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 →
TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas will begin road maintenance on sections of College Drive on September 14th, 2020. This work consists of milling College Drive and applying an asphalt overlay. With the current schedule, contractors are set to begin work on College Drive from North Robison Road to Richmond Road on September 14th, while Summerhill Road to Texas Boulevard begins on September 21st. The expected completion date of both sections of College Drive will be the end of September.
During construction, contractors will ensure the free flow of traffic with compliant traffic control and flaggers wherever necessary. Motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes during this time. Continue Reading →
TEXARKANA, TX- The Texas Commission on the Arts Board of Directors met September 3rd, and voted to award $56,000 to the Texarkana Arts and Historic District for a Texas Cultural Project grant.
This grant award will focus on the Courthouse Square Connections Project, which will serve as a gateway to the Arts and Historic District in downtown Texarkana. The overview for this project includes:
Bending the Rules III: George Tobolowsky & Friends Public Art Exhibit, which will involve salvaged materials from the iconic Hotel Grim to engage local artists to work with renowned sculptor George Tobolowsky. Over the Street Wayfinding Banner System, which will provide promotional opportunities north of the U.S. Federal Courthouse and Post Office at the gateway to the district to promote tourism. Texarkana Museum System Arts and Historic District Visitor Center signage which will direct visitors from the U.S. Federal Courthouse and Post Office to the Arts and Historic District Visitor Center.
“We are grateful for this funding from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the support of the Texas legislature for the Texas Cultural District program,” said David Orr, Chair of the Arts & Historic Committee. “These funds will assist with continued improvements to downtown Texarkana.”
The Texarkana Arts & Historic District is a collaborative regional marketing initiative focused on historic downtown Texarkana. District partners include Main Street Texarkana, the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, the Texarkana Museums System, the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce and the Cities of Texarkana, Texas and Arkansas. To learn more, check out www.visittexarkanadistrict.com. Continue Reading →
Texarkana, TX – With football moving forward to be played for the 2020 Season, here is everything a Texas Tigers Fan needs to know. Season ticket booklets will not be sold for this year. Game ticket sales will be made available to previous year season ticket holders from September 8-11. Tickets are $8 each and are first come first serve. Ticket purchases are limited to ten (10) tickets per person. This year, game tickets will be sold in partnership with HomeTown Ticketing which will allow you to choose your seats and receive your tickets automatically. Fans will notice that the Tiger Stadium schematic on the ticket sales page is set-up to allow for social distancing and stadium occupancy as required by UIL. From September 14-18, or until sold out, game tickets will be released for sale to the general public. Any remaining game tickets will be sold on Wednesdays prior to home games from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Tiger Stadium Northwest Ticket Booth. No tickets will be sold at the gate on game night. Continue Reading →
Texarkana Arkansas Mayor Brown wins the Friendly Census Challenge
TEXARKANA- On Tuesday, July 28, Texarkana Mayor, Bob Bruggeman and Texarkana, Arkansas Mayor, Allen Brown met at the state line in front of the Federal courthouse and announced a friendly challenge to see which part of the twin city would get the higher percentage of participation in the 2020 Census over the past month. Mayor Brown and Texarkana, Arkansas finished the challenge with a 57.8 percent response rate and Mayor Bruggeman and Texarkana, Texas finished at 57.2 percent. Consequently, Mayor Bruggeman will sport his Arkansas Razorback gear to celebrate Arkansas’ win.
Even though the challenge is over, and the response rate has increased, we are still very far from where we need to be. Forty-three (43) percent of Texarkana has not yet responded to the census. Our population count will determine the amount of federal funding Texarkana receives over the next 10 years, and an undercount would mean less money for health care, education, school nutrition, as well as other local needs like fire departments, roads, and housing. Continue Reading →
Ward 2 of Texarkana, Arkansas Candidate Vickie Lacy will have a Meet and Greet on September 8 at the 1894 Gallery
Texarkana, AR: Vickie Lacy announced her candidacy for Ward 2 City Director back in February 2020 in the Four States News. Since that time, a national emergency regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic has limited all candidates for public office, including Lacy, on the ability to reach out to voters. While limitations such as social distancing and mask will remain in effect likely through the end of the year, Lacy has a formal “Meet and Greet” for September 8 at 5 p.m.
