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Va c a t i o n . . . A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you’ve been taking. ~Earl Wilson

Growing up, my family seemed to always take

it. My parents loved it, too, when I was younger, and took us

vacations each summer. Luckily we were close to the beach

camping a lot. Maybe that’s why I don’t so much love it now! I

(only about an hour away), and it became the vacation of

never did like mosquitos, rain in a tent, swimming in lake water.

choice. That was our “Stay-cation!” I absolutely love the smell

I just couldn’t see what was there! I was a big chicken! (That

of the ocean, the feel of sand on my toes, and the absolute

goes for beach water, too! Can’t see what is there either!)

serenity that comes when I am sitting with my cup of coffee,

early in the morning, watching the waves roll in. It is absolutely

say being able to get up every day and go fishing -- and we’ve

my first choice for a vacation. Orange Beach, Alabama sees

got lots of great places to go in this area! You can get lots of

my face every year. It must also be said that my family still

great tips from our article this month! And if you love bass

lives close by -- my mom and brother live only a few miles

fishing, remember that there are lots of young people yearning

away and my sister lives in Orange Beach. So going on

to learn! Give them a hand when you can! The Genoa Bass

vacation is also visiting family.

Fishing Team needs your help!

Since my mom didn’t work outside of the home, we

So what is a great Stay-cation? My husband would

Maybe you just want to go on a treasure hunt? Before

typically also spent the summers traveling to visit family.

this month, I had heard the term “geocaching” but had no idea

My great aunt Nora lived in Mississippi. She lived in a

what it was all about. Boy, was I surprised to learn how popular

small cottage, with no air conditioner. Think about it! It’s

it has become and how much fun it sounds for the entire

summertime in Mississipi! Ughh! After a few trips, my mom

family! I actually plan to try it out sometime this summer.

and dad decided to “help” her by purchasing an air conditioner

for her to use so she could be more comfortable. Aunt Nora

question. My beach/family trip will be just about all I can do.

For me, a Stay-cation this summer is out of the

decided they had purchased it for our use when we came - and A few side trips here and there, and the summer will be gone that was the only time it was turned on! She said it just froze

faster than I know what has happened! Enjoy your summer

her to death! How in the world did she sleep in that feather

with your family. Make memories together that will last.

bed all summer as hot as it gets in Mississippi without an air

Whether you stay here or go there, have fun and be safe!

conditioner?

May God bless you!

I must admit that I am not a good camper. Lots of my

friends absolutely love camping. In fact, my children all love 8

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1) Official geocache sticker- each container should have to identify it. 2) One of the first geocaches the family looked for on a bridge on I-30. There is one rock the girls are looking at that is close to a white patch that was actually a piece of foam that was painted gray and glued to an ammo can to camoflauge it. (Destiny McDaniel, DayLee O’Malley and DeLana McDaniel) 3) Dawson O’Malley’s first night find. 4) You can find us anywhere, including up in trees - Tommy O’Malley. 5) Example of a microcache. It’s about the size of your pinky tip; much

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smaller than the tennis ball. 6) Destiny McDaniel at Lake Catherine. 7) The family waded through creeks hiking up a mountain at Daisy State Park. 8) Telephone pole with a small micro container hidden beneath the number plate. 9)Robert Wright (FATTROBB) Texarkana, TX, Tommy, DeAnna and DayLee O’Malley. (HogWildFamilyof6) Texarkana, AR. and Teresa and Danny Pizzalato (DJPIZZA) Shreveport,LA - on Nix Creek walking trail. We were all geocaching seperately that day not knowing the group from Shreveport until that day when we were looking for the same geocache.


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Spring seemed so far away on that January 29, 2011, winter day. The weeks of cold had dictated the family move from the “inside” of one building to another just to stay warm. But they all needed to get “outside.” DeAnna O’Malley, a 911 dispatcher for the Miller County Sheriff’s Department, recognized the potential for a problem without a clear plan. She began to Google for “fun things to do with a family outdoors.” DeAnna realized she faced a formidable challenge. With Daylee, age 7; Dawson, 11 years old; DeLana, 14 and Destiny, age 15, plus her husband, Tommy, the chances of finding something ALL of them could do TOGETHER and ENJOY seemed “nigh on to impossible.” DeAnna, however, had made a discovery that would permanently change the lives of her entire family. “Come on…,” she urged while she loaded them into the family car. “We’re going on an adventure,” and DeAnna pulled out of their driveway. “What are you doing?” Tommy asked, as she headed down nearby Rondo Road in Miller County, AR. DeAnna had no time to reply, as she pulled the vehicle into Rondo Cemetery and stopped. The youngsters were out of the car quickly and exploring. Tommy was unusually silent for a moment. “This is where my dad is buried,” he said, followed by a rare pause, “and today is his birthday.” DeAnna was stunned. She had not known about Tommy’s dad. The two of them sat there in the quiet of the cemetery and sobbed together while Tommy was flooded with his unspoken memories. Meanwhile the girls discovered numerous headstones belonging to Confederate soldiers from Texas who were stricken with a measles epidemic at Camp Josephine McDermott, located on this site. Dawson found the army tank and cannon perfect for climbing. DeAnna composed herself and explained they had come to find a geocache (geo-Earth; cache-hiding or technology as in computers), an appropriate name. GEOCACHING.COM had been her discovery. She had read: “GEOCACHING is a free real-world outdoor treasure hunt. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using a smartphone or GPS and can then share their experiences online.” DeAnna was hooked by what sounded like fun, and everyone in the family could play. According to the geocaching website: “To play the game requires three basic steps: “Browse – Search for interesting geocaches. There are 2,046,312 active geocaches and over 5 million caches worldwide.

Discover – Explore the world as you search for the “cache” using a GPS device or smartphone. Find the ‘cache,’ sign the logbook and see what others have left behind. Share – Share your experience with other treasure seekers.” After explaining the game to her family, the next two and one-half hours were spent looking for the “cache” in the Cemetery, but they never found it. The next day, DeAnna was able to click on the name of the person who had hidden the “cache,” and a phone call from that person revealed its location. When DeAnna and her family returned to Rondo Cemetery several days later, they found the “cache.” In all their seeking and searching, the kids had learned more history than they ever imagined existed in the Texarkana area, much less so near their home, and DeAnna and Tommy had grown even closer. Now the O’Malley Family, known to the geocaching world as “hogwildfamilyof6,” has geocached in 12 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Most of their vacations are determined by geocaching adventures. “The most ‘caches’ we have found in one day, “ DeAnna explains, “is 136. The total amount we have found to date is 824.” Every member of the family has a geocaching name: Daylee (9 years old) is “geowildchild; Dawson (13) “Noswad Yellamo” (his name backwards); DeLana (16), “lanabell” and Destiny (17), “big sisterof5”. Tommy is “bosshog” and DeAnna uses the family’s name. Nothing this “hogwildfamilyof6” has ever done, according to DeAnna whose enthusiasm almost lifts her 5’4” frame off the ground, has been as much fun or as challenging as their adventures with geocaching. “Our kids will choose geocaching first any weekend, “ DeAnna explains. Tommy adds, “They love geocaching, period! They seem to get along better when we are geocaching. Maybe because we are all talking about the “cache” we’re fixing to find, and they don’t have time to argue. I really like to watch Bubba (Dawson) when we’re at a state park. He’s so interested in everything about the park, especially where battles have taken place. And they’ve learned a lot about nature, which helps them when they are hunting to watch for poison ivy and snakes [Dawson laughs as he recalls that during his dad’s explanation about being

