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. (http://clintonsthomas.com/)

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Doddridge Christmas in The Park

Christmas at the Park

November 28 at 5 p.m.

Doddridge, AR- On November 26 Thanksgiving will fill your hearts with family love and your waistline with calories, so why not take a trip to the park on Saturday? Saturday, November 28th, and just in time to walk off some of those calories, Doddridge will host “Christmas in the Park.” Don’t’ miss this opportunity for exercise…err…some fun with the family at the park! Doddridge Christmas in the Park has been referred to as a “Lifetime movie” by one Miller County elected official on social media. The event offers a glimpse of Christmas in the closing days of November. Continue Reading →

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Fall Reflections and 2020

Opinion: There’s no denying that fall is upon us in the four states area.  We are seeing colder days, Halloween has passed, trees are changing colors, and leaves are gently floating down to the ground.  Fall seems to mark the end of each year as the leaves start dancing through the air outside my office window, a reminder that the end of the year is almost here. 

From this point forward we will celebrate holidays, eat, shop, and for many of us, we will try to pretend that 2020 has never happened.  Some of us have lost loved ones, friends, and co-workers this year.  We have watched as politicians argue, debate, and try to find some happy balance between shutting society down and opening it up.  We have debated masks, political agendas, and even argued over how real or unreal this pandemic is or is not. 

2020 was a unique year to say the least.  We started off with rumors of war quickly escalating to talk of another world war.  We watched as Congressional leaders tried to impeach a President and a pandemic raced around the globe. Many of us shut ourselves away at home while “essential” workers carried on the day-to-day task of keeping society moving.  We faced riots, demonstrations, and chaos in some of the cities around the world.  We watched as a global economy suffered the effects of the “Stay at home” cry, and we marveled to some extent as pollution levels dropped across the states, perhaps a cry of relief from mother nature as our pollution output slowed.  Finally, many of us watched as a loved one, friend, or stranger struggled for air, gasping as a ventilator tried desperately to keep the life-giving oxygen flowing.  In some cases, with no rhyme or reason, the COVID patient survived or barely showed symptoms.  In other cases, as our hearts were torn and ripped from us, we watched as COVID destroyed life.  2020 has been unique is perhaps an understatement. 

As we close out 2020, political disarray is still the line for mainstream media, social media is still rolling with rumors, lies, truths, and perhaps half-truths at times.  We seem to be divided, first as a world and second as a nation.  At a time when COVID should have forced us to come together, join one another, and fight against the common enemy of a disease…many of us chose to focus on our masks, our rights, our feelings.  Was it self-centered?  I really don’t know.  History will have to look back and judge how we handled the pandemic.    All I do know is that 2020 will come to an end and 2021 will roll in on January 1.  Maybe in these last days of the year, we should all take time to reflect, maybe reconnect with a political enemy or simply talk to our neighbors.  If just a few people will reach out in our communities with a smile, a positive word, maybe a helping hand we can all be reminded that we are bigger than 2020.  We will have 2021 and that is something in itself to be thankful for as we move onward. 

So watch the leaves fall, enjoy the colors,  and look into your own heart.  Is there a way you can help make 2021 better?  Maybe, in the end, it’s all a matter of how we approach each day, each person, and each situation we come across.  Maybe it does boil down to you, and me, deciding it’s going to be better, and then we can all work together to  make it so much brighter each day. Continue Reading →

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Reflecting on Veteran’s Day

Veterans for Congress PAC

Sometimes we Americans need reminders about our veterans and today is one of those reminder days.  Today, we celebrate Veteran’s Day.  It comes and goes each year and often with little fanfare or notice.  Sure, some people put out flags, others have federal holidays, and if we are in a crowd of people we recognize and thank the veterans present.  But what does being a veteran really mean? Being a veteran in its simplistic form means that a man or woman joined a branch of the United States military and served our country.  That person may have been drafted, or he or she may have decided to volunteer.  Regardless of the method of the call, that man or woman answered it.  They showed up, signed up, and completed some physical exams.  From there they were sworn into the service and given a date for basic training. 

Imagine being a young person, perhaps 18 or 19, and deciding to leave home.  Just yesterday you were playing football for the local high school team or cheering them onward.  You were in classes with friends.  You celebrated Christmas and Thanksgiving with your family.  Your mother was likely still cooking your dinner and maybe even washing your clothing.  Now, on the day you prepare to leave for basic, you are going into an unknown world.  You are leaving home no longer a child, but an adult with adult responsibilities. 

In a few short hours you will be prepared, given new clothing, and most likely introduced to someone way more demanding than your school teachers ever thought about being.  You will be in rooms filled with others following the same footsteps.   You will train, you will learn, and then you will train some more.  Just when you think the physical and mental training is complete, someone will have the bright idea that you need to be pushed just a little more.  So, you will be pushed.  Finally when all that training is done, you will be ready to serve…somewhere. You may find yourself on a ship in the middle of the ocean, or a remote outpost secluded by woods, snow, or even sand.  You will have time off, but not really since you are almost on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.  After all, our military has to be ready for anything. 

