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

COVID-19: Caution Still Urged for Fourth of July Weekend

Public is being encouraged to avoid large gatherings, social distance, and take other precautions

COVID-19 numbers continue to rise across the nation and in the four states area. Currently, public officials like Miller County Judge Cathy Hardin Harrison continue to encourage people to avoid large gatherings. Harrison recently had to coordinate and oversee the process of decontaminating the Miller County Courthouse due to a new outbreak of COVID-19. She feels that the larger gatherings of people will likely contribute to COVID-19 being transmitted. She is stressing social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and taking all the CDC and Arkansas Health Department recommendations seriously. Continue Reading →

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4th of July Celebrations Could Increase COVID-19 Cases

Across the country cases of COVID-19 are increases and state, county, and local officials continue to warn the community about large gatherings. On June 23, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson in his daily briefing warned aginst large gatherings for the Fourth of July weekend. Miller County Emergency Management followed up on the warning stating that the “number of COVID-19 cases has increased to a number unexpected by health officials. Miller County went on to state the following general warning:

Right now, the very best action you can take is to AVOID large public gatherings and keep a distance from others. Texas has already responded by closing bars and reducing the number of people allowed in restaurants as of June 26. Continue Reading →

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Liberty-Eylau Pitcher Signs with Goshen College

Ben Witterstaetter signs commitment to Goshen College

Ben is joined by his family and coaches for this Liberty-Eylau released signing picture

Texarkana, TX: Ben Witterstaetter has signed a letter of intent and acceptance to attend Goshen College. Ben is currently a senior pitcher for the Liberty-Eylau baseball team. He is being recruited to play baseball for Goshen. Goshen College is located in Indiana and is a private liberal arts college. The college has been ranked number one in Indiana by Washington Monthly. Continue Reading →

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Two Local Arkansas Women Elected to National Convention

Every four years the DNC and the RNC hold national conventions with delegates and this year two Texarkana, Arkansas women will be in attendance at the RNC. Texarkana, AR: The Democratic National Convention (DNC) and the Republican National Convention (RNC) are both gearing up for their respective conventions later this year. As part of that process, both conventions usually have delegates. For the Republican National Convention, delegates are elected from districts and then at a state level . These delegates go to the national convention and cast the votes for the party nomination for President. Continue Reading →

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Considering Compromise For the Confederate Mothers Monument

Opinion: Over the last few weeks social media, mainstream media, and conversations in Texarkana have been divided concerning the Confederate Mothers Monument in downtown Texarkana. One side views the monument as heritage, history, and part of the beauty of the historic district of the town. The other side views it as a symbol of white supremacy, racism, and hate. As one local media outlet stated, about the only thing anyone agreed on was to disagree. If we honestly look at the facts, and we look at them objectively as well, all sides have a valid point. Continue Reading →

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Fireworks Should Not Launch Near Animal Shelter

Opinion: As we draw close to the Fourth of July weekend, I searched on social media and other outlets to determine when and where Sparks in the Park would be this year. What I found has somewhat disturbed me. Texarkana United, which appears to be an exceptional organization in Texarkana, is holding a Fourth of July event in downtown Texarkana. According to their Facebook page, it will be to celebrate God and our country. In a video released by the group, they stated there “will be fireworks over the city of Texarkana” during the event downtown on the 4th of July. Continue Reading →

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Peaceful Demonstration at Confederate Monument in Texarkana

Supporters and opponents to the Confederate Monument met in downtown Texarkana this evening. Texarkana, USA: Texarkana saw those wishing to remove the Confederate Monument and those wishing to keep it meet in a peaceful demonstration by both sides. Although voices were raised from time-to-time by both, overall the meeting appeared to open discussion. There were several signs stating “Leave it alone” and several stating “Remove it”. Supporters argued that it is not a “racist” monument while opponents pointed out the slavery history of the Confederacy. Continue Reading →

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Monument Gains Support to Stay

Texarkana Confederate Monument from Wikipedia

The Confederate Mothers Monument in Texarkana is gaining support on social media to remain in downtown Texarkana. Texarkana, USA: A local veteran women’s group has stirred historians and citizens alike in both Texarkana, Arkansas, and Texas to the rallying cry “Leave it alone,” and “Let it stay” on social media. Over a week ago, the Texarkana Gazette ran an article indicating that there will be a march in protest of the Confederate Monument on June 19th. A local veteran women’s group planned the march and discussed the issue with the paper for the article. The Four States News ran a brief review of the history of the monument and the viewpoint of both sides on June 17. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana’s Confederate Monument Debate