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observant for snakes, he almost stepped on one], to pay attention to how you get to where you are so you won’t get lost and to come prepared: bring a compass, phone, water, snacks and first aid kit.” To date the O’Malleys have geocached (that means camped, played, picnicked and hunted) in 24 of the 52 Arkansas State Parks and 26 Arkansas counties. In fact, both Arkansas and Texas State Parks now include geocaching as a standard feature of their parks’ activities. (contact www.ArkansasStateParks or www.texasstateparks.org/ geocache.) Most of the Texas State Parks use Tommy’s favorite kind of container— ammunition boxes—to hold the treasures, but almost any kind of container can be used for a “cache.” DeAnna’s car trunk is filled with empty containers of every size. As daughter Destiny observes, “I like the actual hunting of the caches, but they are all fun because we have to think outside of the box to find them sometimes. They might be hidden in a pine cone close to a pine tree, or a golf ball close to the golf course. (She speaks from experience.) We have hidden a geocache that even looks like a miniature fire hydrant.” In fact, on March 13, 2011, the

family hid their first geocache near their home. The last time it was found was April 23, 2013. The find is registered on www. geocaching.com so that the location from which the finders have come is known. “People come from all over the world to Texarkana,” DeAnna explains. “Our city is unique to traveling geocachers because they can stay in our hotels and travel in a different state in a matter of miles. It’s a goal of geocachers to collect virtual souvenirs from as many counties, states and countries as we can. “About 100 people in Texarkana, including Holiday Inn Express, geocache. Almost every three months we take the comments to the Holiday Inn manager. One man came from Norway to visit this “cool” area—just because of geocaching.” Just how does one get set up to geocache? Geocaching.com lists these 8 basic steps: 1. Register for a free Basic Membership. 2. 3.

Visit the “Hide and Seek a Cache” page. Enter your postal code and click

“search.” 4.

Choose any geocache from the list and click on its name.

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Use your GPS device to assist you in finding the hidden geocache.

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Share your geocaching stories and photos online.

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Write about your find in the cache logbook.

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Enter the coordinates of the geocache into your GPS Device.

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Sign the logbook and return the geocache to its original location.

What are the rules of geocaching? 1. If you take something from the geocache (or “cache”), leave something of equal or greater value.

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Log your experience at www.geocaching.com

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the people, the stories and the discoveries. “You meet a lot of people,” Tommy observes. The first people he remembers are Ron and Mary Beth (RKLMBL) who have just found their 15,000th cache. When DeAnna posted the O’Malley’s first event in Texarkana, “not really knowing what to do,” these two saw it first and called her with invaluable advice, then they came to Texarkana from Hot Springs, AR, and stayed for the CITO (Cache in Trash Out) event hosted by Texarkana’s newest geocachers. [A CITO is a worldwide, volunteer effort dedicated to improving parks and other cache-friendly places.] “I was even surprised to see people come from Wichita Falls, and Avery, TX… We had more geocachers from out of town come clean up Bramble Park than we did local people.” Geocachers gather for projects, swapping stories, and socializing. “There was the time we met DJPIZZA from Shreveport on the Nix Walking Trail,” Tommy remembers. “I recognized him from posting

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once they have been returned to their hiding places. There are lots of life lessons because of geocaching.” Unique experiences are also an important part of the geocaching environment. DeAnna smiles as she shuffles slightly, “Corny, very corny!” I had no idea I would get so wrapped up in [geocaching]. School can’t come close to teaching history the way geocaching does.” Rondo revealed that a cemetery is in many ways its own history book, so the O’Malley’s went to Texarkana’s oldest cemetery—Rose Hill for some geocaching. Their car was, they thought, safely parked as they began their search; however, just as a police officer arrived to check on them— the family’s car began a mysterious rolling. The family was stunned, but before they could rescue the vehicle it stopped about ten feet from a Confederate grave—the stop as mysterious as the start. “Are you OK?” the police officer asked. Later, a cousin went to the same cemetery, parked in the same spot, and someone hit the car—although no one was visible. So what did they learn from this adventure? Rose Hill Cemetery in Texarkana, TX, is one of the most haunted cemeteries in the United States. For Destiny and Tommy and DeAnna, cemeteries are among their favorite locations for geocaching. Daylee, Dawson and DeLana prefer climbing mountains-like climbing a tall mountain at Daisy State Park in Arkansas or in Kentucky to find the “cache” that had been hidden in the cockpit of a crashed plane. “Just knowing that that was a place that a plane crashed, and the pilot was killed because he didn’t want to kill all the people on the ground where he could have landed,” DeLana remembers, “was kind of sad, but I’m glad we are able to remember him with that geocache.” In Anchorage, AL, the geocachers had a magnificent view of a glacier while discovering the “cache.” Mountains, glaciers, fields and forests, golf courses, state parks, even on Hwy 67 on Broad Street—“caches” can be found anywhere. Sometimes they provide the seekers a real workout just to find them; other times, they are right around the corner. The treasures within the “caches” may be souvenirs of the area or toys or cases of all kinds—some empty, some stuffed. The most important part of the “cache” is actually the logbook which contains the record of the number of times the “cache” has been discovered and by whom. Over a dozen “cache types” currently exist with each one a variation of the game. “Caches” are hidden according to latitude and longitude, so the real reward of the geocache is finding it. Even O’Malley geocachers are never without their compass and GPS just in case. “There is usually a geocache within a mile of wherever you are,” DeAnna explains. In his National Bestseller LAST CHILD IN THE WOODS, Richard Louv has written: “A widening circle of researchers believes that the loss of natural habitat, or the disconnection from nature even when it


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is available, has enormous implications for human health and child development. They say the quality of exposure to nature affects our health at an almost cellular level.” (43) This disconnection affects not only children but adults as well. Geocaching is one way to address that disconnection with nature as well as each other and have fun, too. As the O’Malley Family proves, geocaching provides stimulating opportunities to be “outside” and involved with each other. “We are blessed with some really awesome children, “ DeAnna states. “Geocaching has really helped them with everything. We share lots of laughter and enjoy strong relationships. Finally, the costs are minimal—sometimes no more than $2 or the price of a tank of gas. Geocaching can be done on a vacation, over a weekend, in an afternoon or for a couple of hours. The number of participants is unlimited with a variety of ages represented, male or female. Tools required are few, and expense accounts unnecessary. Fun is guaranteed. Meet nature, discover new friends and finds, learn to think outside the box, share precious family time—all before dinner. It’s possible with geocaching.

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promised to check into it and discovered that fishing would only be possible about six months out of the year. Ryan was not happy for himself, but [already the philosopher is at work] “this is for kids coming up. Maybe it will give them the opportunity to experience what I have, and if this changes one kid’s life—then it worked!” Now Debbie Huff, Principal of Genoa Central High School, picks up the story. Ryan convinces his buddy and business partner (Poppi and Pacco’s Lawn Care) Jordan Lemley to join him. The two, obviously passionate about fishing and now equally as passionate about their goal, check with Ms. Huff about the appropriate procedure. With her support and encouragement, they schedule a meeting with Genoa Superintendent Albert Murphy, prepare a Power Point presentation advocating the establishment of the Genoa Central High School Bass Team and, just before Thanksgiving, seek a place on the Genoa School Board’s agenda. “They made quite a presentation when they spoke,” Principal Huff reports. “The Board was impressed and agreed on their support for the new Genoa High School Bass Team.” Debbie Huff’s enthusiasm is evident as she notes that a


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sport like the Bass Team gives students “another positive activity” in which to participate. There is a camaraderie that develops among fishing team members as well as a unique knowledge of the outdoors. According to the SAF (Student Angler Federation), fishing is an excellent way to promote education and teach life lessons which cannot be taught in the classroom. Since “one of the fastest growing youth related movements across the country are high school fishing clubs, the future is bright for many students often overlooked by conventional programs. An estimated 60 percent of all high school anglers do not participate in other interscholastic sports or activities, according to Mark Gintert, national youth programs director for the Student Angler Federation. [“The SAF is an arm of The Bass Federation, “the country’s largest and oldest grassroots fishing organization.”] Fishing also brings in parents who previously have not been involved in school programs. “The SAF provides a turnkey program for individual schools that includes insurance coverage, fundraising programs and education opportunities (www. facultyoffishing.com), and it has developed a series of independent high school bass fishing state championships in approximately 40 states.” “That means scholarships and expanded opportunities for our students. We’ll continue to support this program,”

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Principal Huff affirms. She agrees: “The future of fishing has arrived.” Obviously, fishing produces athletes, but philosophers? Perhaps McManus was right—caring, commitment, passion, action—all evident in this bold, maybe-I-can-make-the future-better move by two high school seniors with support from a parent, a principal and a school administration.