You will sign up for exotic places to serve like Japan or Hawaii and you will end up serving somewhere like Afghanistan.  You will just get used to the language, the people, and make new friends when the military will decide you need to go somewhere else. 

If you have a family, you will drag them around the world as you move.  One day you may be in Germany and then next day you may find yourself back in the states.  You will put in for the transfers you want, and accept the transfers you get.  If you are lucky, the only time you will fire a weapon will be for practice.  If you are unlucky, then your country will call you to fire that weapon in the name of freedom at people you have never met or known. 

Then, for some maybe as fast as it started, you will come home.  There will be changes to your hometown.  You will not recognize the football team anymore, the city will have grown or maybe faded.  Your mother will be older and your father will be slower.  For a time, you will feel like you missed so much.  Whether you are serving for two years, four years, or twenty, you will come back a different man or woman to a different home. 

At first you may not realize it, but you are a veteran now.  There have been times that being a veteran meant you were called “baby-killers” and other horrible names, but to those of us that recognize the sacrifice of youth, years, and time, you will be honored as a veteran. 

The title veteran does not come easy…it is earned.  It is earned from the moment the boy or girl takes an oath to serve to the moment a man or woman steps out of the service.  The veteran gives a part of themselves…they give a part of their lives to this nation.  The veteran has given so that the flag will still fly over this land.  The veteran has given so that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights will still matter to each American.  The veteran has given not for glory or for statues and great honors…no, the veteran has given for you and me. 

Today we honor those veterans who have given so much to this country.  We will put out our flags, smile, clap for them, honor them, and thank them for their service.  Tomorrow the flags will be put away, the “Thank You” post will stop on social media, and life will return as normal.  Today is our reminder day.  But tomorrow we need to keep in mind that the veteran is still here.  In a society that seeks heroes daily, it’s nice to know that the American hero known as the veteran can always be found among us throughout the year and not just on one special day.  
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Chili Cook-Off Saturday Hosted by Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall

802 Walton Dr. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Texarkana Harley Davidson

Colder weather, leaves falling, and coats coming out can mean only one thing in Texarkana – It’s time for the 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off hosted by the Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall. The organization, a 501 (c) 3 continues to raise funds for a memorial wall to be placed in Texarkana. The wall will serve as a park area, memorial to bikers who have been lost in accidents, and an educational beacon for the continual reminder that motorcycles are on the roads too. The cook-off starts at 11 a.m. this Saturday and will run to 3 p.m. The entry fee is $25 per pot and the community is welcome. For $10 per person, you can get all the chili you can eat. Continue Reading →

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Local Man Plans to Update Computer Innovations from the Past with Amiga21 Corporation

Imagine a computer that responds to voice commands in any language, has no viruses, and offers a stable operating system with no crashes.  It sounds like science fiction but according to one local businessman and visionary that system has already been here once before and will be again soon. David Mallette is known locally as a professor, consultant, and Director of Operations for the Regional Music Heritage Center.  He also believes that one of the most stable computers of all time, with benefits untapped by modern computers, came to life in 1995.  That computer was the Amiga 4000. In the mid-1990s arguably one of the most advanced computer systems was the Amiga from Commodore.  Commodore, a long-time maker of business machines, had conquered the computer world with the best-selling computer of all time, a record it still holds, in the Commodore 64.  Amiga became a brand of the Commodore line and was used to develop science fiction shows, movies, music, and videos.  It was a time when other systems fell far behind the Amiga.  Unfortunately, mismanagement and likely many other business-related complications forced Commodore to go into bankruptcy and close.  The rights were sold, argued over, and eventually disappeared from the business world.  Now, twenty-five years later, Mallette intends to bring the technology up-to-date and advance it beyond current systems with the Amiga21 Corporation. Amiga21 has already had a GoFundMe page that topped a thousand dollars in less than a day.  David has been talking with technology experts in the area and around the country, and those understanding the work have stepped up with investments in the dream. 

I spent some time with David yesterday to view potential sites and discuss his plans.  Much of what is being planned cannot be openly discussed at this time, but it is safe to say David’s plans will include a corporate office in Texarkana, Texas, an offsite home in Arkansas, and a plant to build the Motorola 68000 series chips in Texarkana, AR.  He has selected sites for all and plans to ensure they are connected from a Christian point-of-view and a business point-of-view. 

David recognizes that some people are skeptical of his plans and vision to bring back a twenty-five-year-old operating system and modernize it.  We traveled and looked around several sites.  The area where he hopes to build his home, he has affectionately called it “Eden.”  Standing by a riverside and talking with David, you could see the sparkle in his eye when he talked about his fondness for the flowing river, his vision for a home, and his desire to bring Amiga21 to life in Texarkana.  He wants to provide jobs, computers, and a system that can be applied to education, business, and even gaming. 

