February 2024 ALT Magazine

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Loving Our Hometown and Reader’s Choice Winners!


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From the Publisher...

The things we love…

February, or as the Hallmark channel affectionately titles the month, “Loveuary,” is well known as a time to express love, the most profound emotion we can share with another soul. I deeply love my husband, Mike, and my wonderful dogs that lovingly and excitedly greet me upon arriving home. I love being able to help others through volunteering. I love traveling and having fun with friends and family. I even love the month of May because it means the swimming pool is open, and it is time to watch Netflix and relax in the pool. These “loves” matter to me, as do many others. In February, ALT Magazine has the opportunity to share many things about our hometown and Reader’s Choice selections – two things I absolutely love!

Our hometown is filled with wonderful people, places, experiences, and entities, all of which allow us a sense of belonging. I am very excited for you to read the 14 Romantic Things to do in Texarkana article. They all incorporate our hometown and the beautiful experiences you can create and include with your loved ones. A significant event and part of our hometown tradition occurred in late January with the crowning of our new Miss Texarkana, Miss Twin Rivers, and Miss Northeast Texas pageant winners. I was honored to participate as a board member of this wonderful organization, which enriches the lives of young women in our area. This organization believes in community, confidence, empowerment, leadership, scholarships, and lifelong skills for

these young ladies. I love that! I was even lucky enough to be pictured with our six title winners! Our Reader’s Choice Awards are always a big hit and something I genuinely love to host. It is so much fun telling the recipients who win that they are indeed winners! They get so excited that they want to share it with the world; getting them to keep it a secret for a month is daunting! With new categories added (and some taken away), it is always fun to see who wins. This year, we had approximately twice as many people nominate and vote than ever. I am not sure what happened, but it was amazing! Thank you all for participating in making this year such a great success. Hope you all have a wonderful, loving month that is the best you have ever experienced!

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Therapeutic Massage Guests entering our massages will be enveloped in soothing sounds and aromas while the journey to relaxation and restoration that awaits. In a stress-filled world, our full body massage will relieve tension, soothe tired muscles and temper migraines. We offer quality, therapeutic, patientfocused massages for your wellness. Each massage is customized to what your body needs including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Relaxation, and more!

Medical Massage Medical Massage is geared toward healing Chronic and Acute Pain through particular assessments, plans, and actions to better assist each unique patient while providing tangible results. While regular therapeutic massage may successfully relax you or temporarily relieve some stressors, a Medical Massage is planned out with a specific goal and treatment in mind and your massage will factor into a larger overall treatment plan that is based around your health needs and goals. Lymphatic Drainage Massage is considered a Medical Massage.

Steam Massage A Steam Massage is the most blissful, relaxing, beneficial treatment that you’ve ever experienced. Benefits include Lymphatic Drainage, Relief from Sore Joints and Muscle Pain, Weight Loss and Cellulite Reduction, Hydrated Beautiful Skin, and rejuvenate while you look and feel younger. A Steam Massage has the benefits of a wrap-less body wrap. Purify & release toxins in your body, achieve deep relaxation and soothing warmth. Ideal to do in winter months. You will definitely sweat!

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14 ROMANT IC THINGS TO DO ON VALENTINE’S DAY THAT YOU’LL NEVER FORGET … RIGHT HERE IN T E XARKANA By Anne Granado A bouquet of roses and a nice box of chocolates is always appreciated on Valentine’s Day, but perhaps one of the best gifts for your loved one this year is quality time together. We’ve put together a list of ideas inspired by local businesses and opportunities for that extra special romantic day or night out. The ideas range in expense and amount of planning needed, as we hoped to suit every budget and need. The ideas also hope to take advantage of what Texarkana has to offer. Yes, we all tend to go to the same restaurants and do the same things, but get out of the rut this year with some of these creative ideas and make Valentine’s Day 2024 one to remember. BOOK TICKETS FOR A NIGHT OUT

Instead of just dinner, plan a date with a show! Texarkana Symphony Orchestra is offering Masterworks III: Voices of Power, featuring violinist Sharon Roffman on February 3, or for couples who love game night, buy tickets to visit the Perot Theatre on February 17 for Wheel of Fortune Live! Local movie theater offerings can also be a fun change of pace. No matter what you decide to do, make sure you dress up and take a picture together at some point in the night.


Nostalgia and romance can often go hand in hand, and we’ve all had memorable dates in Texarkana for milestone events. Reconstruct one of your favorites for this Valentine celebration. Purchase the perfect new outfit at Labels in Texarkana, and go to the local park where you had your first date, make reservations at the restaurant where you celebrated a big anniversary, or place your favorite order at the coffee house where you knew you were in love. Bonus points if you recreate a playlist with memorable tunes for the car ride there.


Sometimes, circumstances need to keep you close to home, but a change of scenery can mean all the difference when it comes to romance. For this Valentine’s Day, book a “stay-cation” at the Hilton Garden Inn in Texarkana. Not only will you be close to area restaurants, you don’t have to leave the hotel if you would rather stay in. The Hilton is home to the Garden Grille, and they offer evening room service from 5:00-9:00, seven days a week! Escape from it all, settle in, and relax. 012

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If the crowds keep you from eating out near the holiday, bring the romance home for an indoor picnic. Start by shopping for cheese, meat, crackers, fruit, and dips at Julie’s Deli & Market. If you want to purchase some sweets, check out their homemade cakes, cookies, and fudge. Next, gather your favorite cocktail ingredients, wine, or champagne from Chubby Cheeks. Then, clear the living room, spread a blanket, light some candles, turn on your favorite music, and enjoy a romantic dinner in the comfort of your own home. Plus, no one has to cook or do dishes!


