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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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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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