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Lawmakers Express Concerns with Biden Administration’s IRS Proposal

The letter expresses serious privacy implications for the American taxpayer and compliance burdens for our financial institutions related to a new proposal, which was included in the Biden Administration’s proposed American Families Plan

Washington, DC— September 13, 2021…Today, Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) joined Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-6) and other lawmakers in sending a letter to Speaker Pelosi, Ways and Means Chair Neal, Department of Treasury Secretary Yellen, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Rettig to express concern with a recent IRS data collection proposal that will increase tax information reporting requirements on financial institutions. Specifically, the proposal would require financial institutions and other financial services providers to report certain transaction-level data as well as information about the outflows and inflows on accounts over $600 to the IRS every year. The requirements of this proposal would impose significant compliance costs on our banks, credit unions, and related financial institutions, but also infringe on the privacy of millions of Americans. Read the full letter below or here:

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Chairman Neal, Secretary Yellen, and Commissioner Rettig:

We are concerned about a recent IRS data collection proposal to increase tax information reporting requirements on financial institutions, which we do not believe are necessary or helpful toward closing the “tax gap.” 

The recent spending proposal to include new tax information reporting requirements for financial institutions would not only impose significant compliance costs on our banks, credit unions, and related financial institutions that have served as the backbone of this economy these past 18 months, but also infringe on the privacy of millions of Americans. Specifically, such a proposal would require financial institutions and other financial services providers report information about the outflows and inflows on accounts over $600 to the IRS every year. Continue Reading →

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Womack Statement on 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Washington, DC—September 11, 2021….Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) released the below statement on the 20th anniversary of the September 11th attacks:

“20 years ago, terrorists attacked our nation because of the freedom and ideals it embodies. We will always honor the innocent lives taken from us and the heroism shown in the immediate moments—and years—since that fateful day. The loss we relive is a reminder of everything we must never forget to protect. On this solemn anniversary, we hold our fallen and their families in our hearts and remember the unyielding resolve that carried us forward. United, we will always stand stronger. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Gohmert Issues Statement for 20th Anniversary of September 11

Louie Gohmert, US Representative, TX 1st Congressional District

Louie GohmertUS RepresentativeTX 1st Congressional District

“This year marks 20 years since the 9/11 attacks; a day that forever changed the lives of those who lived through it and those worldwide who watched in horror as the barbarity unfolded on our television screens. Today is a day to solemnly remember those 2,977 innocent Americans who lost their lives simply because they went to work or boarded a plane. “They were murdered by terrorists who embodied the purest form of evil, who could work with, travel with, seek enjoyment with people whom they looked forward to mass murdering. They used planes carrying people full of hope to loved ones or to work they had eagerly anticipated, but they used the planes as instruments of slaughter. The murderers were joined in spirit with sadists who jumped for joy on seeing live footage of people who jumped from 100 stories up to avoid being burned to death. The al Qaeda terrorist group led by Osama bin Laden was responsible, but they were given safe haven to plan and carry out this barbarous attack by the very Taliban terrorists President Biden has armed and empowered in Afghanistan today. Continue Reading →

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West Park Boulevard Closure

TEXARKANA, TX- West Park Boulevard will be temporarily closed for 24 hours beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 and will reopen at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

The closure will allow for a groundbreaking on the city’s largest commercial development project in its history at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 for Wadley Regional Medical Center. 

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Texarkana Chamber to Host Engaging Texarkana Conference September 22

TEXARKANA, USA: The Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with Farmers Bank & Trust and the Texas Pioneer Foundation, will host their third Engaging Texarkana Conference on September 22, 2021. This year’s conference will be hybrid, meaning it will be offered in-person at the Texarkana Texas Convention Center and through an online application accessible by phone or desktop computer. Engaging Texarkana is a one-day learning conference designed to educate businesses on the working world today. Tony Brigmon, former Ambassador of Fun for Southwest Airlines, will bring his high energy and experience to headline the event. “I’m looking forward to being with all of you community professionals on September 22 in Texarkana,” said Brigmon in a pre-conference promotional video. Continue Reading →

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Sunday, 9/12: OKC’S Fiestas Patrias to be Held at Bicentennial Park

OKLAHOMA CITY – For over 10 years, the Oklahoma City Fiestas Patrias Festival has been the biggest and most official celebration of Mexican and Central American Independence in Oklahoma, attracting people from all over the state to partake in a day of delicious food, live music, folkloric dancing, activities for children, official patrimony ceremonies, and the crowning of Miss Fiestas Patrias. This year’s festival will be held this Sunday, September 12, from 1 PM to 10:30 PM at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Drive, OKC, OK 73102). The festival is free and open to people of all ages. Fiestas Patrias is organized by Scissortail Community Development Corporation. Scissortail CDC Executive Director Robert Ruiz said it is an event that families look forward to all year. “Fiestas Patrias is a huge coming-out party for our Mexican community, but it’s a great event for people of all backgrounds to attend,” said Ruiz. “Joining the party is a fun way to show solidarity with your Hispanic neighbors while celebrating and learning about a vibrant culture.”
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Safety Features to be Added to Area Highways

