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CONTENTS January 2014 Vo l . 8 , I s s u e 1 Publisher/Editor Debbie Brower Associate Editor Jaclyn Gooding Sales & Marketing Manager Charlie McMurphy 903.903.5797 Graphic Artist Lindsey Gordon

ALT 2014 Heroes 11 k / On The Cover

Photography Debbie Brower, Jaclyn Gooding, Kendal Dockery, Sylvia Jennings, Karen Lansdell

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Feature Writers / Jane Bouterse, Anne Fruge

BAAS Highlight Calendar of Events Dear Kendra Financial Focus F i s h Ta l e s Keeping It Real Real Estate Second Chances Uncorked

Contributing Writers Mike Brower, Lisa Myers, Kendra Raines, Vincent Senatore, Dustin Stringer Inspiration Mike Brower

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“I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” ― Christopher Reeve I love doing things for others, especially when they aren’t expecting it. I remember several years ago, there was someone in our choir who was having a difficult time. I watched her every week at practice, where she came to get a little bit of relief from everything she had going on in her life. She constantly made remarks about my earrings and how much she loved them. One day, after seeing her once again at choir, I decided to do something to brighten her day just a little -- I bought an exact replica of my earrings and gave them to her -- as a Secret Pal! Of course, it didn’t take her long to start asking around to see who gave her this precious gift, and I was eventually asked. As my daughter says, deny, deny, deny! If they can’t prove it, then you didn’t do it! (Or at least that was her college mantra!) After several weeks, I admitted to the gift -- and the love we have shared for each other has continued throughout the years. I will never forget the joy she had when she opened a gift she never expected. This month, we have highlighted 12 Heroes from 2013 who went above and beyond to help others -- some they knew, some they didn’t. But helping, without asking for anything in return, is exactly what makes a Hero. There are so many among us who do special things for others and this is just a very small group. However, I hope that this group of Heroes will inspire you to do something for someone else. It is well worthy the gift of joy you will receive in return. Thank you to our out-of-town judges, who struggled to choose our Heroes from all of the nominees: Rachel Bell, Karmyn Cobb, Justin Harper, Michelle Rudolph, Robert Rudolph, Jennifer Shook and Bethany Toney. I know it was difficult -- I had read each and every one -- and shed a few tears along the way. I hope you enjoy reading about each Hero, and become inspired to be a Hero in your own right! May God bless you and yours throughout this year and beyond!

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This year’s Phantom Ball will honor Greg and Terri Giles, two very special people from our community, as the “Phantoms”. The criterion for “Phantom” is one who gives generously of their time and financial support to the Temple Center and the community of Texarkana. For more information or tickets please call Anita Carver at 903-794-2705.

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EVERYDAY PEOPLE CHANGING THE WORLD by Jane Bouterse

My Hero Just as the hare is zipping across the finish line, the tortoise has stopped once again by the roadside, this time to stick out his neck and nibble a bit of sweet grass, unlike the previous time when he was distracted by a bee humming in the heart of a wildflower. Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States and New York State, exercises his considerable skill at using the familiar to explore the complex. In his poem “My Hero,” Collins relies on everyday, simple language—few words are over two syllables— and Aesop’s well-known fable of “The Tortoise and the Hare” to deal with a thoughtful question. Who is the “Hero”— the Hare “zipping across the finish line” or the Tortoise sticking out his neck and nibbling, i.e. observing and acting? Which racer would you choose as your “Hero,” the Tortoise or the Hare? Think about it. In the process of formulating your answer you will be defining your “Hero” (or “Heroine”). This edition of ALT contains a section unlike any which has ever appeared in this magazine. On the pages which follow are the “Heroes” in our community. They have been nominated by citizens of the Texarkana area. By considering 14

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each of these nominees, those characteristics our community deem essential in the people we respect and admire will emerge.

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Ben Bradlee

“…one of the most respected newsmen of his generation.”

These may be the most important decisions ALT has ever sought from its readers because you are being asked to define yourselves. That is hard to do! We all know that making judgments about others is much easier and more comfortable than looking into the mirror. Therefore, some time to think together will serve us well.

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Bill Clinton

“…the 42nd President of the United States.”

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Daniel Inouye (posthumous)

Our definition, however, must begin with a “given.” Agreed: the valor and courage exhibited by those who serve—policemen, firemen, rescuers, members of the military—certainly represent characteristics of “Heroes.” However, as of December 2, 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Clock had recorded the world’s population as 7,128,112,945. The U.S. portion of that seven billion is 317,173,249—both figures are constantly changing. So there are many more of us than just those 3,463 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients or others recognized for their exceptional services. On November 20, 2013, President Barak Obama awarded 16 Presidential Medals of Freedom. This marked the 50th presentation of the Medals of Freedom, a recognition established by President John F. Kennedy during his 1000 days as President of the United States. The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, is presented annually to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” The 2013 heroic recipients include: é

Ernie Banks, “Mr. Cub”

“…one of the greatest baseball players of all time.”

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“…a lifelong public servant, ”the first Japanese American to serve in Congress; a Medal of Honor winner. é

Daniel Kahneman

“…a pioneering scholar of psychology.”

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Richard Lugar U.S. Senator from Indiana for over 30 years; internationally respected statesman; leader in reducing the threat of nuclear weapons around the world.

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Loretta Lynn Country music legend; leader in creating opportunities for women in country music.

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Mario Molina

“…a visionary chemist and environmental scientist.”

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Sally Ride (posthumous) “…first American female astronaut to travel to space” and role model to generations of young women in science.

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Bayard Rustin (posthumous) “…an unyielding activist for civil rights, dignity, and equality for all.”

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Arturo Sandoval “…a celebrated jazz trumpeter, pianist, and composer; … widely considered one of the greatest living jazz artists.”


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Gloria Steinem

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Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian “…a distinguished minister, author, and organizer;” a leader in the Civil Rights movement.

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Patricia Wald “…one of the most respected appellate judges of her generation.”

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Oprah Winfrey “…one of the world’s most successful broadcast journalists.”

Obviously, these examples prove “Heroes” can come from any area of life but are like raindrops falling into the ocean. Each raindrop is a significant but minuscule part of the ocean’s breadth and depth. So many others deserve the same recognition these few receive—these “Heroes” but how are they to be chosen?

é Tawanda Jones On the bottom floor of a water tower structure, Jones has organized drill teams (girls) and drum lines (boys) for the youth of Camden, New Jersey, one of the nation’s poorest cities. Through Jones’ program over 4,000 youth have learned “discipline, respect, and community service—and all of them have graduated from high school.” They now know “Nothing is impossible.” é Laura Stachell “Dr. Stachell created a special ‘solar suitcase’ to help health-care workers deliver babies in more than 20 developing countries. ‘I really want a world where women can deliver babies safely and with dignity,’ Stachel said.” é Chad Pregracke He has made it his life’s work to clean up the Mississippi River and 22 other rivers across the country. With more than 70,000 volunteers Pregracke has removed more than 7 million pounds of garbage from river shorelines. He was selected as CNN’s HERO OF THE YEAR. é Kakenya Natiya In native Kenya, Natiya agreed to her cutting so she could return to school. The first woman to leave her village to attend college in the USA, she graduated and returned home to open the first primary school for girls. ‘Our work is about empowering the girls,’ she says. They now dream their dreams and cutting is disappearing.

The Greeks provided a starting point, as they specifically identified in their tragic dramas those characteristics they believed to be “Heroic.” Their lists, according to Laurence Perrine, included items These stories are only a sampling;—all of them— are like: amazing. They reflect the actions of people who took the time to observe the world around them and its needs, then acted with • A goal compassion, hard work, dedication and love. To read of their choices is to rebuild faith in humanity’s caring touches. CNN calls these • Nobility, not ordinary but outstanding quality, like a prince or king winners—HEROES. These HEROES were nominated by their communities and selected by the votes of their admirers. • Imperfections, usually a dominant “flaw” One of my “Heroes” is June Zaner, my unique and treasured friend and cancer survivor. With her gift for using words and open • Downfall, partially his own fault, and excessive heart, she has concluded, “…I wouldn’t use the word hero or bravery just for war-time situations but for anything where one might triumph • A discovery—“a change from ignorance to knowledge” over real obstacles or choose a better path or find a way to make a difference in someone’s life, by either extreme act or gentle motion. • Result? An increased awareness of human potential I don’t think one has to take the bullet speeding toward another person, or rush into a burning building to be awarded that title. During my years of treatment down at MD Anderson, I’ve met heroes Usually, the Greeks allowed pity and fear to be replaced in every waiting room, facing hard odds—who were still able to find ultimately by compassion and understanding. The “Hero” became something good in their lives…both men and women and both the “Heroic” and, in turn, the admiration, maybe even the inspiration of patients and the care-givers. Their very act of putting one foot in front the journey, served as a motivation for others to behave similarly. of the other every day makes them seem very brave, in my book.” st Are some or all or any of these characteristics appropriate for a 21 century “Hero”? Within the pages which follow, you will find local people who justifiably are called “Heroes.” They are an important part of the One thing is for sure, the 21st century is short on princes and world in which we live, and ALT proudly introduces and confirms their kings— so, is the nobility of today’s world chosen by the size of bank “Heroic” actions in our community. accounts, i.e. just billionaires or millionaires are eligible to be noble characters? Or are the “Heroes” of the modern world determined by But there are so many more whose names and pictures whoever gathers the most “toys” or earns the most public attention are never publicized. Take the time to look around; remember or is the most attractive or makes the most “noise” or strikes an the Tortoise ultimately won the race. Their actions show their agreeable cord in terms of ideas? What do you think? commitments, and we are a stronger community and nation because of all their efforts. On the other hand, those 2013 recipients of CNN’s annual Who are your HEROES? Why have you chosen them? HERO Award, offer some alternatives. These are, according to CNN, How do you compare? We all have the potential and the opportunity “Everyday people changing the world.” (To read their inspiring stories if we take the time to look around, then “nibble the grass.” in full, go to CNN.com.). The following are descriptions of some of their top 10 CNN Heroes: Now— IS— New Year’s Resolutions time! _________________ é Dale Beatty Dale Beatty lost his legs in the Iraq War. When he returned to his The 2013 Heroes follow, in alphabetical order. Enjoy reading community, they helped him build a home. To “pay it forward” he founded Purple Heart Homes which has built homes for dozens about Heroes among you... of disabled U.S. Veterans. “We wouldn’t leave someone behind on the battlefield,” Beatty said. “Why would we do it at home?”

