TEXARKANA, TX– Governor Greg Abbott announced Monday the results of a study completed by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts at the request of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC) analyzing the impact on the state’s economy of the various U.S. military installations within Texas. The Comptroller estimates these military installations contributed at least $123.6 billion to the Texas economy in 2019 and supported more than 630,000 jobs in communities across the state. Red River Army Depot is credited with providing 10,566 jobs and an economic impact totaling $1,718,185,000 in 2019. “We’ve been working for a long time to ensure that RRAD is in a good position to withstand any changes that come our way from the federal government and supply and demand needs across the globe,” Dennis Lewis, Commissioner on the Texas Military Preparedness Commission appointed by the Governor, said. “A few volunteers in this community have been working behind the scenes for a long time to ensure that we retain jobs, prepare for workload shifts, and are in a good position should another BRAC ever come along. Continue Reading →
Texarkana Confederate Monument from Wikipedia
The Confederate Mothers Monument in Texarkana is gaining support on social media to remain in downtown Texarkana. Texarkana, USA: A local veteran women’s group has stirred historians and citizens alike in both Texarkana, Arkansas, and Texas to the rallying cry “Leave it alone,” and “Let it stay” on social media. Over a week ago, the Texarkana Gazette ran an article indicating that there will be a march in protest of the Confederate Monument on June 19th. A local veteran women’s group planned the march and discussed the issue with the paper for the article. The Four States News ran a brief review of the history of the monument and the viewpoint of both sides on June 17. Continue Reading →
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TEXARKANA, TX- On Monday, June 1, 2020 it was brought to the attention of The City of Texarkana, Texas that an employee of the Texarkana Texas Fire Department made racially charged statements on their personal Facebook account. Once made aware, this matter was expediently dealt with according to the city’s personnel policy regarding prohibited activities and use of social media. After an investigation, due process under civil service law was provided to the employee. The employee has accepted a 90-day suspension without pay, agreed to five years without supervisory responsibilities, and will complete 12 sessions of counseling focused on anger and bias issues before returning to work. Continue Reading →
Rumors of people from Shreveport and ANTIFA swirl around social media concerning Atlanta, Texas
For the most part, the Texarkana area and surrounding communities have seen positive and appropriate protest movements in the last several days. Protestors have been praised on social media and local radio and television for being appropriate, polite, and overall community positive. Many of the protestors have seen the result of their actions praised through social media, waves, and honks from passing cars in support. Unfortunately, the news is starting to reach social media outlets this afternoon of potential problems in Atlanta, Texas. One post on social media indicated that the store where the person was shopping announced it was closing in forty-five minutes. Continue Reading →
TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, May 11, 2020, has been canceled. There were no pressing issues or items that needed to be voted on by the council, and out of an abundance of caution and concerns over COVID-19, Mayor Bob Bruggeman canceled the meeting.
The City Council is scheduled to meet again on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor at 220 Texas Blvd, Texarkana, Texas 75501. Continue Reading →
Titus County, TX- This afternoon at approximately 5:30 p.m. an emergency notification went out for Mt. Pleasant and Titus County in Texas. The notification explained to citizens that expanded restrictions to the 4-1-2020, Local Disaster Declaration, originally published on 3-20-202, had been added. In addition, a new informational chart was added today. Updates for the area are being published on the city Website at http://mpcity.net. Continue Reading →
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If you haven’t heard about the “Fouke Brawl” at last week’s game, then maybe you’ve been under a rock or blessed. The fight was recorded between the local Fouke High School team and a visiting Glen Rose High team. According to most reports on social media and the news from Little Rock to Dallas, the fight was allegedly initiated by a Glen Rose player. By the end of the conflict, multiple players were involved. Now, a fight alone is not unusual in a football game. It’s not uncommon for several players to join in a fight during a game. Spirits and frustrations can be high for many reasons in football. Usually, coaches and referees break up the fight, a team gets an unsportsmanlike penalty, and the game moves on to the next play. There were marked differences in the fight at Fouke. The fight seemed to quickly spiral out of control in the video and referees, coaches, and local law enforcement can be seen trying to break it up. One recording shown on Facebook has the sound of some fans in the crowd laughing when all at once what appears to be adults run out onto the field. One adult, or assumed adult, tackles a Glen Rose player from behind. The player appeared to be standing on the sideline away from the fight when the man tackled him. Bravely, (yes, whoever you are, sarcasm is intended here) when the student turned to face the adult, he quickly backed up. The adult moved away in a dancing motion that made him appear to be either doing a lousy dance or a pathetic attempt to imitate Muhammad Ali. On second thought, this guy’s actions should not be compared to anything Ali did in the ring. Ali faced his opponents straight up and would never have hit a kid (a minor most likely) from behind. Needless to say, that one incident alone was enough to make anyone sick. Several people on Facebook and other social media sites made comments about it. So far, to my knowledge, the guy has not stood up to be recognized. It’s likely if he does stand up, the Miller County Sheriff will want to visit with him a little – as well they should.
