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Texarkana Chamber expands Team

Texarkana, USA: Michael Malone, President of the Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce announces Robbin Bass has joined the Chamber team as the new director of business retention and expansion (BR&E).  “It is great to have Robbin as a new team member to provide leadership in retaining and growing our many businesses in the greater Texarkana region.”

Joey Martin, 2020 Chamber Board Chairman remarked, “We are excited beyond words to be introducing our business retention and expansion program that will be led by Robbin Bass. Our existing industries are the backbone of our community, and bring majority of the job growth.  The Chamber wants to be the ‘go-to-source’ for any issues our industries may face, and Robbin’s expertise will be a huge plus to this great program.”

Bob Bruggeman, Mayor of Texarkana shared his thoughts. “I would like to congratulate Robbin for being selected for this new position at the Chamber. I worked with Robbin previously when she was a staff member for Rep. Ratcliffe. I feel she will do a great job promoting business retention and expansion in our community, which is very important both now and in the future.”

Bass will be working with the Economic Development Council of the Chamber of Commerce.  Scott Norton, 2021 EDC Chairman & CEO of TexAmericas Center offered his comment. Continue Reading →

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Small Business Challenge for Texarkana from November 20 to December 4 this year

Texarkana, USA: The Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Texarkana Arkansas and Texas, Main Street Texarkana, and Greater Texarkana Young Professionals announced today that, as a member of the American Express Neighborhood Champion Program, it will be hosting a contest via social media as part of Small Business Saturday, which takes place on Nov 28 and all holiday season long. Created by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday celebrates the impact small businesses have on communities across the country. The Small Business Saturday Challenge will begin November 20 and end December 4. The challenge encourages community members to post a photo on Facebook and Instagram showing a proof of purchase from a local small business, and using the hashtag #ShopSmallTXK during the contest time frame. For every #ShopSmallTXK post, the participant will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Continue Reading →

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Community Gardens – Rosehill and Beverly

The City of Texarkana, Texas in partnership with the Housing Authority of Texarkana, Texas (HATT), Rosehill Neighborhood Improvement Association and Believe in Beverly Neighborhood Association, recently completed the installation of a new community garden and upgrades to an existing community garden.  These projects were part of the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Action Plan, and HATT provided the lot for the new community garden in Rosehill located at the corner of Milam and W. 13th Street.  Volunteers from both neighborhood associations came together working hard to complete these gardens for the communities.  “These dedicated community volunteers were not only instrumental in completing these community gardens but have continuously volunteered their time for revitalization in our community” stated Kristi Kendrick, President of the Believe in Beverly Neighborhood Association. The new garden consists of eleven (11) raised garden boxes and eight (8) elevated garden boxes, three (3) picnic tables, and a water tank to catch rainwater.  Apple and fig trees were planted as well as blueberry bushes, with flowers planned for Spring planting.  At the Beverly Community Garden, additional raised beds were installed, fresh soil brought in for all beds, a new top installed on the rainwater tank, fig trees were planted as well as blueberries and raspberries.  A “Little Library” was installed at both community gardens as well as a new sign. The community gardens are open to anyone in the community who would like to grow their own vegetables, flowers, or herbs and everyone is encouraged to utilize the spaces.  The “Little Libraries” are designed with a take one – leave one concept.  All ages are encouraged to utilize the community gardens and little libraries. “This is an avenue to build community, spark creativity, and inspire our youth”, stated Rhonda Dolberry, President of Rosehill Neighborhood Improvement Association. “Enough cannot be said of how wonderful it was to have really great volunteers from organizations like Phi Lambda Chi National Fraternity, The Scholars and also individuals that want to see these neighborhoods continue to improve,” stated Vashil Fernandez, Community Development Specialist for the City of Texarkana, Texas. “This is a great start towards phase one of the neighborhood stabilization, which is to improve community engagement in the planning and implementation of various strategies for development.”


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Charles Cooper Announces Candidacy for Fouke City Council

Charles Cooper

Fouke, AR: As the election day draws near, I would like to introduce myself to the citizens of Fouke, Arkansas. My name is Charles Lynn Cooper, and I am running for Fouke City Council, Ward 3 Place 2. I am a lifetime resident of Fouke. I attended school at Fouke Public Schools, Texarkana College, Texas A&M, Texarkana, and U of A at Cossatot. I am currently semi-retired. Continue Reading →

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McAdams named Officer of the Year for Texarkana, Arkansas

On October 7, 2020, the Meritorious Awards Committee selected Corporal Randy McAdams as the department’s Officer of the Year. Corporal McAdams was also voted Officer of the 2nd Quarter after responding to an incident on April 24, 2020, where he later received a Life-Saving Award. On April 24, 2020, Corporal McAdams responded to an accident involving a pedestrian. The victim was a 12-year-old boy who had been hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle. When Corporal McAdams arrived on scene, he found the child unresponsive and without a pulse. Continue Reading →

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Shirley Easley Austin Announces Candidacy for Fouke City Council

Shirley Easley Austin

Early voting is already underway in Miller County, and I wanted to take a moment of your time to introduce myself. My name is Shirley Easly Austin. I currently serve as a member of the Fouke City Council. I am now running for reelection for that position. I am a retired nurse, and I attended Genoa High School. Continue Reading →

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COVID Cancels 2020 Nutcracker Ballet in Texarkana

The popular Nutcracker Ballet, presented by the Texarkana Community Ballet will not be seen in Texarkana this year due to COVID19. Texarkana, USA: As a year that most of us would like to forget winds down, COVID has managed to knock out the Annual Nutcracker Ballet in Texarkana. In September of this year, the Texarkana Community Ballet made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Nutcracker Ballet. The cancellation strikes at a Texarkana tradition for young and old alike and the opportunity for the ballet dancers of the city to shine. The Texarkana Community Ballet cited problems and regulations currently in place for the COVID-19 Pandemic. Continue Reading →

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Terry Roberts, City Board Candidate For Texarkana, Arkansas

Terry Roberts

Texarkana, AR: Terry Roberts is running for Texarkana, Arkansas Board of Directors Ward 1 Position. Terry is a lifelong resident of Texarkana, Arkansas and a graduate of Arkansas High. He is currently serving as the Cheif Clerk for Judge Nancy Talley in Bowie County, Texas. Roberts holds a Bachelors’s degree in Business Administration and serves as a volunteer at Hospice of Texarkana in the pastoral care capacity. He has spent several years volunteering in the community and notes that it has been a blessing and joy to serve. Continue Reading →

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Congressman Westerman to speak at Miller County Republican Committee Meeting


Congressman Bruce Westerman

Miller County, AR: Congressman Bruce Westerman will be the guest speaker at the Tuesday evening meeting of the Miller County Republican Committee. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. with Congressman Westerman speaking. There will be a short intermission between the speaker and the business portion of the meeting. The meeting will be held at 1022 Arkansas Blvd in Texarkana, Arkansas. This will be the last meeting of the Miller County Republican Committee before the general election. Continue Reading →

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The Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce will host a Small Business Expo on October 15 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Main Street in Texarkana, TX. The event will be in front of the Perot Theatre and Pecan Point. There will be 30 vendor booths, a food truck, the Kicker truck will be playing music, and there will be a mayor competition. Around 5:30 PM, both mayors will challenge each other to see who can win in corn hole, pumpkin bowling, pie eating, and steer roping! Bets will be taken, and the money will be donated to a local charity. Continue Reading →

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