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Arkansas Municipal Auditorium Prepares for Life Again

It was once the the place where the music blazed out into the night from piano players, guitar pickers, drummers, and vocals arriving by way of Highway 67. Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Conway Twitty were just a few of the names to become legends that would perform in the early days of the Texarkana Arkansas Municipal Auditorium. Perhaps the most famous performer of them all was Elvis Presley, the boy who would become the King of Rock and Roll. But, all those greats faded away from the Texarkana spotlight over forty-five years ago. For Texarkana, the Interstate arrived, planes began to carry the performers from city-to-city and Texarkana’s small auditorium simply would not accommodate the growing crowds of fans. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana College

-Texarkana College Trustees learned at their board meeting today that TC has the highest 3-year full-time student graduation rate of all 50 community colleges in Texas. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) released the information earlier this month as part of an annual statewide accountability report. TC President Dr. Jason Smith said this announcement underscores TC’s commitment to the state’s 60x30TX strategic plan of 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 earning a college credential by the year 2030. “We are so proud to make this official announcement about the success of Texarkana College students,” Smith said. “The reports show that TC’s student graduation rate is double what the state average is for completion of a degree or certificate within three years.”

According to the THECB report, TC’s 3-year completion rate is 45.8 percent compared to the state average of 22.8 percent for full-time students who began college in 2015. Continue Reading →

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TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas along with local project partners including Texarkana College, Texas A&M-Texarkana and Liberty-Eylau ISD were recently recommended for a $9.8 million award as a part of the Texas Natural Resource Damages Assessment (NRDA) process related to the former Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation wood-treating facility located on Buchanan Road in Texarkana, Texas. The Texas Natural Resource Trustees, which include the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas General Land Office, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior, recently released a Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (Draft RP/EA) that seeks to restore natural resources damaged to Days, Waggoner, and Howard Creeks and their adjacent wooded habitats. Texarkana responded to the NRDA Trustees’ request for restoration proposals with its comprehensive watershed approach and proposal, “Days Creek Watershed Comprehensive Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration,” consisting of 22 integrated environmental restoration project components along the creek systems leading through the City including Days Creek, Cowhorn Creek, Waggoner Creek, Howard Creek and Swampoodle Creek. The NRDA Trustees have recommended to fund a subset of 10 of those projects. The City along with its project partners have requested reconsideration of several of the original restoration projects not originally selected including the creation of wetlands and an outdoor environmental classroom on the former C.K. Bender Elementary School property that is now home to the Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club. Continue Reading →

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TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas is pleased to announce that it has received recognition from the American Planning Association for its Comprehensive Plan completed earlier this year.  

This prestigious award will be presented by representatives from the American Planning Association (APA) Texas Chapter at the City of Texarkana, Texas Council meeting tonight at 6:00 p.m.

City Manager Shirley Jaster traveled to Galveston with the Planning and Community Development Department to receive the award at the APA-Texas Chapter Annual Planning Conference on Friday, October 19, 2018. “Our Planning and Community Development Department staff alongside our Comprehensive Plan Steering Team worked so hard on our updated comprehensive plan,” said Jaster. “Their hard work and dedication to seeing this project through at such a high level gained the attention of statewide planning groups, which is really a testament to how outstanding our steering team and staff really is.”

This award represents a significant achievement for the City, as it is the first of its kind received in Texarkana. The Texas Planning Awards Program recognizes outstanding efforts in planning achievements and planning leadership in Texas. Continue Reading →

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City Earns Recognition for Financial Reporting

TEXARKANA, TEXAS– The city of Texarkana, Texas has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2017 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. This certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. This is the 28th year in a row the City of Texarkana, Texas has earned this recognition. Chief Financial Officer for the City of Texarkana, Texas, Kristin Peeples, leads a the Finance Department staff who are responsible for producing the annual report. The finance department’s dedication to transparency and sound financial accounting has earned this award year after year for the city. Continue Reading →

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Fall 2018 Downtown Bike Tours

TEXARKANA, TX- Fridays will be Bike Days this fall in the Texarkana Arts and Historic District. To show support for local cyclists and active modes of transportation, the District is encouraging residents to use bicycles or other similar forms of transportation as their primary means of exploring the downtown area on Fridays this fall. To support this effort, free guided bike tours of the District will be offered every Friday in October (Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26) and a special costumed Halloween ride will be offered Wednesday, Oct. 31st. Continue Reading →

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Recent Vehicle Burglaries and Thefts

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department has received numerous reports of vehicle break-ins and burglaries in the past several weeks. In most reported cases the vehicle was left unlocked with valuable items in plain sight.  TAPD is working diligently providing extra patrols, detective investigations, and undercover surveillance to cease this type of criminal activity.  

We are asking that all of our citizens become persistent in locking their vehicles. Ensuring all valuable items are not located inside the vehicle in plain sight. Continue Reading →

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UofA at Texarkana Overlooked in Local Article

An editorial in the local paper discussed higher education in Texarkana today, but it has some residents scratching their heads and wondering why the University of Arkansas at Texarkana was left out.  The editorial, written by a local reporter, does a fantastic job presenting the facts about the higher education options in Texarkana.  It points out the Texas A&M system, and Texarkana College.  Both schools are well represented, discussed, and the merits of attending locally are presented. Within a few short hours of the article hitting the streets, social media was alive with questions about why the UofA was left out of the article.  One resident stated it was “shameful” to have left out the school.  Another resident felt like it was the UofA’s fault for not clarifying their name, being linked with Hope, and for not clarifying degrees offered.  While everyone can theorize as to why the UofA was left out, the author of the article himself stated what is perhaps the best reason.  In the midst of the social media comments, the author stated, “It wasn’t an intentional slight. We know it’s here. Just slipped my mind while writing.”  The debate may continue, but it should be clear it was an oversight by the local paper. On the plus side of things, most residents responding were already well aware of the campus located in Texarkana, Arkansas across from the Bobby Ferguson Park.  Located on UofA Way, the school can be found next to the UAMS clinic and directly across from the lake portion of the park.  The campus is easily seen with its large “UofA” sign from I-30, and in fact is the only school in Texarkana easily seen from the Interstate.  A website at http://www.uacch.edu/ uses the same type of address as all the UofA schools in Arkansas.  The concept was to present the name University of Arkansas Community College at Hope in this case, the home campus for the Texarkana branch.  Other schools around the state also have a similar designation.  For example, the branch located in Batesville, Arkansas is known as UACCB. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Ratcliffe commends students on completion of congressional internship in Texarkana office

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) congratulated Harrison Benefield, William Humphrey, and Mayten Lumpkin today for their successful completion of a congressional internship in his Texarkana district office this summer. “I’d like to thank Harrison, William and Mayten for their hard work in my Texarkana district office this summer. Serving 700,000 people across 18 counties in Northeast Texas wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the selfless contributions from young folks like them who have such an inspiring heart for civil service,” Ratcliffe said.  
Harrison Benefield

Benefield graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 2016. He is a senior at University of Arkansas, pursuing a degree in communication studies. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Death Investigation

On July 26, 2018 Detectives with the Texarkana, Arkansas and Texarkana, Texas Police Departments began investigating a lead concerning the remains of a missing person previously reported to Texarkana Police. Late Thursday evening, Detectives were able to locate a person of interest in the case, Chad Jernigan, 41, of Texarkana, Arkansas. While interviewing Jernigan, he admitted to detectives that he had buried a body under a storage building in his backyard. After obtaining a search warrant, detectives have located a body in a shallow grave covered in concrete and dirt. The body is being recovered and will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock for an autopsy. Continue Reading →

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