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Heart and Soul... Kevin and Lisa Myers

Meet Haylee Clift...our Baby Pic Contest Winner!


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Kevin and Lisa...

F E AT U R E S

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F i s h Ta l e s

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F u r r y Ta l e s

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Real Estate

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Resource Guide

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Second Chances

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True Light

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Stop Cyber Bullying

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I t ’ s Yo u r T i m e

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A Dream Come True

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Baby Photo Contest

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EVERY MONTH

EVENTS

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Editor ’s Letter

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Financial Focus

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Stout and Ale Pairing

Camp Preston Hunt...

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Hands On Draw Down

Once inside Camp Preston Hunt, the world which greets the visitor, usually a member of the Boy Scouts of America, is a world of both the past and the present, the familiar and unknown.

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Make-A-Wish Maggie Cobb Memorial 5K

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Arkansas Children’s H o s p i t a l 1 0 0 t h A n n i v.

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Boy Scout Luncheon

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Heart Ball

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Star Girls Workshop

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Ve t e r a n s C h i l i C o o k o ff

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2nd Annual Lil’ Miss Blue Revue Pageant

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Circle of Friends Radiothon

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Gamma Kappa Zeta

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March Masquerade

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Publisher and Editor / Debbie Brower Associate Editors / Jaclyn Gooding, Miranda Johnson Photography / Image Forward Photography, Debbie Brower, Jaclyn Gooding, Miranda Johnson, Rozana Page Sales & Marketing Manager / Charlie McMurphy Feature Writers / Jane Bouterse, Anne Fruge Contributing Writers / Christine Amos, Mike Brower, Anne Fruge, Vincent Senatore, Dustin Stringer Fisherman / Mike Brower If you have an event you would like to include in our Upcoming Events section, please email us at: info@alt-mag.com.

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Medical Guide

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“Truly wake up and consider others regardless of who or where you are—YOU can make a difference in the world.” Kevin and Lisa Myers definitely do.


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EDITOR’S letter

Childhood... Childhood is the most beautiful of all life’s seasons. With my Dad, at about age 2!

Do you remember the sounds of your childhood? I do. I

remember my mom’s voice calling me to come to breakfast. We always had a warm breakfast waiting on us when we woke up -- my love of oatmeal, with evaporated milk and sugar began with Mom’s breakfasts! Play time was fun -- and typically included a pet of some sort. From puppies to rabbits to birds and fish, we were always pet poor! (Or so my mom would say!) My dad, on the other hand, loved pets. He would bring home pets, that my mom then was responsible for tending to! I remember with delight our chihuahua! She was the best toy ever! I can still see her as we would play chase down the hallway. We would always make the turn into my parents’ bedroom -- Frisky didn’t quite make it each time and would go crashing into the dresser, only to come up growling and running! I can remember it like it was yesterday!

It’s amazing what memories we can conjure up. Some good,

some not so good. My pastor, Kevin Myers, and his wife, Lisa, are such wonderful, loving people. I can not imagine them as anything other than in that capacity -- my pastor and his wife, wonderful and loving! However, they did have a life before the ministry which I am sure they remember vividly! Oh, how we all grow up -- sometimes into someone we like, sometimes into someone we don’t want to know anymore. Those memories are the ones we learn by -- or that God teaches us by! And learn they did! What an awesome job He did in their lives! I can’t wait for everyone to read about them this month!

My son-in-law, Marshall Gooding, and his friend and

co-worker, David Melson, can regale you with tales of being on camping trips, trekking through the woods and mountains, making sure everything was perfect so that no bear would come close, and

Both are now Eagle Scouts -- a designation that is very difficult to attain and one to cherish throughout their lives. The Boy Scouts help young boys learn about honor, duty, country and God. What a great way to help our young boys become men -- and create so many wonderful childhood memories. Camp Preston Hunt, I am sure, is in many memories. Now being renovated, it will be there for making memories to come.

Some memories are not as wonderful. Bullying has now

gone from in person to over social media on the internet. Affecting both children and adults, cyber-bullying can cause so much emotional distress that many never overcome it. Please take a moment to think about what you post before it is out there for all to see. You may think you want to punish someone, but who knows what that person is going through. Try to help others get through this life -- be kind -- and be the kind of person you want others to be to you!

Of course, my favorite part of childhood is looking back on

photos! What a delightful time to go back and remember all the many things my family did! This month we have included our Baby Photo Contest winners! It was so much fun just going through the photos -- over 400 of them! Oh my goodness! I was overwhelmed at the response! I actually spent about 4 days with my only duty being to upload and check on photos! However, in the end, it was so worth it! I hope you enjoy looking at our winners.

As you are reading this and strolling down your own

childhood memory lane, try to think about what memories you are helping your family make...and then, stop, and go make them!

May God bless you!

returning home safely to mom and dad. This would not have been possible without the volunteers who are leaders with the Boy Scouts.

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A JOURNEY TO SOMEWHERE ELSE by Jane Bouterse


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ow often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.”…Buckminster Fuller-- author, architect (Geodesic Dome), futurist, poet, inventor. Kevin Myers, resident of Texarkana, Texas, was born in St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana, Arkansas. The youngest of five children, Kevin was doted on by his three older sisters and mom. “I was spoiled rotten,” he laughingly admits, “and I wore it like a badge.” When his mom opened her Rags to Riches clothing store, he moped because his sisters now had their store-he should have one, too. Kevin’s father worked diligently at his home building business, and it was in that business where Kevin began his journey. “I had so much fun growing up in Texarkana,” Kevin admits. He attended Pleasant Grove schools, like his mom, as well as TISD and graduated from Texas High School. Without even realizing it, he was learning to work hard, like his dad. At 11 and 12 years old, Kevin lived a boy’s dream. He drove bulldozers cutting streets for his dad’s subdivisions. He also played baseball, but Kevin’s ball games were usually slightly empty without his dad’s being there. Kevin’s dad supported three girls in college at the same time he had a son playing ball. The maturity of later years helped Kevin understand how his father had been required to choose the best course of action for his family at the time—as indeed he did. Bill Myers was a successful businessman and a good provider. With a shrug Kevin admits, “I didn’t know we were probably better off than many others.” Lisa Wardlaw, on the other hand, lived in Texarkana, Arkansas, but was born in Baytown, Texas. She was the middle child of three in a close-knit, working class family. She attended College Hill and graduated from Texarkana Arkansas High School. Lisa’s family was tightly bound by two passions: the Arkansas Razorbacks and camping, especially at Shady Lake near Mena in Arkansas’ Ouachita National Forest. “We were poor and didn’t know it,” Lisa laughs. From the beginning, these two— Kevin, the boy from Texas, and Lisa, the girl from Arkansas, were different in ways other than just the worlds across the state line and economics. Their attitudes and outlooks differed markedly. Kevin’s family “made” things; Lisa’s family “did” things. Perhaps their two most obvious similarities were/are that both of them laugh heartily and often, and a church life has long been important to them. In fact, Kevin and Lisa met at Beech Street First Baptist Church. Kevin begins their story, “My wife can sing. I am a gifted singer, too. I can sing every song in every

key at one time.” Lisa smiles as she nods her agreement and picks up their story. “A friend had invited me to attend a service at Beech Street, and Kevin happened to be in the group singing on the stage. I didn’t notice Kevin.”….but “I noticed her sitting in the congregation” Kevin quickly adds. The service ended, and an almost-16 year old Lisa was leaving. As she moved down an exit stairwell, an already-16 year old Kevin came up behind her. As he introduced himself and extended one hand for a handshake, he used his free hand to supply

her a Myers Construction Company business card. Lisa still shakes her head in slight disbelief, “I thought, ‘That is unique.’” A short while later, Lisa and her friend were startled, “Lo and behold, here comes this card guy with peach yogurt.” Obviously, a Lisa-infatuated Kevin had done some quick investigation to discover Lisa’s favorite treat. The couple met that night. After Lisa’s 16th birthday, they saw each other every day for six consecutive months. “He was a gentleman,” Lisa says. “Very different.”

who delivered cases of cokes to the Myers’ home. “That was different,” and impressed Lisa. Kevin had adjustments to make, too—Razorback adjustments. For example, when he attended the Arkansas-Texas game during his senior year, he sat on the right side of the stadium—the Arkansas side. “That was one of the most uncomfortable nights of my life,” Kevin still declares; but by then the couple was practically engaged, and it was important to keep Lisa’s family happy. “My family took the game more seriously than his.” In the beginning, Kevin was reluctant to become a Razorback fan. “I felt like a traitor.” After about three years of pretending, Kevin became a genuine fan of Nolan Richardson, U of A Razorback’s Basketball Coach. “It is fun to be passionate about it,” Kevin now readily admits. Lisa’s family was not completely approving of Kevin, however, until he cooked steak for the entire group. “There you have it” Lisa adds enthusiastically, “the story of conversion.” Today Kevin is happily passionate about the Razorbacks—not a place he set out to be but a place he belongs. The conversion extends to Kevin’s family, since his sister Brenda Turner served Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as Chief of Staff. Lisa initiated Brenda properly with a Razorback jersey, a lesson in calling the hogs, and Razorback nose and hat paraphernalia. “Lisa is a missionary at heart,” Kevin adds. Six months after their high school graduations, Lisa and Kevin, 18 and 19 were married. “We were entirely too young,” Lisa observes. “We have grown up together, had our ups and downs, but it’s been fun.” Their relationship reflects that comfortable maturity, as they banter back and forth, their conversation peppered with laughter. A driving force in Kevin’s life— married or no—was that he was going to be a millionaire by the time he was 25. Although the two had met and dated during a challenging time for the Myers family, their early marriage was not limited by a shortage of funds, since Kevin was hard at work. The newlyweds bought a boat, and Lisa desperately tried to turn Kevin into a camper. The last camping trip for the Myers Family took place at Clear Springs Camp Grounds on Lake Wright Patman. This camping trip proved to be their most memorable. Kevin and Lisa equipped themselves with extension cords, microwave, bread machine and bean pot and put them to good use. When their camp was set up, Lisa’s family joined the campers and added an unexpected item to the

“I have been on a Joy Ride provided by God for eight years. Love Triumphs.”

