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Texarkana’s Night to Shine

Texarkana, AR – Social media came alive last night as people started to notice unusually bright lights to the north of the Interstate in Texarkana, Arkansas.  Almost immediately people began to post questions such as “Anyone notice those lights?” and “Anybody know what’s going on in Texarkana with the lights?”  It did not take long for the answers to come flowing in as people responded it’s the “Night to Shine” event at the convention center.  Spotlights could be seen from across town as they cut into the night to announce that the party was about to begin. Several hundred people descended into the Arkansas Convention center between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the evening.  At about 6 p.m., hundreds more began to flood through the doors.  They were met by police officers, the Pleasant Grove Hawks, and Liberty Eylau Football teams, Arkansas High Redline and the Arkansas High Cheerleaders along with dozens more as they entered the room.  The focus of all the volunteers from Football teams to dance teams and church groups and police groups was to welcome a special group of people to a Night to Shine. The annual Night to Shine is sponsored by the local organization of Night to Shine Texarkana  The local organization is part of the larger Night to Shine Sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation and is designed to allow people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to gather and party in a formal prom styled atmosphere and dance.  Surrounding organizations such as Evergreen Life Services, Opportunities, and many others worked to ensure the people they serve had formal dresses and suits for the evening.  Once they arrived, the Pleasant Grove Hawks and Liberty Eylau players helped escort the ladies and the Arkansas High Redline and Cheerleaders escorted the men onto the dance floor. The party rocked on from 6 p.m. until just after 10 p.m. Friday evening.  Several people noted that parking was full and that cars were parked as far away as the restaurants and other hotels around the area. Continue Reading →

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Equality Texarkana Starts Fundraiser

Texarkana, USA – a group known as Equality Texarkana is currently running a fundraiser on Facebook to raise funds for a Pride Parade and Picnic.   The organization is a 501 (c) (3) organization and as such donations are tax deductible. The organization’s website (https://equalitytexarkana.org/) promotes Equality Texarkana as “the preeminent non-profit organization in the greater Texarkana area dedicated to equality.”    While the group exists to advocate and defend LGBTQ rights in the area, they also promote standing up for anyone affected by inequality in society.  Membership is open to anyone wishing to help promote equality.  Members come from not only the LGBTQ people in society but others affected or wishing to make a stand against inequality have joined.   Parents, friends, and others are encouraged to get involved. Equality Texarkana has grown and is currently offering scholarships, counseling, and the opportunity for people to join and be involved in a non-judgemental setting.  There is also monthly social dinners, book clubs, and other events.   A recent Halloween Party was a huge success in October! Donations of any amount are being accepted on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/donate/209229366306796/1668856383136053/ and contributions will be used for the planned Pride Parade and Picnic in Texarkana.  

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Vehicle Thefts Increase in Texarkana

Texarkana, AR – The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department has received a sharp increase in auto thefts in recent weeks. Since December 16, 2016, a total of seven (7) vehicles were reported stolen in the city limits of Texarkana. The vast majority of these vehicles were either left running unattended or were unlocked with the keys in the vehicle.  

Of the seven (7) vehicles stolen in that time period, six (6) vehicles have been recovered. Additionally, the Texarkana Police Department has recovered three (3) stolen vehicles from outside jurisdictions in that time frame. Continue Reading →

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Visits Texarkana

Texarkana, AR – Winter may have shut down schools and businesses in the Miller County area, but it was not going to stop Governor Hutchinson’s scheduled trip to Texarkana.  Governor Asa Hutchinson was the honored guest at Curt and Diane Green’s home this evening as temperatures outside started to drop.  Between one hundred and fifty and two hundred people people visited with the Governor at any given time during the planned event.  Representatives from the state, county and city were present to receive Asa along with several government officials and friends from Texas. Curt Green welcomed the crowd before turning over the introductions to State Representative Carol Dalby. Continue Reading →

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Third Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade in Texarkana

Texarkana, USA- The third annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade will be held Monday, January 15, 2018.  The parade will start at 11:30 a.m. and consist of about 50 participants.  The planned route will cover a little over a mile covering from Broad Street to the Front Street Plaza before turning on Olive and continuing on to Stateline where it will cross and travel down Fourth Street to end at the Miller County Courthouse. There is a $15 entry fee payable to BTGA.  Those interested in participating should provide a check or money order only for entry fees.  All entries are due by January 11 at 5:00 p.m.
Applications for entry are available at the following locations:

Jefferson Professional Building, Ste. B at 4425 Jefferson Avenue

Sandflat Center at 209 East 14th Street

You may also email brandon.houff@dla.mil or call 870-330-7909 for additional information. There are limitations on the types of vehicles permitted and those interested should contact parade officials for more details. Bands and drill teams from local schools will be permitted to perform routines at the bandstand which will be located in front of the Front Street Plaza Stage. 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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TEXARKANA, TEXAS CONVENTION CENTER MAKES IMPROVEMENTS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE

TEXARKANA, TX- The Texarkana Texas Convention Center has recently added to and upgraded its lighting and sound systems as part of the preparation for hosting an annual religious conference. The Acts 6:4 Convention attracts more than 1,000 visitors to the community each day and has filled 406 rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn and 300 rooms at other hotels in the area. Area restaurants and shopping centers should anticipate being visited by attendees as meals will not be provided at the conference. “We are pleased with the work the Jennifer Montoya and the Convention Center staff does to ensure our community benefits from conferences like these. Not only do the visitors significantly impact our economy, but continued upgrades to our convention center will only lead to more business in the future,” said Lisa Thompson, communication and economic development manager. Continue Reading →

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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

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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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