Now, joining Ryan Satterfield and Jordan Lemley are sophomores Taylor Sells, Austin Cutchall and Dustin Grammer along with freshman, Connor Burkland. In this group, Taylor is the only female but not the only female on the 18-20 member Genoa Central High School Bass Fishing Team—the Dragons. This group is representing the Team, their attitudes and their actions. As McManus says, “I fish; therefore, I am” (apologies to Descartes). What actions are

ACTIONS “Who in here likes flatland lakes? Those are lakes filled with stumps and moss, like Millwood or Patman—“southern boy” lakes? Who likes upland lakes? Who is the alpha fisherman? What techniques do you like? Professional fisherman Mike Brower’s questions are clearly understood by the students seated in the circle. Mike is interviewing the students to help them see more clearly the integration of atttitudes and actions and note the diversity within the group. The discussion will assist them in their personal inventories. The results of his inquiries prove interesting. As fishing teams do, the members are divided into teams of two when they participate in tournaments. Mike reminds them that during the tournaments they are fishing against the fish—not each other. When the Bass Team first began shortly after the Board’s November approval, organization was essential. Two standards applied to membership: students must stay in school and keep up their grades. Team members were asked to pay a $25 membership fee to join the SAF, “one of the best bargains in all of sports. For that $25 per student fee, each club member, the club itself and any volunteer who participates in a club event are covered

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by liability insurance through the SAF. Students also receive a workbook, a one year subscription to FLW Outdoor’s Electronic Magazine, and the opportunity to qualify and fish in the High School Fishing World Finals!” These student athletes have been required to supply Ryan Satterfield’s not only their fishing love of fishing began equipment, but locate at an early age and boats, as well. Many of continues today. the boats available to the Genoa Bass Team belong to team parents, but some have come from supportive volunteers who do not have children on the team. Ryan and Jordan quickly discovered a good number of the team members were not accustomed to bass fishing at all, rather catfish and flat-bottomed boats. If they had equipment, it might have been huge Ambassador rigs. Therefore, in the beginning competition was not important. What was IMPORTANT was to put fish into the boat. Perhaps the biggest problem for the student anglers to deal with then and now has proved to be…patience. “I hate being out there and doing the right thing, and the fish don’t bite,” Jordan volunteers. The brisk tone of his voice speaks louder than his words. “Who likes it to be tough on tournament days?” Mike asks. Ryan quickly responds, “I think it’s good everyone else is catching fish, but I like it when it’s hard. I like thinking.” Mike smiles as Ryan admits he ultimately would like to

be a professional fisherman. He has been fishing most of his life and tries to get in a few hours of fishing at the end of every day. “Who prefers fishing from boats instead of standing on the bank?” “I like the boat ride,” Connor admits. The group smiles, and some agree. Obviously, they are comfortable with each other as friendly banter accompanies their responses to each of Mike’s questions. “When you’re getting started,” Mike’s no lecture, just advice, “you have to keep up your grades. Fishing is like playing the piano, you have to focus. Growing up, I just wanted to fish. When I got where I could, my grades improved. “When I was 10 or 12, my grandfather would take me to Millwood and leave me. He came back later in the day and picked me up. I started fishing in tournaments when I was 13. “Don’t be intimidated by bodies of water or anyone in the water, but a little bit of fear is good. Your concern is the day. Just because of rain, there is no rain delay in a tournament. Focus.” The conversation in the group grows more responsive as the discussion begins to involve fishing techniques. “When this group first started,” Darrin notes, “no one would talk. Now”….he extends his arms in a sweeping motion to include all the group. Taylor jumps in, “When I first started, I would not say a word, not even to my mom and dad. I would just look at them. Now, I speak up even though at the start, I’m nervous.”

Jordan, “When I first started, I thought I had the advantage. Don’t know why. Ryan and Darrin have really been my mentors. No one likes to fish with me. I talk too much.” The group stirs. “What is your biggest problem when you fish?” Taylor, quickly: “Setting the hook.” Connor: “Biggest challenge? Catching a fish. Accuracy. Hitting the target.” Austin: “I have a problem figuring ‘em out. Fish are crazy to me and my dad. I think and think and still can’t figure ‘em out.” Darrin: “That’s why they call it fishing.” Austin, still excited: “I caught a 7 pounder in the first tournament.” A pause. “Do you ever get a lackadaisical attitude?” he asks Mike. “I’ve always been fishing, so I make up my mind—this is what I’m going to fish with, and I stay with it. I sometimes look for fish the way I want to catch them rather than how they want to be caught.” The conversation continues, and as is the way with conversations, topics jump from rising lakes or falling lakes—which is better? “Rising, you can find everything.” Different lakes to fish like Dardanelle, Patman, Lake Dierks, or Greer’s Ferry, “land of many smallmouths.” “Who likes fishing in cold weather?” “OOOh!” Darrin remembers the trip with Ryan and Jordan when the three put in at Yarborough Landing and ran Douglas Slough. ”It was 25 degrees. I never forget my gloves, but I did that day. I just had to keep switching hands.” “Would you rather be lucky or good?” This time Mike answers his own question, “I would rather be lucky.” The diversity of the group and their camaraderie were becoming more evident. Some admitted their weaknesses as well as their strengths; some were surprised at what they

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did or did not know, while others discovered they could laugh at themselves. All listened to Mike intently as they added to their personal inventories. Fishing is changing their atttitudes and their actions. “In the group, who is the most willing to embrace change?” Mike’s questions became more serious. Fishing as a stimulus for change, especially among teenagers? Ryan Satterfield and the SAF, whose declaration, “The future of fishing has arrived,” are the real believers in its reality. Darrin Satterfield and Debbie Huff agree. For examples, Taylor Sells has given up her participation in other sports to focus on fishing. Jordan Lemley quit one of his jobs to pick up another—fishing. “Fishing gets me away from the world,” he acknowledges. “I feel like no one can bother me. I’m an adrenaline junkie, but I turn off my phone when I fish.” “I’m able to just do my own thing,” Dustin admits. Taylor says, “Fishing keeps me out of trouble. I’m really bonding with my dad.” “I just like catching fish,” Connor adds. “I love everything about the water. Fishing gets you out there with your family and friends.” Ryan has been fishing in tournaments since he was 13 and his first tournament on Lake Dierks. Austin unhesitatingly jumps into the conversation, “Fishing is something I love doing. I’m passionate about getting out there with my dad. I’m doin’ something right for once.” As the mentor-parent, Darrin Satterfield has assisted Ryan in achieving his dream. “The world we live in is fast paced and demanding. Kids are not encouraged to get active and outside. With these kids I never hear anyone mention a video game. Fishing keeps these kids off the couch and off the streets. “We communicate a lot. The kids are learning to compete, to experience the thrill of the fight with the fish and to keep track of their points. They constantly

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compare: ‘Who is going to catch the most fish or earn the most points? We DO communicate a lot! “Right now we are working toward competing in the World Finals at Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, AR, in July. All the members can fish the first three days to try and make the top 20 for the final day. They will be competing against the best high school anglers in the world for not only bragging rights but also scholarship money! “Our real challenge is earning the money to go. These kids have done fund raisers, so we’ve raised all our money so far. They are not just a group that wants to have fun. We are so lucky because the school and community have been so supportive. [Note the Sponsors’ sidebar].” “Our team jerseys are eye catchers. When I wear my team jersey,” Jordan explains, “people are always asking me about the team.” Ryan laughs. “I had a 42 year old tell me if his high school had had this team, he would not have intentionally failed.” “I wonder if I had started fishing my freshman year, where I would be today with my people talking skills.” Jordan admits. That skill is likely to come in handy in the World Finals when interviews with the students participating will be a part of the competition. “You get interviewed when you turn your fish in. This is a huge stage. It will be different but a good experience.” “I fish; therefore I am,” McManus concludes. The Genoa Central High School Bass Team understands his conclusion. Fishing is helping them define themselves and changing their lives not just on the water but in the world. Their ATTTITUDES— passion, commitment, caring, self-worth— have encouraged them to embrace ACTIONS. They communicate, value hard work, welcome thinking and change. No doubt they, too, will soon add their trophies to the impressive display in the foyer of Genoa Central High School, but the real trophy they will carry with them—in the boat or standing on the bank--is catching fish—for a lifetime.

