ALT Magazine February 2013
ALT Magazine covers interesting happenings in the Ark-La-Tex!
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En to r te S i 5 p $ hop e! re p S 0 0 ,0 ng n i w a February 2013 /contents k / FEATURE STORY F E AT U R E S 12 The Magic of an Opportunity 16 Ramin 20 74 Some Intrepid Explorers Faith and Patience 84 87 Heart Ball Christmas Party 12 The Magic of an Opportunity C U LT U R E 90 Calendar of Events A LT B R I D E ’ S E D I T I O N Weddings The Likins family takes to the water -- and win! F e b u a r y 2 0 1 3 / Vo l . 7 , I s s u e 2 EVERY MONTH 8 80 73 50 91 64 88 Editor ’s Letter Financial Focus F i s h Ta l e s F u r r y Ta l e s Real Estate Resource Guide Second Chances 33 Pamela McCann to David Jones 36 Josh & Suzann Whatley Publisher and Editor / Debbie Brower Associate Editors / Jaclyn Gooding, Miranda Johnson Photography / Image Forward Photography, Debbie Brower, Jaclyn Gooding, Miranda Johnson, Rozana Page Sales & Marketing Manager / Charlie McMurphy Feature Writers / Jane Bouterse, Anne Fruge Contributing Writers / Christine Amos, Mike Brower, Vincent Senatore, Dustin Stringer Advisor / Mike Brower If you have an event you would like to include in our Upcoming Events section, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. 40 Amy Osborne to Hunter Mustain 44 51 52 Morgan Brinkley to Joseph Osburn Jeremy & Heather Mason Mason & Genie Clem 58 Uncorked EVENTS 76 79 81 82 Phantom Ball A N e w Yo u P a r t y Weight Watchers Realtor ’s Ball 53 Tiffany Williamson to Matt Knight 56 Alexandra Hubnik to Johnathan Webb 60 Kayla Mowery to Cody Jones 62 Te x a r k a n a M u s e u m Engagements 37 Kimi Darby to Jose Ortega 38 Lauren Hendrix to Josh Johnson w w w. a l t - m a g . c o m email@example.com 200 Heather Dr., Texarkana, TX 75501 (903) 334-9605 ALT Magazine is published the 1st business day of every month. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission of ALT Magazine is strictly prohibited. ALT Magazine is distributed free of charge. Direct mail subscriptions are available for $42.00 per year. Contributions from our readers are welcome. We reserve the right to edit or reject any material. 20 Some Intrepid Explorers... Exploring new territory, these newcomes, David and Susan Whitten, are quickly becoming settled into Texarkana. ©2013 ALT Magazine 6 ALT Magazine February 2013 deSigneRS on STaFF Heart aSweet of a deal 2315 Richmond Road, TexaRkana, Tx 903.223.4506 • www.FouRSTaTeSFuRniTuRe.com EDITOR’S letter Love... Love is staying up all night with a sick child - or a healthy adult. ~David Frost February brings along Valentine’s Day and thoughts of love are in the air. I absolutely love the emotions that surround Valentine’s Day. I love my husband with all my heart and soul. For a couple that people said would never make it a year, we have been married for over 23 years now. I can say that he has made me one of the happiest women on this planet! You know, though, that love is not only the love between men and women, but also the love of family and friends. I am also blessed with so many wonderful friends -those who are around me and “know” me -- bless their hearts! And those who are “Facebook frirends” that don’t really know me well but who are there when I ask for prayers and help. However, it is my family (or those I call family) that truly bless my life. Why all the sappiness this month? Well, it has been a month of struggles -- mainly with my Mac computer. Why is it that when we really need something to work, it doesn’t? Oh well, I can truly say that I couldn’t have made it through this month without my staff -- who I consider my family. She always tells me that she receives the brunt of any snappiness I may have because she is the closest to me! (I “snappy,” but I play along! HAHA!) However, she is there to keep me from melting down -- like last night when my iPad fell out of its new little cover that has the wonderful keypad built in and crashed on the floor -- where the screen cracked all where I could have it repaired. I haven’t made it to the repair store yet, but I will be there tomorrow! The ALT staff attended the Phantom Ball in January, 2013. L-R: Jaclyn Gooding, Debbie Brower, Charlie McMurphy and Miranda Johnson Miranda, my “adopted daughter,” whose mom has given me permission to call her my daughter when she isn’t around (another story), is calm in my storms. When I am sending mean messages to Apple, she is calmly getting things done, taking care of everything. Even while she is sick with morning -- or all day -- sickness, looking a little green around the edges, she quietly sits at her desk and brings calm to the office. Between the two of them, Jaclyn and Miranda are always having a laugh -- I’m sure at my expense! Charlie is, of course, one of the best friends anyone could be blessed with. Always worried about whether or not we need something, checking on everyone if they are sick, picking up little items to make someone smile, she is a jewel! She keeps us busy, bringing in work to do and taking it back out again! It makes me tired sometimes just watching her! I can’t leave out my son this month. He came into the situation with all of our computer problems this month. Michael Bates, who was once a rebel in his teenage years, has I am so thankful that he knows so much about computer and only wish he lived here instead of the Dallas area. As you can tell, I am counting my blessings. I have a fabulous mom, sister and brother, who live in Alabama close days off and go relax. I think I may need it! Happy Valentine’s Day! May God bless you! Of course, everyone knows that Jaclyn is my daughter. don’t understand what she is talking about because I am never become one of the most handsome, smart young men I know. over! She was on top of it immediately, posting and finding out to Gulf Shores. After this month, I may just have to take a few Publisher/Editor 8 ALT Magazine February 2013 Why is Everyone Flipping The Switch To First Bank? Because We’ve Got All the Bright Ideas in Banking. FREE CHECKING, FREE DEBIT CARDS and NO ATM FEES ANYWHERE. Romance for 2... 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The boys—Owen, 10; Evan, 9; Eli, 7; and Max, 5—all swim while mom, Susan, and dad, Scott, provide the invaluable support which makes not only the swimming but all the boys’ activities possible. They are an exceptionally active bunch who (they will quickly tell you) enjoy all the activities in which they participate. For starters, all the boys now attend TISD’s Martha and Josh Morriss Mathematics and Engineering Elementary School. Owen sets an excellent example for the others with his work in social studies and reading in the fifth grade; Evan favors the animal science lessons in his third grade classroom; Eli is just getting underway in the first grade and already enjoys engineering, while Max currently prefers spending time on the playground to launching an academic career in kindergarten. Clearly, these boys are learning early how to think for themselves. That is not surprising, as the lives of Dr. Scott and Susan Likins revolve around their boys. Scott, a graduate of OSU and Kansas State, is a small animals veterinarian on the staff of Wisdom Animal Clinic while Susan multi-tasks with on-site and at home curriculum writing for First Baptist Church, Moores Lane. “This is a perfect job,” she observes, as she manages to find time for both her church and her home responsibilities. Since her washing machine never stops, and her growing boys eat all the time, she always has many jobs to complete. So far, the Likins really sound “normal” for a growing family of four busy boys, but they are unusual, and it all started with Susan. Several years ago Susan discovered the announcement of a triathlon she thought Owen might enjoy entering; however, when she realized that he would not be able to compete because of his lack of swimming skills--that had to change. Her investigation led her to ATAC. SHARKATAC is the name of the Area Texarkana Aquatic Club, the USS (United States Swimming) year round competitive swim team “for all ages and abilities.” The team swims in the Texarkana College Pinkerton Center’s Pool, and the head coach is Eric Vogan, whose day job is dive coach for Texas High School’s swim team. USS swim teams welcome swimmers from ages 7 through 18 years old, and parents and volunteers play a crucial role in the swim team’s activities. Since the boys started, Susan now coaches a swim team. The SHARKATAC web page notes: “All of our coaches have access to the most comprehensive training and certification program by youth coaches of any sport in the United States. They provide assurances that the time children spend in swimming will be quality time. “…We are constantly growing and training young swimmers to maintain a well rounded competitive swim team.” Swimming in many ways is a paradoxical sport, i.e. many of its characteristics seem contradictory but they are, nonetheless, true. For example, swimming is a highly individual sport yet much of a swimmer’s success depends on being part of a team. Although swimming fast is emphasized, success is often gauged by a swimmer’s best personal time which may not be fast at all. Getting “in the door” (things like making the team or mastering a stroke) for a swimmer is hard, but the hardest part is being prepared once the door has been opened. Records do not stand. Waiting in the next town, at the next meet, in the next lane may the person who will be better than you are. The earlier one begins to swim, the better, yet a person can swim from 1 to 101. Age limits for swimmers do not exist. Most importantly, “Any given lane at any given time is an opportunity. ‘Give me a lane, anywhere, anytime,’ one famous swimmer used to say, ‘and I’ll aim for perfection.’” Owen and Evan understand that any lane represents an opportunity whether it is during a practice session or participating in the Junior Olympics. Owen practices five days a week for an hour and a half while Evan practices three days a week plus participation in the meets. Many of their meals and much of their homework are completed in their car as they travel from one location to another. To qualify for the Junior Olympics, the boys must swim in approved district swim meets. Some of the meets are judged by their times; others by place. There are two qualifying meets each year. Owen and Evan first qualified for the Junior Olympics in 2012. After qualifying, they traveled to Houston, Texas, the site for the 2012 Junior Olympics. Because he was older, Owen, 9, was eligible to swim in more events than Evan, then 8, but both boys proved themselves exceptional swimmers. Just note these achievements: Owen—GOLD in the 200M free relay; SILVER in the 200M medley relay 5th in the 200M freestyle (his favorite stroke) 7th in the 100M backstroke 9th 100M breast 11th 50M breast 10th 50M free 10th 100M free 11th 50M backstroke Evan: BRONZE in the 200M freestyle relay 17th in the 50M freestyle 11th 50M backstroke (his favorite stroke) 12th 50M breast 4th Medley relay Obviously, these boys not only had their “feet in the door” but also were able to take advantage of their opportunities. The magic worked. Susan’s enthusiasm is apparent: “As you can see the Junior Olympics were incredibly fun for our family!” This year both Owen and Evan have qualified at a qualifying meet in Paragould, Arkansas. So far Owen has qualified in two events, and Evan, in one. A proud mom explains, “We will have one more chance to qualify in other events at a meet this summer in Searcy, Arkansas, and we fully expect to qualify in several more events. The Junior Olympics this year will be held in late July-early August in Detroit, Michigan. Owen and Evan also swim as a part of team Arkansas at the Junior Olympics.” Swimming is not the only activity in which these boys engage. “Boys will be boys;” therefore, they also enjoy their animals: Evan’s two lizards—Rex and Steve-- occupy the biggest cage available. Their diet of mealworms, crickets, lettuce and carrots will provide them the energy to grow as long as 2 ½ feet. Cleaning the cage once a month is an item on Evan’s list of responsibilities. Eli enjoys his aquatic turtle which occasionally requires a live fish for fare. A half Mastiff/half Great Dane puppy has just joined the Likins Family, but its presence has yet to intimidate Mr. Pickles, the cat ruler of the household, or Tiger, the Yorkie. Dad Scott admits he has learned much more about some of these small animals than he thought he would ever need to know. Nonetheless, like Susan, he supports the activities the boys undertake whether swimming, soccer or baseball. “I’d just like the boys to have the opportunity to do whatever they want to try.” Both Susan and Scott do everything they possibly can to encourage and support their boys. Now, Eli and Max are also into swimming, and the four boys have even been a swim meet relay team. In spite of their similarities: striking blue eyes, shades of brown hair, and slender builds, they are different with minds of their own. Max, the youngest, likes the Razorbacks and cheese pizza; Eli February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 13 prefers the Texas Longhorns and chicken nuggets; Evan supports the Florida Gators and just likes food, while Owen favors OSU (like mom and dad) and steak. Cheeseburgers, however, are the real winners in the Likins household. “We are all really competitive,” Scott acknowledges, “We have family competitions for football and whoever wins gets to pick the treat for the weekend. Everything is a competition.” The boys have jobs to do but uniformly hate “cleaning.” When they have “squabbles” (a rare occurrence), they are assigned additional chores. “We are all cooperative,” the boys admit almost as one. “It’s really fun to do things together. We have fights but forgive each other.” When the family is not at the pool or some field, they are at church. “Our involvement in church is tied to the community,” Susan and Scott agree. “We now feel a part of this community, and we love Texarkana.” Both Scott and Susan teach church classes and the boys are involved in groups as well. Truly the Likins Family proves that the family who plays and prays together stays together. “We can turn any act into a family event. We just spend time with whatever they are doing,” Scott explains. “We would love for more people to get involved with ATAC.” With Scott’s concern in mind and the fact that all four of his boys are swimmers, consider these points from USA Swimming: “WHY SHOULD MY CHILD BE A SWIMMER? Swimming is an outstanding activity for people of all ages. Swimming promotes fitness and teaches a child to strive for physical achievement. Many superstars in other sports started out as swimmers and gained strength and coordination that helped them to excel. Swimming is an exciting individual and team sport. Swimming is a technical and specialized activity involving extensive skill development. Swimming is a healthy ‘lifetime’ activity. Swimming is relatively injury free in comparison to other youth sports. Swimming teaches the life lessons of sport and sportsmanship which include learning to deal with winning and losing, as well as working with officials, teammates and coaches. Swimming motivates participants to strive for self-improvement and teaches goal orientation. Swimming cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. 3D/4D ULTRASOUND Actual Images from the Womb Why Wait? Meet Your Baby Today With A Valentine’ s Special Any 3D/4D Ultrasound Package with this Ad. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Swimming can prevent drowning, a leading killer of American children. Swimming is a cure for obesity-related illnesses affecting more than 30% of American children.” These four boys—Owen, Evan, Eli and Max—are disciplined, interested, enjoy participating as part of a team in the pool or the classroom, hard working, courteous, and fun loving. They are learning early how to set goals and commit to achieving them. When they walked into the pizza parlor where we met, I had never seen them. As they were introduced to me by Susan, each extended his hand to share a firm handshake, a smile and greeting. They represent themselves well, and Scott and Susan Likins allow them the freedom to do so. They are a fortunate, faithful family to whom the “Magic of Opportunities” is likely to come often. Contact information for SHARKATAC: 4122 McKnight Road Texarkana, TX 75503-0921 Eric Vogan, Head Coach – 903-832-5565 firstname.lastname@example.org $20 OFF Now Open in Texarkana! Call Today! (870) 779-PNUT www.4DPeanutGallery.com 14 ALT Magazine February 2013 (7688) I lEADIng. I appreciate the professionalism and dedication of our faculty and staff. I look forward to working with them and our surrounding communities to build our future together for A&M-Texarkana. EMIly CUTrEr, Ph.D. PrESIDEnT TAMUT.EDU Ramin by Anne Fruge 16 ALT Magazine February 2013 When Debby Sutton, the theatre director for Pleasant Grove High School, first heard Ramin Karmiloo’s voice, she knew that somehow, some way, he had to come to Texarkana, Texas. This was no simple task as Ramin, an Iranianborn Canadian actor and musician, has a list of accolades and accomplishments that have led him to some of the most coveted roles on the stage today. Ramin didn’t grow up listening to musical theatre; in fact, Ramin remembers being inspired by Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers and Tragically Hip, and he wanted to be an actor. However, when he first heard Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera, he knew that he had found a perfect marriage of music and stage. Ramin’s family moved to Toronto from Peterborough and after graduation, Ramin pursued a musical career. When he received an understudy role in Pirates of Penzance on the UK national tour, he showed up on the very first day and knew all of his lines. The producer seemed surprised that an understudy would put so much work into a role and started to spread the word of Ramin’s solid work ethic. “I just thought, ‘Why wouldn’t I know all my lines?’” Ramin says. “I would tell anyone who wants to pursue their dreams that you should take pride in your work. To get what you want, sacrifices have to be made.” The reputation led to roles such as Enjolras in Les Miserables, Raoul in Phantom of the Opera, Simon Zealots in Jesus Christ Superstar and Christopher Scott in Miss Saigon. In 2007, Ramin finally played his dream-role as Phantom on the West End in London. He brought new life into the character and portrayed him as a man with Asperger’s Syndrome. The break-out performance earned him a Theatregoers’ Choice Award Nomination for Best Actor in a Take Over Role. Then, he was asked to audition for a top-secret role. When he walked in, he was given sheet music and sang for musical theatre master, Andrew Lloyd Webber. When he walked out of the audition, he thought, “that sounded like a ‘Phantom’ song.” He soon learned that he would be originating the role of Phantom in Webber’s new sequel, Love Never Dies. His performances led to an Olivier Award nomination. He was also honored with the Best Actor title in both the Broadwayworld.com and Whatsonstage.com awards. Soon after, Ramin added two new roles to his long list of accomplishments. First, he was asked to play Phantom in the 25th anniversary of the production of Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall which was broadcast to cinemas around the world. He also played the role of Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Miserables at Queen’s Theatre in London. “All my roles have been great parts to play,” Ramin says. “Each one was the favorite when I was playing it, but my greatest surprise was Valjean. I had dreamt about being Phantom, but I had no expectations as Valjean. I thought I would be terrible. However, I’ve learned never to let your ego get in the way of learning. Egos come out of insecurity and fear. Instead, never rest on your laurels and be open to grow.” While performing on the stage, Ramin also pursued his musical career. Influenced by folk bands such as Mumford and Sons, Winston Marshall and The Avett Brothers, Ramin found himself drawn to the powerful lyrics and construction of modern bluegrass. He formed a band, the Sheytoons, and started writing and performing songs that moved away from traditional musical theatre. His new album, Human Heart, was released this year in the United States and combines his love of a broad spectrum of music. “I don’t want to insult the banjo by calling my music ‘bluegrass,’ Ramin says. “My new album is really a mix of adult contemporary pop music, but that kind of music has always spoken to my heart. What I’m doing right now is really a mix of the two, in fact my producer calls it ‘broadgrass.’ Perhaps we’ve coined a new genre.” When his national tour for his new album came to Chicago, Debby Sutton saw a way to finally meet the musician. She planned a birthday trip to the city and rounded out the tour with tickets to his performance where she thought she might get an audience. On the day of the concert, Debby and Denise Kaniss were walking past the theatre venue and stopped to read the postings on the door. Debby’s students, who were already fans of Ramin, asked her if Ramin’s big red tour bus was there, so she stepped around the corner to see. The tour bus was in the parking lot, and the second she put up her camera to snap a photo, Ramin stepped out of the building. “He waved and said, ‘Hey,’ and I waved and said, ‘Hi’ back to him. I was just going to go back to taking the photo, but he said, ‘Do I know you?’ Debby says. “I started laughing and said, ‘No, punkin,” but he kept asking, ‘Where do I know you from?’ and walked over. He could tell by my accent that I wasn’t from Chicago and when I told him where I was from he said, ‘I’ve always wanted to play in Texas, but I don’t know anyone.’ I laughed and said, ‘Well sweetie, this is your lucky day!’” Ramin was excited about the possibility of traveling to Texas and asked Debby to jot down her contact information in his planner. Ramin asked her to stay afterwards to speak to him and she told him if they didn’t speak, then he should just email her. However, even in the packed lobby after the performance, Ramin found Debby and told her that he was coming to Texas. He had already cleared the trip to Texas with his manager. “Months later, even as we drove to Dallas to pick him up from the airport, I kept wondering if this was really happening,” Debby says. “However, every time a door closed, a window opened. Every time we were worried about funding, someone would call and say, ‘Hey, did you get all the money you needed?’ God’s hand was over the whole thing.” This past December, Debby met Ramin at the Dallas airport for a whirlwind ten days in Texas. Ramin performed at East View High School in Georgetown, Texas, Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas, and Pleasant Grove High School in Texarkana, Texas. “Some people might ask, ‘Why would you come to high schools? Why Texas?’ Ramin says. “My instincts just told me that there’s good people here, and the ten days I spent in Texas felt like I was visiting friends and family.” Not only did Ramin shoot a gun for the first time and try real East Texas barbeque, but he also offered master’s classes for students. “At first I was really nervous about the master’s classes,” Ramin says. “I’m not classically trained…I’ve never been to college, but it was a part of Debby’s terms and conditions, and I really enjoyed meeting the students. The kids have been as big of a help to my soul as I hope I’ve been to theirs. I just love hanging out and talking to them.” Ramin used his 16 years of vast experiences recording, acting, singing and song-writing to work with the students, answered questions they might have and divulged stories of the stage. “Not only has Ramin had an amazing career in a relatively short time, but his work ethic and attitude make him a great role 18 ALT Magazine February 2013 model for teenagers,” Debby Sutton says. “He’s worked hard, paid his dues and earned everything he has achieved. This is the kind of message we need to send to kids, not that anyone can become a celebrity overnight.” Ramin’s down-to-earth attitude and approachability surprised many of the students. “Talking to him is not like talking to a famous person,” Caleb Smith, a senior at Pleasant Grove High School says. “He always greets us with a ‘Hey man,’ and asks us about our day. I’ve learned so much from him in the master’s classes. He taught me that my stage acting will be so much better if I truly understand the lyrics and don’t just see them as lines to be memorized.” Ramin enjoyed his time in Texarkana so much that he is hoping to come back in early spring. Debby is currently looking for funding sponsorships that would allow not only for a big concert, but for more classes with students in the area high schools. Pending funding, Ramin is hoping to bring some more of his West End co-stars with him to give music, acting and singing master’s classes. “Having him here was one of the most amazing experiences of my career,” Debby says. “We keep talking about how it all worked out, but I know that everything happens for a reason.” If you are interested in funding sponsorships, please contact Debby Sutton at email@example.com or at (903) 832-8005. ______________________ Ramin not only spent time touring and helping students, but he had a lot of fun while he was here in Texas! From performing with local students, to playing paintball at night, Ramin’s personality kept everyone who met him laughing! According to Sam Clem, a visit to Running WJ Ranch for a photoshoot made a huge impact on Ramin. One of the children took him by the hand, told him his name, and Ramin was surprised that his own son had the same name - even spelled the same, and was the same age. Ramin helped the young boy with his new shoes (pictured at left) and jacket and God showed up and melted Ramin’s heart. According to Ramin, his life is different because Christ used a little child to reach up and take his finger. We look forward to Ramin’s next visit! February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 19 by Jane Bouterse Some Intrepid Explorers ____________ 125 YEARS… ”Pushing the Limits WILDEST SMALLEST HIGHEST DEEPEST” 20 ALT Magazine February 2013 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC January 2013 celebrates 125 years of exploring our magnificent planet. Yet Editor Chris Johns hastens to emphasize that exploration is as near as our backyards and “can be profoundly life affirming.” No one in Texarkana’s backyard can be more aware of the power of exploration and discovery than Dr. David Whitten and his wife Susan. Education and experiences have taught them the profoundly life affirming possibilities of exploring, and they share their discoveries at Texarkana’s new Beauty and Wellness Center. These two explorers, although coming from different directions, have managed to arrive in the same backyard using the same compass—a compass whose directions are comprised of attitude, eclecticism and empowerment. Dr. David Whitten is a native of Bearden, AR, but left his backyard early to begin his exploration. During some 30+ years, he earned degrees from Harvard University and University of California San Francisco and established himself “as an internationally published author, speaker, scientist, university professor and medical doctor.” Eventually he realized he was the only member of his family west of Texas, so he returned to Dallas where he continued his practice of Emergency Medicine. Meanwhile, he would travel through Texarkana on his way to visit his mom in Bearden, AR, occasionally stopping to check on his brother, sister and nephews. David compares, “I’m kinda’ like the hired hand in Frost’s poem ‘The Death of the Hired Hand,’ ‘Home is the place where, when you have to go there,/They have to take you in.” He was welcomed. David’s visits became even more frequent after he met a smart, vivacious, attractive go-getter—Susan-whose interests in literature and music aroused his own interests. Susan had recently moved from East Tennessee to Texarkana with her teen-age sons, Parker and Scott. Since she had been a year-round camp director in the Lookout Mountain area near Chattanooga,TN, she enjoyed the outdoors and campfires; her world placed a high value on exploration. David was smitten and so was Susan. The two soon decided to become a family, and their wedding sealed the deal. Now, Dr. and Mrs. David Whitten realized they had found a place they could call “home,” and in doing so had found new lives. David, after spending most of his career dealing with life and death medicine, had become interested in what keeps men and women young and vital. He recognizes “The old woman who looks in the mirror and says, ‘Old woman, how did you get there?’” He is seeking to find the answer. To their surprise, David and Susan agreed that they already shared more interests and ideas than they realized. Their explorations had led them both to believe in two major results of a life lived with curiosity and enthusiasm, regardless of age: Beauty and Wellness. Their definitions explain their philosophy: “Beauty An assemblage of graces pleasing to the eye, the ear, the intellect, the aesthetic faculty or the moral state. “AND Wellness: The state or condition of being well; virtue is essential to the well being spiritually, mentally, and it is mentally required for health.” The three keys essential to opening the doors to Beauty and Wellness for a lifetime are primarily attitude, eclecticism and empowerment. No more valid proof can be found than in the persons of Susan and David. Susan radiates happiness. Her smile comes quickly and often as she notes that beauty and wellness depend largely on attitude, and attitude is primarily a choice. “Life should be a party, “ she declares.” We should celebrate today rather than ‘Do I “have” to go to work today?’” She explains how her dad used to be perplexed by so many negative folks in church, since they were confident about what was ahead for them. Her smile dims a bit, as she recalls that the day before the holiday open house for their business (The Beauty and Wellness Center) she was also dealing with a Christmas Wine Extravaganza dinner for 50 people in their home, and planning a Christmas party for their office the following week—a full page on anyone’s “To Do” list. Susan and David managed to touch base with a planned visit to a holiday open house at a local business they wanted to support. David retrieved a piece of trash from the parking lot. As he was walking across to Wendy’s to throw it away, he was struck by a rapidly moving vehicle and spun into the air. Fortunately, his only major injury was a blown out knee that has required the support of a knee brace and a future surgery. “David has no quit in him,” Susan admiringly declares. He chose to endure, so, in spite of the accident, all of their activities occurred as planned. “We are promised tribulation and pain,” David quickly intervenes. “Some try drugs; I try choice—Like