The Meet and Greet will be held at the 1894 Gallery located in the Historic 1894 Building in downtown Texarkana, Arkansas. David Peavy, the owner of the 1894 Building announced the Meet and Greet on social media yesterday. Since the announcement was made, it has been shared in several areas on social media. Continue Reading →
TEXARKANA, TX – Work on the Federal Courthouse/Post Office Improvement project will begin later this month. Led by the Texarkana Arts & Historic District, the Courthouse Square Connections Project is a dual city effort to increase walkability and enhance the area around the existing United States Post Office and Federal Courthouse in downtown.
Current view of Texarkana Post Office/Courthouse
Many local partners have joined together to make this project possible, including the City of Texarkana, Texas, the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, Texarkana, Arkansas Advertising & Promotion Commission, Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, – Texarkana Arts & Historic District (including the cities and the Chamber plus Main Street Texarkana, the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, the Texarkana Museums System), a National Endowment for the Arts Grant (Public Art), and the Texarkana Wilbur Smith Rotary Club (Donation of Trees). There has also been a local resident design team involved in the planning efforts that is part of a number of Leadership Texarkana Strategic Doing Groups citywide. As one of our community’s main attractions, the downtown Texarkana Federal Courthouse and Post Office lures hundreds of visitors and residents alike to downtown Texarkana. The Post Office is so unique that it has been noted to be the 2nd most photographed federal courthouse in the United States, and remains one of the main tourism draws for Texarkana’s downtown. Continue Reading →
Motorists/pedestrians need to use extra caution as students begin classes again
ATLANTA – Maud ISD utilizes a cross walk on SH 8 for students walking from nearby neighborhoods to come to school each day. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has installed a rapid rectangular flashing beacon to assist with the safety of these students crossing. It is important for students and local residents to understand how these beacons work and what they mean.
“When the push button is pressed, the beacons begin to flash to warn traffic of the possibility of a pedestrian crossing the roadway. However, pedestrians should only cross the road when traffic has cleared or stopped,” said Rebecca Wells, Director of Traffic Operations for TxDOT in Atlanta. “If traffic is heavy, and the flashing beacons stop, pedestrians can simply press the button again to reactivate the flashing beacons until the crossing maneuver can be completed safely.”
Pedestrians should only cross at the designated crosswalk provided near the school along this stretch of SH 8. If a crossing guard is present, the crossing guard can stop traffic and assist students crossing. Pedestrians should always use extreme caution when crossing any roadway. Continue Reading →
Texarkana, AR: President Donald J. Trump mentioned Texarkana, Arkansas in an official Tweet. On July 29, the world following the Twitter account of the President of the United States awoke to a tweet mentioning Texarkana, Arkansas, and specifically the Texarkana Regional Airport. In an age of increasing social media, the tweet on July 29 may mark the first time in social media history for a President to mention Texarkana. The President’s tweet notes the $3.6 million in grants has been designated to the airport. For several months citizens of the area have been discussing the new airport design and construction date. Continue Reading →
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Project will add traffic lanes, turn lane, bike lanes and sidewalks
To help prevent the spreading of COVID-19, the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) will host a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, July 21, to present information on the proposed improvements to US 82 in Nash and Texarkana and FM 989 in Nash. The meeting will be on the TxDOT website at www.txdot.gov. Once reaching the website, the search bar can be used to search “US 82 and FM 989 Virtual Public Meeting” that will take the person to a link to access the presentation. The proposed improvements include:
Widening US 82 from 0.9 mile west of FM 989 in Nash to I-369 (US 59) West Frontage Road in Texarkana to include four travel lanes, a center left-turn lane, bike lanes and sidewalks.Widening FM 989 from I-30 South Frontage Road to 0.1 mile north of US 82 to include four travel lanes, a center left-turn lane, bike lanes and sidewalks.Realigning the intersection of US 82 and FM 989 to match traffic lanes. The proposed project will improve safety and enhance mobility. Additional right of way will be required to construct the project and contact information for employees from the right of way division will be available to answer any questions about the process of acquiring the properties. Continue Reading →