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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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Slim Chickens Fundraiser for Runnin’ WJ Ranch

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Texarkana, TX: On February 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Slim Chickens on Stateline in Texarkana will host a fundraiser for the Runnin’ WJ Ranch. Slim Chickens will donate 15% of sales to the non-profit when customers mention “Runnin’ WJ Ranch”. The Runnin’ WJ Ranch is a Christian based 503 c 3 which offers therapeutic riding classes. The organization started in 2001 and has seen over 400 volunteers during its operation. The ranch is a PATh (Internations Premier Accredited Center) and operates under the direction of Director Sam Clem. Continue Reading →

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2020 Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

TEXARKANA, TX- Several local organizations have partnered with the Texas A&M Forest Service to giveaway trees during Texarkana’s 6th annual Arbor Day on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until all trees are given away. The event will be at Spring Lake Park across from the Rotary Splash Pad. Members of the City of Texarkana, Texas Planning and Community Development Department, Public Works Department, Bowie County Master Gardeners and the Texas A&M Forest Service will be on-hand to help give away more than 1100 bare root seedlings and small potted trees donated by Voss Land & Timber. The public is invited to participate in the tree giveaway by selecting free trees to take home and plant on a first-come first-serve basis. The tree species have been carefully researched by a certified arborist and varieties were selected that are adaptable to Texarkana’s climate. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana USA Townhall and Candidate’s Forum Meeting for Texarkana, Texas, and Arkansas

School Election

Texarkana, USA: The Twin Cities Ministerial Alliance will host a Townhall Meeting and Candidate’s Forum on Monday, February 10, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church on 2921 Norris Cooley Drive, Texarkana, Texas. Bishop T. L. Taylor, President of the Twin Cities Ministerial Alliance stated, “The Twin Cities Ministerial Alliance is a non-partisan organization committed to providing a voice for those who we represent. TCMA is committed to engaging our congregations in the political process. We can no longer remain on the sidelines without our voices being heard.” Continue Reading →

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ArkLaTex 100 Club’s Pull for Heroes Sporting Clay Tournament to be Held March 7

The ArkLaTex 100 Club’s third annual Pull for Heroes
Sporting Clay Tournament will be held Mar 7, 2020 at Rocky Creek Outdoor in
Texarkana, Ark. Registration is open for teams and individuals who wish to
participate in the shoot. The 100 Club is also seeking sponsors for the event. “Last year we had 70 shooters participate, and we’re
expecting an even better turnout this year,” said Club Founder Gail Eichler. The entry fee is $100 per shooter. Continue Reading →

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