For a truly relaxing Valentine’s celebration, there are several local options for beauty and wellness, all with long lists of available services. Book a romantic spa day with your loved one at one of these four locations. Enjoy facials or relaxing massages at Beauty and Wellness Center and Eternal Beauty Medical Aesthetics. Reserve a rejuvenating facial or exfoliating peel at Lone Star Health and Wellness or Healthcare Express - Age Management and Aesthetics. If you are interested in trying something different, be sure to check out all the MANY other services that each location offers, and if you cannot plan a day soon, consider a gift card for a romantic outing in the future.


This might seem counterintuitive, but it’s actually a great idea for couples who have not been together very long, or for couples who have been together forever! Take the pressure off of planning the perfect night for two by making it a double date. Book a table at Benchmark, an American brasserie offering classics with French influences, or make a reservation at another local favorite, Verona, where you can feast on Italian favorites. Can’t decide which one? Take another fun approach by planning a progressive dinner with courses at both! A LT M a g a z i n e | F e b r u a r y 2 0 2 4



Taking a hike is a great way to unwind and unplug this Valentine’s Day. Bundle up and enjoy the local landscape on one of the many local trails such as Bringle Trail, Phillip McDougal Trail, Charles Gardner Trail, or Sister Damian Murphy Trail as you connect over authentic conversation and the beautiful piney woods. When you finish, head over to Cafe Lucille for a healthy and delicious brunch or lunch that won’t negate the hard work you’ve put in. Or splurge on the delicious bourbon pecan sticky bun and a mimosa as a reward for the large sum of steps you’ve accomplished.


HandsOn Texarkana

One of the best ways to spend the day together is to choose a cause you’re both passionate about and sign up to volunteer— you’ll do some good for others and yourself, as volunteering can make you feel more connected to each other and the community. Though there are many worthy causes in the area, consider volunteering with Runnin’ WJ Ranch, a Christian 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers therapeutic horseback riding for children. They are always in need of volunteers for several different positions, and no matter how you choose to get involved, you are guaranteed to leave with a smile on your face. Another great opportunity for volunteerism is with Hands On Texarkana, whose mission is to provide volunteers to several local non-profit organizations. On their website, potential volunteers can view local needs and contact information.


Order pizza, wings or a big salad from Lost Pizza, light the candles, and settle in on the couch for a romantic evening filled with your favorite rom-coms like The Notebook, Hitch, Casablanca, When Harry Met Sally, Brown Sugar, In the Heights, Crazy Rich Asians, The Proposal, La La Land, or Love and Basketball. Be sure to use paper products so no one has to do the clean-up when the credits start rolling! 014

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Though you may have lived here for years, have you seen all the tourist sites that our town has to offer? If not, plan a day to explore the history and culture the town has to offer, and be sure to take fun photos of your adventure together. Visit the Texarkana Federal Courthouse and take a picture with one foot in Texas and one foot in Arkansas. Then, tour the Four States Auto Museum, 1894 Art Gallery, and Texarkana Regional Arts Center or take pictures in front of the many downtown murals. If the weather is cold or rainy, consider a drive to see Texarkana landmarks and memorials or historical homes. As you dig into the history of our town, save room for a tasty meal at Wingstop on Richmond Road, Stateline or 7th Street where you can feast on bone-in or boneless chicken wings and hand cut fries.


Whip up a delicious breakfast spread on Valentine’s Day and enjoy it lounging in bed. It will be a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of a typical morning. Pro Tip: Buy some fresh pastries like the homemade pop tart, muffins, or pan au chocolate from Cafe Lucille for a shortcut that anyone could appreciate, especially since the kitchen won’t even get dirty!

ENJOY A WINE AND CHOCOLATE TASTING Wine and chocolate are both delicious on their own, but together, they can truly come to life. Set up your own wine and chocolate tasting. Start by purchasing some delicious chocolate at Julie’s Deli. Choose any of their varied selection that sounds good to you both. Then, head over to Chubby Cheeks to purchase wine to pair with your chocolate selections. If you are worried about a pairing that makes sense, talk to a Chubby Cheeks wine manager or do some internet research in advance. Remember, even if a pairing is “correct” for some people, you are the ones who need to enjoy it. Stay true to your unique interests, tastes, and preferences. Have fun with it, and enjoy the freedom to play instead of worrying about a specific set of “rules.” A LT M a g a z i n e | F e b r u a r y 2 0 2 4



A special home-cooked meal can often be more romantic than eating at a busy restaurant. Choose a favorite recipe or decide to be adventurous with a new dish. Go shopping at the local store for the ingredients, and grab a fresh flower arrangement for the table from Village Floral. Then, prep and cook while listening to your favorite music and sipping on your favorite cocktails, beer, or wine. Divide up the tasks in the kitchen and learn more about each other as you celebrate the success or failure of your new creation! Either way, you will be enjoying time together and making a memory you are unlikely to forget.


There can be a lot of pressure to find the perfect Valentine’s gift for your significant other, but to relieve some of that stress, agree to shop for something nice together. Go to Micah’s Jewelers to pick out the perfect new watch or gold chain for him and dazzling bracelet or earrings for her. You will have fun looking at the selection together and learning more about each other in the process. Make a purchase to wear on your date or give each other your wishlist for a delayed surprise!