~ Kevin Myers

“I didn’t consider myself to be a gentleman.” “You didn’t know the others.” Their relationship blossomed, but each had hurdles to overcome to make it work. For example, Lisa recalls how when she went to visit Kevin’s family, there was a knock at the door. When the door was opened, there stood the Coca-Cola man

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menu—laughter, then everyone dined deliciously. “We changed from laughingstock to king and queen when we had baked beans, grilled corn, steak and freshly baked bread to serve everyone. It took two days to set up the camp and two days to tear it down. Let me say, for the record, that since that time, I have spoiled you (Kevin looks directly at Lisa). Your favorite camp is now Holiday Inn.” One plan foiled, but still others to consider. In small ways, these two are beginning to share the lesson Buckminster Fuller learned—a destination can often be found by going somewhere else. Kevin’s millionaire dream motivated his choices. He had already made one life changing choice because of his plan. As a teenager he was narrating a youth choir’s Christmas musical when he felt called to go into the ministry. He chose to ignore it because he had a plan, but he could not forget that moment. When Kevin graduated from high school, he was determined not to become a minister. “He was enticed by other plans,” Lisa explains. “I was runnin’ scared—scared. Lisa and I planned to get married, and it was a dark time to take that step. I had tunnel

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vision for my family. Ministers were poor. Over the next four to five years, God made sure that didn’t happen. We went from well to do newlyweds to behind the eight ball.” The years —1987 to 1993 — changed the shape of Kevin and Lisa’s life. In 1987, Morgan, Kevin and Lisa’s daughter, was born. Kevin had become the workaholic his chosen lifestyle had destined him to be. “I call the first 10 years of our marriage the Dark Ages. Lisa doesn’t because it doesn’t line up with any period of English History. [Lisa is an English teacher who would know.] During this period I was the most narrow

minded and arrogant person you would ever want to meet.” The smile fades from Lisa’s face. “I just see it as misguided—staunchly misguided.” During this time, Morgan and Lisa had their lives; Kevin had his. “That silver spoon needed to be ripped out of his mouth,” Lisa notes. Lisa’s life preserver became her friend Trisha Ward, who was gifted with an abundance of laughter. The two of them shared their daughters, worked together on the Trinity Christian School Board, and enjoyed a special bond of joy. “This was a frightening time for me. I had no sense of security. It was like God was continually reminding me of what my husband could be and who he really was. This was encouraging and discouraging at the same time. I was allowed to see glimpses of him—relaxed, inspiring, fun, insightful—but glimpses only. I think I had a vision at that time about Kevin and just pulled the blind down.” Kevin, meanwhile, continued pursuing his million dollars at 25 goal. Now, however, he added the responsibilities of a bi-vocational youth minister at Trinity Baptist Church to the demands on his time. “I remember some of those glimpses Lisa mentioned, but I thought I was in control, and my life revolved around me…not God. Strange how the lure of wealth, power, selfpreservation and forgetting to serve other people can be so destructive.” Near the end of 1992, friends of Kevin and Lisa at Trinity Baptist saw them as the perfect couple. “We knew it was a lie,” and it was time for Lisa to take a very painful step. She told Kevin—her first and always love—that she had no respect for him. Kevin was devastated, as Lisa knew he would be. Lisa’s eyes turn toward Kevin; her face, a rare solemn, “It was an honest exchange. I was just sharing the truth. I was not saying that to hurt you, just to try to share where we were.” For Kevin, “That was the single most hurtful night of my life to hear this from the person I thought I was doing all this for and who seemed to turn on me.” He had made so many changes. His building job had disappeared, and he had become the President of a Health Care Management Corporation—a job of power and responsibility. “I was in over my head,” Kevin admits, “but I was very much self absorbed and did not let anyone know it.” Besides he had a plan with no back-up. How could anyone have guessed? On February 10, 1993, Kevin was required to set out in a completely different direction to find where he should be. He was fired. “God decided if I was not going to get out — He would push.” “Kevin came home devastated, and I’m ecstatic,” Lisa says. “I think I lost my job today.”


“Good. Let’s go to a movie.” “We went out that night. I have to admit that was one of the lowest nights in my life and one of the happiest in my wife’s.” The next day, Kevin had nothing to do, so Lisa took him to Trinity Christian School with her so he could set up a computer lab. “I was teaching a Bible study, and one principle that was a constant in the lesson was that I have to understand that God is just as concerned about Kevin and more loving than I am. Do I trust God to reach my husband’s heart? Can I release control to Him to bring Kevin around? I was concerned about time, but God wasn’t.” At this point both Lisa and Kevin were setting out to somewhere else. But where? Kevin’s plan of a million dollars by age 25 was growing more dim daily as he rediscovered the purpose of love, serving others and family in his life. The day Kevin lost his job, February 10, 1993, Lisa’s greatest fear had nothing to do with his employment but with a trip to Disneyworld the couple had planned for June. Kevin’s norm was cancellation of plans, and Lisa lived in dread he would cancel again. The couple had resolved to take six year old Morgan on her first family vacation. It was time. As it turned out, the loss of his job enabled Kevin, Lisa and Morgan to move their Disneyworld trip from June to Morgan’s spring break in March, and they would all share in the fun. When the Myers Family reached

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Disneyworld, they were treated like royalty. Their first visit was to a gigantic soda fountain where a banana split (Kevin describes as three yards long) was served to Morgan. “She ate every bite and loved it.” That simple but shared moment marked the beginning of Kevin’s renewed love affair with his family. “We had a blast as a family.” Lisa and Kevin worked hard to regain their much needed focus on their family. Before their return, Kevin once again realized how important it is for anyone “to do whatever it takes” to take time for family. Their destination had been Disneyworld, but they actually found their new life as a family. 1993 was a year when Kevin discovered that the million dollar plan he had embarked upon for himself was just a journey to help him find out where he should be going. His journey of discoveries proved more valuable than any amount of money. He started to understand the simplicity of the gospel of Jesus Christ: LOVE… Love God; Love People; Experience Life—Believe. “For the first time, the ice in my heart left me, and I understood success in life comes from doing something every day to help other people. ‘What is God’s will for me?’ The key is stopping long enough to see and to care for others. Everybody has the ability to preach through hands.” Kevin and Lisa and Morgan, now an independent 24 year old college graduate, have learned together that often where they should be going requires that they set out for somewhere else. As a family,

their travels have taken them through years at Trinity Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, Redwater First Baptist Church and now to The Church of Jesus Christ that meets at Highland Park. Since 2003 when Kevin was asked to substitute then lead a congregation of 36+ members with their backs against the wall, “miracle after miracle has occurred.” People have gotten back to the simplicity of Love — the overriding theme of Highland Park. “Even unlovable people can learn to love. I emphasize ALL. Jesus is the Equalizer,” Kevin leans forward as his enthusiasm becomes audible. “I have been on a Joy Ride provided by God for eight years. Love Triumphs.” Today, Kevin and Lisa are able to look back upon their smiles and tears with grateful hearts, for each smile or tear represents a road sign directing them to the discovery—albeit with detours and denials— of where they should be. The congregation of Highland Park Baptist Church is fortunate these travelers have come their way loaded with Love and Caring for others and a commitment to cultivate the experience of Living. As Kevin emphasizes: “Every person has a calling to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that enables them to serve someone else. Truly wake up and consider others regardless of who or where you are—YOU can make a difference in the world.” Kevin and Lisa Myers definitely do.


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by Mike Brower

Aspirin, Anyone? Just the other day I was fishing a tournament at Wright Patman with a friend who shall be “Nameless” -- the name of the guilty has been changed to protect the innocent. We had about two hours left to fish and were fishing a creek when Nameless got bit and set the hook. Now, it’s important to explain here that Nameless was throwing a lizard with ¼ ounce tungsten sinker and braided line, Well, anyway Nameless gets bit and sets the hook. The lizard, hook, and weight come flying out of the water and toward the boat at a high rate of travel. I heard a WHACK behind my left ear and down I went! I folded like a cheap suit down on the deck.

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Half dazed, I put my hand over the part that hurt the worst and said a couple things, not printable. That’s when I saw all the blood, like someone poured a bucket over my head it came gushing out. Without going into the gore, let’s just say I looked like someone who had a one on one encounter with Freddie Kruger and lost. After a few minutes of hanging over the side of the boat, I got the blood to stop and Nameless checked my skull for any “extra” holes in my head and found only one -- the same size as a ¼ ounce tungsten sinker which hurt like (insert word here). All this to say fishing is sometimes a fairly dangerous sport, but the time spent on the water with friends is time well spent and things happen every once and a while. The memories of those times can make for good stories to tell along the way, but I can’t remember much of what happened after. Someone is going to have to tell me. Tell me, Lee. LOL


Peoples State Bank Hosts Financial Solutions Seminar

Front Row left to right are: Andrea Johnson (Housing Authority of Texarkana, Texas), representatives from Peoples State Bank: CRA Officer LaCarsha Babers, Business Development Officer Lori Yates, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Heather Keith, Office Manager Schlundrya Ivory: Back Row from left to right: Peoples State Bank President/CEO John J. Blake III and Peoples State Bank City President Ted Kelton.

Left to Right: Kelly Brantley, Dave Ramsey Certified Counselor, and Lana Bullock, Kelly’s assistant

Peoples State Bank hosted a Financial Solutions Seminar February 22, 2012, at The Oaks at Rose Hill. Kelly Brantley, a Dave Ramsey Certified Financial Counselor, presented key factors to over 35 individuals.

paycheck to paycheck. Those attending our seminar learned valuable tools and took home information on the importance of having an emergency fund and achieving financial peace and much more.

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by Anne Fruge

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

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hile flipping through the channels, you may have noticed a local football game or a familiar face on CableOne Channel 10. This station is not only a family friendly television destination, but a channel that seeks to link the community and the Word of God on a daily basis. KLFI-TV is “Tearing down the walls of the church and allowing everyone an opportunity to come in.” This station started in 1988 with the vision of one man, Mike Huckabee, and the courage of a congregation. At the time, Mike Huckabee was pastor of Beech Street  First Baptist Church, and he recognized a need for reaching those who couldn’t or were not able to attend church. “Over the last 24 years, our purpose of ‘Sharing Life with Texarkana’ has enabled us to focus and report on the positive aspects of Texarkana through broadcast on KLFI-TV,” Marketing Director Venessa

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Robertson says. “We provide quality family programming highlighting life and community awareness; most importantly, we promote the Word of God through the medium of broadcasting.” From the beginning, the station’s mission statement was grounded in the

understanding that church is an important part of people’s lives and many are not able to attend at conventional times. The station seeks to reach all people and offer programming times for those who work on the weekends, are ill, homebound or those that do not feel comfortable in a traditional worship setting but are comfortable watching

the Word of God in the privacy of their own home. “We believe that the message these pastors present can reach people and allow them to receive a word of encouragement or comfort and even be life changing,” Venessa says. “We know that people come from all walks of life and vary in their religious affiliations. As Mike Huckabee used to say, “We would love to have you attend Beech Street First Baptist Church, but if not here, then find a church home you are comfortable with.” This station is not just a Beech Street FBC station; we invite other people and churches in the community the opportunity to share their message through our television station.” At this time, KLFI is currently broadcasting services from Beech Street FBC, County Avenue Baptist Church, Moore’s Lane First Baptist Texarkana, First United Methodist Texarkana, Arkansas, and Highland Park Baptist Church.


