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STATE LINE AVENUE COMES ALIVE FOR DINE ON THE LINE

Texarkana, AR/TX –  On October 7, 2017, Main Street Texarkana will hold its third annual fundraising dinner and street party, Dine on the Line. Celebrating the state line that makes historic downtown Texarkana a unique two-state downtown, the street will be closed for the evening so that guests can enjoy dinner and revelry “on the line.”

The centerpiece of the evening is the extra long dining table stretching down the center of State Line, so that half of the diners are in Texas and half are in Arkansas. Dinner this year will be a culmination of efforts between downtown restaurants. “Our guests will get a three-course dinner from Pecan Point Gastropub & Brewery and Verona Italian Restaurant,” said Main Street Executive Director Ina McDowell. “Another downtown restaurant, Johnny B’s, is making a plate just for kids with chicken strips, mac n’cheese and a cookie. Continue Reading →

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Equality Texarkana Plans “La Fiesta de los Muertos”

Local Equality Group Announces Annual Fundraising Gala
Texarkana, TX:  Equality Texarkana will be holding a masquerade ball titled “La Fiesta de los Muertos” on October 14, 2017 at Twin Cities Event Center. Costumes are welcomed but not required.  Doors will open at 7pm.  Tickets are on sale now and cost $35 for Equality Texarkana members and students, and $40 for the general public. They can be bought online at equalitytexarkana.org or purchased from board members and officers of the organization.  Tickets include a full authentic Mexican meal and beverages. This will be a twenty-one and up event due to the fact that alcohol will be served. Jimmy Pope, Jr, founder and CEO of Equality Texarkana, explained the significance of the gala’s title, which translates to “The Party of the Dead.” He stated, “On October 14, 2017 we will be remembering our past and celebrating our future.  We will be honoring the lives of those who fought for equality and have left us, and recognizing that we have the power to change the future of our community for the better by following their example.”
Equality Texarkana provides free group counseling for adolescent and adult LGBTQ people, support groups for transgender people and parents of LGBTQ children, a youth volunteer and social group, affirming spiritual support, and also sponsors public events such as an annual pride picnic and pride march, and social dinners throughout the year.  Funds raised from ticket sales and a silent auction will go toward continuing these services and future events. Continue Reading →

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Governor’s Small Business Forum Coming to Texarkana

Texarkana, USA – Go ahead and mark October 26th on your calendar: Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Workforce Commission have partnered with the City of Texarkana, Texas and a host of other local organizations to bring a Small Business Forum to us! Please consider registering for this event early by clicking here. Also, please help us spread the word to EVERYONE in town by forwarding this Save-the-Date, especially entrepreneurs, small business owners, the self-employed, students, banking, real estate, and start-up sector, and community leaders. This event is meant for all of Texarkana, USA, so please help us make a big splash! Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Arts and Historic District to host free Downtown Bike Tours

TEXARKANA, TX- The Texarkana Arts and Historic District will be hosting free bike tours of downtown Texarkana four Fridays this fall to showcase the District and encourage residents to engage in active modes of transportation. The guided bike tours will be offered the last two Fridays of September (September 22 and September 29) and the first two Fridays of October (October 6 and October 13). Tours will begin and end at the Museum of Regional History and take place from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Those interested in attending can rent a bike from Texarkana’s UPcycle Bike Rental Program for $5 per day or bring their own. The District is encouraging residents to use bicycles or other similar forms of transportation as their primary means of exploring downtown to show support for local cyclists and active modes of transportation. While reservations are not required, bike rentals are limited and will be handled on a first come, first serve basis. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, Arkansas to Celebrate 34th Annual National Night Out

Texarkana, AR-On Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, citizens in neighborhoods across Texarkana, Arkansas will be turning their lights on and getting together with friends and neighbors for an evening outside to celebrate the “34th Annual NATIONAL NIGHT OUT”. The National Night Out has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote “neighborhood spirit” and “community partnerships”.  National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to: (1) Heighten crime prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Representatives from the Police Department, Fire Department, and City Hall will start our visits this year at approximately 6:00pm.  We’ll be available for questions and you can share your concerns about police services in your neighborhood. If you are interested in participating in this exceptional community event, please call and register your party at 903-798-3187 or by email at kbennett@txkusa.org .  Don’t delay! Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice. Continue Reading →

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CASA Colorful 5K to Add Super Hero Run

