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Miller County Republican Committee to Host Former State Chair Doyle Webb

Former State Chair Doyle Webb, candidate for Arkansas Lt. Governor will speak at the November Republican Meeting. Miller County, AR: The Miller County Republican Committee (MCRC) will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday, November 9, at Reggies Burger on Stateline. The meeting will start at 6:30 and feature guest speaker Doyle Webb. Webb is a former Chair of the Republican Party of Arkansas and a candidate for Lt. Governor of Arkansas. Webb will speak first, followed by a ten-minute recess to allow guests and members to talk directly with Webb. Continue Reading →

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Michael Rayburn Announces Candidacy for District 8 Justice of the Peace in Miller County

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Miller County, AR: Michael Rayburn is announcing his candidacy for Justice of the Peace of District 8. Rayburn is a 1998 graduate of Genoa High School and a Navy veteran. He holds a Bachelor of History and a Masters in business. In 2018, he retired from the Navy and returned to his hometown of Genoa to raise his family.

While serving twenty years in the Navy, Rayburn served in a variety of capacities. He was the Lead Financial Counselor for a large Navy Command where he had to oversee 2400 sailors and their training. He also taught at Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University where his primary focus was to help hundreds of people learn how to become debt-free and retire with financial freedom. During his last six years in the Navy, he was stationed at the National Security Agency as a Cryptologist.

Rayburn currently operates a vending machine company and Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning of Texarkana. He has since opened Oxi Fresh in Sherman, De Kalb, and Clarksville Texas, and has taken over the operation of the Oxi Fresh in Shreveport and Bossier City Louisiana.

Rayburn is a member of the Miller County Republican Committee where he has been active and represented the public as a member of the Miller County Elections Commission.  Rayburn has turned in his resignation to the Elections Commission and will focus his political experience from that position on his run for Justice of the Peace of District 8. 

Michael and his wife Cherrie plan to continue to live in Genoa and raise their three children in that area.  Rayburn states that during his time in the Navy he was in twenty-three different countries, and despite being able to see the world, he could not wait until it was time to retire.  Rayburn says he had one place and one place only where he wanted to spend his life and that was Miller County, Arkansas.  Rayburn says he feels a strong need to serve the community where he grew up and the place he has always called home. Additional information about Michael Rayburn for District 8 Justice of the Peace may be obtained online at Facebook. Continue Reading →

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Chris Carnahan Visits Texarkana on the Campaign Trail

Judge Chris Carnahan is a candidate for the Arkansas Supreme Court, Position 2

Judge Chris Carnahan

Texarkana, AR: Judge Chris Carnahan visited the Miller County Republican Committee in Texarkana Tuesday evening to present his case for election to the Arkansas Supreme Court, Position 2.  He was accompanied by his father, a retired Arkansas State Trooper, and welcomed by the committee for his second visit.  Judge Carnahan presented facts about his history as a lawyer, a Circuit Judge, a Special Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, and his current position as Divisions One State District Court Judge. 

Judge Carnahan has a long history of trying to assist defendants to reclaim their own lives rather than having them spend time in the Arkansas overcrowded prison system.  For nonviolent offenders and traffic offenses, he often seeks community service instead of fines.  Carnahan stated that if a defendant cannot pay their fine, then a court imposing a fine is simply a way to return the defendant time and time again to the same courtroom setting.  By providing alternatives to fines, the community has benefited and the defendant can often avoid a second round in a courtroom over unpaid fines. 

Carnahan currently presides over a Sobriety Court with a target of treating people with alcohol and addiction problems.  One rumor concerning the judge which has followed him into the campaign trail is that he is more likely to sentence a misdemeanor defendant to school.  Often he is faced with misdemeanors where it is apparent to the court that the defendant does not have the means to lift themselves out of the cycle of crime.  Access to a GED and other educational and service-related sentencing has allowed people to find employment and leave criminal activities behind. 

Carnahan has a past history of serving as an Executive Director for the Republican Party of Arkansas.  He is a member of the Gun Owners of American and the National Rifle Association (NRA).  He believes in the rule of law and in providing a fair and open trial for any and all defendants.  Perhaps most importantly in the Judge’s life is his relationship with Christ.  He expresses not only to be a follower of Christ during conversations, but he also proudly proclaims this relationship in his campaign material.  When asked about the Constitution, Carnahan referred immediately to a quote he has on his flyers.  He says, “I will protect the entire Constitution and promise you that I will not legislate from the bench.”  Several legislators were present for the visit Tuesday evening, and Carnahan referred to them for issues of legislation and law-making.  He stressed that was not the job of a judge, an attitude he promises to carry to the Arkansas Supreme Court. Continue Reading →

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Republican Women to Host Social at Crossties Event Center

The Miller County Republican Women will host a social event on Tuesday, September 28, from 4-6 pm at Crossties in Texarkana. Texarkana, AR: The Miller County Republican Women (MCRW) will hold a membership social on September 28th at Crossties in downtown Texarkana. The social event will feature a key speaker, the Republican Chair of Arkansas, Jonelle Fulmer. In addition, several outstanding guests are expected to attend, including chairs from surrounding counties in Arkansas and Texas. According to MCRW member Diana Lowe, elected officials from the area have been invited as well as fellow Republicans from Texas. Continue Reading →

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TWU Director J.D. Phillips to Retire

