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March 2012 . Vol. 6, Issue 3

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ALT’s First Pet Photo Contest!


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Pet Contest Winners!

ALT’s First Facebook Pet Contest winners are featured this month!

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Recipe Contest Winners!

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Publisher and Editor / Debbie Brower

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Kosmic Girls and Koltrane Band

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Peoples State Bank

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Te x a r k a n a W a r r i o r s

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Editor ’s Letter

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Financial Focus

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F i s h Ta l e s

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Calendar of Events

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F u r r y Ta l e s

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Dining Guide

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Real Estate

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Resource Guide

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Second Chances

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Student Highlight

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The True Light

Associate Editors / Jaclyn Gooding, Miranda Johnson Photography / Image Forward Photography, Debbie Brower, Jaclyn Gooding, Miranda Johnson, Rozana Page, Sherrie Hewitt Sales & Marketing Manager / Charlie McMurphy Feature Writer / Jane Bouterse Contributing Writers / Christine Amos, Mike Brower, Anne Fruge, Vincent Senatore, Dustin Stringer Influencer / Mike Brower

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Red Lick Celebrates New Vision for RLISD

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9th Annual Phantom Ball

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Chamber Event

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A l l A b o u t Yo u O p e n H o u s e

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Christus St. Michael Gala

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63 Listen to Me Bill Waggoner, Sr., is making his dent in the universe, a dent driven by his passion and love and which continues to grow larger with each passing year.

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EDITOR’S letter

Perseverance... The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running. ~Author unknown, in reference to Ecclesiastes 9:11, “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.”

Perseverance...sometimes things happen

helps his customers make choices, helps with

because we are determined to make them happen

community events, and gives back at every

and stick to getting it done. Although God’s hand

opportunity. Family is important above all! I

is in everything that happens, the choices we make

totally understand!

have an impact on our lives and those around us.

refer to “my other life” when talking about

Take the Waggoner family, for instance.

I often made changes and at times

They have had struggles throughout their lives.

the career changes I have had. All of these

Hard work and, yes, perseverance, have helped

opportunities led me to the one that suits me the

them raise their children, and now they are blessed

best! I absolutely love being the editor/owner of

with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of

ALT Magazine. Just meeting our readers and

their many blessings was their grandson T.J. T.J.’s

talking to them about how we have helped them

life wasn’t meant to last years, but it did. He is a

or how a particular article has changed their life

miracle from God, something that the Waggoners

makes my heart sing! Sometimes I just have to

quickly acknowledge. Their story is one of love and

remember that God is in control and let him take

giving back. Through their efforts, and in honor

that control! You see, as those who know me

of T.J., they persevere every year to raise money

know, I am a control freak! Yes, I said it! A total

for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The event, the

control freak! But I am learning!

Old Washington Trail Ride, is scheduled for March

16-17, 2012. I hope you will join the Waggoners

phrases this month -- which you can see to the

on their ride to help raise money -- and Bill says,

right! Persevere because you know that God is

“To get kids back to doing what they do best: being

in control. Turn it over to Him. He will take care

kids.”

of your needs. He has led me through many

I have often wondered what makes others

So I have included one of my favorite

difficult times -- and many wonderful times. In

persevere in their efforts for causes near to their

fact, I think I’ll go relax right now -- knowing He

heart -- or even what make someone decide the

is taking care of me! I’ll just keep on doing what

direction to take in their personal or professional

He has sent me to do!

life. Vincent Senator has had, according to him,

May God bless you.

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Rusty (Dachshund): “Uh Oh! I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew!” - Owners, Derik & Christina Trowler Rowdy (Lab): “Little feller, you have exactly 0.2 seconds to make it to your mothers lap when you turn loose of my lip!” -Owners, Keith and Paula Young

Alijah & Aden Love, posing in our back yard with their two best friends, Grizzly Girl & Sierra! Owner- Cristi Akin

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Miss Kitty and Puppy (original names, huh?)

Daisy’s first snow!

Owners- Bernhard Stockmann & Brenda Niemeyer.

Montgomery

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“I love to feel the wind in my face!” - Lively Owner- Rachel Hays Cheatham

Here Comes Trouble! Foster OwnerMelanie Daniels Gloster

“Our brother is a Marine!” -MoMo & Georgia Owner- Christine Cook Amos

THANK YOU to everyone who submitted photos and everyone who voted, making our Pet Photo Contest a success!! Our Facebook Contest for April’s ALT will be

BABY PHOTO CONTEST! If you would like to participate in April’s Baby Photo Contest, Please email your ONE photo entry to: Debbie@alt-mag.com To be eligible, the photo you enter must NOT be a professional photo and the baby pictured must be ages 0 - 2 years old in the photo.