Editor’s Note: We have highlighted comments that were made on their nominations in the colored text “box” on each page.

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Eric’s personal motto is “God wins!” He spreads his message of faith to young people through his work at the FCA and through volunteering with the children’s ministry at Heritage Baptist Church. He also serves on several committees in various school districts. The best part of his job is “the combination of sports, ministry and the opportunity to influence coaches and athletes with the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Eric grew up in Texarkana, Texas, and has a degree in Business Management from University of Arkansas, Little Rock, and a Masters in Church Ministry from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He considers his first big break to being hired by a local church to be a part time youth pastor. The nomination received for Eric Akin says, “Eric Akin is truly a man of God and faith. The most recent event that Eric coordinated through FCA was an event called Fields of Faith. He had over 2300 youth from all over the area get together at Pleasant Grove High School football stadium for an evening of music, testimony, and worship. That night approximately 175 youth gave their life to Christ. If that doesn’t get you fired up, I don’t know what will. This man is on fire for God and has been an inspiration not only to my family but also many more. He is just a great person and example, and I feel he very much deserves to be nominated.”

“Praise God!” Q&A Nickname: E First Job: Sports Clothing Store Hobbies: Family, golf, traveling, attending sporting events One Word that Describes You: Energetic Who is your hero? My Dad What is the accomplishment are you most proud of? Marrying my wife, Angie and being a dad to my two sons, Isaac and Aaron. What’s one fact about you that others would be surprised to know? My parents, Carl and Sharon, were married 9 years before they had me. I am an only child. speaking in front of thousands.

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Over twelve years ago, Lori found an injured heron in her neighbor’s yard and sought aid from a woman she knew that helped injured animals. Instead, the woman asked if Lori wanted to care for the bird herself. Now, Lori has helped care for and foster all kinds of animals, and she is the only federal and state permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator in a 100 mile radius. “I am very proud that I have passed my love for animals to my children and grandchildren,” Lori says. “I also enjoy going to our local schools and sharing my love of animals with them.” Lori is originally from Great Falls, Montana, and has a general animal science degree from Great Falls College. Besides her work as a wildlife Rehabilitator, Lori also works with other rescues fostering exotic pets. “As an animal care specialist, I take care of animals that are in need,” Lori says. “I love that I give orphaned and injured wildlife a chance to grow and give our future generations a chance to enjoy wildlife.”

“Lori Anderson is truly a hero for the wild animals that many people overlook. My daughter found two baby birds and an injured duck that we named Quakers. My daughter was so worried that Quakers would have to be put down because his leg was injured, but as soon as I explained that Ms. Lori was going to take him, she knew that he would be in good hands. Thank you for everything you do for the animals.”

Lori’s nomination says, “Lori Anderson is a hero to all animals big and small. For 15 years she has been a wildlife rehabilitator; she nurtures injured and orphaned wildlife back to health so that they can be re-released into the wild. If they cannot be released because of an injury, Lori makes certain that they find a suitable sanctuary where they will be properly cared for - often times that sanctuary is her own household. Lori graciously offers her time, her love, and her own money to these animals every single day, even waking up in the middle of the night to ensure another life is saved. This isn’t a job she gets paid for, yet she does it anyway out of love for God’s creatures and the goodness of her beautiful heart. Lori has opened her doors and fostered a countless number of dogs, cats, and more exotic pets like Toby the tortoise. Many of these animals she adopts out to loving homes; many others never leave her care until they are running with angels. Lori selflessly dedicates her life to these animals and asks for nothing in return but their health and happiness. For this, and many other reasons, Lori Anderson is a true hero.”

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Ashley Cooper, a Texarkana native, is a licensed hairstylist, a licensed teacher, and volunteers with the Junior League. In everything she does, Ashley feels like her real calling is to “work with deserving families that find [her].” Last year she organized the Richmond Road Family Effort which helped raise money to assist a homeless family in the community. “I am proud to announce that the family is coming up on the one year anniversary “Isn’t it great when your inward in their new home, and they beauty is just as breath-taking are doing well,” as your outward beauty!” Ashley says. “I check with them every month to make sure all is well. It’s awesome to see people flourish after you’ve helped to get them back on their feet. Sometimes people just need a little help. It’s tough being hard on people you help; however you can’t help people that won’t help themselves first.” The nomination for Ashley says, “Ashley Cooper’s heart is so large that sometimes I feel it should explode. She loves people; she loves animals; she loves her family. She is a champion for the underdog. She has helped organize several fund raising campaigns for people in need, including one for a homeless family. The results were astonishing! She also is known to help pets in need and has a few of her own. Ashley loves her family and misses her mom, who passed away last year and was her own hero. She is passionate about whatever cause she is working on. She is definitely a hero!”

Q&A Nickname: Ash, Coop First Job: Lifeguard at Northridge Country Club Hobbies: Reading, shopping, working out, traveling, spending time with family and friends, helping anywhere I am needed First Big Break: Getting married to my best friend. He loves me for who I am and together we do great things together. One Word that Describes You: Empowering Who is your hero? My Momma, Kathy Reiter Taylor What’s one fact about you that others would be surprised to know? I am actually very shy and hate speaking in front of people I don’t know. As a child, I spent hours … riding horses and traveling all over Arkansas to compete in horse shows. What is your personal motto? Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made, If you want a different result, make different choices. What is left on your “Bucket List?” I’d love to own a houseboat on Lake Greeson. 24

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Karen grew up in Pekin, Indiana, and attended Eastern High School. After graduation in 1987, she moved to Texas. She was working toward going into the nursing program at Texarkana College from 2008-2010, but her true passion is helping and rescuing animals. Her personal motto is “You can never have too many dogs!” According to her, the “In addition to rescuing and accomplishment she is most proud of is being able to start finding homes for the pets in her own rescue, Little Paws her rescue, Karen has also been Rescue, in 2013. Karen also volunteers with Texarkana instrumental in fundraising for other Animal League and has non-profits. She was a valuable previously volunteered with asset to Texarkana Animal League other rescues. “The best thing about my job is saving when we were looking for animals and giving them a underwriters and page sponsors second chance for a better life,” Karen says. for our annual Tails of Two Cities

Dayplanner. She has also helped The nomination for Karen find foster homes and forever says, “Karen Goodwin is a hero for Alley, Sammy, homes for pets in other rescue Cico, Scrappy, Fluffy, groups. You’re a true hero to the Jaxx, Scooby, Gabby Gail, Bella...and many more animals Karen! Congratulations on small pets who were either the nomination! It is well deserved abandoned or surrendered indeed!” and needed new homes. She has taken these babies into her home and begged others to take them into their homes through her pet rescue, Little Paws Rescue. She has been known to jump in her truck at a moment’s notice when she hears about a pet that is roaming free and seems to have been dumped by someone. She loves these animals back to the point of being great pets for other families to adopt, crying as they leave her arms into the arms of the family who will love them “forever.” She is an inspiration to all who know her -- especially those four-legged creatures who benefit from her warm embraces! She is definitely a hero!”

Q&A First Job: My first job was at the newspaper office, True Publication, where my mom worked. I worked from 1977-1978 and I was 10 years old. I stuffed papers and help deliver them to the small towns near us. My sister and I worked there to earn money so we could go skating that weekend. I earned $1.25 an hour. If I made $10.00 for the whole day, I thought I was big stuff.

Hobbies: Gardening, reading, collecting antiques, shopping. One Word that Describes You: Giving Who is your hero? My husband for putting up with me and my dogs for 12 years! What’s one fact about you that others would be surprised to know? I have a 24 year old son. People are always surprised that I’m old enough to have a child that old. 26

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As a child, I spent hours…. roller skating on Friday and Saturday nights. I couldn’t wait for the weekend to come. I learned how to skate at 7 years of age and continued through my teenage years until I moved to Texas in June of 1987. What is left on your “Bucket List?” I’d like to meet Jeff Gordon, vacation in Italy, and England, go to a Arkansas vs. Alabama game at Fayetteville, and for the Razorbacks to win the game. I also want to go to Disney World just once in my lifetime.


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La R H O N DA H A M I LTO N Criminal Justice Instructor at Texarkana College and Technological Center, Arkansas High

LaRhonda served our country for 20 years, 4 months, and 8 days in the US Army. After she retired from the Army in 2009, she started teaching. She also volunteers in the community with several organizations, and loves working with young people. “I love the fact that I can make a difference in a student’s life, both in and out of the classroom,” LaRhonda says. She says that her first big break was when “I proved to myself that I wouldn’t let being shy hold me back from following my dreams and making an impact in the community.” Originally from Crockett, Texas, LaRhonda’s first job was at Wal-Mart, and as a child, she would spend hours looking through magazines and daydreaming about traveling the world. Now, she lives her personal motto, “Face fear head on.” LaRhonda’s nomination says, “LaRhonda Hamilton is an inspiration to so many young women in our community! She is a teacher at Arkansas High and mentors our students every day, giving them a positive role model to follow down a path to success. She retired from the US Army in 2009, and our veterans should definitely be touted as our heroes. In addition, she is a child abuse investigator for Texarkana, Arkansas. She does so much for our community. Her faith is one of the things that keeps her going. LaRhonda’s daughter, Bryia, who is a beautiful young woman, is growing up to be just like her mom. Although she is not originally from the Texarkana area, LaRhonda’s influence on the people in our community definitely make her a hero!”

