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Birth/Death Certificate office temporarily closed

TEXARKANA, TX- To better serve residents, the Texarkana Texas Office of Vital Statistics is scheduled for vault renovations this summer. This renovation project will require the office to be temporarily closed to walk-in business for approximately two weeks. The office will be closed from Wednesday, July 28, 2021, through Friday, August 13, 2021. Regular office hours for walk-in customers will resume on Monday, August 16, 2021. Customers may still order by mail or online through VitalChek.com or from Austin at Texas.gov. Applications and links to both sites can be found on the city’s website, http://ci.texarkana.tx.us/131/Birth-Death-Records-Vital-Statistics. Continue Reading →

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COVID Cases Rise in Bowie County

TEXARKANA, TX— COVID cases are back on the rise in Bowie County and the Texarkana region. Hospitalizations due to COVID are also increasing, and available resources to care for COVID patients are critically low. “It is imperative, now more than ever, that the residents of Bowie County and the Texarkana region seek out a COVID vaccine,” Local Health Authority Dr. Matt Young said. “We are seeing sick patients come through the clinic and emergency rooms at an alarming rate, and most of them are unvaccinated. This new Delta variant is moving quickly through our area and affecting younger populations more acutely. Continue Reading →

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Bridge Work to Close SH 98 is Again Rescheduled

WHEN:Wednesday and Thursday, July 28and 29, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until work is completed. WHERE:                      On State Highway 98 at Anderson Creek, between FM 1840 and US 67, southwest of New Boston. MEDIA:Traffic will be stopped periodically during day as crews unload preconstructed concrete beams for the bridge work being conducted at the site. ATLANTA — Work crews will be closing State Highway 98, between Farm to Market Road 1840 and US 67, periodically during the day on Wednesday and Thursday, July 28 and 29, southwest of New Boston. The crews will be unloading preconstructed concrete beams at the bridge construction site at Anderson Creek. The closures are expected to take 15 to 30 minutes at a time is expected to be conducted periodically from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until work is completed. This work has been rescheduled several times due to wet weather. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana calls for Public Art proposals

TEXARKANA, TX- The Texarkana Arts & Historic District is calling for public art proposals to complete a series of outdoor found-object sculptures to be featured in downtown Texarkana called Bending the Rules III: George Tobolowsky & Friends Public Art Exhibit. Proposals should be focused on celebrating Texarkana’s State Line Avenue and the joining of two states in the downtown district. Finished pieces will be featured surrounding the U.S. Federal Courthouse & Post Office along with Veterans Memorial Park. There will be a total of three proposals chosen, and each artist will have the opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed found-object artist, George Toblowsky. Artists will be reimbursed for up to $500 of material costs. Continue Reading →

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North Park Road closure

Roads to be closed

TEXARKANA, TX- The Texas Department of Transportation will temporarily close a section of North Park Road under the highway bridge as part of their IH-30 construction project beginning today, Wednesday, July 21st. This closure will be from Century Lane to 200 feet south of the bridge and will last for the entirety of bridge construction. Bridgework is expected to be completed between late October or November of 2022. TxDOT will be ensuring proper signage and detours throughout the entirety of this project. Any questions or concerns can be forwarded to the TxDOT Texarkana Area Office at 903-838-8574. Continue Reading →

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SPEED AND DRIVER INATTENTION ARE TOP FACTORS IN TRAFFIC CRASHES IN ENERGY-PRODUCING AREAS

TxDOT’s “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” campaign urges drivers to slow down and stay alert in oil and gas production and exploration regions

AUSTIN ­– TxDOT is urging motorists to make safety a priority when they’re behind the wheel, especially in areas where oil and gas activity often brings increased traffic and large trucks to rural areas and adjacent communities. In 2020, nearly 70,000 crashes occurred in the state’s five major energy production areas—the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford Shale, Barnett Shale, Anadarko Basin and Haynesville/Bossier Shale—resulting in 932 fatalities. Failure to control speed and driver inattention were the top reasons for crashes in these areas.  

TxDOT offers these tips when driving in energy-production areas:

Drive a safe speed, accounting for traffic, road conditions and weather.Focus 100% on driving and put your phone away: no talking or texting when behind the wheel.Give large trucks plenty of space, be patient and pass only when it’s safe and legal to do so.Obey stop signs and traffic signals.Never drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.Always buckle up—drivers and passengers, day and night. Drivers should also remember the “Move Over or Slow Down” law, requiring motorists to move over a lane or slow to 20 mph below the posted speed limit when approaching an emergency vehicle, law enforcement, TxDOT vehicle, tow truck or utility vehicle stopped with flashing lights activated on the roadside. “Be Safe. Continue Reading →

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TWU -Temporary Change to Water Disinfection Procedures

TWU

Texarkana Water Utilities (TWU) will begin a temporary change to the method of disinfecting our drinking water beginning July 19 and lasting about eight weeks.  The water will remain safe to drink throughout the process.  TWU normally uses chloramine, a mixture of ammonia and chlorine, to disinfect water.  Beginning Monday, July 19 and for approximately eight weeks TWU will use chlorine only, also known as “free chlorine”.  The periodic temporary conversion from chloramine to free chlorine is a widely used preventative maintenance procedure for municipal water systems in both Texas and Arkansas. TWU previously performed this procedure in March-April 2015 and February-March 2018, October-November 2019. Over time minerals may attach to pipes and release when there are changes in pressure that may result in discoloration.  Other processes such as nitrification and the growth of biofilm may also occur in water distribution pipes.  The biofilm growth can cause a reduction in the effectiveness of residual disinfectants over time.  The use of free chlorine will help cleanse the lines, reduce the occurrence of nitrification and biofilm, and ensure that we provide quality water for the customers served by TWU. Citizens may see more flushing of fire hydrants by TWU staff during this process.  Certain water lines with low flow must be flushed more often to ensure the free chlorinated water is adequately moving through the water distribution system. Free chlorine is a stronger disinfectant than chloramine.  As a result, some water-users may experience a slight change in the aesthetics of their water during the conversion, including a noticeable “chlorine odor” and slight discoloration.  This should lessen after a couple of weeks and does not affect the safety of the water supply. Continue Reading →

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Bridge Work to Close SH 98 Periodically on Tuesday and Wednesday

Crews will be unloading preconstructed concrete beams for new bridge

WHEN:Tuesday and Wednesday, July 20 and 21, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until work is completed. WHERE:                      On State Highway 98 at Anderson Creek, between FM 1840 and US 67, southwest of New Boston. MEDIA:Traffic will be stopped periodically during day as crews unload preconstructed concrete beams for the bridge work being conducted at the site. ATLANTA — Work crews will be closing State Highway 98, between Farm to Market Road 1840 and US 67, periodically during the day on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 20 and 21, southwest of New Boston. The crews will be unloading preconstructed concrete beams at the bridge construction site at Anderson Creek. The closures are expected to take 15 to 30 minutes at a time is expected to be conducted periodically from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until work is completed. This work was originally scheduled for Monday, July 19, but had to be changed. Continue Reading →

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