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Texarkana – Bowie and Cass COVID-19 Update 7-1-2020

TEXARKANA, TX—Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports a total of 286 positive COVID-19 cases, with 119 recoveries and 17 deaths. Cass County has a total of 47 cases with 38 recoveries and two deaths. 

The Bowie County/Texarkana, Texas Joint Operations Center is still conducting contact tracing on positive cases, so if you test positive for COVID-19, or are a healthcare provider that conducts COVID testing, please notify the Local Health Authority at (903) 255-5560. 

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Bowie County (as of 7/1/20)Total Cases in Bowie County286Ages (Bowie County Cases)0-191420-295130-395140-495050-593560-693870-792980+ 18Gender (Bowie County Cases)Male 126Female   160              Deaths  17  

Governor Greg Abbott announced on Friday that he has rolled back a portion of the Open Texas plan, citing “recent substantial increases” in COVID-19 cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations. His order: 

Reduces dine-in restaurant capacities back to 50%Recloses bars, except for drive-thru, pickup or delivery optionsProhibits outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people unless approved by the mayor of a city or the county judge for an unincorporated areaCloses rafting and tubing services, including the rental of rafts or tubes

The executive order can be found here: https://lrl.texas.gov/scanned/govdocs/Greg%20Abbott/2020/GA-28.pdf?fbclid=IwAR304l1JQANgcRH1hFxsy4uZdOXP4Yzd4pr3bUOfnekzWbhJSIfudC3xERE

The Business Survey to gauge Economic Impact is still ongoing. All businesses in Bowie County are invited to submit a survey, to report positive or negative impacts to their business. The survey can be accessed at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHFOIw9o16XOhE2_Ul4iKlW0K775q7zsWmjctRpovfhTWDzw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Residents in Bowie and Cass County are urged to continue following Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders and following CDC guidelines for social distancing, handwashing, and sanitizing. Continue Reading →

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Womack Statement on USMCA Implementation

Washington, DC—July 1, 2020….Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) released the following statement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s (USMCA) entry into force today. This critical trade deal, which Womack continually advocated for and voted to pass last year, modernizes U.S. trade policies with Canada and Mexico – two of Arkansas’s top trading partners. The agreement provides a strong framework that will support economic growth, enhance market access, create jobs, and unleash new sources of opportunity:

“The USMCA’s entry into force marks a new chapter of opportunity for Arkansas and America. This long-term investment ushers in a 21st century trade framework that will expand market access and support the Natural State’s hardworking farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, and workers. By rebalancing trade with critical partners, we will deliver more jobs and greater prosperity across the nation. Continue Reading →

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Caddo Area Boy Scouts Board Sells Camp Pioneer

On December 12, 2017, the Caddo Area Council Board of Directors unanimously approved a recommendation to suspend resident camp operations at Camp Pioneer after a Camping Taskforce and a Financial Operations Taskforce thoroughly studied the council’s two camping properties. The council also engaged a Boy Scouts of America engineer specializing in camping properties who conducted an in-depth study of the council’s two camp properties. The engineer’s report concluded the council could not afford to operate two camps after a seven-year cumulative loss in camping operations at Camp Pioneer. The engineer’s recommendations included, “Permanently close Camp Pioneer and invest all future resources in Camp Preston Hunt, with a vision of creating an outdoor experience of excellence.”

Following three years of continuous study and discussion, with consistent low usage at Camp Pioneer and high usage at Camp Preston Hunt, the council received an offer to purchase Camp Pioneer. After review by legal counsel and Vice-President of Properties, on June 18, 2020 the Executive Committee voted unanimously to send the offer to the full board for consideration. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, Bowie, Cass COVID-19 Update 6-29-2020

TEXARKANA, TX—Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports 21 new cases from the weekend, for a total of 268 positive COVID-19 cases, with 119 recoveries and 16 related deaths. Cass County has a total 44 cases with 36 recoveries and two deaths.  

Of Bowie County’s new cases, there is no concentration around one facility or business, but rather the cases are widespread and sources are varied. Please stay home when possible, and wear a face covering when leaving your home is necessary. Use social distancing at all times. 

The Bowie County/Texarkana, Texas Joint Operations Center is still conducting contact tracing on positive cases, so if you test positive for COVID-19, or are a healthcare provider that conducts COVID testing, please notify the Local Health Authority at (903) 255-5560. 