Q&A Education: Master in Criminal Justice and Master in Psychology from University of Phoenix Hobbies: Reading inspirational books and watching movies One Word that Describes You: Blessed Who is your hero? I would have to say my mom who is my own superwoman. What’s one fact about you that others would be surprised to know? I have a strong sixth sense when it comes to premonition and intuition. What is left on your “Bucket List?” I want to meet my significant other, one who God has specifically created for me.

“LaRhonda Hamilton is embodies the word ‘hero.’ Not only has she served her country faithfully as a hero, but she has also served her community faithfully as well. Ms. Hamilton is a game changer. She doesn’t idly sit and watch as the world turns. She is a very active and productive member of society in the Texarkana area. She has a passion for service, and she is a determined woman on a mission to change lives. She takes passion in training young ladies to grow up into productive women in society. There is not a ‘retreat’ or ‘surrender’ in Ms. Hamilton’s vocabulary. Whatever impossible mission she takes on, it changes to possible. LaRhonda Hamilton is a woman of faith, and no matter the task, God is first. She is plugged into the source and all things are possible through Jesus Christ. LaRhonda, continue to be a servant and let people see God in you.” 28

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Mom & Advocate

S T E P H A N I E H AW K I N S Sales Manager at Ashley Office Systems Stephanie Hawkins grew up in Texarkana, Texas, and after graduation from Pleasant Grove High School, she attended Henderson State University. Her very first job was at Ashley Office Systems, and she still works there today. In 2009, her daughter, Meagan Mauldin, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare cancer of the bone. In the years that followed, Stephanie rarely left Meagan’s side as they faced many trials as a family. When Meagan passed in 2012, even though Stephanie was grieving, she wanted to help other families who were facing the same struggles. She started a fund, The Meagan Mauldin Love For the Cure, to help other families who are facing a cancer diagnosis or other serious illnesses. She has also started the Meagan Mauldin 5K Run to raise money for cancer patients. “I love meeting all the cancer patients that we help in Meagan’s name,” Stephanie says. In addition, Stephanie supports her community by giving time and money to Randy Sam’s, donating food and money to the Texarkana Animal Shelter, teaching Sunday school at Williams Memorial United Methodist Church and buying gifts for the Angel Tree at Christmas. Stephanie’s nomination says, “My sister, Stephanie Hawkins, is my hero. It all started February 13, 2009. A parent’s worst nightmare came true for Stephanie Hawkins and James Mauldin, when their daughter, Meagan, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare cancer of the bone. After several X-rays here in Texarkana, Dr. Gregory set her up with an orthopedic oncologist in Dallas. After visiting with him and having an MRI, Meagan was told she must start chemotherapy before surgery to remove the tumor. Meagan began chemotherapy with adriamycin or (Red Devil as it is known), and this particular drug made her lose her hair. She took the way she looked with a grain of salt and trudged on. Next was surgery. She was so nervous; Meagan did not like being ‘put to sleep’ for surgery. Dr. Mollobashy removed her tumor along with her bone in her lower left leg. We just knew at that point they had gotten it all and everything was going to be alright. Unfortunately, we were wrong, and at the time, we did not know the battle we were facing. Meagan was in and out of the hospital for over three years. The family would take turns taking her to Dallas Medical City Hospital and then MD Anderson in Houston. Meagan never gave up “This is amazing! My son has a hope. No matter how long term illness and received a grim the prognosis was, gift from the Meagan Mauldin fund. she was determined There was a picture of Meagan to fight every step of the way. My sister, and he still talks about that “pretty Stephanie, rarely girl that wanted to help me” I hope left Meagan’s side. Stephanie knows how special Occasionally she would have to go to work and those gifts are and how much it Meagan’s grandmothers, touched our family! She is such a Betty Mauldin or Paula special lady!” Hawkins, would stay with Meagan in the mornings, and I would stay with her in the afternoons. Later on during the ordeal, we found out the chemotherapy was not working, so they wanted to experiment with a trial study drug. We were all so hopeful this was going to work. Sadly, it did not. Meagan lost her battle with cancer on May 11, 2012. That is the day my sister took action. She started “The Meagan Mauldin Love For The Cure.” This fund was designed to help families whose loved ones were fighting cancer and other serious illnesses. Stephanie wanted to give back to our community by helping others. She raised money for families to travel with their loved ones. We forget that insurance companies do not pay for hotels, food, gas, etc. Stephanie wanted people to have this money to be able to carry their loved ones to the hospital and not have to worry about gas money or how they would get their next meal. Stephanie gave away over $20,000, some of it out of her own pocket. So many people helped Meagan financially or with prayer through her journey. The people of our community were fantastic. Stephanie wanted to pay these people 30

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back by helping others. She is my hero for always putting others before herself. Meagan was her life and to want to help others during her grieving period says a lot about her character. She is a true hero in my tear filled eyes.”

Q&A Hobbies: Reading, running, visiting cancer patients, and cheering for my daughter, Emily, in soccer and volleyball. First Big Break: Going to state in cross country causing a love for running that continues today. One Word That Describes You: Caring Who is your hero? Michael Wacha because he stood up for Meagan and all those who are fighting cancer. He held up a sign for Meagan at the World Series for the “Stand Up for Cancer” Organization. He also visits cancer patients in hospitals. What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? My two children, Meagan and Emily. What is one fact about you that others would be surprised to know? I would love to be a Trainer at SeaWorld. As a child I spent hours…playing sports. Do you have a personal motto? “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13” What is left on your “Bucket List?” I want to run a marathon one day.

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Teacher

ELAINE JOHNSON Math Teacher at Atlanta High School in Atlanta, Texas

Elaine Johnson grew up in the community she still calls home. Her first job was checking groceries and working in the office at the local Safeway for Jim McClure. She graduated from Texarkana A&M (East Texas State University) with a degree in elementary and secondary Education with a kindergarten endorsement. She worked as an elementary teacher for fourteen years before moving to the high school and loves working with young people both at the church and school. Her personal motto is “Do others see Jesus in me?” and is a phrase she keeps posted on her computer as an everyday reminder of the kind of example she wants to be. “I love my students most of all!” Elaine says. “It is so rewarding to watch them grow, learn, and mature. I love working in an environment where everyone has the same goals---success and excellence! If you want a great place to educate your children, Atlanta ISD is the place to be!” Even when she’s not teaching Pre-AP Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus and AP Statistics, Elaine spends her time volunteering with kids as the fourth grade Children’s Choir Director at First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Texas where she also serves as the Young Adult 1 Sunday School teacher. She volunteers her time on several committees for school and church, as a board member for the Atlanta Public Library, and as National Honor Society Sponsor. The nomination for Elaine Johnson says, “Elaine Johnson is a hero because of her love for others and her genuine desire to serve and make a difference in the lives of the people around her. As a teacher, Elaine uses her role in the classroom to make a big impact on the lives of teenagers. She goes beyond just teaching the required materials--she takes an interest in each of her students and does all that she can to help them, not only in the classroom, but in all that they do! I know that she prays for her students, and I see how she lights up when she runs into a former student because she is so excited to check on them and find out what’s new in their lives. She wants all of “her kids” to succeed! Elaine also reaches out to others through her church. As the Young Adult Sunday School teacher, I see her desire to nurture others’ relationships with Christ, and it is truly inspiring. She also volunteers much of her own time to serving others, whether it be something “small” such as providing meals for families or making visits to the hospitals or nursing homes just to let people know that she really cares and to pray with them... all of her actions leave a big impact! A hero is someone who puts others before themselves, and this without a doubt describes my mother in law. I know she would never seek recognition for the things that she does. She just does them because that’s who she is. Is she perfect? No, but she works daily on to better herself through Christ, and she is setting wonderful examples for others everywhere she goes! I am blessed to have her in my life!”

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Q&A Hobbies: Reading, shopping, sports, traveling One word that describes you: Determined (which my son quickly translated as stubborn!) Who is your hero? My daddy, J. W. Crow What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I am most proud of my family. I have been married to the same wonderful man for almost 38 years. We have three awesome children (and their spouses) and seven delightful grandchildren! All three of our children and their spouses are in church and serving the Lord. What more could I want?

What’s one fact about you that others would be surprised to know? I also have the utmost respect for very large bodies of water--makes me very nervous. I would not be comfortable on a cruise ship. As a child I spent hours…doing whatever my two older brothers were doing. We played sports of every kind, rode horses and bikes, and only came inside when mama made us. I also spent many hours with my grandparents who lived beside me. They taught me how to play dominos and how to saw, hammer, and build just about anything. What is left on your “Bucket List?” I would love to travel to Ireland, Paris, and Rome.

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Physician

SUSAN KEENEY Neonatologist at Christus St. Michael Hospital

Dr. Susan Keeney is from Texarkana, Texas, and her first job was as a nursing assistant at Wadley Hospital. She attended University of Texas for her undergraduate work as well as medical school, residency and neonatology training. Just five years ago, Susan moved back to her hometown after living in Galveston for 25 years. Now she is a physician and neonatologist at Christus St. Michael Hospital. “I love taking care of babies,” Susan says. “They are such fun and most get well very rapidly.” When Susan isn’t working, she volunteers her time as a board member for Opportunities, Inc. and Texarkana Symphony Orchestra. Susan’s nomination says, “The arrival of a new baby, especially a couple’s first child, is supposed to be an exciting and picture-perfect moment. Every new parent assumes pregnancy and labor and delivery will be textbook and free of complication. No one thinks the unexpected can “Two and a half years ago my or will happen to wife and I went through the them. However, for thousands exact same thing. Dr. Keeney of new parents every year this and her staff are the best.” is not the case. Over 500,000 babies are born premature in the U.S. every year. For any new parent this would be overwhelming and unbearable. Dr. Susan Keeney of Christus St. Michael Hospital is arguably one of the best neonatologists in the country, and Texarkana has the honor of having her practice here. Not only is she highly intelligent, she is also a person of great compassion and love. She takes time, more time than most physicians offer, to explain any and all procedures, lab work, exams, and prognoses to parents. She loves her career, and it definitely shows. She is always upbeat and smiling. She finds a way to put parents at ease in quite possibly the most difficult situation they have ever been in. She always puts her tiny patients first and will do everything in her power to ensure the safety and well-being of her babies. She is always a phone call away and will drop everything to rush to the hospital when she is needed, even when she is off-duty. She made our family’s experience with having a premature infant as painless as possible. She is the sole reason we trusted Christus St. Michael’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with our 26 week gestation baby boy. She is truly an inspiration for all medical professionals. If more physicians were like her, this world would be a much better and healthier place.”

