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Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall Dedication Ceremony Saturday

Texarkana, TX-Ask around and you are bound to find someone that knows a motorcycle rider.  Ask a little further, and you will likely find someone affected by the death of a motorcycle rider.  Whether it was a rider’s fault, a careless motorist not paying attention, or just an unavoidable accident, the fact is motorcycles and their riders do not always do well in crashes.  In fact, too many times the rider of the bike ends up severely injured, or even dead. Unfortunately, drivers of cars are more likely to not see a motorcycle than a car.  In many cases after an accident, the distraught driver of the car has stated simply, “I did not see the bike.”  When this happens, the driver, the biker’s family and friends, and others are changed forever in many instances.  A friend, husband, brother, son, daughter, etc. is lost.  Those people, many our friends, become “Fallen Bikers”. The Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall became a mission of local bikers to remember their fallen friends and family.  It also became a mission to help educate drivers about the need to pay attention, watch for bikes, and “share the road.” Sometime ago the group came together and started fundraising, developing a mission and finding the land.  Once the land was found, the need to increase funding became a priority.  Donations have been made, hats, shirts, yard signs, and other materials have lead the way as donations methods to help raise the money. Soon, thanks to citizens of the area and around the country, Texarkana will have a Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall.  This Saturday (August 19) at 10:30 a.m. the dedication will be made.  City leaders will be present and the land will be dedicated to the Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall.   The wall’s location will be 1600 South Stateline Avenue.  Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall President Mike Thacker has noted that the area was once a paintball game range.   It will be mowed, cleared, and a design for the wall, a walking path, and meditation areas will be put in soon.  People are expected to attend the dedication from across the country. Continue Reading →

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Intellectual Disabilities and Openings in the ICF/IID Programs in Texas

Despite efforts in Texas to move forward with services for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities, the state still lingers far behind most others in the nation.  United Cerebral Palsy conducts surveys on Inclusion of the states, and Texas is always near the bottom.  In 2012, out of 51 states and districts surveyed, Texas ranked number 50 at the bottom of the list.  In 2016, that ranking had not changed and the only state lower than Texas was Mississippi.  While the inclusion survey covers several areas such as employment, housing, services, treatment, etc. of people with developmental or intellectual disabilities, the disheartening fact is that one of the largest, wealthiest states in the union is unable to raise its level of services in a four-year period.  This shows either a lack of concern on the part of the state, a lack of effort, or a combination of both. The state currently operates thirteen “State Supported Living Centers” or SSLCs.  These are the large institutions were once called “State Schools” prior to the reorganization a few years ago.  According to the DADS website, which is currently transitioning into the HHSC website, all thirteen of these facilities have vacancies, or openings to serve people with developmental or intellectual disabilities.  There are currently 376 openings in these facilities according the latest update at the DADS website completed on August 5, 2017. There are 796 facilities in the state of Texas offering Intermediate Care Facilities services for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID).  These facilities unlike the SSLCs are usually smaller six or twelve bed styled facilities in the community.  Many are operated privately by organizations or small corporations.  Some are considered non-profit and some are considered for profit. Out of the 796 facilities, 199 of them have openings of one or more vacancies.  There is currently a total of 415 open beds in ICF/IID programs across the state of Texas. Continue Reading →

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BUDGET OPEN HOUSE MEETINGS SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 7

 

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas will host two open house sessions regarding the city’s budget on Monday, August 7 at City Hall. Residents are invited to come provide input regarding the proposed budget at each meeting. The first open house is scheduled from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., followed by the second open house from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Lisa Thompson at lisa.thompson@txkusa.org or 903-798-1743. Continue Reading →

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Bowie County Patriots Release Resolution Regarding TX House Speaker Strauss

Bowie County, TX – The Bowie County Patriots passed the following resolution overwhelmingly on Thursday evening the 27th of July 2017 at our weekly meeting:
Whereas, the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives is one of the most powerful and influential politicians in the State of Texas; and

Whereas, the current Speaker of the House has publicly stated that his constituency is NOT the people of Texas;

Whereas, under the rules of the House of Representatives the Speaker appoints committees, and appoints the Chairmen of those committees who then owe their positions to the Speaker; and further that the Speaker assigns bills to committees and is thus able to control which bills come to a vote and which do not through his influence over the various chairmen; and

Whereas, of the forty House committee chairmen appointed by the Speaker, fourteen are chaired by Democrats and twenty-one are chaired by the least conservative Republicans, according to the Rice University Study with none scoring in the top twenty most conservative; and

Whereas, very few conservative bills ever make it to the floor of the House for a vote, being stalled in one committee or another including the notorious and secretive Calendars Committee; and

Whereas, the Speaker has through such dilatory and obstructionist means, consistently denied the House the opportunity to act decisively upon the platform and priorities of the Convention of the Republican Party of Texas assembled in Dallas, Texas; and

