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Law enforcement officers are hired to “protect and serve” our community, and in doing so, they arrive for shift every day, willing to put themselves in the line of fire, to help a citizen in need, to stand in the busy street and direct whirling traffic around them, to knock on the door, and to respond to a call. They leave their families at home, along with the struggles, concerns, and pressures of daily life, and put on their uniforms, not knowing what they will face in the hours of the shift ahead. Every day, they put their lives at risk for people they don’t know, all because they believe it is the right thing to do. In Texarkana, we are privileged to be served by four law enforcement agencies: Texarkana Texas Police Department, Texarkana Arkansas Police Department, Bowie County Sheriff’s Department, and Miller County Sheriff’s Department, as well as several in neighboring communities. The four officers that we are featuring this month were all nominated by their departments for this recognition because of their dedication, both to the job and to the citizens they have sworn to protect. They know that in the current political climate, officers have to work harder than ever to build trust with their communities, and they all explain in their profiles how they seek to achieve that goal. We appreciate their honesty and their willingness to explain why they chose to become a law enforcement officer and why they believe this job is so important. Behind each of their uniforms is a story, and we are proud to share theirs. By: Anne Granado

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BRENT CAUDLE

BOWIE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE Brent Caudle has worked with the Bowie County Sheriff’s office since 2004, but his law enforcement career began in 1995 when he started with Texarkana Texas Police Department. “Between the two agencies, I have given 26 years of law enforcement service to the citizens of Bowie County,” Brent says. “In my view, the most important day-to-day responsibility of our role in law enforcement is being a conservator to the public we serve. That could mean anything from helping a person or family in need to providing assistance to a victim of an incident. I feel the role that I serve is being a helping hand when someone reaches out; this often means guiding them back on track and getting them pointed in the right direction.” Growing up, Brent was torn between two career options: aviation and law enforcement. He started in aviation for several years but ultimately followed his heart to law enforcement. “Law enforcement was the path taken by several family members before me in agencies ranging from local, state, and federal institutions,” Brent says. “I quickly learned local law enforcement is where I would ultimately set my goals, and I began this journey 26 years ago.” As a child, Brent’s family relocated many times; they would rarely stay in the same location for long. “I always told myself when I got older I would find a home and stay put. The Texarkana area has always been home, and that was the reason I chose to keep my career localized,” Brent says. “My parents came from large families, and the thought of moving away from my family would have been bothersome; therefore, as I matured and established my own family, I focused on keeping their roots firmly planted.” Brent says that of all his accomplishments and awards, “the greatest is the family God has allowed [him] to have.” Brent and Chrystal just celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary with their two children: Marla and Landon. Marla is 20 years old and is enrolled in the speech-language pathology program at Stephen F. Austin University, working towards her Master’s degree. Landon just turned 16 and is enrolled at Maud High School, where he will start back to school as a junior. “Marla is business-driven and focused as she is preparing for her chosen career path. Landon is the typical 16-year-old and is involved in hunting and fishing. He is constantly coming and going with his tight-knit group of friends,” Brent says. “We have heard it said before, but I’m going to emphasize it here. Behind every good man is an 014

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“The wicked flee when.. incredible woman. Chrystal is my rock. She is my go-to person on my best and worst days.” When his 12-hour shift is over, Brent loves to head home. “My happy place is with my family,” Brent says. “On my off time, I also run a family farm and enjoy the time maintaining it.”      As with any career, there are both good and bad days, and that is especially true in law enforcement. “What I sometimes wish people knew about our job is that we carry out the duties as enacted by our legislators, and therefore, new laws are passed or redefined, and we are sworn to uphold them,” Brent says. “We do not pick and choose what laws we want to enforce, nor do we create the laws ourselves. With today’s ever-changing approaches, what may be considered ‘right’ today could literally be ‘wrong’ tomorrow and vice versa.”    So many times, Brent interacts with people who are having one of the worst days of their lives, and that is when Brent says that it is law enforcement’s job to step in to assist however they can. “One thing I always remember when departing from a contact is to leave the person better off than when we arrived,” Brent says. “In maintaining a good relationship between law enforcement and the citizens, it is imperative we remain consistent while interacting with the citizens. Law enforcement officers need to conduct day-to-day business with the citizens in the same manner in which we would like to be treated ourselves.”

felt for their family, which drove me not to leave any stone unturned. I instill this same empathy and drive in deputies working with me because we would want our families treated the same way.” Brent says that he has been fortunate to train and work with a great group of professionals who come from all walks of life during his years in law enforcement. “One thing we have in common is that we’ve all come together to enjoy our chosen profession and respect each other’s reasons for choosing a career in law enforcement. These men and women bring a lot to the table, and we learn from and are inspired by each other,” Brent says. “ In the end, we are all citizens, and our goal is to treat and serve every person we come into contact with as we would want to be treated and approached ourselves. If you do this, you can gain trust and approval within the communities you serve.”

