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TEXARKANA, TX – Animal Control Services for the City of Texarkana, Texas is hosting Bark at the Park this Saturday. 

FREE rabies vaccinations for any dog or cat will be offered at this community-wide event. It will be held on Saturday, December 4th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the pavilion near the Kylee Sullivan Dog Park in Spring Lake Park. In addition to the free rabies vaccinations, city pet registrations will be available to Texarkana, Texas residents at no cost. A local veterinarian will also be there to provide other vaccines and microchipping services for a reasonable fee. All dogs must be on a leash, and all cats must be in a carrier. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Arkansas Police “Shop With a Cop” Coming Soon

Texarkana, AR: On Tuesday, December 7, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will be conducting the 2021 “Shop with a Cop” with the children from our community at the Arkansas side Walmart. According to Texarkana Arkansas Police “On that special day, around 8:45 am, we will be coming down North Stateline Avenue with our lights and sirens on! We want to get the kids excited and hear us coming! We have over one-hundred kids this year. It will be a wonderful but busy morning.” Continue Reading →

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Texas High School Student Newspaper Wins Pacemaker Award

Texarkana, TX – The Texas High School student newspaper was among 29 scholastic publications to receive the National Scholastic Press Association’s prestigious Pacemaker award. The 2021 winners were announced virtually during the JEA/NSPA Spring National High School Journalism Convention, presented virtually Nov. 13, 2021. In October, 66 newspapers, newsmagazines and specialty magazines were named Pacemaker finalists. The finalists represented 18 states and the District of Columbia as well as the United Kingdom. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Schedules Eagle Wonderland for December 4th

TEXARKANA, Texas – Texas A&M University-Texarkana is bringing back its annual holiday celebration “Eagle Wonderland” on December 4th, 2021. The event will take place inside the University Center building on the A&M-Texarkana campus between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public. This year’s Eagle Wonderland will feature letters to Santa, holiday-themed arts and crafts, and free pictures with Santa. “We are thrilled to be hosting our Eagle Wonderland event again this year,” said A&M-Texarkana Director of Student Life Celeste McNiel. “I think our students enjoy it as much as the children who come to the event. Continue Reading →

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Arizona Custom Knives Donates $10,000 in Scholarship Funds to TC’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing

Arizona Custom Knives, home of the largest selection of custom knives in the world, made a generation donation to the Texarkana College Foundation to provide scholarships for knife enthusiasts looking to enroll in the Introduction to Bladesmithing class at Texarkana College’s Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing. Brian Steers, CEO of Arizona Knives, attended the Fall Hammer-In event in October to present the donation to Texarkana College. 

Steers, CEO of Arizona Custom Knives stated, “We have been of service to knife makers, buyers and collectors for over 25 years. We recognize expert quality and commitment. It is evident in my time spent with Don McIntosh, Coordinator of the Bill Moran school, that we share the same ideas and visions for making quality hand-forged blades.” Steers went on to say he looks forward to seeing the art of knife making continue to grow with use of scholarship funds. 

Arizona Custom Knives’ $10,000 donation will be used to award ten $1,000 scholarships to eligible students who enroll in the Introduction to Bladesmith course. The first class of 2022 begins in January and others will be offered throughout the year. McIntosh said, “Anyone interested in making quality hand-forged blades are eligible to apply for the scholarship through the TC’s Community and Business Education Division. We are very grateful for this new partnership between the Moran school and Arizona Custom Knives. Brian has quickly become a champion of our school and his generous donation will give opportunities to ten new students in the upcoming year.”  

The Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing is sanctioned by the American Bladesmith Society and has offered world-class training in beginning and advanced bladesmithing since 1988. Thousands of bladesmiths, several of whom are master smiths and journeyman smiths, got their start at TC’s bladesmithing school. In fact, the Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing was the world’s first bladesmithing school of its kind. Continue Reading →

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Weekly Roadwork Report – Nov. 28 – Dec. 4, 2021

Bowie County

I-30 – From FM 989 to AR State Line, reconstructing and widening highway, daytime work in median. Motorists should watch for trucks and equipment pulling onto the interstateSH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridgesSH 98 – At Anderson Creek, bridge replacement. Traffic restricted to one lane with signal lights controlling traffic through work zone

Camp County

SL 255 – From FM 1520 to US 271, constructing highway. County Road 2120 detoured

Cass County

SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridgesUS 59 – From 1.5 miles south of SH 155 to Marion County line, installing safety barrier cable. Daily lane closures US 67 – Widening bridge at Jennings Slough. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Museums System to Host Movie Night

Texarkana, Texas – On November 18, 2021, the Texarkana Museums System will be hosting a movie night at the 1923 Banana Club on 223 Front St, Texarkana, AR 71854. We will be showing “The Sting” and dinner is included. Chappos will be catering the event. Tickets will be $40 per person, which includes a membership to the Texarkana Museums System. The movie will start at 6 pm. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana USA Amtrak Station Exterior and Platform Area Project Named Quarterfinalist for America’s Main Streets Contest in Celebration of Small Business

Support the TEXARKANA USA AMTRAK STATION EXTERIOR AND PLATFORM AREA project of LEADERSHIP TEXARKANA by voting online today! TEXARKANA USA —The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, today announced the quarterfinalists, including the TEXARKANA USA AMTRAK STATION EXTERIOR AND PLATFORM AREA project of the LEADERSHIP TEXARKANA Class of 2022, in the 2021 America’s Main Streets “Road to Recovery” contest. As the backbone of our cities and towns, Main Streets play an important role in local economies and serve as community pillars, bringing people together when many have been apart. The economic vitality of the TEXARKANA USA AMTRAK STATION EXTERIOR AND PLATFORM AREA is one way we will continue on the “Road to Recovery” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Independent We Stand invites the public to take action and play a role in the survival of Main Streets by voting online for their favorite quarterfinalist and moving a deserving Main Street one step closer to the cash grand prize of $25,000. Continue Reading →

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The Road to the Death Penalty Often Begins with Childhood Abuse


OKLAHOMA CITY – A warning to readers: this column contains graphic details. Oklahoma inmate John Grant was executed at 4:21 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. On Nov. 13, 1998, Grant, serving time for armed robbery, fatally stabbed 58-year-old Kitchen Supervisor Gay Carter with a sharpened screwdriver at the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy. Continue Reading →

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ArkLaTex 100 Club Presents $30,000 to Families of Local Police Officer, Firefighter who Died in Line of Duty

The ArkLaTex 100 Club recently presented the immediate families of two local men who died in the line of duty $15,000 to help the families pick up the pieces in the aftermath of tragedy. Lt. Clay McClure with the Texarkana Texas Police Department died in July at age 54 from COVID-19 complications. McClure began his career with the TTPD more than 25 years ago and has also served with the Bowie County Sheriff’s Department, where he was in the criminal investigation division. Lucas Stephenson, assistant fire chief with the Mandeville Volunteer Fire Department, was killed in the line of duty while responding to a call on October 26. Stephenson was 25 years old and had been a firefighter since 2013. Continue Reading →

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