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Recent Vehicle Burglaries and Thefts

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department has received numerous reports of vehicle break-ins and burglaries in the past several weeks. In most reported cases the vehicle was left unlocked with valuable items in plain sight.  TAPD is working diligently providing extra patrols, detective investigations, and undercover surveillance to cease this type of criminal activity.  

We are asking that all of our citizens become persistent in locking their vehicles. Ensuring all valuable items are not located inside the vehicle in plain sight. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas Children’s Hospital to Acquire TRIUX™ neo for Functional Brain Imaging

LITTLE ROCK, AR:  MEGIN (formerly Elekta Oy) announced today Arkansas Children’s Hospital has signed an agreement to acquire a TRIUX™ neo for functional brain imaging. MEG is a completely non-invasive diagnostic device and directly measures magnetic activity generated by neurons in the brain. TRIUX neo is being used in the diagnosis and assessment of complex neurological disruptions and is able to detect and localize neural events with millimeter accuracy and with millisecond resolution. This detection capability is impactful when diagnosing patients across a wide spectrum including epilepsy, brain tumors, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, and autism. “MEG is a state-of-the-art device that can precisely localize the source of seizures within the brain to help provide a life-changing cure for select children with uncontrolled epilepsy,” said Gregory Sharp, MD, chief of Neurology at Arkansas Children’s, the state’s only pediatric health system. Continue Reading →

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Bobby Ferguson Park Sign Progress Continues

Texarkana, AR – Enter Bobby Ferguson Park near UofA Way or pass it as you come off the Interstate and you’ll see a nice, rock sign on the hillside just inside the park informing you of the park’s name.  However, if you enter from the Fairgrounds end of the park, there is no sign to indicate the name of the park.  Soon, the lack of a park sign will not be a problem near the Four States Fairgrounds. The Texarkana Arkansas Beautiful Commission works to improve the appearance and beautification of Texarkana, Arkansas.   In addition to having clean-up days, dumpster trash days, planting days, and coordinating education about keeping the city clean, the commission has overseen the implementation of signs for city properties.  The most recent sign, the huge “Welcome to Texarkana” sign on the Interstate was one of the larger sign projects the commission has undertaken in recent years. The commission usually, through suggestions of need, etc. attempts to take on a sign project whenever it can afford to do so.  Funding is supplied through the A&P Commission and the City Beautiful Commission seeks bids, designs the signs, and implements the projects.  Once completed, several other groups, including city maintenance, the Master Gardners, and other volunteer groups join in to assist in planting, watering, and maintaining the signs for the city. The commission’s latest project is underway right now.  The unfinished sign is coming together on the southwest corner of Bobby Ferguson Park.  When finished, there will be two flag polls, the sign, lights, water, and plants to celebrate and enhance the new sign’s location. Continue Reading →

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Social Media Responds to Renaming of Hobo Jungle

Texarkana, AR – Hobo Jungle Park, at least as far as anyone seems to remember, was named after the “Hobos” who once frequented the area when it was owned by the railroads.  The term Hobo started in the late 1890s and referred to a person who would travel around the country seeking work.  Often this group of people would travel by train and stay near train yards or train stops.  When the train would prepare to leave, and the Hobo needed to travel to work, he would usually follow the tracks to the next town or he might “hop a train” and ride in an open freight car as far as he could.  After the city obtained the land, a park was put in that has eventually become a baseball and softball complex in the city of Texarkana, Arkansas.  The park has been named “Hobo Jungle Park” for as long as most citizens can remember, but on Saturday, June 23rd, the City of Texarkana Board met and renamed the park by a unanimous vote to the “Ermer Dansby Pondexter Sports Complex”. As it seems with most change, it did not take long for social media to come alive.  The pictures of the Mayor and others holding a certificate of the name change was published on the Texarkana Arkansas Facebook page and comments started flying.  While there were many positive comments on the name change, there appeared to be an overwhelming number of negative comments.  Comments ranged from “STOP CHANGING OUR LANDMARKS” to “I will still call it Hobo Jungle” and many others. People questioned the meeting and when it was announced.  Some noted that the Texarkana Gazette carried a short article about the meeting on Saturday, the same day as the meeting.  Someone else stated that they had seen it posted on the Facebook page on Saturday, again the same day as the meeting.  A quick look at the Facebook page did not show a note about the meeting and a look at the city calendar showed all stated board meetings on the first and third Mondays, which is normal for the city.  On the calendar for Saturday, June 23, 2018, there was no entry for any meeting or event on the city calendar.  