“The station exists as an instrument to provide the message of hope to our community,” Venessa says. “We are a 24 hr 7-day a week broadcast. We take church to the people when they want it and need it. No matter what time it is, we provide everyone in our community an avenue to seek Christ, and we have never lost our vision of reaching people through the medium of television to change lives for eternity. ” With time, the vision for the station expanded. It began as an ACTS affiliate and then began to add more local programming and local events such as parades, high school sports, talk shows, additional church services, non-profits and public service announcements. “Currently, KLFI-TV broadcasts an average of 12-15 hours daily of locally produced programming,” Venessa says. “We want to continue providing a TV station where families can sit and watch quality television that literally has an impact on their daily lives. Our station is here, right in their hometown, featuring fellow church members, family, friends, peers, students, athletes and local celebrities. Our station is a servicefocused organization, and our heart IS the people of this community.” The station also seeks to provide a place for kids to watch quality programs in the morning before school and on weekends and sets aside time from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. Monday-Friday to show Passport to Explore, Zoo Diaries and Aqua Kids. “Some children aren’t able to come to church, so this is the way that we reach out to everyone in our community: big and small,” Executive Director Burns Barr, Sr., says. “I believe in this mission because it does make a difference; it changes lives. I can give you many examples of how KLFITV has literally touched someone’s life or helped them through a difficult time in their life. We will never know the full impact that we have had or will have on the city of Texarkana. The archive footage alone for the past 24 years is a record of our history in this town.” KLFI also offers a broad range of services to the community. As a non-profit organization themselves, KLFI believes in supporting and collaborating with other local and national non-profits. They invite them to do a segment on one of their weekly produced programs and have focused on organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Runnin’ WJ Therapeutic Ranch, CASA, YMCA, First Choice Pregnancy Center, Salvation Army, United Way, Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council and many more. They also provide Christmas programming highlighting “Everything Christmas” at local

businesses like Oak Creek Furniture, Baptist Book Store, Ramage Farms, and Fan-Fare Gifts & Collectibles. “These thirty minute programs are a great opportunity for our local stores and shops,” Venessa says. “We offer this type of programming to the businesses and citizens of Texarkana, and it is a great way to showcase local businesses to the people of our community. KLFI-TV it is a unique advertising opportunity that we hope even more businesses will utilize.”   In the years to come, KLFI hopes to continue their original mission of “Sharing Life with Texarkana” but also continue to increase the number of people we reach through our website www.klfitv.com where much of our local programming can be viewed.  They also plan to procure a new state of the art high definition mobile production vehicle and go through a high definition upgrade. “We hope to grow and become a stronger broadcast partner to the Texarkana area, and we hope to maintain a strong impact on our community,” Venessa says. While this is the long-term vision for KLFI, the station needs support from the local community in order to carry on their services. Beech Street Communications KLFITV relies heavily on the support of the community. “The station is not solely operated or funded by Beech Street FBC,” Venessa says. “In fact, it is primarily supported by the community and operated in large by a team of devoted volunteers. We hope that the people who watch our program or who have been impacted by our mission recognize the importance of the services we provide and help us continue to grow.” The station will be hosting annual fundraising events such as the Wade Spencer Benefit Concert Thursday, June 7, and the Benefit Golf Tournament at Texarkana Golf Ranch on Tuesday, June 19. Plus, the station is already taking sponsors for the Texarkana Game of the Week local high school football program that begins in August. “The most rewarding part of what we do is reaching people and changing lives.  The satisfaction that we feel comes from providing family-friendly programming through a traditional broadcast medium but through a non-traditional approach. You won’t see us in front of the camera; you won’t see us knocking on doors. This television station is the fruit of our labor, and it is a labor of love,” Burns says. “Nothing is more rewarding than knowing that we have a positive impact on the people of this community and have been able to promote the Word of God while protecting family values and linking the community to a personal understanding of the strength, peace and security they can have through God’s Power and Glory.” April 2012

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1. Wayne Cranfill and Mayor Wayne Smith 2. Nedra Turney and Ginger Dellinger 3. Prissy Hickerson, Brian Matthews, Mayor Wayne Smith and Senator Steve Harrelson 4. Charlotte Ellis and Beverly Shannon 5. Liz Britt, Heather Soyars and Jimmy “Smitty� Smith 6. Jeff K. Sandford, Debbie Brower and Kenny Haskins 7. Larry Robinson and Andrin Dansby 1

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MAKE-A-WISH MAGGIE COBB MEMORIAL 5K The Make-a-wish Maggie Cobb Memorial 5k is to be held April 28, 2012 at the Texas A&M University Campus, Texarkana. Registration starts at 8:00 AM and the race begins at 9:00 AM. You can register online: https:// w w w.signmeup.c om /site/reg / register.aspx?fid=SD2VLJ7 or pick up a form at St. Michael’s Fitness Center, Academy Sports or the Texas A&M University Bookstore. The fee is $25 if registered by April 21, $30 on race day. Maggie Lane Cobb, 10, of Texarkana, Texas, left this world June 24, 2010, after being diagnosed with brain-stem cancer. Maggie was born, August 3, 1999 in Texarkana, Texas. Maggie was

an honor student at Pleasant Grove Intermediate School. She possessed a tremendous appetite for learning. She earned her black belt in Taekwondo, loved to play soccer, spend time with her family and read. Survivors include her mother and father, James and Kristi Cobb, her twin brother, Jackson Edward Cobb and younger sister, Georgia Blair Cobb. Her Grandparents, Roger and Linda Halley and Jimmy and Gail Cobb; aunts and Uncles Stacy Hailey, Carla and Randy Lacy, and Jaime and Jason Cobb. Donations in memory of Maggie Cobb can also be made to the The Cure Starts Now foundation: http://www.thecurestartsnow.org/ heroes/ or St.Jude Children’s Hospital www.stjude.org.

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Bullying Bullying affects children and adults today.

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oday, as this article is being read, thousands of kids are carrying a heavy burden along with their backpacks in the school hallways. Though what most people consider “bullying” occurs on playground equipment with teasing and pranks, the technological world today offers up a myriad of new ways for kids to be targeted online. Not only will just a circle of friends hear about it at the lunch table today, kids will be messaging pictures to everyone in their address book, snickering as they walk down the hall, voting on the ugliest kid in their grade on Facebook, or simply posting, “I hate you” as a comment for all the world to see. The world of degradation, anxiety, hopelessness and anger for teens who fall victims to bullying has exploded from beyond the stage of a few friends to the waiting news updates of the hundreds of peers in their schools. Stopcyberbullying.org defines this new term as “anytime a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.” This type of intimidation has many forms. Bullies are posting cruel or hateful messages online about students, posting pictures of the “fattest, ugliest or most unpopular” kids to be voted on by their peers, forwarding text messages or pictures to hundreds of kids in their address book, or even hacking into other kid’s accounts, pretending they are them and posting mean messages to all

their friends. Stopcyberbullying.com has a list of other ways that bullies are targeting kids and encourage teens and kids with social networking or blog sites to Google themselves often to make sure what is posted about them is true and authentic. The PEW Internet Research Center posted some harrowing statistics for 2011. According to their findings, “90% of social media-using teens who have witnessed online cruelty say they have ignored mean behavior on social media; 35% have done this frequently.” Plus, even though the American Osteopathic Association says that 85% of parents of youth ages 13-17 report their child has a social networking account, Pew’s statistics found that only 7% of U.S. parents are worried about cyberbullying, even though 33% of teenagers have been victims of cyberbullying.1 These numbers prove that this is a rising problem in our society and too few parents are aware of what’s happening or how to keep their child safe. Most teenagers do not open up about daily worries like homework or friends, and they are keeping their parents in the dark about what they read about themselves online as well. Morgan Thomas, a fifth grader at Genoa Central and other members of the school’s Destination Imagination team, the Cyber Dragons, has been working on a project called “Step, Stand and Stay Strong.” This project was set up to raise awareness of the problem of cyber bullying, and was chosen as an area of concern in our community after the group talked to

community leaders and received their input on different problems in our community.  Cyber bullying was a problem that kept coming up. “One of the biggest pieces of information that we found was that 4,421 teenagers take their lives every year due to cyber bullying and that was one of the main reasons that we wanted to get the message out,” Morgan says. “For most kids it is so easy to say something on the internet that they wouldn’t say to someone’s face and usually those things are more hurtful because the bully doesn’t see the reaction.  But sometimes that reaction that happens ends up being something that the bully can’t reverse like cutting or suicide.” Morgan and the other members of his team, Hayden Hyman, Bethany Hirmer, Emily Anderson, Jolea Johnson, Macy Crow, and Savannah Knotts, even put together a video on Facebook and Youtube to raise awareness for the problem and feature kids talking about the effects of being bullied online. The video is also being used at an upcoming competition where the Cyber Dragons will compete on the state level in hopes of making it to the Destination Imagination Global Final in Knoxville, TN. “If we go to the global competition, we could get the word out to more people about cyberbullying,” Emily Anderson says. “It is my hope and the hope of my team that everyone in Texarkana will take a stand against cyber bullying,” Morgan says.  “We have even set up brochures and contracts that people can sign – students April 2012

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and adults - saying that they will be cyber bully free.  If you would like to join us in our efforts by signing a contract to remain cyber bully free, you can contact my school – The Gary E. Cobb Middle School at Genoa School District – and we can provide you with information and contracts for you, your families, your schools, your church groups or any other organization you may be a part of so that you can STEP up, STAND beside your friends and STAY STRONG together.” Just a few miles away, Sarah Montgomery is a senior at Pleasant Grove High School. She has been a victim of this type of targeting herself and hopes that she can reach others with her message of staying strong by visiting area schools and youth groups. “My generation doesn’t know how to respond to conflict, they just go straight to fighting and being hateful. I have experience in seeing students from my school doing it to others. I have had it happen to me also,” Sarah says. “I am speaking out to some students at schools in the area about bullying and giving statistics, showing and explaining to them what it is. Sometimes, students get tired of hearing what they ‘should do’ from teachers, but when they have someone they can relate to, it can impact them even more. There is a term known as bullycide, and it’s where a student has enough of being bullied that they ultimately decide that suicide is the only option. I lost a friend that way, and I feel like this mission is something he and God would

want me to do.” Though kids everywhere are beginning to see the problem and live with it on a daily basis, what can schools and parents do to help the kids and to make sure that they are not living in a threatening environment? This kind of online intimidation comes with a new set of rules and consequences. For example, at Texarkana

Independent School District, the district developed an online educational tool called knoMi to individualize education for all students with the goal of providing every student an opportunity to succeed. One of the ways they work to stop cyberbullying is to give students the opportunity to be educated about online content. “Since knoMi is an online system, our focus group decided to emphasize digital citizenship with our students,” Coordinator of Quality Assurance/MIS Kevin McCarty says. “We know our students may encounter a more intricately connected society than

we have today.  During our meetings we discussed the current generation of young adults who are seeking professional jobs and how their personality and the way they relate to others is already out there for future employers to see.  There was a local employer who was hiring recent college graduates for a professional position.  We learned they first reviewed social media sites of their applicants.  Then, they eliminated about 75% from the applicant pool based on how they presented themselves online.  These individuals may never know why they were not interviewed or how other future employers might perceive them.” They also added a cyberbulling button to knoMi where students could report incidents they had seen in the classroom or online to a safe place where they knew their concerns would be addressed. “Our online bully reporting is working,” Kevin says. “Students are usually only reported once.  Our campus administrators take the reports very seriously, and we deal with the issues in the same way as other campus misbehavior.” Misty Van Dam, an elementary counselor for TISD, believes that if children are taught at an early age what bullying is and how it can make others feel, they can take a proactive approach to some of the behaviors being seen at the middle school and high school level. She uses literature such as Melissa Richard’s I Didn’t Know I Was a Bully to show students how small behaviors can really hurt others. She also provides a Bullying 101 Workshop for parents and students to help parents be aware of what to look for. Ann Bishop, a counselor at Texas High School, recognizes that most high school kids have ready access to technology and shows the film “I was Cyberbullied” to all students. Both counselors encourage parents to get involved and to know their children. “The measures taken by the parent really depend on the kid and the relationship they have with them,” Ann says. “Definitely talk to them and make a daily effort to know what’s going on in your child’s life.” So, what things are parents looking for? How will they know if their child is being cyberbullied? Most parents might notice changes in their child such as depression, secrecy, angry outbursts with teachers, or a cutting off of friends that used to seem close. In the meantime, the websites and professionals agree that one of the best things you can do is have an honest talk with your child about the advantages and disadvantages of technology. Encourage your child that you know that cyberbullying is an issue and that they can feel comfortable coming to you. Talk to your child’s school about what they are doing to keep kids safe and how they handle cyberbullying situations on that campus. Be proactive. Be that hero that your child needs on the digitial playground.  _________________________________

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by Dustin Stringer Stringer Wealth Management LPL Financial www.stringerwealthmanagement.net

Four Steps to Building Your Nest Egg

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or many Americans, financial life seems to be getting more and more complicated. Perhaps that’s because more workers bear responsibility for their own retirement savings thanks to the proliferation of 401(k) and other plans. Or maybe it’s because there’s so much information and so many investment choices to sort through. Whatever the case, here are some suggestions that may help to simplify your financial life.