CC Bear (Christmas Cat) and Rebel. Owner- Sylvia G. Jennings

Voting will begin on ALT Magazine’s Facebook Page on March 5th!

Angel & Coal: “Who said a dog cant ride a horse?” Owner- Kayla Mowery

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Best Friends! Owner- Megan Stueart Stinson

Roadie, showing what a good boy he is!

The great and powerful Oz!

Owner- Debra Morse

Owner- Ashley Sharp

Roadie wants to help with the landscaping! OwnerDebra Morse

“Yeah, I know I’m cute!” -Charlie OwnerAngie Cain & Family

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Caden and Paris. “Wow, what a workout!� -Bruizer

Web surfing with Wallace.

Owner- Jennifer Williams Sorenson

Owner- Angie Cain & Family

Owner- Camille Cowling Warren

Long day tubing the lake! OwnerDebra Morse Alijah Love & his best friend Grizzly Girl. OwnerCristi Akin

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Red Lick Celebrates New Vision for RLISD During the celebration, held on January 10, several community representatives explained the vision of Red Lick ISD. Mrs Rose Mary Neshbya explained the vision of a systemic culture and how the process began. Faculty, Staff, Parents, and Community members were invited to the first

meeting in October 2011, from there the group narrowed to complete the task of creating the Red Lick, Mission, Vision, and Belief Statements. In conjunction with the celebration, Middle School Principle Steven White told the audience about a competition that was held to create the first ever Red Lick School Song. Tessa Hurst and her family wrote and performed the school song at the Celebration.

Mr. Steven White, Principle at Red Lick Middle School, Tessa Hurst, student being presented her award for writing the school song, and Rose Mary Neshbya Superintendent

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Benefit for Kathy and Jeff Taylor Come join us at a Benefit for Kathy and Jeff Taylor at the beautiful Garrison Gardens on March 31, 2012, from 2 p.m. 4 p.m. Since May of 2011, Kathy and Jeff have been traveling to and from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, which can become very costly, quite quickly! To help offset some of the costs, several friends and family are hosting a benefit, including a Silent Auction and Chicken Spaghetti Dinner. Please RSVP to Karen Huggins, 903.244.4736. If you are unable to attend, donations are welcome. An account has been opened at Red River Credit Union, 4405 Summerhill Road, Texarkana, Texas, for Kathy Taylor, Account #734-788. Editor’s Note: Kathy and Jeff were featured in the August 2011 issue of ALT Magazine.

March 31, 2012 Garrison Gardens, Genoa, AR 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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1. Richard Seymour and Jennifer Lacefield 2. Roy and Rebecca Epps 3. Raymond and Lindola Griffin 4. Ellen Brennan and Diane Engelkes 5. Ron and Julie Collins 6. Clarence and Christie Hettich 7. Charlie Oakes, Stewart Daniels and George Stegall 8. Robbin Mounts, Frank Nichols, Julie Collins and Mike Ingram 9. Mike and Robbye 10 Camille and Steve Harrelson 11. Trent Taylor, Billy Lee, Jennifer Anderson and Jenn Taylor 12. Jeff Dunkin and Trent Taylor 13. Mary Wormington, Karen Lovejoy and Charlie Oakes call out numbers and names 14. Christie Schelkopf Hettich and Dorothy Schelkopf 15.-16. Photos of Draw Down. 17. Jim and Brenda Rochelle and Ron and Julie Collins 18. Target Volunteers: Rosie Benson, Stephanie Benson, Renea Booker, Billy “Capt. Awesome” Garner, “Fab-U-lous” Wade Crouse and Alex Jones 19. Raymond Griffin, Steve Thompson, Becky Borgeson, Lauree and Art Romero. 20. Karen Lovejoy, Charlie Oakes and Mary Wormington

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You better throw this thing on 50 lb or better braid. The bulk weight will break mono quickly. It takes about 15 minutes or so to dig out of the package, so have a couple ready in case you lose the first one.

by Mike Brower

Have a good grip on your rod when you lob it. Sooner or later you will backlash and after it’s run out there about 30 feet and stops, it will almost jerk the rod out of your hands.

A-Rig Update

Take plenty of aspirin with you as your elbows will start talking to you after an hour or so.