The posting on Facebook has continued to extend well beyond the twenty-four-hour mark now.  People go on to question facts like the recent poll by the Gazette where the majority did not want to rename the park, the odd timing of the meeting, and the fact that it appeared to be changed without allowing public input from citizens.  Most questioned who Mrs. Pondexter is and what she had to do with the park.  Theories ranged from she was a lady killed when the trains derailed, to she was an outstanding citizen advocate. While citizens continue to debate whether the name should or should not be changed, whether the city should have given more notice or not,  there should be no denying that Mrs. Pondexter is one of Texarkana, Arkansas’ shining stars. Continue Reading →

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Governor Hutchinson Announces $26 Million in New Federal Funds to Expand Child Care Assistance Program to Thousands of Families

Will eliminate the current waitlist for assistance

LITTLE ROCK – With $26 million in new federal child care block-grant funds coming to Arkansas, the Department of Human Services (DHS) can provide child care assistance for up to 3,800 additional children from low-income families – enough to eliminate a waiting list for assistance and still have available funding. This increases the number of children served through the DHS Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education by 70 percent. Currently, 2,056 eligible children are waiting for assistance because of past funding constraints. “I am grateful that Congress and President Trump saw fit to send more money back to the states,” Governor Asa Hutchinson said. “Success in life depends to a large degree on the quality of education early in life. Continue Reading →

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Governor Hutchinson Announces that CMS Approves Work Requirement for Arkansas Works Enrollees

Change designed to help struggling Arkansans gain new skills, jobs so they can move up economic ladder

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson announced Monday that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the State’s request to implement a work requirement for Arkansas Works enrollees. With this approval, Arkansas becomes one of only three states that currently mandates work for people who want to keep health benefits funded by Medicaid expansion dollars. Governor Hutchinson said the change promotes personal responsibility and will help low-income Arkansans move up the economic ladder. “I have often said that Arkansans understand the dignity of work,” Governor Hutchinson said. “The approval of this work requirement will go a long way to create opportunities for able-bodied working-age Arkansans to enter into training or employment and ultimately climb the economic ladder. Continue Reading →

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Hiring and Firing Seminar Scheduled in El Dorado

Southern Arkansas University with First Financial Bank and the Eldorado Chamber of Commerce present:

Hiring and Firing the Right Way—HR Seminar for Small Businesses
The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center and the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce presents “Hiring and Firing the Right Way—HR Seminar for Small Businesses.” Learn how to establish a complete hiring and onboarding process and how to avoid pitfalls of an erroneous employee termination. Registration for the event is required as seating is limited!  Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 1:00 PM
 El Dorado Chamber of Commerce
Board Room
111 W Main St. El Dorado, Arkansas
SPEAKER: Janell Morton, Center Director, Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center
FREE! For more information or to pre-register, contact Kristen Cribb. Continue Reading →

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Fouke Community Center to Host a Meet and Greet with Jan Morgan

Fouke, AR-  The Fouke Community Center will open its doors Friday the 19th at 6:00 p.m. to host a Meet and Greet with Governor candidate Jan Morgan.  Morgan, a former newscaster in the Texarkana area and owner of a gun range in Hot Springs, Arkansas recently announced her candidacy for Governor.  She is running with the motto “Regnat Populus” or “The People Rule”.   The motto is not only the motto for Morgan’s campaign, but it is also the Arkansas state motto and can be found on the state symbol written on a scroll held by the eagle. Morgan will be running in the Republican primary against in combat Governor Asa Hutchinson. Continue Reading →

