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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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2A Fun Shoot in Texarkana on August 14

2A Fun Shoot

Texarkana, AR: The Miller County Republican Committee (MCRC) will host its first 2A Fun Shoot at Rocky Creek Outdoors in Texarkana, Arkansas, on Saturday, August 14. Those interested can obtain additional information online. The event will include several contests throughout the day and starts at 8 a.m. Participants may join one or all events. Events will consist of a 100 Sporting Clay event, 5-Stand event, 50 Target 16 Yard Trap event, and more.

Registration is online, and participants are not required to pay until arrival at Rocky Creek Outdoors. There will be a raffle and door prizes as well. Continue Reading →

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TWU -Temporary Change to Water Disinfection Procedures

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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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TWU to Resume Late Fees and Disconnections August 1

Texarkana Water Utilities (TWU) will resume late fees and disconnections on August 1, 2021, according to Pamela White, the Administrative Coordinator for TWU. Questions or concerns may be directed to (903) 798 3800. TWU also wishes to remind customers that online services may be used. Payment Options and Pay Online are available on our website athttps://twu.txkusa.org. Continue Reading →

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SWAAC to Seek Proposals for Art Project in Hope

Area residents will soon have the opportunity to express their desires and opinions on a public art project proposed by the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council.  Two artists, Paul Hester of Fayetteville and Houston,Texas, and David Griggs of Denver, Colorado, have been invited by SWAAC to spend time in Hope to assess needs, assets, and potential of public spaces in order to put together a proposal for the art project. 

            The two artists will tour Hope and visit with residents on July 14. An open meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 14, 2:30 – 4 p.m. at the local Chamber of Commerce Office.  The public is invited to attend.             “The purpose of public art is to enhance a city and to attract visitors,” said Rodney Steele, chairman of SWAAC’s Public Art Steering Committee.  “Improving areas through public art can also impact economic development and usage of those areas.” 

            Hester and Griggs are no strangers to Hope.  In 1996, the two were commissioned by the arts council to complete a proposal for the brick and wrought iron fence and display, now called the Heritage Wall, alongside the downtown Hope Railroad Depot which also serves as the Hope Visitor’s Center and Museum. 

            Hester, who first came to Hope as an artist-in-residence in Hope Schools, is a photographer.  He received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.  His photographs reside in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Wooster Art Museum in Massachusetts, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC, and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth.  He was on the faculty of the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, Rice University, Houston, for 15 years.             Griggs is a Denver-based artist who has completed over 60 commissioned works of art throughout the United States.  He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts.  He has worked in many capacities in the arts, including gallery manager, museum preparator, and studio artist.  For the last 30 years, he has been self-employed as a public artist.  Recent commissions include projects for the cities of Anchorage, Boulder, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Madison, San Antonio, Santa Fe, Stockton, Toronto, and Washington.  He lives and works with his wife in Denver’s burgeoning Santa Fe Arts District.             Hester and Griggs plan to revisit the Heritage Wall on their upcoming visit, to determine any maintenance or additional work needed, as well as to determine the parameters of a proposal for additional public art.              “These artists are eager for community interaction,” said Steele. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Awarded Two TXDOT Sidewalk Grants

TEXARKANA, TX – The City of Texarkana, Texas was recently awarded $5,152,402 for sidewalk improvements along College Drive and North Robison Road as a part of the Texas Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TA) Program. Overall, the Texas Transportation Commission approved funding for 16 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TA) Program projects from across the state valued at approximately $25.7 million. The first award includes bicycle and pedestrian sidewalk infrastructure improvements along College Drive from Robison Road to U.S. 71 (State Line Ave). This project will also include bike and pedestrian signalization improvements at Texas Boulevard. The second project includes pedestrian sidewalk infrastructure improvements along both sides of North Robison Road from Bright Street to Richmond Road. Continue Reading →

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TFBMW Rally Set to Start Friday

Texarkana, USA: Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall (TFBMW), a non-profit 501(c) 3, will hold their 2021 rally this Friday through Sunday at the Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center. June 11 through June 13 will mark the annual rally with pre-registration at $60 for singles or $100 for couples. The cost of admission will include a Rally T-Shirt, patch, and access to all the weekend events, including the Friday and Saturday night meals. The doors will open Friday at 4 pm, and Saturday at 7 am.

The rally is open to all motorcyclists and the general public. There will be vendors present, Friday night bike games, meals, meet and greets, and Karaoke. Saturday morning will feature guided bike rides, an auction, and a bike and car show that will start at 12:30. Dinner Saturday will be served from 6 pm to 8 pm.

White Trash Wannabees will provide music. Sunday morning will feature a free breakfast from 9 am to 11 am, followed by a Biker Church Service at 11 am. Pre-registration can be completed online at the organization’s site TFBMW.org. For more information or to register, go online to the TFBMW home page at TFBMW.org or to the Facebook Page. The Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center is located at 5200 Convention Plaza Dr. in Texarkana, Arkansas. Google Map to the Convention Center. Continue Reading →

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Bulk Waste can be disposed of curbside in Texarkana, Texas

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas reminds residents that one cubic yard of bulk waste can be placed curbside free of charge with waste and recycling carts with normal waste collection weekly. “City-wide clean-up efforts are underway this Spring,” David Orr, Assistant City Manager said. “The City is encouraging participating in a trash-off this weekend, there’s a community-wide yard sale and electronics recycling event scheduled for early May, and the Chamber of Commerce has a new anti-litter campaign in the works. We just hope to provide residents with a timely reminder that they can always put bulk waste at the curb, and it will be picked up with their trash.”

One cubic yard of bulk waste is the equivalent of the addition of two of the 96-gallon waste carts or an item the size of a sofa, large chair, or washing machine. Those needing to remove an amount of bulk waste exceeding the one cubic yard allotment can make arrangements for the removal of such items by contacting Waste Management at (903) 794-4111 to schedule a pick-up and make payment arrangements. Continue Reading →

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Road Work beginning Thursday on Walton Drive

Roads to be closed

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas Street Department will be performing maintenance on the intersection of Walton Drive and Frumkin Lane starting April 8th. Milling of the intersection will begin Thursday, April 8th and paving to begin April 12th, weather permitting. Traffic through the intersection may be affected by lane closures. Proper traffic control accommodations will be made to ensure the flow of traffic during this time. If there are any questions, please let the Public Works department know at 903-798-3948. Continue Reading →

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