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The A-rig doesn’t get hung up as much as you think, but when it does, just go get it.

thought I would give everyone an update on the new A-Rig now that I have actually fished one. With that said, here are my impressions:

When you get a bite, you will know it because everything comes to a screeching halt -- FAST. Fish the rig on a medThis thing is like chunking a wet mop. It flails all over the place heavy to heavy 7 foot rod to help cushion the shock. when you lob it. Notice I didn’t say cast, because you don’t And finally, be ready to catch lots of fish! This “gizmo” will do cast it, you lob it out there. it! There is no way you can be accurate and make a pinpoint Oh, and don’t forget to have plenty of swimbaits. cast. Lord knows I tried.

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EVENT 9th Annual

Phantom Ball

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Our children are our future...and the future looks bright for the Ark-La-Tex! If you know a student you feel should be included in upcoming months, see below!

What motivates you to do your best? If you know someone you feel would be great to be highlighted, please have them submit a photo in their uniform, What famous person has been an inspiration to you? via email, to debbie@alt-mag.com, along with responses to If they are submitting a professional photo, we will need a the following questions: release from the photographer to use it. Name: Note: They do not have to be high school seniors! They must Parents: be in the 9th through 12th grades. School/Grade: Sport(s)/postion(s): Achievements:

PHOEBE ROSE RANDLE Parents: Rick & Terri Morgan School: Arkansas High School Junior Activities: Black belt in taekwondo, singing, playing the guitar, writing music, singing in the church praise band, reading, writing slam poetry, acting. What motivates you to do your best? I am very self-motivated. I for some reason, have always been motivated by the desire to do the very best I can no matter what I am doing. I want to excel and be successful now and in the future. I dream of a great tomorrow! What famous person has been an inspiration to you? Other than God and my parents, I am inspired by the singer, Pink. She had a hard time in school, was considered a troublemaker and an outcast. Through all her hardships, Pink (Alicia Moore) held on to her dreams and aspirations. Like me, she has varied taste in music and is close to her family. In addition to being a wonderful singer with a fabulous range, she encourages her fans to be themselves. Being a little different myself, I like that advice! www.phoeberoseonline.com 26

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The ninth annual Phantom Ball was held on January 28th at Northridge Country Club. The proceeds from this event benefit the client services of Easter Seals East Texas, Temple Memorial Rehabilitation Center. This year’s event was extremely successful and we are grateful to everyone that participated. It was all made possible through the generosity of those listed. Thanks again for all you do to change the

lives of children with disabilities and their families!

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Collom & Carney Pediatrics Ken & Elaine Cowling Annette Kilker Haltom & Doan

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Floral Arrangements Jennifer Crawford Twisted Vines

Anita Carver, Jaclyn Gooding, Miranda Johnson, Debbie Brower, Shawn Edmonds, Kim Fowler, Sherry Jackson Hawkins, Jeanna McDonald, Charlie McMurphy, Kip & Mary Ann Pavey, Frank Poff, Jennifer Ogburn, Melinda Vammen, Cathy Van Herpen, Sandy Varner

Volunteers Brandon Carver Jared Carver Christian Cisneros Sheryl Collum John Dupree, Jr. Marshall Gooding Carolyn Hatridge Jerry McMurphy David Melson Lynda Neal Dyamond Robinson Joyce Varner Silent Auction Items Albert’s Meat Company Alexander’s Jewelers All About You ALT Magazine 28

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Decorations Jaclyn Gooding & Miranda Johnson Elite Event Production & Rental

Anytime Fitness A Wing & A Prayer Jewelry Beautiful Beyond Belief Blue Isle Expressions Boll’s Distributing Bridal Castle Jeff Brown Chef on the Run Kathi Couch Courtyard by Marriott Crocker’s Jewelers Dixie Diner Dot’s Ace Hardware Elk Meadow Fan Fare Flour Child Fonda Hill Gayle’s Gray’s Jewelers Gooding Decorative Concrete

Balcony Arista Apartments Collom & Carney Clinic Electrique Corporation Greg & Terri Giles Judge Sherry & Buddy Hawkins Mark & Theresa Liepman McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen PC

Ed & Dottie Miller People’s State Bank Frank & Theresa Poff Senior Respiratory Solutions Dustin Stringer Texarkana First Bank Texarkana Funeral Home Wadley Health System Young & Youngblood Insurance

Ice Sculpture Brandon Thrash

Desserts Jeremy Gentry- Baker Man Jeff Loving- Chef on the Run Pam Elliott- Culinary Arts Julie Furman- Julie’s Deli Kim Busby- Pop Pop Shoppe Becky Risinger- Reception Arts Carly Loving- Timothy’s Cathy Van Herpen Olive Garden