One moment that stands out to Brent occurred when he was investigating a burglary several years ago. As he was processing the scene, the victim asked him if he had ever been the victim of such a crime. “I could honestly say ‘yes’ because when I was younger, my family had also been a victim of a burglary,” Brent says. “While working the scene, I reflected on my personal experience from the past. As a result, I could empathize with how this victim A LT M a g a z i n e | J u l y 2 0 2 1

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TEXARKANA TEXAS POLICE DEPARTMENT Geoffrey Lewis has worked for Texarkana Texas Police Department for sixteen years. However, when he attended college, he initially majored in pre-med studies. He attended a criminal justice class as an elective, and he was immediately drawn in. “I thought becoming a police officer was the ultimate way to give back to the community,” Geoffrey says. “In all honesty, the thought of having a job where every day is a new work environment also seemed fun.” As a commander, Geoffrey wears several “hats’’ within the organization. His responsibilities include everything from managing a shift, running the field training program, and managing the patrol fleet. Though all of his current roles are important, Geoffrey believes no role is more important within an organization than the field training program because it is responsible for training the next generation of police officers. “These young officers come out of a 20-week academy and are placed on the street for six months with senior officers. My job is to manage the recruits and training officers and help shape them into police officers the community can trust,” Geoffrey says. “They must remain professional and courteous under the most extreme circumstances. Our mission in the field training unit is to build the future of this police department for the community it serves.” The accomplishment that Geoffrey is most proud of is becoming the field training coordinator. “I find it rewarding to see a young officer grow and become more confident throughout training,” Geoffrey says. “As the coordinator, I get to know the strengths and weaknesses of each recruit officer and help coach them into becoming a capable, confident officer.” An officer once called Geoffrey a “fixer,” and when he inquired what the officer meant by that, he said, “When we need something, you get it done.” This made Geoffrey stop and think about what drives him at work. During a recent leadership class, he was asked what being a leader means to him. “I stated it was an organizational leader, which I defined as ‘the higher 016

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no man pursueth;.. you go in rank/responsibility, the more it becomes about the organization and less about the individual.’ This statement drives me to come to work and help those officers that work under my command,” Geoffrey says. “Officers look to superiors to provide them with information and tools to do their job or fix those things that are broken, so being the ‘fixer’ is a compliment I enjoy.” Geoffrey grew up in Avery, Texas, a small town west of Texarkana. According to Geoffrey, Avery was a very tight-knit community where families were close. He attended church with some of his best friends, so he was able to see them seven days a week. “When I say Avery is small, I mean that if you blink when you hit the city limits, you might miss it,” Geoffrey says. “The Avery community had its ‘cliques,’ but when someone was in need, or a family suffered a loss, we all came together. I grew up learning that a community is only strong if we help our neighbors when they are in need. I want to think this drove me to seek a career where I can continue to serve.” Now, Geoffrey has put down roots in Texarkana. He is happily married to his wife, Tina, who he met on a blind date almost 20 years ago. “A mutual friend convinced us to go out together without ever meeting. I fell in love with the young girl that grew into the smart, caring, and loving wife she is today,” Geoffrey says. “We have a nearly 13-year-old son, William, who keeps us entertained with his stories and drawings. He also keeps us on our toes with his daredevil attitude.” For Geoffrey, the most unique thing about Texarkana is the Stateline that divides our town. “Texarkana consists of two police departments serving different states and different laws,” Geoffrey says. “During football season, we are rivals and fly our respective team colors, but we know that in the time of need, we become one department serving one community.”

between them and the community they serve. “When we see children playing a basketball game or a group of friends barbequing on a corner, we must stop and visit,” Geoffrey says. “Our days are busy, but to truly serve, you must get to know the people within the neighborhoods.” Geoffrey enjoys participating in the Policing Experience, which is a community education program created by the members of the Texarkana Texas Police Department. It provides him with the opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with community members and help them understand the job that law enforcement officers do. “It also is fun to watch community members attempt traffic stops and work through simulated scenarios,” Geoffrey says. “Citizens truly get an understanding of the quick decisions an officer is faced with on a daily basis.” In ten years, Geoffrey hopes to continue serving the Texarkana community with the Texarkana Texas Police Department. “This department is my home and my work family, and I believe it is my job to help keep this workfamily growing,” Geoffrey says.

