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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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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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Texarkana Awarded State and Federal Funds for Homeless Service Providers

TEXARKANA, TEXAS—The City of Texarkana, Texas has been awarded $449,786 in homelessness assistance funding as part of a grant competition under the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program from the U.S. Department of Housing Urban Development. The City of Texarkana, Texas applied for ESG funds with homeless services providers including Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter and the Ark-Tex Council of Governments as members of the Texarkana Homeless Coalition. The goal of the program is to provide services necessary to help persons at-risk of homelessness or homeless quickly regain stability in permanent housing. Executive Director of Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter and Texarkana Homeless Coalition Homeless Count Committee Chair, Jennifer Laurent, says the funding is important to provide expanded services and coordinated access in Texarkana. “The expanded ability to serve, paired with the services offered from partner agencies, will make all the difference for so many seeking assistance. Continue Reading →

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DPS Highlights School Bus Safety Efforts

Texas – In conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 16-20), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to comply with laws prohibiting drivers from passing school buses. During this period, DPS Highway Patrol Troopers will be looking for drivers who violate the law. It is illegal to pass any school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal – either flashing red lights or a stop sign. “Motorists should always be alert and practice safe driving habits when traveling near school buses or anywhere school children gather, including bus stops,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. Continue Reading →

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Will The Alamo Fall Twice?

During the Presidential election of 1960, then-Senator John F. Kennedy while campaigning in Texas, made a brief visit to the Alamo. His speech, given in front of the historic mission yielded an iconic photo. Having completed his remarks and pressed for time, JFK reportedly asked San Antonio attorney Maury Maverick, Jr. if there was an exit in the back of the Alamo, to which Maverick replied, “there is no back door, that’s why they were all heroes.”

And so it is, that the Alamo and its remarkable history have been seared into the consciousness of our national character. It is the 19th century’s version of the Spartan 300, who stood defiantly against an overwhelming Persian army. The Alamo story is, in essence, our American Thermopylae, and the lodestar and standard of courage to which our fighting men and women aspire to till this day. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, Texas Presents During National Webinar

TEXARKANA, TX- City of Texarkana, Texas’ Planning and Community Development Department presented during a Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) webinar on Thursday, September 21, 2017 along with representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, and the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. The city was asked to present by CDFA to share best practices learned through the City’s work on the Hotel Grim development project. The webinar was entitled Maximizing the HUD Section 108 Loan Program, and allowed participants to hear from HUD officials and experienced users of the Section 108 program on how the program has been used around the country, and how it can be layered with other development finance tools to support community development. The city shared its expertise with other development professionals across the nation in this webinar. David Orr, Director of the Planning and Community Development Department, was pleased to partake. Continue Reading →

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Motel 6, You Might Try Leaving the Light Off

You may remember a commercial where Tom Bodett would proudly announce “We’ll leave the light on for you” to make customers feel at home, but apparently leaving the light on invites another unwanted guest in Livingston, Texas as well.  Imagine slipping into the only room left in town while you’re tired, stressed, and just ready to unwind with your evening meal and catch some reruns of an old television show.  You roll your bag in, set your dinner on the table and flip on the light.  What greets you could easily be a scene from a horror movie for most people.  The room is filled with creatures of an unknown type in the windows, floor, walls, and light fixtures.  You pause just a moment and brace yourself for the onslaught that you are certain will end your life through an unexpected heart attack. Does it all sound like a horror movie?  Well it should because it seemed that way on September 18 as I strolled into the last room of Motel 6 in Livingston, Texas.  The only saving grace, and perhaps the reason I did not succumb to an unexpected heart attack, was the fact that all these little creatures…these bugs…were dead.  They were dead in the window sills, dead behind the door, dead along the edge of the floors and even dead hanging from the walls. I began checking the rest of the room and found a microwave spattered with food on the inside top, a light fixture in the bathroom full of dead bugs, and even a water bottle cap stuck between the mattress and wall which indicated the bed must not have been moved much.  The worst part was that I am confident that the cleaning crews must have seen these bugs since the window curtain was pulled back and clearly revealed a sill covered with bugs. Once I determined there was no bed bugs and there were no other rooms within a fifty-mile radius, I resigned myself that I was going to sleep in the car or the room.  I ended up pulling the sheets down, and sleeping on top of the fitted sheet in my clothing.  I had to leave my shoes on as well since the floor was dotted with little dead bugs. One thing I have learned in the age of the Internet and social media is that major chains look for their hashtag and at symbol’s mentioned.  These chains are especially conscious of Twitter.   I took to my own Twitter account at https://twitter.com/ClintonSThomas and started posting pictures.  By the time I was finished, I had posted twenty-five pictures of the room, and made several comments @motel6 to get their attention or with the #motel6 to get their attention.  Within a short time, I received a tweet back from the fine folks who have assured me they leave the light on for me – that’s apparent by the dead bugs who must have been attracted to the light.  Motel 6 wanted me to contact their customer service number at 1-855-303-0045 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern time.  It was now 10:30 p.m. Central time. Continue Reading →

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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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Statement by DPS Director McCraw on 9/11 Anniversary

AUSTIN – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today issued the following statement regarding the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

“On this day 16 years ago, terrorists launched cowardly attacks against our nation on Sept. 11, 2001. Today we honor and remember those who lost their lives as a result of the attack, including valiant first responders. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten. The families and friends of those who lost loved ones remain in our thoughts and prayers. Continue Reading →

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HCSO Tweet Shows America is Alive and Well

Texas, USA- A little over three hours ago the Harris County Sheriff’s Office tweeted the picture seen here.  Along with regular updates on the status of 911 calls, evacuations, and areas of need, the sheriff’s office is using social media to update the world and the people of Texas on Harris County, Texas.  The picture tweeted came with the reassurance “HCSO deputies are out in the Blackhorse subdivision still working high water rescues. #Harvey”

As the picture was being tweeted, out in California newscasters were tweeting a different type of picture.  They were busy tweeting the “faceless,” masked participates of ANTIFA as they took over a park.  They chanted “This is our park” and attacked several people.   Their hate-filled and fueled propaganda routine continued to blast across the twitter feeds.  Fortunately, those tweets do not represent who we are as Americans.  They do not represent what we do as Americans.   They do not represent how we as Americans act.   There are pictures of African Americans helping Caucasians, of Caucasians helping Hispanics, and so on.  People of all races, backgrounds, sexual orientations, sex and religions are coming together to help with the disaster in Texas. Surrounding states, like Arkansas and others, have governors sending aide and supplies – not because the Texas problem is an Arkansas problem, but because the Texas problem America’s problem.  We are America.  The people going into the flood areas and bringing others out, the people giving blood, the people helping with evacuees across the state, and the service people already on the ground wading through water to carry out children, elderly and others are the true representations of America. Continue Reading →

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