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Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall 2018 Calendars

Texarkana, USA – It’s now four days into the new year and your phone calendars have all updated, so now it’s time to finally consider a wall calendar.  You still know what a wall calendar is, right?  It’s those paper – yes paper- calendars with pictures we all love.  Some people get calendars with pictures of mountains, the Dallas Cowboys, cheerleaders, or a favorite movie or theme so that it can decorate your wall for the year to come.  Right about now those calendars are starting to be marked down and if you’re like me you’re just about ready to run out and buy a few to place around the home or office. Now, before you run out and buy your favorite baseball team’s calendar, you need to ask yourself one question.  Can I make my calendar mean something this year?  The answer is “Yes”!  Not only can you have an outstanding calendar for 2018, but you can make sure that your donation for the calendar goes 100% for a local charity. The Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall organization is offering 2018 calendars.  Supply is limited, so you need to hurry.  You can go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/texarkanafallenbikersmemorialwall/ or call 903-244-1883 to get yours.  The cost is only $10 and you will know that your money is not going to some calendar company somewhere far off…instead it’s going right here in Texarkana, USA and to a 501 (c) (3) organization working to bring a memorial wall to our community.  Don’t wait – call now and decorate your wall while you help build the memorial wall. Online: https://www.facebook.com/texarkanafallenbikersmemorialwall/

Call: 903-244-1883

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World War I Tree Dedication Ceremony Friday

Texarkana, AR- In 2018, the world will recognize the 100th anniversary of the year that the first great worldwide conflict ended.  It was called the “Great War”, “The War to end all Wars,” and eventually “The First World War,” or “World War I”.  The war would originate in Europe and drag almost all nations into it.  It would see the first major use of air power to gain an upper hand on scouting enemy troops and eventually the first air-to-air combat casualties would begin to pile up.  It would be the last war to see any major use of cavalry troops and the first to see iron vehicles rolling to kill both troops and civilians.  Trench warfare, only introduced in previous wars when armies were severely outnumbered, would become a normal day on the front.  Gas would be used to kill troops, and the bertha gun, a fully automatic machine gun, would introduce the world to the ability to kill like never before.  Despite all the stories, sometimes lost with the history of the second war, the surprising fact is that in 2018, it will be one hundred years since the guns went silent.   The Arkansas WWI Centennial intends to ensure that the year is marked and remembered for generations to come. This Friday at 10:00 a.m. the Arkansas WWI Centennial will provide a memorial tree to Miller County, Arkansas.   Working with the Arkansas Department of Heritage and the Arkansas Forestry Commission the Centennial tree will mark one hundred years since the end of World War I.  According to Mary Beck with Texarkana, Arkansas the tree is a two-year-old Willow Oak.  The trees have been offered to all counties in Arkansas on a first come, first serve basis. In addition to the tree being planted the local Veterans organization will have a short program and dedication.  The tree will be planted with soil from the Meuse-Argonne cemtary near Belgium.  The cemetery is the final resting place of 14,000 U.S. soldiers who are part of the AEF fighting in the war.  Mary Beck, whose grandfather was a WWI Veteran, stated that there is water near where the tree will be planted and that later they plan to place a memorial on the site. The dedication will be Friday 15th at 10 a.m. at 350 E. Front Street, Texarkana, AR.  The public, press and all Veterans are invited and encouraged to attend.  

The planned event will follow this outline:

Opening by TAVC President Greg Beck

Prayer by Robert Hernandez

City of Texarkana, Arkansas Mayor Ruth Penney Bell

Mary Beck, City Planner for the City of Texarkana, Ark. Continue Reading →

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