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Caddo Area Boy Scouts Board Sells Camp Pioneer

On December 12, 2017, the Caddo Area Council Board of Directors unanimously approved a recommendation to suspend resident camp operations at Camp Pioneer after a Camping Taskforce and a Financial Operations Taskforce thoroughly studied the council’s two camping properties. The council also engaged a Boy Scouts of America engineer specializing in camping properties who conducted an in-depth study of the council’s two camp properties. The engineer’s report concluded the council could not afford to operate two camps after a seven-year cumulative loss in camping operations at Camp Pioneer. The engineer’s recommendations included, “Permanently close Camp Pioneer and invest all future resources in Camp Preston Hunt, with a vision of creating an outdoor experience of excellence.”

Following three years of continuous study and discussion, with consistent low usage at Camp Pioneer and high usage at Camp Preston Hunt, the council received an offer to purchase Camp Pioneer. After review by legal counsel and Vice-President of Properties, on June 18, 2020 the Executive Committee voted unanimously to send the offer to the full board for consideration. Continue Reading →

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Weekly Roadwork Report –TxDOT Atlanta District For June 28 – July 4, 2020

Construction work and lane closures will be reduced to a minimum on July 3-5 to allow traffic to move more efficiently for the Independence Day holiday. Bowie County

SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges. SH 93– Between Meadow Lane and Kennedy Lane, installing sidewalks. Camp County

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Cass County

SH 8 – At Sulphur River, replacing bridges. Harrison County

US 59 – From FM 1997 to Marion County Line, repairing and resurfacing highway. Continue Reading →

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Two Bridges on SH 98 to be Replaced in SW Bowie County

Traffic to be restricted to one lane, one direction at a time

Two narrow bridges on State Highway 98 in Southwest Bowie County will be replaced over the next couple of years according to plans approved in June by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). “We will be replacing the bridges crossing Anderson Creek and Anderson Creek Relief,” said Paul Wong, area engineer for TxDOT in Texarkana. “The current structures are 28 feet wide and the new ones will be 44 feet wide with two 12-foot traffic lanes and 10-foot shoulders on each side. We will also be raising the elevation of the bridges about three to five feet to improve drainage under the bridges.”

The new bridges will be constructed one side at a time and traffic across the bridges will be restricted to one lane for both directions of traffic. Traffic across the bridges will be controlled by traffic signals at each end of the project that will only allow for one direction at a time. Continue Reading →

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Lane/Ramp Closures Planned for I-369/Loop 151 in Texarkana

Road Closed

June 22, 2020

Roads to be closed

WHEN:Beginning Tuesday, June 23, through Friday, July 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily on week days or until the work is completed.WHERE:                      I-369/Loop 151 in Texarkana.MEDIA:The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) will have crews replacing roadside and overhead signs on I-369/Loop 151 in Texarkana over the next three weeks. This will require some lane closures and ramp closures at various locations at various times according to the progress of work. ATLANTA — The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) will have crews replacing roadside and overhead signs on I-369/Loop 151 in Texarkana over the next three weeks. This will require some lane closures and ramp closures at various locations at various times according to the progress of work. Lane and ramp closures should be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until work is completed each day on weekdays. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, Texas Reminds Residents That CENSUS 2020 ongoing

Texarkana residents still have a few months to complete the U.S. census form, but it is imperative to act now. The United States census is conducted every ten years and aims to count every person in the U.S. While, some Texarkana residents have completed their census forms, there are many who haven’t. Participation is needed from every person to get a complete count. According to information available at 2020Census.gov, just over55% of Texas residents had completed the form as of this week, falling short of the national rate of nearly 61%. The response rate in Texarkana is the same, at 55%, which means that nearly half of local residents have not responded. Continue Reading →

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Trinity Baptist Church Announces New Senior Pastor

Trinity Baptist Church of Texarkana, Arkansas is pleased to announce the affirmation of Andy Coats as its new Senior Pastor. Pastor Andy and his wife Cristi joined the staff of Trinity in November 2018, and he has been serving as the pastor of students, college, and young adults. Pastor Andy’s educational background includes a Bachelor of General Studies in Applied Sciences with a focus on marketing and management, and a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership Studies with emphases in business and leadership, Christian leadership, and church planting. His nearly completed Doctor of Business Administration in Leadership degree focuses on strategic leadership, church growth, and sustainability. His book, The Sustainable Leader, is in its final stages and will be published in the near future. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, Bowie, Cass COVID-19 Updated 6-16-2020

TEXARKANA, TX—Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports a total of 205 positive COVID-19 cases, with 100 recoveries and 13 related deaths. Cass County has a total 34 cases with 31 recoveries and two deaths. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice reports 1 active positive case at the Barry B. Telford Unit. 

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Bowie County (as of 6/16/20)Total Cases in Bowie County205Ages (Bowie County Cases)0-19820-293030-393940-494050-592860-692470-792280+ 14Gender (Bowie County Cases)Male  92Female  113              Deaths  13  

Another round of no-cost testing will be offered this week in Bowie County. Two sites will be offered: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 18-20th, a walk-in testing site will be set up at the Texarkana-Bowie Family Health Center from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. No appointment is needed. (Yesterday there was an error on the flyer for the no-cost testing. Please use the updated flyer attached today.)

On Saturday, June 20th, 2020 a drive-thru testing site will be set up in New Boston at #1 Trailhead Park Plaza at the pavilion. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, Bowie, Cass COVID19 Update 5-15-2020

TEXARKANA, TX—Bowie County Emergency Operations Center reports a total of 200 positive COVID-19 cases, with 100 recoveries and 13 related deaths. Cass County has a total 34 cases with 31 recoveries, and two deaths. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice reports 5 active positive cases at the Barry B. Telford Unit. Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Bowie County (as of 6/15/20)Total Cases in Bowie County200Ages (Bowie County Cases)0-19820-293030-393840-494050-592460-692470-792280+14Gender (Bowie County Cases)Male 92Female 108              Deaths   13  

Another round of no-cost testing will be offered this week in Bowie County. Two sites will be offered: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 18-20th, a walk-in testing site will be set up at the Texarkana-Bowie Family Health Center from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. No appointment is needed. On Saturday, June 20th, 2020 a drive-thru testing site will be set up in New Boston at #1 Trailhead Park Plaza at the pavilion. Continue Reading →

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West 7th Street Railroad Underpass in Texarkana to Close for Repairs

Road Closed

June 12, 2020

Roads to be closed

WHEN:Wednesday, June 17, beginning at 7 a.m., through Wednesday, June 24 or until work is completed.WHERE:                      Kansas City Southern Railroad underpass on US 67 Eastbound in TexarkanaMEDIA:US 67 Eastbound (West 7th Street) will be closed to through-traffic for a week as repairs are made to the railroad trestle. ATLANTA — Motorists who normally travel US 67 Eastbound (West 7th Street) between Lake Drive and Texas Boulevard will need to find an alternate route beginning at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17, through Wednesday, June 24.  Kansas City Southern Railroad will be closing the highway to through-traffic on these dates to make repairs to the railroad trestle located near Lelia Street. Traffic will officially be detoured on a signed route on State Highway 93 (Summerhill Road) and US 82 (New Boston Road and Texas Boulevard). Portable message boards will be placed near the railroad crossing beforehand to warn motorists of the scheduled road closure.  The construction schedule and road closure can change due to inclement weather or other unforeseen problems.

Anyone having any questions about the road closure, detour routes or construction work can call the Texas Department of Transportation Texarkana maintenance section at 903-838-8574 for more information. Continue Reading →

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