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MILLER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE Nick Ontiveros works at the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, where he has recently taken over the position of Patrol Division Commander. He started with the Miller County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer in June of 2011, and in September of 2011, he was transferred over to the patrol division. “I am not sure I ever really thought about law enforcement as a ‘career.’ I know there were many reasons attributed to why I entered the profession, but I think the real root was the reality that in our world, there are bad people that want to do bad things to good people. Since I was young, I felt someone should be there to try and stop that, and if I felt someone should be there, then why shouldn’t I try?” Nick says. “I know that in most scenarios, this isn’t the case, but if I could prevent something just once, then it would all be worth it. Honestly, I think that most law enforcement officers have similar beliefs, but I also think that they get lost over time when you deal with so many other things for years on end.” Nick’s newly assigned responsibilities are to ensure the proper function of the patrol division, where no one duty is more important than the other. He says that everything is synergistic, and if one thing is failing, then the whole body can fail. “Trying to keep the public we serve with a level of happiness and faith in our agency balanced with the happiness and faith of the brave men and women who work for the agency is a constant task. We all know that the people we serve and the people who serve are not always going to see eye to eye,” Nick says. “We must find a way to meet in the middle to ensure that the public is protected but also ensure the people who are willing to take the risk and put on the badge know we support them. I feel my role with the community is to try to find that balance, so they are protected effectively.” One thing that Nick wishes the community understood about law enforcement officers is that each person who puts on a badge is human. They have human emotions, families, thoughts, and lives outside of the job. They also have the ability to make human errors. “Throughout my years, I have seen a back and forth between those that want 020

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When he is off the clock, Nick loves to spend time with his family. “I have been married to my beautiful wife, Tracy, for almost nine years. We have two wonderful children, Samuel Joseph, who is six, and Madelyn (Maddi) Ann, who turned one in March. To say what they mean to me would be too long for this profile,” Nick says. “A radio talk show stated it best: ‘When I leave my job, I am leaving my part-time job and going home to my full-time job.’ I love my family, and I have a duty to carry out a certain number of responsibilities to them. The day I entered into that commitment, I made vows to put myself aside and to ensure my family comes first.”   

For Nick, one way he tries to keep a good relationship between himself and the public is just to take the time to listen and respond with the truth. “It is amazing how many people just talk at each other, not to each other. I try to listen when someone is speaking, and I’m not one to tell someone what they want to hear back just to make them feel good,” Nick says, “If you care for people, you tell them the truth even if it is not what they want the truth to be. Soften it with tact, but not by removing truth.”

The thing that motivates Nick during really tough days on the job is the same thing that motivates him in his personal life: his faith in Jesus. “I have found throughout my life that I can only get myself so far before I break. Those that know me know the situation with my daughter, and there is no way I COURAGEOUS could get through it without my faith in His word. My job is no different,” Nick says, “When I see the things that inflict the world around me, I trust that there is a purpose or something that can be learned in everything, even when I don’t understand it. I have learned to TO lay my fights at His PEACE feet, and I try to listen to what I am directed to do.”

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TEXARKANA ARKANSAS POLICE DEPARTMENT William Woolery has been working for the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department for six and a half years. He decided to go into law enforcement after serving in the Marine Corps from 2010-2014. “As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to serve my country. Working as a police officer allows me to continue serving my community after leaving the military,” William says, “I knew that this career would help me make a meaningful impact, learn from those around me, and obtain leadership skills.” The most important day-to-day responsibilities in William’s role include patrolling specific areas to prevent crimes, providing assistance in criminal investigations, and responding to emergencies that range from non-violent to violent situations. “I ensure that I have a good relationship with citizens in my community by treating every individual that I encounter with respect and ensuring that I answer all of their questions and concerns to help create a conscience of crime prevention and safety measures among our community,” William says. One of the accomplishments that William is most proud of is working on the SWAT team. “Joining SWAT has allowed me to build a closer relationship with my co-workers, and we strive to push each other to do our best in order to grow within our roles,” William says.  William also really enjoys community events like Cops and Kids and Shop with a Cop events. “Cops and Kids is an event where officers meet with orphanages in the community. We get to enjoy dinner with the kids and do fun activities with them,” William says. “Shop with a Cop allows us to give back to the community by raising money for toys, which are 024

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bold as-Proverbs a lion.28:1" then distributed to kids in need. In both events, we interact with kids from our community.” Growing up, William attended several schools in the area, including Texas Middle School, and graduated from Texas High. He was involved in several extracurricular activities, ranging from t-ball, travel baseball, and football, which he played all through secondary school. “Sports taught me all about commitment, structure, and teamwork. It was the basis that helped me become the disciplined individual I am now,” William says. “It was exciting to see my family cheer me on, especially my grandparents, Bobby and Rita, who helped raise me. Overall, these experiences taught me responsibility, hard work, and that there’s always something to be learned.” As a kid, William was quiet and an introvert. He spent most of his time with a small group of friends and his cousin. “As a teenager, I was very mature for my age. I knew what I wanted to achieve right after high school and the steps that I had to take to attain those goals,” William says. “My upbringing as a teenager positively impacts my decisions as an officer. It helps me make quick but thoughtful and thorough decisions that would deescalate specific situations while on the job.” Growing up in Texarkana, William knew that he wanted to come back home after the Marine Corps and start his family here. “Texarkana is very family-oriented, and even though it is a small town, it has great opportunities,” William says. “TAPD provides us with great support and always has the best interest for us.”  While William is off-duty, he enjoys working out and spending time with family and friends, and he would probably continually travel if he had more vacation time. Also, William and his family enjoy taking their Doberman, King, to the park. A LT M a g a z i n e | J u l y 2 0 2 1