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Owner of SoundzGood in Texarkana At first, Chad Carlile’s love of technology was just a hobby, but when presented with the opportunity to turn his passion into a fully realized business, Chad jumped on the chance. Now, his company, Soundz Good Audio and Video in Texarkana, has been integrating audiovisual experiences for residential and commercial clients for over a decade. “I noticed a void in our local area in the audio/video field, so I decided to seize the opportunity,” Chad says. “Also, I’ve always felt called to serve others or help many people succeed. Regardless of whether it is an employee, a client, or a stranger, it’s a reward to see and be a part of someone else’s success.” The mission of Soundz Good is, “We exist to make the lives of our clients easier, safer, and more enjoyable, using today’s technology,” and to accomplish this mission, Soundz Good offers a wide variety of services. Residential services include consulting; system design and planning; home automation; whole home music systems; whole home audio/visual systems; custom theater rooms; outdoor audio/ video and pool systems; residential A LPaid T MAdvertorial agazine | Februar y 2024

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access to fiber or cable services in their area.” Though there are other companies a customer could call, Chad says that nothing will beat the service they will receive at Soundz Good. “One of our goals when meeting with a client, new or old, is to listen! We want our customers to feel at home and know they can trust us,” Chad says. “Then, of course, we ask questions and do fact-finding. Our staff is always up for a challenge. We never say, ‘It can’t be done,’ and we do what we say we will do when we say we will do it.” Other aspects that set Soundz Good apart are their technical knowledge, service areas, and industry knowledge. Their staff has over 50 years of combined experience in their fields, and Soundz Good covers the entire four-state area and sometimes even further. “I am continuously impressed and most thankful for my awesome staff. They truly are the backbone of the company,” Chad says. “I am also so grateful for our amazing clients! Without our clients and staff, we would not be blessed with this business or its success!” 0 0 22 11



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GOODS & SERVICES Auto Body Repair

WINNER: Texarkana Auto Body Repair RUNNER UP: Wright’s Auto Body & Glass NOMINEES: Ashdown Collision Haley’s Body Shop Twin City Collison

Auto Service & Tires

WINNER: Discount Wheel & Tire Pros RUNNER UP: Discount Tire Store NOMINEES: Copper Tire & Service Center Daniel’s Tires SouthTown Tire Welch Tire Co.


Auto Stereo & Accessories WINNER: Audio Center RUNNER UP: ST Mobile Audio NOMINEES: Electronic Service ES Mobile Audio SECA Motorsports


WINNER: Farmer's Bank & Trust RUNNER UP: State Bank

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Computer Repair / Service Company

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Credit Union

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Home Builder

WINNER: Greg McKay Construction RUNNER UP: Bohon Roofing & Construction NOMINEES: Gary Stickland Lach-On Construction Live Oak Construction Company

Gift Store

WINNER: The Village Floral and Gifts RUNNER UP: Dreidal Home & Sundry NOMINEES: Ginger Junction Hart’s on Broad - Let There Be Design Gift Shop The Flowerroom Florist & Gifts



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Home Improvement

WINNER: Langford Roofing and Construction RUNNER UP: Alpha Stone TXK NOMINEES: Greg McKay Construction Jimmy Anderson Construction Rogers Equipment & Construction

Home Tech Services

WINNER: SoundzGood Audio/Video RUNNER UP: Sound Towne NOMINEES: Clear Sound Audio Video


WINNER: Hilton Garden Inn RUNNER UP: Courtyard by Marriott


WINNER: Micah’s Jewelers RUNNER UP: Crocker’s Jewelers NOMINEES: Alexander’s Jewelers Cooper Fine Jewelers Gray’s Jewelers Harp Jewelers

Liquor Store

WINNER: Chubby Cheeks Liquor RUNNER UP: The Party Factory NOMINEES: Bogey’s Wine Liquor Beer EZ Street Liquor Gilly’s Liquor The Villa at Texarkana

NOMINEES: Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Residence Inn by Marriott Country Inn by Radisson

Investment Advisor

WINNER: Mike Cobb, Cobb Financial Services RUNNER UP: Dustin Stringer, Dustin Stringer Wealth Management NOMINEES: Will Huddleston, Magness Financial Group Kale Magness, Magness Financial Group Steven Seals, Edward Jones

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BEST Fencing Company in Texarkana

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Voted Best Wedding Cakes in Texarkana

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for voting us BEST PLUMBING COMPANY in Texarkana!


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Locally Made Products WINNER: Lavender Thorne RUNNER UP: Rowe Casa Organics

WINNER: Tri State Pawn & Jewelry RUNNER UP: East Street Pawn


Pest Control

NOMINEES: FizzBizz Bath Bombs Mayo Manufacturing Subzero Freeze Dried Candy Co.

WINNER: Domtar Paper Co. RUNNER UP: Cooper Tire Service

NOMINEES: Ledwell & Son Mayo Manufacturing Corporation Texarkana Aluminum

Mortgage Company

WINNER: Cody Lorance, Mortgage Financial Services RUNNER UP: Farmer’s Bank & Trust NOMINEES: Cadence Bank Red River Credit Union SWBC Mortgage

New Local Business

WINNER: Cake House RUNNER UP: Subzero Freeze Dried Candy Co. NOMINEES: Apricot Lane Boutique Bone & Arrows Boutique D-Bat: Texarkana


Pawn Shop

NOMINEES: American Pawn EZ Pawn Paul’s Pawn & Gun

WINNER: Lawrence Pest Control RUNNER UP: Pest-Pro Services

NOMINEES: Pillow Termite and Pest Control Patterson Pest Control Say Bugman Pest Control

Pet Groomer

WINNER: Paw Paw Patch RUNNER UP: Happy Tails

NOMINEES: Absolutely A Cut Above Connie Coker, Westridge Animal Hospital Georgia's Pet Salon & Boutique

Plumbing Company

WINNER: Pipe Monkey Plumbing RUNNER UP: Goff Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing NOMINEES: Bowman’s Plumbing Evenflow Plumbing Reliance Mechanical

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Miller County Abstract & Title



Title Examination Title Commitment or Binder Policy Issuance Endorsements Escrow Services Insured Closing Letter Settlement Services Title Updates for Draws Construction Loan Draw Endorsements 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges REO Services Underwriting counsel available to discuss Title Underwriting Issues

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Wedding Florist in Texarkana!