Q&A Hobbies: Playing the piano, gardening.

What’s one fact about you that others would be surprised to know? I’m very shy.

First Big Break: I got in medical school!

As a child, I spent hours … reading.

One Word that Describes You: Happy

Do you have a personal motto? Every day is a happy one.

Who is your hero? My mentor during my neonatology training.

What is left on your “Bucket List?” I want to go to Africa on Safari.

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Business Owner

G I N A M c DA N I E L The Thrift Shop 222 Owner

Gina McDaniel is originally from Brooklyn, New York, and she got started in retail at the Hands Department Store in Jersey Shore. For the last thirteen years, she has owned and operated The Thrift Shop 222 in Texarkana where she helps those in need. “I love giving someone in despair or someone coming out of a tragic situation a glimmer of hope,” Gina says. “Sometimes when people come in, they are at their wit’s end. But, I love seeing someone walk out of my shop smiling and hopeful for better days to come KNOWING that God has NOT left them and will always provide for them.” Gina also volunteers her time by serving on the Child Protective Services Board helping to raise money for foster children in Cass County. Gina strives to live every day by her personal motto, “If you do good, good will come back to you,” a truth she has also raised her children to believe. Gina’s nomination says, “Mrs. Gina McDaniel has not only helped me, but she has also helped anyone in the community she can. She has clothed the homeless, does all she can do to come up with the money to feed anyone who needs it, and just goes out of her way for anyone she hears of that needs her help. She is an amazing woman that I respect and am so grateful for. When she hears of someone going through a hard time, such as a house fire or even a new baby, she will give the shirt off her back to make sure they have what they need to get on their feet. I personally have needed her help, and she was there for me the whole way. She doesn’t even ask for anything in return; she does all she can with a smile on her face and Jesus in her heart. She is a very loved and respected lady in our area, and I believe she deserves all the praise and recognition she can get!”

Q&A Nickname: Gi Gi Education: Texarkana College, Texas A&M Hobbies: Cooking, crocheting One Word that Describes You: Maternal Who is your hero? My Grandma Jean What is the accomplishment are you most proud of? I’m proud of being a good person and being someone people trust enough to come to for help. What’s one fact about you that others would be surprised to know? I’m an Italian Girl from Brooklyn so we love to talk to anyone anywhere. However, I personally HATE to talk on the phone! As a child, I spent hours … Watching, listening to, learning from and aspiring to be like my Grandma Jean.

What is left on your “Bucket List?” First, I’d love to build or acquire a building big enough to accommodate our needs at the shop. I’d also love to go to Italy! My Grandmother always said “one day when I win the lottery I’ll take you to Italy.” She passed away before that could happen. 36

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“Christmas day 2012 my family and I lost our home to a fire. Gina McDaniel reached out to me and my family. I will never ever forget her for what she did for us. From clothes to a candle ‘just because,’ and everything inbetween, Gina made sure we had what we needed. I tried to pick a word that best describes her and the one that kept coming up is ‘angel,’ and that is just what she is. She does everything she can to help every single person that comes through the doors of her thrift shop and all the people she hears about. Gina is one of the most amazing people I have ever met and there is no doubt she does deserve this honor. She was, is and always will be a blessing to my family.” “I can’t tell you how many late nights I’ve seen Miss Gina at the shop working. I am a college student currently living off campus, and she has given me so many kitchen appliances and utensils. She has been through so much, yet she still has an open heart to help those who needed it. I’ve never met anyone so selfless. Words simply cannot describe the impact and inspiration that she has had on my life.”

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Veteran

M AT T P H I L L I P S Stay at Home Dad

Because he is a veteran, Matt Phillips seeks to help others who have served our country. A Texarkana native, Matt got his first job at Big Jakes BBQ. He enlisted in the Army, but has since retired and now volunteers his time to working with the Defenders of Freedom and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). “I love being able to help other veterans and know that with my help they will have less stress and hopefully not go through the hardships “A true hero! Thank you my family and I for your service!” went through,” Matt says. Matt’s nomination says, “Matt Phillips is 28 year old veteran of the United States Army. He served over seas when he was severely wounded by a grenade during a battle. Although he’s now fighting his way through TBI and PTSD, he is committed to serving veterans in our area. He recently worked vigorously to help put on the Ark-La-Tex Comic Con benefitting the Wounded Veterans of the Defenders of Freedom, which he is actively involved in.”

Q&A Education: University of Maryland, have not finished degree Hobbies: Outdoor recreation, Xbox online gaming and spending time with friends and family One Word that Describes You: Devoted Who is your hero? My hero would have to be my wife; she has been by my side and been my rock throughout everything I have been through since I left the military. What is the accomplishment are you most proud of? Raising my daughter and supporting my wife while she goes to school. Being strong and being there for my family since I can’t work a full time job. As a child, I spent hours … playing in the back yard with my G.I Joes and Ninja Turtles. Do you have a Personal Motto? I stopped looking for monsters under my bed, when I realized the monster was inside me, but character is determined by how you repair it. What is left on your “Bucket List?” I’d love to have another child, go sky diving, scuba dive in a ship wreck and visit the Coliseum in Rome.

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Minister

JA M E S R O S S Lead Pastor at Life House Church and Ministries James Ross got his first big break when a small country church in Bodcaw, Arkansas, gave him a chance to be their pastor. “Bodcaw First Baptist Church is the BEST when it comes to loving on and giving young preachers a chance to get their feet wet in ministry,” James says. “No better people can be found that would give you a chance to learn and grow.” Originally from Texarkana, James graduated from Texas High School and has a B.A. in Pastoral Studies from Patriot Bible University. Now, he volunteers all of his free time at one of the three Life House Church’s campuses in Texarkana, New Boston or Hope. “I’m proud that I followed the call to help begin Life House Church and Ministries, in spite of those who tried to discourage it,” James says. “I love trying to meet both physical and spiritual needs and seeing Jesus work in the lives of those we come in contact with.” The nomination for James says, “James K. Ross is the pastor of Life House Church on East St. He goes to the Miller County jail to minister to the inmates, and he goes out in the community to let everyone know about the Lord. He also leads kids’ programs twice a week. It does not matter if you are poor or rich, he wants you to come to church. He gets lots of different people coming to his church, including people who have a past. But Pastor James does not care if you have a past. He just cares that you are there to serve the Lord. He loves to serve the Lord!”

Q&A First Job: Coastal Cookies in Central Mall Hobbies: Fishing, reading, cooking, yard work One Word that Describes You: Enthusiastic Who is your hero? One of my heroes is Mother Teresa. While I am not Catholic - her undying dedication to be the hands and feet of Jesus inspires me. What’s one fact about you that others would be surprised to know? That for the first 18 years of my life I was the shyest person you could ever meet. TRUTH!! As a child I spent hours...riding my bike, playing in the woods and reading comic books. What is your personal motto? “Love God, Love People, PROVE IT!” What is left on your “Bucket List?” I would love to fulfill my wife’s dream and take her to Hawaii someday. I would love to finish some “to do’s” around our little “farm” like working on the driveway and building the back porch and a clubhouse for the boys. I don’t have many “bucket list” ideas except those that are practical and make life better for those I love.

“I think he should be nominated. However, I think the reason is different. And I believe it should be James K. Ross and Cindy Ross together. Why? Justin Ross. Justin Ross is their adopted child. Pastor James and Ms. Cindy put time and effort into getting to know James’ family in the neighborhood. When crisis came, they stepped up and adopted him. Now they are his family. Never once did they flinch or think somebody else ought to do it. Yes, they have made a huge impact in our community and in Kingdom work, but the biggest impact is in that little boy they gave hope and a home to.” 40

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Animal Rescue

SHERRIE THOMPSON Sherrie’s Pet Sitting Service and part-time at Kohl’s

Sherrie has been active in the Texarkana Humane Society for 20 years. She served as Vice President for 15 years, and has served as the President for the last three years. In that time, Sherrie has helped rescue and find homes for many animals. “I love working with animals,” Sherrie says. “I feel like I am helping save lives. I also love educating the community on the importance of spaying/neutering. It is very rewarding when you find one of these little ‘fur babies’ that someone else didn’t want a loving home.” Sherrie grew up in Wake Village and graduated from Texas High School. Her first job as a teenager was gift wrapping at Regan’s dress shop. She also has an associate’s degree from Texarkana College in business administration and lacks only 12 hours in her bachelor’s degree in personal management with a minor in psychology.

“I have known Sherrie for over 30 years, and she has always loved animals. And you are right--she has a heart of gold. I am so proud she is being recognized. She is a loving person in every way.”

The nomination for Sherrie says, “Sherrie Thompson is actively involved in the pet rescue scene in our area as she serves as the President of the Texarkana Humane Society. Sherrie never stops! She’s always on the go and always doing something to help others, no matter the time, place or situation. After working hard at her other “real” job(s), sometimes all through the night, she still always manages to have the energy to help animals in need as much as she physically can. She has changed many lives, not just four legged ones, with her selfless work. She has a heart of gold and is someone we should all strive to be like!”

Q&A Hobbies: Camping, canoeing, love to travel One Word that Describes You: Giving Who is your hero? Probably would be my husband. He has been very good in supporting me in all my endeavors. What is the accomplishment are you most proud of? My two kids. What’s one fact about you that others would be surprised to know? I live in the same home I grew up in. As a child, I spent hours … playing the piano Do you have a personal motto? God will bless you for all your good deeds. 42

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What is left on your “Bucket List?” I want to see Hawaii and go back overseas to travel in Italy, Egypt and Switzerland. I would also like to take a trip to New York with my daughter. And last, but not least, live to see world peace.


