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Old Tyme Burger Shoppe to Change Hours


Texarkana, USA – It’s no secret that Old Tyme Burger Shoppe is one of this writer’s favorite places in town to eat.  They have some of the best Chicken Fried Steaks and Chicken Fried Chicken in the region, they are family owned, and the atmosphere is friendly for anyone.  If someone comes to town, and intends to eat out, the Old Tyme Burger Shoppe is always one of the best options. Speaking with Thomas “Tombo” Collins today I learned that the hours at Old Tyme will be changing soon.  Tombo said that they have received a lot of feedback and request for additional hours at the restaurant.  To help with this, a new manager has been hired to assist Tombo, and new ideas are floating around the restaurant all the time.  Tombo said the hours would change starting May 1st to meet customer request. Starting May 1, the new hours will be as follows:

MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY                                                                           OPEN 6 AM TO 3 PM


The new hours should allow families and friends to stop in and pick up dinner or eat in the restaurant on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings before heading out on the town for other events.  It will be easy to go eat, and then head over to a movie or even a football game once the season rolls around again.   In a town saturated with mainstream, fast, food restaurants, it’s good to know that Old Tyme Shoppe is around to meet the needs of people wanting fast, quality food. Continue Reading →

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Time Travel in Texarkana

Texarkana, USA –  In a few short years Texarkana will have the ability to participate in time travel.  No, we won’t hope into a special machine and travel through time like a science fiction movie, but instead we will step back to 1973.   On April 14, 2023, just six years away, the cities of Texarkana will open the Texarkana Centennial Time Capsule.  The capsule was secured and buried near the downtown Courthouse/Post Office on the Texas side just in front of the 1936 World War memorial.   On April 14, 1973, the Centennial Committee buried this time capsule while parades, celebrations and parties around the city were going on to celebrate the period. Continue Reading →

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1894 City Market Building Defaced Over Weekend

Texarkana, AR-It is called the most photographed building in Texarkana, and it has become the centerpiece for the new 1894 Second Saturday Trade Days in Texarkana.  With care and devotion, David Peavy set out to revitalize the building located at 105 Olive Street – more commonly known as the corner of Front and Olive Streets in Texarkana, Arkansas.  The building has long been the site of prom photographs, wedding shoots, and even tourist passing through the city would stop in front of the unique structure and take pictures.  Peavy set out to bring life back into the building and the area by providing a second Saturday sale and ensuring the building remained prime and beautiful for photography and events for years to come.  Peavy, and many of his friends and supporters, saw the hard work vandalized this past weekend. The building is constantly visited by people, and most of them are respectful of the work being done, but someone this last weekend chose to disrespect Peavy, the building, all of Texarkana and ultimately himself or herself.  Someone wrote in spray paint of black and red “I love you So much” and included a big red heart.  Peavy immediately took to social media looking for signs of the culprit.  He also offered a $100 reward for to anyone who can help find the responsible person. As people began to search, monitor media outlets and make supportive comments to Peavy, it quickly became apparent that the community is not likely to find the responsible person.  There is a chance that somebody will come forward that saw something, that a nearby camera may have recorded something, or that friends of the person may turn them in to authorities.  But ultimately does that really matter?  Is $100 much of a reward?  Can the paint be cleaned off?  Well, the answer is no it doesn’t matter much, $100 is not much of a reward, and yes, the paint can be cleaned off.  The bigger picture needs to comes to the person who did this.  We know you’re out there somewhere reading this, or at least hearing about it, and we at the Four States News have to wonder exactly how you feel about what you’ve done?  Do you feel happy with yourself?  Do you love the thought that people in your town are disgusted with your actions?  Maybe you did not even think about it when you did it – maybe you just thought it was a fun night to do a little spray-art.  Whatever your thoughts are at this time, we can tell you what they should be….. The person, or persons who did this should be ashamed.  You have taken a historic building, one photographed by people from all over the region, and slandered it.  You have taken a building that David Peavy and many others have spent time, money, and a lot of effort to make beautiful for YOUR community.  He has allowed everyone, including YOU, to come to the building, see it, take part in the Saturday trade days, and take pictures in front of it.  David Peavy has given back to the community, and what he has given, YOU have tarnished.  So, today when you look in the mirror, or you check out the cool “I love you so much” sign you wrote, or you talk to the friends you may have been with when you did it, why don’t you stop and ask yourself how you really feel about this act?  Are you proud?  Are you happy with yourself?  Do you like knowing so many in your community are ashamed of what you did? Maybe if you spend a little time reflecting on your actions, you will come to realize that you have two choices.  Sure, you can go on and never say a word and maybe nobody will ever catch you.  Or your second choice has more honor and dignity for yourself and your community.  You can show everyone that mistakes can be made, but that people in Texarkana can take responsibility for their mistakes.  Maybe it’s time for you to go find Mr. Peavy and tell him what you did, clean up the mess, and make amends.  Although I can not tell you what Mr. Peavy will do, I can tell you that he is a man who has chosen to give back to the community and that should make him a decent guy in anyone’s book.  You just have to decide if you’re going to be as decent a Mr. Peavy is and take responsibility for your actions or not.  The choice is YOURS and all of Texarkana, USA is watching to see if you’ll do the right thing. Continue Reading →