Forty-one highways in Northeast Texas on schedule for new features

ATLANTA – Safety features in the form of texturized centerlines and shoulders will be added to 41 area highways during coming months, according to plans approved in August by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). “We are looking at installing texturized pavement methods to centerline areas of these highways to help prevent crossover crashes and along the shoulders to prevent run-off-the-road crashes,” said Rebecca Wells, Director of Traffic Operations for TxDOT in Atlanta.  “The texturized pavement methods make noise when vehicle tires run over them, alerting drivers that they are getting out of their traffic lane.”

Strip-A-Zone of Grand Prairie was awarded the contract for the construction on these projects with a bid of $3.5 million. Work on the projects should begin in October of this year and take about 10 months to complete, Wells said. Highways scheduled to receive the improvements are:

CountyHighwayLimitsMilesBowieUS 67From: FM 2149 To: FM 21488.7BowieUS 82From: Spur 86 To: FM 13984.4BowieUS 59From: Arkansas State Line To: 1.5 miles north of I-304.0BowieFM 44From: Red River County Line To: FM 9927.7BowieFM 992From: US 82 West in De Kalb To: US 82 East in New Boston22.0BowieFM 1398From: US 82 West To: US 82 East10.5BowieFM 1701From: Red River County Line To: US 2596.6BowieSH 98From: US 82 To: FM 18402.5CampSH 11From: FM 21 To: Loop 1793.5CampFM 21From: Titus County Line To: SH 113.6CampFM 556From: FM 1519 To: Upshur County Line5.9CampFM 1520From: FM 1521 To: SH 117.0CassSH 11From: FM 130 To: SH 499.6CassFM 251From: FM  785 To: FM 12514.7CassFM 74From: Loop 236 To: FM 2512.5CassFM 96From: FM 2791 To: US 598.8CassFM 130From: FM 250 To: SH 1113.3CassFM 1766From: SH 77 To: FM 9946.6HarrisonUS 80From: FM 450 To: Gregg County Line7.6HarrisonSH 43 From: Marion County Line To: FM 26824.9HarrisonFM 134From: Marion County Line To: SH 438.1HarrisonFM 134From: Spur 449 To: FM 19995.0HarrisonFM 450From: FM 449 To: US 827.8HarrisonFM 2625From: US 59 To: FM 316.6HarrisonFM 1793From: US 59 To: FM 13410.1MarionFM 2683From: SH 43 To: FM 2485.9MarionSH 49From: FM 134 To: SH 4312.5MorrisSH 11From: 1.5 miles west of Cass County Line To: Cass County Line1.5MorrisSH 77From: Cass County Line To: US 2596.0PanolaFM 348From: SH 315 To: Rusk County Line4.3PanolaFM 1970From: US 79 To: SH 3154.0TitusSH 11From: Camp County Line To: Morris County Line4.4TitusFM 1735From: 2.1 miles south of SH 49 To: SH 116.1UpshurUS 271From: 5.9 miles north of SH 155 To: 1.5 miles north of SH 1554.4UpshurSH 155From: FM 1404 To: US 80 East7.9UpshurSH 155From: US 80 West To: Smith County Line2.0UpshurFM 2088From: Wood County Line To: FM 5565.0UpshurFM 1795From: FM 49 To: FM 10026.2    UpshurSH 300From: FM 3358 To: Gregg County Line5.9UpshurFM 1795From: FM 1002 To: Wood County Line1.4UpshurFM 726From: US 271 To: SH 3004.1UpshurFM 2685From: SH 155 To: FM 14046.6
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The Muses Brings Family-Friendly Cabaret-StylePerformance to Regional Arts Center

TRAHC to Present TRAHC Hero Awards Prior to Performance

The Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council is bringing a professional cabaret-style troupe of vocalists, dancers and instrumentalists to the Regional Arts Center with The Muses: “Broken Standards”: Fascinating Rhythm on Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 at the door, $25 prior to the event and $10 for students. The concert is sponsored by the Patterson-Troike Foundation. TRAHC will give out its 2021 TRAHC Hero awards prior to the concert at 6:45 p.m.

The Muses performance troupe, based in Hot Springs, Ark., blends vastly different musical styles in unexpected ways. Broken Standards juxtaposes early Western European music and early American big band and jazz standards, representing the origin of opera and the birth of jazz. Continue Reading →

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