4. Rely on an Investment Professional

1. Start with a Plan

*Dollar cost averaging involves regular, periodic investments in securities regardless of price levels. You should consider your financial ability to continue purchasing shares through periods of high and low prices. This plan does not assure a profit and does not protect against loss in declining markets.

A little time spent planning now can benefit you later. First, determine short-term financial goals. Do you want to purchase a home in five years? Are your kids heading off to college soon? Is buying a car a top priority next year? Next, think about long-term goals, such as saving for retirement and, if your children are young, college expenses. Estimate how much money you’ll need to meet each of these goals. 2. Build a Better Budget Next, look at your current monthly net income and then set up a budget. Creating a budget allows you to see exactly where all your money goes and to determine where you can scale back. After making cuts, invest that money to help pursue your financial goals. 3. Invest Systematically You can take time and guesswork out of investing with a systematic investing program. With mutual funds, for example, you can make arrangements to automatically invest a specific amount of money on a regular (e.g., monthly) basis, a strategy also known as dollar cost averaging.* In addition to making investing easier, dollar cost averaging could potentially save you money. You’ll buy more shares when prices are low and fewer shares when they’re high. Over time, the average cost you pay for the shares may be less than the average price.

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While the financial world is far more complex than it was just a few years ago, you don’t have to go it alone. Think about tapping into your investment professional’s expertise before making any major change in your investments. He or she can help you to evaluate how new tax rules and changing market conditions may affect your portfolio and, in turn, your financial goals.

© 2011 Standard & Poor’s Financial Communications. All rights reserved.


by Vincent Senatore

Veggies Like to Be Grilled ,Too...

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eing born and living in an apartment building in Brooklyn, NY did not present too many opportunities for BBQ or grilling our foods. The New York Fire Department really frowned on the use of fireescapes as a place to “cook-out” (something about a six story building with no elevators and one staircase). Anyway, I was 9 years old when we moved to the country, Edison, New Jersey and I can still remember our first BBQ grill. It was a big frying pan with legs and a metal grill that sat over the big red pan. Then we had to get the coals hot by starting a fire with some stinky liquid and some sticks and paper. Remember, this was 50 years ago and it was very new to my family. We Italians never needed open flames for pasta and meatballs. Now we were grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks and

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sausage. And, we were doing this outside the kitchen. The only time I ever ate a hot dog that wasn’t cooked in water from wagon with a big umbrella was in Coney Island at Nathan’s. They were grilled (but not over an open flame). I remember thinking to myself, “grilling outside, this is awesome. What’s next, putting a man on the moon???” Little did we know that grilling would take on a life of its own! Today, we have gas grills attached to our homes and propane tanks make grilling as easy as turning on the burner to your stove top. In fact, I haven’t even seen a piece of charcoal in years. I’ll bet the Kingsford Charcoal Company must be really angry with the propane companies. However, the best parts of grilling outdoors are the healthy aspect and the fabulous flavors. We just cannot get that same grilled flavor from a meal prepared in our kitchens. In recent years I have become much more enamored to the flavors and tastes found in grilled vegetables and matching them with different meats. We have been grilling beef, chicken and shellfish forever. Now we need to allocate space on the grill surface (next to the meat) for an array of fun vegetables. One of my favorite ways to grill veggies is the bamboo skewer. While this option is time consuming and labor intensive, I really like the look and the way it cooks. Further, I can make each skewer different. (I love to slip in some shrimp to the mix). So, if you don’t like green peppers, we leave them off your sticks. Once you have skewered the veggies, prepare a medium-

hot fire in the charcoal or gas grill. Place the skewers right on the grill grid or on some tin foil. Remember, the denser veggies will take longer to cook. So, you may want to separate the corn, potatoes and peppers from the onions, tomatoes and mushrooms. Then there’s the marinade. I’m a very simple person who loves the flavor and taste of olive oil. The greener and herbaceous the olive oil, the better I like it. So, I keep my marinade simple. I like to drizzle olive oil over the skewers and I dust them with either garlic salt or sea salt. If I’m grilling broccoli or egg plant, I’ll add some lemon. Don’t forget to turn your veggies often and brush on marinade as needed. The best part of grilling vegetables is one does not need to be a vegetarian to enjoy a full meal of just veggies. What? No Meat! Say it ain’t so!!! Try this; Grill a Portobello Mushroom cap in the same manner that you would grill a Rib Eye steak. It’s amazing how Portobellos taste like beef. Further, serve Portobellos with a steak sauce, melted cheeses, or even a Béarnaise Sauce. Then open a bottle of McWilliams Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a wonderful match of food and wine. While we’re on the subject, there are many wines that match up with grilled veggies. With that said, the Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand has the “Corner on the Market” of the Veggie Match… The rich, tropical bouquet and the clean, crisp mouth feel offer a perfect accompaniment for grilled or steamed vegetables. I really like the way texture and aroma of Kim Crawford and Omaka Springs Sauvignon Blancs complement the herbaceous scents of grilled green vegetables. So, let’s finish with a basic marinade that works really well with veggies and lighter meats (like pork and chicken). Try adding fresh herbs, such as rosemary, thyme and oregano to a few tablespoons of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. Or try using different oils (Sesame or flavored). Then add hints of balsamic or red wine, vinegars. Lastly, if you’re ever stumped, just add lemon juice to your marinade and let the flavors explode. Certainly, marinades will make the “Veggie Experience” exciting and filled with flavor… Fuggetaboudit!!! Remember to consume your adult beverages in moderation.


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FOX SPORTS RADIO IS ON THE AIR IN TEXARKANA! TEXARKANA, Tx.- It’s a sports fan’s dream come true; a radio station with five hours of local sports talk every day and live play-by-play of Rangers baseball, Cowboys football, Razorbacks football, baseball and basketball and Pleasant Grove Hawks football, baseball and basketball. Fox Sports Radio 1400 (KKTK-AM) in Texarkana premiers Monday, April 2nd, and they will carry all the programming mentioned above, along with local drive time news, traffic reports and weather. Freed Am Corp purchased the radio station from American Media Investments for nearly $300,000, Freed Am Corp. President Robert “Bob” DelGiorno said. Fox Sports Radio 1400 AM will begin broadcasting from a studio on Summerhill Rd in Texarkana in April and local radio listeners will be familiar with the local talent. “We hired Chuck Zack, Tony Kirk and Coach Robert Cochran from another radio station (KCMCAM) and they will host ‘Headin for Home’ weekdays from 5 p.m. ‘til 7 p.m. I will host the morning show ‘the Lead Off Man’ from 6 a.m.-8 a.m. and Tracey Karington will be the news anchor in the morning and afternoon drives,” Mr. DelGiorno said. “We’re blessed to have such a talented crew.” Fox Sports radio 1400 will also carry the Dan Patrick Show weekdays from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and Jim Rome from 11 a.m. ‘til 2 p.m. along with other Fox Sports programming. The afternoon show with Chuck Zack, Tony Kirk and Coach Cochran is huge for Fox Sports Radio 1400 because the program is a sports tradition in Texarkana and with it comes a big listening audience. What makes the show so popular? “After more than 8 years of doing sports talk radio in Texarkana, I think that the input and interaction with callers is the biggest key to our show’s success,” Chuck Zack said. “People love to call in and say what they think and their opinions matter. We want them to feel like they are sitting around their living rooms with their buddies talking about how they think the Hogs are going to do next season, why the Cowboys can’t win a playoff game or if the Rangers will win the World Series.” Tony Kirk enjoys being a sports show radio host. “The thing that I think I have enjoyed the most is getting to meet and visit with other members of the sports broadcast media whose work I have enjoyed,” Tony said. “I have had the good fortune to meet and visit with individuals such as Brad Sham, Randy Galloway, and Jim Nantz. Hearing their stories and ideas has been a blast.” After they talk about it on “Headin for Home” the callers will be able to listen to all the games live, because Fox Sports Radio 1400 will air the Hogs, Cowboys and Rangers games live. “It’s an opportunity that I obviously couldn’t pass up,” Robert Cochran said. I like the programming we have for the Texarkana area and I really like the local owners; they’re passionate about covering local sports. The local owners, Bob and Meghan DelGiorno have lived in Texarkana since being displaced from Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, and they also own KPYN AM-FM in Atlanta, TX., and KWXI AM-FM in Glenwood, AR. Bob and Meghan have been married for 26 years and have 3 children Julie (24), Michael (20) and Anthony (14). Michael graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 2010, Anthony is an 8th grader at PG and Julie, a former Texarkana College Student, graduated from UT Dallas recently, and is getting married on April 1st. Julie is an account executive with CBS radio in Dallas. Michael attends Texarkana College and works part time at the family radio stations. Meghan who graduated from the University of New Orleans and Bob who graduated from Tulane University will run Fox Sports Radio 1400, Texarkana’s only locally owned radio station. “I think that the listeners and advertisers will like being able to talk directly to the owners about their needs and being from here, they can be assured that we will respond to their concerns in a timely manner,” Mrs. DelGiorno said. “We truly want to use this radio station as a tool to make Texarkana a better place to live.” What made the DelGIorno’s decide to buy a radio station in Texarkana? It was Bob DelGiorno’s love for the Texas Rangers. “It ate me up alive that I lived in Texarkana where nobody was carrying the Texas Rangers on the radio,” Bob DelGiorno said. “We carry them at our Atlanta station (KPYN) but at night you can’t pick KPYN up in Texarkana. Rangers baseball in Texarkana was one of the unexplained opportunities open in a city (Texarkana) that loves baseball. I also wanted to give Texarkana another venue for local information 24-7-365.” Carrying 5 hours of local programming daily, with news, traffic, weather, sports, Pleasant Grove play-by-play, and Rangers-Cowboys and Hogs games can be expensive and that’s why others probably haven’t tried to do it. However, that did not discourage Bob DelGiorno who is not only paying for the programming; he will also advertise it on Cable TV, in the print medias and with outdoor advertising. “We spared no expense and we invested every resource available to give Texarkana sports fans what they want,” DelGiorno said. “In life, it’s not how much money you make as much as how much you give back to others. We truly want to serve Texarkana and we know that the local advertisers will reward us for doing that.”