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Bass on other lakes experienced the same drawn out spawn. So what does all this mean to us as bass fishermen? Well, I think that due to the longer than normal bass spawn, the shad spawn will be later than normal and the bass will linger in the Spring pattern longer than normal, too. At the rate we are going the bass won’t hit a Summer pattern until sometime in July and then it will only be a short time until they move into a Fall pattern.

his time of year cold fronts line up solid one after another and play havoc with the spawn. Bass move up, cold front hits, bass move off‌repeat 4 or five That short summer pattern is just fine with me. I like the times. Fall pattern, almost as much as winter. Get ready for the bass to start moving around the shad as they spawn Trying to fish the spawn this year was, at best, hit and and make sure your baits have a shad pattern to them. miss. Normally the bass on Millwood and Wright Patman Shad typically spawn in about three to six feet of water, spawn at relatively the same time, but this year it was which is somewhat deeper than the bass spawn. After Millwood first and a week or so later Patman. This year the bass spawn they rest up for a couple of weeks then was also strange in that the spawn was spread out over go to work on the shad. about four to five weeks. A few bass would move up every week, but there was no big push, just a bunch of So make sure you get in on the remainder of the short small pushes. spring pattern or you will miss out on some good fishing.

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With our central location in Texarkana, great fishing, hunting, and water sports destinations are just around the corner. There’s no need to spend the money on an expensive vacation to a far-off place when there are beautiful lakes, charming cities, and amazing attractions so close to home. Camp under the stars and cook out around the fire or cruise across the water and enjoy the beautiful sunset. An adventure awaits right outside your front door.

Broken Bow, Oklahoma Nestled in the foothills of the Kiamichi Mountains in southeast Oklahoma, Broken Bow is a nature-lover’s refuge with something for everyone. It is home to Broken Bow Lake which has 180 miles of shoreline and is an excellent place for intertubing, wakeboarding and reeling in small mouth bass. There are hundreds of cabins for rent near the lake with room for the whole family. Most of the cabins come stocked with kitchen supplies, games, TVs and some even boast hot tubs on beautiful porches. Broken Bow Resort Park which combines Beavers Bend State Park, Hochatown State Park, Lakeview Lodge and Cedar Creek Golf Course offers beautiful outdoor scenery and an array of activities such as canoeing, boating, bird watching, golfing, scuba diving, hunting,

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Finally, seriously consider keeping your credit separate, at least until your spouse’s credit record improves. You don’t have to combine your credit when you marry. For instance, apply for credit by yourself instead of applying for joint credit after you’re married. You can have separate “associate” cards issued for your spouse to use. Even if your spouse has bad credit, your credit rating will remain unaffected. However, keeping separate credit can be complicated. For one thing, your spouse may resent that you control all of the credit in the household. It’s also possible that you’ll have a harder time qualifying for loans (e.g., a mortgage) alone than if your spouse’s income could also be counted. Disclaimer: 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 Through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC.


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There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. John 1:9

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very time Pam Kumpe is downtown giving out popsicles to the homeless or worshipping at Church Under the Bridge, she sees the railroad tracks and hears the lonesome whistle of the incoming train and thinks about God’s plan. When growing up in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Pam experienced childhood abuse and it silenced her for years. She lived by the railroad, and on Sunday afternoons she would climb the tree that grew by the tracks and think, “If I ran in front of the train, I wouldn’t have to live through this anymore.” But, she couldn’t shake the feeling that maybe there was more to life. “I know that God has changed my life and my story,” Pam says. “He’s never given up on me. No one, no matter what has happened, is ever out of reach for Him.” By fourth grade, Pam’s family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and she was free from the abuse, but she was plagued by shyness, insecurities and felt silenced by the pain. However, as she sat in the pew one Sunday at her local church, she knew that God was calling her. Too scared to walk down the aisle, she waited until she was in the car and asked her mom if she had “missed Jesus.” That night, her family went back to church, and Pam gave her life to God. “From that day, I talk to God like my best friend,” Pam says. “I listen to Him. Sometimes I argue with Him. I just feel honored when He picks me.” Of course, life didn’t just magically become “easy” after letting God into her life. In fact, Pam had many hardships yet to overcome. After facing the repercussions of her childhood wounds, Pam’s best friend, Manuela Witthuhn, was murdered in California, and, soon after, Pam was diagnosed with stage four cancer. “I said, ‘Ok, God. This is more than I can handle,’” Pam says, “but He knows how 42

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strong we are. He takes our tragedies in life and uses them. When my best friend died, people started talking about how she wasn’t a Christian, and that haunted me. She became a catalyst for change in my life. I made a deal with God, and I know you aren’t supposed to do that, but I promised to share Him with anyone in my life. Now, I share Jesus and His love with anyone, any time, any where.” Because of this decision to say “yes” to God, no matter how strange or out of place she may feel, Pam’s life has morphed into a day-by-day ministry. Her openness to God’s work has opened doors that she never imagined. She married Ray Kumpe, owner of New Boston Photography, and they attend First Assembly of God in Hooks, Texas, where she taught Children’s Church for 24 years. She felt like God “gave [her] back her childhood” by allowing her to teach children, and she loved her work in the church. But, in 2008 the Bowie County Recovery Center, a drug and alcohol facility, did a book drive and she felt God calling her to give books. At first, she was reluctant to part with her favorites on the shelf, but after seeing the dusty volumes, she filled four trash bags with books, exactly one hundred, and took them to the shelter. “I thought, ‘Well, I’m glad that’s over! God called me to give books and I did, so now He can quit bugging me about it,’” Pam says. “But, on the way home, I heard a clear calling for me to teach there. I felt like He was calling me to give love to the women in the center like I did to the children at church. I was reluctant, and had already mentally blocked every time from my schedule except 8 a.m. on Sunday morning. Guess what? The center didn’t have a Sunday morning service

and was open to having someone come in. God knew all the details and He already had a plan. He just needed my ‘Yes.’” Now, Pam leads a service on Sundays for the women in the shelter where they have a time for prayer, worship and teaching. In fact a lot of the service’s regulars are starting to run the services, participating in solos and giving testimonies. In fact, Pam was called to speak in a church one Sunday and was astonished to find that her co-speaker was a woman who had graduated from the recovery center. The woman publicly thanked her church family and Pam for being a tool in her recovery, and soon after, regained custody of the daughter she had lost because of her addiction. “You don’t always see the harvest, but if one soul, one life is changed, it’s worth it all,” Pam says. “I just try to encourage them and teach them it’s not about what they’ve done. Jesus sees them for who they can be.” Inspired by her visits and the stories she has encountered of changed lives and hearts, Pam wrote and published a book, Things I Learned in Jail. In fact, Pam has always loved to write. When she was younger, Pam would journal. It helped her escape. Then, she majored in journalism in college. After her friend, Manuela, was murdered, Pam wrote and published her first story, “Friends for Life.” She never cashed the $50 check and never stopped writing. She’s the proud author of two devotional books, a children’s book, two blogs and is working on her first novel. She also wrote an inspirational column in the Texarkana Gazette for 13 years and you can currently read her work in the Bowie County Citizens Tribune. “I used to think, I want to be this famous journalist or this famous counselor,” Pam says, “and I may not be famous to the world, but I’m successful just because I do what I do for God. Anyone who shares Jesus is famous in God’s eyes.” In fact, Pam is famous in many circles. Her friends and family are