T H A N K YO U ! All of our out-of-town judges shared that this was one of the most difficult decisions they had ever made! All of our nominees received votes from the judges and we wanted to be sure everyone knew the “Heroes” among us. You can read all about them on our Facebook page! Thank you for caring, loving, and sharing your lives with others!

Eric Akin Lori Anderson Theresa & Greg Boldebuck Alan Campbell Charlene Carter Ashley Cooper Kole Dellilnger Daniel Edmonds David Farren Amber Ferguson Leslie Fielding Cristy Gibbs Karen Goodwin LaRhonda Hamilton Micah and Amanda Harp Stephanie Hawkins Richard Hodde Margaret Jefferies

Elaine Johnson Tanda Jolley Susan Keeney Vanessa Lennon Brian Matthews Gina McDaniel Kelly & Nick Menah Jeff Misenheimer Barry Norton Matt Phillips Herschel and Shelia Richard Bettye Richardson James Ross Tyna Studebaker Lenor Teague Sherrie Thompson Susan Whitten Ken Woolley

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His name was Roger...

And it was unimportant that he could not tell me that. His large, brown eyes danced, yet his long, thin, legs which hugged his chair would never dance. The chair’s metal rests comfortably accommodated his very large feet, and his consistently untied tennis shoes begged, “Run, run… with me…walk, walk.” Roger could do neither. Roger’s groping hands seldom stopped moving, even though the large wheels on each side of his chair offered resting places and were within easy reach. Most of the time his bony arms -- absent of muscular configurations -- punched the air uncontrollably. When he was asked to use his ever present tissue for interrupting the constantly flowing stream of saliva dripping from his chin (Roger had to be reminded to swallow), he would exert the enormous energy required to get hand and mouth together. His success was acknowledged by a smile. Oh yes, Roger’s smile. I’ve never seen one quite like it. Roger’s smile extended almost from one side of his face to the other and usually just looked like his open mouth. But there was a detectable difference, a slight curve on one end of those parted lips and a lingering

presence. Creating that smile required such concentration that Roger shared it selectively. Roger’s smile was the most precious gift he had to give. I was a student at Texas Avenue Junior High, a member of Mrs. Levonne Rochelle’s Junior Historians. To be a member in good standing required us to make some history of our own through our volunteer efforts, so I had chosen to work for the summer at the Temple Home. In 1952, Dr. S. A. Collom and a group of Texarkana citizens founded The Temple Home for Crippled Children to deal with those casualties of the nation’s polio epidemic. At that time, the Temple Home was, literally, the transformed Temple Home across the street from St. Michael’s Hospital. The home was large, multi-storied and beautiful with its red brick façade, wrap around white-columned porch and multiple entrances. Inside staircases and floors were genuine hardwoods, polished and perfect for an ornate residence; doorways of various sizes were beautifully framed, and small rooms whose tall ceilings were outlined by artistic moldings spilled into each other. Physical Therapist Ms. Beverly Schaefer had guided the extensive alterations necessary to accommodate the Home’s new population— those whose bodies and/or brains needed

some assistance to function. She was one of the hardest working, most amazingly patient and caring people I have ever known. When I arrived at the Temple Home to assume my responsibilities, I was given a tour and assigned some general duties for working with the children. I did my best to attend them all. I was never specifically asked to work with Roger who was older than the others. For some reason I could not resist his cocky, always present baseball hat and TEXAS sweatshirt. I found myself turning from the other children to return to Roger and his wheelchair. At first, he chose to ignore me. He might try to do what I asked; occasionally, I would get that guttural sound that was the only language he had at his disposal. Eventually, he would allow me to tie his shoes and maybe even help him to move his legs, as Ms. Schaefer directed. If the weather cooperated, Roger and I would go outside. I could push his wheelchair around the porch until we found the perfect spot where we would sit and “talk.” Together we would watch the busyness of a growing Texarkana or just admire the territory. Those big, brown eyes of his absorbed everything his unpredictably moving head would survey. As the summer progressed, Roger became my charge and I, his. When it was January 2014

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possible, on the day of my arrival the caretakers would roll him onto the porch to wait for me or place him just inside the entrance so that he would be the first person I would see. I have never again known the feeling that swept over me the day I arrived at the Temple Home. Roger was waiting, and as I walked toward him his shaking, hugseeking arms extended toward me, his “uh, uh, uh,” loud and clear and I saw his smile. I had a hard time seeing anything else because the tears which filled my junior high eyes clouded my vision. Roger touched my life as no one ever has. He helped me to understand the value of a single life and formulate my definition of “being alive and being of service.” His short life would not have been possible without the Temple Home. “Being alive and being of service” is what the Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center is all about. Today, the building is larger and more accommodating than that first Temple Home; Beverly Schaefer has morphed into three speech therapists, three occupational therapists, one speech language pathology assistant, one physical therapist and a physical therapy assistant, and the patient population has grown to include hundreds of children. Two items have not changed: first, no one is turned away from Temple because of inability to pay; second, trained professionals administer to their patients with the same caring and concern of their predecessors. Roger’s spirit remains real. Expansion comes at a price; therefore, the Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center is involved constantly in fund raising. Development Director Anita Carver, one of three administrators at Temple, is chiefly responsible for the fundraising activities, although almost anyone involved with the Center encourages contributions. Sandy Varner, Executive Director, and Anita often laugh together, “We can’t find people to go to lunch with us. They fear we’re going to hit them up for something.” Actually, the funding pursuits of the Temple Center, an Easter Seals facility, are more open than a luncheon date. The two major events of each year are a golf tournament and the Phantom Ball. The golf tournament is staged during the summer months, and the Phantom Ball, during winter’s grasp. The Eleventh Annual Phantom Ball will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Northridge Country Club—and what an event it will be! The theme of the Ball, carefully created and choreographed by Committee members Jaclyn Gooding and Miranda Johnson, will be Old Hollywood and will be a black-tie optional gala—a genuine “red carpet experience.” Women who attend will have the option to adorn themselves in furs and gorgeous ball gowns, while the men don their “ties and tails” to complement their beautiful companions. Masks and fans will add to the mystery and magic of each attendee’s appearance. Many of the women prefer their masks be elaborately decorated and mounted on colorful stems so that they can be moved flirtatiously back and forth and elaborate hairstyles will remain unruffled. A highlight of the evening will be recognizing the Phantom —someone from the community whose enthusiasm and efforts for the Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center deserve recognition. This year’s Phantoms, Greg and Terri Giles, have been an important part of Temple for many years. In fact, Greg has served on the Temple Advisory Council from 2007 to present, and has been on the Board of Directors for Easter Seals East Texas since 2009, serving as President for 2013-14. His selfless involvement with the Center are well known throughout the community -- with Terri beside him, helping where needed. Greg, an attorney, graduated from the University of Arkansas Law School in 1987. A partner in Moore, Giles and Matteson, LLP, his areas of practice include Arkansas Workers Compensation, Social Security Claim and personal injury. He has always wanted to help others and does so with both his career choice and his extacurricular involvement. He volunteers not only at Temple, but also with the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association,

Domestic Violence Prevention, and continues to serve on the SWARMHC Board, and Trinity Christian School Board, and many more in the past. Terri began her career with the Bowie County Adult Probation Department in 1985, while attending college. Upon graduating from East Texas State University in May, 1992, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, she was promptly promoted to Probation Officer. Then in 2001, she was named Supervisor and in 2007 became Assistant Chief. Terri also spends much of her time volunteering -- the Literacy Council of Miller and Bowie Counties, Regional Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and Texas Probation Association are just a few of the organizations benefiting from her leadership. She was also instrumental in the opening of the Bowie County Women’s Recovery Center. It’s no surprise that these two would be chosen as the 2014 Phantoms! With a history of service both to Temple and to our community, they are enthusiastic and driven, helping Temple become the best it can possibly be--a very big and, to some, daunting task. Strong forward-looking leaders, such as Greg and Terri are essential to the expansive programs of the Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center. Although Temple accepts children from birth through age 21, some adults, such as stroke victims, may also receive rehabilitative attention. The children, however, represent the program of the Center best. Today the Center’s program addresses the needs of increasing numbers of autistic children as well as birth defects, orthopedic or neurological disorders, in addition to hearing, speech or mobility impairments. According to Carver, “Our fund raising efforts are essential. We never turn anyone away, yet we lose about $34.05 for every 30 minute visit from 8-5, Monday through Friday. Our clients pay what they can, and we treat them regardless of their ability to pay. With information like that, the $125 price for each Phantom Ball ticket pales in comparison to the need. Although about 1,500 invitations are extended, approximately 250-300 people attend the Ball which is limited by the size of the venue. Many of those invited but unable to attend make contributions. Coupled with the Silent Auction, held during the evening, the Ball usually raises more than $40,000. “But we would welcome more,” Anita adds. Money raised by The Phantom Ball is applied to Temple’s operating expenses. One area of greatest need this year is the Uncompensated Care Fund, the fund which sometimes just helps people meet their deductible. “Many years,” Carver explains, “the Fund runs out of money. We had to find more money and provide more services than we thought we could, but to my knowledge we have never turned people away.” Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center, with its team of Medical Director Dr. Belinda Hutcheson and knowledgeable therapists plus dedicated administrators and volunteers, offers some of the youngest among us services unique to both Texas and Arkansas citizens. Need further proof? Just look at the numbers: 2010, 382 kids were treated in the Center for a total of 11,598 visits, up from 8,636 the year before. But numbers only hint at the story. Anita Carver says it best, “I am one of the luckiest people in the world to get to work here. Miracles happen here every day. I am so lucky to be able to see them.” For 61 years the Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center has been a Center of miracles and has made a difference -- a real difference -- in people’s lives. There have been many Rogers, some now memories, many still real. The Phantom Ball provides the community an opportunity to share in the miracle-making and to say “Thank you.”

For 61 years the Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center has been a Center of miracles and has made a difference -- a real difference -- in people’s lives.