While some are skeptical, David has decided to ignore them.  He has decided that the focus on his plans and vision are simply too time-consuming for him to worry about doubt.   Perhaps it should be remembered that a Holocaust survivor decided to start a business machine company that would produce the best-selling computer of all time while two other guys would build a small system in their garage and transform it into a billion-dollar corporation.  Those guys likely had skeptics too, but like David they ignored them.  They focused on their plans and their vision and they built it.  Watching David as he discussed Amiga21, I can clearly see a laser focus in his eyes, and I have no doubt he will build it. 

The Amiga21 Corporation is already online at Amigacorporation.com. An online testing video can be seen on YouTube. Continue Reading →

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Fouke Monster Halloween Bash at Smith Park

Events October 30-November 1 for Halloween Weekend

Miller County, AR: This year Halloween will be unique because instead of tricks, many people will be worried about COVID. It goes without saying that this “Season of the Ghost and Goblins” will be like none in recent memory. Those worried about COVID are being encouraged to not let it ruin your fun. A weekend-long event is about to start at Smith Park in Miller County. Starting Friday, October 30, and going into Sunday, November 1, Smith Park will host the Fouke Monster Halloween Bash. Continue Reading →

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COVID Cancels 2020 Nutcracker Ballet in Texarkana

The popular Nutcracker Ballet, presented by the Texarkana Community Ballet will not be seen in Texarkana this year due to COVID19. Texarkana, USA: As a year that most of us would like to forget winds down, COVID has managed to knock out the Annual Nutcracker Ballet in Texarkana. In September of this year, the Texarkana Community Ballet made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Nutcracker Ballet. The cancellation strikes at a Texarkana tradition for young and old alike and the opportunity for the ballet dancers of the city to shine. The Texarkana Community Ballet cited problems and regulations currently in place for the COVID-19 Pandemic. Continue Reading →

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Two Trump Events Planned for Saturday in Texarkana

Texarkana, USA: In a city considered “Twice as Nice” it’s not hard to believe there would be two political events planned for the same day for the same candidate. This Saturday, October 24, there will be two “Trump Cruises” in Texarkana. The “Arkansas For Trump Freedom Cruise” will begin at 10 a.m and run until noon. The event will start at Whiskey River (formally Shooters of Texarkana) promptly at 10 a.m. with guest speakers. Guest speakers include Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin, Jan Morgan, and Phillip Wells. Continue Reading →

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Halloween 2020

Halloween 2020 presents the need for something different in the midst of a global pandemic

Willard Library

Halloween is almost here, and the only thing certain this year is that it is once again that “Spooky” time of the year.  October brings the time of the year when adults dress up to attend parties, teens tell ghost stories and visit haunted locations, and little ones seek that bag of candy, usually enough to last into the new year.  This year will likely be different.  With social distancing, masks, and pandemic concerns, nobody seems to have a plan for Halloween.  There is a good chance that many people will skip the “Trick or Treat” rounds this year and settle for some fun at home, a scary show, a small gathering with close friends, or maybe even a ghost hunt.   

If your family decides to skip the “Trick or Treat” rounds, you can still have a fantastic Halloween at home or abroad.  There are still small haunted houses and small ghost tours which can offer social distancing and safe interactions. If you decide to stay home, there are plenty of television shows for adults and children alike.  Naturally, the Internet offers a world of ghosts and goblins, all just waiting for you to complete a hunt online! Perhaps one of the first online ghost monitoring sites to arrive came way back in 1993 and not from the four states area.  An old library in Evansville, Indiana, put up some of the first “Ghost Cams” throughout their building.  For years, stories had been around when the city paper decided to embark on the unique idea of having ghost cams for the world to view located at the Willard Library. Willard Library was well over one hundred years old when the first ghost cam was installed.  The Evansville Courier and Press placed the cameras and ran the feed on their online page.  The newspaper quickly received several “sightings” worldwide as ghost watchers zipped over to the sight to watch.  In a short amount of time, the hits had already passed the hundred thousand mark at a time when the Internet was still just catching on with the world.  But before the Internet, the ghost had a long history of touring the old library in Indiana. Continue Reading →

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Terry Roberts, City Board Candidate For Texarkana, Arkansas

Terry Roberts

Texarkana, AR: Terry Roberts is running for Texarkana, Arkansas Board of Directors Ward 1 Position. Terry is a lifelong resident of Texarkana, Arkansas and a graduate of Arkansas High. He is currently serving as the Cheif Clerk for Judge Nancy Talley in Bowie County, Texas. Roberts holds a Bachelors’s degree in Business Administration and serves as a volunteer at Hospice of Texarkana in the pastoral care capacity. He has spent several years volunteering in the community and notes that it has been a blessing and joy to serve. Continue Reading →

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