Therefore, be it resolved that the Bowie County Patriots call upon our Texas House Representatives to call for a no-confidence vote for the Speaker of the House and elect a Conservative Speaker who will appoint conservative committee chairmen, who will bring conservative bills to the floor of the House of Representatives for an open and fair up or down vote.- – –
The Bowie County Patriots meet every Thursday at 6:30 PM at Smokey Joe’s BBQ in Nash TX. Meetings are open to the public, and participation is welcome. Interested individuals may also visit the Bowie County Patriots Online

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Texarkana, Texas- City Construction Update

 

TEXARKANA, TX- Multiple construction projects will prompt the temporary closure of roads and intersections within city limits on Thursday, August 3. North Park Road from Summerhill Road to Greenbrier Forest (East) will be closed to traffic to allow construction crews to lay new asphalt in the area. Construction crews anticipate completing the initial asphalt work in one day and will work with residents to get them in and out of their homes during the construction period. The intersection of Main and W. Broad will be closed starting at 9:00 a.m. while the contractors working on Kress Building demolition complete a needed adjustment to equipment. The intersection is expected to reopen the same day between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., barring any unforeseen complications. Continue Reading →

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Temporary Intersection Closure for Kress Building Demolition

TEXARKANA, TX- The intersection of Main and W. Broad will be closed Thursday, August 3 starting at 9:00 a.m. while the contractors working on Kress Building demolition complete a needed adjustment to equipment. The intersection is expected to reopen the same day between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., barring any unforeseen complications. For more information, contact Lisa Thompson at lisa.thompson@txkusa.org or 903-798-1743. Continue Reading →

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Brent Lawson Starts Campaign for State House

Challenging Larry Phillips in the Republican primary in March 2018

AUSTIN, TX- Today, Brent Lawson announced his campaign for Texas State Representative in District 62 against incumbent Larry Phillips. “Texas Republicans have had enough. It’s past time for the Joe Straus and Larry Phillips era of Texas politics to come to an end,” said Lawson. “I’m offering the people an opportunity to send a clear message to the Joe Straus establishment in Austin that ignoring the concerns of the taxpayers of District 62, and the obstruction of conservative reforms will no longer be tolerated.”

Lawson is a fourth generation Texan and an Electrical Engineer by profession. Brent and his wife Sandra have been married for 32 years and have been making the district their home for over two decades. Continue Reading →

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Spring Lake Park Project Requires Relocation of Fowl

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas has partnered with a local contractor, Little’s Critter, to relocate approximately 30 ducks and geese from Spring Lake Park that are considered and or identified as domesticated. Originally, Texas Parks and Wildlife instructed the city to leave the animals at Spring Lake Park during the dredging of the lake. The ducks and geese were expected to naturally migrate as necessary. Upon a follow up observation, TPW recommended that the domesticated animals be relocated. The relocation began yesterday evening, July 26, 2017 and will take approximately 3-5 days. Continue Reading →

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Farmers’ Market hosts 8th Annual Best Salsa in the Ark-La-Tex Contest

 

TEXARKANA, TX- The Texarkana, Texas Farmers’ Market will host its annual Best Salsa in the Ark-La-Tex Contest Saturday July 29th, from 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Texarkana, Texas Farmers’ Market, 305 Texas Boulevard, Texarkana, Texas. Market manager Holden Fleming invites everyone to participate, by making salsa, or taste testing. “The public is encouraged to enter their best salsa recipe into one of 6 categories; mild, medium, hot, smokin’ hot, specialty, and a special children’s category for participants 13 and under.” Fleming said. “To enter, simply bring four pints of salsa to the Farmers’ Market the morning of the event.”

Salsa registration starts at 7:30 a.m. and free tastings will be available at 8:30 a.m. Winners for each category will be announced at 11:00 a.m. Each categories’ winner will receive a prize courtesy of the Texarkana, Texas Farmers’ Market. Along with the salsa contest, local vendors will be on hand selling fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts, and an assortment of other goods. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana’s Dorothea Towles Church

 

In the 1950s the barriers set up against African-Americans managed to exclude them from almost everything unless they fought ten times harder than anyone else to get it.  African-Americans were still segregated during these times and one of the many areas of segregation included the fashion industry worldwide.  While superstars rose as models in New York, Paris, and California and often managed to capture leading roles in movies, the African-American women were left out of this elite circle that often led to fame and fortune.  One African-American woman walked boldly up to the barriers set up by society, stretched out her long, elegant legs, and leaped over them in one historic move. Mrs. Dorothea Towles Church was one of seven children born to Mr. Thomas Towles and Anabella in Texarkana, Texas.  She was born July 26, 1922.  Among her siblings, Dorothea’s sister Lois would also work to break down barriers for fashion models, but she became known as a concert pianist and music professor.  It would be from those early 1920s in  Texarkana that Dorothea would leave to conquer the world of fashion and defy the prejudice barriers often found in the United States at that time. Continue Reading →

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