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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 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:

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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Coding Academy Scholarships Expand to Include Adults, Gov. Hutchinson, ARCodeKids Announce

LITTLE ROCK – ARCodeKids is creating a program to include 12 adults who each will receive a $6,000 scholarship to attend the 12-week Arkansas Coding Academy, Governor Asa Hutchinson and ARCodeKids representatives announced at the capitol today.  
These scholarships will provide adult Arkansans who already are in the workforce with new skills in a high-need area. Four of the 12 scholarships have been designated for employees of Arkansas state government—one from each of the state’s four congressional districts. The four state employees selected will receive paid leave from the state during the academy.  
Governor Hutchinson also announced that enrollment in state high school computer science classes has increased by 12 percent over the 2016-2017 school year. Continue Reading →

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Miller County Burn Ban Goes Into Effect

Miller County, AR- Late this afternoon Miller County Judge Roy John McNatt issued a burn ban for the county.  Postings and notifications were presented online through various formats such as Facebook, some officials in the county, and through other social media outlets.  It is assumed that the ban will be presented in the paper in the morning. Some citizens immediately noted on social media that it was “about time.”  Others immediately began to share the news with neighbors and friends.    Several counties in Arkansas have already had burn bans in places for weeks.  The county judge reserves the right to issue or withdraw any burn bans for the county.  Bans are usually issued based on input from forestry officials, state officials, and fire departments.  Citizens should be advised that burning during a ban is considered illegal and could result in a potential fine. Any questions or concerns about the ban should be directed to the Miller County Courthouse and Judge Roy John McNatt’s office.   Continue Reading →

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Murder Investigation in Texarkana, Arkansas

Texarkana, AR- On Sunday, November 26th, 2017, at approximately 3:30am, Texarkana Arkansas Police responded to the 900 block of Linden Avenue in reference to a reported crashed vehicle.  Upon arrival TAPD Officers located a Chevrolet Colorado in a small vacant lot crashed into a tree.  Inside the vehicle was one individual, who was identified as Jarrod Klein, 27 year old of Texarkana, Texas was deceased.  Initial investigation revealed Klein suffered several stab wounds.   Klein’s body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for autopsy. TAPD Criminal Investigation Division is currently working diligently to develop suspect information. This investigation is ongoing. Continue Reading →

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County Government Slows to Honor Veterans

Miller County, AR- Many people let Veteran’s Day slide past last weekend without much notice, but the elected officials and staff at the Miller County Courthouse did not as they rose above their office duties to do more.  In the middle of fall decorations, pumpkin contest, preparations for the Christmas season, and the recent influx of taxpayers taking care of taxes, officials and staff paused last Friday to honor veterans. Each office decorated, put up signs, prepared food and snacks, and opened their doors wide to those who have stepped up to answer the call to defend our freedoms.  Everyone from the county judge down to the maintenance staff in the building knows that without veterans, there simply would be no national, state, city, or county government to run. Stephanie Harvin, Miller County Clerk, posted several pictures on the office Facebook account.  You can see staff decked out in red, white and blue, and flags, banners, and food all around.  The event was not to be dismissed as little.  Miller County Judge Roy John McNatt stated that it was a great event and that he was able to visit each office in the courthouse and see the decorations.   Veterans from across the area dropped in, had a snack and visited with local officials and staff. 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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