Press Release

Information shared from the public. If you have community news and wish to have it published on the Four States News, please send it to our email for consideration.

Recent Articles

COVID Update 11-23-2020 Texas, Bowie and Cass


Note: Labs are currently backed up in the State of Texas, meaning the number of new cases may seem lower than it actually is. Please note this when reviewing the following information. Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports 0 new cases since Friday, November 20, 2020 for a total of 2,491 positive COVID-19 cases, with 97 deaths. The Department of State Health Services is reporting 1,789 recoveries. 

Cass County added 6 new cases, for a total of 720, with 620 of those recovered, and 33 fatalities. Through the end of the year, free testing will be offered Monday- Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Texarkana- Bowie County Family Health Center at 902 W. 12th Street, Texarkana, TX 75501. Continue Reading →

Filed under:

Parent Voice Oklahoma Launches in Wake of School Closures

OKLAHOMA CITY – Parents from across the state today held a rally to protest school closures and a lack of parent involvement in education decisions. Now, many of those parents have organized to launch a new group: Parent Voice Oklahoma. The group exists to elevate the role of parents in regard to educational decisions at the school, district, and state level. Parent Voice Oklahoma starts with chapters in Owasso, Deer Creek, and Stillwater. Parents from Heritage Academy, a new Epic Charter School program that emphasizes bilingual learning and Hispanic culture and heritage, have also launched a chapter. Dana Walsh, who attended today’s rally at the State Capitol, said she got involved with Parent Voice Oklahoma because she feels parents are being ignored by local school districts. “We are tired of not being listened to,” said Walsh, an Owasso parent. “Our school boards are making decisions that impact the health and wellbeing of our kids as well as our ability as parents to work. Continue Reading →

Filed under: ,

U of A Hope-Texarkana to Participate in #GivingTuesday 2020

Giving Tuesday set for December 1, 2020

Hope/Texarkana, AR: Join the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Foundation as we participate in #GivingTuesday, a national day of generosity. #GivingTuesday is a global movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. This is a day when you can make a tremendous impact on the UAHT Foundation and, in turn, the lives of our many students. Donations can be made anytime between now and Tuesday, December 1, 2020. 

This year, we will be raising funds to complete the Jeff Cook Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Mr. Cook was a beloved business instructor at UAHT. His kindness and generous heart made him and a favorite among his students. During his time at UAHT, Jeff and his wife Catherine established an annual scholarship to help students improve their lives through education. 

“I’d like to ask those thinking about giving on #GivingTuesday, to please consider donating in memory of Jeff Cook,” said Catherine Cook. Continue Reading →

Filed under:

Arkansas House of Representatives Update 11-23-2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase across the state, the Arkansas Department of Health reminds Arkansans that the safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving is to celebrate at home with the people who live with you. While the number of people around your table may be smaller this year, we want to take a moment to express our thanks for Arkansans who make it possible for what is on the table. Our grocery store employees have worked tirelessly to keep the doors open. Our food processors, truckers, and farmers also deserve our utmost appreciation for keeping the shelves stocked. Arkansans made not only your meal but countless meals across the country possible. Continue Reading →

Filed under:


Lone Star Song Search is accepting entries through Dec. 31

AUSTIN – Don’t mess with Texas is launching a contest as big as the Lone Star State to find its new anti-litter theme song. The Don’t mess with Texas “Lone Star Song Search” invites Texans to compose an original song to compete for prizes provided by iHeart Media, Guitar Center and the School of Rock. Two winners will be selected in two different categories with each winning valuable prizes. “The contest is an exciting way for Texans to add their voice to Don’t mess with Texas,” said Becky Ozuna, program administrator for the Don’t mess with Texas campaign. “We are seeking fresh and unique songs, written by Texans, to creatively communicate the importance of keeping our state clean and litter-free.”   

The Don’t mess with Texas “Lone Star Song Search” is open to Texas residents, ages 13 and above. Continue Reading →

Filed under: ,

The Alamo Releases New Research Report On The Iconic 18-Pounder Cannon

Fernando Raven with the 18-pounder in the 1890s, before the cannon was lost. Source

SAN ANTONIO – The Alamo is proud to announce the release of a new research report on the 18-pounder cannon, which details the cannon’s prominent role in the Battle of the Alamo and how a faithful replica can be made. Accounts from 1836 have long shown that the 18-pounder was an important cannon for the Alamo Defenders, but the cannon itself was lost to history sometime after the battle. The information in this report sheds new light on what the cannon looked like, where it originated, and challenges commonly held beliefs about the cannon. “It was important for us to do a deeper dive into the history of the 18-pounder,” Alamo History Researcher Kolby Lanham said. “The historical narrative of this cannon hasn’t changed for many years, and as students of history we have an obligation to re-evaluate the historical narrative when new information comes to light. Continue Reading →

Filed under:


At a special called board meeting, TC Trustees received notice of funding through the Carl D. Perkins Basic Grant Program in the amount of $379,488 for the 2020-21 academic year to allow for the purchase of training equipment for TC’s career and technical education programs. Brandon Washington, VP of Operations and Dean of Workforce and Community & Business Education, said that when writing the grant request, his top priority was to request funds to support the training needs of area business and industry. “The funds will be used to invest in the future workforce of our region,” said Washington. “Our industry partners tell us there is a need of skilled machinists to fill vacant positions. We took note of their concern and aligned our grant request with their needs. The workforce data we studied to prepare the grant request showed that approximately two-thirds of the nation’s manufacturers are currently looking to hire skilled computer numerical controlled (CNC) machinists. Continue Reading →

Filed under:

Small Business Challenge for Texarkana from November 20 to December 4 this year

Texarkana, USA: The Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Texarkana Arkansas and Texas, Main Street Texarkana, and Greater Texarkana Young Professionals announced today that, as a member of the American Express Neighborhood Champion Program, it will be hosting a contest via social media as part of Small Business Saturday, which takes place on Nov 28 and all holiday season long. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday celebrates the impact small businesses have on communities across the country. The Small Business Saturday Challenge will begin November 20 and end December 4. The challenge encourages community members to post a photo on Facebook and Instagram showing a proof of purchase from a local small business, and using the hashtag #ShopSmallTXK during the contest time frame. For every #ShopSmallTXK post, the participant will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Continue Reading →

Filed under: ,

COVID Update Texarkana Bowie and Cass 11-18-2020

TEXARKANA, TX— Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports 18 new cases since Tuesday, November 17, 2020 for a total of 2,479 positive COVID-19 cases, with 91 deaths. The Department of State Health Services is reporting 1,766 recoveries. There are currently 622 active cases in Bowie County. Cass County added 11 new cases, for a total of 697, with 563 of those recovered, and 32 fatalities, which would make 102 active cases. Through the end of the year, free testing will be offered Monday- Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Texarkana- Bowie County Family Health Center at 902 W. 12th Street, Texarkana, TX 75501. Continue Reading →

Filed under: