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TxDOT Seeks Public Input on Bicycling Options

TxDOT is holding virtual public meeting for cyclists

WHEN:         Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 4 p.m.

WHAT:         Virtual Public Meeting 

WHERE:       Online, click here for link to information about the meeting

AUSTIN — TxDOT Atlanta District will conduct a virtual public meeting to include a pre-recorded presentation containing both audio and visual components at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. Any interested persons may request this meeting be formalized into a public hearing by submitting a written request to Terri McCasland, at 701 E. Main St., Atlanta, Texas 75551, on or before Monday, June 22, 2021. In the event such request is received, the public meeting to be held on June 29 will be rescheduled as a formal public hearing. The purpose of this meeting is to provide information regarding transportation projects and programs that might affect bicycle use on the state system within the Atlanta District. The Atlanta District is made up of Bowie, Camp, Cass, Harrison, Marion, Morris, Panola, Titus, and Upshur counties. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, Texas Farmers’ Market Awarded Grant

Texarkana, TX: The Texarkana, TX Farmers’ Market was awarded a grant of $2,000 by the Texas Department of Agriculture for marketing assistance. This grant was only available to Farmers’ Markets that received GO TEXAN certification through the Texas Department of Agriculture. The grant award is to promote the Best Salsa in the Ark-La-Tex Competition that will be held on August 7th, 2021 at the Farmers’ Market location on the corner of 3rd Street and Texas Blvd.

City Planner, Keith Beason said, “This is a great momentum booster following the cancellation of the Salsa Competition last year.  We look forward to making a big comeback for the 2021 Best Salsa in the Ark-La-Tex Competition.”  The grant will help with advertising, signage, printing, and paying a guest chef for a cooking demonstration at the event. 

Registration for salsa competitors will open soon.  Updates will be shared on Facebook at and on the Farmers’ Market website,  All salsa entries must be tested by the City of Texarkana, TX Inspections Department before salsa can be distributed. The Texarkana Farmers’ Market is funded in part by a USDA grant and local sponsors. For more information please contact, Keith Beason, Planner II and at 903-798-3901 or email Continue Reading →

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Chamber Adds Amber Adams to the Team

Texarkana, USA) – The Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the addition of Amber Adams to the Chamber professional team as the director of partner development. Adams will be identifying businesses in key industry sectors for Chamber membership and sharing the organization’s services and benefits to them. Adams will also seek input from members and non-members to identify opportunities to enhance the organization’s value. Adams is from Galveston County, but has lived in Texarkana for three years. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University – Texarkana with a degree in communications. Continue Reading →

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One Day Early Bird Ticket Sale for Phil Vassar Set for Thursday, June 10

Country music hitmaker and piano-pounding powerhouse Phil Vassar will headline the concert at the 45th Annual Hope Watermelon Festival on Saturday, August 7, at 8:30 p.m. The show will be held on the CMC Stage inside Hope Fair Park. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

Vassar’s reign of signature songs includes 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits, including Carlene, Just Another Day in Paradise, Six-Pack Summer, When I Love You, and many more. Vassar was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career that has seen the release of six albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist, and sold-out shows across the country. His songwriting career blossomed in the mid-’90s when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Alan Jackson (Right on the Money), Tim McGraw (For a Little While), Jo Dee Messina (Bye Bye, Alright), and Blackhawk (Postmarked Birmingham). Continue Reading →

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For the Sake of One holds Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) training

Texarkana: For the Sake of One is offering TBRI® (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Caregiver Training June 21-24 from 9-3 each day at Heritage Church. The cost is $20 per day and includes lunch and six hours of training daily (with certificate). The three trainers are Angela Coston, Malenda Cree, and Melissa Cook, all of whom are TBRI® practitioners. TBRI® is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI® uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI® is connection. Executive Director, Angela Coston says, “TBRI® training is not only for people who work with foster children.  It is for anyone who works with children or adults, especially after we have all lived through Covid restrictions.  Difficult pregnancy, difficult birth, early hospitalization, abuse, neglect and big trauma are all risk factors and change the way the brain functions.  TBRI® principles help caregivers, whether at home, at school, at church, in therapy, or other places, heal from the trauma through connection.  TBRI® helps you understand the meanings behind behaviors people have and create long-term change.  I am passionate about training others in TBRI® because I have seen the change it has made in my house with all of my children, and with myself!”

For the Sake of One is a non-profit whose mission is to advocate for the foster care community in Texarkana and the surrounding areas.  They do this through five key areas: maintaining the Blessing Boutique for foster, kinship and biological families, encouraging caseworkers, supporting biological parents, recruiting new foster families, and supporting current foster and adoptive families. Continue Reading →

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Summerhill Road to be Closed This Week for Culvert Replacement

Road to be closed just south of Forrest Brooke Lane

WHEN:Beginning Monday, May 24, for about one week or until work is completed.WHERE:                      Farm to Market Road 1397 (Summerhill Road) north of Interstate 30 just south of Forrest Brooke Lane.MEDIA:Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) will be closing FM 1397 (Summerhill Road) this week to replace a culvert crossing underneath the highway. The closure will be north of I-30 just south of Forrest Brooke Lane. Work will begin Monday, May 24, and last about a week. Drivers will need to find alternate routes.For more information about the closure or alternate detour routes for traffic, contact the TxDOT Texarkana Area Office at 903-838-8574. Continue Reading →

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