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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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Writers of Texarkana, USA to Meet Thursday

Texarkana, USA – The group, Writers of Texarkana, USA, will meet Thursday at 6:00 p.m. for their monthly meeting at 915 E 3rd Street, Texarkana, Arkansas.  This will be the third meeting of the group held at the Red Letter Church location. Any writer of any style is welcome to attend meetings.  During the meetings writers discuss techniques, styles, and complete writing exercises.  Writers also share short stories, poems, manuscripts, music lyrics, and other forms of writing with the group for feedback.  Writers are not required to share any work if they do not wish to do so, but all are welcome. The group’s Facebook page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/writersoftexarkana/

 

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Presidential Portrait Still Missing in Federal Courthouse Lobby

Update –  A good friend just contacted me after reading this article and shared an article from another publication stating that the President and Vice President have just released their official portraits.  Thank you for the feedback and thankful for friends taking time to point these things out to me!  
The Texarkana, USA Federal Courthouse is a unique building that sits in both Texas and Arkansas.  The building can be seen on post cards, is a frequent photoshoot site for tourist, and is the location where many U.S. Presidents have spoken going clear back to President Kennedy’s famous speech before his ill-fated trip to Dallas.  Walk inside the doors and, although security concerns have modified the entrance, you can not help but be in awe of the design, the ceilings, the doors, and other significant features leap out at you filled with history.  Walk around the main lobby of the Courthouse, also home to the post office, and you’ll notice the President and Vice-President’s pictures hanging just above the doors as you go out.  They hang there as a reminder that this is a federal building and that they are part of the decor requirements of our federal buildings.  As far as anyone can remember, the President and Vice President has had their portraits in the lobby of the famous Texarkana Courthouse always.  Well, at least until January 20, 2017, when the tradition apparently stopped for some unknown reason. On Inauguration Day 2009, George Bush walked out of the White House in our nation’s symbolic exchange of power and Barack Obama walked into it.  On that day it wasn’t about being Democrat or Republican, it was only about the fact that the President of the United States had served his term, and a new President was now taking office.  On that same day in Federal Courthouses across the land President Bush’s picture came down and President Obama’s was placed on the wall.  In Texarkana, the lobby of the U.S. Courthouse saw the same exchange.  President Obama would go on to serve two terms and on January 20, 2017, like Bush, President Obama would step down as President and hand over the reigns to the new President.  Across the land in Federal Courthouses the exchange of pictures started.  In Texarkana, President Obama’s picture came down, only this time, and perhaps for the first time in the courthouses’ history, no new President’s picture was hung from the old nail over the entrance to the courthouse lobby. Within a few months the Four States News noticed the lack of the President’s picture and an article was published.  Social media stirred with pictures and questions.  Some expressed anger that the picture was not there while others expressed relief as they did not support President Trump.  Through all the questions, nobody seemed to know why the new President’s picture was not hanging in the lobby. A few more months rolled by and rumors regarding there being no official portraits of the President seemed weak at best.  Postal workers stated that they had no control over the pictures.  They noted that the General Service Administration or GSA had oversight and was responsible to hang up all pictures and federal postings. A quick search of the Internet reveled a GSA number for information pertaining to the Federal Courthouse in Texarkana.  After several calls, and no answers, the Four States News opted for the online email site.  It requires a citizen to complete the form, press send and it goes off through the government’s email system.  A sender gets no copy of the email.  Despite sending the email through the government’s site a couple of months ago, there has been no response from the GSA to the Four States News’ inquiry regarding the President and Vice President’s portraits missing. 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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Successful First Meeting of Writers of Texarkana, USA

Texarkana, USA- Promptly at six this afternoon a group of poets, songwriters, fiction and non-fiction writers assembled for the first meeting of Writers of Texarkana, USA.  People came as far away as Queen City to attend what was the inaugural meeting for the group.   Some carried manuscripts, others artwork, some brought books, others brought computers, and some just brought an interest in trying to improve their own craft. After brief introductions, the group quickly broke into small discussion about the best way to hold meetings, agenda ideas, training ideas, and even books that would help other writers were discussed.  The room was filled with over fourteen published writers, and writers on the verge of publication. Continue Reading →

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The Long Goodbye…The End of Bryce Number Two

When Bryce’s moved from downtown to Interstate, many felt a similar sadness as to what they are feeling this week, as we say our final goodbyes to a place that is as associated with Texarkana as the Photo Island Downtown that stands in front of the most photographed federal courthouse (and post office) in the country. Bryce Lawrence Sr. probably never imagined that his cafeteria would become the iconic landmark that it is today. Many famous people have dined in our famous Cafeteria over the years. Perot, a hometown boy was eating there long before he became the billionaire he is today. He even brought Barbara Walters along for a meal when he was running for President back in 92. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall

 

