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Miller County Fair 2020

The Miller County Fair will be September 26 with “Rona Style” as the theme! Miller County, Arkansas: The Miller County Fair will be held on September 26, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Miller County Fair Grounds located at 401 E. Lewis Street in Fouke, Arkansas. Citizens are being reminded there is no alcohol and you should bring a chair if you plan to watch the various events. Social distancing will be encouraged along with a mask to meet the current Arkansas Health Department recommendations. The fair will feature a livestock show, vendors, arts, and live music with the Shelton Band. Continue Reading →

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Chamber Announces John C. Maxwell as Keynote Speaker for Engaging Texarkana

Texarkana Chamber

The Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation, along with the Texas Pioneer Foundation and Farmers Bank & Trust, has announced John C. Maxwell as the keynote speaker for the Engaging Texarkana virtual conference to be held September 15 and 16, 2020. “The Chamber is ecstatic to bring John Maxwell on as the keynote speaker for Engaging Texarkana,” said Natalie Haywood, events and communications director for the Chamber. “Our theme is leadership this year, and who better to speak on the topic than John Maxwell.”

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, speaker, coach, and leader who has sold more than 33 million books. He has been called the #1 leader in business and the world’s most influential leadership expert. His organizations—the John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation—have trained millions of leaders from every nation. Continue Reading →

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Petition Drive to Save Monument Draws Crowd

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Texarkana, TX: Despite some threats of potential violence against the petition drive to save the Confederate Mothers Monument, the day has been peaceful at the site for the signing drive. The drive started at 10 a.m. this morning and will continue until 6 p.m. this afternoon. The signing tables have set up in front of the church and across the street from the monument. According to the “The ‘Whose Who’ of Our Miller County,” at any given time there have been at least up to two hundred people on-site. The “Whose Who of Miller County” is currently streaming the drive on Facebook. Continue Reading →

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Petition Drive to Save Confederate Monument Planned for Saturday

Petition Drive set for Saturday, August 8 at the Monument in downtown Texarkana 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Confederate Mother’s Monument in downtown Texarkana continues to have petition drives both online and in public. One petition is asking the city to remove the monument to a museum setting while the other is asking for the monument to be left at its current location. The monument, and the petitions surrounding it, have been the topic of several news reports and social media postings. Renee Monroe spoke with the Four States News today and is currently planning a petition drive to keep the monument at its current location. Mrs. Monroe stated the monument has been at its current locations for 102 years and that it honors mothers of people who went to war during the Civil War. Continue Reading →

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Peaceful Demonstration at Confederate Monument in Texarkana

Supporters and opponents to the Confederate Monument met in downtown Texarkana this evening. Texarkana, USA: Texarkana saw those wishing to remove the Confederate Monument and those wishing to keep it meet in a peaceful demonstration by both sides. Although voices were raised from time-to-time by both, overall the meeting appeared to open discussion. There were several signs stating “Leave it alone” and several stating “Remove it”. Supporters argued that it is not a “racist” monument while opponents pointed out the slavery history of the Confederacy. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana’s Confederate Monument Debate

Texarkana Confederate Monument from Wikipedia

Texarkana, USA: A unique Confederate Monument located in Texarkana, USA has now become the subject of a planned protest.  On June 10, the Texarkana Gazette ran an article indicating that the Texarkana Area Women Veterans are planning a march on June 19 – Juneteenth Celebration Day in Texas.  The march, according to the article, is to prompt conversation about taking the monument down and relocating it to some type of museum setting.  Within a few hours, social media was running wild with comments to support keeping the monument and arguments for moving it. 

The Texarkana monument is known as the “Confederate Mothers Monument” according to records in Texas and online.  Although sites like Wikipedia and Waymarking claim the monument faces the U.S. Courthouse and the North, it does not.  The monument and the soldier on top face the south.  The original intention was for it to look toward the south and pay respect to the mothers who gave sons during the war.  Some online have indicated that it was meant for both Union and Confederate mothers, but by all indications of the inscriptions, it was dedicated directly to the mothers and Confederate soldiers.  The dedication was held on April 21, 1918, and the monument contains figures brought from Italy.  According to most online sites, this is believed to be the only Confederate monument to include a woman in Texas. 

