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MILLER COUNTY PARTNERS WITH ARKANSAS SECRETARY OF STATE FOR NEW VOTING EQUIPMENT

Miller County, AR- At the June meeting of the Miller County Quorum Court, Linda Crawford, Miller County Election Coordinator, informed Justices of the Peace that County Judge Roy John McNatt signed a contract for new voting equipment with the state vendor, Election Systems and Software (ES&S) of Omaha, Nebraska. The Quorum Court has been working for the past several months to secure the County’s portion of funding in the event the Secretary of State’s office had additional funding available.  In April 2017, The Secretary of State’s office sent a letter to each of the 63 counties who did not have new voting equipment.  The letter stated that limited funds were available to counties on a fifty percent partnership with the Secretary of State paying 50% and each county contributing the remaining 50%. Because of the foresight of Election Coordinator Linda Crawford, the Miller County Elections Commission, the Quorum Court and the County Judge, Miller County was able to immediately send a return letter to the Secretary of State confirming Miller County’s 50% share of the funding was in place.  The total cost of new voting equipment for the thirteen poll locations, early voting at the Courthouse, and the new system for election night reporting is approximately $400,000.00. The new machines will be used during the 2017 School Elections. The equipment will arrive in approximately 200 boxes which will be unloaded, assembled, tested, and stored with the assistance of ES&S. Continue Reading →

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Emergency Responders Working Together in Miller County

Miller County, AR-On June 15, 2017, the four states region received news from the Miller County Sheriff’s office that the body of Ryan Shane Johnson of Fouke, Arkansas had been recovered from the Sulfur River at the Smith Park Landing.  While the news was devastating to family, friends, and the community, there was a positive side regarding the efforts that were made to find Mr. Johnson.   The search for Mr. Johnson was not an exclusive Miller County Sheriff’s Office operation.  The fact is, much like any disaster or search to take place in the area, the entire region came together. For the search for Mr. Johnson, there was no concerns about state boundaries, districts, county lines, city or county officials.  There was only a concern to search and find Mr. Johnson.  That concern transcended boundaries not because of pay, or legal standings, but because Mr. Johnson needed people to care and search for him, and they did just that.  People came from the city, from Texas, from other areas of Arkansas and all around to help.  In the words of the Press Release from the Miller County Sheriff’s Office “Each of these entities devoted many hours assisting in the recovery.”

Too often we limit ourselves to our own cities, towns, states, or counties.  People sometimes think in terms of “Well that’s a county problem” or “That’s a Texas side problem” or “That’s an Arkansas side problem,” but we forget that the people acting as responders do not think that way.  Their thought patterns are different and instead they think, “Someone needs help.”  These people, regardless of boundaries or their assigned areas, are the ones you see running toward a disaster, or a need when others are running away.  When the call goes out for help, they are the ones who come. When the call went out for help to find Mr. Johnson, true to their oaths, their dedication, and their training, they came.  Below is a list of those who crossed the lines and boundaries because someone needed them.  They are owed a huge amount of gratitude from everyone in the area and especially from Miller County, Arkansas:

Corp of Engineers

Texas Parks and Wildlife

The Salvation Army

Red Cross

Bowie County Sheriff’s Office

Genoa Volunteer Fire Department

Boggy Creek Volunteer Fire Department

Mandeville Volunteer Fire Department

Doddridge Volunteer Fire Department

Bowie County Dive Team

Miller County Office of Emergency Management

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department

Bright Star Volunteer Fire Department

Many volunteers from several communities

 

We should all be thankful to know that living in this region affords us access to some of the finest emergency response people in all the country.  The groups above dedicated many hours and for that the entire community should show gratitude and thanks.   Continue Reading →

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Four States News Expands Social Media Reach

