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Application Deadline for Coronavirus Relief Funds Looms for Local Texas Governments

Carrington Coleman: Funds will help offset COVID-19 payroll pressure

The deadline to request Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) allocations is Oct. 16, a deadline of critical importance to Texas counties and municipalities seeking assistance in offsetting COVID-19-related payroll costs. “It is important for counties and municipalities to meet this deadline as the state has made it clear there will be no extensions,” said Dallas attorney Bruce Hendrick, who leads the team at Carrington Coleman Sloman & Blumenthal assisting governments with the preparation of their applications requesting their initial 20 percent funding allotment. “If there is any question about the need for the funds, we recommend going forward with the request,” Mr. Hendrick said. “If a decision is subsequently made not to use the funds, they simply must be returned to the state by December 15. Continue Reading →

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New Pedestrian Warning Signs Installed Near Maud ISD

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 →

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Maud ISD Robotics Team Advances to State

Maud, TX – On January 19th Maud ISD’s Twitter feed published the great news about second and third place winners in the robotics contest. According to the tweet from the official Maud ISD Twitter Feed the school had at least two teams place. Holden, Evan, Jacob, and Robert all worked on a team that placed third in the overall competition. Kullen and Jared’s team placed second and as a result, they will advance to the state level competition. Mrs. Hilton is the sponsor for the Robotic Team out of Maud and the team’s hard work is being recognized throughout the district. Continue Reading →

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Maud Elementary Completes Canned Food Drive

Maud, TX- As elementary students prepare for the final countdown to Christmas, the Maud Elementary students can be proud to know that they have made someone’s Christmas a little brighter this year. Roughly four days ago the school announced the completion of the STUCO Canned Food Drive on their twitter feed. The small East Texas school managed to donate 1,157 cans of food this year in their drive. The school reported that Mrs. Jones’ elementary class collected the most canned items with an impressive 340 cans. Those wishing to follow Maud’s news and notices may do so by following them on Twitter at
To Mrs. Jones’ and all the teachers, parents, and especially the children of Maud Elementary School, we want you to know that all of East Texas and the Four States area and News has seen your shining beacon of love and devotion during this Christmas season of giving. Thank you for giving back and may you have a most wonderful and blessed Christmas!  

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Four States News Expands Social Media Reach

The Four States News (FSN) is proud to announce we have added additional Facebook Groups online. The FSN is a “Community Journalism site.” We focus on events in communities such as church happenings, school events, and other issues often not covered by mainstream media. We are not looking to cover the latest wreck or the latest Congressional issues. Instead of a broad focus, we might focus on a Congressional leader who visits the four states area, or we might focus on the impact someone had on others who happened to pass away from injuries of a wreck. We want stories based on what’s important to you and your community. Anyone can write that a great citizen passed away at a certain age and left behind a list of relatives, but we want to know and share how that great citizen changed his family, his or her friends, and touched the lives of those she may have known. Community Journalism is driven by two factors – contributors or people taking time to write something and submit it, and the community’s desire to know more, understand what’s happening on a deeper or more “hometown” level. We also recognize that we can not possibly cover all the stories. In our area we have several outstanding, online publications. You may have seen Texarkana Today or Jeff Easterling’s outstanding Texarkana FYI . You have also likely seen the long-standing, now-online also publication for the Texarkana Gazette . It also seems like new publications are popping up daily like the new ArkLaTex Post. Because we focus not just on Texarkana, but on the surrounding area of the four states, we thought it was time to allow those areas to have a reference point for articles directly related to them and to share articles. These new groups will allow people to easily share post from any news outlet with links back to the original publication. Together we can share news not only published from FSN, but also from any major or minor publication touching on important events or happenings. Currently we have Four States News Community Post our first set up to allow sharing of news from around the Texas and Arkansas. We have just added Oklahoma Four States News Community Post and Louisiana Four States News Community Post. Continue Reading →

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Citizen Concerns in Maud Continues

Maud, TX. – The small town of Maud is still adjusting to the idea that their mayor, Jessie Hicks, is simply….gone. After months of actions questioned by the citizens of Maud that included the firing of a fire chief, the loss of fire volunteers, and several other controversial issues, Hicks was removed for failing to attend council meetings. Now, Mayor Pro Tem Jimmy Clary has had to step up and fill the vacancy left by Hicks. With the continuing controversy for the small town, at least one citizen has stepped up and offered to finish the former mayor’s term. Continue Reading →

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Maud High School Wins in Simms


Simms, TX – The Maud varsity football team traveled to Simms, Texas this evening to face the James Bowie High School team. While the game got off to a slow start, Maud dominated the second and third quarters scoring thirteen points in each. They finished up the fourth quarter with an additional seven points for a winning score of 33 to 6. James Bowie did score six points in the fourth, but was unable to match the Maud team this evening. Surprisingly the total offense was close in yards with Maud having 279 and James Bowin 262. Continue Reading →

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