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Arkansas Children’s Hospital Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Chris Walraven, Ronnie Walraven, Karlton Willis, Linda Willis and Dean Ransdell

Five members of Arkansas Children’s Hospital Circle of Friends-Texarkana USA chapter attended the hospital’s 100th Anniversary Celebration at the ACH campus on Monday, March 5. Former President Bill Clinton and Gov Mike Beebe were were guest speakers. A special performance was provided by the AfterSchool Drum Ballet of Hope, AR. In 1912, Horace Gaines Pugh established the organization that would become Arkansas Children’s Home Society, a home for children who were orphaned, neglected, or abused. Ruth Olive Beall was an integral force of change and growth for the future children’s home and

hospital, garnering support from President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife during their visit to Little Rock for the state’s centennial celebration in 1936. The 2012 local chapter fund raising goal is $41,000 which includes: Voices of Miracles Radiothon/Texarkana Radio, Kids Caring for Kids In-School events, Carnival Under the Stars Gala at Ramage Farms on April 14 and a golf tournament. For additional information call 903.276.6764 or 903.701.2212.

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It’s Your Time.

2012 National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority.


What is National Women’s Health Week? National Women’s Health Week is a weeklong health observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health. It brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women’s health. The theme for 2012 is “It’s Your Time.” National Women’s Health Week empowers women to make their health a top priority. It also encourages women to take the following steps to improve their physical and mental health and lower their risks of certain diseases:

Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings.

the body acheive better rest and sleep, maintaining good skin, aiding overall physical fitness and more!

Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress. It is thought that when people get less than 6 or 7 hours of sleep each night, their risk for developing diseases begins to increase.When your body is sleep deficient, it goes into a state of stress. The body’s functions are put on high alert which causes an increase in blood

pressure and a production of stress hormones. Higher blood pressure increases your risk for heart attacks and strokes. The stress hormones also, unfortunately, make it harder for you to sleep.

Preventative measures can be taken in the areas of bone health, breast health, colorectal health, diabetes, heart health, reproductive health and sexual health.

Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.

Get active.

Most people associate smoking with lung cancer, but there are so many other diseases and complications that come from this harmful habit. Smoking can cause damage to the smoker’s heart, lungs, brain, eyes, nose, thyroid, mouth and throat, hands, liver, kidneys, bones and the list goes on and on.

The list of benefits that comes along with staying active goes on and on. Find something you can enjoy such as walking or running, bike riding, doing yoga or even taking a cardio dance class such as Zumba!

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Other decisions we make on a daily basis, such as simply buckling our seatbelts or wearing safety gear when being active, can benefit our health or even save our lives.

Why celebrate National Women’s Health Week? We all have a role to play in women’s health. Women often serve as caregivers for their families, putting the needs of their spouses, partners, children, and parents before their own. As a result, women’s health and well-being becomes secondary. As a community, we have a responsibility to support the important women we know and do everything we can to help them take steps for longer, healthier, and happier lives. Women can easily take charge of their health, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, a landmark health care reform law enacted in 2010. This law gives Americans greater choice and better control over their own health care and includes changes that are especially meaningful to women and their families. For instance, new plans cover vital preventive services, including mammograms, colon cancer screenings, and well-woman visits with no out-ofpocket costs. It also ensures women can see an OB-GYN without a referral. To learn more about the law and your health insurance options, visit HealthCare.gov.

When is National Women’s Health Week? The 13th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012 and is celebrated until May 19, 2012. National Women’s Checkup Day is Monday, May 14, 2012.


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How is National Women’s Health Week celebrated? The nationwide observance is celebrated across America in communities, neighborhoods, towns, cities, counties, hospitals, health centers, businesses, schools, places of worship, recreation centers, and online. Anyone who wants to promote women’s health can

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celebrate. Organizations large and small hold events, such as free screenings and health fairs, give out educational materials, issue proclamations, conduct media outreach, spread the word through social media, and more.

National Women’s Checkup Day: May 14, 2012

The tenth annual National Women’s Checkup Day will be held on Monday, May 14, 2012, during National Women’s Health Week. The day is dedicated to encourage women to visit their health care professionals to receive or schedule checkups, and to promote regular checkups as vital to the early detection of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health illnesses, sexually transmitted infections, and other conditions.


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Excitement...the word that describes what is happening at Crossroads Business Park in Texarkana, Arkansas! A catalyst for new growth, Crossroads Business Park is bringing new business to Texarkana, Arkansas. Conveniently located north of Interstate 30, between Stateline and Jefferson avenues, this 1,000 acre business park is booming! Two hotels are already serving the areaBest Western Plus Texarkana Inn and Suites, and the Holiday Inn Express. The announcement of a new Holiday Inn Select and Convention Center will add to the choice selection for visitors to our city. The Best Western Plus Texarkana Inn & Suites offers the best in customer service and amenities. This brand new Texarkana hotel features 76 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, each featuring cable satellite television and high-speed Internet access. This 100% non smoking hotel also features an array of amenities including a complimentary full breakfast, free parking, a full-service business center and meeting space accommodating up to 10 people. When you stay at the Holiday Inn Express® Hotel & Suites Texarkana East, you will have access to a great 24-hour Business Center and 1,200 square feet of event space for your use. Amenities, including an indoor pool, a 24-hour Fitness Center and

free Express Start Breakfast Bar, to make your stay a great one. Each guest room is equipped with free high-speed, wireless Internet access, a 32-inch LCD HDTV and a spacious work desk. You can sleep like a baby in a plush king or queen bed with triplesheeted bedding. The newest addition, the Holiday Inn Select and Convention Center, will be a “hub” for the area. From conventions, to weddings, to reunions, visitors will be able to take advantage of all the amenities that Texarkana, Arkansas has to offer. A water park, connected to the hotel and convention center, will add an additional enticement for young and old! Of course, with hotel growth, attraction to restaurants was inevitable. Copeland’s of New Orleans originated in a place with its own unique flavors, fashions and passions. Over 25 years ago, the tradition began that the family is proud to carry on today: to serve an authentic, hometown New Orleans taste and ambiance to guests who enjoy truly exceptional food and hospitality. A casually festive atmosphere combines New Orleans flavor and comfort with an upscale sensibility. From the Creole favorites that embody the heart and soul of Southern Louisiana, to the flavorful takes on seafood, pasta, salads, steaks and desserts, Copeland’s offers something for everyone. Everything on the menu is made from

scratch with only the freshest, premium ingredients. The chefs take pride in blending mouthwatering sauces and seasonings to bring out the robust signature flavors they are famous for nationwide. And please, enjoy dessert — delicious homemade signature cheesecake is the ultimate in decadent delight! At Copeland’s, the goal is to provide a superlative dining experience like no other -- an experience you will not be disappointed with! Aven Williamson, developer of the property, has met the standards set by the city, including underground utilities and upscale landscaping. Harold Boldt, Texarkana city manager, says, “We are trying to carefully find the right partners. With a a traffic count between 60,000 and 70,000 cars a day on I-30, which is expecting to double in the net few years, it is the ideal location.” With an ideal location, great places to stay, and a new convention center and water park, the decision to locate at Crossroads Business Park is an easy one! Boldt hopes to attract additional businesses to build on the base already in place. Halfway between Little Rock and Dallas, Texarkana is the perfect spot for travelers to stop, enjoy the outdoor opportunities in the area, shop, and relax. Come see what is going on at Crossroads Business Park! April 2012

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Rendering of Holiday Springs Water Park

Rendering of Texarkana Convention Center at the Crossroads

Holiday Springs Water Park With attractions for the young and old, including a lazy river, adult activity and leisure pools, kids pool, a spash pad, rides, tube slides, body slides, whirlpools, changing rooms, lockers, concession stands, rest rooms and gift shops, this park will offer a treat for every member of the family.

Texarkana Convention Center at the Crossroads Once inside the Convention Center, the movable walls and ceilings of this stateof-the-art facility will allow rooms to be configured for large or smaller crowds. Large doors can be opened on the side of the building to allow objects from very small—Volkswagens-- to full size RVs and everything in between to be brought inside the Center for display. This space will prove ideal for flower or bridal shows or arts and craft displays. The Center’s ballroom can comfortably accommodate 1,000 people at one time or be divided into three meeting rooms providing space for about 300 people at a time, and one smaller room for 100 or fewer. 54

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Ark-La-Tex Resource Guide

Air and Heating Central Air 450 S. Kings Highway Texarkana, TX 75501 903.832.1212 Alterations Bea’s Alterations 2917 N. Stateline Ave. Texarkana, TX 903-792-2955 Apartments Arista Apartments 3515 Arista Blvd. Texarkana, TX 903.255.7869 Legacy at Pleasant Grove 5911 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 888.763.2676 Richmond Oaks Apartments 2815 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.832.6150 Summerhill Woods Apartments 4501 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.793.7888 Westwood Apartments 101 Redwater Rd. Wake Village, TX 903.832.8446 Attire Abby Gayle’s 4012 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0088 Gayle’s 4059 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0056 Banks Guaranty Bond Bank 2202 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.792.8600 Peoples State Bank 5600 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.838.2300 56

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Red River Federal Credit Union 2700A University Ave. Texarkana, TX 75503 903-735-3000 800-822-3317 Texar Federal Credit Union Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.223.5626 Texarkana First Bank 3601 East 9th St. Texarkana, AR 870.772.0222 615 Sam Houston Dr. New Boston, TX 3625 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.793.6955 Cakes Coldstone Creamery 4228 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.838.2653 Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354 Reception Arts Becky Risinger Ashdown, AR 870.898.5273 Caterers/Private Chef Chappo’s Italian Restaurant 1617 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.791.1726 Chef on the Run Jeff Loving 903.276.8081 Culinary Creations Pam Elliott 903.831.4674 Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354

Twisted Vines Florist and Cafe 218 W. Broad St. Texarkana, TX 903-792-2700

Entertainment Oaklawn Opry 124 Oaklawn Village Texarkana, TX 903.838.3333

Ruth’s Flowers 3501 Texas Bllvd. Texarkana, TX 903.793.6711 www.ruthsflowers.net

Wendy’s 4201 Stateline Avenue Texarkana, TX 2902 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 3737 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 1615 N. Hervey Hope, AR 124 N. Loop Highway 59 Atlanta, TX

Event Locations Garrison Gardens Texarkana, AR 71854 870.773.0275 www.garrisongardens.net

Twisted Vines Florist and Cafe 218 W. Broad St. Texarkana, TX 903-792-2700

Regional Arts Center Cabe Hall 321 W. 4th Street Texarkana, TX 75501 903.792.8681 www.trahc.org

Unique Flowers 4801 Loop 245 Texarkana, AR 870-774.1300

Wingstop 2700 Richmond Road, Suite 14A1 Texarkana, TX 903.255.0090 4501 N. State Line, No. 106 Texarkana, TX 903.792.9464 Church Highland Park Baptist Church 2401 Hazel St. Texarkana, TX 903.792.6996 Clothing Abby Gayle’s 4012 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0088 Gayle’s 4059 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0056 OMG Lulu 3211 Kennedy Lane Texarkana, TX 903.223.8135 116 Polk St. Jefferson, TX 903.665.8855 Dry Cleaning Holiday Cleaners Locations throughout Texarkana Area 870.773.4072