The Four States News (FSN) is proud to announce we have added additional Facebook Groups online. The FSN is a “Community Journalism site.”  We focus on events in communities such as church happenings, school events, and other issues often not covered by mainstream media.  We are not looking to cover the latest wreck or the latest Congressional issues.  Instead of a broad focus, we might focus on a Congressional leader who visits the four states area, or we might focus on the impact someone had on others who happened to pass away from injuries of a wreck.  We want stories based on what’s important to you and your community.  Anyone can write that a great citizen passed away at a certain age and left behind a list of relatives, but we want to know and share how that great citizen changed his family, his or her friends, and touched the lives of those she may have known.  Community Journalism is driven by two factors – contributors or people taking time to write something and submit it, and the community’s desire to know more, understand what’s happening on a deeper or more “hometown” level. We also recognize that we can not possibly cover all the stories.  In our area we have several outstanding, online publications.  You may have seen Texarkana Today or Jeff Easterling’s outstanding Texarkana FYI  .   You have also likely seen the long-standing, now-online also publication for the Texarkana Gazette .   It also seems like new publications are popping up daily like the new  ArkLaTex Post. Because we focus not just on Texarkana, but on the surrounding area of the four states, we thought it was time to allow those areas to have a reference point for articles directly related to them and to share articles.  These new groups will allow people to easily share post from any news outlet with links back to the original publication.  Together we can share news not only published from FSN, but also from any major or minor publication touching on important events or happenings. Currently we have Four States News Community Post  our first set up to allow sharing of news from around the Texas and Arkansas.  We have just added Oklahoma Four States News Community Post  and Louisiana Four States News Community Post. Continue Reading →

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State Now Accepting Applications for Regional Crisis Stabilization Units, Gov. Hutchinson Announces

Interested Governmental Entities Encouraged to Apply

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Hutchinson today announced that the application process for Crisis Stabilization Units is now open. Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU) were a major part of Governor Hutchinson’s 2017 legislative agenda after they were recommended by the Criminal Justice Task Force. Act 423, establishing the CSU pilot program, received strong bipartisan support in both houses of the legislature and was signed into law by Governor Hutchinson on March 8, 2017. CSUs are short term clinical facilities that provide assessment and treatment services for individuals with behavioral health conditions. The goal of these centers is to reduce the number of mentally ill and others with behavioral health conditions who enter jails and emergency rooms; these facilities are not designed or equipped to handle individuals with these conditions. 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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2017 Bandit Run Marks 40 Years of the Bandit

Texarkana, USA – It’s been 40 years since the words “East Bound and down…” screamed out at silver screens across the nation.   Those words continued into the theme song right up until the point where Jerry Reed sang, “The boys are thirsty in Atlanta and there’s beer in Texarkana.”  At that moment Texarkana added another star as a place in cinema history.  Burt Reynolds tore out of Texarkana in that black Trans AM and cleared the way of “Smokies” by keeping them busy so the big truck could get the beer to Atlanta. 

40 years later the town given credit for where it all started will be celebrating again June 17-18. Continue Reading →

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Miller County Republican Committee Meeting June 2017

Miller County, AR – The Miller County Republican Committee will hold a monthly meeting Tuesday June 13 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 Arkansas Police Announce Recent Promotions

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department is pleased to announce the recent promotion of three officers. Lieutenant Todd Harness has been promoted to the rank of Captain. Captain Harness began his law enforcement career with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department in September of 1995. Prior to TAPD Cpt. Harness served as a deputy for Bowie County Sheriff’s Office and served in the United States Air Force. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Arkansas Board Takes Action After Silencing the Public

The information below was submitted by citizen Dwayne Hall in narrative format and is unchanged.  

Texarkana, AR – The Texarkana Arkansas Board voted to take action in furtherance of their Agenda Item #11 after silencing the public who asked to speak. An item on the Board’s agenda was entitled “Adopt an Ordinance authorizing and directing the City Manager to adjust the Public Works Department Fees.”

Dwayne Hall, a citizen who attended the meeting requested to speak, and the Mayor refused to allow him. He had filled out a card that gave notice of his opposition to the ordinance. When the item was introduced by Public Works Director, Jeff Whitten, the Board discussed the type of action that they might take. Continue Reading →

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Update from the Fouke Farmers’ Market

The information and pictures comes from Kevin and Ashley Matthews regarding the Fouke Farmers’ Market

June 3, 2017, Fouke, AR- The news is spreading fast about our small town market! Today was our unofficial first day to be able to come together with the exception of some of the vendors being out due to unforeseen circumstances but next week we intend to be in full swing! This week the theme was “kids day”. We did “pinch pot planters” for any child that visited the market. Next week the theme is “reuse reduce and recycle” so we will be planting in old toys rubber boots and what ever else we come across! Continue Reading →

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