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by Vincent Senatore

The Perfect Match Cookies and milk, pretzels and beer, peanut butter and jelly -- these are considered perfect matches. It is my belief that when God invented shell fish, He also invented Chardonnay. I have, on many occasions marveled over the flavor and balance of a steamed, fresh, Maine lobster. The flavor and taste of lobster tails drenched in warm drawn butter is as close to heaven that one can get. It’s all about flavor, taste, texture and the match of food and wine.

20 – 30 years of age and are situated in vineyards that are influenced by cooler weather and humidity, soils with favored minerals (chalk & limestone) and average rainfall. In cooler weather the Chardonnay grape tends to have more of the apple or pear type of acidity. In the warmer climates, the grape tends to have more of a tropical fruit acidity (citrus) like pineapples and grapefruit. Either climate will produce quality chardonnay.

Obviously I’m very partial to very big chardonnays. However, when served with lobster, crab, shrimp or scallops, big, rich chardonnays are the only way to go. So, what makes a chardonnay big and rich? Let’s start with the grape. The Chardonnay grape is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand The Chardonnay grape is very neutral and takes on much of its flavor and style from its growing area, fermentation methods and aging vessels.

Then the winemaker takes over. There are many different production methods. There’s cold fermentation that is very slow and gives the wine more complexities. Fermenting Sur-Lys (on the lees or the skins, pulp, and pips) draws many different flavors and complex acid that builds a very intense profile that begs for barrel aging.

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Lastly, the best Chardonnay has a little bit of everything. My favorite style of chardonnay grows in a temperate, cool climate like Southeastern France, California’s Carneros region, Santa Barbara or The Russian River Valley of Sonoma. The grapes should be harvested at 23-25 Brix (sugar content) and fermented, as well as,


aged in French oak barrels for about 6-8 months. About 80% of the wine should go through malolactic fermentation. This is the addition of a bacteria that transforms the malic acid into lactic acid, giving the wine a rich buttery texture. The wine should be bottled immediately and allowed to rest (bottle sickness) at the winery before shipping to the wholesalers and retailers. So, why does shellfish work so well with chardonnay? First, there’s the texture. Lobster, crab and shrimp have a rich (white) meaty texture that almost gives the consumer a feeling of sweetness on the mouth. The buttery chardonnay will balance the flavors and the shellfish with the right balance of acid and mouth-fill. Further, we usually drench our shellfish in butter, garlic, white wine sauces, cream sauces, and even the ever popular cocktail sauce. By the way, horseradish is excellent with seafood and chardonnay. Remember, most shellfish comes from salt water and has the ocean essence as part of its fiber. Again, chardonnay is the wine of choice for most ocean fishes. There are very few times that I would recommend crustaceans with anything but chardonnay. However, Cajun spices really do not meld with chardonnay and some of the BBQ rubs and sauces are not well suited for a big, rich chardonnay. Lastly, while I am a huge fan of “Surf & Turf,” I really can’t offer a suggestion for a wine that works with both. If I was going to have a Filet Mignon and Lobster Tails and could only choose one wine, I would pick the red wine that would be right with my beef. Besides, I would be too busy working the lobster over to worry about drinking anything. Ideally, it would be the best of both worlds -- I would eat the Lobster first, with a glass of big, decadent, buttery chardonnay. Then I could happily dive into the Filet and a Carneros pinot noir. One should always have an extra napkin to wipe away the tears of joy that comes with this meal. Have a Happy, Healthy New Year!

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by Lisa Myers This is a continuing series of articles featuring graduates from the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program at Texas A&M University-Texarkana (A&M-Texarkana). In upcoming months, BAAS students will share the motivations underlying their decision to attend college as a non-traditional student, the fears and challenges along the way, the “oh so worth it” successes, and some practical advice for those considering starting their own journey toward a degree.

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When Robert Tyson graduated from high school, the very last thing he wanted to do was go to college. He hated school. He didn’t need school. And school didn’t need him. People told him, “Robert, you’re just not college material,” and he agreed with them. His academic skills were lacking in some areas, but he had other skills, the kind that enabled him to do as little as possible and still pass. For example, he knew writing essays was not his strength, so he chose the seat in English class that would award him as much time as possible between the teacher’s, “Class, pass your papers forward” and her clicking heals coming to a halt in front of his desk. How much time did his choice gain? Just enough to keep his nose above failing, and at the end of his senior year his skills proved worthwhile because he walked across the stage just like the other seventy-six graduates in his class. He made it, and as far as he was concerned, he was done. Something happened, however, that caused Robert’s heart to sink to his boots. His father started insisting that he give college a try. “College! Why in the world do I have to go to college, Dad?” “Because you’re smarter than those people coming out of college, and I want you to have a good job. You just need to put your mind to it.” “But…” “Just give it a chance, Son. One semester.”

“Ah, alright. But I ain’t happy about it.” So, Robert went to college, but he went with a chip on his shoulder about the size of his father’s callused hand. He would go to school, but he wasn’t planning on turning over any new leaves. The quicker he showed his dad that he wasn’t college material, the quicker he could get on with his own plans, the ones that involved getting a job, getting married, and raising a family – stuff that really mattered. Just as Robert predicted, he didn’t do well in college. He failed his English course, and none of his other courses were much better. At the end of the semester, he walked out of the doors with a 2.25 GPA determined to never return for another dose of humiliation. He was done. He didn’t need college to do what he wanted to do. Soon after, Robert’s plans started coming together. He got a job and married Lorna (still his bride today). When kids started coming along, he believed his job would be enough to provide for his family, and with a little prudential sacrifice, he was right. However, something else started happening at work that wasn’t sitting well with Robert. He was an excellent worker, a smart one, too, but he noticed the company always hired other people for the really good jobs, the ones that paid better and allowed you to make decisions that matter. What did they have that he didn’t? He’d been with the company much longer and knew much more about the job than they did, so what was it? “John, where did you go to school?”

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“A&M. What about you?” “Texas. What about you Stan?” “Arkansas. Robert?” “Guys, I just came to work.” There it was. They had a degree, and whether it was right or wrong, they would always be the ones who ended up with the jobs Robert knew he could do and do well. He knew there was only one thing that could fix his problem, and it would mean (A) doing something he didn’t want to do, (B) convincing himself he could do what he didn’t think he could do, and (C) earning something he realized he wanted more than he could imagine – his degree. Laughing in the memory, Robert shares, “I went home and told my wife that I was going back to school, and she horse-laughed me! You know, one of those huge open-mouth laughs with all the teeth bared! Guess what! That’s all the motivation I needed to get over my fear (almost). I was scared to death that I wouldn’t be able to do this, so I was kind of glad I had her horse laugh to prod me along! It worked, too, because in two short years, I earned my associate’s degree at Texarkana College, but I knew I couldn’t stop there. To be honest, though, I was scared to move ahead. Yes, I was successful at TC, but what about A&MTexarkana? What if I failed there?” A few years passed with Robert pondering his next move toward his goal while fighting his own fears of failure. One day, he opened up to his friend Mark Riddell who was a BAAS student at A&M-Texarkana. He told him how desperately he wanted a college degree but didn’t see how he could do it. Mark told him he had to go and visit with Dr. Glenda Ballard, now the Dean of the College of Education and Liberal Arts but then the Coordinator of the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program. He told Robert that she could tell him how he could earn up to 24 hours of college credit for what he already knew, making his path to graduation much shorter than he might think.

you, and if you put your mind to this, make an effort, you’ll get your degree. What do you say?” I’ve never felt so empowered in my life. It was what I needed to hear to cross that threshold of fear that was holding me back. Within a few semesters, Robert completed the BAAS program in exemplary fashion, and today he is the plant manager at ASI Environmental Services in Texarkana, Texas, where he proudly displays his BAAS degree on the wall above his desk. Oh, and if you’re wondering if he earned the full 24 hours of college credit for prior learning, the answer is yes. How did he do it? With his writing skills, the ones he thought he didn’t have. This “unlikely graduate” turned out to be prime college material, after all. When asked what advice he has for adult students considering seeking a BAAS degree, Robert responds with the words of Franklin Delano Roosevelt… “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself— nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” He adds, “If I can do it, I know you can do it. Don’t let fear paralyze your efforts to move forward in your life. I promise, the BAAS program is for you. It was made for you. Lisa Myers is a clinical faculty member at TAMU-T and is the Coordinator for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program. Visit TAMUT.EDU/BAAS for more information.

Robert couldn’t believe there would be a degree program that would value his prior learning like that. Sure, he had learned many things in his work that were college level concepts, things his degreed co-workers learned in college courses, but he never dreamed there would be a way to get credit for that learning. Was it one of those “too good to be true” situations? His disbelief, along with that nagging fear that he might not succeed, kept Robert from calling Dr. Ballard right away, but after Mark’s continued prodding, he finally called and made the appointment. Today, Robert calls the day he met with Dr. Ballard a pivotal day in his life, and it is clear that she, in many ways, is his hero. He describes the meeting as follows… I walked into Dr. Ballard’s office, and I told her I just had to have a degree. I was tired of not getting to do what I could do at the level I could do it. I needed a degree. I was stuck and going nowhere – ever. But I couldn’t just throw my responsibilities to the wind and become a full-time college student, either. I had to work. I had to support my family. But I had to have a degree, too. That’s when she leaned across her desk and looked straight into my eyes and said, “Robert, the BAAS program is for you. It was made for January 2014

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Dear Kendra Dear Kendra, My girlfriend and I just had a baby together. I have never been happier; being a dad is the best thing in the entire world. I recently found out my girlfriend has been talking to her ex-husband ever since the baby has been born. She even asked if he could come over and see the baby (while I was at work). They are texting and calling each other all the time. I don’t want to lose her and don’t understand why she thinks it is ok. What can I do? Trouble in Paradise Dear Trouble, That’s a sticky situation right there. Are the phone calls and texts inappropriate or are you insecure with your relationship and just feeling jealous and vulnerable?