Another tradition includes going to a Cowboys game. “If we aren’t attending a Cowboys game, we are cooking and grilling during the football season,” William says. William has been with his wife Alejandra for eight years, and they have been married for four years now. They will be celebrating their fifth marriage anniversary this coming September. The two met while he was stationed in Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. William and Alejandra have a three-year-old daughter, Isabella, and they are expecting another girl, Gianna, in July. “Being a father has taught me more about responsibility and patience than any other event in my life. Working the night shift has allowed me to spend more time with Isabella, which I have appreciated. Isabella makes me want to 619 East 6th Street grow not only Texarkana, AR 71854 as a person www.NorthfieldClinic.net but also in my 870-772-8622 career,” William says. “I want to • Functional Medicine • Nutrirional Therapy • Infertility set the example • Bio-identical Hormone Therapy • Fibromyalgia for both of my • Cancer, Hepatitis and • Weight Loss daughters that Cardiovascular Support • Addiction we can only • Thyroid Support • Back and Neck Pain achieve our goals if we work hard for them. Most importantly, I want both of them to achieve more and be successful.”  Dan L. Martin, DOM Doctor of Oriental Medicine

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What’s your fave? Take a look at what Texarkana has to offer, and you decide! We are so lucky to have so many wonderful, local restaurants in the Texarkana area. With a plethora of different types of food, you can find the one you like – or if you are like me, the ones you love - which would be each and every one of them! Here are some of my favorite things. I would love to hear your favorites. BENCHMARK AMERICAN BRASSERIE

Brasserie is an informal, relaxed, and unpretentious restaurant, particularly found in France or modeled on the French brasserie. A brasserie serves hearty, fine food and a vast array of drinks. But at Benchmark, you will enjoy FrenchAmerican with a local twist. Benchmark’s owners, Jason and Becky Williams, built the restaurant with over 40 years of experience. Becky, a classically French-trained chef, grew up in this area. The foods you experience will be both new and familiar, with delicious changes to delight your palate. Also, Benchmark offers a vegan menu and will be happy to help you with options for those who are lactose intolerant. Not only is their food outstanding, but their craft cocktails using local ingredients will bring you back for more. Add to that the unique desserts, and you have a night to remember. Or check out their brunch on the last Sunday of each month! As one review put it, “Top quality food and service with a hometown upscale atmosphere.” Or another, “The atmosphere is comfortable, and the food is to die for.” That is the vision Benchmark has for you. My favorites:   Lobster & Shrimp Dip A creamy mixture of cheese, garlic, herbs, and spices topped with sautéed buttery shrimp and lobster served with crostinis Blue Goat Salad Mixed greens, red onion, sliced pears, dried cranberries, and toasted almonds, tossed in their black rose vinaigrette, topped with fried blueberry goat cheese Kabayaki salmon Kabayaki basted salmon topped with citrus pearls over wasabi risotto, served with sesame-ginger sautéed snow peas and mushrooms. (Oh my gosh – the mushrooms!)

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CATTLEMAN’S STEAKHOUSE

Cattleman’s Steakhouse was opened on State Line Avenue 55 years ago by Roy Oliver. Texarkana was not the bustling city it is today, with many considering it to be in the country at the time. And while many things have changed, the restaurant is still owned and operated by Joe Neal and Cash Oliver. Everything is made from scratch, from the salad dressing to the soups and entrees. Even though their name ends in “steakhouse,” they have so much more for you to enjoy. Last year, Cattleman’s was inducted into the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. From steaks to seafood to chicken to salads, their menu will keep you coming back. Tuesday nights are prime rib night, where you can expect to have a delicious dinner at a great price, but any night is a great night to visit Cattleman’s. (Tip: Make sure you have a reservation on Tuesday night for sure – or any other night!) Try it. You won’t be disappointed. My favorites:   Prime Rib, Chopped Sirloin with grilled onions and gravy, or Fried Fish (which they cut into small pieces for me because I like small crunchy pieces) Twice Baked Potatoes Mushrooms Cheesecake (delightful)

HOPKINS ICEHOUSE DOWNTOWN

Hopkins Icehouse owners David Jones and George Dodson had a vision. I remember vividly when they announced they were opening an Icehouse in downtown Texarkana at the feed and seed store. I had no idea what an icehouse was at the time, but I would find out. The term “Icehouse” dates back to when families purchased blocks of ice for their “icebox.” These early iceboxes were small, and the woman of the house would not allow the men to keep their beer in them. Instead, the men would keep their beer at the icehouses down by the railroad tracks. (This is how ice was transported). Then they would congregate after work and enjoy a cold beer.  A LT M a g a z i n e | J u l y 2 0 2 1


The Hopkins Feed and Seed Store is a historic commercial building at 301 East 3rd Street in downtown Texarkana, Arkansas. It is a single-story brick building roughly rectangular, with a beveled entrance at the corner of 3rd and South Wood Streets. This is where, for 12 years now, Hopkins Icehouse has carried on the tradition of keeping your beer cold, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy your time. Visit Hopkins and find out where food and fun collide! My favorites:   Spinny Dip  Spinach dip served with made-to-order flatbread! Delightful! Avocado Grilled Chicken Sandwich Avocado slices, avocado cream sauce, smoked gouda, bacon, pico, and a slice of lime on a bun, served with their delicious fries! Cajun Style Bread Pudding, of course, for dessert!

