Clinton S. Thomas, Th.D.

Clinton S. Thomas, Th.D.

A published writer of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in both the digital age and the pre-digital age of publishing. Currently serving as editor and writer for the Four States News, all while living life across the four states region from Texarkana, USA. (

Recent Articles

Miller County Fair 2020

The Miller County Fair will be September 26 with “Rona Style” as the theme! Miller County, Arkansas: The Miller County Fair will be held on September 26, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Miller County Fair Grounds located at 401 E. Lewis Street in Fouke, Arkansas. Citizens are being reminded there is no alcohol and you should bring a chair if you plan to watch the various events. Social distancing will be encouraged along with a mask to meet the current Arkansas Health Department recommendations. The fair will feature a livestock show, vendors, arts, and live music with the Shelton Band. Continue Reading →

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Veteran Opens Local Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning Service in Texarkana

Texarkana, USA: After twenty years of service in the United States Navy, Michael Rayburn returned to his hometown of Texarkana to stay. Like many veterans, Michael soon found a burning desire to do more than just “be retired.” Twenty years of service to the United States had taught him the value of hard work, dedication, and pride. He decided to take the step into business and open an Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning service for the Texarkana area. Oxi Fresh is the fastest-growing carpet cleaner in the United States. Continue Reading →

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Respond to The Census Big Event- Drive-Thru and Walk-Thru

TEXARKANA- On Saturday, September 19th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the joint Complete Count Committee CCC will be hosting a “Respond to the Census” big event. This will take place at multiple locations around Texarkana. Our Census self-response rate is at 57.8 percent, which is 5 percent lower than the final rate for 2010. However, this year we still have a little time left to reach the 43 percent that has not responded. Each location will have at least one certified census taker and a member of the joint Complete Count Committee to help residents complete the census and answer any questions. There will be some giveaways for those who come out and respond to the Census. Continue Reading →

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Emergency Continues – Certain Blood Types Out of Stock

Blood needed to support local hospitals

Texarkana, USA: According to LifeShare Blood Center Donor Recruiter Karen Siefert, the local blood supply has become critical. The entire region is experiencing a shortage of blood to meet the needs of local hospitals. Starting today, several blood drives will be going in the area to increase the current supplies. Blood Drive over the next few days will be held at the following locations and times:

Friday, Sept 4  Central Mall PopUp Shop 1 pm – 6 pmSaturday, Sept 5 Central Mall PopUp Shop 12 – 6 pmSaturday, Sept 5, Walmart Atlanta TXSaturday, Sept 5, Walmart Ashdown ARMonday, Sept 7, Walmart Texarkana AR, 11:30 am – 4:30 pmMonday, Sept 7, Walmart Mount Pleasant 11 am – 3:00 pmTuesday, Sept 8, Walmart New Boston 10 am – 2:30 pm

Earlier this week, LifeShare issued an emergency appeal – the first in 15 months – for blood donors after some surgeries and treatments were postponed because of the low blood supply. Since the appeal, LifeShare has seen an increase in the number of blood donors, but it hasn’t been enough to help overcome the unprecedented deficit. Continue Reading →

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Vickie Lacy Second “Meet and Greet” Scheduled

Texarkana, AR: Vickie Lacy is wasting no time in her race for the Ward 2 Board of Directors position in Texarkana, Arkansas. With roughly two months to go until election day and less for an early vote, Lacy is making the rounds to meet as many people as possible and get her message out to the public. Lacy is running with experience as a member of the school board for Texarkana, Arkansas, and a history of work in politics. She is running with the slogan “The Voice of Reason.” Lacy is a lifelong resident of Texarkana, Arkansas, and has been involved in the community for several years. Continue Reading →

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Four States News Launches Weather Page

Four States News Weather page

The Four States News ( has launched a weather page in time for monitoring the on-coming Hurricane Laura. The page features a weather map with wind currents and movements showing the current location of storms and weather issues. By using a mouse or pointer on a phone or tablet, the user is able to move the screen around, zoom in and zoom out, and check conditions in other places. The user may also take screenshots to share. The page also features a current weather summary below the map. Continue Reading →

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Several Area Schools Close as Tropical Storm Approaches Region

According to several sources area schools are starting to announce closures for Thursday and Friday this week due to the Tropical Storm approaching the region. Hurricane Laura has reached a Category 4 status as it prepares to make landfall in South Louisiana and Eastern Texas. The storm’s projected route will take it up through Eastern Texas and Western Louisiana by midday Thursday. The four states region, Louisiana, Texas, Southeast Oklahoma and most of Arkansas could see flash flooding, tornado weather, and winds between 50mph to 75mph during the storm’s time in the region. Miller County Judge Cathy Hardin Harrison announced the following schools have closed for both Thursday and Friday: Bloomberg Public Schools, Hope Public Schools, Prescott Public Schools, Genoa Public Schools, Nevada Public Schools, and Springhill School District. Continue Reading →

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Republican Women to Meet at Headquarters

The Miller County Republican Women will hold their monthly meeting August 25 at the Miller County Republican Headquarters

Miller County, AR: The Miller County Republican Women (MCRW) organization will hold their monthly meeting next week on August 25 at the county committee headquarters. The county headquarters is located at 1022 Arkansas Blvd in Texarkana, Arkansas, and will be in service through November of this year. The Miller County Republican Women and the Miller County Republican Committee have a headquarters serving the area for the 2020 elections. The Headquarters is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Signs, shirts, hats, and other campaign materials can be obtained during operating hours. The meeting on August 25 will start after the headquarters closes at 6 p.m. The meeting is open to all interested parties and women may join the organization by attending the meeting and speaking with the Secretary or Chair of the organization. Continue Reading →

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Ward 2 Candidate Vickie Lacy Meet and Greet Planned

Ward 2 of Texarkana, Arkansas Candidate Vickie Lacy will have a Meet and Greet on September 8 at the 1894 Gallery

Vickie Lacy

Texarkana, AR: Vickie Lacy announced her candidacy for Ward 2 City Director back in February 2020 in the Four States News. Since that time, a national emergency regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic has limited all candidates for public office, including Lacy, on the ability to reach out to voters. While limitations such as social distancing and mask will remain in effect likely through the end of the year, Lacy has a formal “Meet and Greet” for September 8 at 5 p.m.

The Meet and Greet will be held at the 1894 Gallery located in the Historic 1894 Building in downtown Texarkana, Arkansas. David Peavy, the owner of the 1894 Building announced the Meet and Greet on social media yesterday. Since the announcement was made, it has been shared in several areas on social media. Continue Reading →

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Petition Drive to Save Monument Draws Crowd


Texarkana, TX: Despite some threats of potential violence against the petition drive to save the Confederate Mothers Monument, the day has been peaceful at the site for the signing drive. The drive started at 10 a.m. this morning and will continue until 6 p.m. this afternoon. The signing tables have set up in front of the church and across the street from the monument. According to the “The ‘Whose Who’ of Our Miller County,” at any given time there have been at least up to two hundred people on-site. The “Whose Who of Miller County” is currently streaming the drive on Facebook. Continue Reading →

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