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TxDOT urges motorists and parents to use caution as children head back to school

As millions of Texas children return to school this year, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) asks motorists and parents to exercise caution to prevent traffic crashes and injuries in and around school zones and bus stops. Last year, 784 traffic crashes occurred in Texas school zones, resulting in one death and 12 serious injuries. The most common causes for these crashes were driver inattention, failure to control speed and failure to yield the right of way at a stop sign or when turning left. In addition, five people were killed and 76 were seriously injured last year in 2,453 traffic crashes involving school buses in our state. Speed and driver inattention also were the top contributing factors in those crashes. Continue Reading →

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Jeana Woodard and Kate Woodard Named National Merit Semifinalists

Texas High School Seniors named National Merit Semifinalist

Jeana Woodard

Texarkana, TX – Jenna Woodard and Kate Woodard, Texas High School Seniors, have been named Semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. An estimated 16,000 students from a pool of 1.5 million entrants were chosen for this honor based upon high school academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, honors and awards received, and highest scoring in the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Kate Woodard

Both will now move forward to the Finalist selection to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than     $30 million that will be offered next spring. Both Jenna and Kate are four year members of the Texas High School Marching Band and Drumline.  Jenna was named a Texas Music Educators Association All-Region Band member during her sophomore and junior years while Kate was chosen for the same honor during her junior year.  Jenna qualified for State Solo & Ensemble for the past three years and Kate qualified for State Solo & Ensemble during her freshman year. As members of Tiger Vision, Kate has served as an Editor and Executive Producer of the daily live shows and Jenna was a team member on the short film, Gifted, that received Best Art Direction and Set Design awards during the Student Television Network National Awards program. 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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University of Oklahoma Launches ‘OU Online’

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NORMAN, Ok: The University of Oklahoma announced today the launch of OU Online, a central division that will deliver the university’s online graduate degree programs, expanding OU’s ability to reach students in Oklahoma and beyond. Designed for adult learners seeking career advancement, OU Online’s programs offer specialized graduate degrees in a variety of professional fields. Of the initial 33 online graduate programs being offered through OU Online, six are new programs launching this fall. “The University of Oklahoma has a strong tradition of serving learners across the globe through a number of highly acclaimed online graduate degree programs,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “By uniting our efforts through OU Online, we can provide a more accessible path to world-class learning at the graduate level. We see online education as a true fulfillment of our purpose as a public research university – to develop strategic educational opportunities that benefit a more diverse segment of students and foster economic growth for our state.” Continue Reading →

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TEXAS Extended Campus Launches New Graphic Design Certificate Program

AUSTIN, TX- The TEXAS Extended Campus (TEC) at The University of Texas at Austin is excited to announce the debut of their Graphic Design Certificate Program. Beginning Aug. 26, this 12-week online course prepares students to begin a new career as a graphic designer. The program also enhances the skills of those who hold other creative roles in their organization. Prospective students may attend an online information session on July 8, 2020, or Aug. Continue Reading →

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Liberty-Eylau Pitcher Signs with Goshen College

Ben Witterstaetter signs commitment to Goshen College

Ben is joined by his family and coaches for this Liberty-Eylau released signing picture

Texarkana, TX: Ben Witterstaetter has signed a letter of intent and acceptance to attend Goshen College. Ben is currently a senior pitcher for the Liberty-Eylau baseball team. He is being recruited to play baseball for Goshen. Goshen College is located in Indiana and is a private liberal arts college. The college has been ranked number one in Indiana by Washington Monthly. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas House of Rep Update 5-19-2020: Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship

A few weeks ago, we reminded Arkansans of the upcoming deadline for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. This week, we received word that the deadline has been extended to August 1. Unlike in prior years, students who are already receiving the scholarship, have a sufficient number of hours, and have earned satisfactory academic progress before March 27 are automatically eligible for the scholarship for the 2020 fall semester. 