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Owners Tony Clowers and Sandy and Bill Varner are serious about making sure you enjoy your visit! If you just want to go somewhere that the food is delicious, the beer is cold, and the atmosphere is amazing, this is your place! Pop’s Place is well known for its Certified Angus Beef steaks, cooked to your specifications and perfect. If steaks are not your thing, Pop’s also serves lots of seafood, including shrimp, oysters, crab legs, and fish, as well as burgers and chicken. There is something for everyone here. Pop’s offers wine, beer, and of course, a full bar to make every person in your party happy upon arrival! TV’s are abundant throughout the restaurant for those who like watching sporting events.  Trivia aficionados will love Wednesday nights, and music lovers will have a blast with their live music. Check out their Facebook page to see what’s happening! My favorites: Crawfish Grits - Homemade garlic grits with a cheddarcrawfish sauce. Cajun Boiled Snow Crab Legs with melted butter (of course) Bread Pudding – their specialty!

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NAAMAN’S CHAMPIONSHIP BBQ

Naaman’s Championship BBQ began as a barbecue competition team led by owner and pitmaster Darby Neaves. Being a perfectionist when it comes to what he prepares for you, he wants his customers to go home knowing they had the best! Now located on State Line Avenue just north of I-30, the restaurant, named after his son, who now works with him, has an eclectic vibe and feels like home. Just the perfect mixture of both. Then there is the food! “If we serve it, we made it” is the motto at Naaman’s. From the brisket to the pork chop, to the steak, to the sides, all food is made from scratch. When opening the new restaurant in November 2019, Darby chose to offer what he deems as the best steaks anywhere close to Texarkana. And that he did! He purchased a Grill Works wood-fired grill and spent several weeks at Prime and Proper, a restaurant in Detroit, and Marta in Manhattan, learning from the best. When he came back, Naaman’s began offering both wet-aged and dry-aged steaks. Of course, he has perfected those as well. If you love smoked sausage, you will love this! Made in-house, a pork and beef mixture is spiced gently and then cooked to perfection. I have never had a piece of sausage at Naaman’s that was not absolutely delicious. Try the mustard BBQ sauce with it. You will be so happy you did. His family and friends say he is bullheaded, and I have definitely seen that myself. LOL. Darby is constantly trying out new things, which I have often gotten to be a taste tester. However, many of those never make the menu because he swears he hasn’t perfected them yet – even if we tell him they are perfect! That is just Darby – and to know him is to love him, even when he disagrees. The goal for Darby is to make the business the best it can be. I believe he has accomplished that and more. Check it out for yourself. You will come back again and again. My favorites: Fried Green Beans with Sassy Sauce BBQ Nachos with Pulled Pork (I get a half order) 10 oz filet, cooked to perfection Meat in the Beans Green Beans Wedge Salad with Sausage Croutons and Gorgonzola Dressing

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JULIE’S

Celebrating 25 years in business, Julie’s Deli is here to stay. Julie Furlow, the owner, believes in hard work and great people. That is what makes a business thrive. After teaching school for many years, Julie had an idea to start a small sandwich shop, and if you know her, you know she never stops. I mean, it is “go big or don’t go.” From that small shop idea, Julie’s Deli has grown and consists of a deli where you can get lunch, dinner, and brunch, amazing catering from small to large, and take-home dinners that are easy to prepare! Julie loves her staff and has some of the most amazing people in the area working for her. One is Jennifer Tanner, the amazing chef who helps both in the kitchen with all of your meals and planning catering events meticulously. Customers love both her and Julie and depend on them to make sure their events are perfect. All of Julie’s standards like freshness, high-quality ingredients, and enthusiastic service are byproducts of one standard that rules them all: Make customers happy! Seriously, they will do whatever it takes to make everyone happy! That may seem a little bit crazy, but they a bunch of crazy folks that like to have fun and be happy while they are doing it. My favorites: Chicken Spaghetti served with garlic bread and a side salad Hamburgers made with Certified Angus beef patties, grilled on an open flame, and then served open-faced on a buttered, grilled sourdough bun with caramelized red onions, leaf lettuce, tomato slices, and a kicky side of house-made garlic mayo. And it comes with hand-cut fries dusted with their blend of spicy seasoning. Chicken Salad Sandwich and House-made chips White Chocolate Strawberry Cake or the Four Layer Delight Dessert