Voltaire, I choose to be happy. As a physician, I am familiar with people’s making choices. We all face despair, but some people choose to live in despair and misery. There is too much dragging us down.” “David has just removed the knee brace,” Susan adds. Physician David indicates the move, one he chose to make, is not without some discomfort; however, he has chosen to pursue an alternative that works for him. As David and Susan choose to live their emerging philosophy, they serve as excellent models. Their commitment and mutual support make it appear easier than it is, but they rely heavily on their second key, eclecticism, i.e. the breadth of their combined “knowledges”—medicine, science, literature, art, music, wine, travel, camping, parenting, philosphy, psychology—and those areas of learning just begin their substantial lists. They are constant learners—their choices—and they use what they have learned to make their own lives richer. David and Susan Whitten are “Pushing their own limits,” and their discoveries are, as NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S 125 years prove, allowing them “to sing their own sonnet to life and to the courage to go on living it.” For example, when I arrived for our appointment, the two (and both of them often work together) were finishing up their session with a patient. Clearly audible through the closed doors was laughter— frequent and sustained. I was even led to chuckle myself, and all I knew was they were laughing. As we talked, David and Susan both affirmed the scientific benefits of laughter. Dr. David cited the emerging studies of laughter’s health benefits (gelotology) reported in the NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE. Norman Cousins, Editor and Writer, was one of the first to document the curative effects of laughter which David pointed out can include not only a reduction in stress, memory, learning and some diseases but also produces healthy changes in DNA. “I‘ve chosen to be happy,” David declares, ‘because it’s good for my health.” Susan’s head nods in agreement, and they laugh together. But their pasts are still a part of their present. Even in Texarkana, Dr. Whitten continues to practice Emergency Medicine in the Christus St. Michael Health System ER. “As an ER doctor,” he explains, “I can see seven or eight people who choose to be miserable, and I am exhausted after working with them.” Susan adds, “I remember when I was a church camp director, and I sometimes February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 21 had to teach people how to play. It was work.” Certainly, their sense of joy was virtually non-existent. “Life is so complex and so beautiful, and life and death are so inextricably intertwined,” David continues. “God has given us the ability to appreciate beauty and order, art and music, as well as the faculty to have emotional and physical experiences—to know happiness and grief and cold when we jump into a swimming pool or the heat of a hot tub. Regardless of what a person’s philosophical content might be, the spiritual element is a part of the fabric of each of us and our celebration of life.” “This is not a house of worship,” Susan explains about their business, “but we know and believe in an all-knowing, loving, powerful living God. We try to meet people where they are and help them to be happy.” Thus, the third key to their opening the doors: empowerment. Their philosophical journey is basically a desire to improve lives—their own as well as those patients, men or women, with whom they are privileged to work. For that reason, understanding that their business is a mirror of their own lives is imperative. As they have been empowered to make positive choices for their happy lives, their choices are being shared in a multiplicity of ways: The Beauty and Wellness Center offers a variety of weight loss programs, suture suspension (the traditional lift replacement), body contouring, and programs dealing with fat and collagen issues. They are all designed to enhance the Beauty and Wellness of their clients. As Sherrie Davison, Office Manager, has noted, “We believe in what we do and want to make a difference. It’s about a better, healthier you.” “A better, healthier you” the goal of Susan and David Whitten is also pursued from a totally different direction. While working on his Ph.D. at UC San Francisco, David became acquainted with wine for the first time and came into contact with Salvatore Lucia, Professor of Epidemiology. Dr. Lucia was an early proponent of wine as healthy, contributing to longevity and freedom from certain diseases. Since his introduction to wine, David Whitten has been consumed by the very beverage whose consumption he has learned to enjoy and appreciate. Susan joins him in this appreciation. David laughs as he recalls: “God loving Ben Franklin said wine is constant proof God loves us and wants us to be happy. And “Thomas Jefferson is credited with bringing to our shores the vinifera (genus) grape. ‘I have done a greater service,’ Jefferson said, to this country by bringing these grape vines here than paying off the national debt.’” The laughter persists as Susan adds the story (and they both enjoy stories) about her cousin, a Catholic priest who has resigned the priesthood, relocated to North Carolina (Sheriff Andy Taylor territory) and is currently engaged in production of high proof spirits and wine. He may soon be writing a book FROM MONK TO MOONSHINE. No laugh track needed here. The laughter is all genuine. “I was even a minor owner in a winery in CA (Ridge Winery) while I was a grad student, “ David remembers. “But I have realized that owning a winery means drinking mostly your own. You have to get familiar with your own kitchen. My tastes are so eclectic I don’t want to limit myself, and I also don’t want to profit directly from the sale Dr. Jason M. Michel, DDS . Certified Endodontist 903.793.7411 or toll-free: 888.287.7555 www.texarkanaendo.com Advanced Microscopes & 3D Cone Beam Imaging Thorough evaluations for the most appropriate care Fast, effective pain relief Experienced, compassionate staff Specialized methods for gentle care & minimal discomfort Mild sedation available State-of-the-art knowledge, techniques & equipment Thousands of successful cases & satisfied patients 22 ALT Magazine February 2013 Janet Green Interior Design Interior Design 903.792.0088 4012 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, Texas Nothing says “Valentine’s” like 903.792.0056 4059 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, Texas Complete Interior Design Service & Custom Window Treatments Amazing Kitchen Transformations! AFTER AFTER BEFORE 4205 Richmond Place Texarkana, TX 75503 Big Projects Can Be Scary! AFTER 903.831.6617 Let Me Help Guide You... Call Me Today! Mobile: 903.826.2540 www.alt-mag.com February 2013 23 of wine.” In fact he and Susan attempt to maintain “a positive wine balance,” which means they are buying more wine than they are drinking so they have wine to give away. “I get real pleasure from gifting birth year wine. There is a great joy in the look on a recipient’s face when that birth year wine is received. I even have had a 1925 Madera to give to my mom on her 90th birthday.” Both of the Whittens thoroughly enjoy reading wine labels, too, as the labels “tell the stories” of the wines. As one might expect, David has become a student of wine. When his studies revealed so much bias in the writing about wine, he and Martin R. Lipp, M.D. from UC San Francisco wrote a book TO YOUR HEALTH! / TWO PHYSICIANS EXPLORE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF WINE. “We, the authors, have done our best to base our conclusions on medical facts as we understand them,” they wrote. Within the book’s pages they plead for not only learning about wine but also common sense in its consumption, especially as it pertains to children. (The book is available on Amazon.) “When the book was reviewed in the NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE,” David coyly admits, “I knew it would not be a commercial success.” It may not have made the NY TIMES Best Seller List, but it was published in the US, Italy, and China, and even though it was published in 1994 it is still available. David became an international speaker on wine, health and wellness largely because of the book, and his enthusiasm for wine remains evident. So what do these two busy people do in their spare time? Both of them manage to follow their hearts. Susan still heads outside. Their three-tiered deck proves the perfect place to enjoy “kinda’ porch things.” She even starts a campfire whenever possible and relishes bringing David up-tospeed culturally. That may mean introducing him to movies like “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” starring Don Knotts; the 80s film, “Broadcast News or any movie with John Wayne in it.” David enjoys the dogs, woodworking, carpentry (he completely remodeled one of his homes) and plays some golf charity events. They both enjoy music concerts (David once drove from Dallas to Texarkana to pick up Susan and returned to Winstar, outside Dallas, for a Vince Gill concert). They “love” the Texas Rangers and have been Dallas Cowboys Season Ticket Holders for a long while. So…how does all of this fit together as the Doctor and the Maiden join forces to work closely together in their business? Susan quickly explains, “I feel like a camp director again. I just keep things moving.” David adds, “What you really are is Assistant Director, CEO. I greatly benefit from having Susan in the business. I find her contributions stimulating, and she is a superb assistant.” “Thank-you.” Susan accepts his compliment, then adds, “We have fun, but My David and Dr. Whitten are not the same person. I sometimes have to remind him.” “Doctors sometimes speak matter of factly—scientifically. She allows me to be that way. She hears emotionally.” “One day he hurt my feelings in a consultation we did together. Afterwards I closed his office door and told him I needed clarification of what he just said. I walked over to his chair, knelt and took his hand: ‘I have to talk to my medical director.’” Talk concluded. Problem resolved. The two agree that they must be on the same page in the business, and that is not possible unless they are on the same page in their lives. They know that, and they live that. “It’s never too late to live happily ever after,” Susan’s Christmas plaque to David reads. “I want people to know this beautiful man. I want to share this beautiful man with others. Texarkana needs to know him.” “What happened in the past does not define you,” David concludes. “Life is about being different, focusing as we go.” Norman Cousins observed that inevitably an individual is measured by his or her largest concerns. The largest concerns of Dr. David and Susan Whitten revolve around making this tumultuous world a better place—one person at a time—and, like all successful explorers, they are “Pushing the Limits” right in Texarkana’s backyard. Texarkana Gastroenterology Consultants and The Endoscopy center of Texarkana Stanley C. Knowles, M.D. John C. Cozart, M.D. Laura Balmain, M.D. James J. Boehmke, D.O. February is Gallbladder and Common Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month About 9,810 new cases will be diagnosed this year with 60% being Gallbladder Cancer. Most gallbladder cancer is not found until the patient goes to the doctor because of symptoms. Some symptoms may be : right upper abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), loss of appetite and loss of weight. Texarkana Gastroenterology Consultants 1920 Moores Lane . Texarkana, TX 75503 903.792.8030 903.791.8657 The Endoscopy Center of Texarkana www.Tgastro.com 24 ALT Magazine February 2013 WINTER/SPRING 2013 Freeze Time at Our February Venus FREEZE Event! Tuesday the 19th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm What if you could smooth your wrinkles, tighten your loose skin, improve cellulite and reduce your measurements... all without surgery, completely safe & pain free? Now you can with the Venus FREEZE! Body Contouring, Cellulite Reduction & Skin Tightening for the Neck, Face, and Body... 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Cowhorn Creek Loop Texarkana, TX 75503 903. 334. 8800 www.marriott.com/txkts Contact: Amy Huddleston, Director of Sales, email@example.com or Lorenzo Kelly, Sales Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org ALT Brides Publisher and Editor / Debbie Brower Associate Editors / Jaclyn Gooding, Miranda Johnson Photography / Image Forward Photography, Debbie Brower, Jaclyn Gooding, Miranda Johnson, Rozana Page Sales & Marketing Manager / Charlie McMurphy Feature Writers / Jane Bouterse, Anne Fruge w w w. a l t - m a g . c o m email@example.com 200 Heather Dr., Texarkana, TX 75501 (903) 334-9605 ÂŠ2013 ALT Magazine For Advertising Information, call Charlie McMurphy, 903-908-5797 or 903-334-9605 30 ALT Magazine February 2013 903.794.6196 firstname.lastname@example.org 120 Bill Rogers Dr. Texarkana, TX 75503 Northridge Country Club www.northridgecountryclub.net Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions | Rehearsal Dinners Bridal Brunches | Wedding Party Golf Outings Innovative Concepts Flawless Execution Exceeding Expectations Every Time Deborah Ann Mason Certified Wedding Consultant 870.779.4838 Wedding and Event Planning 32 ALT Magazine February 2013 Pa mela & Dave Pamela McCann to David Jones November 25, 2012 TRAHC’s Cabe Hall - Texarkana, TX How They Met... David and Pamela met at a local Texarkana restaurant, while out with friends, in the Spring of 2009. David was excited about the opening of his new bar and grill that was planned for later that Spring. The two discussed the logo for the bar and talked about an artistic design for Dave’s business. Later that year, Pamela went to lunch with some friends at Dave’s new business, Hopkins Icehouse. David pulled a chair up at Pamela’s table and has never left her side since that day! The two became good friends and spent a lot of time together. They enjoyed being active in the community, attending various events, playing tennis and enjoying time with their children. Pamela says, “Most of all, we enjoyed each other’s company as we were falling in love.” The Proposal... Two-and-a-half years flew by, and David and Pamela found themselves on vacation in Cabo San Lucas, in December of 2011. One beautiful, sunny afternoon, the couple had scheduled a parasailing trip. Pamela remembers, “David and I went up together. Neither of us had ever parasailed, and it was such an awesome experience! When we were up in the air, overlooking Lover’s Beach and the arch, David asked for my hand, and while slipping a ring on my finger, asked me to be his wife. I can’t believe the ring didn’t get dropped. It was a crazy proposal, and of course, I said yes!” Wedding Party... Matron of Honor: Shannon Green Best Man: Kevin Jones Ushers: Steven Jones, Hunter Green, Kaleb McCann, Jacob McCann February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 33 34 ALT Magazine February 2013 Photography: Image Forward Photography www.imageforwardweddings.com Videography: Selena Jefferies Fresh Focus Films Florist: Sticks & Stones Cakes: Bakerman Catering: Hopkins Icehouse DJ: Lyn Roberts February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 35 Congratulations From: Josh & Suzann Whatley 03 . 11 . 