Traditional students must score at least 19 on the ACT to qualify for the scholarship. The latest ACT score accepted by Arkansas Department of Higher Education will be from the July testing. Students who have yet to achieve a score of 19 on the ACT may take the Accuplacer test remotely as a substitute. 

Meanwhile, we want to remind Arkansans of another valuable scholarship funded by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. Continue Reading →

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Ethan Lum selected as a winner in the 2020 Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship Contest

AUSTIN –Ethan Lum, a recent graduate of James Bowie High School in Simms, has been selected as a winner in the 2020 Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship Contest. Lum was awarded a $1,500 college scholarship that he will apply toward his studies in fisheries and wildlife conservation biology at Arkansas Tech University. 

The Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship Contest is presented annually in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful and recognizes the achievements of Texas high school seniors who demonstrate a leadership role in preventing litter in their schools and communities while building awareness of the Don’t mess with Texas litter-prevention campaign. A total of $13,500 in scholarships was awarded to four high school seniors. The 2020 scholarships were sponsored by iHeartMedia, Buc-ee’s, the Houston Astros Foundation and San Antonio Spurs Sports & Entertainment. 

Ethan’s passion for the outdoors led him to build three monofilament receptacles, after attending a Texas Coastal Brigade Camp. After learning monofilament materials are polluting waterways and harming fish and other wildlife, he built the receptacles and  worked to register them with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Corps of Engineers. He then partnered with a Texas Park Ranger to place them at Wright Patman Lake, which spans Bowie and Cass counties. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas High ROTC Program Raising Funds for 75th Anniversary D-Day Project

The Arkansas High AFJROTC (Air Force Junior ROTC) is busy once again with the new school year and a new project.  The ROTC group plans to create a Diorama of the World War 2 D-Day Normandy Beach Landing.  The class instructor, MSgt. Douglas McLane, USAF Ret., is planning the project as an educational tool and a 75th Anniversary event for the history of the landing.  The project will take a little over $1,120 to complete but will benefit not only the ROTC program at Arkansas High but all students at the school and beyond.   (Donate)

The ROTC program has a long history at Arkansas High dating
back to its establishment on September 1, 1967. 
The program is designated as AR-022 which notes that it was the 22nd
program of its kind put in place.  The
agreement between Arkansas High and the United States Air Force has allowed
several retired Air Force to serve as instructors and mentors for young people
since the founding in 1967.  Like many instructors,
MSgt. McLane was not looking for a job when he saw the advertisement for the
position.  Intrigued, he called to find
out that there were no applicants for the position which indicated to him that
this might be a calling.  McLane answered
the call of service once again.   Work started
to build on the program to help enhance the lives of those in the ROTC

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In 2019, the program won the Outstanding Unit of the Year Award with Merit.  This was the first time the program has ever won the award.  In 2018, the unit attended the Drill and Fitness Competition along with 14 other units.  Arkansas High’s united won several awards at the event including 2nd Place Unarmed Drill Exhibition, 2nd Place Armed Tandem Exhibition, and 2nd Place Uniform Inspection.  The unit then brought home the 1st Place in the Individual Female Fitness Award. Before 2019, and in recent years, the unit has had several successful competitions and recognition that include:

2nd Place Unarmed Regulation Drill 20173rd Place Armed Regulation Drill 2017Recognized at the LA Tech’s Veteran Ceremony at Bulldog Stadium before the game with Rice UniversityWon Outstanding Civic Marching Group in the Veterans Day Parade 2018Won Outstanding marching Group in the Veterans Day Parade 2018Outstanding Color Guard Unit at the Live United Bowl for 2016, 2017 and 2018

With so much success and promise coming from the program,
Instructor MSgt. McLane is now reaching for more for the unit with the D-Day
Project.  Ultimately, any major project
like McLane has developed will need funds. 
The unit has created an online web page where community members,
business leaders, retired military, and anyone with interest in helping this
unit can donate specifically for the project.  
The project is described in detail on the page:

“The students will learn about the historical event of D-Day and the importance of the major military operation during World War 2. Continue Reading →

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