Texarkana, USA – When anyone mentions a “Wall” these days, everyone seems to immediately think of President Trump’s border wall.  While taxpayers may debate, argue, and in some cases become outright violent over the wall, there is another wall people can and should think about when they hear the word “Wall.”  People in Texarkana and the surrounding areas should think seriously about the Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall. The organization is working as a non-profit to build a wall in Texarkana that will pay tribute and remember bikers who have fallen.  Often there is a misconception in society that bikers are bad.  They show up in long beards, tattoos, loud roaring bikes and leather from top to bottom.  People meeting them on the road get an immediate image in their mind of some big, evil motorcycle gang plowing through town looking to do no good.  The truth is the overwhelming majority of motorcycle clubs and bikers are decent and great folks.  Many are lawyers, doctors, construction workers, and business leaders.  To go further many of them are friends, neighbors, brothers, sisters, fathers, sons, daughters, mothers, grandparents and many other social titles that are too often overlooked.  At times society does not see beneath the beards, tattoos, leather and roaring bikes to see men and women who are part of our community.  They are part of us and when they die in a motorcycle accident, they take a small part of us with them. The Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall will list the names of those who have died in motorcycle accidents.  Often these accidents are not the riders fault.  Too many times a rider is not seen by motorist, ignored, or the motorist simply isn’t paying attention.  Unlike being hit in a car, when a motorcyclist is hit, his or her chances of survival drastically reduce.  It is the hope of the organization that the wall will serve as a memorial and bring attention to the need to “Look Twice” pay attention and “Share the road” with cyclist.  By giving Texarkana a place to see the numbers and know the names, this wall can make a difference. A few weeks ago, the need for the wall hit home with our family.  My brother-in-law was driving his motorcycle in Florida when he was hit by a car.  Fortunately, he survived and is going through rehab now, but it could have been worse.  My brother-in-law could have ended up like others we have known.   It could have been like a friend of ours who was killed just a little over a year ago.   We first met Thomas Robison, or “Cowboy” as we called him, when he was doing some work on our home.  He was an outstanding craftsman and your typical motorcycle-looking man.  He had the long beard, the tattoos, and a look that said, “Hey, I’d like to beat the crap out of you just because,” but Cowboy was nothing like that.  He was a father, and a grand-father.  He used to share pictures of his grandchild each time he came by the house.  He always invited me to come by the clubhouse and see the work he and other members of his motorcycle club had done.  I remember one day when he was showing me some motorcycles from a show on his phone I felt the sudden urge to throw in a joke so I asked, “So, is there any Gold Wings on here?”  For a moment Cowboy looked at me like I had lost my mind – which made me wonder for that second if I had misjudged the man’s humor level- then he laughed and said, “There ain’t no Gold Wings on this phone.”  I laughed, happy that this big man saw the humor in my statement.  He was a great guy.  In fact, the last time we saw him, we were planning to have some work done on a new stairway banister.  He seemed more excited about the project that we were. On April 7, 2016, Cowboy was driving south on 71 near the Sheriff’s office in Miller County.  He was on his bike and enjoying a wonderful April afternoon.  A car, driven by someone who did not see Cowboy’s bike, turned.  Cowboy’s motorcycle and the car collided.  He died that day because someone did not see him on his motorcycle.  He left behind a son, three daughters, brothers, sisters, and seven grandchildren.  Cowboy was 58 years young. Continue Reading →

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Pink Behind The Blue Line Presents “Beauty and the Badge”

Looking for something fun to do on a Friday night in T Town? Then you don’t want to miss this! Come out and show some love to our LEO’s as they get all dolled up for your entertainment! Detective Haak’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. Although she went into remission, it has come back and metastasized. Continue Reading →

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Charlie Brown Comes To Town

Texarkana, TX – Charlie Brown will once again be making his rounds, but this time you won’t have to look to the daily paper or your local television station to find him.  This time Charlie Brown will be live at the Silvermoon Children’s Theatre in downtown Texarkana, USA. The Broadway musical You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown will have eight showings starting this evening and running through the weekend.  Tickets may be purchased online at this site. There will be two sets of cast for the show presented on the show’s website as follows:

Big Cast: (Performing FRI, March 3 @ 7:30, SAT, March 4 @ 2pm & 7:30pm, SUN, March 5 @ 5pm)

Charlie Brown – Daniel Bennett

Snoopy – Miriam Bennett

Lucy – Abby Farren

Linus – Jeremy Creek

Schroeder – Joshua Linnett

Sally – Cate Rounds

Woodstock – Katie McKinney

Maggie Cook, Erin Eppinette, Annabelle Harp, Sadie Harp, Ayden Howard, Isaac Linnett, Alexis Mayo, David Mayo, Shiloh McDonald, Hannah McGuire, Chloe Mears, Hannah Reed, Lennon Grace Wells, Liam Wells, Spencer Whitlow, Kyas Williamson

LITTLE CAST: (Performing THURS, March 2 @ 7:30, FRI, March 3 @ 5:30, March 4 @ 11am, March 5 @ 2pm)

Charlie Brown – Isaac Linnett

Snoopy – Annabelle Harp

Lucy – Shiloh McDonald

Linus – David Mayo

Schroeder – Ayden Howard

Sally – Lennon Grace Wells

Woodstock – Sadie Harp

Daniel Bennett, Miriam Bennett, Maggie Cook, Jeremy Creek, Erin Eppinette, Abby Farren, Joshua LInnett, Alexis Mayo, Katie McKinney, Hannah McGuire, Chloe Mears, Hannah Reed, Cate Rounds, Liam Wells, Spencer Whitlow, Kyas Williamson

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Robbins Toyota A+ Customer-Based Service

Texarkana, USA- Nobody likes to have car repairs, but when the time comes most of us search out a trusted mechanic if the car is out of warranty and avoid a dealership at all cost.  That was exactly my mindset when our Toyota had a steering issue this week.  As we tried to decide who would service the vehicle best, I completed an Internet search and found that there had been several reported issues like ours.  I decided to look up the national Toyota hotline number and see if there was any known defects or recalls dealing with the steering issues. I reached Toyota and a very helpful young lady was delighted to let me know that there was a recall for my car and the problem I was facing. Continue Reading →

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