I can definitely understand why you might be jealous in this situation. Have you tried talking to her about how uncomfortable it makes you feel? If it is all innocent interactions (just her sharing the good news of your baby’s birth with people that played a part in her life) then maybe you just need some reassurance that your relationship is safe. The key to talking about this with her is to not sound like you are attacking her because she will immediately go on the defense and that’s not going to accomplish anything except a big ole’ fight. Now, if the texts and phone calls were inappropriate (like they want to get back together) then it’s time for a more serious conversation. I know you want your family to stay together so maybe you two just need to have a heart to heart and lay it all on the line. I mean he is her EX for a reason and she chose to be with you and have your child, so why is she treading in that old water? Oh, and maybe you should put a ring on it! What’s the hold up? This could be her way

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of trying to get your attention. I always prefer the straightforward manner of just saying what you mean, but hey, it doesn’t work for everyone. Best advice I can give you is to have a heart to heart with your girlfriend. Put it all out there and remember, choose your words wisely. Be Blessed, Kendra

Dear Kendra is not a licensed therapist. The guidance offered on ‘Dear Kendra’ is intended for informational purposes only. Use of this column to provide guidance is not intended to replace or substitute any professional, financial, medical, legal, or other professional advice. If you have specific concerns or a situation in which you require professional, psychological or medical help, you should consult with an appropriately trained and qualified specialist. Kendra is a happily married wife with three wonderful children, two perfect grandchildren and two spoiled doggies. She bases her guidance on a life packed full of experiences and a passion to help others. Besides being Dear Kendra she is also an entrepreneur and On Air Personality on KKYR 102.5. You can “Like” her on Facebook: www.dearkendra.com If you would like to send me a question for this Dear Kendra column but don’t want to send from your email, send it with complete anonymity to: Dear Kendra 302 N. Elm Gurdon, AR 71743

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by Mike Brower

Gadgets Galore It seems like every year companies in the fishing industry come out with the “latest and greatest” to help us catch more and bigger fish. In the last couple of years, the side scan sonar has taken a front row seat in the world of electronics, and with that seat comes front row prices.

ago and was amazed at what you could see, then I got to use one at Cross Lake, which is much shallower lake than Hamilton and was not quite so impressed. The deeper the water the more stuff you get to see further out from the boat versus shallow water and I think that the detail is a lot better.

I have not broken down and purchased one yet, but I have been able to use several of the units and I really don’t get the hoopla. They are neat to use in the deeper bodies of water and can provide a nice benefit in locating structure. The problem is that most of the water around here is really not deep enough to get anything more than a partial benefit from the unit and its price tag. If you fish Millwood, Patman or Caddo, you might not get enough bang for your buck such as what those who fish deeper bodies of water will enjoy.

Of course there is also the price issue. The smaller unit with a 5 inch screen is a lot more affordable than the 10 inch screen, but the 5 inch just are not large enough to have good detail and the 10 inch is just downright pricey.

I spent two hours looking at one on Lake Hamilton a couple of years

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I will most likely get a new boat in a year or so and don’t know if I will bite the bullet or not. I have yet to fish a tournament where the winner told me the win was because of something they found using side scan. To sum this up, let’s just say if you got one or are getting one, good for you. The jury is still out for me.


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How Women Are Different from Men, Financially Speaking We all know men and women are different in some fundamental ways. But is this true when it comes to financial planning? In a word, yes. In the financial world, women often find themselves in very different circumstances than their male counterparts.

Everyone wants financial security. Yet women often face financial headwinds that can affect their ability to achieve it. The good news is that women today have never been in a better position to achieve financial security for themselves and their families. More women than ever are successful professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs, and knowledgeable investors. Their

economic clout is growing, and women’s impact on the traditional workplace is still unfolding positively as women earn college and graduate degrees in record numbers and seek to successfully integrate their work and home lives to provide for their families. So what financial course will you chart?

Some key differences On the path to financial security, it’s important for women to understand what they might be up against, financially speaking: Women have longer life expectancies. Women live an average of 4.9 years longer than men.1 A longer life expectancy presents several financial challenges for women:

Women will need to stretch their retirement dollars further

Women are more likely to need some type of long-term care, and may have to face some of their health-care needs alone

Married women are likely to outlive their husbands, which means they could have ultimate responsibility for disposition of the marital estate

Women generally earn less and have fewer savings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, within most occupational categories, women who work full-time, year-round, earn only 81% (on average) of what men earn.2 This wage gap can significantly impact women’s overall savings, Social Security retirement benefits, and pensions. The dilemma is that while women generally earn less than men, they need those dollars to last longer due to a longer life expectancy. With smaller financial cushions, women are more vulnerable to unexpected economic obstacles, such as a job loss, divorce, or single parenthood. And according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, women are more likely than men to be living in poverty throughout their lives.3 Women are more likely to take career breaks for caregiving. Women are much more likely than men to take time out of their careers to raise children and/or care for aging parents.4 Sometimes this is by choice. But by moving in and out of the workforce, women face several significant financial implications:

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Lost income, employer-provided health insurance, retirement benefits, and other employee benefits


Less savings

A potentially lower Social Security retirement benefit

Possibly a tougher time finding a job, or a comparable job (in terms of pay and benefits), when reentering the workforce

Increased vulnerability in the event of divorce or death of a spouse

In addition to stepping out of the workforce more frequently to care for others, women are more likely to try to balance work and family by working part-time, which results in less income, and by requesting flexible work schedules, which can impact their career advancement (and thus the bottom line) if an employer unfairly assumes that women’s caregiving responsibilities will come at the expense of dedication to their jobs. Women are more likely to be living on their own. Whether through choice, divorce, or death of a spouse, more women are living on their own. This means they’ll need to take sole responsibility for protecting their income and making financial decisions. Women sometimes are more conservative investors. Whether they’re saving for a home, college, retirement, or a trip around the world, women need their money to work hard for them. Sometimes, though, women tend to be more conservative investors than men,5 which means their savings might not be on track to meet their financial goals. Women need to protect their assets. As women continue to earn money, become the main breadwinners for their families, and run their own businesses, it’s vital that they take steps to protect their assets, both personal and business. Without an asset protection plan, a woman’s wealth is vulnerable to taxes, lawsuits, accidents, and other financial risks that are part of everyday life. But women may be too busy handling their dayto-day responsibilities to take the time to implement an appropriate plan.

Steps women can take In the past, women may have taken a less active role in household financial decision making. But, for many, those days are over. Today, women have more financial responsibility for themselves and their families. So it’s critical that women know how to save, invest, and plan for the future. Here are some things women can do: Take control of your money. Create a budget, manage debt and credit wisely, set and prioritize financial goals, and implement a savings and investment strategy to meet those goals. Become a knowledgeable investor. Learn basic investing concepts, such as asset classes, risk tolerance, time horizon, diversification, inflation, the role of various financial vehicles like 401(k)s and IRAs, and the role of income, growth, and safety investments in a portfolio. Look for investing

opportunities in the purchasing decisions you make every day. Have patience, be willing to ask questions, admit mistakes, and seek help when necessary. Plan for retirement. Save as much as you can for retirement. Estimate how much money you’ll need in retirement, and how much you can expect from your savings, Social Security, and/or an employer pension. Understand how your Social Security benefit amount will change depending on the age you retire, and also how years spent out of the workforce might affect the amount you receive. At retirement, make sure you understand your retirement plan distribution options, and review your portfolio regularly. Also, factor the cost of health care (including long-term care) into your retirement planning, and understand the basic rules of Medicare. Advocate for yourself in the workplace. Have confidence in your work ability and advocate for your worth in the workplace by researching salary ranges, negotiating your starting salary, seeking highly visible job assignments, networking, and asking for raises and promotions. In addition, keep an eye out for new career opportunities, entrepreneurial ventures, and/or ways to grow your business.

help Women are the key to their own financial futures--it’s critical that women educate themselves about finances and be able to make financial decisions. Yet the world of financial planning isn’t always easy or convenient. In many cases, women can benefit greatly from working with a financial professional who can help them understand their options and implement plans designed to provide women and their families with financially secure lives. *LPL Financial does not provide tax or legal advice. The information contained in this report should be used for informational purposes only. The appropriate professionals should be consulted on all legal and accounting matters prior to or in conjunction with implementation of the plan. Securities offered though LPL Financial. Member FINRA/SIPC.*

Seek help to balance work and family. If you have children and work outside the home, investigate and negotiate flexible work arrangements that may allow you to keep working, and make sure your spouse is equally invested in household and child-related responsibilities. If you stay at home to care for children, keep your skills up-to-date to the extent possible in case you return to the workforce, and stay involved in household financial decision making. If you’re caring for aging parents, ask adult siblings or family members for help, and seek outside services and support groups that can offer you a respite and help you cope with stress. Protect your assets. Identify potential risk exposure and implement strategies to reduce that exposure. For example, life and disability insurance is vital to protect your ability to earn an income and/or care for your family in the event of disability or death. In some cases, more sophisticated strategies, such as other legal entities or trusts, may be needed. Create an estate plan. To ensure that your personal and financial wishes will be carried out in the event of your incapacity or death, consider executing basic estate planning documents, such as a will, trust, durable power of attorney, and healthcare proxy.

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Fitness Trends 2014

Top 10 1. High- Intensity Intrerval Training (HIIT) 2. Body Weight Training 3. Educated and Experienced Fitness Professionals 4. Strength Training 5. Exercise and Weight Loss 6. Personal Training 7. Fitness Programs for Older Adults 8. Functional Fitness 9. Group Personal Training 10. Yoga Courtesy of the American College of Sports Medicine

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HIIT: This workout is not for the faint of heart,

these types of workouts involve bursts of exercise followed by short rest time. Most classes are performed in 30 minutes. Examples of these workouts are the newly popular CrossFit and P90X!

Body Weight Training: It’s all in the name, this exercise uses ones own body weight in creative and affordable ways to get in shape. No longer limited to plain push-ups and pull-ups, This trend allows people to get “back to the basics.� 2.

Educated and Experienced Professionals: People are choosing certified professionals to educate them in their exercise and fitness training needs. 3.

