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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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TxDOT Hosting Virtual Public Meeting on US 82/FM 989 Improvements

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 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 →

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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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Nash Voters: Yes to Beer & Wine Sales, Yes to Mixed Drinks in Restaurants

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According to Nash city secretary Jennifer Studdard, all votes have been counted, and the results have been certified. The first measure legalizes the sale of beer and wine from grocery, convenience, and stand-alone stores. The measure does not allow sales of liquor. The measure carried 232 to 195. The second measure legalizes the sale of mixed drinks in restaurants. Continue Reading →

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