Texarkana Confederate Monument from Wikipedia

Texarkana, USA: A unique Confederate Monument located in Texarkana, USA has now become the subject of a planned protest.  On June 10, the Texarkana Gazette ran an article indicating that the Texarkana Area Women Veterans are planning a march on June 19 – Juneteenth Celebration Day in Texas.  The march, according to the article, is to prompt conversation about taking the monument down and relocating it to some type of museum setting.  Within a few hours, social media was running wild with comments to support keeping the monument and arguments for moving it. 

The Texarkana monument is known as the “Confederate Mothers Monument” according to records in Texas and online.  Although sites like Wikipedia and Waymarking claim the monument faces the U.S. Courthouse and the North, it does not.  The monument and the soldier on top face the south.  The original intention was for it to look toward the south and pay respect to the mothers who gave sons during the war.  Some online have indicated that it was meant for both Union and Confederate mothers, but by all indications of the inscriptions, it was dedicated directly to the mothers and Confederate soldiers.  The dedication was held on April 21, 1918, and the monument contains figures brought from Italy.  According to most online sites, this is believed to be the only Confederate monument to include a woman in Texas. 

The protest is planned for 8 Friday June 19th, however, counter-protesters were quick to note that they would be there in online posts on social media outlet Facebook.  There have been informal polls on Facebook and at least one poll conducted by the Texarkana Gazette at this time.  Most post and the informal poll seem to indicate the community is in support of leaving the monument at its current location. The monument is considered by most historians to be part of a movement known collectively as “The Cult of the Confederacy.” The movement was in full bloom from about the late 1880s through the 1950s.  It could be argued that the fascination with the Confederacy that resulted in the “cult” or the strong following lasted more into the early 1990s with television shows like The Dukes of Hazzard and the sale of Rebel or Confederate Memorabilia.   During this period, especially from the 1890s through the early part of the 1900s, it was not uncommon for statues and monuments to be built with donated funds.  Donations were often collected and former Confederate soldiers and friends would come out for the monument’s dedication.  Some of the former Confederates wrote letters of appreciation, and towns across the south and many towns in the north worked to have monuments constructed and dedicated.  At one time there were believed to be over 800 monuments to the Confederacy.  In many towns and for many groups such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy the monuments became ways to mourn those lost in the war, celebrate the sacrifices of those still living and honor the history. 

While the supporters of leaving the monuments alone as part of history and heritage argue their point, there are equally passionate arguments on the side wishing to remove the monuments from the public eye.  Many feel the monuments represent slavery, oppression, and white supremacy.  Regardless of how the Civil War started, few can argue that by the end of the war, slavery had become a central focus.   President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation has become one of the most cited and independent documents to support that by the end of the war, the focus had shifted almost exclusively to slavery.  The Proclamation freed slaves in the states in rebellion.  While the document did nothing to free slaves in the five slave states that remained in the Union, it has still become the cornerstone for the end of slavery.  Slavery would officially end in the United States eight months after the Confederacy surrendered.  The end of slavery in the south and eventually in the north in close proximity to the end of the Civil War promoted the frustration felt by many of the decedents of former slaves toward Confederate monuments and statues. No matter where you stand regarding the Confederate Monument in Texarkana, the one clear is, there are two sides going to converge in peaceful demonstrations on June 19th.  One side is asking that the monument be moved to a museum type of setting.  The other side is asking for it to stay on the land that was put in the trust for the monument.   The United States is currently facing requests to remove statues and monuments by people wanting to take down Confederate Monuments, Revolution monuments, and others.  The final fact is that while one side may fight for the removal of a monument or statue today, tomorrow that same group may find itself fighting to try to preserve one that is important to them. Continue Reading →

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Doddridge, Arkansas to Host Fish Fry

Friday June 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Doddridge, Arkansas

Doddridge, AR – The community of Doddridge will host a fish fry on June 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m at the community center in Doddridge. The public is invited to attend. Donations for fishplates will be accepted. Funds will be used for maintenance of the park and walking trail as well as the community center. Those wishing to call ahead orders may do so by reaching Wanda Peek at 870-691-2529. Continue Reading →

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