Silvermoon on Broad West Broad at Texas Blvd. Texarkana, TX www.silvermoononbroad.com Twin Oaks Mansion 903.244.7070 www.twinoaksmansion.com Event Planner/Producer Elite Event Production & Rentals 200 Heather Dr. Texarkana, TX 75501 903.334.9605 www.eliteeventproduction. com Financial Planner Dustin Stringer Stringer Wealth Management 1620 N. Kings Highway Nash, TX 903.223.0011 Fitness Centers Anytime Fitness Richmond Road 3415 Richmond Road. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.794.5348 Zumba with Lyndsay Central Mall (Next to Sears) 903.293.3647 Florists Queen City Floral Highway 59 North Queen City, TX 903.796.2891

Furniture Oak Creek Furniture 8024 West 7th St. Texarkana, TX 903.832.0793 Gifts Dot’s Ace Hardware 3411 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.838.0059 Pleasant Grove Pharmacy Baits and Blades 3302 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.832.4545 Queen City Floral Highway 59 North Queen City, TX 903.796.2891 Twisted Vines Florist and Cafe 218 W. Broad St. Texarkana, TX 903.792.2700 Hair Care Style Studio Lisa Harris 3201 Kennedy Lane Texarkana, TX 903.223.1719 Home Designs/ Remodeling G&A Carpet 1019 N. Kings Hwy. Nash, TX 903.832.0553


Hospice Dierksen Hospice 6500 N. Summerhill Road, Suite 2B Texarkana, TX 903.793.6350

Kelli Ashbrook State Farm Insurance 3410 Moores Lane Texarkana, TX 75503 903.223.8100 www.kelliashbrook.com

Hospitals Christus St. Michael Health System 2600 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.614.1000

Ron Morrow State Farm Insurance 3306 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.832.5505 www.ronmorrowagency. com

Health South Rehabilitation 515 West 12th St. Texarkana, TX 903.793.0088 Wadley Regional Medical Center 1000 Pine St. Texarkana, TX 903.798.8000 Hotels Best Western Texarkana Inn & Suites 5219 Crossroads Parkway Texarkana, AR 870.774.1534 Clarion Lacross Hotel 5100 N. Stateline Ave. Texarkana, AR 870.774.3521 www.lacrosse-hotel.com Courtyard by Marriott 5001 North Cowhorn Creek Texarkana, TX 903.334.7400 Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott 4209 Mall Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.838.1000

Jewelers Alexander’s Jewelers 3701 Mall Drive Texarkana, TX 903.832.3557 Blue Isle Expressions 3402 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.791.9992 Micah’s Jewelers 2812 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.735.2336 Make-up Gayle’s 4059 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0056 Salon Visage Esthetique Mary Ann Robbins 4506 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.794.4007 Sanctuary Kimberly Parham, M.D. 3502 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.334.8661

Photographer Image Forward Photography 200 Heather Dr. Texarkana, TX 75501 903.334.9605 www.imageforwardtxk. com Kendal Dockery Photography Texarkana, TX 903.733.6444

Impact Realty Cody Sandone 1200 N. Kings Hwy., Suite 104 Nash, TX 903.276.7565 Satterfield Construction, LLC 903.832.4591 www.satterfieldservices. com

Sage Duke Photography Texarkana, AR 870.571.0868

Teresa Liepman Remax 5120 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.276.9464

Physicians Express Care 5483 Summerhill Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.223.5931

Refreshments Bolls Distributing 700 E. Broad St. Texarkana, AR 870.774.9283

Vision Source 4401 Morris Lane Texarkana, TX 903.838.9063

Vincent’s Fine Wines 6900 N. Stateline Texarkana, AR 870.774.7217

Plumbing Central Air/Roto Rooter 450 S. Kings Highway Texarkana, TX 75501 903.832.1212

Rentals Dot’s Rentals 814 N. Robison Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.792.7011 3413 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.838.0551

Real Estate Impact Realty Bill and Tracy Spradlin 1200 N. Kings Hwy., Suite 104 Nash, TX 903.748.3186 903.748.2477

Twisted Vines Florist and Cafe 218 W. Broad St. Texarkana, TX 903.792.2700 Restaurants Amigo Juan Mexican Cafe 4301 Morris Lane Texarkana, TX 903.334.6971 1200 N. Hervey Hope, AR 870.777.0006 611 Loop 59 Atlanta, TX 903.796.2400 Bryce’s Cafeteria 2021 Mall Drive Texarkana, TX 903.792.1611 Chappo’s Italian Restaurant 1617 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.791.1726 Coldstone Creamery 4228 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.838.2653

Elite Event Production & Rentals 200 Heather Dr. Texarkana, TX 75501 903.334.9605 www.eliteeventproduction. com

Copeland’s Crossroads Business Park Texarkana, AR Daddy Dougaloo’s 905 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.791.0172 Dairy Queen Locations throughout Ark-La-Tex

Holiday Inn Express & Suites 4545 Cowhorn Creek Road Texarkana, TX 903.223.0008 TownePlace Suites by Marriott 5020 North Cowhorn Creek Texarkana, TX 903.334.8800 Insurance Farm Bureau Insurance 4413 Morris Lane Texarkana, TX 903.838.8707 911 W. US Highway 82 New Boston, TX 903.628.3451 Greg Cockerell State Farm Insurance 4807 Texas Blvd. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.793.7502 April 2012

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Ironwood Grill 4312 Moores Lane Texarkana, TX 903.223.4644 Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354 Shorty’s Donuts 2729 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.832.6686 Tasty Donuts 1443 N. Kings Highway Nash, TX 903.838.0422 Twisted Vines Florist and Cafe 218 W. Broad St. Texarkana, TX 903.792.2700 Wendy’s 4201 Stateline Avenue Texarkana, TX 2902 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 3737 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 1615 N. Hervey Hope, AR 124 N. Loop Highway 59 Atlanta, TX

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Wingstop 2700 Richmond Road, Suite 14A1 Texarkana, TX 903.255.0090 4501 N. State Line, No. 106 Texarkana, TX 903.792.9464 Retirement/Assisted Living Home Edgewood Manor 4925 Elizabeth St. Texarkana, TX 903.793.4645 Heritage Plaza 600 W. 52nd St. Texarkana, TX 75501 903.792.6700

The Magnolia 4205 Richmond Meadows Texarkana, TX 75503 903.838.7319 Roofing Aqua Roofing Anthony Jewell 3523 Locust Texarkana, AR 903.244.5706

Spas/Salons All About You Stacy Tidwell 4100 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.7775

Salon Visage Esthetique Mary Ann Robbins 4506 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.794.4007 The Sanctuary Kimberly Parham, M.D. 3502 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.334.8661 Sporting Goods Baits and Blades 3302 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.832.4545 Wedding Attire Bridal Castle 3209 Kennedy Lane Texarkana, TX 903.838.3886 Wedding Coordinators Abracadabra Wedding and Event Planning Debra Mason, Event Coordinator 903.748.4838 damason@cableone.net

Wedding Favors Pop Pop Shoppe 2011 Mall Drive, Suite B Texarkana, TX 903.793.0209 Wedding Planners Abracadabra Wedding and Event Planning Debra Mason, Event Coordinator 903.748.4838 damason@cableone.net Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Locations Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354 Silvermoon on Broad West Broad at Texas Blvd. Texarkana, TX www.silvermoononbroad.com Ironwood Grill 4312 Moores Lane Texarkana, TX 903.223.4644


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by Jane Bouterse

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ook for the big crossed arrows out front.” They signal that you have reached your destination and it’s time to turn. The gravel road leads you to an opening framed by two large columns, made of the same ironstone rocks out of which these Tennessee Hollow hills have been formed. The larger bases narrow into graduated smaller columns until one strong pipe on each side plummets into the series of stone columns. To the tip of the pipe on each side an arch has been welded and frames the words: Camp Preston Hunt, Established 1936. Made to be durable and attractive, this new sign is high enough to allow almost any heavy equipment or tractor trailer entrance without damage to either. The entry welcomes visitors and announces their admission to a special place. Once inside Camp Preston Hunt,

the world which greets the visitor, usually a member of the Boy Scouts of America, is a world of both the past and the present, the familiar and unknown. Visible now only in the imaginations of Larry Ross, the Park Ranger, and his wife Cathy is the log cabin residence nestled right against the back of the left entrance column. When the couple arrived with their two children in 1975 to assume their duties, the log cabin was their home. Near their front door rested two smaller columns, made from the same red stone as those that established the entrance. On the first, a plaque: “A Dream Come True / Hubert Shull / Director of Construction.” The distance between the two columns was once occupied by a deep well which supplied the water needs for the residence. (A visitor to the Camp once explained to the Rosses that water from the

well was drawn in the morning, ran down a trough into a cistern which was covered during the day. In the evening, the cover was removed, and the grandchildren bathed in the heated water.) The second column bears a plaque identifying “WPA Project 2355.” A descendant of Hubert Shull once shared with the Ranger that Hubert Shull dreamed of having a Boy Scout Camp near