consistently amazed by the fact that people will stop and tell her their story. She works by day at Conner and Duffer, and the rest of the time, she gathers hygiene items for the homeless in Texarkana, totes clothes for the needy to LifeHouse Church, leads the service at the recovery center, helps with Day with Dads at Telford State Prison, writes, leads a bible study in Winnsboro every other Tuesday and even has a brownie ministry. One day, Pam felt called to bake brownies, though her husband looked at her in surprise since baking was not her forte. She baked and baked and burnt a few, but by the fourth day of baking, she got it right. She took her brownies to the neighbors and ran into Edna Walker who runs a ministry for families of those in prison. Now, Pam bakes dozens of brownies every Thursday to help with this ministry. “God uses you if you give him your ‘Yes,” Pam says. “At this point in my life, I’m bold, comfortable and I’m not afraid of today. All we have is today.” The stories from Pam’s ministry prove that God works in mysterious ways. Pam has been able to help many of the homeless downtown with unexpected

means. One day, she bought cards at a dollar store and wrote, “God loves you” on each of them. As she was handing them out, Pam saw a woman on a bench and stopped to give her a card. Later on, she found out from Cody Howard, pastor at Church under the Bridge in Texarkana, that the woman had visited church that Saturday and said she was suicidal. She said that she didn’t believe God could ever love or approve of her. “Cody said, ‘If anyone ever needed a card, it was her,’ and I look back on stuff like that and think it’s so cool how God works when you say, ‘Use me,’” Pam says. When Pam felt called to make Easter bags for the homeless at the church, she asked God how she would pay for all of it. But almost the entire cost was covered from unexpected donations. “Years ago, when I was DJing on the radio in New Boston, I had Chad Matthews on the show and I felt a stirring,” Pam says. “I remember when I was in my 20s, I would coast into work on fumes. I struggled as a single mom, and I felt like I could have been that homeless person. You don’t have to be struggling with drugs or alcohol to be homeless. There are plenty of people, especially today, who are struggling

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by Christine Amos

Grieving Pets...

- Don’t overdo the attention given to the pet(s) as it can lead to separation anxiety.

Many people aren’t aware that pets grieve the loss of an owner. They may also grieve the loss of another pet in the household. What do we do to help our pets through this?

3. Allow the surviving animals to work out the new dominance hierarchy themselves. - There may be scuffles and fights as the animals work out the new pecking order (dogs mostly).

What many people find hard to believe is that animals can form very firm attachments with each other. Even pets that outwardly seem to barely get along will exhibit intense stress reactions when separated. In fact, grieving pets can show many symptoms identical to those experienced by the bereaved pet owner. The surviving pet(s) may become restless, anxious and depressed. There may also be much sighing, along with sleep and eating disturbances. Often, grieving pets will search for their dead companions and crave more attention from their owners. How can an owner help the grieving pet? By following the following recommendations: 1. Keep the surviving pet(s) routines as normal as possible. 2. Try not to reinforce the behavior changes. - If the pet’s appetite is picky, don’t keep changing the food. All that does is create a more finicky pet.

4. Don’t get a new pet to help the grieving pet(s) unless the owner is ready. - Will backfire unless the owner is emotionally ready for a new pet. - People still grieving won’t have the energy for it. Should the owner let the surviving animals see and smell their dead companion? There is no evidence that doing so will help the surviving pet(s), but some people claim that it does. Usually, all it accomplishes is to make the owner feel better. Therefore, if the owner wants to have the surviving pets “say good-bye,” then it should be allowed. Your pet has more intense feelings than you are aware of. Please love them through it. If you are a surviving family member of someone that owned a pet, please take all of the above information into consideration. A pet is a lifetime comitment. Also, if you currently own a pet please think ahead for your baby. If you are the only owner to your pet, please make arrangements in the event of your passing. Otherwise you may have a family member that will not be as caring and your pet could end up homeless or in a shelter. Some this information may sound morbid, but you would do it for your children. Why not think ahead for your pets?

Christine Amos has over 30 years experience grooming pets and an owner of Georgia’s Pet Salon. She is a Certified Groomer, Master Groomer, AKC Canine Good Citizenship Evaluator, and Obedience Trainer. She is also Mom to Georgia (pictured), MoMo, and Annabelle!

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by Vincent Senatore

Father Knows Best...

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n my 37 years in the wine & spirits industry, I have come to a definite conclusion regarding wine purchasing: men know what they want and spend about half the time selecting a bottle of wine or spirits. Now, before you ladies storm the store with pitch forks and axes, this is also true in many other industries (cars and electronics), as well. Obviously, women are much more prolific shoppers and are far more interested in the overall product. Men pay less attention to detail regarding wine and food and are more forgiving to a product that falls short of their expectations. Men are far more willing to acquiesce to their mates’ wishes, even if it’s not their favorite choice. I would be more than happy to consume a product that was not my favorite if it made my wife happy. In fact, for the first 18 years of our marriage, she wouldn’t drink red wines. Amazingly, she took our Beginners Wine Class and has now fallen in love with red wines. Our gourmet lives are heavenly. I’ve also realized that women are very attentive to their man’s taste. They know what we like and are willing to go to great lengths to find something special. Ladies, it is greatly appreciated! With that said, June has the only real holiday just for men; Father’s Day. I really cannot think of any other holiday that caters exclusively to men. So, let’s focus. I’ll grant you that today’s culture is changing and the idea of “He-Men,” eating Brontosaurus Steaks with Fred Flintstone is not quite as ordinary anymore. Further, it’s fairly common for a man to be a really good cook. I really like to get in the kitchen and create something tasty. But, Fathers Day brings out the laziness in me. I want to be waited on. So, how do we show “Good Ole Dad” how much we appreciate him? Beef, cigars, red wine and beer would be a really great start. I would like to suggest some fun ideas for making Father’s Day super special for your favorite man. First, how about some Mimosas on the patio served with fresh tropical fruit, a ham and cheddar omelet and a slice of sour dough toast. Then, dad might want to play some golf or spend time with the family. However, around 1 or 2 o’clock one might open a nice bottle of Chardonnay with a Mediterranean style “antipasto.” This one is really easy: chunk up some provolone, Swiss cheese, or a mild cheddar. Add a few slices of Genoa salami, pepperoni or prosciutto (Italian cured ham) with some hard-crusted bread and Dad will feel like a Prince. Add an Arturo Fuentes Corona Cigar and it will be an afternoon “Fit for a King.” This afternoon indulgence will probably keep dad really happy for a few hours (especially if he lights the cigar). At this point, there’s a really good chance that a golf match on television or a possible nap will keep dad occupied while you prepare the royal dinner. The morning feed was simple enough. The afternoon Tapas was unbelievably simple to prepare and serve. So why veer from the simplicity of the day. Let’s make Father’s Day dinner simple and fantastic. Start with a simple salad utilizing lettuce, julienned carrots, green and red peppers, thinly shaved red onion and a simple olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar dressing. Add some croutons and almond slivers for a bit more crunch. Heat up the grill -- there’s beef comin’! Cut up 46

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the rest of the veggies from the salad and skewer them for grilling. The baked potatoes and asparagus should be close to done when you place those 2” thick Rib-Eyes on the grill. Don’t forget to bring the “Doggies” up to room temperature before grilling and give those beautiful steaks at least 10-15 min. at room temp, after grilling. While you are preparing the steaks for the grill, pull the cork (for breathing) of a nice bottle of Annabella Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The perfect match of a grilled rib-eye and the rich tannins of a well made Napa Cab will bring Dad to his gourmet knees. Again, simple and fantastic. As the evening cools down and the outdoors are again inhabitable, coffee and a rich chocolate cake would be fun. Then finish the day with a glass of port, cognac, single malt scotch or liqueur. This fantasy meal will end with a steamed brandy snifter, 2 oz. of Grand Marnier (French triple orange liqueur), dark chocolate and a Grand Marnier infused cigar. The perfect ending to the perfect day!!! Your dad will never Fuggetaboudit!