Rentals Dot’s Rentals Valet Parking Texas High Leadership Class

Handbag Bazaar Headmasters Hopkins Ice House Hot Springs Properties Ironwood Grill Wilma Ivery Janet Green Interior Design Jennifer Hood Photography Julie’s Deli Ledwell & Sons Mayo Furniture Micah’s Jewelers Micky’s Nails Mixing Bowl North Heights Pharmacy Oak Creek Furniture OMG LuLu Peas & Carrots Pleasant Grove Pharmacy Pop Pop Shoppe

Frank & Theresa Poff Reception Arts Salon Visage Esthetique Stanhope’s Super 1 Foods Texarkana Gift Basket The Baker Man Turner’s Vincent’s Fine Wines Vision for Less Vision Source Wine-A-Rita Wing Stop Special thanks to the staff at Northridge Country Club for their help in creating a truly magical night.


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by Jane Bouterse

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hat should he be called— musician, gourmet, aficionado, oenophile, sommelier, vintner, entrepreneur, teacher, humanitarian, columnist or romantic? Among ALT’s staffers, he is known as columnist, since his entertaining and informative “UnCorked” appears in the magazine every month. Perhaps the most widely used designation is “friend.” Vincent Senatore, better known as Vince, is from the south—South Brooklyn, that is, of Italian parentage. His father’s family was from the province of Messina, region of Sicily, Italy while his mother was from the more remote instep of Italy’s boot, the Basilicata region, an underpopulated, agricultural mountainous area of Italy. As he was growing up, Vince learned to play the guitar and sing. During

his high school days in New Jersey he organized, played guitar and was the lead singer of several bands. Even though his band members occasionally would unplug his amplifier, he still enjoyed playing and singing their rock ‘n roll music. In fact, singing and playing in his bands, he feels, provided him both the confidence and training to stand in front of audiences and “perform”—an invaluable talent in both of his lives. That’s right—BOTH of his lives. Vince will quickly explain that he has had the good fortune to live two lives—both similar yet distinctly different. At the time of his high school graduation, Vince was convinced his future was playing football for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. Injuries quickly cancelled that decision, so he returned

home for a series of “learning” jobs. At ages 20-21, he sold insurance on Staten Island, New York, and actually watched the building of the Twin Towers. “I took ownership in the Twin Towers,” he explains. “They went up in one year. Twenty years later, I was part of a panel of experts meeting at Windows on the World, a club right at the top of one tower. You could actually feel the building sway.” Eventually, Vince moved with his parents to South Florida, and he needed a job. He went to work in a liquor store which, as he calls it, happened to be his entry into the wine business, i. e. his entry into what he calls his “First Life.” His first day? Not a predictor of his subsequent success. He spent the entire day washing—one tile at a time—the ceiling tiles of the discotheque attached to the store. Nonetheless, he was March 2012

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stepping stone. When executives from hooked. Seagram’s exclusive Chateau and Estates No doubt his employers recognized Wine Company saw Vincent selling cases his precocious personality; therefore, he was of their wine ($3,000 sale) to a very private given three days to learn the prices of every customer, they employed him without delay. item in the store’s advertising; then three to Florida, for Vincent, became a four days to learn the PM (the commission state filled with memorable sheet) for all the wines moments. For example, which came from principally Vincent also worked at the France, Germany and Italy. Breakers Luxury Oceanfront Any employee taking the Hotel in Palm Beach. subsequent test had to During his tenure, he was score at least a 90% or be responsible for the first fired…on the spot. Vincent wine tasting ever conducted passed. This information in the hotel. Every July a comprised the base of his Russian princess would knowledge, then he had two visit the hotel. Room weeks to learn all the pages temperatures would have of Alexis Bespaloff’s NEW to be turned down in every SIGNET BOOK OF WINE. room she visited so she He did and never outgrew could be comfortable in his appreciation of this her fur coat. “She used to resource. “Over the years, come into the store, buy I must have purchased one bottle, and want it over 250 of these books delivered,” Vince chuckles. for my classes, but it’s no “She would never pick up longer in print.” [Available a bottle. On another day I now is Alexis Bespaloff’s was standing in our store’s COMPLETE GUIDE TO window, and a guy came WINE: REVISED AND up to look in the window. It EXPANDED EDITION] Today, only one bottle of was Frank Sinatra. He didn’t Once he got Vince’s own wine still exists, come in; however, lots of past the first three levels, and he calls it “My Baby.” It famous people were there Vincent’s employer left him remains one of his treasures. all the time.” alone, but he had been “ When Vincent suddenly hooked.” He was unable moved, it was to Texas— to put down Bespaloff Dallas, Texas, where he became the first and any other information he could locate. Regional Representative for Seagram’s His curiosity turned into expertise, so he C&E Southwest Market. “It was dopey,” moved on. His next big job was manager of Vincent laughs, “to move a 30 year old from Scotti’s. This famous Palm Beach hangout a store manager to a regional manager.” welcomed the “rich and the famous.” Interest For three years, however, that is just the in what the elite people did during the winter job he enjoyed until he became weary of when other folks were dealing with the cold all the discipline imposed by Seagram’s— resulted in a nationally televised NBC show from attire to conduct. He stayed in Texas, which was filmed by TV cameras rolling however, now the wine guy for the 22 stores for one week at Scotti’s of Palm Beach. of Fort Worth’s Majestic Liquors. For Vincent, this 1980 show provided a