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encircle the open area. One can easily Texarkana. At the time Highway 71, a dusty imagine the thousands of feet which have dirt road, was the principal route to Camp pounded and run and cleared this ground by Pioneer in Mena, AR. Camp Pioneer was their persistent, excited movement. the only camp available to Texarkana Boy The buildings sit on the hilltop Scouts. [Mitchell Young told the story of and serve as a border for the inclines of riding his bicycle to Camp Pioneer along Tennessee Hollow. At the farthest edge Highway 71] The Texarkana Boy Scout of the hilltop, a walk behind the cabins Council (the original name of the Caddo allows the visitor a view of the lake Area Council) named a committee to find nestled between the hills. This six surface the land for the “dream” camp. Committee acres lake, built in 1981, provides Scouts members searched without success for the opportunities for canoeing and kayaking, land needed. Dr. Preston Hunt, a committee even some fishing, too. “No swimming,” member, ultimately offered to donate 200 Ross declares, “at least not on purpose.” acres he owned in Tennessee Hollow. Both At its deepest point, the lake waters, green the land and the price were perfect, so from a distance because of the reflection Camp Preston Hunt was born. That original from the surrounding trees, reach a depth of 200 has now been expanded by 50 leased 30 feet. acres. Trails branch off into the woods The WPA assumed the from the hilltop border---down and up the responsibility of clearing the land and hefty inclines offered by the Tennessee building a few cabins, a picnic shelter Hollow hills. Near the amphitheatre, a steep, and dining hall for starters. Hubert Shull sturdy Stairway to Eagle allows access supervised the Camp’s construction. At the to the newer swimming pool at its base. end of his regular workday, Shull visited Suspended above the concrete steps signs the camp site, measured the progress and reiterate character traits emphasized by the defined the next day’s work. According to Scout Law: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, Camp records, during the construction over helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, 1,000 WPA laborers were paid 50 cents a cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.” day. Shull’s dream took shape quickly but The HANDBOOK states, “The Scout Law has never been completed, as the Camp will show you how to live as a boy and as is always changing. Plaques remain on the a man.” From the base to the top of the outside of many of the original buildings, Stairway to Eagle, the back side of each most still in use: Dining Hall, Lions Club sign denotes a level of the Boy Scout 1936; three cabins and a flag pole, Kiwanis training program. Club 1936; Picnic Shelter, Gifford Hill & Scouting begins early and can last Co., 1936; cabins underwritten by American a lifetime. As Larry and Cathy Ross observe, Legion, 1936; Knights of Columbus, 1936; “We see lots of our boys who came here as Kenwood, 1936; In Memory of Sophia R youngsters serving as leaders today.” Their White and Dr. J. N. White, 1936; L. C. smiles testify to their Cargile, 1937 pride in the people and a Trade and the program. Post, CocaOn my honor I will do my best As time has Cola Bottling To do my duty to God and my country a way of doing, Co., 1937. and to obey the Scout Law; changes have been One building To help other people at all times: brought to Camp remains a To keep myself physically strong, Preston Hunt. mystery with The importance of two plaques— mentally awake, and morally straight. people—volunteers, on one end, contributors, leaders, 1936 on the other, scouts-- has definitely remained the same. 1937. From its beginning, Camp Preston Although scouting activities take priority in Hunt was the product not just of dreaming the use of the Camp, the facilities have now but also support from individuals and been opened to the public. According to businesses within the community. Carlos Harvey, a scout “all his life” according In the beginning, Camp Preston to his wife Sue, about 8,000 people used Hunt was truly a retreat which left civilization the Camp Preston Hunt facilities during behind before the Camp’s boundaries 2011; between 7 and 8,000 users is could be reached. Over its 70+ years, becoming the norm for a year. Groups: “civilization” has sought the comfort and church or community groups schedule beauty of the areas forested hills. Today, summer or day camps or meetings; cabins houses are seldom out of sight, but the may be used to house visiting organizations integrity of Camp Preston Hunt’s world has like the Ozark Mission Project or Diabetes been preserved. 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The hall offers modern kitchen facilities, air conditioning (although additional units are needed), and versatile, attractive surroundings. Up to 300 guests can be comfortably accommodated within the hall, currently being refurbished. As in the past, volunteers are needed to assist with the painting and cleaning. Gooding Decorative Concrete is maintaining the tradition of community support by its donation of four thousand dollars worth of concrete for a new dining hall floor. Many of the cabins now sport air conditioner/heating units while others have wood burning fireplaces or heaters to crack the winter’s chill. A major scouting event, according to Guy Wilemon, CEO of the Caddo Area Council, and Harvey, is the BSA’s Winter Camp held right after Christmas. Between 250 and 300 scouts working toward their Eagle Rank come to the camp to study Citizenship—Community, World, Nation and Communication. The Camp provides these scouts an opportunity to study and explore. The surrounding woods always beckon camp guests regardless of the temperatures. As Wilemon observes, “I love the sound of wind blowing through the pine trees—beautiful—to me it is.” In fact, working in cooperation with another community group, a mountain bike riding trail has been built and is maintained on the camp grounds. The trail is now listed as one of the Top 10 Trails in Arkansas. Scouts and visitors can use the trail for hiking as well as bike riding. The trail is not, however, open to the general public. According to Harvey, classes in Wilderness First Aid are easily taught to both scouts and any group in the Camp Preston Hunt setting. All activities which take place at Camp Preston Hunt must be scheduled through the Caddo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. The council offices are located at 24 Lynnwood Drive (near Spring Lake Park), Texarkana, TX 75505 or contacted at 903-7932179. Scheduling any part of Camp Preston Hunt should be done as soon as possible, but at least a six month lead is required. The one time during the year when Camp Preston Hunt is open to anyone is for the community’s annual Easter Sunrise Service. This 70+ year tradition can overwhelm the seasoned participant or the newcomer. The Whitmarsh Amphitheatre usually

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fills quickly, but plenty of standing room is available. No visitors are turned away. The memories of this experience leave an indelible impression on those who attend. First, the setting insists that attendees sit quietly and listen, and that just happens. Usually, the woods below the amphitheatre are dressed in their best dogwood blooms, and the birds’ songs celebrate their arrival. As the sun begins to peek over the rim of the eastern horizon, its warming rays filter through the still thinly leafed tree branches bringing both amazing light and heat to those in attendance. I remember with fondness those times my family and our special friends, Bill and Lila, attended the Easter Sunrise Service. In the beginning, my mom thought our Easter finery was the only appropriate attire to wear. After all, the day was a celebration of Easter. Now, before the sun rises in early April—it is cold, so our new duds were always covered by our winter wraps. My sister and I donned our matching ruffled socks and patent-leather shoes and even tied on our stiff lace bonnets with the ribbons under our chins. We were “kinda’ miserable” in this unfamiliar mode of dress but tolerably comfortable until we finally (the Camp seemed an awfully long way) arrived, opened the car door and began our walk to the amphitheatre. Our thick coats did not cover our bare legs, and thin coat pockets provided inadequate heat for unmittened hands. We froze! Needless to say, we were both ecstatic when our mom decided we

could wear our jeans to the Easter Sunrise Service and don the ruffles and lace for a later church service. Every goose bump disappeared, however, when we returned home for my mom’s super home-made biscuits, bacon and eggs. What a memory! Camp Preston Hunt is a memory building place. According to the Boy Scouts of America, between 1910 and 2010 (the BSA’s first 100 years), 114,304,329 youth have been served by the organization. A large percentage of that number began their journey at Camp Preston Hunt— indeed “A Dream Come True”! The subtitle of the centennial-edition BOY SCOUT HANDBOOK identifies the book as A GUIDE TO ADVENTURE. A GUIDEBOOK FOR LIFE. Guy Wilemon, current President and CEO of the Caddo Area Council started scouting as a second grader and has never left it. He remembers camping in the mountains of New Mexico, his home, when it was so cold the water in his five gallon jug froze. “Scouting campouts also taught me you can eat raw sausage and live,” he laughs. Carlos Harvey’s most vivid memory of all his scouting adventures was a campout when he was 12 years old. “I had heard somewhere, “ he explains, “that when you are camping and it’s cold, you can get a rock, heat it by the fire, then wrap it tightly and put it near your feet in your sleeping bag.” Like the true scout he was seeking to become, he found a lava rock, heated it, wrapped it tightly and put it in his

sleeping bag. Before long, his feet were not just warm or hot but burning, and he thought he smelled smoke. The smoke had to be explained, so he pulled his burning feet out of his bag and unzipped the sides. When the oxygen hit the now open sleeping bag, it burst into flames. “I’ll never forget that moment,” he laughs. His laughter slides into a contemplative tone as he recognizes “There are so many top notch people doing scouting. I have learned so much! (Just an aside: When I called Carlos to talk with him, he was walking in the rain to be sure his new wetsuit would not leak. Be prepared.) The Boy Scouts of America is an organization that has never forgotten its promises to the young men who participate, as the young men who participate never forget their promise: On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times: To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. These days scouting campouts may be organized differently: Lad and Dad/ Mom and Me/ Parent and Me/ Cub and Pal or Cub Family Weekend. Becoming a scout leader is more difficult than becoming a scout. The SCOUT handbook begins with a section on how parents can protect their children from child abuse, and all adult candidates for scout leaders must complete a Youth Training Course every two years. Although badges like Pigeon Raising and Signaling have been replaced by Computer Skills and Welding, the fundamental worth of every Scout and his ability to read and appreciate the magnificent world of Nature with which this planet Earth has been blessed remains the same. Camp Preston Hunt is a vital first step toward understanding and achieving those goals. People and organizations within a 200 mile radius of Texarkana know and enjoy this enduring and inspiring campground—“A Dream Come True.” The BSA is a 501(c)3 organization. Contributions to support scouting are always welcomed: Volunteers, materials and money:. Contribute to the United Way, Caddo Area Council Trust Fund, and the Friends of Scouting Campaign. Memorials are also appreciated. Caddo Area Council, BSA, 24 Lynnwood Drive Texarkana, TX 75505. 903-793-2179. Website: http://caddobsa.org/ Directions to Camp Preston Hunt (from their website): “From Texarkana, take Hwy 82 East 4 miles to Lakewood Estates / Turn south on Manor Way, travel south 2 miles / Turn left on to Tennessee Road and head East 1 mile./ Camp Preston Hunt will be on your right. Look for the big crossed arrows out front.”

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Boy Scout Luncheon EVENT

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Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo to our ALT Facebook Baby Photo Contest and everyone who participated by “liking� your favorite photos! We truly loved seeing all of your adorable little ones! Congratulations to our contest winner! Haylee Clift, daughter of Ryan and Traci Clift.

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Heart Ball

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Star Girls Workshop EVENT

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1. 2nd Place Civic Division: Chris and Charlie Terry, Gene Welch, Joe and Peggy Kososki 2. Billy and Ann Walker with Chair Texarkana area Veterans council Greg Beck 3. 2nd Place Individual: Chad Wray, Wayne Wray and Robert Wray 4. 3rd place Individual: Jay W. Hodge and Michael Hoover 5. Vernon Wilder, Sam Rivas, Dawson Johnson and Dianna Kinsey 6. Charlene and Mike Carter, Jan Landers, James Hanna, Bubba Stivers and Lisa Griffen 7. Gina Kelley, Russ Henderson and Shannon Elliott 8. Hospice of Texarkana: Andrea Sparks, Cynthia Mullens and Cindy Marsh 9. Chef Todd Brazille and Emmanuel Otero 10. Mary Arnold and Rita Brown 11. Serenity Hospice: Berry, Jennifer Nickolson and Sharon Maxie 12. 1st in Business Division: Doris Boleng and Michael Mugno 13. 1st place Individual Dierksen Memoerial Hospice: Annette Veal and Johnnie Nettles. 14. Mike Sewell TC 2nd place Business Category 15. Lisa Griffin and Bubba Stivers 16. Mike and Charlene Carter 17. James Hanna and Lisa Griffin

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The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Circle of FriendsTexarkana USA held a radiothon fund raising event which raised $7,000 for the hospital. Last year, over 4,500 children from Miller and Bowie counties were treated by Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Chances are someone in your life has been touched by this place of care, love, and hope. For more information about Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Circle of Friends, call 903.276.6764 or 903.701.2212.

