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Edwards Masonic Lodge Installs 2018 Officers

Texarkana, AR – Edwards Masonic Lodge of Texarkana held an installation Tuesday evening and installed most of the officers for 2018. Edwards Masonic Lodge is located on Hwy 71 and has been in operation for over one hundred years. The current lodge was built in the 1940s. Edwards Masonic Lodge is recognized by the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Arkansas. Edwards meets with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a monthly meeting each month on the first Tuesday. All area masons are welcome to attend. Continue Reading →

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2017 Annual Shop with a Cop and Cops and Kids Night

It’s time once again to extend Christmas cheer. On Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 the Shop with a Cop event will take place. During this event a child will be given $100 to shop for Christmas gifts with a police officer at Wal-Mart on Arkansas Blvd. Officers from all over Texarkana will line up at the Bi-State at 8:30am and convoy with lights and sirens to Wal-Mart. This year, with the continuous support of our local contributors, almost 100 children from here in Texarkana will receive something special this holiday season. Shop with a Cop

December 5th, 2017, 9:00am. Wal-Mart, 133 Arkansas Blvd, Texarkana, AR
On Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 the annual the annual Cops and Kids meal has been scheduled at the Four States Fairgrounds. Police Officers of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will meet at the station at 5:00pm and form two convoys; one parade formation will travel to The Texarkana Baptist Orphanage and the other to The Watersprings Ranch. Continue Reading →

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Arrest of Shane S. Jones

Texarkana, AR- On November 27, 2017, the Texarkana, Texas Police Department investigated a complaint of Invasive Video Recording inside the JC Penny store in Central Mall. Texarkana, Arkansas detectives were made aware of the discovery and information learned during the investigation lead detectives to seize Jones’s work computer and all digital devices in his home. Jones was interviewed by Detective David Parker and confessed to videoing several boys in the boys restroom of Trinity Christian School, where Jones was employed as a teacher. Detective Parker obtained an arrest warrant to charge Jones with Voyeurism and Video Voyeurism. Jones was arrested and booked into the Miller County Jail. Continue Reading →

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See You at the Pole – 2017 Arkansas High

Texarkana, AR – A chorus of prayers around the nation were heard in heaven on September 27, at 7:30 in the morning. If you happened to drive past Arkansas High School at this time, you would have seen a massive group of students in a circle praying together: praying for their school, their families, their friends, and their struggles. This national event is called See You at the Pole which brings students, teachers, and community members together to recognize the power of prayer. At Arkansas High, the event began with junior Alyssa Smith, a member of the FCS Leadership Team, reading Hebrews 12:2, since the theme this year was Fix Your Eyes. Hebrews 12:2 says, “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Continue Reading →

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Texarkana, Arkansas to Celebrate 34th Annual National Night Out

Texarkana, AR-On Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, citizens in neighborhoods across Texarkana, Arkansas will be turning their lights on and getting together with friends and neighbors for an evening outside to celebrate the “34th Annual NATIONAL NIGHT OUT”. The National Night Out has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote “neighborhood spirit” and “community partnerships”. National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to: (1) Heighten crime prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Representatives from the Police Department, Fire Department, and City Hall will start our visits this year at approximately 6:00pm. We’ll be available for questions and you can share your concerns about police services in your neighborhood. If you are interested in participating in this exceptional community event, please call and register your party at 903-798-3187 or by email at . Don’t delay! Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at Continue Reading →

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Gateway Farmers’ Market Annual Grand Opening Day

Texarkana, AR – Gateway Farmers’ Market will have the annual grand opening event this Saturday morning, June 10. This event will kick off the official season for the 2017 farmers’ market in Texarkana, Arkansas. There will be vendor giveaways, door prizes and drawings, and grilling of some of the produce for samples. Also come by and look at some of the home baked breads, listen to some music-possibly a blue grass group – and enjoy the day. The events will start early, but should be in full swing around 9:00 a.m.

You can find them on Facebook The Gateway Farmers’ Market is located at the intersections of Broad, 9th Street, and Jefferson in Texarkana, Arkansas. Continue Reading →

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Tony Alamo Dead According to Early Reports

Update: The Four States News has now confirmed that Tony Alamo has died. No details have been released as of this time; however, Alamo was serving his 175 year sentence in federal prison. Reports indicate that he died in a prison hospital in Butner, North Carolina. The information has been released by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Fouke, AR -Early reports coming in from citizens in the Fouke, Arkansas area indicate that Tony Alamo has died. Continue Reading →

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Old Tyme Burger Shoppe to Change Hours


Texarkana, USA – It’s no secret that Old Tyme Burger Shoppe is one of this writer’s favorite places in town to eat. They have some of the best Chicken Fried Steaks and Chicken Fried Chicken in the region, they are family owned, and the atmosphere is friendly for anyone. If someone comes to town, and intends to eat out, the Old Tyme Burger Shoppe is always one of the best options. Speaking with Thomas “Tombo” Collins today I learned that the hours at Old Tyme will be changing soon. Tombo said that they have received a lot of feedback and request for additional hours at the restaurant. To help with this, a new manager has been hired to assist Tombo, and new ideas are floating around the restaurant all the time. Tombo said the hours would change starting May 1st to meet customer request. Starting May 1, the new hours will be as follows:



The new hours should allow families and friends to stop in and pick up dinner or eat in the restaurant on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings before heading out on the town for other events. It will be easy to go eat, and then head over to a movie or even a football game once the season rolls around again. In a town saturated with mainstream, fast, food restaurants, it’s good to know that Old Tyme Shoppe is around to meet the needs of people wanting fast, quality food. Continue Reading →

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BBQ at Sidney Masonic Lodge in Fouke to Support Scholarship Fund

Sidney Masonic Lodge will host a BBQ Scholarship Fundraiser on March 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sidney Lodge is located in Fouke, Arkansas. All proceeds from the event will be awarded to students in Miller County, Arkansas. A BBQ lunch will consist of a BBQ sandwich, chips, drink and desert. Each meal cost $5. In addition to the BBQ, everyone will have an opportunity to win one of two door prizes. Continue Reading →

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U. S. Marshals Arrest Texarkana Shooting suspect

Fort Smith, AR. – On February 14, 2017, the United States Marshals Service (USMS) Western Arkansas Fugitive Task Force (WATF) received a request from the Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department (TAPD) to assist them in locating and apprehending Benjamin HENDERSON. HENDERSON was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with another individual on February 11, 2017, in the parking lot of a store located on East 9th Street in Texarkana, Arkansas. During the altercation, HENDERSON allegedly shot the victim in the head then fled the scene. This allegation prompted a warrant being issued in Miller County for HENDERSON for the offense of Battery 1st Degree. Continue Reading →

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