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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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Edwards Masonic Lodge Installs 2018 Officers

Texarkana, AR – Edwards Masonic Lodge of Texarkana held an installation Tuesday evening and installed most of the officers for 2018.  Edwards Masonic Lodge is located on Hwy 71 and has been in operation for over one hundred years.  The current lodge was built in the 1940s. Edwards Masonic Lodge is recognized by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Arkansas.   Edwards meets with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a monthly meeting each month on the first Tuesday.  All area masons are welcome to attend. Continue Reading →

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Christmas Parade in Texarkana Monday 4th

Texarkana, USA-  There’s just now starting to be a slight chill in the air, decorations are appearing everywhere and every year on the first Monday of December something magical happens in Texarkana.  It’s a special first Monday in December that Santa Clause sets aside a few hours to visit Texarkana before his nighttime run later in the month. Santa Clause will sneak into Texarkana – likely landing out at the Texarkana Airport – make his way secretly downtown and take up his honored position at the end of the parade line.  On December 4, at 7:00 p.m. the parade will kick off with local high school bands, drill teams, cheer leaders, scout groups, and floats.  Children, young and old, will watch the parade from the sidelines and if they are lucky, they will get a glimpse of the man in the red suit at the end of the parade waving to all the children! Parade information can be found on Main Street Texarkana’s Website and then theme this year is “Gingerbread Village.”   There will be plenty of vendors on hand, music, and fun for the entire family.   Also, if you have not already noticed many of the downtown businesses have decorated windows for the season.  It’s a great time to go downtown and see window decorations anytime during the season. Remember, you don’t want to miss the 33rd Annual Main Street Christmas Parade in downtown Texarkana.  It all starts at 7:00 p.m. on the 4th – so come on out and join the fun!   Continue Reading →

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2017 Annual Shop with a Cop and Cops and Kids Night

It’s time once again to extend Christmas cheer. On Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 the Shop with a Cop event will take place.  During this event a child will be given $100 to shop for Christmas gifts with a police officer at Wal-Mart on Arkansas Blvd.  Officers from all over Texarkana will line up at the Bi-State at 8:30am and convoy with lights and sirens to Wal-Mart.  This year, with the continuous support of our local contributors, almost 100 children from here in Texarkana will receive something special this holiday season. Shop with a Cop

December 5th, 2017, 9:00am. Wal-Mart, 133 Arkansas Blvd, Texarkana, AR
 On Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 the annual the annual Cops and Kids meal has been scheduled at the Four States Fairgrounds. Police Officers of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will meet at the station at 5:00pm and form two convoys; one parade formation will travel to The Texarkana Baptist Orphanage and the other to The Watersprings Ranch. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Farmers’ Market to host 4th Annual Christmas Market

TEXARKANA, TX-  The Texarkana, Texas Farmers’ Market will host its Fourth Annual Christmas Market from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 4 in downtown Texarkana. The market will be held in conjunction with Main Street Texarkana’s Christmas Parade. The Christmas Market, located at 305 Texas Boulevard, will feature local vendors from the Ark-La-Tex region. Highlights of the Market will include homemade jams and jellies, artisan crafts, baked goods from Bee the Blessing Bakery, Christmas trees from the Texarkana Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm, and more. Limited vendor space is available. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Awarded TXDOT Sidewalk Funding

TEXARKANA, TX – The City of Texarkana, Texas was recently awarded $208,883 for sidewalk improvements along Summerhill Road as part of Texas Department of Transportation’s Statewide Curb Ramp and Pedestrian Improvement Program. David Orr, Director of Planning and Community Development, will be overseeing the grant. “This project originated as an application for TXDOT Transportation Alternative Set Aside (TASA) Project funding based on the recent Sidewalk Inventory completed by the Texarkana Metropolitan Planning Organization,” said Orr. “The inventory highlighted gaps in our sidewalk infrastructure and recommended projects that improve pedestrian safety.”

The sidewalk improvements will take place along Summerhill Road from the intersection of New Boston Road to Tiger Stadium at Grim Park. The sidewalk will be 6-foot-wide and constructed with 6” reinforced concrete. Continue Reading →

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Arrest of  Shane S. Jones

Texarkana, AR- On November 27, 2017, the Texarkana, Texas Police Department investigated a complaint of Invasive Video Recording inside the JC Penny store in Central Mall. Texarkana, Arkansas detectives were made aware of the discovery and information learned during the investigation lead detectives to seize Jones’s work computer and all digital devices in his home. Jones was interviewed by Detective David Parker and confessed to videoing several boys in the boys restroom of Trinity Christian School, where Jones was employed as a teacher. Detective Parker obtained an arrest warrant to charge Jones with Voyeurism and Video Voyeurism. Jones was arrested and booked into the Miller County Jail. Continue Reading →

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Murder Investigation Update from Texarkana


On Sunday morning, November 26, 2017, at approximately 3:25am, Texarkana Arkansas Police Officers were notified of a single vehicle accident near the intersection of E. 9th and Linden Streets in Texarkana, Arkansas. The vehicle was located with the nose of the truck stuck within heavy brush. As officers investigated further they located a white male occupant/victim, Jarrod Klein, in the driver’s seat who was determined to be deceased. The circumstances appeared suspicious and criminal investigators were called to the scene. As TAPD investigators processed the scene, evidence was found that indicated that the victim had died of foul play. 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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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 shopsmall.com/getready 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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