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Roofing Company

WINNER: Langford Roofing & Construction RUNNER UP: Bohon Roofing & Construction

WINNER: Twin City Title RUNNER UP: Southwest Title Company

NOMINEES: Crouch Roofing Over The Top Roofing Perez Roofing

NOMINEES: Miller County Abstract & Title Stewart Title Company of Texarkana Texarkana Title & Abstract Company

Shoes / Boots

Veterinarian Care / Pet Clinic

NOMINEES: Nelson’s Boot & Shoes RedWing Noah’s Jade’s Boutique

NOMINEES: Pleasant Grove Animal Hospital Rankin Veterinary Clinic Stateline Vet Clinic

Small Engine Service and Repair


WINNER: Racquet & Jog RUNNER UP: The Rancher’s Wife

WINNER: Small Engine Specialist of Texarkana RUNNER UP: Ledwell Machinery NOMINEES: Mills Outdoor Supply Premier Outdoor Equipment

Social Media Presence by Company / Organization

WINNER: Texarkana Texas Police Department RUNNER UP: Texarkana Gameday NOMINEES: Graham Slam Bakery Lavender Thorne Texarkana Arkansas Police Department


Title Company

WINNER: Westridge Animal Hospital RUNNER UP: Wisdom Animal Clinic

Wedding Cake

WINNER: Graham Slam Bakery RUNNER UP: Julie’s Deli & Market

NOMINEES: Maddie Cakes Sugar Mills Bakery & Events The Cake Boutique

Wedding Caterer

WINNER: Julie’s Deli & Market RUNNER UP: Jeff Loving, Chef on the Run

NOMINEES: Mary Colorigh, Garrison Gardens Catering Naaman’s Championship BBQ The LunchBox

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Wedding DJ

Wedding Reception Venue

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NOMINEES: Blessing Tree Farms & The Best Day Ever Silvermoon On Broad Tree Haven

WINNER: Fabienne Trash RUNNER UP: DJ Hollygrove NOMINEES:

WINNER: Four Fifteen Estates RUNNER UP: Garrison Gardens

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Venue

Wedding Florist

WINNER: The Flowerroom Florist & Gifts RUNNER UP: Ruth’s Flowers

WINNER: Verona Italian Restaurant RUNNER UP: Zapatas Mexican Grill

NOMINEES: J Cole Design PAM & CO Florist & Gifts The Village Floral and Gifts

NOMINEES: Silver Star Smokehouse Four Fifteen Estates Tree Haven

Wedding Indoor Venue WINNER: Four Fifteen Estates RUNNER UP: Garrison Gardens

NOMINEES: Blessing Tree Farms & The Best Day Ever Dee’s Barn & Venue Tree Haven

Wedding Outdoor Venue WINNER: Garrison Gardens RUNNER UP: Four Fifteen Estates

NOMINEES: Blessing Tree Farms & The Best Day Ever Ramage Farms Tree Haven

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Thank You Texarkana! Best Hair Stylist & Barber!

(903) 223-1719 | 4040 Gibson Lane, Texarkana, TX 75503 044

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WINNER: Aaron Hardy, The Style Studio RUNNER UP: Nash Barber Shop

NOMINEES: Antoine Point, A Cut Above Others TXK Cassie Crabbie, Campbell & Co Hairy Armadillo Barber Shop

Body Hair Removal

WINNER: Eternal Beauty Medical Spa RUNNER UP: The Beauty & Wellness Center NOMINEES: Annie Rateliff Skincare Hailey Cherry Hanson Time in a Bottle

Sitters come to you: in-home, hospital or retirement facility setting. Sitter Services Include: Bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, exercising, toileting, positioning, assisting with self-administered medications, routine hair and skin care and transfer or ambulation. A minimum of 4 hours is required!

Celebrating 18 Years in Business


BEST HOME HEALTH/CARE Owners, Karen Schmidt & Katheryn Schmidt

903.277.2191 2010 Moores Lane, Suite 111 | Texarkana, TX 75503 NEW ADDRESS!

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Body Wraps

WINNER: Eternal Beauty Medical Aesthetic RUNNER UP: The Beauty & Wellness Center NOMINEES: Barefoot Day Spa Laser Beauty Lounge & Med Spa ReNew Integrated Medical Spa Studio 5Ten


WINNER: LoneStar Health & Wellness RUNNER UP: Eternal Beauty Medical Aesthetic

Hair Salon

WINNER: Fringe Hair & Beauty House RUNNER UP: The Style Studio

NOMINEES: NaTally’s Salon at Hart’s on Broad Salt & Light Hair Co. The Beauty Bar TXK

Hair Stylist

WINNER: Lisa Harris, The Style Studio RUNNER UP: Reala Jo Ward, Fringe Hair & Beauty House

NOMINEES: Age Management & Aesthetics by HealthCARE Express Permanently Yours by Amy The Beauty and Wellness Center

NOMINEES: Natalie Durham, NaTally’s Salon at Hart’s on Broad Morgan Hinman, Adorn Salon Elizabeth McClure, Fringe Hair & Beauty House



WINNER: The Beauty and Wellness Center RUNNER UP: Eternal Beauty Medical Aesthetic NOMINEES: Annie Rateliff Skincare LoneStar Health & Wellness Time in a Bottle Day Spa

WINNER: Time In A Bottle Day Spa RUNNER UP: The Beauty and Wellness Center NOMINEES: Annie Rateliff Skincare Eternal Beauty Medical Aesthetic LoneStar Health & Wellness


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Texarkana, Thank You! Voted BEST FISH in ALT Magazine!

