or nearly impossible for them to support their families or grow their businesses,” Ratcliffe said. “The passage of our House Republican tax reform bill will finally offer them the relief they deserve, and I was proud to support it as a measure that truly provides a strong dose of the fiscally conservative values for Washington that have allowed Texas’ economy to thrive.”

In addition to creating nearly 1 million jobs nationwide, the legislation will create more than 80,000 jobs in Texas and allow middle-class families in the state of Texas to take home an extra $2,600 each year. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act also maintains the current tax rate for millionaires to ensure that lower and middle-income families are given maximum relief. Continue Reading →

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Civilian Response to Critical Incidents

Texarkana, AR- The tragic active shooter events our nation has recently suffered has generated many requests from local churches and businesses.  Many Arkansas Churches are concerned about church security and have been inquiring from TAPD about church safety.  From the beginning of Robert Harrison’s Police Chief tenure in 1992 we have been actively patrolling our Churches during designated congregation times and school campuses. TAPD has several Officers certified to teach the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) and the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events

(C.R.A.S.E.) course.  Both courses cover armed and unarmed response to active shooter events. This training is available to any business or place of worship in our community. We realize every facility is unique with certain goals and polices.   We will work together to create a program tailored specifically to meet the needs of your facility. Continue Reading →

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Miller County Republican Committee November Meeting

Miller County, AR – The Miller County Republican Committee will hold a monthly meeting Tuesday November 14 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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Texarkana Awarded State and Federal Funds for Homeless Service Providers

TEXARKANA, TEXAS—The City of Texarkana, Texas has been awarded $449,786 in homelessness assistance funding as part of a grant competition under the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program from the U.S. Department of Housing Urban Development. The City of Texarkana, Texas applied for ESG funds with homeless services providers including Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter and the Ark-Tex Council of Governments as members of the Texarkana Homeless Coalition. The goal of the program is to provide services necessary to help persons at-risk of homelessness or homeless quickly regain stability in permanent housing. Executive Director of Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter and Texarkana Homeless Coalition Homeless Count Committee Chair, Jennifer Laurent, says the funding is important to provide expanded services and coordinated access in Texarkana. “The expanded ability to serve, paired with the services offered from partner agencies, will make all the difference for so many seeking assistance. Continue Reading →

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Equality Texarkana World Aids Day 2017


Texarkana, AR, November 8, 2017– Equality Texarkana has partnered with ARcare, SWA-NET HIV Coalition, and Special Health Resources of East Texas and on Friday, December 1, 2017 Equality Texarkana will host an eventful day where they will commemorate those lost to AIDS related illnesses, those who are living and thriving with HIV, in addition to providing free HIV testing, information, giveaways, and lots more! The day will begin at 11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., at 300 East 6th Street, Texarkana, Arkansas, in the AHEC Lecture Hall–located upstairs. During this time, there will be free HIV testing, at absolutely no costs to the patrons. The HIV tests provided are administered via mouth swab and are pain free, again–there is no costs to patrons. “World AIDS Day was first instituted on December 1, 1988. Continue Reading →

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Writers of Texarkana, USA to Meet Thursday

Texarkana, USA – The group, Writers of Texarkana, USA, will meet Thursday at 6:00 p.m. for their monthly meeting at 915 E 3rd Street, Texarkana, Arkansas.  This will be the third meeting of the group held at the Red Letter Church location. Any writer of any style is welcome to attend meetings.  During the meetings writers discuss techniques, styles, and complete writing exercises.  Writers also share short stories, poems, manuscripts, music lyrics, and other forms of writing with the group for feedback.  Writers are not required to share any work if they do not wish to do so, but all are welcome. The group’s Facebook page can be found at:


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Body of Anthony Carmeli Found

Texarkana, TX-  The Texarkana, Texas Police are reporting that they have found the body of Anthony Carmeli.  The investigation is on-going at this time, but early reports indicate that he was found near 3rd Street on the Texarkana, Texas side. Family members, police and the community have been searching for Mr. Carmeli since he disappeared on September 11 of this year.  Flyers, online and hard copy presses have run the story across the four states area.  Mt. Carmelia’s body has been sent to Dallas for an autopsy. At this time the Four States News would like to ask the community to honor the family and their private time of grief.  We ask that the community come together in prayer for the family, the officers working this case, and others affected by Mr. Carmeli’s death.   Continue Reading →

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