Texarkana, USA-CASA of Texarkana is having their fifth annual Colorful 5K for children and families on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Trinity Baptist Church on the corner of loop 245 and Trinity Boulevard. This year CASA is delighted to add “Run as Your Favorite Super Hero” to the annual family fun event.  The new twist came from the idea that every one of our children needs a Hero, but abused and neglected children need Super Heroes! Join in the excitement and fun of a color powder 5K at Trinity Baptist Church’s cross-country track and come dressed as your favorite Super Hero.  There will be an opportunity to get your child’s photo taken with our Super Heroes that are real advocates for abused children. You can register online for the race at www.runsignup.com/casacolorful5k or at www.casatexarkana.org/colorful5K. The day of the event, late registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. A children’s fun run will be at 8:30a.m. (ages 5-12). Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Arkansas Schools Prepare for Eclipse

 

Texarkana, AR – Monday will mark the first total eclipse in the United States since 1918.  Like many parents, I wondered what would be the safest thing to do.  I thought about taking kids out of school, watching it on television or the Internet, or maybe just sending the approved glasses with the kids to school.  I had asked that they find out what was being done at school. We had heard nothing until today when Texarkana Arkansas School District Superintendent Becky Kesler issued a statement. Arkansas side citizens have come to expect a thoughtful and professional approach from Dr. Kesler, and with her message she did not disappoint.  As would be expected, the care of the students was the main concern for the district.   The memo indicates that live streams will be available in school, those with approved glasses and permission slips may view the event, and that the outside transition of classes will be limited.  The message further noted that a parent or guardian could check a child out for the event and the school would not count that day against attendance. The Four States News commends the Arkansas School District and Dr. Becky Kesler for taking advanced precautions and putting plans in place to ensure this educational event can be safely experienced.  Taking the additional step of allowing children to leave school so that they can experience the event with guardians or parents shows a forward-thinking step above and beyond what is required. A copy of the memo may be viewed online at the Texarkana Arkansas School District Facebook page. 
 

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Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall Dedication Ceremony Saturday

Texarkana, TX-Ask around and you are bound to find someone that knows a motorcycle rider.  Ask a little further, and you will likely find someone affected by the death of a motorcycle rider.  Whether it was a rider’s fault, a careless motorist not paying attention, or just an unavoidable accident, the fact is motorcycles and their riders do not always do well in crashes.  In fact, too many times the rider of the bike ends up severely injured, or even dead. Unfortunately, drivers of cars are more likely to not see a motorcycle than a car.  In many cases after an accident, the distraught driver of the car has stated simply, “I did not see the bike.”  When this happens, the driver, the biker’s family and friends, and others are changed forever in many instances.  A friend, husband, brother, son, daughter, etc. is lost.  Those people, many our friends, become “Fallen Bikers”. The Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall became a mission of local bikers to remember their fallen friends and family.  It also became a mission to help educate drivers about the need to pay attention, watch for bikes, and “share the road.” Sometime ago the group came together and started fundraising, developing a mission and finding the land.  Once the land was found, the need to increase funding became a priority.  Donations have been made, hats, shirts, yard signs, and other materials have lead the way as donations methods to help raise the money. Soon, thanks to citizens of the area and around the country, Texarkana will have a Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall.  This Saturday (August 19) at 10:30 a.m. the dedication will be made.  City leaders will be present and the land will be dedicated to the Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall.   The wall’s location will be 1600 South Stateline Avenue.  Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall President Mike Thacker has noted that the area was once a paintball game range.   It will be mowed, cleared, and a design for the wall, a walking path, and meditation areas will be put in soon.  People are expected to attend the dedication from across the country. Continue Reading →

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JASTER NAMED INTERIM CITY MANAGER

 

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas is pleased to announce the appointment of Shirley Jaster as Interim City Manager. The City Council confirmed Jaster’s appointment on Friday, August 4th, 2017 after former City Manager John Whitson announced his retirement. Whitson served the City of Texarkana, Texas for the past 4 and a half years, and plans to retire to Oklahoma to live near his daughter and new granddaughter. Jaster, a Texarkana native, has filled various positions at the City of Texarkana for the past 25 years, most recently as a Deputy City Manager- Development. She has also been the Director of Planning, Director of Community Services, Director of Community and Public Works and Assistant City Manager. Continue Reading →

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BUDGET OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 7

 

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas will host two open house sessions regarding the city’s budget on Monday, August 7 at City Hall. Residents are invited to come provide input regarding the proposed budget at each meeting. The first open house is scheduled from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., followed by the second open house from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Lisa Thompson at lisa.thompson@txkusa.org or 903-798-1743. Continue Reading →

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