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 →
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 →
Area residents will soon have the opportunity to express their desires and opinions on a public art project proposed by the Southwest Arkansas Arts Council. Two artists, Paul Hester of Fayetteville and Houston,Texas, and David Griggs of Denver, Colorado, have been invited by SWAAC to spend time in Hope to assess needs, assets, and potential of public spaces in order to put together a proposal for the art project.
The two artists will tour Hope and visit with residents on July 14. An open meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, July 14, 2:30 – 4 p.m. at the local Chamber of Commerce Office. The public is invited to attend. “The purpose of public art is to enhance a city and to attract visitors,” said Rodney Steele, chairman of SWAAC’s Public Art Steering Committee. “Improving areas through public art can also impact economic development and usage of those areas.”
Hester and Griggs are no strangers to Hope. In 1996, the two were commissioned by the arts council to complete a proposal for the brick and wrought iron fence and display, now called the Heritage Wall, alongside the downtown Hope Railroad Depot which also serves as the Hope Visitor’s Center and Museum.
Hester, who first came to Hope as an artist-in-residence in Hope Schools, is a photographer. He received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. His photographs reside in the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Wooster Art Museum in Massachusetts, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC, and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. He was on the faculty of the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, Rice University, Houston, for 15 years. Griggs is a Denver-based artist who has completed over 60 commissioned works of art throughout the United States. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts. He has worked in many capacities in the arts, including gallery manager, museum preparator, and studio artist. For the last 30 years, he has been self-employed as a public artist. Recent commissions include projects for the cities of Anchorage, Boulder, Chicago, Dallas, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Madison, San Antonio, Santa Fe, Stockton, Toronto, and Washington. He lives and works with his wife in Denver’s burgeoning Santa Fe Arts District. Hester and Griggs plan to revisit the Heritage Wall on their upcoming visit, to determine any maintenance or additional work needed, as well as to determine the parameters of a proposal for additional public art. “These artists are eager for community interaction,” said Steele. Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
TEXARKANA, TX— Texarkana, Texas and Bowie County residents who have been affected by the recent flooding event need to report damages to the State of Texas Department of Emergency Management so that a total damage cost estimate can be calculated. If you experienced damage due to flooding after May 17, 2021 until the present, please visit https://damage.tdem.texas.gov/ and Click on “May 17-TBD, 2021 Severe Weather”. The objective of this survey is to identify damages across Texas, to help emergency management officials across the state gain an understanding of damages that have occurred during recent natural disaster activity. For more information about disaster relief, resources and recovery, follow @texarkanaoem on facebook. Continue Reading →
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 →
Moving help continues to be needed. Damage posted 2-19 on the Miller County Facebook Page
Miller County, AR: According to Miller County Judge Cathy Hardin-Harrison, the contents of the entire Miller County Courthouse must be moved quickly to allow for repairs. During the recent snow and ice storm, the courthouse was damaged when water pipes burst throughout the building during power outages. The damage was most significant in the basement, first and second floors. Several pictures online have showcased the extent of the damage and local news outlets have carried the story. Continue Reading →
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The fuel situation in our region is stressed, some convenience stores have sold out or closed due to a lack of fuel truck transportation. If possible, we need the conserve the fuel in our area for emergency response vehicles and utility company trucks and personnel. OEM has made arrangements for fuel trucks to deliver to specific gas stations and realizes this will be an inconvenience for the public for the next 48 hours. Hopefully, the roads will clear, and transportation of goods and services can resume within the next two days. Miller County OEM Director, Joe Bennett asks the citizens of our area to please be patient. Continue Reading →
Miller County, AR: A report on social media from Miller County Judge Cathy Hardin-Harrison has indicated the Miller County Courthouse will remain closed until Monday February 22. The courthouse suffered a broken pipe due to freezing. The second and first floors along with the basement have been flooded. The elevator is currently offline due to flooding in the elevator shaft. According to the Judge, crews are currently cleaning and repairing. Continue Reading →