Voted Best Pizza & Trivia Night in Texarkana,

5302 Summerhill Road | Texarkana, TX 75503 Call Ahead Window : 903.255.7667 www.flyingburgerandseafood.com

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4206 Gibson Lane Texarkana, TX 75503 903-716-9568 www.lostpizza.com • Great Craft Beer Selection • Handcrafted Cocktails • Tuesday Night Trivia • Pet-Friendly Patio

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Voted us BECKY WILLIAMS AS BEST CHEF, BEST GOURMET DINNER, & DATE NIGHT RESTAURANT! (903) 617-5613 cafelucilletxk.com 306 Main Street Texarkana, TX 75503

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Make-Up Artist

WINNER: Kimberly Bearden, Kimberly Bearden Beauty RUNNER UP: Kristy Glascock, Flawless Faces by Kristy NOMINEES: Hailey Cherry Hanson, Haily Cherry MUA Elizabeth McClure, Fringe Hair & Beauty House Makayla Burns, The Style Studio


WINNER: Eternal Beauty Medical Aesthetic RUNNER UP: The Beauty and Wellness Center NOMINEES: LoneStar Health & Wellness Time In A Bottle Day Spa A Touch of Health

HEALTH Emergency Room

WINNER: Texarkana Emergency Center & Hospital RUNNER UP: CHRISTUS Health, St. Michael Hospital

NOMINEES: Little River Medical Hospital Signature Care Emergency Center Wadley Regional Medical Center

Fitness Center/ Gym

WINNER: The Sportsplex by HealthCARE Express RUNNER UP: Anytime Fitness, Wake Village 048

NOMINEES: Legends Gym & Health Club Sling Fit Texarkana Texarkana Yoga

Home Health/Care

WINNER: Sitters, LLP RUNNER UP: Hospice of Texarkana

NOMINEES: Elara Home Health Enhabit Hospice of Texarkana Heritage Home Health & Hospice

IV Therapy

WINNER: CSI Pharmacy RUNNER UP: Eternal Beauty Medical Aesthetics NOMINEES: LoneStar Health & Wellness ReNew Integrated Medical Spa White’s Family Clinic

Retirement / Assisted Living

WINNER: Cornerstone Retirement Community RUNNER UP: Cowhorn Creek Estates, Holiday by ATRIA NOMINEES: Pleasant Manor Nursing & Rehab Autumn Winds Assisted Living The Retreat at Kenwood

Urgent Care

WINNER: HealthCARE Express Urgent Care RUNNER UP: CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic, Richmond Road

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Texarkana’s BEST

- Brunch - Wine List - Wedding Rehearsal / Dinner Venue

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212 E Broad St. | Texarkana, AR 71854 | (870)-773-4444

It's the kind of place you look for when you go out of town

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the Best Steak & outdoor Dining in Town!

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The Cookie Lady

NOMINEES: Collom & Carney Clinic Exceed Urgent Care Total Access Health and Wellness

NOMINEES: Graham Slam Bakery Susie Q’s Casseroles & Confections The Cake House



Company To Work For

WINNER: CHRISTUS Health, St. Michael Hospital RUNNER UP: Domtar Paper Co. NOMINEES: Impact Realty Group, LLC Redwater Independent School District Texarkana Independent School District

Elected Official

WINNER: Michael Rayburn, Miller County Justice of the Peace for District 8 RUNNER UP: Jeff Neal, Sheriff of Bowie County

NOMINEES: Josh Davis, Bowie County Tax Assessor/ Collector Connie Mitchell, Prosecuting Attorney Todd Fore, Bowie County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1-2

WINNER: Flying Burger & Seafood RUNNER UP: Pop’s Place

NOMINEES: The Fish Bowl Pier 27 Naaman’s Championship BBQ


WINNER: Wingstop RUNNER UP: TLC Burger & Fries

NOMINEES: Big Jake’s Bar-B-Que IronWood Grill Reggie's Burgers, Dogs & Fries


WINNER: TLC Burger & Fries RUNNER UP: Reggie’s Burgers, Dogs & Fries


NOMINEES: Old Tyme Burger Shoppe IronWood Grill Hopkin’s IceHouse



WINNER: Naaman's Premium BBQ & Prime Steaks RUNNER UP: Big Jake’s Bar-B-Que

WINNER: Lost Pizza Co. RUNNER UP: Lost Pizza Co

NOMINEES: Big Gilley’s Smokehouse Randy’s Smokehouse & BBQ Silver Star Smokehouse


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Best OD 2024

Dr. Mark E. Allen, OD

voted BEST Optometrist for the Second year in a row! A Heartfelt Thanks To Everyone In Ark-La-Tex That Voted For Me! You can get an eye exam anywhere. What you can’t get is the ArkLaTex Eyes experience. • Comprehensive Eye Care for the Whole Family • Dry Eye Disease Treatment and Management • Children’s Vision • Complete Eye Exams • Contact Lens Exams • Glaucoma Management • Diabetic Eye Disease Management • Scleral Contact Lenses We now offer the most comprehensive Dry Eye Disease treatment in the area. Now offering Lumenis IPL Dry Eye Treatments. The first and ONLY IPL FDA approved solution for dry eye.