11 “Especially for a young couple, Micah made it so easy to find and get the rings they wanted. He ended up helping us get one of a kind rings for a great deal. We wouldn’t go to anyone else and highly recommend him to anyone! He’s just so easy to work with!” -Suzann 36 ALT Magazine February 2013 903.793.GROW (4769) 3603 Texas Blvd. Texarkana, TX Texarkanaâ€™s Premiere Floral Design Studio Lauren Hendrix to Josh Johnson Congratulations From: â€œMicah was very helpful and very encouraging. He was always happy to help and made sure we got everything we wanted. He makes sure his brides are 100% happy!â€? -Lauren 07 . 20 . 13 38 ALT Magazine February 2013 1939 Moores Ln. Texarkana, TX 75503 Dr. Clayton A. Frenzel Dual Fellowship Trained Surgeon Specializing in Bariatric and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Call for a One-on-One Consultation! 855.DocAtoZ (855.362.2869) Board Certified, Diplomate: American Board of Surgery Stacie Lost 120 Pounds! ...with a Gastric Bypass and Tummy Tuck. *All Procedures approved through Insurance Before â€œThe Gastric Bypass Dr. Frenzel performed was amazing! I have lost 120 pounds and my BMI has fallen from 43 to 25 as a result!!! I followed the gastric bypass with a tummy tuck to remove excess skin from my abdomen and to create a smooth appearance in my clothing. The tummy tuck was my gift to myself as I approached the completion of my Ph.D. I will graduate with my doctorate degree in May of 2013 looking svelte and fine as I cross the stage. At 46, life is better than ever.â€? Lap-Band Gastric Sleeve Gastric Bypass Bariatric Revisional Procedures Cosmetic Plastic Procedures Surgeries Are Performed at State-of-the-art www.MyCompleteTransformation.com www.AdvancedCosmeticSurg.com Amy and Hunter Amy Osborne to Hunter Mustain September 29, 2012 Garrison Gardens - Texarkana, AR How They Met... Hunter and Amy met when Hunter’s parents built a house next door to Amy’s parents’ house. Amy was 15 at the time and Hunter was 14. When Amy turned 16, Hunter asked if he could ride to school with her in, since they both went to Arkansas High. It was then that the crushes started to develop, but nothing ever played out. It wasn’t until many years later, when Hunter and Amy were reunited by a comment on a Facebook picture, that the two were finally ready to do something about their long lost crushes. Hunter was still living in Texarkana, but Amy had moved away to College Station, Texas. After two years of talking back and forth on the phone, texting and really getting to know one another, Hunter and Amy knew they just had to be together. It was then that Amy knew it was time to move back home and be with the one her heart was longing for! Amy moved back to Texarkana in April of 2011, and Hunter and she became inseparable! Amy says, “Hunter and I are best friends! Everyone searches for their one true love, and God has blessed me with mine!” The Proposal... The proposal happened November 5, 2011, which is also the week of Hunter’s birthday! Each day of his birthday week, Amy gave Hunter a gift leading up to that weekend when they were going to be in Fayetteville for the Razorback game. Some friends had invited the couple up to watch the game in a big 20-person suite for Hunters birthday; little did Amy know, a plan was already set! Amy remembers, “We did everything we usually do when we visit Chase and Catherine. Nothing was out of sorts. The game started like normal. It was against South Carolina, and we were winning! At half time, Hunter suggested taking a walk to stretch my legs out. We left the suite and walked around, and Hunter began telling me how much he loved me and how lucky he is. I did not think anything of this because he tells me those things everyday! It wasn’t until he stopped, got down on one knee, open the box and said, “How would you like to wear this for the rest of your life? Amy, will you marry me?” I was so shocked! I had absolutely no idea whatsoever! I cried and said, “yes,” and people around us cheered and clapped as they watched! It was perfect, and I will never forget it!” The Wedding... The couple originally wanted to do a destination wedding, but when that did not work out, it was already late into the engagement, and Amy began to worry! When Amy and her mother began looking for wedding venues, they were not having any luck at all. However, as soon as Amy stepped foot onto the property Garrison Gardens, she knew that it was the perfect place! Amy says, “I was so overwhelmed by the Gardens’ natural beauty. There was only one weekend left, so we took it! There was a chance of rain on our wedding day, and I barely got any sleep because I was so worried about not being able to have the outside wedding like I wanted. When I woke up that morning, my matron of honor gave me a letter my groom had written me. It was the most beautiful letter I had ever received. That letter made me forget about everything and just enjoy the day. The rain held off long enough for us to have our wedding outside. Everyone says rain on your wedding day is good luck, and I believe it! Everything about our day was perfect, and I could not ask for anything better. We loved every minute! Hunter and I want to thank our parents and everyone involved for helping make our wedding day one to remember!” 40 ALT Magazine February 2013 Wedding Party... Parents of the Bride: Robert & Jeri Osborne Parents of the Groom: Bruce & Rosemary Mustain Matron of Honor: Meredith Carriker Bridesmaids: Sarah Dluhos Carolyn Steinmetz Shelby Mustain Best Man: Levi Mustain Groomsmen: Chase Tipton Daniel Johnson Dylan Schlosser Flower Grandmaids: Billie House Sandra Osborne Ring Bearer: Brooks Mustain Officiant: Phillip Dunn Photography: Kate Reynolds Photography Florist: Ruthâ€™s Flowers Table Linens: BBJ Table Rentals Rentals: Dotâ€™s Rentals Catering: Kristen PriceTasteful Compliments Catering and Events Cakes: Bakerman Wedding Dress: Traditions Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses: Bridal Castle Tuxes: Jos. A Banks Hair Stylist: Candy Hamilton- True Colors Make-Up: Time in a Bottle Day Spa Sunless Tan: Brittney Quinn- Salubrious SunTexarkana Airbrush Tanning & Products Invitations: Kwik Kopy Rings: Parks Jewelers February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 41 42 ALT Magazine February 2013 Garrison GARDENS Weddings & Special Events 903.244.7644 www.garrisongardens.net Texarkana, AR February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 43 Morgan & Joseph Morgan Brinkley to Joseph Osburn December 8, 2012 FBC New Boston, TX How They Met... After moving home from college to begin cosmetology school and pursue her dreams and passion of becoming a hairstylist, Morgan was not looking for a boyfriend. One day out of the blue, Morgan’s cousin told her she had someone she wanted Morgan to meet. She had also told this guy, Joseph, about Morgan, and she encouraged him to find her on facebook. Morgan says, “I knew of Joseph, but I had never actually met him. My cousin insisted that we would be the perfect match and said we had to meet. He ended up sending me a message on Facebook, and we made small talk. Then, I gave him my number, and we started texting and calling each other daily. Joseph was so unbelievably nice and respectful, and I actually told him that he could stop the “sweet talk!” He assured me, though, that he was serious, and he was raised to be nice and respectful to women.” The two decided to meet on September 23, 2011. Morgan went to Joseph’s moms’ house with some of their mutual friends to hang out. Instantly, Morgan knew he was a keeper! Morgan can still remember the instant attraction between her and Joseph. She says, “He caught my eye with his hilarious personality and great sense of humor, and he is quite the entertainer. He was always so sweet and respectful and compassionate. I couldn’t believe I had met someone so perfect for me! We truly are best friends. There was never a doubt in either of our minds that we fell in love instantly. Joseph spoils me to death! He is a true provider and treats me like a queen 100% of the time. We balance each other out in the most perfect ways. Even through struggles in our relationship, we have always made it because we fell in love when neither of us were looking for it, and we are truly meant to be!” The Proposal... Secretly, Joseph asked Morgan’s parents for her hand in marriage. He picked out the perfect ring and had everything ready to propose to her the traditional way. Joseph had planned on proposing in front of a huge crowd, but he decided it should be a personal, special moment between Morgan and him. On January 23, 2012, Joseph picked Morgan up from school, and they went to Morgan’s parents’ house, just as they did most days. Morgan noticed Joseph was very quiet all afternoon, and after a while he asked her to go downstairs and get him a glass of water. When Morgan came back upstairs, she opened the door but didn’t see Joseph. She looked behind the door, and there he was, on one knee. Morgan almost dropped the glass of water she was holding! Morgan remembers, “He said, “Morgan Leigh Brinkley, will you marry me?” I started crying and said yes probably 10 times! Then, he told me to put down the glass and we hugged each other, and I remember realizing I hadn’t even looked at the ring! It was perfect and so personal, and that’s what meant so much to me. He told me he wanted our wedding to be exactly how I wanted it, and we both went to my grandfather to ask him to marry us and to give us his blessing, which was so important to me. Wedding Party... Maid of Honor: Abby Whittemore Best Man: John Huckaby Photography: Lisa McKinnie and Matt Long Cake: Wendy GarzaSomething Simple Cakes and More Bride’s Table Cupcakes: Connie Pinkham and Lisa Edwards 44 ALT Magazine February 2013 Nails: Elizabeth BrinkleyA Total Change Salon Food & Decor: Lisa Edwards, Carla Mayo, Harry & Linda Sanford Wedding Dress: Galina Signature Dress- David’s Bridal Brooch Bouquet: Linda Lollies Officiant: James Brinkley Grandfather of the Bride February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 45 46 ALT Magazine February 2013 Salon Visage’ Esthetique face & body salon 4506 Summerhill, Texarkana,TX Anti-aging Facials Body Wraps French Wax Hair Removal Glycolic & Salicylic Acid Exfoliators Non-Surgical Facelifts 903.794.4007 Owner/Esthetician, Mary Ann Pavey Medical Grade Diamond Fusion Microdermabrasion Aruba Air Brushing Tanning Tuesday-Friday: 10am-6pm Carrying All the Product Lines for a More Perfect You! Your Life Is Changing... But Your Location Shouldn’t Have To. www.johnharrisconstruction.com John Harris has over 15 years of experience in “Aging In Place” Remodeling. His design concepts and materials used are universal in nature, meaning the homes are equally useful and comfortable for a healthy young person as they are for a senior citizen with hip or knee problems. John believes that helping people with their Aging In Place designs is his true calling, and he genuinely cares about the physical, mental and emotional condition of everyone he assists. John is married to Leigh Harris, who works as Development Director at CASA for Children. Their children are Mallory Harris- 22, Corbin Harris-13 and Walker Davis- 12. John and Leigh have two pets, Jinx the Schitzu- 7 and Brutus the Boston Terrier- 4. 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I started looking for reputable breeders that I knew. What? No one had puppies for sale or adults to “pet out.” What to do, what to do. I The very loved and spoiled Zsa Zsa! kept looking. I have to give the young man this -- he knew what he wanted and had done his research. He was willing to rescue one, but since we couldn’t find one in rescue he held out waiting. He asked about the behavior of the breed and was aware of the particular needs this breed might encounter. We discussed training and housebreaking, food types and genetic disorders and socialization. Is there a breed you have had your eye on, or are you confused about how to select a dog? In either case, you should do some homework to make sure that you select the right dog for you and your family. The bonus of selecting a purebred dog is their predictability in size, coat, care requirements and temperament. Knowing what your puppy will look like and the kind of care he will need as an adult is a key in selecting the breed for you. However, if you adopt an adult, you don’t have to go through the puppy stages. Vicki told me that we had to find the right fit because they definitely don’t change dogs every 6 months. (I love that about her!) When they have a pet it becomes a family member. Bradley was willing to be responsible as a pet owner. I saw this. I know from the way she loves little Zsa Zsa this was a pet loving family and she had definitely raised this young man properly. The end of this story is Faith, a female German Shepherd was found. I’ve seen her photos. She is beautiful. I cant wait to meet her! The moral to this short story is responsible ownership. He knew what he wanted and researched his breed to make sure it was for him. He looked into rescue first but this was the breed he was set on. There were none in rescue. It’s a family member so make sure it’s a fit. Do your research don’t just adopt or buy because its cute or pretty. There are lots of babies out there. Find the one that’s right for you if you haven’t. Just a little end note -- Henry is still looking for his forever home. His “fit” hasn’t been found yet. He is the most loving little dog. Please consider him or another with the Texarkana Humane Society. Your first step is to fill out their application on their website -- texarkanahumanesociety. com. A new dog waits to love you! Henry is neutered, chipped, current on vaccinations, potty trained and is heartworm negative. He weighs a whopping 15.2 pounds. This little guy has lots of love to share. If you are interested in this little guy call Sherrie at 903 838-6334. Christine Amos has over 30 years experience grooming pets and an owner of Georgia’s Pet Salon. She is a Certified Groomer, Master Groomer, AKC Canine Good Citizenship Evaluator, and Obedience Trainer. She is also Mom to Georgia (pictured), MoMo, and Annabelle! 50 ALT Magazine February 2013 Jeremy & Heather Mason Congratulations From: “Micah was great to work with and helped us choose the perfect ring! We are so glad we used him! ” -Heather 09 . 01 . 12 903.277.2191 HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! From Our Little Sweethearts... The best in care... when you can’t be there. Photo by: Kate Reynolds Photography www.poppopshoppe.com LICENSED & BONDED Your Loved Ones Are Our Loved Ones! 903.793.0209 1.866.209.4553 Homemade Fudge Gift Boxes & Tins Gourmet Snacks Specializing in Home or Hospital Sitting for Adults and Child Care February 2013 www.alt-mag.com Karen Schmidt . Katheryn Norwood O w ner s 51 Mason & Genie Clem Congratulations From: â€œI expected great things, and my expectations were duly met. I prefer Micah over any other jeweler.â€? -Mason 09 . 15 . 