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Texarkana Receives Cultural Project Grant

TEXARKANA, TX- The Texas Commission on the Arts Board of Directors met September 3rd, and voted to award $56,000 to the Texarkana Arts and Historic District for a Texas Cultural Project grant. 

This grant award will focus on the Courthouse Square Connections Project, which will serve as a gateway to the Arts and Historic District in downtown Texarkana.  The overview for this project includes:

Bending the Rules III: George Tobolowsky & Friends Public Art Exhibit, which will involve salvaged materials from the iconic Hotel Grim to engage local artists to work with renowned sculptor George Tobolowsky. Over the Street Wayfinding Banner System, which will provide promotional opportunities north of the U.S. Federal Courthouse and Post Office at the gateway to the district to promote tourism. Texarkana Museum System Arts and Historic District Visitor Center signage which will direct visitors from the U.S. Federal Courthouse and Post Office to the Arts and Historic District Visitor Center. 

“We are grateful for this funding from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the support of the Texas legislature for the Texas Cultural District program,” said David Orr, Chair of the Arts & Historic Committee. “These funds will assist with continued improvements to downtown Texarkana.”

The Texarkana Arts & Historic District is a collaborative regional marketing initiative focused on historic downtown Texarkana. District partners include Main Street Texarkana, the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, the Texarkana Museums System, the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce and the Cities of Texarkana, Texas and Arkansas. To learn more, check out www.visittexarkanadistrict.com. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, TX – With football moving forward to be played for the 2020 Season, here is everything a Texas Tigers Fan needs to know. Season ticket booklets will not be sold for this year.  Game ticket sales will be made available to previous year season ticket holders from September 8-11.  Tickets are $8 each and are first come first serve.  Ticket purchases are limited to ten (10) tickets per person. This year, game tickets will be sold in partnership with HomeTown Ticketing which will allow you to choose your seats and receive your tickets automatically.  Fans will notice that the Tiger Stadium schematic on the ticket sales page is set-up to allow for social distancing and stadium occupancy as required by UIL. From September 14-18, or until sold out, game tickets will be released for sale to the general public. Any remaining game tickets will be sold on Wednesdays prior to home games from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Tiger Stadium Northwest Ticket Booth.  No tickets will be sold at the gate on game night. Continue Reading →

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Battle of the Border Friendly Census Challenge Winner

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Texarkana Arkansas Mayor Brown wins the Friendly Census Challenge

TEXARKANA- On Tuesday, July 28, Texarkana Mayor, Bob Bruggeman and Texarkana, Arkansas Mayor, Allen Brown met at the state line in front of the Federal courthouse and announced a friendly challenge to see which part of the twin city would get the higher percentage of participation in the 2020 Census over the past month. Mayor Brown and Texarkana, Arkansas finished the challenge with a 57.8 percent response rate and Mayor Bruggeman and Texarkana, Texas finished at 57.2 percent. Consequently, Mayor Bruggeman will sport his Arkansas Razorback gear to celebrate Arkansas’ win. 

Even though the challenge is over, and the response rate has increased, we are still very far from where we need to be. Forty-three (43) percent of Texarkana has not yet responded to the census. Our population count will determine the amount of federal funding Texarkana receives over the next 10 years, and an undercount would mean less money for health care, education, school nutrition, as well as other local needs like fire departments, roads, and housing. Continue Reading →

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Ward 2 Candidate Vickie Lacy Meet and Greet Planned

Ward 2 of Texarkana, Arkansas Candidate Vickie Lacy will have a Meet and Greet on September 8 at the 1894 Gallery

Vickie Lacy

Texarkana, AR: Vickie Lacy announced her candidacy for Ward 2 City Director back in February 2020 in the Four States News. Since that time, a national emergency regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic has limited all candidates for public office, including Lacy, on the ability to reach out to voters. While limitations such as social distancing and mask will remain in effect likely through the end of the year, Lacy has a formal “Meet and Greet” for September 8 at 5 p.m.

The Meet and Greet will be held at the 1894 Gallery located in the Historic 1894 Building in downtown Texarkana, Arkansas. David Peavy, the owner of the 1894 Building announced the Meet and Greet on social media yesterday. Since the announcement was made, it has been shared in several areas on social media. Continue Reading →

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Arts & Historic District Partners Launch Federal Courthouse/Post Office Improvement Project Downtown

TEXARKANA, TX – Work on the Federal Courthouse/Post Office Improvement project will begin later this month. Led by the Texarkana Arts & Historic District, the Courthouse Square Connections Project is a dual city effort to increase walkability and enhance the area around the existing United States Post Office and Federal Courthouse in downtown. 

Current view of Texarkana Post Office/Courthouse

Many local partners have joined together to make this project possible, including the City of Texarkana, Texas, the City of Texarkana, Arkansas, Texarkana, Arkansas Advertising & Promotion Commission, Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce, – Texarkana Arts & Historic District (including the cities and the Chamber plus Main Street Texarkana, the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council, the Texarkana Museums System), a National Endowment for the Arts Grant (Public Art), and the Texarkana Wilbur Smith Rotary Club (Donation of Trees). There has also been a local resident design team involved in the planning efforts that is part of a number of Leadership Texarkana Strategic Doing Groups citywide. As one of our community’s main attractions, the downtown Texarkana Federal Courthouse and Post Office lures hundreds of visitors and residents alike to downtown Texarkana. The Post Office is so unique that it has been noted to be the 2nd most photographed federal courthouse in the United States, and remains one of the main tourism draws for Texarkana’s downtown. Continue Reading →

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President Mentions Texarkana in Official Tweet

Texarkana, AR: President Donald J. Trump mentioned Texarkana, Arkansas in an official Tweet. On July 29, the world following the Twitter account of the President of the United States awoke to a tweet mentioning Texarkana, Arkansas, and specifically the Texarkana Regional Airport. In an age of increasing social media, the tweet on July 29 may mark the first time in social media history for a President to mention Texarkana. The President’s tweet notes the $3.6 million in grants has been designated to the airport. For several months citizens of the area have been discussing the new airport design and construction date. 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 www.txdot.gov. 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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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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