SILVER STAR SMOKEHOUSE

Silver Star Smokehouse Texarkana opened in February 2015 and is known for its incredible, mouthwatering BBQ, serving authentic Texas BBQ for lunch and dinner every day. Whether you are craving a rack of ribs or a pulled pork sandwich, you can find something you’ll love at this wonderful restaurant. Check out the hamburgers – they are to die for! Since the Feburary 2021 ice storm, Silver Star has undergone a renovation that will delight customers as they return to the restaurant. They have a completely new look and several new items on the menu as well. Donnie Spriggs, general manager of the restaurant, is on hand to be sure that everything is served to perfection. Whether you are having a small dinner or an event, Silver Star has something for you. As one reviewer stated, “Great brisket. Amazing chicken A LT M a g a z i n e | J u l y 2 0 2 1


fried steak. The atmosphere is wonderful, too. The service is AWESOME!! Just an all-around good place to enjoy really good food.” Bring friends and family to Silver Star for tender meat that falls off the bone and a fun atmosphere. Find your favorites – just like I did! My favorites: Texas Toothpicks - Fresh sweet onions and mild jalapenos cut into thin strips and covered with a light spicy batter. Lone Star Fried Pickles - Dill pickles cut into spears and lightly coated with a dill flavored breading. Smoked (BBQ) Chicken Breast Platter, includes two sides Au Gratin Potatoes Peach Cobbler with Blue Bell vanilla bean ice cream The “Duke” – a wonderful frozen Coke with Crown Royal in it!

VERONA

Verona, located in downtown Texarkana, offers an Italian fine dining restaurant in an intimate atmosphere. Paul Estes, and his wife, Candace, had an idea to open the same type of fine dining Italian restaurant that is usually found in a place like Dallas or New Orleans. Both Paul and Candace have a background in the restaurant industry while living in the Shreveport-Bossier area. Candace grew up in Avery, Texas, and the couple decided they wanted to do something of their own closer to her hometown. Opening in January 2016, Verona has flourished. It has become a destination for those wanting a romantic evening, a get-together with friends, or just an escape from cooking at home. Meetings are welcome and are regularly booked at the restaurant. Fresh seafood, assorted pasta dishes, veal, steak, and other entrees make up the menu. The restaurant also serves wine, along with assorted coffees, tea, and soft drinks. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays has become a regular affair for many, with reservations being encouraged. All items are made from scratch, and I take full advantage of that! I often change things up a little because I may be craving something that is not exactly like what is on the menu!   The dining room walls are covered with art featuring local artists, along with a huge “Pasta Makes You Pretty” neon sign that is now a popular spot for selfies.

Although Candace chose to go back to Nurse Practitioner school and has now graduated and gone to work in the medical field, Paul remains, and so does the idea they originally started. You will still see Candace regularly, wandering through the restaurant, helping out where she can when she can. Whether you are looking for pasta or just a great meal, Verona is the place to go. Plan a visit today, and you will see that you agree! My favorites: Crab Cakes Tuscan Potato/Sausage Soup Pollo Pepperoncino – grilled chicken atop bowtie pasta Filet Pepe Verde – Filet with mashed potatoes and asparagus Canolis or Semifreddo (Yummy)

WINGSTOP

Doug Sloan first got into the “wing” business in 2003. He worked at another food franchise for several years when his wife’s niece and nephew, Jana and Tommy Hicks, invited him to join their Stateline Avenue Wingstop franchise as a partner. The Stateline franchise, which opened in 2003, had introduced a new concept to Texarkana-it was all about the chicken wings, made fresh and to order. In 2007, Doug

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and Lisa became the sole owners of the Stateline Avenue franchise, and the Richmond Road franchise followed in April 2009. Sloan’s focus on customer satisfaction has continued to help the Wingstop business to grow. He now has franchises at the original two locations and Hot Springs and will be opening locations in Wake Village and Arkadelphia in the near future. While growth is important, Sloan stresses that customer satisfaction is the most important element in the equation. That’s what makes the business that he loves work. “Our business is unique. We specialize only in wings (the fries aren’t so bad either),” says Sloan. “If our customers aren’t satisfied, they can call me anytime. We pride ourselves in having fresh and made-to-order food.” Come check out the wings and fries! You can also view their menu at www.wingstop.com and order online or just call ahead. Sloan and his Wingstop team will have your made-to-order wings waiting when you arrive.

CHUBBY CHEEKS

If you are looking for something to go with your at-home dinner, check out Chubby Cheeks. Owner Lane Rogers makes sure that he offers the largest selection of fine wines and craft beers in Texarkana. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, making planning your special event exceptionally easy. Whether you are planning a party or just having a romantic dinner for two, Chubby Cheeks can help! Customers are what makes them great! If you are looking for something special, let them know. They will try their best to make it happen. That is what sets them apart from the other guys! They constantly strive to give their customers what they want. Remember, you get 20% off of wine on Wine Wednesdays and 20% off mix and match wine cases EVERY DAY! Check out Chubby Cheeks and see the difference! My favorites: Red wines, of course!