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Dear Kendra Dear Kendra, After 9 years of marriage, I find myself single again. My ex husband cheated on me and the divorce was very painful. I’m afraid I’ll never be able to trust someone again. How do I go about putting myself back out there? Will I ever be able to love again? Frightened Dear Frightened, Bless your sweet heart. Airhug. Although I don’t have firsthand knowledge of infidelity, I have counseled a few friends through it. I am sure your heart was broken from his betrayal but you have to remember this (and this is tres important)All men are not alike. Say it out loud-All men are not alike. Just because your ex chose to cheat doesn’t mean they will all cheat. I can definitely understand why you would be scared to put your heart back out there, though. Don’t rush yourself. It’s ok to be a bit scared right at first. Take some time. Heal your heart. Focus on yourself. Remind yourself often that all men are not alike and that love is waiting for you whenever you are ready. When you get to that point, open your heart to love and it will find you. I divorced after 17 years of marriage and I wondered if I would spend the rest of my life alone. It took me a year of finding myself before I was ready to open my heart back up to love. As soon as I did that, the perfect man waltzed right in and swept me off my feet. We will celebrate our 3 year anniversary in July. Take some time to heal, spend some time focused on you and,when you are ready, open your heart. Don’t forget-All men are NOT alike. Blessings! Kendra 48

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Dear Kendra, I finally found my dream job but I’m miserable! Not because of the job, but because of a few of my coworkers. There seems to be a “mean girl” mentality here and it is driving me crazy. I’m an adult and this seems so petty and childish but I don’t know how to handle it any more. These mean girls are driving me crazy! Please help! Nice girl Dear Nice girl, Wow. I, for sure, have experience with this. Regrettably, I allowed those “mean girls” to push me out and I finally quit. Don’t do what I did! If this is your dream job then BE STRONG! Don’t allow those childish, unhappy, jealous people push you out of a job you have dreamed about! I don’t know exactly what they are doing to you, but is it important enough that you could make your boss aware of it? If that is not an option, have you tried befriending them? That is something I wish I had tried harder. I was so hurt by their backbiting and name calling that I just wanted to be away from them. I think the majority of the time their “mean girl” antics are fueled by jealousy, which is usually fueled by their ignorance of just who you are. I hate that women don’t automatically support each other, but the fact is, they don’t. If someone is prettier, or skinnier, or has more money, or their husband treats them better, etc. then they are a target for “mean girls”. All “mean girl” troops have a leader. Invite her to lunch, just one on one. Try to get to know her and let her get to know you. It could make all the difference. If you are able to befriend them, make sure you don’t fall into their mean girl ways. Be a good influence; help them evolve into adults that don’t need to treat people that way. If your attempt to befriend fails, my best advice is to ignore them. If they know they

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are getting to you, they will never stop. If you continue living your life, doing your job to the best of your ability, and never acknowledge their sad attempts to upset you-they will eventually stop. I can’t say for certain that that is a scientific fact, but it should be. J I am sorry you are going through this. I’ve dealt with “mean girls” my whole life. I tend to use the last tactic the most. (Ignoring) I finally got to the point where I refuse to waste a minute of my precious life worrying about what they think of me. So don’t miss another minute of sleep worrying about them. If they won’t be your friend then just go to work, be awesome and forget about ‘em! Blessings! 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 by visiting www. dearkendra.com. Submit your anonymous questions by email: dearkendra@ymail.com or by mail: ALT Magazine 200 Heather Dr Texarkana, TX 75501


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Arkansas Women for Education EVENT

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1. Carol Dalby, Debbie Haak, Shelby Brown, Pam New and Ann Douglas 2. Denise, Jimmy Hickey and Diana Lowe 3. Jeanna Rogers, Diane Green, Junie Young and Joyce Varner 4. Judy Arnold and Chayta Mills 5. Lynlee Russell, Morgan Warren and Mattie Green (scholarship recipients) 6. Pam New, Lekia Jones and Janet Green 7. Robin Stover, Becky Kesler and Gwen Adams 8. Shirley Cox and Genia Bullock

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1. Todd Wallace and Ray Nelson 2. Kyle Jones, Christy Waid and Tiffannee Watson 3. Margret Schaffer, Shleby Brown and Peggy Duke 4. Lonnie and Dorothy Sievel 5.Lewis and Mearlene Montgomery 6. Billie Prichett and Sher Fomby 7. Walter and Francie Hudson 8. Nirmala Jacob O.T. , Judith Ramos P.T. and Todd Wallace 9.Maxine Piggee and Rocalyn Clayborn 10. Nirmala Jacob O.T. and Nola Harrison 11. Tom and Flora Quinn 12. Martha Butler and Thomas Marlow

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Shoes For the Soul On Saturday, April 20th, the Junior League of Texarkana sponsored Shoes for the Soul at Payless Shoe Source in Richmond Ranch shopping center. Over 200 deserving children in the Texarkana area received 338 pairs of shoes with the assistance of many dedicated League volunteers.  Shoes for the Soul, which is held every October and April, is one of the Junior League’s community projects funded by Touch a Truck, Mistletoe Fair and our community partners, including Payless.  Thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors who helped make Shoes for the Soul a huge success!

Janet Willis, Annell Langdon, Jessica Higgs and Melissa Estes

Jacquelyn Osborne, Jennifer Laurent, Jennifer London, Christie Williams, Mandy Cater, KT Coltharp, Magan Carter, Stephanie Casteel, Faith Phillips, Alex White, Cammy Rose, Jeanna McDonald, Cammie Moody, Morgan Bennett and Treva West

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National Walk at Work Day

DAR Officer Installation

On April 24 several of the RRFCU employees and branches The Texarkana Chapter Daughters of the American participated in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield “Walk at Work Revolution installed officers for 2013-2015 Thursday, Day�. On their lunch they took a brisk walk around the credit May 2nd, 2013 at The Arkansas State Capitol. union in support of a healthy lifestyle. Pictured are: Karen Rhodes, Sylvia Venable, Cherry Williams, and Felicia Drake.

Historian, Maxine Crow; Vice Regent, Dorothy Morgan; Regent, Rebecca Epps; Treasurer, Patty Mitchell

Red River Credit Union is participating in the Blue and You Fitness Challenge sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. In 2012 RRFCU won the top participant award for the large business category.

Past Regent, Maxine Crow, and Regent, Rebecca Epps

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EVENT

Learning for Life

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Boy Scout Service Center

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1. Texas High Sophomore John Reddell playing the National Anthem 2. Jennell Ingram - Principal, Theron Jones Early Literacy Center 3. Award for Outstanding Program - Kathy Graves for JumpStart for Youth Program 4. Linda Willis and Lizabeth Ludewig - 2012 National Distinguished Learning for Life District and 2012 Distinguished Council Awards 5. Tribute to Educators by Beverly Jack Webb - Guidance Counselor, Union CAMS 6. Guy Wilemon - Scout Executive, Caddo Area Council 7. Awards for Team Leadership, New Boston High School: Sr. Damien Haskins (Oregon State - Football Scholarship) and Sara Rothwell (9th grade) presented by Linda Willis 8. Award for Outstanding Presenter: Donna McLaughlin 9. Award for Outstanding Community Partner: Michael Greene of FCI Texarkana 10. Award for Outstanding Self Discipline: Master Mateo Lopez of Legendary Academy of Martial Arts 11. Award for Outstanding Citizenship: James Bramlett of Farmers Bank 12. Award for Outstanding Administrator: Linda Erie, principal of Pleasant Grove Middle School

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Touch a Truck On Saturday, April 13th, the Junior League of Texarkana sponsored its 4th Annual Touch a Truck event at Central Mall. Over 200 visitors had the opportunity to learn about, sit in and climb on all types of vehicles including trucks, ATV’s and public safety equipment. The 2012-2013 New Member class incorporated a project called Kid’s in the Kitchen which taught healthy lifestyle habits to the children in attendance. The kids prepared their own tasty, nutritious snacks and participated in several interactive activities. The proceeds from Touch a Truck help the Junior League of Texarkana support its mission of improving the community through its many projects including Shoes for the Soul, Holiday from the Heart and Teacher Take Wing. Thank you to all of the volunteers and sponsors who helped make Touch a Truck a huge success!