12 52 ALT Magazine February 2013 Tiffany and Matt Tiffany Williamson to Matt Knight November 9th 2012 Home of Janet and Roger Oswald How They Met... The first time Matt and Tiffany met was right before Christmas of 2011. “This meeting had been postponed a number of times because she kept standing me up, at least that was what I thought,” Matt says. “I kept pacing by the window anxiously awaiting her arrival. Finally, I saw her pull in my driveway. It was like the earth stood still. She came through the door, sat down and we chatted for about thirty minutes. I could tell Tiffany was uneasy, so I thought it would be good if we got out of the house to go do something together. I asked her if she would want to go with me to finish my last minute Christmas shopping, but to my surprise, she told me she would pass! My heart sank! I was crushed inside!” Tiffany told Matt she wouldn’t keep him from his shopping, and on she went! Matt thought he must have done something wrong, so he called a friend and told him everything. Matt was convinced Tiffany hadn’t liked him, but his friend encouraged Matt to relax, saying Tiffany had probably just been nervous. Not a moment too soon, Matt received a text message from Tiffany, saying she was head over heels for him! She apologized for standing Matt up, before, and confirmed that she had been extremely nervous. Matt says, “From then on, our romance flourished like a wildfire. We were like a beautiful puzzle, and we both felt like God made us for one another. Her mother, Sandra Williamson, told me as soon as she heard my name she told Tiffany that I was the one. Tiffany has a six year old son, Damian, and we bonded quickly. Damian even told me I am his best friend! He looked up to me, and it made me feel special and strive to better myself to be a role model for him.” Toward the end of the year, Matt and Tiffany’s relationship hit some bumps in the road. Although they didn’t realize the problem at the time, the couple wasn’t putting God first in their relationship. They separated for over two and half months. “During that time apart, the Lord spoke to both our hearts,” Matt says. “We both knew God had a plan for us and that He was in control. After days of seeking the Lord, we were together once again, this time with our foundation in Christ! I’ve always felt the Lord telling me, “This is your wife.” I couldn’t bear it any longer. Every time I prayed, God brought Tiffany to me. One time, during a Wednesday night church service, I prayed that if I saw her, this time I would hug her tight. At the end of the service, I was walking out towards the parking lot and realized I had left my keys in the sanctuary. On my way back out, our paths crossed, and I wrapped Tiffany so tight in my arms and cried tears of joy because I knew God answered my prayer. Our special song is Dave Barnes’ “God Gave Me You.” Proposal... Matt knew he needed Tiffany like he needed the air to breathe, so he got in his truck and sped to her mother’s house. Tiffany was arranging things around in her bedroom when Matt, unexpectedly, dropped to one knee with a ring in his hand and asked her to marry him. Tiffany agreed, making Matt the happiest man in the world! Matt says, “I’m so excited for what the Lord has in store for our family in the future! I want our story to be a testimony for Christ. I love my wife and Damian!” Wedding Party... Maid of Honor: Sandra Williamson Best Man: Willie Mears February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 53 Cake: All In Good Taste Bakery Catering: Pops PlaceAnn Clapp and Tony Clowers 54 ALT Magazine February 2013 Andi and Bob Darby are excited to announce the engagement of their daughter Kimi to Jose Ortega to be married at Ramage Farms on October 19, 2013 Kimiâ€™s parents: Andi and Bob Darby Joseâ€™s parents: Jose Ortega Jr. of Fort Worth and Angelica Garcia of Del Rio, Texas Kimi Darby to Jose Ortega Wilhite Builders Clay 903-293-1800 Rickey 903-701-1996 Licensed in AR & TX Contractor Insured www.vikingpools.net Swimming Pools Types of Pool Construction Custom Gunite Fiberglass Radient Pools Vinyl Other Types of Work Pool Leak Detection Re-Plaster Remodel Authorized Viking Pool Dealer Find Yourself Oceans Away... right in your own back yard... February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 55 Alexandra & Johnathan Alexandra Hubnik to Johnathan Webb July 14, 2012 Sugar Hill United Methodist Church How They Met... Alexandra says, “We met during Johnathan’s junior year and my sophomore year in high school. We were in the same Algebra II class, and he sat right behind me. We went on our first “date,” after he graduated high school in 2005, to go mudding for his 18th birthday. On our second date, we went to the drag strip in Gillam, LA with his entire family. He “asked me to be his girlfriend” on July 30, 2005. I would say the rest is history, but then Johnathan moved off to Houston to attend Universal Technical Institute to become a mechanic. We dated the entire two-anda-half years he was there, and finally, he moved home. We were living in the same town for about a year until I moved to Conway, AR to attend Occupational Therapy school at the University of Central Arkansas. I was there for three-and-a-half years before finally moving home for good! We aren’t sure if there is a specific moment in our relationship that we can pinpoint as the moment we “fell in love,” but I think we always knew. He proposed just ten days shy of our seven year anniversary on July 20, 2011, in Las Vegas, creating a very memorable story…” The Proposal... Alexandra remembers, “We were on a family vacation with his family, staying at the Bellagio Hotel, the one with the AMAZING fountain show that you see advertised for Las Vegas. I had been bugging Johnathan, for about a year, about getting married. Everyone had just put their bags in the rooms when Johnathan decided that we needed to watch the fountain show. The casinos were on the way to the fountains, and everyone agreed to stop there first since the fountains weren’t going anywhere; Everyone, that is, but Johnathan. He was dead set on going to the fountain show right then and there, so off we all went! We found a place that we would be able to see the show, and Johnathan was on my left. Once the fountain show began, my heart sank. I had been telling him for months that we were staying at the Bellagio, and he would never get a more perfect opportunity to propose in such a way that we would never forget. His response was always “I am not ready to get married.” With my sunglasses on, I choked back tears and tried to enjoy a beautiful water display. I couldn’t help but be a little angry and hurt; I mean really! It had been seven years since we started talking. Before I tell you what happened next, you should know that Johnathan and his dad are always joking with me about everything, and they are really good at it. As we were watching the show, Johnathan grabbed my arm and said “Baby, I have something I want to tell you.” If I hadn’t had had my sunglasses on, I am afraid the look I gave him might have killed him, let alone the mean things I was thinking in my head! I responded, “Quit being a jerk. I am trying to watch the show!” I turned my attention back to the water display and thought I had gotten my point across. Well, I felt his arm force me to look at him. He grabbed the sunglasses from my face and handed them to his dad. As soon as his dad grabbed my sunglasses, Johnathan dropped to one knee. I immediately lost all sense of reality, and I can’t tell you, to this day what he said. He told me later that he was so nervous to actually go through with it because he didn’t realize that there would be so many people around us when he did it. We had quite an audience, all coaching me to “say yes” or “marry him!” I can now say that the rest is history, and we got married almost exactly one year later.” Alexandra says, “Valentine’s Day will mark 7 months since the day we stood in Wren Hall at Sugar Hill United Methodist Church and said “‘In the name of God, I take you, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until we are parted by death. This is my solemn vow.’ We are going for GOLD (only 49 years and 5 months to go)!” Wedding Party... Parents of the Bride: Robert & Carlyn Hubnik Parents of the Groom: Thomas & Nancy Webb Grandparents of the Bride: Don & Virginia Gaylord Grandparents of Groom: Robert & Virginia Webb Officiant: Reverend Pamela Brule Prayer: Reverend George Odell 56 ALT Magazine February 2013 Bridesmaids: Samantha Hubnik, Maid of Honor Skye Wright, Matron of Honor Brandi Lairmore, Matron of Honor Leigh Ann Dreher Ashley Spencer Emily Marvel Macie Webb Hannah Tefteller Groomsmen: Bill Webb, Bestman Joey Garcia Kyle Peavey Shelby Banks Troy James Kyle Krobot Zack Moore Cameron Tefteller Flower Girls: Bristan Lairmore Peyton Shaw Ringbearers Oran Wright Carson Wright Ushers: Brandon Lairmore Skip Shaw Coordinators: Miranda Craig Brittney Ward Book Attendant: Madalynn Radford Photography: Images by April Photography- April Graves Dresses: Bridal Castle Tuxes: Squires Formalwear Catering: Johnny Carino’s Italian Cake: The Bakerman Hair: Style StudioAmber Terry & Laura Gilley Reception Venue: Four States Fairgrounds – Fine Arts Building DJ: Wes Spicher Bouquets/Boutonnieres: Bride & Brittney Ward Decor: Bride & Mother of Bride February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 57 by Vincent Senatore Another Milestone... hen February arrives I always have a “mountain” of personal history to muse over. First, my birthday is in February. More importantly, (just in case my sweet wife Peggy should read this,) my anniversary is in February. However, the event that really tugs at my aging brain is the fact that this February I will have been in the alcoholic beverage industry for 37 years. It doesn’t sound right. I must have started when I was 10 years old! Where did the time go? I feel like I just graduated from Edison High School (1969). A few years at the University of Arkansas, a stint in the retail appliance sales business and a brief encounter with the debit insurance business in Staten Island, New York -- that’s the extent of my resume’ until February 1976. It was my 24th birthday and I was starting a new job in a liquor store. Why? Because I needed a job. My first day in this phenomenal industry was laden with backbreaking work. I washed the ceiling of a disco lounge -- in those days, liquor stores had bars attached to them. I fussed and cussed the entire day (to myself, of course). How could a man of my vast experience be lowered to manual labor? However, I stuck it out and lived through the process. Next, I had to learn all of the prices in the weekly newspaper ad. The ad had 200 items in it and I had a week to memorize them. If I faltered I would have been let go. Then I had to learn the commission sheet. I don’t know why we needed a commission sheet. I was making a sizable $2.25 per hour. The commission sheet consisted of about 40 items that I had a rough time reading, let alone pronouncing! Chateau Du Cru Beaucaillou, $6.99, Chateau Pichon Longvielle, $5.99, and Graacher Himmelreich Auslese, $4.99. Was I supposed to be a linguist or a salesman? Any way, I got through it. Last but not least, I was given a copy of Alexis Bespaloff’s “The New Signet Book of Wine.” I was told to read the first 80 pages of the book and I would be tested in one week. After the first two trials, what could be so hard about 80 pages of a wine book? Besides, the guy who was administering the final test was not going to be invited to the next Mensa meeting. Incidentally, 3 weeks later, I was his boss. However, the part of this story that is the most ironic is the fact that I was hooked. The first 80 pages of that book were like an addictive drug. I could not stop reading it. Little did I know that the next 37 years of my life would be so dramatically influenced by that book. While Alexis Bespaloff’s book has been completely out of circulation for over 20 years, the basic information that I gleaned from those first 80 pages would propel my career to amazing heights. How else could a poor kid from Brooklyn, New York, via Edison, New Jersey, and Fayetteville, Arkansas, be hanging out with princes and princesses, movie stars, and politicos? I have smoked cigars and tasted wines in some of the finest vineyards in the world and consumed “vittles” produced by some of the world’s finest chefs. I’ve dug in the ground in Tuscany and picked some grapes in 4 different countries. I even had the honor 58 ALT Magazine February 2013 W of producing wine in Italy. I’ve traveled millions of miles and taken part in many of the best wine and food programs. I’ve been honored to speak at seminars with world renowned wine experts and I have been fortunate to help judge wines at major wine events like the Epcot Wine Festival. I know, it sounds like I’m boasting about my accomplishments. I’m not! I’m amazed and still can’t believe this has actually happened to me. Every day, I thank God for the last 37 years and I ask him to be with me, my family and my dear friends and partners (Rodney, Linda, and Alan McDaniels) as we open a new book in our lives: The New “Vincent’s Fine Wine and Liquor.” After 37 years, I saved the best for last. I’m doing what I love. And, I’m really “hangin out” with the best people in the world! Thank you Texarkana! Amazing, it all started from that little paperback book. www.vincentsfinewines.com email@example.com Best Selection of Fine Wines & Crafted Beers Food-Oriented Newsletter In-Store Wine Tastings Experts at Party Planning NCENT’S V Fine Wines & Liquors GRAND OPENING!!! Super Specials! Cigar Room! Cooking Demos! Seminars in the Mezzanine! Stop by for our 870.774.7217 Next to the new El Chico! 410 Realtor Rd Texarkana, AR 71854 GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTH 3-MONTH MEMBERSHIP GIFT CERTIFICATE ONLY $99 + TAX 24-hour, co-ed fitness Secure, Comfortable, Clean Worldwide access to all Anytime Fitness clubs, more than 1,000 locations! Cutting-edge cardio equipment Top-of-the-line strength equipment And much more! Personal Training Circuit Training Classes Extreme Marine Boot Camp Supplements www.anytimetexarkana.com 3415 Richmond RD Texarkana, TX 75503 903-794-5FIT(5348) February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 59 Kayla & Cody Kayla Mowery to Cody Jones How They Met... Cody and Kayla knew each other in high school, but it wasn’t until mutual friends set them up on a double date, a couple of years after graduating, that the two began dating. Kayla and Cody’s first date was a late night four wheeler ride. It was Kayla’s first time to experience “going mudding.” October 6, 2012 Twin Creek Lake Pavilion Texarkana, AR The Proposal... Kayla says, “Christmas had always been a special time of year for us. Our first Christmas, we drove around for hours and hours looking at Christmas lights and eating up every minute of it. It was after four years of dating, on Christmas Eve, 2011, that Cody proposed to me at his family’s home. Everyone had opened up all their gifts, and Cody asked me to meet him in his room. As I turned the corner, Cody was down on one knee. I can’t even begin to describe the feeling of joy and excitement I had that day, and I am so thankful to now have Cody as my husband!” Wedding Party... Maid of Honor: Megan Knowles Bridesmaids: Ashlin Corley Callie Starks Karah Smith Lakin Resecker Best Man: Cullen Starks Groomsmen: Blake Resecker Nick Knowles Jake Smith Adam Chumley Flower girl: Kylie Corley Ring bearer: Karson Corley Photography: Cristi Starr Photography Cake: All in Good Taste Bakery DJ: Richard Patrick 60 ALT Magazine February 2013 Texarkana Museum System Ahern House 12-12-12 Wedding Event The year 2012 brought a rare and unique day – the calendar date of December 12, 2012 (12-12-12). Many glanced at this exclusive date and thought “interesting” while others aspired to commemorate the date with something significant. The Texarkana Museum System Organization looked at that date and recognized an opportunity to combine interesting and commemorative. The TMS Board sponsored an event of opening the doors of the historic Ahern House for walk in weddings for couples who selected that day to become husband and wife. Two couples who chose this event to be wed were Kathy and Ron Ritter of Texarkana, TX and Nettie and Michael Joslin of Coushatta, LA. Along with family members, celebrating with the couples were the Officiate of the day’s event, Virginia MaynardHudler of Tie The Knot Weddings, photographer, Jennifer Futrell, and Texarkana Museum System Curator, Jamie Simmons. One Day in History 62 ALT Magazine February 2013 Call My Mommy & the Girls at the New Year... Time for a New ‘Do! Style Studio!!! 