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Drug Take Back Initiative Operation Medicine Cabinet The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department is proud to partner with Texarkana Emergency Center in an effort to remove unused and out of date prescription medicines from your homes. •It is important to know that law enforcement is only interested in the removal of unused and/or outdated medications from the homes of our citizens. •It matters not whose name is on the prescription, by whom it was prescribed, where it was prescribed, or where you reside. •We stress that it makes no difference if you live in Texas or Arkansas. •We take back all medications, no questions asked. You can remove the label if you desire but it’s not necessary. •We ask that you do not deposit needles (sharps), inhalers, medication from businesses or clinics, ointments, lotions, liquids, aerosol cans, hydrogen peroxide, or thermometers. One box has been placed behind the Bi State Justice Building at 100 N. State Line Ave., Texarkana, Arkansas and another outside the Texarkana Emergency Center, 4646 Cowhorn Creek Rd., Texarkana, Texas. These boxes are regularly checked and the contents are immediately packaged for destruction. If you would like to personally drop your medications off to law enforcement, you can at the Miller County Sheriff’s Office on East Street and Bi State Justice Building in Texarkana.

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The Fourth of July — also known as Independence Day — has been a legal federal holiday in the United States since 1941. But it is more than just a day off from the office, grilling hamburgers, or skiing at the lake! It’s the birthday of our country! But what does that mean??  On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence free from the rule of Britain. Two days later, on July 4th, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring America as an independent republic nation. The first public reading was on July 8th, 1776. So technically, we can celebrate from July 2nd to July 8th and bosses should give all those days off from work. Ha Ha Have you ever wondered why we celebrate with fireworks? Since the 12 century, China has used them to signify national pride and patriotism and in the 15th century, European monarchs used them to celebrate national triumphs, the restoration of peace, and even the monarchs’ own birthdays.  Over 14,000 fireworks displays go off across the nation, including Las Vegas and San Francisco but the largest one, is in New York City attended by more than  2 million people for the 30-minute show. From 1776 to the present day, we have celebrated July 4th, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. A little FYI: Three presidents died on July 4th. John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Independence Day, New Year’s Day, Christmas Day, and Veterans Day are the only 4 holidays designated as a legal federal holiday on the same day every year. Any of the days that fall on Sunday are observed on Monday. So eat some barbeque and pop some firecrackers and celebrate the freedom of our nation! Happy Independence Day!

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10 Common Scams and How to Avoid Them Familiarize yourself with these common swindles, which often target retirees. As we age, we may become more susceptible to fraudsters who make a living preying on retirees. This can be especially true for widows and widowers who are making decisions alone and may be particularly trusting of friendly strangers. In order to protect ourselves and those we love, it’s important to be aware of the most common scams older Americans fall for.

1. Lottery scam

support – but they exist solely to scam donations.

4. Computer scam

Someone calls pretending to be from a major company, such as Microsoft, and says he can see that your computer has a virus. He offers to help you get rid of it by asking you to log into a website that lets him control your computer – then steals your ID information.

You get an unsolicited phone call or email saying you’ve won a large prize. All you need to do is send money to pay for shipping, taxes or some ancillary fee. You send the money, but the fictional prize never arrives.

5. Timeshare scam

2. Grandchild scam

6. Homeowner scam

Your grandchild calls to confess her troubles. Or so you think. It’s not uncommon for someone posing as your grandchild to call and, preying on your compassion, claim to be in a crisis situation and need money urgently. She may also beg you not to call her parents (which would give the scam away).

3. Charity scam

You donate to one charity and end up being on every charity list. That’s because they sell your name, phone number and email to other nonprofit and commercial organizations. These could include companies with similar names to charities you 040

If you own a timeshare, you may get a call from someone claiming they’re authorized to sell it for you, for a fee. After paying, however, you never hear from them again. A man comes to your door and offers to clean your gutters or trim your trees, which sounds like a good idea. Until he asks for prepayment and never completes the job.

7. Medical scam

You get an unsolicited call about a discounted price for some kind of medical equipment (i.e., heart monitor, wheelchair or bathtub bench). You’re asked for a deposit and your personal information or Medicaid number to send the equipment, which never arrives.

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9. Caregiver and sweetheart scam

These predators claim to care deeply for you or your well-being, but after winning your trust, they gain access to your accounts to steal money or identity information.

10. Title company scam

Before purchasing or closing on a new property, a scammer intercepts an email from your real estate agent or title company. You’re then sent fraudulent payment instructions to complete the transaction. Red flags include lastminute changes to instructions, a change in tone or word choice from prior emails, a new sender address and multiple payment requests. These scams are common and widespread. But speaking with trusted loved ones or your financial professional before making decisions can help you avoid these traps.