TEXARKANA, USA—The Director of the Texarkana Water Utility J.D. Phillips intends to retire on August 30, 2021. Phillips has worked for TWU for 31 years, beginning his career in February of 1990. Phillips began his employment for TWU as the Engineering Manager, and was named Interim Executive Director in 2015. His title as Executive Director became official in May of 2016. Texarkana, Arkansas City Manager Jay Ellington compliments Phillips on his career. Continue Reading →

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TWU -Temporary Change to Water Disinfection Procedures

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Texarkana Water Utilities (TWU) will begin a temporary change to the method of disinfecting our drinking water beginning July 19 and lasting about eight weeks.  The water will remain safe to drink throughout the process.  TWU normally uses chloramine, a mixture of ammonia and chlorine, to disinfect water.  Beginning Monday, July 19 and for approximately eight weeks TWU will use chlorine only, also known as “free chlorine”.  The periodic temporary conversion from chloramine to free chlorine is a widely used preventative maintenance procedure for municipal water systems in both Texas and Arkansas. TWU previously performed this procedure in March-April 2015 and February-March 2018, October-November 2019. Over time minerals may attach to pipes and release when there are changes in pressure that may result in discoloration.  Other processes such as nitrification and the growth of biofilm may also occur in water distribution pipes.  The biofilm growth can cause a reduction in the effectiveness of residual disinfectants over time.  The use of free chlorine will help cleanse the lines, reduce the occurrence of nitrification and biofilm, and ensure that we provide quality water for the customers served by TWU. Citizens may see more flushing of fire hydrants by TWU staff during this process.  Certain water lines with low flow must be flushed more often to ensure the free chlorinated water is adequately moving through the water distribution system. Free chlorine is a stronger disinfectant than chloramine.  As a result, some water-users may experience a slight change in the aesthetics of their water during the conversion, including a noticeable “chlorine odor” and slight discoloration.  This should lessen after a couple of weeks and does not affect the safety of the water supply. Continue Reading →

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COVID Update Miller County and Vaccinations 7-14-2021

The Office of Emergency Management is following the upward trend of the positivity rate within Miller County and the surrounding metro area. While an exact number of new positive COVID-19 cases is unavailable, the medical community is advising more cases of COVID-19 patients are being seen. OEM works closely with area medical facilities, practitioners, state and local Emergency Management agencies to track the trends of the virus. Medical facilities in our area have recorded inpatient care of COVID-related illnesses in the last seven days that closely match that of hospitalizations from March 2021. In February 2021, Miller County Emergency Management normally recorded 175 new positive COVID cases every ten days. Continue Reading →

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The Great Miller County Cleanup

Miller County, AR: Miller County Judge Cathy Harrison wants to invite the citizens of Miller County to join her and other elected officials on Saturday, June 26th from 8a-11a for a countywide cleanup. There will be refreshments, t-shirts for all who participate, and many prizes awarded. Judge Harrison said, “This is a great event to meet people and elected officials in your area as well as do some good for our Miller County.” “This cleanup includes the Cities of Texarkana, Garland, and Fouke as well and it’s not too late to put a team together or if you want to join a team in your area of the county we can help,” said Harrison. Anyone interested can call the Miller County Judge’s Office at (870)774-1301 and ask for Becca so the Judge’s Office can get your packet with a T-shirt ready. There have been many people ready to volunteer so don’t forget comfortable walking shoes, clothes, a hat and if you have a litter grabber please bring it. Continue Reading →

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Miller County Launches ACT® Work Ready Community Initiative

Texarkana, Arkansas—Miller County announced today, they have engaged in the process to become a certified ACT® Work Ready Communities (ACT® WRC). This practice demonstrates their commitment to developing a strong workforce pipeline, desirable to employers, economic developers, and current and future citizens of the county. “Miller County is excited to partner with the Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce to launch ACT® Work Ready Communities initiatives that use the ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC® as the basis for industry-driven efforts that link education, workforce, and economic development,” said Judge Cathy Harrison, Miller County Judge. The ACT® Work Ready Communities (ACT® WRC) initiative empowers states, regions and counties with data, processes and tools that drive economic growth by identifying skills gaps and quantifying the skill level of their workforce. Participants leverage the ACT® WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate® (ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC®) to measure and close skills gaps and build common frameworks that link, align, and match their workforce development efforts. Continue Reading →

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Miller County COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Miller County, AR: The Miller County Office of Emergency Management has teamed up with College Hill Drug and Lansdell Family Clinic to provide a COVID-19 vaccination clinic Saturday, March 6th from 9am-5pm at the Arkansas High School Razorback Gym located at 1500 Jefferson in Texarkana, AR. Miller County recently began receiving larger shipments of the vaccine and the pharmacies need a larger venue for the rollout. Director Joe Bennett of Emergency Management said, “Coordination efforts between OEM, Texarkana Arkansas School District, Rotary Club of Texarkana, College Hill Drug, Health Mart and various medical facilities have resulted in providing this service to citizens aged 65 and over, staff and faculty at educational facilities, medical personnel and emergency responders, and newly approved to receive the vaccination; agricultural workers and poultry processing workers in the poultry industry, all of which are included in the Phase 1A-1B category.”

Currently, there are approximately 1400 people signed up on the College Hill Drug vaccination web site. OEM receives phone calls daily from citizens who say they have signed up but not have been called. Often, it is revealed that a call was made to the individual but not answered due to a non-recognized phone number. Continue Reading →

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