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Bowie County (as of 6/29/20)Total Cases in Bowie County268Ages (Bowie County Cases)0-191220-294630-394940-494950-593360-693470-792880+ 17Gender (Bowie County Cases)Male 116Female   152              Deaths  16  

Governor Greg Abbott announced on Friday that he has rolled back a portion of the Open Texas plan, citing “recent substantial increases” in COVID-19 cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations. His order:

Reduces dine-in restaurant capacities back to 50% beginning Monday, June 29Recloses bars, except for drive-thru, pickup or delivery optionsProhibits outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people unless approved by the mayor of a city or the county judge for an unincorporated areaCloses rafting and tubing services, including the rental of rafts or tubes

The executive order can be found here: https://lrl.texas.gov/scanned/govdocs/Greg%20Abbott/2020/GA-28.pdf?fbclid=IwAR304l1JQANgcRH1hFxsy4uZdOXP4Yzd4pr3bUOfnekzWbhJSIfudC3xERE

The Business Survey to gauge Economic Impact is still ongoing. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas House of Representatives Update 6-29-2020

To date, only 56.5% of Arkansans have responded to the 2020 United States Census. Nationally, the response rate is 61.7%. It is not too late to respond. Arkansans are encouraged to respond online at 2020census.gov.

If you have not responded, you may soon be receiving a reminder in the mail. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the start of census taker visits from mid-May to mid-August, giving the Census Bureau the opportunity to send one more reminder to households encouraging them to respond online, by phone or by mail. Continue Reading →

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Weekly Roadwork Report –TxDOT Atlanta District For June 28 – July 4, 2020

Construction work and lane closures will be reduced to a minimum on July 3-5 to allow traffic to move more efficiently for the Independence Day holiday. Bowie County

SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges. SH 93– Between Meadow Lane and Kennedy Lane, installing sidewalks. Camp County

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SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges. Harrison County

US 59 – From FM 1997 to Marion County Line, repairing and resurfacing highway. Continue Reading →

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Child Advocacy Group Praises Governor for Approving Vaccine Rules

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) praised Gov. J. Kevin Stitt for approving new Health Department rules relating to childhood vaccines. “The governor’s action helps protect countless children today and generations yet unborn from preventable diseases,” said Joe Dorman, OICA’s CEO. “His approval of the Health Department’s rules means Oklahoma families get accurate information about childhood vaccines so they can make informed choices about their children’s health.”

The rules ensure parents receive factual and accurate information about vaccines, countering the glut of misinformation on the internet that is available only with the click of a mouse. Nothing in the new rules curtailed the parental exemptions available under the law for those families who chose not to vaccinate their children. “Support for these rules was a key vote on our recently-released legislative scorecard on key children’s issues,” Dorman said. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, Bowie, Cass COVID-19 Update 6-25-2020

TEXARKANA, TX—Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports a total of 242 positive COVID-19 cases, with 119 recoveries and 16 related deaths. Cass County has a total 36 cases with 32 recoveries, and two deaths. 

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Bowie County (as of 6/24/20)Total Cases in Bowie County242Ages (Bowie County Cases)0-191020-294030-394740-494450-593260-693070-792380+ 16Gender (Bowie County Cases)Male 105Female   137              Deaths  16  

The Business Survey to gauge Economic Impact is still ongoing. All businesses in Bowie County are invited to submit a survey, to report positive or negative impacts to their business. The survey can be accessed at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHFOIw9o16XOhE2_Ul4iKlW0K775q7zsWmjctRpovfhTWDzw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Residents in Bowie and Cass County are urged to continue following Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders and following CDC guidelines for social distancing, handwashing, and sanitizing. The latest local information and updates can all be found at www.coronatxk.org. Continue Reading →

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Rep. Louie Gohmert: RICO Should Be Used to Fight Leftist Crime Wave

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) Statement:

Louie GohmertUS RepresentativeTX 1st Congressional District

This nation has never been perfect and even embraced the atrocity of slavery, but it has continued to improve, sometimes dramatically, throughout our history, and has continued to sacrifice like no other nation to liberate others in the world. Now, however, there are those who want to destroy the only form of government that allows the kind of self-improvement we have made. Many have peacefully protested for good reason, but those who have taken the injustice sparks and fanned them into the burning our country need to answer for their crimes. There are those who had organized, raised money from unknown sources in order to take advantage of an injustice and use it to create a new Bolshevik or Marxist revolution. That would lead us into an Orwellian, totalitarian government where God is denied, except the god of a dictatorial government. Continue Reading →

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Governor Abbott announces economic impact of Red River Army Depot

TEXARKANA, TX– Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday the results of a study completed by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts at the request of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC) analyzing the impact on the state’s economy of the various U.S. military installations within Texas. The Comptroller estimates these military installations contributed at least $123.6 billion to the Texas economy in 2019 and supported more than 630,000 jobs in communities across the state. Red River Army Depot is credited with providing 10,566 jobs and an economic impact totaling $1,718,185,000 in 2019. “We’ve been working for a long time to ensure that RRAD is in a good position to withstand any changes that come our way from the federal government and supply and demand needs across the globe,” Dennis Lewis, Commissioner on the Texas Military Preparedness Commission appointed by the Governor, said. “A few volunteers in this community have been working behind the scenes for a long time to ensure that we retain jobs, prepare for workload shifts, and are in a good position should another BRAC ever come along. Continue Reading →

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