Strength Training: Many health clubs consider strength training an essential part of ones physical training program. This type of training is not limited to any gender or age group, Everyone can do it! 4.

Exercise and Weight Loss: If weight loss is the goal, exercise plays an important role in acheiving that in a healthy way. Many health and fitness programs are now incorporating weight loss programs with regular exercise for maximum results. 5.

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ADMINISTRATIVE AND PHYSICIAN CHRISTMAS PARTY CHRISTUS ST. MICHAEL • DECEMBER 12, 2013

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SNOWFLAKES AND TABLESCAPES TEXARKANA COUNTRY CLUB • 11/19/13

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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA HOUSING AUTHORITY OF TEXARKANA, TEXAS DECEMBER 14, 2013

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LIVE UNITED BOWL

With the initial announcement made on October 1, 2013 that Texarkana had been selected to host the nation’s third Division II bowl game, the excitement continued with the revealing of the two teams to compete. The Texarkana Live United Bowl chairman, Allen Brown announced that Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas and Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas will go head to head in the inaugural Live United Texarkana Bowl. Harding represents the Great American Conference Home Team and Commerce is representing the Lone Star Conference. The game is scheduled to be played on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:00 noon at Razorback Stadium. The Live United Texarkana Bowl will always have the home team from the Great American Conference (GAC) and a regional Division II opponent. “The Great American Conference is is absolutely thrilled with the match up and is excited that this game is coming to fruition,” says Will Prewitt, Commissioner of the Great American Conference. “The response from Texarkana and the surrounding communities has been overwhelming,” says Allen Brown, chairman of the Live United Texarkana Bowl. “We have a dedicated group of volunteers who are putting in many hours to make this an event that everyone involved will be proud of.”

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ALZHEIMER’S AWARENESS BUNCH WOODVIEW CENTER • 12-4-2013

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY DEDICATION DECEMBER 7, 2013

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The Texarkana Humane Society is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to re-homing orphaned animals, promoting the human-animal bond, preventing animal cruelty, educating children and adults about responsible pet ownership and preventing pet overpopulation. In order to reduce the number of unwanted animals and the euthanization of them at the shelter people need to spay/neuter their pets. The Texarkana Humane Society has a program to help individuals do this and urge everyone to get involved and tell your neighbor, family, and friends to be responsible and do their part in putting a stop to this problem here in our city. Have them contact us regarding our program. Call 903 8386334 and we will be glad to help you.

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The Texarkana Humane Society is always needing volunteers as well as foster homes. If you would like to get involved and lend a helping hand they would love to talk with you. They are also needing the following items to help with the care of all the babies that come into foster: Puppy and kitten chow, formula for the babies, animal baby bottles, as well as monetary or debit card donations. We have a big need for individuals who have the time to bottle feed some of these babies. It is so sad when we cannot take any in because we are full and would welcome a few more bottle moms. It is a great expereince as well as very rewarding taking care of these little ones. If you can help with donations or feeding call Sherrie at 903 838-6334. Volunteers who agree to provide a foster home for our strays are provided with medical care for the animals. The Humane Society pays for all immunizations and spays or neuters the animal.

Our goal is to place these animals in permanent homes with responsible, loving pet owners. All of our services are provided through private donations from our community. Donations are accepted and needed! Our animal friends appreciate you and your donations are tax deductible! (The Humane Society is all volunteers and all money goes towards the animals.) We’ve got a full house! Please come visit us! You might find the addition your family has been looking for! Do you have an animal that needs a new home? Please don’t neglect it! Call us and let us help you find a foster home. We will list your animal on our Facebook page at no charge. Let us help! For more information, contact Sherrie Thompson, President, at 903.838.6334, or go to www. texarkanahumanesociety.com. We’re also on Facebook!

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“This month we’re featuring some very sweet babies that desperately need a good home. They have all been here far too long and are all VERY sweet. Please help!!!” -Miss Bertha, Animal Care & Adoption Center

The mission of the Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Arkansas is to be a technologically advanced, self sustaining, human and animal friendly facility that specializes in personal customer service from a team of knowledgeable, caring individuals who endeavor to achieve rapid placement of all adoptable animals.

The Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Arkansas is located at 203 Harrison, Texarkana, AR, 71854. For more information, call Connie Slater at 870.773.6388, or visit www.animalcareadoptioncenter.org. We’re also on Facebook!

We are always in need of caring, capable volunteers to assist in with duties at the center, adoption events, fund-raising activities and more.

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’re open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 - 5:00.

Your tax-deductible donation will help care for and assist in the adoption of loving animals to good homes!

How can you help the THS? The Texarkana Humane Society is always in need of dry food for puppies, dogs, cats and kittens, scoopable cat litter and litter boxes, collars, leashes, toys, beds, heartworm and flea medications, gift cards and monetary donations. These donations are all tax deductible, as the Texarkana Humane Society is a 501c3 organization.

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WHO ELSE CAN HELP? Artex Animal Welfare, Inc. (mostly horses) 903.824.1990 Little Paws Rescue 903-280-3083 Poodle Patch & Friends poodlepatch@yahoo.com Passion for Pooches (mostly small dogs) 903.832.8632 Texarkana Animal League 877.525.4825 Texarkana Reptile and Amphibian Rescue 903.809.3761

1. On Saturday, Eleanor came to our adoption event and visited with Lacy and fell in love with her. On Monday, Eleanor and Shann on came and took this precious little girl home with them. Thank you Robinson family for giving Lacy a wonderful furever home. 2. You’ve heard being in the right place at the right time! Jamie had brought her little poodle, Josie, in to the groomer. She stopped and petted on Sissy and we all talked at length about this precious little furbab y. When she came back to pick Josie up so did her hubby. She wanted him to see Sissy so they could adopt her! A big thanks goes out to Jamie and Randy Norfleet for choosing this special little girl and she is excited to have her new little sister, Josie. Courtesy of the Texarkana Humane Society

If your are interested in donating, helping with events, fostering or working fundraisers call Sherrie at (903) 838-6334. January 2014

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NOV 14 - JAN 25

TRAHC Presents “Fragments” - The Art of Deeann Rieves Exhibit. Deeann Rieves is a mixed media contemporary artist working on wood, paper, fabric, and canvas. Her work combines painting with collage and sewing with forms that disrupt the surfaces to become their own organic forms of sculptural painting. www.trahc.org

DEC 28 - FEB 1

TRAHC Presents “Archfern” The Art of Allen Phillips Exhibit. Allen Phillips is a film maker, furniture designer, and an architect living in DeKalb, Texas where he owns and operates Archfern, a design studio focusing on sustainable design practices, mainly from wood. www.trahc.org

JANUARY

All K-12 grade students are welcome to audition and be a part of Silvermoon Children’s Theatre in 2014. Find us on FaceBook or email us for more information. silvermoonchildrenstheatre@gmail.com

JANUARY 2

Texarkana Area Veterans Council Meeting. For more information contact Greg Beck at USMCgreg@aol.com

JANUARY 3-5

World Series Team Roping - Four States Fair Entertainment Center.

JANUARY 4

The 2014 Miss Texarkana Twin Rivers Pageant will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014, at the Sullivan Performing Arts Center. Schedule: Little Miss 9:00AM. Teen & Miss 6:30AM. Information and forms can now be found at: www.misstexarkanatwinrivers.org or call (903) 791-8733 for Miss & Teen information or (903) 276-1770 for Little Miss information.

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Calendar of Events

JANUARY 6-10

MakeOver Magic Week at the Beauty and Wellness Center! Demos, food, wine and prizes. New year, new improved you! Make resolutions reality.

JANUARY 10

Deadline for entries for Once-Upon-a Palooza Playwrighting Festival.

JANUARY 11-12

Oil Belt Cutting Horse Show at the Four States Fair Grounds Equine Center. Contact Brit Davis: (903) 277-5943.

JANUARY 15

Texarkana Symphony Orchestra: Student Shows- Green Eggs and Ham + The Toy Symphony + Young Person’s Guide to Orchestra. For more details, visit: www. trahc.org

JANUARY 18

Texarkana Heart Ball: Presented by Wadley Regional Medical Center. Event will begin at 7:00PM at the Texarkana Convention Center located in Texarkana, TX.

JANUARY 19

Vietnam Veterans of America #278 meeting. For more information contact Greg Beck at USMCgreg@aol.com.

JANUARY 25

Bridal fair at the Four States Fair Grounds Entertainement Center. Exhibitors with bridal products, ideas and services to plan a wedding. Fashion show displays door prizes. For more information, Call: (903) 244-4282 or (870) 772-3771.

JANUARY 25

Phantom Ball - On Saturday, January 25, 2014, we will celebrate our tenth annual Phantom Ball at Northridge Country Club. The proceeds of this event will benefit

the client services of Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center. This event will honor a very special member of our community as the “Phantom”. The criteria for “Phantom” is one who gives generously of their time and financial support to the Temple Center and the community of Texarkana, Texas. In order to build suspense and intrigue for our event, the identity of this year’s honoree will not be revealed until the night of the Ball. In 1952, Dr. S.A. Collom and a gathering of Texarkana citizens founded the Temple Home for Crippled Children in response to the polio epidemic which was sweeping across our nation. Since that time, the Temple Center, an Easter Seals affiliate, has evolved and expanded into a premier facility providing physical, occupational and speech therapy for children and adults with disabilities. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the staff and Board of the Temple Center are committed to providing service to clients regardless of their ability to pay. We are asking you to join in our effort to raise funds for the children of the Temple Center. We hope that you will consider supporting this exciting event. If you have questions please feel free to call Anita Carver at (903) 794-2705.

JANUARY 31

The Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce 2014 Annual Celebration, “Old Glory: A tribute to the Red, White, & Blue,” will be held at 6:00PM at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Texarkana Convention Center.

JAN 31 - FEB 9

God of Carnage, The Tony-Award winning Dark Comedy! Call (903) 831-STAR (7827) to make reservations! Stilwell Theatre on Texarkana College’s campus.


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