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Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria NOMINEES: Joe’s Pizza and Pasta Redbone Magic Brewing Underground Pizza Co.


WINNER: Pop's Place RUNNER UP: Naaman's Premium BBQ & Prime Steaks NOMINEES: Benchmark American Brasserie IronWood Grill Verona Italian Restaurant

Wine List

WINNER: Verona Italian Restaurant RUNNER UP: Benchmark American Brasserie

NOMINEES: 1923 Banana Club IronWood Grill Naaman's Premium BBQ & Prime Steaks Twisted Fork


WINNER: Wingstop RUNNER UP: Lost Pizza Co.

NOMINEES: Dre’licious Dishes Food Truck Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria Hopkin’s IceHouse


WINNER: Verona Italian Restaurant RUNNER UP: Julie’s Deli & Market


NOMINEES: Hopkins Icehouse IronWood Grill Redbone Magic Brewing

Date Night Restaurant

WINNER: Benchmark American Brasserie RUNNER UP: Zapata’s Mexican Grill NOMINEES: Pop’s Place Twisted Fork Verona Italian Restaurant

Gourmet Dinner

WINNER: Benchmark American Brasserie RUNNER UP: Verona Italian Restaurant NOMINEES: Fuji Kim’s Pecan Point Gastropub & Brewery Twisted Fork

Happy Hour

WINNER: Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizza RUNNER UP: Hopkin’s Icehouse NOMINEES: Loca Luna Mexican Restaurant Redbone Magic Brewery Zapata’s Mexican Grill

Locally Owned Restaurant WINNER: Fuji Kim’s RUNNER UP: IronWood Grill

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Trivia Bar Night

Lunch Spot

WINNER: Lost Pizza Co. RUNNER UP: Redbone Magic Brewery

WINNER: Julie’s Deli & Market RUNNER UP: IronWood Grill

NOMINEES: Loca Luna Mexican Restaurant Naaman’s Championship BBQ Old Tyme Burger Shoppe

NOMINEES: Pop’s Place Fat Jack’s Oyster and Sport Bar Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria

Outdoor Dining


WINNER: Julie’s Deli & Market RUNNER UP: Jeff Loving, Chef on the Run

WINNER: Pop’s Place RUNNER UP: Redbone Magic Brewery

NOMINEES: Big Jake’s BBQ Naaman's Premium BBQ & Prime Steaks The Lunch Box

NOMINEES: Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Hopkin’s Icehouse Lost Pizza Co.

Chris A. Ferguson, Family Dentistry

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Congratulations to our 2024 Readers Choice Award winners ALT magazine



Dr. Jennifer Thompson Best OB/GYN

Dr. Cindy Porter Best Pediatrician

DeKalb Physicians Clinic Specializing in General Medicine and Minor Emergencies

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The BIG Authority on Little Teeth

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Best Pediatric Dentistry!

Dr. Brian Steele New Boston 112 Hwy 82 West New Boston, TX 75570



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Kelli Ashbrook 3410 Moores Lane Texarkana, TX 75503 (903)-223-8100 Kelliashbrook.com

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Best Surgeon in Texarkana!





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Beth Peterson, MD FACS

Board certified General Surgeon Smaller Incision. Less Pain. Faster Recovery.

right here at home!

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WINNER: Becky Williams, Benchmark American Brasserie RUNNER UP: Jennifer Tanner, Julie’s Deli & Market

NOMINEES: Mary Colorigh, Garrison Gardens Catering Jeff Loving, Chef on the Run Hector Jimenez, Verona Italian Restaurant


WINNER: Darlene Taylor RUNNER UP: Mary Jane Orr

NOMINEES: Tyler Arnold Joseph Raymond Joel Wright

Cosmetic Surgeon

WINNER: David Whitten, Beauty and Wellness Center RUNNER UP: Charles Hollingsworth NOMINEES: Brent Carmony Zach Legan Mark Sutherland

Decorator / Designer WINNER: Lauren Callaway RUNNER UP: Kyle Barrett


WINNER: Chris Ferguson RUNNER UP: Lippian Family Dentistry

NOMINEES: Mark Addington, DDS Castle Family Dentistry Pleasant Grove Family Dentistry

Dentist - Pediatric

WINNER: Brian Steele, Ark-La-Tex Dentistry RUNNER UP: Mitchell Glass, Pediatric Dentistry of Texarkana NOMINEES: Leslee Higgins, Leap Kids Dental Chris Potts, The Kids Spot Dentistry


WINNER: Jay Strickland, Live Wire Electrical Services RUNNER UP: H&K Electric, INC NOMINEES: Dennis Bayless, DB Electric Nantze Electric Dave Hanson

Insurance Agent

WINNER: Kelli Ashbrook, State Farm Insurance RUNNER UP: Jake Hambleston, State Farm Insurance NOMINEES: Greg Cockrell, State Farm Coy Mason, Miller County Farm Bureau Brian Purtle, Allstate Agency

NOMINEES: J Cole Designs Tameka Gready Alicia Woodle Designs 058

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Massage Therapist

WINNER: Reeves Ingram, Beauty & Wellness Center RUNNER UP: Time in a Bottle Day Spa NOMINEES: Heather Nalepa, Eternal Beauty Medical Aesthetics A Touch of Health Sheena Richardson, The Spa Girls


WINNER: Jennifer Thompson, Collom & Carney Clinic RUNNER UP: D'Andra Bingham, Collom & Carney Clinic


