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Master Gardener Training will be Online This Year

The deadline is fast approaching for joining our Master Gardener Basic Training Online. This is a great opportunity learn remotely at your own pace. Training starts in early October and you have until December 15, 2020 to get your training completed. The deadline to have your applications into our office is noon on September 30, 2020. Applications are available online at or call our office at 870-779-3609 and request your application. Continue Reading →

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Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, October 24th, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, Miller County Sherriff Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Miller County Prosecutor’s Office will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for the October Drug Take-Back Day. 

Bring your medications for disposal to any of our three drop off box locations; Bi-State Justice building (100 North State Line Avenue), Miller County Sherriff Office (2300 East Street), Texarkana Emergency Center (4646 Cowhorn Creek). The Bi-State Narcotics Taskforce will be at the Texarkana Emergency Center from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for in person drop offs, and to answer questions from the public.  

Twice a year (through partnerships with local businesses such as Texarkana Emergency Center, Rotary Clubs, Prevention Resource Centers, the Department of Health and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency) law-enforcement agencies throughout Arkansas host Drug-Take-Back events (a.k.a. Operation Medicine Cabinet) at various locations in an effort to not only get the public to dispose of unused or expired medications, but to educate as many people as possible about the dangers prescription medications can pose. With many law enforcement agencies, and other facilities, having 24-hour secure drop boxes, some collection sites are always available. It is important to know that law enforcement is only interested in the removal of unused and/or outdated medications and over the counter drugs from the homes of our citizens. Continue Reading →

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COVID-19 Numbers for Texarkana, Bowie, Cass Week 9-21-2020

TEXARKANA, TX— Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports 37 new cases since Thursday, September 18, 2020 for a total of 1,176 positive COVID-19 cases, with 673 recoveries and 71 deaths. There are currently 432 active cases being traced in Bowie County. Cass County has a total 312 cases with 261 recovered and 14 deaths.  Cass County currently has 37 active cases. Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Bowie County 9/21/2020Total Cases in Bowie County1176Ages (Bowie County Cases)0-1814119-2919130-3915240-4916950-5916260-6914670-7912180+94Gender (Bowie County Cases)Male516Female659              Deaths     71

The latest local information and updates can all be found at The local hotline telephone number is (903) 255-5560. Continue Reading →

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TxDOT urges motorists and parents to use caution as children head back to school

As millions of Texas children return to school this year, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) asks motorists and parents to exercise caution to prevent traffic crashes and injuries in and around school zones and bus stops. Last year, 784 traffic crashes occurred in Texas school zones, resulting in one death and 12 serious injuries. The most common causes for these crashes were driver inattention, failure to control speed and failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign or when turning left. In addition, five people were killed and 76 were seriously injured last year in 2,453 traffic crashes involving school buses in our state. Speed and driver inattention also were the top contributing factors in those crashes. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas House of Representatives Update 9-21-2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered online activity in our state. More Arkansans are working remotely, learning through distance education, using telehealth, and attending online church services. It remains to be seen to what extent some of the changes in habit will continue after the health crisis ends. That is why 2020 is a critical year for closing the digital divide in Arkansas. This week, the House and Senate committees for Advanced Communication and Information Technology were briefed on a new tool designed to give the state an accurate picture of the current broadband service available. Continue Reading →

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A&M-Texarkana Alumni Association Donates $15,000 to Endowed Scholarship

TEXARKANA, Texas – The Texas A&M University-Texarkana Alumni Association recently made a $15,000 donation to the Texas A&M University-Texarkana Foundation Board’s “Double Your Impact” scholarship initiative. Members of the TAMUT Foundation Board of Directors have pledged to match donations dollar for dollar up to $1 million. The $15,000 donation from the alumni association will contribute $30,000 in much-needed scholarship money for A&M-Texarkana students. “Financial support of our students is an important part of the mission of the TAMUT Alumni Association,” said Alumni Association President Nicole Raley. “This is why we are proud to partner with the TAMUT Foundation Board of Directors to “double the impact” of our $15,000 donation for scholarships for the students of A&M Texarkana.” “We are very fortunate to have an active alumni association here at A&M-Texarkana,” added TAMUT President Dr. Emily Cutrer.” “Having groups like this who remain involved and dedicated to their university after graduating is key to the success and growth of the institution, and to providing more opportunities for the next generation of Eagles.”

The mission of the TAMUT Alumni Association is to serve as a liaison between the university and the community by building relationships, financial support, and recognition for graduates, faculty, and staff now and in the future. For more information about the TAMUT Alumni Association contact Mark Missildine, TAMUT Alumni Coordinator at Continue Reading →

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Grand Opening of the Democratic Party of Miller County Headquarters

Tuesday, September 22 at 10 a.m. at 403 E. 9th Street, Texarkana, AR. Miller County, AR: The Democratic Party of Miller County Central Committee will hold the Grand Opening of its Headquarters at 403 E. 9th Street in Texarkana, Arkansas on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 10:00 am. William Hanson, Democratic Party candidate for U.S. Representative for the 4th Congressional District of Arkansas is expected to attend. Everyone is welcome observing face mask and social distancing guidelines. Campaign materials for Mr. Hanson and the Biden-Harris presidential ticket will be available. Continue Reading →

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TxDOT now providing free virtual car seat inspections that are COVID-19 safe

AUSTIN – Texans may think they know how to correctly install and use their children’s car seats, but nearly 60 percent of the time they’re used incorrectly. That’s why TxDOT is helping drivers keep their children safe on the road. TxDOT’s annual “Save Me With a Seat” campaign is hitting Texas airways and roadways as the nation recognizes National Child Passenger Safety week from Sept. 20-26. The campaign highlights the fact that an alarming number of car seats are being installed and used incorrectly. Continue Reading →

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Respond to The Census Event- Drive-Thru and Walk-Thru

Joint City Release:    The Time is Now. Respond Today! TEXARKANA, USA- This a reminder that tomorrow Saturday, September 19th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the joint Complete Count Committee (CCC) will be hosting a “Respond to the Census” event. This will take place at multiple locations around Texarkana, in both states. This is our final push to ensure that all of Texarkana gets counted. Continue Reading →

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