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Making Texarkana Beautiful and Moving on Up….or Over

Texarkana, Arkansas – Mary and Wendell Warner not only have a passion for the beatification of Texarkana, Arkansas, but they live that passion daily.  Mary is the former chair of the Texarkana Arkansas City Beautiful Commission and Wendell is the current Vice-Chair.  Both continue to serve on the commission and contribute to the city’s efforts to be….well, beautiful.  Mary and Wendell have taken their passion for Texarkana and applied it now to home – in fact not just one home, but two. In 2001, the couple purchased their home at 801 East 12th in Texarkana, Arkansas.  Over the next few years they poured work into not only their passions for the city and the area, but also into the home.  The home became a masterpiece in Texarkana.  With more home than couple needed, they decided to do what any couple would with a passion to make the city better….they bought the house next door. In March of 2016, Mary and Wendell embarked on another beatification project.  This home, roughly the same size as their current home would be a move up….well, a move over.  The house is located at 721 East 12th  and is right next door to the last house the couple renovated. After purchasing the house, the couple dedicated themselves almost completely to the renovation.  They took time off from other ventures and focused daily on the work at 721.  Anyone passing by the home in the morning, afternoon, or evening was sure to see Wendell or Mary somewhere around the house.  They were painting doors, on scaffolds, having plumbers in, having electricians in, and having the floors sanded and redone.  Those friends on Facebook and other social media outlets were able to follow the progress along as the couple worked tirelessly to complete the beautification and renovation of another home on East 12th. After months of hard work, moving day finally arrived.  When I heard that the move was happening, I couldn’t help but hear the old Jefferson song from the series running through my head “We’re moving on up…” except this time I kept hearing it as “We’re moving on over….”  The newly renovated house is now home to Mary and Wendell.  Their previous project, and beautiful home, is now listed for sale. Continue Reading →

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City Introduces Draft Comprehensive Plan Update and Seeks Final Input From Citizens

 TEXARKANA, TX- The third and final public engagement meeting regarding the City’s Comprehensive Plan Update will be held Thursday, April 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at the Texarkana, Texas Convention Center.  The City will introduce the draft recommendations for each element of the Comprehensive Plan update and receive input from the public to define early priority actions and improvements within the elements of Future Land Use Plan, Parks and Trails; Mobility/Transportation; Urban Design; Downtown; and Neighborhoods.  Over the past nine months, a 17-member steering committee met monthly; over 1600 public comments have been received; and just over 200 residents attended the Comprehensive Plan meetings so far.  A City’s comprehensive plan is an important guiding document that sets the tone for how a City will develop, grow, and change over time. More specifically, the plan will help guide growth and development in the City for the next 25 years. The City hopes even more citizens will participate in this final meeting to help shape your Texarkana.  This new Comprehensive Plan will provide clear direction for the development of the community. Continue Reading →