WINNER: Mark Allen, ArkLaTex Eyes RUNNER UP: Eric McCall, The Eye Guys

NOMINEES: Adam Cox, Family Eye Clinic of Atlanta Jeff Phillips, The Eye Guys Jessica Trichel, Nash Eye Care


WINNER: Cindy Porter, Collom & Carney Clinic RUNNER UP: Rachel King, King Medical Clinic

NOMINEES: Kenneth West, The Woman's Specialist Surdeer Jayaprabu, The Woman's Specialist David Greathouse, Collom & Carney Clinic

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Property Management in Texarkana

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NOMINEES: Christina Payne, Collom & Carney Clinic Clark Green, Collom & Carney Clinic Mark Wright, Collom & Carney Clinic

Physical Therapist

WINNER: Russell Neslon, CHRISTUS St. Michael’s Outpatient Rehabilitation RUNNER UP: Jenna Sturgeon, Post Acute Medical NOMINEES: Wade Batchler, Texarkana Physical Therapy Lauren Foster Norton, Texarkana Physical Therapy Amanda Ward Benjamin Smith

Primary Care Physician

WINNER: Kyle Groom, DeKalb Physician Clinic RUNNER UP: John Nix, Family Medical Group NOMINEES: Tara Capheart, Twin City Medical Brittney Acklehy, CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Courtney White, White’s Family Clinic


WINNER: Tracy Spradlin, Impact Realty Group RUNNER UP: Keisha Willingham, Keisha With The Keys

NOMINEES: Ashley Cooper, Coldwell Banker Elite Sarah Sealy Griffin, Griffin Realtors Amber Gideon-Stewart, Coldwell Banker Elite


Real Estate - Commercial

WINNER: Impact Realty Group RUNNER UP: Better Homes and Gardens NOMINEES: Griffin Realtors Raffaelli Realty NAI American Realty

Real Estate - Property Management WINNER: Impact Property Management RUNNER UP: Better Homes and Gardens

NOMINEES: Griffin Realtors Raffaelli Property Management, Autumn Wilson RE/MAX Preferred, Becky Easley


WINNER: Beth Peterson RUNNER UP: Trey Mitchell

NOMINEES: Jeffery DeCaprio Marcus Smith Mark Sutherland

Tattoo Artist

WINNER: Jason Standridge RUNNER UP: Joaquin Hernandez

NOMINEES: Kit Rabozzi Russell Beydler “Redneck Russ” Joel Wright

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financial focus




Washington Policy Analyst Ed Mills outlines key components of the new legislation. The year-end fiscal 2023 government funding bill contained legislation that makes the most significant changes to the U.S. retirement savings system in decades. The SECURE 2.0 Act builds on retirement savings changes passed in 2019 and contains new provisions that further raise the required minimum distribution (RMD) age, shift to automatic plan enrollment and provide for new matching/ emergency withdrawal opportunities. Most of the key provisions are effective in the 2024-2025 timeframe, but smaller adjustments (such as increasing to 73 the age for starting RMDs) are effective in 2023.

The SECURE 2.0 Act is the second bipartisan bill designed to boost access to retirement savings. The SECURE 2.0 Act is a follow-up bill to the original SECURE Act passed in 2019, which began the process of increasing the RMD age from 70 1/2 and increasing participation in retirement savings plans through various tax incentives. The Act also eased administrative rules for employer-sponsored retirement plans.

The new legislation goes well beyond the original iteration and seeks to expand participation in retirement savings plans through mandatory enrollments, as well as increased flexibility in the individual use of advantaged savings accounts. The Act also extends the savings timeframe before RMDs are required to age 75 by 2033 – an almost five-year increase from the original RMD distribution age. Overall, the changes enacted by the legislation (to be phased in over a multiyear period) are likely to boost the asset base for asset managers through increased participation and interest in retirement savings plans.

Key changes will be phased in over a multiyear period. The Act also features an allowance for matching contributions to be made for student loan payments (expanding the retirement savings of younger adults), higher catch-up limits for those ages 60-63, and additional opportunities for penalty-free withdrawals and lower penalties for missed RMDs that are corrected. A LT M a g a z i n e | F e b r u a r y 2 0 2 4

Eligible employees will soon be automatically enrolled into new employer-sponsored retirement plans. Under-theradar provisions in SECURE 2.0 include an expansion of multiple employer plans (MEPs) and pooled employer plans (PEPs) to include 403(b)s, 529 to Roth IRA rollovers (to a maximum of $35,000), and employer-offered de minimis financial incentives (such as gift cards or other financial awards) to increase employee participation in retirement plans. Here are more detailed descriptions of the key provisions in SECURE 2.0: •

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Automatic enrollment: Eligible employees are required to be automatically enrolled in new 401(k) and 403(b) retirement savings plans with a contribution between 3% and 10%, rising by 1% annually (up to 15%) unless employees opt out. Automatic enrollment is effective starting 2025. Higher RMD age: The RMD age increases to 73 in 2023 and 74 in 2030, and bumps to 75 in 2033. MEP and PEP access for 403(b) plans: Access to multiple employer plans (MEPs) and pooled employer plans (PEPs) is expanded to include 403(b) plans. Matching contributions for employee student loan payments: Plan sponsors may make matching contributions to 401(k), 403(b) and simple IRA plans for qualified student loan payments made by employees effective 2024. Expanded emergency expense distribution allowances: Emergency distributions of up to $1,000 are permitted for unforeseeable or immediate financial needs relating to personal or family emergency expenses once per year, to be paid back within three years (effective 2024). Tax-free and penalty-free rollover from 529 to Roth IRA: Beneficiaries of 529 college savings accounts are permitted to rollover up to $35,000 from a 529 account in their name to a Roth IRA account. Rollovers are subject to IRA annual contribution limits and are available for 529 accounts that have been open for