The protest is planned for 8 Friday June 19th, however, counter-protesters were quick to note that they would be there in online posts on social media outlet Facebook.  There have been informal polls on Facebook and at least one poll conducted by the Texarkana Gazette at this time.  Most post and the informal poll seem to indicate the community is in support of leaving the monument at its current location. The monument is considered by most historians to be part of a movement known collectively as “The Cult of the Confederacy.” The movement was in full bloom from about the late 1880s through the 1950s.  It could be argued that the fascination with the Confederacy that resulted in the “cult” or the strong following lasted more into the early 1990s with television shows like The Dukes of Hazzard and the sale of Rebel or Confederate Memorabilia.   During this period, especially from the 1890s through the early part of the 1900s, it was not uncommon for statues and monuments to be built with donated funds.  Donations were often collected and former Confederate soldiers and friends would come out for the monument’s dedication.  Some of the former Confederates wrote letters of appreciation, and towns across the south and many towns in the north worked to have monuments constructed and dedicated.  At one time there were believed to be over 800 monuments to the Confederacy.  In many towns and for many groups such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy the monuments became ways to mourn those lost in the war, celebrate the sacrifices of those still living and honor the history. 

While the supporters of leaving the monuments alone as part of history and heritage argue their point, there are equally passionate arguments on the side wishing to remove the monuments from the public eye.  Many feel the monuments represent slavery, oppression, and white supremacy.  Regardless of how the Civil War started, few can argue that by the end of the war, slavery had become a central focus.   President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation has become one of the most cited and independent documents to support that by the end of the war, the focus had shifted almost exclusively to slavery.  The Proclamation freed slaves in the states in rebellion.  While the document did nothing to free slaves in the five slave states that remained in the Union, it has still become the cornerstone for the end of slavery.  Slavery would officially end in the United States eight months after the Confederacy surrendered.  The end of slavery in the south and eventually in the north in close proximity to the end of the Civil War promoted the frustration felt by many of the decedents of former slaves toward Confederate monuments and statues. No matter where you stand regarding the Confederate Monument in Texarkana, the one clear is, there are two sides going to converge in peaceful demonstrations on June 19th.  One side is asking that the monument be moved to a museum type of setting.  The other side is asking for it to stay on the land that was put in the trust for the monument.   The United States is currently facing requests to remove statues and monuments by people wanting to take down Confederate Monuments, Revolution monuments, and others.  The final fact is that while one side may fight for the removal of a monument or statue today, tomorrow that same group may find itself fighting to try to preserve one that is important to them. Continue Reading →

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Doddridge, Arkansas to Host Fish Fry

Friday June 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Doddridge, Arkansas

Doddridge, AR – The community of Doddridge will host a fish fry on June 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m at the community center in Doddridge. The public is invited to attend. Donations for fishplates will be accepted. Funds will be used for maintenance of the park and walking trail as well as the community center. Those wishing to call ahead orders may do so by reaching Wanda Peek at 870-691-2529. Continue Reading →

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Arkansas Freemasons Suspend All Meetings

Grand Lodge of Arkansas

Arkansas – The Grand Lodge of Arkansas Freemasons (Grand Lodge of Arkansas on Facebook) and (Grand Lodge of Arkansas online) has suspended, until March 30, 2020, all masonic functions in the state. The Grand Master of Arkansas, David Bradley, expressed regret at having to make the decision, but he stressed it was for the good of public health. The decision was made in consideration of the current state and national emergency regarding the Covid-19 virus. On Friday the Grand Master of the fraternity released the following statement online:

“It is with saddened heart but for the good of the fraternity and our brethren that I’m going to suspend ALL Masonic activities and meetings effective IMMEDIATELY until March 30th at which time they may resume. This is due to the COVID-19 and will pertain to all appendant bodies. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall Fundraiser Scheduled for Sunday

The Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall, a non-profit 501 c 3 organization, will host a fundraiser this Sunday at the Neighborhood Walmart in Wake Village. The fundraiser, a bake sale, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on-site at the Walmart store on Wake Village Road. Funds from the bake sale will go toward the groundbreaking process for the wall. The organization will also have various “wall” merchandise on-site to support the wall as well. More information about the bake sale may be obtained on Facebook at Bake Sale. Continue Reading →

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March Cooperative Extension workshops to focus on beef, forage

Cattle and forage producers can sharpen their management skills at two upcoming workshops from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. While Arkansas ranks 11th nationally in beef production, the state’s producers have had their share of difficulties in the last few years. In 2012-13, drought made a $128 million impact. In 2015 and last year, many producers battled severe flooding. The ability to make solid management decisions amid uncertainty is critical. Continue Reading →

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