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Governor Abbott announces economic impact of Red River Army Depot

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 →

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Monument Gains Support to Stay

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, Texas Fire Department Employee Suspended

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 →

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING CANCELED

City of Texarkana TX

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 →

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Vote for Texarkana in America’s Main Streets Competition

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 →

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City Earns Recognition for Financial Reporting

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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Bobby Ferguson Park Sign Progress Continues

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 →

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City Beautiful Commission Presents First “Yard of the Month” for 2018

Texarkana, AR – The Texarkana Arkansas City Beautiful Commission awarded the first “Yard of the Month” Award for 2018, last Monday night.  Jeff Brown, the Chair of the City Beautiful Commission, was on hand at the City Meeting Monday the 16th to provide the award to Ms. Toni Nix.   Ms. Nix’s home is located on the corner of 23rd and Laurel and will proudly display the award sign presented Monday. For several years the City Beautiful Commission has awarded “Yard of the Month” Awards to various homes and yards around the city.  The only criteria to be nominated is for someone to recommend the yard to the commission.  Once recommended, the Commission members review the yard, present the information at the monthly meeting and vote.  The public is encouraged to recommend yards to commission members or through the commission’s Facebook site. Jeff Brown stated that he always enjoys the opportunity to provide an award to a homeowner.  Jeff said, “You’d be surprised at how many great yards there are in Texarkana.  Sometimes we have a real struggle picking out just one.”  Jeff also said he would encourage anyone to nominate a yard.  “Community involvement is very important to the Commission whether it’s in nominating a yard or helping with one of our clean-up projects throughout the year.  We need everyone in Texarkana to help make our city beautiful.” The Texarkana Arkansas City Beautiful Commission is an all-volunteer commission meeting on the second Tuesday of each month.   The commission maintains a Facebook site at:  https://www.facebook.com/TexarkanaArkansasCityBeautifulCommission/ Continue Reading →

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Group Cleanup Focuses on Butts

 

Texarkana, AR – The Miller County Project Prevent Youth Coalition partnered with local groups Saturday to promote a cleanup day at Bobby Ferguson Park with a focus on cigarette butts.   Arkansas High Student Madison Stanley with the Interact Club from the school and the Student Council assisted in the cleanup which was sponsored by several local groups including the Texarkana Arkansas City Beautiful Commission. Teresa Davis oversees the Miller County Project Prevent Youth Coalition and set the event in motion.  Other groups such as the Student Council and Interact Club from Arkansas High sponsored by Tonya Dunphy, and Nedra Turney with the City Beautiful Commission contributed volunteers and supplies.  Several local businesses also sponsored the event such as Chicken Express, McAlisters, El Chico, On the Border, Ta Molly’s, Texas Roadhouse, Sonic, Walmart, Parrot Island in Ft. Smith and others. The event provided a base camp, supplies and other items needed for the day.  The focus was to pick up trash and gather cigarette butts in particular.   Nedra Turney was happy with the turnout and stated that all the volunteers worked hard to ensure a successful cleanup day.  The group hopes to take the cigarette butts to the Texarkana Arkansas City Board and request that consideration be given to making the Arkansas city side parks smoke free.  Late Saturday afternoon dozens of pictures were being posted to social media celebrating the success of the event. Continue Reading →

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JASTER NAMED INTERIM CITY MANAGER

 

TEXARKANA, TX- The City of Texarkana, Texas is pleased to announce the appointment of Shirley Jaster as Interim City Manager. The City Council confirmed Jaster’s appointment on Friday, August 4th, 2017 after former City Manager John Whitson announced his retirement. Whitson served the City of Texarkana, Texas for the past 4 and a half years, and plans to retire to Oklahoma to live near his daughter and new granddaughter. Jaster, a Texarkana native, has filled various positions at the City of Texarkana for the past 25 years, most recently as a Deputy City Manager- Development. She has also been the Director of Planning, Director of Community Services, Director of Community and Public Works and Assistant City Manager. Continue Reading →

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