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Gamma Kappa Zeta Sorority - Publicity Committee

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1. Helen and Gust Simon 2. Carolyn Greer and Zedia Lane 3. Jerry Green and Larry Greer 4. Glen and Cynthia Thompson 5. Annette Forte and Lillie Young 6. Jo Ann and Arties Rice, Jennell Ingram 7. Barbara Larry and Maxine Crittenden 8. Jerrel Lawson and Byron Crawford 9. Thelma Forte and Rose Warfield McGill 10. Thelma, Tracy and Cordial Metcalf 11. Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Graduate Chapter Beta Tau 12. Mary and Henry McDonald 13. Lillie Young, Maxine Crittenden and Zedia Lane 14. Patrician Buster Stuckey, Kelvin and Alicia Buster 15. Michael Bernoudy Jr. and Kimberly Bernoudy 16. Derrica Henderson and Trilisha Young 17. Gail Henry, Andrianna Fricks and Dasha Warfield 18. Apron Griffin and Kim Murphy 19. Kenneth and Anita Link 20. Teretha Harper and Alters Harper

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by Christine Amos

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allelujah! Spring is finally here and so with April showers we shall indeed have May flowers. This beautiful time of year can be not so beautiful for our pets or unknowing pet parents. In order to keep this season a cheery one, I am offering up a few spring tips I have gathered to share as cautious reminders. Easter Treats and Decorations Keep candy bunnies in check—chocolate goodies are toxic to cats, dogs and ferrets, and lilies can be fatal if ingested by our furry friends. Be mindful, fur kids love to nibble on colorful plastic grass, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting and dehydration. Screen Yourself Many pet parents welcome the breezy days of spring by opening their windows. Unfortunately, they also unknowingly put

their pets at risk—especially cats, who are apt to jump or fall through unscreened windows. Be sure to install snug and sturdy screens in all of your windows. If you have adjustable screens, make sure they are tightly wedged into window frames. Buckle Up! While every pet parent knows dogs love to feel the wind on their furry faces, allowing them to ride in the bed of pick-up trucks or stick their heads out of moving-car windows is dangerous. Flying debris and insects can cause inner ear or eye injuries and lung infections, and abrupt stops or turns can cause major injury, or worse! Pets in cars should always be secured in a crate or wearing a seatbelt harness designed especially for them. Spring Cleaning Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition in many households, but be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ way! Almost all commercially sold cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage. Home Improvements Products such as paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to your pets and cause severe irritation or chemical burns. Carefully read all labels to see if the product is safe to use around your furry friends. It may be wise to confine your dog or cat to a designated petfriendly room during home improvement projects.

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Garden Growers Pet parents, take care—fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides keep our plants and lawns healthy and green, but their ingredients aren’t meant for four-legged consumption and can be fatal if your pet ingests them. Poisons may also be absorbed into pads or licked from them. Poisonous Plants Working on that garden? Beware, many popular springtime plants—including Easter lilies, rhododendron and azaleas—are highly toxic to pets and can easily prove fatal if eaten. You can find additional lists on the internet. Outside and Inside Allergins Like their sneezy human counterparts, pets can be allergic to foods, dust, plants and pollens. Allergic reactions in dogs and cats can cause minor sniffling and sneezing as well as life-threatening anaphylactic shock. If you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy, please visit your veterinarian as soon as possible. Parasites Make sure your pet is on year-round heart worm preventive medication, as well as a flea and tick control program. Ask your doctor to recommend a plan designed specifically for your pet. Comfortis is a good choice if you haven’t tried it, I urge you to do so. Identification always Warmer weather means more trips to the park, longer walks and more chances for your pet to wander off! Make sure your dog or cat has a microchip for identification and wears a tag imprinted with your home address, cell phone and any other relevant contact information. Christine Amos has over 30 years experience grooming pets. She is a Certified Groomer, Master Groomer, AKC Canine Good Citizenship Evaluator, and Obedience Trainer. She is also Mom to Georgia (pictured), MoMo, Annabelle and Allie Sue!


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.

Texarkana Humane Society

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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1. Red is about 3 years old. He’s a retriever mix and is very loving! 2. Scooby Doo is a Schnauzer. He’s about 5 years old and weighs about 15 lbs. He’s ready for a loving home. 3. Curly is about a year old. He’s a Poodle and weighs about 5 lbs. Very smart breed! 4. Minge is a Chow Chow and he’s about a year old. He is ready for a home where he can be loved! 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 Three Rivers Animal Rescue 903.490.4048 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

Want to help but can’t adopt? We are always in need of dry food for puppies, dogs, cats and kittens, scoopable cat litter and litter boxes, XS/S/M dog collars, 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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April Calendar

Health Care Summit Truman Arnold Center, Texarkana College from 8:30 AM TO 4:15 PM. Presentations, Panel Discussion, Lunch, Vendor Exhibits, Continuing Education Units. To register for this event contact healthcaresummit2012.evenbrite.com

Countdown to Summer Travel Representatives from the Texas and Arkansas Travel Centers in Texarkana will have up-to-date information, maps, travel guides, and share tips on discounts and special events within a reasonable driving distance of Texarkana. Don’t let high gas prices keep you from having summer travel fun. This is a FREE program held at the Texarkana Public Library. 2:30 PM. For more information, 903-794-2149.

April 7

Play Production Woman With A Vision Inc. presents its new theatrical production in the Texarkana Community, “The McCormicks.” This production will take place at the Sullivan Performing Arts Center with two performances, 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, 940-389-5802.

21st Miller-Bowie Quilt Show and Sale Located in the Fine Arts Building, Four States Fair Grounds at 9:00 AM. For further information please contact Betty Huntley 870-773-6533 or Marian at 870-216-2526.

Carnival Under the Stars at Ramage Farms. Annual fundraising event for Texarkana chapter, Circle of Friends, Arkansas Children’s Hospital. 6:00 PM TO 9:00 PM. For more information, 903.701.2212.

April 14

Live at the Perot Theatre! “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt Rounding out the season is the one and only, Ed Asner! Explore the life and times of the famed and longest-term president Franklin D. Roosevelt in “Ed Asner as ‘FDR’ at 7:30pm. This new production has sold out in New York and Florida! For drama students, a special theatre workshop with Ed, himself, will be held the day of the performance. Be watching the trahc.org for more information or call 903-792-4992.

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Walk MS: Texarkana, will bring over 100 Arkansas residents to the rallying point of the MS movement, a community coming together to raise funds and awareness for the National MS Society: Arkansas. With a goal to raise $7,500 for MS research and programs, Walk MS: Texarkana will be held on Saturday, April 7 at Bobby Ferguson Park. Participants will enjoy familyfriendly fun for people of all ages, as well as FREE food and beverages. Visit walkMSarkansas.org or call 501663-8104 to register to walk, volunteer or donate. There is no cost to register, and online registration is currently open. Day-of-event registration begins at 10 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. start time. There is no registration fee and no minimum pledge commitment; however, the average walker raises $100 to support research initiatives, programs and services of the National MS Society: Arkansas. Individuals interested in joining or creating a team can sign up online with co-workers, friends, family or neighbors. Registration begins at 10:00 AM; Walk begins at 11:00 AM. For more information, 501-663-8104, ext 35304.

April 9

Easter! April 9

Boy Scouts of America Annual Send A Scout to Camp Golf Tournament at Texarkana Country Club. Contact Guy Wilemon. 11:00 AM TO 8:00 PM. For more information, 903-793-2179.

April 10 - May 5

Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council is presenting an exhibition of 25 paintings by artist Lean Hall. Entitled “The Light Within,” the show will feature watercolor and acrylic paintings of “places of worship¹ such as churches, synagogues, and others. Ms. Hall uses her brush and paints to explore the interactions of light and architecture in these sacred spaces. Admittance is free to the public. For more information contact Bryan Phillips at 903-792-8681 or via email at bphillips@trach.org. Visit www.trahc.org for listings of all upcoming events.

April 13-14

Boy Scouts of America Scout-O-Rama Caddo Area Council at historic Spring Lake Park. For more information, 903-793-2179.

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Linden, TX - Linden Lions Follies at Music City Texas Theater. The time is TBA. For more information contact Music City Texas at 903-756-9934 or visit their website www.musiccitytexas.org

April 15

CASA’s Songwriters on the Edge of Texas Concert and Dinner (sponsorships available or individual tickets $50.) Held at Northridge Country Club - 6:00 PM. For more information, 870-775-1252.

April 16

CASA’s Edge of Texas Golf Tournament (morning and afternoon golf flights available - individual golfer $150, includes concert ticket.) Held at Northridge Country Club. For more information, 870-775-1252.

April 20-22

Caddo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Mom & Me Weekend. Camp Preston Hunt, Texarkana, AR. 6:00 PM to 9:00 AM. For more information, 903-793-2179.

April 21

Linden, TX - Charlie Robison will be performing at Music City Texas Theater. Tickets are $20.00, reserved seating. Showtime is 7:30PM. For more information contact Music City Texas at 903-756-9934 or visit their website www.musiccitytexas.org

April 21

Exile In Concert, 8:00 PM. Tickets $30/$25 In Advance, $35/$30 at the door. For more information, call 903-6280129 or visit http://exile.biz/

April 24

3rd annual Girls Night Out: exhibitors with products and services just for women at Northridge Country Club from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. For more information, 903-2444282.

April 26

John Ross is an Elder Law attorney and provides a breakfast and discussion on topics each month that heavily effect our senior adult population...this is free to the community. In April, the speaker will be Judge Donald Dowd, a published expert on Senior Scams... his title is “Flim Flams, Scams, Phishers, Spies and Spam.” 8:30-10am at Trinity Baptist Church- 3115 Trinity Blvd. Texarkana, AR. RSVP is needed- 903-223-5653 or email christal@rossandshoalmire.com

April 28

Make-A-Wish Maggie Cobb Memorial 5K at Texas A&M University Campus, Texarkana. 8:00 A.M. Registration: 9:00 race start. You can register online:  https://www. signmeup.com/site/reg/register.aspx?fid=SD2VLJ7 or pick up a form to register at St. Michael’s Fitness Center, Academy or the Texas A & M University Bookstore. Fee:  $25 (If registered by April 21st; $30 on Race Day.)

April 28

Community Garage Sale hosted by the City of Texarkana, TX Parks and Recreation. Find a bargain, or be a vendor and unload all your unwanted treasures at $15.00 per 20X20 spaces. This event is held twice a year during the Spring and the Fall. Spaces are limited and are First Come, First Serve! Registration: Begins April 2nd, 2012 at the Southwest Community Center. FEE: $15.00 per 20X20 Booth. Admission is FREE. Time: 8:00AM till 3:00PM. Concession will also be available! Held at Spring Lake Park. 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. For more information, 903-798-3978.

April 28

The “3rd Annual RoseHill Neighborhood Celebration” will take place from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Tiger Stadium at Grim Memorial Park. Are you interested in promoting your company by participating as a vendor during this event?  All participants will be provided with a table at no cost to you. If you are interested, please contact Tarisha Duson by Thursday, April 5th at 903-838-8548 extension 106 or by email at tduson@texarkanaha.org.

April 28

Claws for a Cause. This is the 4th annual Craw Fish Boil! We will be raising money for The United Way! The Stamfords and The Eskimo Brothers will be preforming for this great event! Buy your tickets today at Hopkins Icehouse or the United Way. Be a sponsor, or just come out and enjoy some fresh craw fish and great music all for a great cause. Pass on to your friends list, lets make this the biggest event downtown Texarkana has ever seen! 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM.

April 28

Linden, TX - Bit Palomino Concert. Enjoy Linden Wildflower Trails downtown! Then join us at 5:00 for the 2-Bit Palomino concert! Outstanding music and haunting vocal harmonies! Tickets are $10.00 and our awardwinning food will be available, too. Come have dinner and a show with us! The show is over by 7:30 so you can get to the rodeo which starts at 8:00. Make it a full Linden day! This is a G-rated show. Bring the children if you want. 12 and older need a ticket. The tickets can be purchased at www.academyoftexasmusic.org, by phone 800-959-5796 or at the door day of show.

MAY 5

HandsOn Texarkana presents May Market - Annual Festival at the border of Texas and Arkansas, on the grounds of the Collins Home, 1915 Olive Street, Texarkana, Texas on May 5, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Many vendors with lots of different wares will be there. For information on booth rental call 903 798-3211.


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