• Don’t pay for things you don’t remember ordering. • Don’t give your personal information to unknown third parties. • Work with financial institutions that use fraud protection to safeguard your credit card and banking information. • Don’t click links in the body of suspicious emails, especially if they claim to come from your bank, credit card company, real estate agent or title company. Instead, log in to the company’s official website or call them directly to verify. • Don’t let strangers into your house. Instead, ask for a business card and say your spouse, kids or lawyer will be in touch. • Be wary of caregivers and suitors, especially if you notice signs of substance abuse or other red flags. • Limit the purchases and donations you make by check, which may list your home address or other key data.

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You’re approached by a “professional” who claims your home is under threat of foreclosure and offers to pay off your mortgage or taxes if you sign over the deed to the property. With your deed, the fraudster can then refinance the mortgage for the full value of your home and take the money. Keep in mind, even if you sign over a deed to someone, you are still liable for your mortgage obligations.

Additionally, keep in mind these tips for staying safe:

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Fish Tales with Mike Brower Once Again

It’s summer…again, and with it comes the endless days of heat and humidity. This is another reminder to keep plenty of water and sports drinks around the house, truck, and boat. If you are like me, you wait too long for the first drink and then it’s too late. If you are thirsty, you are already in a fluid deficit and will be behind all day long. Start off the day with a bottle of water before you get outside and drink a bit every thirty minutes or so. This will help keep you at least somewhat hydrated. Water is cheap, so buy a case or two and always keep some around. Also remember to alternate between a sports drink and water, as they work with each other. Don’t just drink one or the other. The days on the water will be hot and miserable if you are not catching fish, but it’s still better than work. Keep up with the signs of heat stroke: Headache Dizziness Feeling nauseous Excessive sweating or paleness If you have any of these symptoms, get somewhere shady and cool down fast. Better to cool down than to get worse or die. Happy fishing!

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July 2021 JULY 5TH • WINSHAPE CAMPS

Have the summer of a lifetime close to home! WinShapeCamps for Communities brings the ultimate day camp right to your neighborhood, combining fun, faith and friendship into an action-packed week. Campers cultivate their God-given skills and talents in a mix of indoor and outdoor moments, physical activity and creative play, with epic adventures at camp all day and sleeping soundly back at home at night. At the end of the week, we serve up a day of fun for the whole family, complete with a yummy lunch from Chick-fil-A! This camp is for completed Kindergarteners - completed 8th graders and cost $169.

JULY 7TH • MOMMY & ME PAINTING CLASS

Our Mommy and Me painting session at Texarkana College encourages mother and child bonding and promotes confidence, creativity and development of fine motor skills. Step by step instructions will be given in a small group session, all supplies will be provided. $50 includes Mom and one child, please call 903-823-3270 to arrange for additional children.

JULY 11TH • ACRYLIC POUR

Roll up your sleeves and learn how to Acrylic Pour! This class includes all the supplies and instruction on how to create unique acrylic pour AKA fluid art canvases. Each ticket comes with two 8 inch by 10 inch canvases (for 1 painter) or 4 canvases for the 2 person ticket and their choice of colors. This class is kid friendly but this is also an adult favorite. Tickets are $40/person or $75/couple. Class will be held at Redbone Magic Brewing in Texarkana, TX.

JULY 16TH • 2021 GIRLS GIFTAWAY

Put on those jellies and banana clips, because we are going back to the 80s for a two day shopping event benefiting Friends For A Cause. This event is an overnight event for us ladies to shop and fellowship. The event includes shopping on Friday, entertainment, raffles and shopping on Saturday.

JULY 27TH • DVP’s DINING FOR DOLLARS

Domestic Violence Prevention of Texarkana will host a Dining for Dollars at Ironwood Grill. Come to Ironwood Grill from 5pm till 9pm, have a wonderful dinner in a great atmosphere, and before you leave, tell your server that you are there supporting DVP. Ironwood Grill will donate a generous portion of your entire bill to help Victims of Domestic Violence.

JULY 31ST • SCOBBY DOO MYSTERY PARTY

It’s 1971 and the Texarkana Historical Society is working diligently to open the city’s first museum. Strange things keep happening to delay the museum’s opening. Accidents or sabotage? There are plenty of suspects! Join us and help the Scooby Gang solve the crime! The investigation begins 6:00 p.m. at the P. J. Ahern Home Museum, 403 Laurel Street, Texarkana, Arkansas. Tickets are $40 per person for non-members or $35 for TMS members. Couples tickets are $75. For more information, please call 903-793-4831 or email Ahern@TexarkanaMuseums.org 044

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Boxer Rescue of Texarkana Let us get these babies homes! Gunner is a great dog!

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The Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Arkansas is located at 203 Harrison, Texarkana, AR, 71854. For more information, call 870.773.6388, or visit: www. animalcareadoptioncenter.org or www.facebook.com/AnimalCare AdoptionTXK. 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. We also have SPONSORED dogs and cats! This means someone has already paid for their vetting! Come see who’s waiting! We are always in need of caring, capable volunteers to assist in with duties at the center, adoption events, fund-raising activities and more. Open Monday-Friday 11AM 5PM; Saturday 11AM - 2PM.

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