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more than 15 years. Rollovers are permitted starting 2024. Reduced penalty for failure to take RMDs: The 50% tax penalty for failure to take RMDs is reduced to 25%. For IRAs, the tax is further reduced to 10% if corrected. Reduction is effective as of the bill’s signing. Higher catch-up contribution allowances. For those ages 60-63, the catch-up contribution limit is raised to the greater of $10,000 or 50% higher than the regular catch-up amount. The higher allowance is effective starting 2025. Emergency withdrawals for domestic abuse survivors: Emergency withdrawals for the expenses of individuals escaping domestic abuse situations are provided at the lesser of $10,000 or 50% of the value of the account, to be repaid over three years with a refund of income taxes paid on the repaid amount. Withdrawals permitted starting 2024. Emergency withdrawals for disaster relief: Withdrawals of up to $22,000 from employer retirement accounts or IRAs are permitted for individuals affected by a federally declared disaster. These emergency-related withdrawals are permitted for disasters occurring on or after January 26, 2021. Expanded administrative cost tax credit for new businesses: A 50% tax credit for administrative costs incurred by new businesses is raised to 100% for companies with 50 or fewer employees effective 2023. Employer-offered incentives: De minimis financial incentives (such as gift cards or other financial awards) are permitted for sponsor efforts to boost employee participation in retirement savings plans, effective as of the signing of the bill into law. © 2023 Raymond James Financial, Inc. All rights reserved. Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange / SIPC, and Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA / SIPC, are subsidiaries of Raymond James Financial, Inc. Raymond James® and Raymond James Financial® are registered trademarks of Raymond James Financial, Inc.


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Suzie TK Snippets

By: Suzie Tyler

Downtown T-Town is Alive and Well

If you have yet to drive to downtown Texarkana lately, you are missing a treat! Many new businesses have opened in former establishments and have been remodeled but keep their original aura. The Grim Hotel is amazing! It has been remodeled, but the outside looks like what I remember from the late 50s and 60s. They are now leasing lofts and have several future things planned! The former Vivas Flowers building is now home to the Rabbit Hole. I visited recently and was in awe of the ambiance and relaxing atmosphere. Co-owner Lisa Henry said it is a non-profit business that serves ice cream cones, milkshakes, hamburgers, and breakfast all day. I had to try their milkshake, and it was awesome. They have daily specials that include spaghetti and other dishes. They host bible studies, meetings, bands, and a church service on Sunday mornings. There is quite an array of books in the reading room that you can buy for a donation or sit at the table and enjoy a good, quiet read. There are also CDs to purchase for your listening entertainment. Check them out. Another new establishment I checked out was Harts On Broad, housed in the old Harts Drug Store Building. It has kept its original feel and takes you back to the fifties. It is a gift and flower shop with a beauty shop in the back. Debbie Liles makes beautiful silk arrangements for any occasion, including birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, baby showers, or flowers arranged for the cemetery vases, and she will deliver an arrangement to your loved one’s headstone regularly for a fee. I love the gift section and found a walking cane totally covered in bling. Hey. If you need help walking, do it in style. Drop in for a visit. The third business on my list was the newly opened Café Lucille. Owners Jason and Rebecca named it for their young daughter, Lucille. Located in the old Timberlake Hardware at 306 Main Street in downtown Texarkana, it is a French American Café that serves sandwiches, homemade bread, and pastries. I taste-tested a Lemon Tart, and it was the best. There is a full bar with your favorite adult beverages and a happy hour from 4 to 6. Manager Jessica gave me a courtyard tour with an open skyline accented with strings of lights and the stars of Mother Nature. You can hold small events and birthday parties that are kid-friendly. Old photographs of downtown businesses line the walls to take you back in time. Downtown Texarkana is flourishing with restaurants, clothing stores, and two art galleries to take you back to the fifties, my kind of town! I love the idea of remodeling former Texarkana businesses while preserving T-Town history and bringing new life to the downtown area. Driving down Main Street, Broad Street, and 3rd is an exciting time.

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Tasty Donuts

Fish Tales with Mike Brower

Donut • Croissant • Kolache • Fruit Sticks • Burrito Biscuit • Muffin • Coffee

Cold Weather Blues Now that we have gotten colder and had a snow/ice event, the water temp has dropped into the low 40’s to upper 30’s. We need to talk about how to catch some bass in the cold water. First, we need to remember that fish are not mammals, and fish assume the temperature of the water, which means that when the water is cold, a fish’s metabolism slows considerably. That 4-inch bream that a bass ate yesterday will still be digesting several days from now as opposed to the same thing in warm water digesting in a day. Most fish are not caught because they are hungry; they are caught because the “bait” gets inside the fish’s “zone” and makes it mad, and the fish strikes it to kill it just for grins and giggles. Bass are notorious for being in a bad mood all the time and strike just because they are pissed, so you need to make a bass mad to increase your chances of getting it to strike. Now, there are two schools of thought. First, we have the slow-down theory, in which you slow your presentations down to a crawl to make a lethargic bass strike - a slow-moving target, more accessible to catch or kill. The second is what I call the “speed course.” It revolves around crankbaits and cranking them back as fast as possible to trigger a reaction strike. Now, let me say that the “speed course” method kicked my butt many times before I gave in and started doing it, not because it was hard to do but because the two guys doing it kept it a really good secret for a couple of years. Try these two methods this year and see if it helps your catch rate.


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Local Rescues

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