903.223.1719 3201 Kennedy Ln. Walk-Ins Always Welcome! Owner, Lisa Harris www.ironwoodgrill.com NEW Appetizers Vegetarian Quesadillas Fried Baby Bok Choy NEW Steaks & Specialties Ironwood Mixed Grill “Gourmet” Chicken Fried Chicken Pineapple-Chipotle Glazed Shrimp with Pepper Jack Grits NEW Artisan Pizzas Asian Pizza Fresh Bruschetta Pizza NEW Specialty Tacos Tacos Al Pastor NEW Dessert Bananas Foster in Puff Pastry 4312 Morris Lane, Texarkana 903-223-4644 February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 63 A r k - L a - Te x R e s o u r c e G u i d e Air and Heating Central Air 450 S. Kings Highway Texarkana, TX 75501 903.832.1212 Krause Service Company, Inc. 200 Industrial Blvd. Nash, TX 903.831.3912 Apartments Encore Waggoner Creek Apartment Homes 6210 Gibsosn Lane Texarkana, TX 430.200.0445 Legacy at Pleasant Grove 5911 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 888.763.2676 Richmond Oaks Apartments 2815 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.832.6150 Summerhill Woods Apartments 4501 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.793.7888 Westwood Apartments 101 Redwater Rd. Wake Village, TX 903.832.8446 Attire Abby Gayle’s 4012 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0088 Gayle’s 4059 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0056 Automobile Service/Tires Cooper Service 5320 N. State Line Texarkana, TX 870.772.6971 Banks Peoples State Bank 5600 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.838.2300 Red River Federal Credit Union 2700A University Ave. Texarkana, TX 75503 903-735-3000 800-822-3317 Texarkana First Bank 3601 East 9th St. Texarkana, AR 870.772.0222 615 Sam Houston Dr. New Boston, TX 3625 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.793.6955 Cakes Coldstone Creamery 4228 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.838.2653 Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354 Reception Arts Becky Risinger Ashdown, AR 870.898.5273 Caterers/Private Chef Big Jake’s BBQ 2610 New Boston Rd. Texarkana, TX 903-793-1169 1521 Arkansas Blvd. Texarkana, AR 870-774-0099 603 W. Commerce Hope, AR 870-777-1000 170 N. Constitution Ave. Ashdown, AR 870-898-2227 Culinary Creations Pam Elliott 903.831.4674 Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354 Sugar & Spice Catering Shari Frachiseur 903.276.4389 Wendy’s 4201 Stateline Avenue Texarkana, TX 2902 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 3737 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 1615 N. Hervey Hope, AR 124 N. Loop Highway 59 Atlanta, TX Wingstop 2700 Richmond Road, Suite 14A1 Texarkana, TX 903.255.0090 4501 N. State Line, No. 106 Texarkana, TX 903.792.9464 Church Highland Park Baptist Church 2401 Hazel St. Texarkana, TX 903.792.6996 Clothing Abby Gayle’s 4012 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0088 Gayle’s 4059 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0056 College/University Southern Arkansas University Magnolia, AR www.saumag.edu Texarkana College 2500 N. Robison Road Texarkana, TX 903.823.3456 www.texarkanacollege.edu Texas A&M University-Texarkana 7101 University Avenue Texarkana, TX www.tamut.edu 64 ALT Magazine February 2013 Dental/Endodontics Texarkana Endodontics, PA Jason Michel, DDS 1826 Galleria Oaks Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.793.7411 Dry Cleaning Holiday Cleaners Locations throughout Texarkana Area 870.773.4072 Entertainment CableOne 855-692-4121 Legendary Shooting Sports 925 Brower Lane Texarkana, TX 903.334.9605 Texarkana Symphony Orchestra 903.792-4992 Tickets 870.773.3401 TRAHC 321 W. 4th Texarkana, Texas 903.792.4992 Event Locations Garrison Gardens Texarkana, AR 71854 870.773.0275 Hilton Garrden Inn and Texarkana Convention Center 2910 S. Cowhorn Creek Loop Texarkana, TX 903.792.1065 Northridge Country Club 120 Bill Rogers Drive Texarkana, TX 75503 903.794.6196 Regional Arts Center, Cabe Hall 321 W. 4th Street Texarkana, TX 75501 903.792.8681 Silvermoon on Broad West Broad at Texas Blvd. Texarkana, TX Special Events on the Boulevard 2101 Texas Blvd. Texarkana, TX 75501 903.794.2101 Texarkana Convention Center Crossroads Busines Park Texarkana, AR 870.216.2000 Financial Planner Dustin Stringer Stringer Wealth Management 1620 N. Kings Highway Nash, TX 903.223.0011 Fitness Centers Anytime Fitness Richmond Road 3415 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.794.5348 Christus St. Michael Health & Fitness Center 2223 Galleria Oaks Drive Texarkana, TX 75503 903-614-4441 Florists Ruth’s Flowers 3501 Texas Bllvd. Texarkana, TX 903.793.6711 www.ruthsflowers.net Unique Flowers 4801 Loop 245 Texarkana, AR 870-774.1300 Funeral Home Texarkana Funeral Home 4801 Loop 245 Texarkana, AR 870.774.1200 3515 Texas Blvd. Texarkana, TX 903.794.1200 Chapelwood Funeral Home 1015 N. Kings Highway Nash, TX 903.838.5300 Furniture Ashley Furniture Home Store Ashley Furniture HomeStore Four States Furniture 602 Walton Drive Texarkana, TX 75503 903.223.0792 Four States Furniture 2315 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.223.4506 Oak Creek Furniture 8024 West 7th St. Texarkana, TX 903.832.0793 Gifts Dot’s Ace Hardware 3411 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.838.0059 Hair Care Style Studio Lisa Harris 3201 Kennedy Lane Texarkana, TX 903.223.1719 Hospitals Christus St. Michael Health System 2600 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.614.1000 Health South Rehabilitation 515 West 12th St. Texarkana, TX 903.793.0088 Wadley Regional Medical Center 1000 Pine St. Texarkana, TX 903.798.8000 Hotels Best Western Texarkana Inn & Suites 5219 Crossroads Parkway Texarkana, AR 870.774.1534 Clarion Lacross Hotel 5100 N. Stateline Ave. Texarkana, AR 870.774.3521 www.lacrosse-hotel.com Courtyard by Marriott 5001 North Cowhorn Creek Texarkana, TX 903.334.7400 Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott 4209 Mall Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.838.1000 Hilton Garden Inn and Texarkana Convention Center 2910 S. Cowhorn Creek Loop Texarkana, Texas 903.792.1065 Holiday Inn Express & Suites 4545 Cowhorn Creek Road Texarkana, TX 903.223.0008 TownePlace Suites by Marriott 5020 North Cowhorn Creek Texarkana, TX 903.334.8800 Barberinvestmentpropertiesllc@gmail.com www.Rentintexarkana.com 2 br/ 2 b th 3 br/ 2 b th NEW Kelly’s Cove Nash, TX Offering Autumn Creek New Boston, TX Elm Creek Redwater, TX Forest Ridge Texarkana, TX Texarkana, TX Garage* Stainless Steel Appliances* All Kitchen Appliances* W/D Connection* Privacy Fenced Yard* Lawn Maintenance* Soaking Tubs* 9 ft Ceilings* *in select rental properties Cheyenne Place 903.223.6622 or 903.908.4520 February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 65 Insurance Farm Bureau Insurance 4413 Morris Lane Texarkana, TX 903.838.8707 911 W. US Highway 82 New Boston, TX 903.628.3451 Greg Cockerell State Farm Insurance 4807 Texas Blvd. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.793.7502 Ron Morrow State Farm Insurance 3306 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.832.5505 Invitations I Do Wedding Favors Debra Jones 903.826.9879 Jewelers Alexander’s Jewelers 3701 Mall Drive Texarkana, TX 903.832.3557 Crocker’s Jewelers 3117 Kennedy Lane Texarkana, TX 903.832.8686 Micah’s Jewelers 2812 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.735.2336 Make-up Beauty and Wellness Center 5303 Cowhorn Creek Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.908.2885 Gayle’s 4059 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0056 Salon Visage Esthetique Mary Ann Robbins 4506 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.794.4007 Medical Supplies ArTex Medical 3101 Kennedy Lane, Suite 1000 Texarkana, TX 800.794.2859 Photographer Image Forward Photography 200 Heather Dr. Texarkana, TX 75501 903.334.9605 Pet Grooming Georgia’s Pet Salon & Boutique 101 Slaton Nash, Texas 903.223.8223 Physicians Advanced Bariatrics 1939 Morres Lane Texarkana, TX 75503 Beauty and Wellness Center Dr. David Whitten 5303 Cowhorn Creek Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.908.2885 Express Care 5483 Summerhill Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.223.5931 Northfield Accupunture 619 E. 6th St. Texarkana, AR 870.772.8622 Texarkana Gastroenterology Consultants and the Endoscopy Center of Texarkana 1920 Moores Lane Texarkana, TX 903.792.8030 903.791.8657 Plumbing Central Air/Roto Rooter 450 S. Kings Highway Texarkana, TX 75501 903.832.1212 Real Estate Barber Investment Properties 903.223.6622 Impact Realty Bill and Tracy Spradlin 1200 N. Kings Hwy., Ste 104 Nash, TX 903.748.3186 903.748.2477 Impact Realty Cody Sandone 1200 N. 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Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354 Shorty’s Donuts 2729 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.832.6686 Tasty Donuts 1443 N. Kings Highway Nash, TX 903.838.0422 Wendy’s 4201 Stateline Avenue Texarkana, TX 2902 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 1615 N. Hervey Hope, AR 124 N. Loop Highway 59 Atlanta, TX Wingstop 2700 Richmond Road, Suite 14A1 Texarkana, TX 903.255.0090 66 ALT Magazine February 2013 February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 67 4501 N. State Line, No. 106 Texarkana, TX 903.792.9464 Retirement/Assisted Living Home The Magnolia 4205 Richmond Meadows Texarkana, TX 75503 903.838.7319 Spas/Salons Salon Visage Esthetique Mary Ann Robbins 4506 Summerhill Rd. 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Or Order On-Line at www.wingstop.com 2700 Richmond RoadSuite 14A1 903.255.0090 chunk it out, but instead of a slow retrieve, crank it back as fast as you can -- 6:1 reels are good for this -- with your rod tip at the 8- 9 o’clock position. Bass tend to suspend above the deepest point of light penetration where by Mike Brower they can gather some warm rays and this is also where a lot of baitfish will be positioned. Now, the bass may not be feeding, This time of year the “old school” of thought says slow but they don’t want to be down and fish every nook and cranny. Well, it’s time to bothered either and a fast moving bait coming close by change the way we think about bass and cold water. can cause a reaction strike, which in my book is just When it’s cold outside we feel it, but fish just slow down, as good as a feeding strike. When you get bit don’t set are not quite as aggressive, and don’t eat as much as the hook too hard. A short sweep of the rod is all that’s when it’s warm. Now I’m not going into all the scientific needed as the retrieve speed and sudden stop of the reasons about a fish’s metabolism, but suffice it to say a strike will do most of the hook set for you. fish doesn’t know cold. This technique goes against our natural instinct but can Next time you’re on the lake and the water temperature be very productive at putting fish in the boat. Remember is below 50 degrees, pick up a crankbait or a lipless and it’s never too cold to fish -- most of the time. Opposites Attract...Fish February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 73 by Anne Fruge Photos Courtesy of Walt Beazley/University of Arkansas and Beard Family Faith and Patience... 74 ALT Magazine February 2013 When Patience Beard takes the field as a spirited cheerleader for her beloved Razorbacks, the crowd usually notices her big smile and impressive flips and stunts. Not only is her team spirit infectious, but Patience’s true life story of overcoming adversity is spreading from all those who have seen the “cheerleader with the zebra leg.” Patience Beard was born with proximal focal femoral deficiency and had her left foot amputated when she was only 8 months old. Even though she received her first prosthetic when she was 11 months old, this did not stop her from starting gymnastics classes at age 4. “My parents never did anything for me that I could do for myself,” Patience says. “They were very strong believers in a sense of humor with the whole situation which made me feel so much more comfortable about my leg growing up. Having my parents push me to do anything I wanted at such a young age is what has made me who I am today.” Patience grew up in Texarkana with her parents Michelle Kelley and Jimmy Beard. She has two older brothers, Zane and Zachry, a younger brother, Cash, and a younger sister, Presley Kelley. “Growing up with the two older brothers was something that I believe made me so strong willed,” Patience says with a smile. “They definitely treated me as normal as possible and were still mean older brothers.” However, there were still those who weren’t sure how to handle Patience’s differences. One day, Patience went fishing with some volunteers at a lake for a Scottish Rite event and was constantly asked if she needed help getting in and out of the boat or walking down the hill. These tasks seems simple to Patience who had been treated with normalcy her whole life. “I had never faced so many people that thought I couldn’t do things for myself and it was very frustrating for me,” Patience says. “I was grateful for their offers to help, but doing things on my own was just who I am. I have always been very independent. I’ve had a few people in the last few years that will say, ‘Oh my! Your leg! I am so sorry!’ and it’s difficult for me to respond. I don’t think I deserve pity because I know that there are far worse circumstances than what I face.” When Patience started seventh grade, she decided to pursue her gymnastics interest and try out for the cheerleading squad. After auditioning and making the team, Patience cheered for the Tigers from seventh grade to graduation. “I enjoy being a cheerleader because you have to have a positive attitude and be very upbeat which is something I love to do,” Patience says. “It is a sport that takes a lot of hard work and is challenging, so it gives me something to work towards each day.” While in high school, Patience was involved in student council and volunteered her time to causes such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Salvation Army Christmas Angel tree. Her fellow required to turn in a video with a personal introduction and a display of her skills and was one of 15 people invited to an audition on campus. When Patience found out she had made the team after a three day try-out, she was thrilled. “I was shocked and so excited!” Patience says. “However, after tryouts I only had one week as part of the team before our first game. I got to the University for practice and could not believe that I was a part of this great organization. College cheer is more time consuming than high school cheer, so learning to manage my time was pretty difficult at first. Practices are harder, and the games are much more fun and intense, but I absolutely love it!” At the University, Patience follows the lead of her cheer sponsor, Mrs. Jean Nail, and her cheer coach, Kraig Jimenez. “Both Jean and Kraig have been so great to work with. I look up to both of them so much,” Patience says. “I couldn’t ask for a better team, coach or sponsor. This year has been absolutely amazing because of everyone involved with the cheer program.” This year, Patience was the first woman nominated for the Discover Orange Bowl-Football Writers Association of America Courage Award. Every year at the Orange Bowl, 12 athletes are nominated for the award, and this year all of the other nominees were football players. “Though I didn’t win the award, I was so honored to be nominated,” Patience says. “It was so inspiring to read all the nominees’ stories because everyone was so amazing! It was interesting to see all the different types of courage because when I look at myself I don’t think that I am being courageous, I just see myself as cheering on the Hogs and doing the things I love to do!” Even though she is only a freshman, Patience knows she wants to finish her major in communications and then become a motivational speaker in order to use her experiences to help and inspire others. “I could not imagine who I would be today if I had both of my legs,” Patience says. “It has made me a strong person and also very confident in each obstacle I face whether it’s with my disability or just everyday life. I thank God everyday for the opportunities I have been given and I know that in every situation that I have gone through He is right beside me. Knowing that He made me who I am to show His grace makes me feel so special and only makes me want to work harder for Him. February 2013 www.alt-mag.com students crowned Patience as homecoming queen in 2012. “Though high school was a very scary thought at first, making the freshman cheer squad was just the beginning,” Patience says. “Now that I have graduated I can look back on high school and say that I don’t regret a single thing I did and didn’t miss out on anything! I was very involved and to me that is a great accomplishment.” Choosing the University of Arkansas was an easy decision for Patience who had toured the school her junior year and fell in love with the campus and the overall atmosphere of the town. Choosing the school was easy, but Patience was nervous about trying out for cheerleader. She was 75 EVENT WHERE WHEN Phantom Ball Northridge Country Club 1/12/13 1 2 3 4 5 6 1. Michelle Miller and Pat Walraven 2. Leslie Bates and Miranda Johnson 3. Ernest Pender and Ann Nicholas 4. Charlie and Jerry McMurphy 5. Ginger Jones and Robert Bunch 6. Dan and Shawn Edmonds 7. Miranda and Tyler Johnson 8. Debbie and Mike Brower 9. Marshall and Jaclyn Gooding 10. Ryan Odens, Hank Dean, Henry Cameron Dean, Julie and Leon Sanderson 11. Colt Caywood, Kyle Barrett, Terri Barrett Giles, Greg Giles, Tanya Dickert and Ty Dunlap 12. Leon and Julie Sanderson -- 2013 Phantoms honored this year for their generous support of Temple with Anita Carver, Frank Poff and Sandy Varner 13. Brenda Reid, Huey and Judy Kidd, Avery Powell, Frankie Powell, Reese Powell, Courtney Powell and Bambi Levingston 14. Arnel and Lisa Cruz and Bambi Levingston 15. The Beauty and Wellness Center Group: Sherry Davison, Ashley Traweek, Connie Walker, Mike Brower, Olivia Stacy, Parker Burks, Millie Oâ€™Corr and Kim Burks 16. Sue Horn Powell, Jared Carver and Samantha Sanders 17. Misty Whitt, Frank Poff and Heather Barnette 18. Cody Adams, Allison Lee Deshotels and Jeff C. Brown 19. Brandon and Anita Carver, with Jared Carver 20. Danny and Judie Rackley, Robert Szymanski, Denise and Dakota Taylor and Dana Szymanski 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 76 ALT Magazine February 2013 18 19 20 21. Joseph and Judith Ramos 22. Annabelle Lee and Joel Iglesia 23. Nan and Dr. Bob Fry 24. Jeff and Billie Pritchett 25. Rachel Burnett and Colleen Narens Hartley 26. Andrew Lusk and Peyton DeLoach 27. Steve Nations and Connie Walker 28. Chad and Sherrie Davison 29. Samantha and Jason Michel 30. Dana and Robert Szymanski 31. Denise and Dakota Taylor 32. Josh and Mandy Davis 33. Mitchell Beasley and Klancy Johnson 34. Lyndsey and James Cockrum 35. Frank and Theresa Poff 36. Dwight Sperry and Ann Trigg Sperry 37. Derrick and Gay Durrant 38. Danny and Judie Rackley 39. Neal and Heather Kiser 40. Susan Whitten and Debbie Brower 41. Suzie Tyler and Diane Niemeyer 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 903.838.2653 4228 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 77 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 42. Leanne Wilson Maynard and Lenna Oâ€™Dell 43. Tanya Dickert and Ty Dunlap 44. Judge Sherry and Judge Buddy Hawkins 45. Mia McDougal and Clay Mitchell 46. Andre Storey and Bambi Levingston 47. Diane and Greg Niemeyer 48. John Ross and Lisa Beaird Shoalmire 49. Melanie Merrill and David Melson 50. Andrew Lusk and Peyton DeLoach 51. Danny and Judie Rackley, Dakota and Denise Taylor, Robert and Dana Szymanski, Henry Cameron Dean, Leon and Julie Sanderson, Hank Dean and Shannon Kirkland 52. Sherry Jackson Hawkins, Ann Atchison Nicholas, Ernest Pender Becky Autrey Phillips and Dr. Stuart Phillips 53. Ken Larson, Connie Fricks Mitchell, Elaine Linsey and Dr. Howard Morris 54. Fay J. Durrant and Mike Minton 55.Alicia Rammage and Leslie Helms 56. Rachel Burnett, Colleen Narens Hartley and Heather Barnette 57. Brenda Reid, Jeaninne Brad Walker, Lisa Perry- Dupree, Bambi Levingston, Anita Carver, Sandy Varner, Linda Thurston-Williams, Sibyl Roberson and Alexandra Hubnik 58. Bo Slider and Bill Varner 59. Reese Powell, Julie and Leon Sanderson 60.Hagan Knox and Olivia Stacy 61. Jason Granado and Anne Fruge 62. Ann Nicholas and Peyton DeLoach 63. Curtis and Brenda Dudley 64. Allen and Shelby Brown 65. Jena Gammon Taylor and Amy Campbell Warren 66. Sherrie and Chad Davison 67. Ashley and Robin Traweek 51 52 59 60 61 53 54 62 55 56 63 64 57 78 ALT Magazine February 2013 58 65 66 67 EVENT A New You Party 1/8/13 WHERE Beauty & Wellness Center WHEN 1. Melissa Massey and Jennifer Smith 2. Sarah Bush, Tricia Bush and Beth King 3. Susan Whitten and Lori Youngblood 4. Melissa and Donna Dailey 5. Kim Harbin and Darla Clement 6. Kim Burks and Betty Browning 7. Ammie Wallace and Laura Aldridge 8. Jennifer Smith and Ashley Traweek 9. Connie Walker and Olivia Stacy 10. Rusti Poulton and Donna Dailey 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 THE 9 PRESENTS Saturday, February 16, 2013, 7:30PM | Historic Perot Theatre Spanish concert preview at 6:40PM Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1 Falla: La vida breveâ€”Interlude & Dance Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez nights featuring 10 Sharon Isbin, classical guitar repertoire regular ticket prices $29, $44 & $52 sponsored in part by Vasco McCoy, Jr. Foundation Nancy and Richard Carr Mike and Pete Mankins Miller, James, Miller & Hornsby Emily and Gabe Tarr Margaret and Bob White Perot Theatre Box Office (903)-792-4992 texarkanasymphony.org February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 79 Find us on Submitted by Dustin Stringer Stringer Wealth Management LPL Financial www.stringerwealthmanagement.net Will Working Longer Help--or Hinder--Your Social Security Benefit? Continued earnings could increase your Social Security benefit depending on your situation. One thing is for sure: working part time at reduced pay will never cause your benefit to go down. A common question among people in their 60s is this: If I keep working, will my Social Security benefit go up? An even more common question is this: If I take a part-time job at a lower salary, will it cause my Social Security benefit to go down? To answer these questions, you need to have a basic understanding of how benefits are calculated. First, your benefit is based on your highest 35 years of earnings. When your primary insurance amount (PIA) is calculated at age 62, the Social Security Administration (SSA) tallies up all of your earnings as reported by your employers over the years (or as reported on your tax return if you are selfemployed). Each year’s earnings are multiplied by an indexing factor to adjust for inflation. For example, if a person born in 1946 earned the maximum taxable wage base of $9,000 per year in 1972, that year’s earnings would count for $48,763after adjusting for inflation. The highest 35 years of inflationadjusted earnings are totaled and divided by 420 to come up with the Average Indexed Monthly Earnings, or AIME. The AIME is then multiplied by three different percentages (called “bend points”) to determine the primary insurance amount. These bend points are adjusted for inflation and are different for each age cohort. If you worked more than 35 years, the excess years would not be counted. If you worked fewer than 35 years, the missing years would be filled in with zeroes. So the question is this: what effect will additional earnings have on your earnings record for Social Security purposes? The answer depends on which category you fall into: By Elaine Floyd, CFP themselves: The additional income will allow you to draw less from your retirement accounts, and if you don’t need it all for spending you may even be able to create a bigger cushion for yourself. But Social Security adds up, especially if you maximize Social Security’s lifetime, inflation adjusted income by living a long life. Even people who already have 35 years of high earnings might see some benefit. Here’s why: those early earnings, even though they are inflationadjusted for the AIME, still count for less than you may be earning today. If your 1972 earnings of $9,000 (the maximum for Social Security purposes) count for $48,763, and if you were to earn $85,000 in 2012, your AIME would be adjusted to remove the $48,763 1) You already have 35 years of earnings. and add the $85,000. This might cause your If you already have at least 35 years of PIA to go up by only about $15 per month. earnings, an additional year of earnings will But when you add in delayed credits for go onto your earnings record as usual. If the applying after full retirement age, and costadditional earnings are higher than the lowest of-living adjustments over your (and your year of earnings, the lower year will drop off surviving spouse’s) lifetime, it adds up. and your AIME will be adjusted to account for the new year of higher earnings. If the The point is that even if you have a history additional earnings are lower than any of the of maximum earnings for Social Security 35 years of earnings already on your record purposes, working longer will never cause – say you take a part-time job and earn less your benefit to go down, and it may even than you were making before – it will have cause it to go up. And if you have a few no effect on your Social Security benefit zeroes on your earnings record, you can because those lower earnings will simply not only improve your Social Security benefit by be counted. continuing to work. 2) You do not have 35 years of earnings. Let’s say you got a late start in your career or took time out of the work force to raise children. When your earnings record is tallied up, there may be fewer than 35 years of earnings. In this case, the missing years will be filled in with zeroes. The total will still be divided by 420 (the number of months in 35 years), and this will cause your AIME to be lower than if you had 35 years of positive earnings. So for you, working longer can improve your Social Security benefit, especially if the earnings are relatively high. But any amount is better than zero. How much money are we talking about, really? Let’s face it. Any additional wages you might earn immediately before or after retirement would be valued mostly for the earnings Elaine Floyd, CFP®, is the Director of Retirement and Life Planning, Horsesmouth, LLC., where she focuses on helping people understand the practical and technical aspects of retirement income planning. Horsesmouth is an independent organization providing unique, unbiased insight into the most critical issues facing financial advisors and their clients. Horsesmouth was founded in 1996 and is located in New York City. Copyright © 2011 by Horsesmouth, LLC. All Rights Reserved. IMPORTANT NOTICE This reprint is provided exclusively for use by the licensee, including for client education, and is subject to applicable copyright laws. Unauthorized use, reproduction or distribution of this material is a violation of federal law and punishable by civil and criminal penalty. This material is furnished “as is” without warranty of anykind. Its accuracy and completeness is not guaranteed and all warranties express or implied are hereby excluded. Weight Watchers New Location EVENT WHERE WHEN 3416 Richmond Rd 1/12/13 1. Judy Martin and Beth Pesek 2. Loretta Milam 3. Linda Buswell and Janis Stringfellow 4. Laura Geiman, Linda Geiman, Jean Cogdill and Stacy Clubine 5. Linda Hughes, Bonnie McDowell and Zandra Rathburn 6. Kimberly McNatt Sims and DiAnn Hopper 7. Lynne Smith and Shalawn Krebs 8. Marilyn Hale and Jo Heath 9. Kia Atkins, Yvette Gray and Alexis Gray 10. Yvette Gray and Alexis Gray 11. Dr. Brenda Stuart-Howell and Erin Buchanan 12. Claudia Moss and Lisa Roby 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 81 EVENT WHERE WHEN Realtor’s Ball 1/11/13 Texarkana Convention Center 1 2 3 4 5 6 1. Sandy and John Tutor 2. Steve Rambo and Sarah Poole 3. Kyle and Kelli Cummings 4. Charlie MaGee and Christina Oakes 5. Christina Oakes and Reena Upchurch-Corbin 6. Frankie Shedlock and Christina Oakes 7. Steve Raffaelli and Christina Oakes 8. Darla Douglas and Christina Oakes 9. Sarah Sealy and Christina Oakes 10. Jacqueline Turentine-Trammel, Brenda Rochelle, Greg and Tami 11. Krystal Richardson, Marlene Adkison and Angela Hicks 12. Penny Brabham, Bennie Hutchings Estelle and Reena Upchurch-Corbin 13. Jessica Simpler, Melisa Plunk and Lauren Brooks 14. Jessica Simpler and Susan Lansdell 15. RE/MAX Group picture 16. Tracey and Robert Wardlaw with Judy Langford 17. Kathryn Gray, Christi Shedlock and TBOR President Frankie Shedlock, Candice Moore Shedlock and Frank “Bubba” Shedlock 18. Board Being Sworn In 19. Karen Mote and Christina Oakes 20. Janet Willis and Christina Oakes 21. Leigh Davidson and Christina Oakes 22. Teresa Liepman and Christina Oakes 23. Mike Donovan and Christina Oakes 24. Bennie Hutchings Estelle and Christina Oakes 25. Sharock Gilbreath and Magen Honea 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 82 ALT Magazine February 2013 17 18 19 HERITAGE COUNTRY 20 21 Tune In For r for Ou Listen E LIV w! g Sho n i n r o M Barbara Mandrell, REBA, Merle Haggard, George Strait, Judds. KPIG has the only LIVE request show in the 4-state area! 22 23 CLASSIC HITS Michael Jackson, Elton John, Bon Jovi, Madonna, KOOL & the Gang. Tune In For n for O LIVE ur Morn ing S how! Liste 24 25 February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 83 EVENT Heart Ball 1/19/13 WHERE Texarkana Convention Center WHEN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1. Shawn and Amberly Stussy 2. Ginger Jones and Robert Bunch 3. Frank and Theresa Poff 4. Kim Rodgers and Lauren McKeehan 5. Shannon and Clint Humphrey 6. Jessica and Blake Rich 7. Bonnie and Mike Sheridan with Julie Myers 8. Davy and Monica Carr, Stacey Sewell and Terry Knighton 9. Lisa Looney and Shelby Brown 10. Lisa Looney, Sonja Hubbard and Lauree Romero 11. Kiran and Anitha Kurichety, Michelle and Chris Karam, Mitun and Ranga Balasekaran 12. Lauree Romeroo, Mark and Cathy Van Herpen 13. Skip and Shannon Hadaway, Dr. Sylwia Karpinski, Colt Caywood and Kyle Barrett 14. Tracey Smith, Megan Menefee, Heather Thomson and Meredith Ledwell 15. Tim and Trish Reed, Suzy and Robert Irwin 16. Shelly Morton, Dr. Cindy Porter, Tammy Ward and Dr. Stacy Leonard 17. Becky Easley, Hampton ans Theresa Fontenot and Nelda Walton 18. David McGonagill, Jeff Harrelson, Hampton Fontenot and Sean Rommel 19. Heather Thomson, Kim and