Cherly Saul-Sehy, Amy Malone, Treva West, Jenni Heddrick and Lauren Blake

Mary Collin Marracino awards a guest a prize

Wishing You A Happy Father’s Day...

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Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

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Carnival Under the Stars

EVENT

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4/20/13

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1. Brent Ramage and Caleb and Erica Ramage 2. Alan and Sharon Binning, and Renba Dobbs of Dixie Diner 3. Vince and Peggy Senatore of Vincent’s Fine Wine & Liquor 4. Mike Taylor and Judy Morgan 5. Angie Owen and Donna Howell of Silver Spoon Inc. 6. Susan Mervish and Hannah Crowell of Julie’s Deli 7. Roger Massey and Ronnie Walraven 8. Roger and Melissa Massey 9. Dr. James and Tammy Ward 10. Mike and Debbie Brower 11. David James and Michaele Murdock of Albert’s Meat Company 12. Tammy Ward and Balinda Miles 13. Donna McLaughlin and Felita Gilmore 14. Tony Paschal, Heather Russel Abston and Ken Coltharp of One Night Stand 15. Kirk Keller and Dr. Roy Deskin 16. Todd Coltharp and Doug Sloan of Wing Stop 17. In line for a taste of their favorite wings from Wing Stop 18. Shane and Robyn Kennedy and Shonda Turrentine 19. Connie Walker and Steve Nations

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Apraxia Awareness Do You Know A Child Who Struggles To Speak?

www.Apraxia-KIDS.org When To Be Concerned About A Child’s Speech: Children accomplish speech improvement incrementally as they get older. Below are “red flags” at different ages.

Your Child At Age 1-2:

• Does not have first words • Has lost previously used words • Does not add new words every month • Is not beginning to use two words together in short phrases • Has few sounds • Is frustrated by inability to communicate

Your Child At Age 2-3:

• Does not have many sounds or words • Is not using 2-3 word sentences • Speech is not understood by those familiar with the child • Is frustrated by inability to communicate • Uses elaborate gesturing instead of speech

Your Child At Age 3-4:

• Is not using most sounds • Does not have many words • Is not using sentences of 4 or more words • Speech is not understood by most people

Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Overview Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a specific speech disorder that seriously interferes with a child’s ability to develop clear speech. CAS impairs a child’s ability to plan the movements of the lips, tongue, jaw etc. that are needed for speech. Children with CAS generally have a good understanding of language- they know what they want to say- but have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex movements that underlie speech. While the act of learning to speak comes effortlessly to most children, those with apraxia endure an incredible and lengthy struggle. Although not life threatening, it is life altering as families are left to cope with the emotional, physical and financial challenges of having a child diagnosed with CAS. Every child should be afforeded their best opportunity to develop speech. With early intervention and appropriate therapy, most children with apraxia will learn to communicate with their own voices. These children, as well as their families, deserve our highest respect for their effort, determination and resilience in the face of such obstacles. Educate yourself about apraxia! Visit the Apraxia-KIDS website for a wealth of information at www.Apraxia-KIDS.org

“Anytime a parent is concerned about their child’s development, they should follow their instincts and ask for a referral for speech-language evaluation.”

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Benefit Concert for Runnin’ WJ Ranch

EVENT

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Texarkana Convention Center

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5/5/13

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1. Tara Clem and Taylor McKinney 2. Crystal Hofert and Jennifer Alyasiri 3. Chris Martin, Rita Martin, Jack Martin and Micah McBay 4. Allene Stark, Mary Ford, Nancy Sanderfur, Lucille Cook and Sylvia Waldrop 5. Marti and Steve Bledsoe 6. Rory Banks, Pam Troxler, Erin Robertson, Annalisa Moncreif and Falisha Folks 7. Brenda Hollans and Dana Humphries 8. Ginny and Clyde Permenter 9. Rebeca Puente and Meghan Morphis 10. Nancy Troike and Ron Mills 11. Marilyn and Kaylee Nowlin 12. Jessica Plant and Greg Cook 13. Gloria Mugno, Judy and Bill Crutchfield 14. Michael and Brooke Thomas 15. Patrick and Lauren Mayo 16. Tom and Brenda Burns 17. Lindola and Margarte Griffin 18. Charlie and Trina Bassett 19. Casey and Cullen Matthews 20. Curtis and Tina Schneekloth 21. Melanie Cockrell and Pat Nance 22. Joan Cutler, Kaylee Nowlin, Erin Robertson, Pam Troxler and Falisha Folks

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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.

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.

Texarkana Humane Society

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!

Come visit us at Petsmart on the fourth Saturday of every month!

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1. Scarlett is a terrier mix weighing 33 pounds. She is spayed, current on shots, heartworm negative, microchipped and full of love. She walks well on a leash, housetrained and rides well in a car. Scarlett will need a privacy fence as she has the ability to hop right over a 4ft fence. For more info call Sherrie at 903-838-6334. 2. Coco is a handsome 2 year old Shitzu mix. He has been fully vetted, neutered, heartworm negative, microchipped and weighs 23 pounds. This little guy walks well on a leash and gets along with other dogs and cats. He loves everyone. A fenced yard is required. For more info call Diana at 903-838-4965. 3. Didymus has a big name for a little dog. This cute terrier mix weighs only 9.9 pounds and is around 3 years old. He has been fully vetted, heartworm negative, and microchipped. Didy is housetrained, gets along with other dogs and would be a great addition to any family. For more info call Amber at 870653-6983. A fenced yard is required.

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4. Lola is a sweet little terrier mix that is a little over 2 years old. She is spayed, current on all shots, microchipped, heartworm negative and weighs a little less than 14 pounds. Lola gets along with other dogs and would be a great addition to any family. Fenced yard is required. For more info call Amber at 903-949-9389. 5. Orey is a handsome 10 month old Lab/retriever mix weighing 43 pounds. We rescued from him from our local shelter and he is truly a great pup. He is neutered, current on shots, heartworm negative and microchipped. He is working on his housetraining, gets along with other dogs and would be a great addition to any family. A fenced yard is required. For more info call Jerry at 870-773-3740. 6. Bentley is a handsome toy poodle weighing a little over 8 pounds. He has been neutered, all vaccinations, heartworm negative and microchipped. This little guy was rescued from our local shelter. He is housetraind, great with other dogs and

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1. Rambo is a male Pit Bull mix. He’s about 2 years old and ready to go home with a loving family. 2. Diva is a female Terrier mix. She is about 3 years old and thinks she’s a queen! She’s a little skittish at first but warms up to people quickly. 3. Floyd is a male Yorkie mix. He loves to play, but also loves to sleep! He’s love a family to call his own!

The mission of the Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Arkansas is to be a technologically advanced, self sustaining, human and animal friendly facility that specializes in personal customer service from a team of knowledgeable, caring individuals who endeavor to achieve rapid placement of all adoptable animals. We are always in need of caring, capable volunteers to assist in with duties at the center, adoption events, fund-raising activities and more. Your tax-deductible donation will help care for and assist in the adoption of loving animals to good homes! The Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Arkansas is located at 203 Harrison, Texarkana, AR, 71854. For more information, call Connie Slater at 870.773.6388, or visit www. animalcareadoptioncenter.org. We’re also on Facebook! We’re open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 - 5:00. Please note, all dogs adopted from this shelter MUST be spayed or neutered. Spays cost $89-$104, neuters are $76-$92 depending on the weight of the dog.