Thirty-one years later, Vince still vividly recalls a dinner at Fort Worth’s Petroleum Club shortly after his Texas arrival. The 12 course dinner was to honor a visiting Belgian Prince who was the managing director of Perrier Jouet Champagne. A youthful Vince was overwhelmed by what he saw: a gorgeous table setting—fine china plates surrounded by 13 gold forks, 7 spoons, too many knives to count and 12 glasses at each chair. “Just do what I do,” his boss reassured him, but Vince and his boss were separated by several guests when everyone was seated. Everything moved smoothly until the entrée—filet of beef and brussel sprouts— was served. “Never cut your brussel sprouts if you don’t know what you are doing,” Vince hastily advises. On cue, he attempts to cut his brussel sprout with one of his knives and forks. The brussel sprout is launched and heads toward the ceiling only to fall back to the table and land in his water glass. “Voila!” The Prince claps. “Allow me to try,” and he attempts to repeat my blunder. Even today, I can still see that brussel sprout headed toward the ceiling.” That event remains more memorable than humorous for Vince. To his credit, this Brooklyn transplant refused to succumb to the Lone Star Beer bashes which often dominate the Texas landscape. With Majestic’s encouragement, he developed a Beginner’s wine class, a six week course (tweaked over the years). Vincent describes his upcoming class in his newsletter, “Vincent’s News:

Beginners Wine Classes The current class is under way. If you’re interested in furthering your understanding of wine, you need to enroll in our Beginners Wine Class. This 6 week adventure in wine is held once a week for 6 consecutive weeks. We explore the “how to”; food and wine pairing, tasting and storing, as well as, tasting 6 wines per class and matching cheese etc. Each class has a specific theme and an outline is supplied at all classes. Cost for this class is $125 per person. The next class is open. If you are interested, please call 870-774-7217 for details and reservations. We will begin on Tuesday, March 6th 2012 For Vincent, the wine classes provide opportunities to revisit many of the countries to which he has traveled. His knowledge of wine is not just book knowledge, but as a result of his numerous job experiences he has enjoyed “being there.” He has traveled to the vineyards, allowed the

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soils of France, Germany, Italy and Spain to filter through his fingers, tasted the grapes he pulled from the vines, and touched the barrels. He understands the differences among the still wines, sparkling wines and fortified wines and knows the appropriate occasions and companions for each kind of wine. For Vincent, wine is like a special friend—to be treated with tenderness and respect and a touch of awe. From Majestic—yet another stepping stone—Vincent was recruited by the Vintage Wine Merchants. “This job was the difference between being a player and spectator in the profession,” he acknowledges. Now he was representing 10 California wineries, so Vince traveled often to California as he delved into the growing of grapes and the making of wine. “This was my favorite job in my life.” A sad smile accompanies his shaking head. “When they closed, I literally cried.” For Vincent, the marketing expert, the closing was even more tragic because he believed with the right marketing the closing could have been prevented. Nonetheless, his favorite job ended. Confused and disappointed, Vince decided to take a month off to decide what he was going to do. His month lasted one day. When Tyfield Importers heard he was on the loose, they came calling. Their principal product was Tosti Asti Sparkling Wine which WINE & SPIRITS in 2011 called “Fairly sweet and very lively. A perfect aperitif for a warm afternoon. Good value, too.” Their French and Italian portfolio was also very attractive. Immediately, Vincent was made their Southern Division Manager, and six months later Vince and his (Texarkana native) wife Peggy moved to Detroit. Vince was tapped to become their National Sales Manager. “While I wasn’t really happy living in the Michigan market, “he admits, “it was great for my career and both of my children were born there.” By now, Vincent was a wine aficionado, i.e. one who is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about wines. The one project he had not undertaken was that of vintner—maker of wine, so even as he spent lots of time as VP of Sales and Marketing, he supervised the making of his own wine. During the wine-making, Vince describes himself as “the best soccer mom in the world, since I used the soccer moms as my tasters.” After much revision of the blend and relocation on the label, he accepted the Mona Lisa, Sangiovese di Toscana label he had designed. When the wine was ready, it was bottled, labeled, crated and shipped. Shortly after the wine had been sent on its way, a traffic lady came into his office, “You had better sit down,” she directed. His first shipment sank with the freighter transporting it. The second shipment, designated for wine writers, was lost in a K-Mart parking lot. Star-crossed? The third deal was a special promotion for his staff. If the sales would reach 10,000, the entire National sales force would be treated to a luxury cruise. “We took over the whole top floor of the ship. Our wines