Randy Swanson 20. Sheila and Roger Messier, Julia Mobley and Fay Ellen Yates 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 84 ALT Magazine February 2013 18 19 20 21. - 33. Heart Ball Sweethearts 34. Sean and Jamie Rommel 35. Ken and Sonya Hawkins 36. Amy and Jason Ethridge 37. Dr. Jason Harris and Jamie Attaway 38. Jason and Heather Thomson 39. John and Doni Philips, Ida and David Alexander 40. Curtis and Brenda Dudley, Andrea Martinez and Audrey Norwood 41. Tim and LeAnne Wright 42. Jamye and Dr. Jeff DeHaan 43. Mike and Debbie Brower, Isa and Laird Markland 44. Dr. Bob and Nan Fry with Dr. Dave and Ruth Ellen Whitt 45. Chuck Phillips and Dr. Cindy Porter 46. Clayton Wisdom, Magan McCarter, Rachel Pride and Rett Cranford 27 28 29 24 25 26 21 22 23 39 30 31 32 40 41 42 33 34 35 43 44 36 37 38 45 February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 46 85 4 Playing Fields Fully Netted & Insured Gun Speed Tested Experienced Refs Shaded Picnic Area Private Parties Available LEGE N D A R Y 925 Brower Lane, Texarkana, TX 75501 i n fo @ lege n da rys h o o t i n g s p o r t s. c o m w w w. l ege n d a r ys h o o t i n g s p o r t s. c o m 903.334.9605 S at u rd ay : 1 0 : 0 0 - 6 : 0 0 - S u n d ay : 1 : 3 0 - 6 : 0 0 Marshall Gooding - 903.277.0307 Billiard Maintenance Over a Decade of Experience. . Leveling . Felt Replacement . Cushion Replacement . Generic Repair . Moving 86 ALT Magazine February 2013 EVENT WHERE WHEN Christmas Party Circle of Friends 12/8/12 1. Bob & Dean Ransdell 2. Donna & Ken McLaughlin 3. Erica & Caleb Ramage 4. Karlton & Linda Willis 5. Maxine Crow & Luke Kemp 6. Neal & Winnie Courtney 7. Ronnie & Chris Walraven 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Catch all the Texas A&M Aggies LIVE on Magic 94.1 FM Basketball Catch all the Arkansas Razorbacks Basketball & Baseball LIVE on Fox Sports 1400 Jay Mohr February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 87 The Texarkana Humane Society is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to re-homing orphaned animals, promoting the human-animal bond, preventing animal cruelty, educating children and adults about responsible pet ownership and preventing pet overpopulation. In order to reduce the number of unwanted animals and the euthanization of them at the shelter people need to spay/neuter their pets. The Texarkana Humane Society has a program to help individuals do this and urge everyone to get involved and tell your neighbor, family, and friends to be responsible and do their part in putting a stop to this problem here in our city. Have them contact us regarding our program. Call 903 8386334 and we will be glad to help you. The Texarkana Humane Society is always needing volunteers as well as foster homes. If you would like to get involved and lend a helping hand they would love to talk with you. They are also needing the following items to help with the care of all the babies that come into foster: Puppy and kitten chow, formula for the babies, animal baby bottles, as well as monetary or debit card donations. We have a big need for individuals who have the time to bottle feed some of these babies. It is so sad when we cannot take any in because we are full and would welcome a few more bottle moms. It is a great expereince as well as very rewarding taking care of these little ones. If you can help with donations or feeding call Sherrie at 903 838-6334. Volunteers who agree to provide a foster home for our strays are provided with medical care for the animals. The Humane Society pays for all immunizations and spays or neuters the animal. Our goal is to place these animals in permanent homes with responsible, loving pet owners. All of our services are provided through private donations from our community. Donations are accepted and needed! Our animal friends appreciate you and your donations are tax deductible! (The Humane Society is all volunteers and all money goes towards the animals.) Weâ€™ve got a full house! Please come visit us! You might find the addition your family has been looking for! Do you have an animal that needs a new home? Please donâ€™t neglect it! Call us and let us help you find a foster home. We will list your animal on our Facebook page at no charge. Let us help! For more information, contact Sherrie Thompson, President, at 903.838.6334, or go to www. texarkanahumanesociety.com. Weâ€™re also on Facebook! Texarkana Humane Society Come visit us at Petsmart on the fourth Saturday of every month! 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1. Thelma is a spayed terrier/hound mix around a year old. She is current on shots, and negative for heartworms. She is a gentle and loving girl, good with children and other dogs and ready for a caring home. Contact Amber Ferguson at 8700653-6983. 2. Ripley is one of our newest fosters. She is around 5 years old, weighs less than 10 pounds, housetrained, crate trained and is getting spayed and microchipped. She will also be getting a new do shortly. For more info call Diana at 903-838-4965. 3. Yes she is hiding in there and is going to the doggie groomer but Mandy is a little Shitzu weighing around 10 pounds. She is spayed, current on shots, on heartworm preventative, crate and housetrained. For more info call Diana at 903-838-4965. 4. Look at this precious little angel we call henry, formerly Rags. Henry is neutered, chipped, current on vaccinations, potty trained and heartworm negative. He weighs a whopping 15.2 pounds. This little guy has lots of love to share. If you are interested in this little guy call Sherrie at 903-838-6334. 5. Jack is a handsome yorkie/pekingese mix weighing a whopping 15.6 pounds. He was rescued from our local shelter and since has been neutered, current on shots, heartworm negative, and microchipped. He is doing great with his potty training, walks on a leash, rides in a car and sits on command. A fenced yard is required. For more info call Sherrie at 903-838-6334. 6. Laverne is a small terrier weighing 14 pounds. She has been fully vetted, microchipped, on heartworm preventative and is housebroken. She is a very loving little girl and would be a great addition to any family. For more info on this sweet girl call Amber at 870-6536983 or 903-949-9389. 7. Little Shirley is a terrier weighing 18 pounds. She is a little bigger than her sister, Laverne. She has been fully vetted, on heartworm preventative, microchipped and housebroken. If you are looking for someone to keep your lap warm, this is the one for you. She would be a great family dog and gets along with other dogs. Please contact Amber at 870-6536983 or 903-949-9389 for info on adopting this girl. 88 ALT Magazine February 2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1. Ace is a male Wirehaired Terrier. He is very loving and friendly and would make a great addition to any family. 2. Ebony is a female Terrier mix, about 3 years old. and weighs about 10 lbs. She is waiting for a loving home. 3. Foster is a male Chihuahua mix. He’s about 2 years old and looking for his forever home. 4. Hobo is a male Chihuahua mix. He is energetic and ready to play! 5. Kim is a female Chihuahua. She’s very loving and playful. 6. Legend is a male and about 2 years old. He would make a great companion and is waiting for the home of his dreams. 7. Light is a male Terrier mix. He will LIGHT up your life! Just give him a chance! The mission of the Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Arkansas is to be a technologically advanced, self sustaining, human and animal friendly facility that specializes in personal customer service from a team of knowledgeable, caring individuals who endeavor to achieve rapid placement of all adoptable animals. We are always in need of caring, capable volunteers to assist in with duties at the center, adoption events, fund-raising activities and more. Your tax-deductible donation will help care for and assist in the adoption of loving animals to good homes! The Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Arkansas is located at 203 Harrison, Texarkana, AR, 71854. For more information, call Connie Slater at 870.773.6388, or visit www. animalcareadoptioncenter.org. We’re also on Facebook! We’re open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 - 5:00. Please note, all dogs adopted from this shelter MUST be spayed or neutered. Spays cost $89-$104, neuters are $76-$92 depending on the weight of the dog. 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 8. Max is a male and about 2 years old. He’s shy and sweet and looking for someone to love him. 9. Nash is a male Chihuahua. He’s very loving and playful and waiting for his forever home. 10. Red is a 2 year old male Lab mix. He would be the perfect family dog. 11. Nike is a female Chihuahua mix. She needs a family to call her own. 12. Rocky is a male Black Mouth Cur. He is ready to be someone’s best friend. 13. Maya is a female Husky, aprox. 4 years old. She is a good, cuddling dog, just looking for her cuddle partner! 14. Russell is a male Jack Russell Terrier. He is a small, playful cuddler. 15. Tyrone is a male Terrier mix. He’s just waiting on his forever family. Who else can help? Artex Animal Welfare, Inc. (mostly horses) 903.824.1990 Three Rivers Animal Rescue 903.490.4048 Poodle Patch & Friends firstname.lastname@example.org Passion for Pooches (mostly small dogs) 903.832.8632 Texarkana Animal League 877.525.4825 Texarkana Reptile and Amphibian Rescue 903.809.3761 We’ve got lots of kittens needing good homes right now! How can you help the THS? The Texarkana Humane Society is always in need of dry food for puppies, dogs, cats and kittens, scoopable cat litter and litter boxes, collars, leashes, toys, beds, heartworm and flea medications, gift cards and monetary donations. These donations are all tax deductible, as the Texarkana Humane Society is a 501c3 organization. If your are interested in donating, helping with events, fostering or working fundraisers call Sherrie at (903) 838-6334. Biscuit, formerly known as Feather, was adopted by the Bennetts. Here she is with her new family and, as you can see, she has lots of family to run and play with. Thank you Bennett family for giving our sweet girl a furever home! Courtesy of the Texarkana Humane Society Happy Tails! February 2013 www.alt-mag.com 89 February Calendar February 1 St Michael’s 2013 Foundation Gala - Texarkana Convention Center of Events February 11-16 February 1-10 One of the biggest musical hits of all time! GODSPELL is based primarily on the Gospel According to St. Matthew and features a sparkling, seminal score by Stephen Schwartz (WICKED, PIPPIN). As the cast of actor/clowns makes its way through a string of recognizable songs, led by the international hit, “Day By Day,” audience members get to see the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life. The show also touchingly presents the story of Jesus’ last moments beginning with the Last Supper. This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love has touched the hearts of countless theatergoers all over the world--and now you can join the celebration as a spectacular ensemble performs the greatest story ever told. Friday 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm Ticket Prices: Adults $15 or TexRep Membership Students and Seniors: $12 Stilwell Theatre Texarkana College Campus Groups of 20 or more: $10 each (any age) must be pre-paid in advance the week before the first performance. No refunds and the check must have been received. For more information call Ellen Allard at 903-278-0816. Julie’s Deli and Market will be donating a portion of all sales from House-made Fudge and Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries to Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank. Julie’s Deli is located at 4055 Summerhill Square and orders can be placed by calling (903) 792-3354, Monday through Friday from 9-6 and Saturday from 9-2:30. Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries are $19.99 for one dozen and $9.99 for a half dozen. One pound of Housemade Fudge is $14.00. Be sweet to your loved ones and Harvest Texarkana this Valentine’s Day! February 19 Womens’ Wounded Warriors Veterans Group (Tent) - Four States Fair Entertainment Center. For more Information contact Bess Gamble Williams at 903-2779392. February 20 Arts Integration Institute (Kennedy Center Training) 8:30AM to 3:30PM. Call 903-792-8681. February 12 February 21-22 Health Care Summit II from 7:30AM to 12:00PM at the Hilton Garden Inn and Texarkana Convention Center, With the landscape of employer-provided health care potential changing over the next few years, this seminar will give you an idea of what to expect and what the unexpected can cost your organization and is fantastic for anyone in charge of capital assets or human capital management. Andy Haynes will be the presenting speaker. This event is sponsored by Texarkana Chamber of Commerce, Tri-State SHRM, and Daines Insurance & Financial. Submit registration and payment by email to: email@example.com or by fax to: 903793-4304. The City of Texarkana, Texas Parks & Recreation Department Annual Fishing Derby for area special needs children and adults – FREE – BY INVITATION ONLY. Thursday, 2/21, 8:00AM–1:00 PM; Friday, 2/22, 8:00AM-1:00PM. Spring Lake Park Fishing Dock February 21-23 February 21-23 February 23 Flag Raising on Iwo Jima Polka Dots & Lollipops (Tent) - Four States Fair Fine Arts Building February 2 February 3 February 6 February 7 February 9 February 9 February 14 UCCUA Collegiate Rodeo - Four States Fair Ec/EqC. For more Information call Amanda Raney at 903-2449608. SWARHSRA - Four States Fair Ground Equine Center. For more Information contact Jackie Sue jackiesuewat@ aol.com. Valentine’s Day! February 15 Texarkana Area Veterans Council - Annual Chili Cookoff Truman Arnold Center, Texarkana College February 26 Harlem Globetrotters - Four States Fair Entertainment Center. February 15-16 Womens’ Wounded Warriors Veterans Group (Tent) - Four States Fair Entertainment Center. For more Information contact Bess Gamble Williams at 903-2779392. Perot Theatre Black Violin Performances at 9:30 AM and at 12:30 PM General Admission Tickets: $7.00 Runnin WJ Ranch Cutting Event Sponsored by Brett Davis, at the Four States Fair Grounds. For more Information contact Patti Moore at 903-244-2306. February 26 Arts Integration Institute (Kennedy Center Training) 8:30AM to 3:30PM. Call 903-792-8681. AG Expo - Four States Fair Entertainment Center. February 16 February 16 2nd Annual Special Afternoon with Local STEM Exhibit Participants and 5th Annual Children’s Reading and Arts Program at Cabe Hall. SWARHSRA - Four States Fair Ground Equine Center. For more Information contact Jackie Sue jackiesuewat@ aol.com February 28 SWARHSRA - Four States Fair Ground Equine Center. For more Information contact Jackie Sue jackiesuewat@ aol.com Annual Winter Bluegrass Show. For information contact Music City Texas Theater 108 Legion St Linden TX, 75563 at 903-756-9934 or visit their website www. musiccitytexas.org Perot Theatre - Biloxi Blues is a comedy about young men going off to war. at 7:30PM *Dates/show times are subject to change. Perot Theatre Series tickets on sale to TRAHC members, June 29th; General Public, July 13th. Perot Theatre Series tickets must be purchased by phone through the Perot Theatre Box Office at 903792-4992. February 28 February 17 Whitlow Smoke School - Four States Fair Entertainment Center. Texarkana Area Veterans Council #278 Meeting 90 ALT Magazine February 2013 Happy Valentineâ€™s Day! 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