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Master Gardener Training will be Online This Year

The deadline is fast approaching for joining our Master Gardener Basic Training Online. This is a great opportunity learn remotely at your own pace. Training starts in early October and you have until December 15, 2020 to get your training completed. The deadline to have your applications into our office is noon on September 30, 2020. Applications are available online at https://bit.ly/3mDb3yB or call our office at 870-779-3609 and request your application. Continue Reading →

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BE SAFE. DRIVE SMART

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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McCann School of Business & Technology in Monroe Recognized as School of Distinction

Accreditation Agency Honors McCann for Quality Programs, Exceeding Accreditation Requirements

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MONROE, LA.  — McCann School of Business & Technology in Monroe is proud to announce it was recently recognized with the prestigious “School of Distinction Award” by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), an honor given to ACCSC-accredited institutions that have gone above and beyond in meeting the agency’s rigorous accreditation requirements and have a strong track record in providing quality educational programs for its students. “Congratulations to the McCann School of Business & Technology on being named a 2020 ACCSC School of Distinction,” says Michale McComis, Ed., Executive Director of ACCSC, the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. “Through this award, ACCSC recognizes the school’s hard work and dedication to promoting student excellence and fostering a school community committed to ACCSC best practices and student achievement. The tremendous pride you take in your work, your students and the Monroe community are evident.” To achieve the ACCSC School of Distinction Award, schools like McCann have not only demonstrated a commitment to the expectations and rigors of ACCSC accreditation, but have delivered quality educational programs to students, graduates and employers. Continue Reading →

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Respond to The Census Big Event- Drive-Thru and Walk-Thru

TEXARKANA- On Saturday, September 19th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, the joint Complete Count Committee CCC will be hosting a “Respond to the Census” big event. This will take place at multiple locations around Texarkana. Our Census self-response rate is at 57.8 percent, which is 5 percent lower than the final rate for 2010. However, this year we still have a little time left to reach the 43 percent that has not responded. Each location will have at least one certified census taker and a member of the joint Complete Count Committee to help residents complete the census and answer any questions. There will be some giveaways for those who come out and respond to the Census. Continue Reading →

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DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS® CALLS ON ICONIC TEXAS VOICES TO STOP PPE LITTER

Matthew McConaughey, Eva Longoria, George Strait and more, urge Texans to clean up their act

AUSTIN – With a growing number of discarded face masks, gloves and sanitizing wipes found littering roadways and parking lots, Don’t mess with Texas called on the help of some celebrity friends to remind fellow Texans that the only safe way to dispose of used Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is in a trash can. Oscar winner and Minister of Culture/M.O.C. Matthew McConaughey and country music legend George Strait are lending their voices to new video public service announcements (PSAs) that urge Texans to clean up their act, including proper disposal of used PPE. The PSAs will air on TV networks, cable channels and digital platforms starting this week. Other Texas celebrities joining McConaughey and Strait in raising awareness about the issue are Mark Cuban, Eva Longoria, Marsai Martin, Ally Brooke and Brittany Broski. Each are using their social media channels to share a personal video message reminding followers that Don’t mess with Texas means don’t litter.    

“Unfortunately, we’re seeing a significant uptick in the amount of PPE litter. Continue Reading →

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New Book Shows How Social Media Helps Election Campaigns

It’s no secret that social media has had an impact on every day life, and that includes election campaigns. As the election draws closer this year, there will be more advertisements on social media, more messages from candidates, and more discussions about candidates. With the right direction and a few simple steps, a campaign manager or candidate can easily incorporate social media as an important and valued part of any political campaign. Just in time for the election cycle of 2020, a new book has arrived showing candidates, campaign managers, and anyone interested how to use social media effectively in political campaigns. Social Media and Traditional Political Campaigns: A Winning Combination, is available online through Amazon. Continue Reading →

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TxDOT URGES DRIVERS TO PLAN A SOBER RIDE THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND

TxDOT reminds drivers of consequences of drinking and driving

AUSTIN — While there may be less traffic on the roads this Labor Day weekend, TxDOT is urging those who choose to go out and celebrate to plan ahead for a sober ride before any drinking begins. “We encourage people to enjoy the long weekend, but to do so responsibly,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “If you plan to drink alcohol and go out, make the plan for a sober ride. It’s an easy decision that can prevent senseless tragedies and save lives.”

During last year’s Labor Day holiday weekend* in Texas, there were 382  crashes involving drivers under the influence of alcohol. Those crashes killed 12 people and seriously injured another 55. Continue Reading →

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