Within a few minutes of the video, the fight is over. The result has been suspensions on both teams, and an investigation by the sheriff’s department with possible prosecution for some local adults. There has been a lot of suggestions online like “cancel the rest of the season,” or “forfeit all games. The fact is Fouke will miss a game this week since they do not have enough players because of suspensions. However, we need to stop and remember a few things before we allow ourselves to judge the Fouke School District, team, or city and community too harshly.
The first thing that must be considered is that the actions
recorded represented a few people. In
the 2010 census, the population of Fouke was 859. When we look at the video, it appears to be
somewhere around maybe five adults or so going onto the field. Five out of the population does not represent
Fouke. The second thing to consider is
that punishment for the entire team, such as canceling the season, in my
opinion, is just not fair. Canceling a
season would harm seniors, cheer, dance, band, and others. The players who took a knee during the fight
and showed actual sportsmanlike conduct would be punished as well. To punish all for the actions of five or so
adults and a few players would be wrong to other students and the community. Finally, we must consider that these five or
so adults and the few players involved do not represent the values and the
people of Fouke.
Fouke is a thriving and growing community with a rich and beautiful history. Fouke has a couple of stores, a fantastic community center that is always in use, thriving neighborhoods, a great school district, and some of the best people you’ll ever meet. I have never gone to Fouke, and not met a smiling face or someone that treated me like I had lived there all my life. The city is vibrant with churches, a masonic lodge, restaurants, shopping, and that one unique thing that nobody else in the state has, a Monster Mart. The city is always looking for ways to grow, with a farmer’s market, the Miller County Fair, and who can forget having the Fouke Monster Festivals related to that delightful little history. Finally, if anyone is on social media looking for the current weather forecast, rest assured that the Fouke Mayor has posted it somewhere online. He always has all of us in the county and area covered for weather issues. Continue Reading →
Mainstreet Texarkana is encouraging citizens and friends of Texarkana to vote for Texarkana. “America’s Main Street’s” is offering a $25,000 award to the winner. STIHL company is the sponsor of the award and the last day for voting will be June 3. Mainstreet Texarkana is accredited and recognized by both Texarkana, Arkansas and Texarkana, Texas. The unique position of Mainstreet Texarkana allows the organization to serve both cities. Continue Reading →
TEXARKANA, TEXAS– The city of Texarkana, Texas has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2017 comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. This certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. This is the 28th year in a row the City of Texarkana, Texas has earned this recognition. Chief Financial Officer for the City of Texarkana, Texas, Kristin Peeples, leads a the Finance Department staff who are responsible for producing the annual report. The finance department’s dedication to transparency and sound financial accounting has earned this award year after year for the city. Continue Reading →
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Texarkana, AR – Enter Bobby Ferguson Park near UofA Way or pass it as you come off the Interstate and you’ll see a nice, rock sign on the hillside just inside the park informing you of the park’s name. However, if you enter from the Fairgrounds end of the park, there is no sign to indicate the name of the park. Soon, the lack of a park sign will not be a problem near the Four States Fairgrounds. The Texarkana Arkansas Beautiful Commission works to improve the appearance and beautification of Texarkana, Arkansas. In addition to having clean-up days, dumpster trash days, planting days, and coordinating education about keeping the city clean, the commission has overseen the implementation of signs for city properties. The most recent sign, the huge “Welcome to Texarkana” sign on the Interstate was one of the larger sign projects the commission has undertaken in recent years. The commission usually, through suggestions of need, etc. attempts to take on a sign project whenever it can afford to do so. Funding is supplied through the A&P Commission and the City Beautiful Commission seeks bids, designs the signs, and implements the projects. Once completed, several other groups, including city maintenance, the Master Gardners, and other volunteer groups join in to assist in planting, watering, and maintaining the signs for the city. The commission’s latest project is underway right now. The unfinished sign is coming together on the southwest corner of Bobby Ferguson Park. When finished, there will be two flag polls, the sign, lights, water, and plants to celebrate and enhance the new sign’s location. Continue Reading →