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Who else can help? Artex Animal Welfare, Inc. (mostly horses) 903.824.1990

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1. Spencer is adopted. He was so excited to meet his new mom today, Kathryn Fant. He bonded right off with her and he will have a little furry sister at his new home to play with also. Thank you Kathryn for giving this wonder ful little guy a great home.

Passion for Pooches (mostly small dogs) 903.832.8632 Texarkana Animal League 877.525.4825

How can you help the THS? The Texarkana Humane Society is always in need of dry food for puppies, dogs, cats and kittens, scoopable cat litter and litter boxes, collars, leashes, toys, beds, heartworm and flea medications, gift cards and monetary donations. These donations are all tax deductible, as the Texarkana Humane Society is a 501c3 organization. If your are interested in donating, helping with events, fostering or working fundraisers call Sherrie at (903) 838-6334.

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11. Tzu Tzu is a male Shih Tzu mix. He’s about 2 years old and loves to play, jump and cuddle. 12. Sickem is a male Labrador mix. He’s about 5 months old and has a brother named Outlaw. They love to play with each other, as well as other animals and people. 13. Veronica is a female mixed breed. She is around 1 year old and a total princess. She will love you forever! 14. Wendy is a female Terrier mix. She loves to cuddle and needs a loving home.

Three Rivers Animal Rescue 903.490.4048

Texarkana Reptile and Amphibian Rescue 903.809.3761

waiting since August 2012. 7. Ebony is a female Terrier mix. She’sabout 3 years olf and weighs about 10lbs. She is ready for someone to love her.

2. Lou is still doing the HAPP Y DANC E! This is her wonderful new family and she has a Yorkie named Mick at home to play with. Thanks to the Davis family for adopting sweet Lou. Also a special thanks to her namesake Miss Lou, that saved her from the dark, deser ted road she was dumped on. Cour tesy of the Texarkana Hum ane Society

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June

Calendar of Events

June 8 June 3 - August 3

TRAHC Arts on Main Summer Classes. Art classes taught by local, professional artists. Call TRAHC at 903-792-8681 or visit www.TRAHC.org for more info.

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American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Texarkana at Front Street Festival Plaza from 10:00AM-10:00PM. The journey to end cancer starts with a single step. The American Cancer Society invites you to take that step with us by joining the global Relay For Life movement. When you walk to end cancer at a Relay event, it’s your opportunity to not only honor cancer survivors and remember loved ones lost, but also to raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from cancer and raise money for cancer research and American Cancer Society’s community programs. For more information, 903278-9680.

Fallen Soldier 5K Run/Walk sponsored by: Family and Friends of Bravo Company 1-153rd “Blackfoot.” 8:00AM at Trinity Baptist Church. ALT Magazine

June 6

HandOn Golf Tournament sponsored by Peoples State bank. Four Man Scramble at Texarkana Golf Ranch. Entry Fee: $400/Team or $100/ Participant. Super Ticket: $20/Player or $75/Team. Includes 2 mulligans, poker hand, 2 roll the dice holes, longest drive/putt opportunities. Early Bird Registration: $350/Team or $87.50/ Participant. For more information, 903798-3211 or handsontxk@aol.com

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NAIFA Charity Golf Tournament at Oak Grove Golf Club. The Four States Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Charity golf tournament benefits United Way of Greater Texarkana. Sponsorships available. 1:00PM shot gun start. For more information, 903-223-6533.

June 2013

Grand Opening Event for Goodwill Industries of Northeast Texas at 222 W. Broad St, Texarkana, TX. Hot dogs and drinks from 11:00AM-1:00PM. For more information, 430-200-2810.

Ms. Juneteenth pageant will be held at Arkansas High School. Registration is going on now. Orientation will be May 25th at Tower of Power Gospel Ministries 1500 Kline St.  10:00 a.m. Registration is $25. Contact: Venture Watson 903-280-5754 or venture. watson@yahoo.com

June 11 - August 10

TRAHC presents 25th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition. Free to the public. Call TRAHC at 903-792-8681 or visit www. TRAHC.org for more info.

June 14-16

AKC Dog Show at the Four States Fair Entertainment Center. For more information contact Carol Arnett.

June 16

Father’s Day June 21-23

Running WJ Ranch’s 6th Annual Benefit Barrel Race at the Four States Fair Grounds. For more information contact Patti Moore. 903-244-2306.

June 29

Sparks in the Park at the Four States Fair Entertainment Center.


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Call today to find out how much you can afford.

Jason Cree

Branch Manager NMLS #209270 | AR #17523

If you’re thinking of buying a home, call me first to learn how much you might be qualified to borrow. Knowing how much you can afford can put you in a stronger position when you negotiate your purchase contract.

903-223-5632 office 903-277-2726 mobile jcree@SWBC.com

Even if another lender has provided a quote, call me. We’ll perform an apples-to-apples comparison to ensure you are receiving the best financing for your situation. This is a complimentary service so there’s nothing to lose—and the straight facts to gain.

Visit my website to apply online www.jasoncree.com Providing exceptional service to Texarkana and surrounding area borrowers for more than 15 years.

Once you find your home, ask SWBC to provide you with a homeowners insurance quote, too.

Ask for your complimentary home buying booklet today.

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5120 Summerhill Rd Texarkana, TX 75503

Office: 903-794-5250 Toll Free: 866-473-1953 Preferred

Love Natural Light? Welcome to Your Dream Home!

Serenity Now...East Texas Gem Has Views All Around! 30 Enchanting Acres With 22 Acre Private Lake!

903.276.9464 cell

teresasoldit@hotmail.com www.TeresaLiepman.com

Pull up to this dreamy 30 acre estate, and kiss the stress of the world goodbye! Dream house, with elegant details including peaceful water fountain, beautiful Aspen ceilings, custom upgrades on fireplaces, fine tile and woods and built-ins galore! More than enough room for everyone, outside on the spacious front and back covered porches. Relax and soak in the peaceful sounds of nature and the breathtaking views of the colorful landscape and 22 acre private lake that wraps around the home. Make memories with loved ones in the vast front and back yards, or spend some time on a project in the roomy 2,000 sq. ft. heated and cooled metal shop! When the day is done, meal prep is a breeze in the stunning gourmet kitchen. Take a seat at the beautiful granite kitchen island, or gather the whole crowd around the dining table and enjoy the view of the sun setting over the lake as you dine. Plenty of room for all in the living area and game room as you enjoy watching the big screen or enjoying a game of cards or pool! Time for a night cap at the custombuilt wet bar in the game room- a glass of wine will have you all ready to retire to the elegant master suite, where you can lounge in the sitting area by a romantic fire in the charming gas fireplace. Soak in the spa tub before turning back the sheets and dreaming of doing it all again the next day... thanks to this property, some dreams really can come true!

View More of This Property at: www.1315CR2361.com


3603 Texas Blvd. Texarkana, TX 903.793.GROW (4769)

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HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Texarkana reCeiveS top 10% national ranking HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Texarkana is proud to be a four-time recipient of top recognition for ranking in the top 10% of rehabilitative care by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation (UDSMR ) for 2012. This ranking ®

recognizes our superior delivery of effective, patient-centered rehabilitative care, helping patients return to home and their community in shorter periods of time. You can always count on HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Texarkana to deliver high-quality patient care. We lead the way, consistently outperforming peers, with a unique, intensive approach to rehabilitation. For a higher level of care, choose HealthSouth.

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ALT June 2013  

ALT's June 2013 edition is all about things to do in the Ark-La-Tex! Check out what you can do this summer for your Stay-Cation!