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City of Texarkana, Texas Approves Project Funds

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas City Council approved funds Monday night at the regularly scheduled council meeting for upcoming Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects set to be completed during the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The total expenditures for the upcoming year related to these projects will be $14.4 million.  The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is a long-range plan that identifies capital projects and investment opportunities within the City and provides a planning schedule and financing options for identified projects. 
 Projects for this year include replacement of playground equipment across the city parks, dredging the Spring Lake Park pond, replacement of roofs for community centers, health department and city buildings, improvement of various parking lots and the installation of new ball field lights at both Spring Lake Park and Wallace Park, and also design costs for the airport terminal, Perot Theatre Restoration and Art Park, and the fire station relocation.  The eleven 2017-2018 projects are part of a 53-project comprehensive capital plan spanning through the year 2044. Continue Reading →

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City of Texarkana Texas receives two grants from Union Pacific Foundation

TEXARKANA, TX — The City of Texarkana, Texas accepted two donations from Union Pacific Railroad’s Foundation for the Texarkana Texas Farmers’ Market and Historical Downtown Bicycle and Pedestrian Tour. The Foundation donated $6,500 to the City and its downtown partners on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.  The money will be used to improve the Farmers’ Market, and implement heat mitigation strategies to keep both vendors and customers cooler during the summer months. The market will once again rent a large tent to help cool the area, which is currently not covered.  The grant to the Bike Tour will be used to design interactive signage which will highlight various locations around the Arts and Historic District. Continue Reading →

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City of Texarkana Kicks off Mobile Data Collection Project

TEXARKANA, TX — The City of Texarkana, Texas will begin a project next week seeking to inventory the condition of all streets within the city limits.  To accomplish this, the City retained the services of Data Transfer Solutions, LLC (DTS) based out of San Antonio, TX.  DTS is a nationwide firm and provides professional asset management and mobile data collection services to local and state government agencies. 
 DTS operates a fleet of sophisticated data collection vehicles equipped with an  array of precision instrumentation and data collection equipment that helps state and local transportation agencies inventory and manage transportation infrastructure, facilities, and assets.  Specifically, the vans possess digital cameras that will collect imagery on all pavement and above ground, transportation-related assets located within the right-of-way.  This imagery will be used to create a digital video inventory. 
 To collect all relevant data, the vehicles will be traveling all roads within the City of Texarkana, and to ensure the highest quality of data and imagery, the vehicles will only collect data during daylight hours.  If residents have any questions or need additional information regarding the vehicles, the project, or the process; please contact the City of Texarkana at 903-798-3948 or dusty.henslee@txkusa.org.  Continue Reading →

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Seventh Annual Bi-State CEP Horticulture Conference

Texarkana, USA-Area gardeners are invited to take part in a seed swap and plant exchange at the Seventh Annual Bi-State CEP Horticulture Conference on Thursday, March 30. The free event will be held from 8:35 am. to 4:55 pm. at the Southwest Center, 3222 West 7th Street, Texarkana, Texas. The seed swap and plant exchange will be a new addition to the annual conference which includes programs by authoritative speakers on topics of interest to home flower gardeners, vegetable gardeners, and small truck farmers. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas Candidate For Land Commissioner Coming to Texarkana

Texarkana, AR – Tommy Land will be on the edge of his state this Thursday when he visits the area.   He will be at NewCom at 1103 Arkansas Blvd in Texarkana.  The business is located just beside Old Tyme Burger and is owned by former candidate for the Arkansas House of Representatives, Rusty Latham. Rusty Latham and Greg Jones are hosting a meet and greet for the candidate from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  There will be soft drinks and hot dogs and the public is welcome and encouraged to drop in and meet Mr. Land. Tommy Land is the husband of Cleburne County Assessor Judy Land, the first Republican elected to that office in the history of the county. Continue Reading →

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