were everywhere.” Eventually, 15,000 cases of Vincent’s wine were sold, and he surrendered the title of vintner. Today, only one bottle of Vince’s own wine still exists, and he calls it “My Baby.” It remains one of his treasures. By now Vince has returned to Coral Springs, Florida, where he, Peggy and his two daughters could be close to family. While in Florida, Vince and partner Ray Paponetti started Casa Vino (an import and wholesale company) and producer of Italian wines. BUT… The corporate world in which Vincent had matured was changing. Big companies were swallowing little companies so that what might have seemed like lots of little wineries all belonged under the same corporate umbrella. He made a decision

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to begin his second life…in Texarkana. The Senatore Family moves. Texarkana, Arkansas-Texas, like Coral Springs, Florida, is its own place. For Vincent Senatore, there were two pillars on which he could immediately rely: first, his family; second, his knowledge of wine. He settled his family, then he opened a boutique wine store on East Street in College Hill. His business languished there until he joined forces with Rodney, Alan and Linda McDaniel, and they moved the business— Vincent’s Fine Wine-- to the intersection of Sugar Hill Road and State Line Avenue. From the moment one enters the store concern for the customer’s welfare is obvious. The staff understands that the key to customer service and satisfaction is pairing good food and good wine. They know how.”Our goals are clear,” Vince explains that:  Our prices must be good if not better than most.  Value is our guide. We still believe in letting value rather than price determine our customer recommendations.

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 It is important to me to do as much as possible for the community. (“People hear me talk and flip out. I never talked this way before.”)  I want to make a difference. I want to help people as much as possible. Anything we can do to help out, we walk away feeling better.  I want to stick with the store. Right now we have one of the best selections of beer—if not the best—in the area. Our selection of wines is also better and more reasonable than a customer can usually find.  It is important to run a first class establishment. Vincent’s second life is so different from his first. He would be the first to admit this life, too, has bumps and starts; however, he admits, he has his priorities straight. Now he thinks more of others. “I love to have fun with people,” which he does so successfully in his wine classes, with his customers and at the dinners he coordinates with local chefs. These dinners provide dining experiences unknown to Texarkana before Vincent’s arrival. Here he serves somewhat like a sommelier, since he chooses the wines that agree with the chef’s menu, shares with the diners both the story

and the characteristics of the wine while he also adds instructions on discovering and savoring the distinct qualities of the red or white or pink blend. In addition, he writes—his own newsletter, “Vincent’s News” and his “UnCorked” ALT column. In both publications, his dedication to the consumer’s delight is evident: “Guys, this Valentine’s Day, woo the girl of your dreams with a bottle of Russian River Chardonnay and some delicious chilled shrimp with a rich cocktail sauce. While you are grazing on the shrimp, have the grill ready to meet a couple of Filet Mignon steaks. Serve this with some asparagus, twice baked potatoes and an elegant bottle of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. Now save some of the Cabernet for a slice of double chocolate cake with a dab of whipped cream.” (February ALT) Hungry and thirsty yet? So, which of the titles should Vincent Senatore claim: musician, gourmet, aficionado, oenophile, sommelier, vintner, entrepreneur, teacher, romantic, writer, humanitarian…friend? Perhaps the best decision is to appreciate that he comfortably wears all of these titles, wish him well in his second life and thank him for sharing so generously his knowledge and unique talents in our community. “Thank you, Vincent!” To receive “Vincent’s News,” in your e-mail, contact vincentsfinewine@msn.com.


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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 area -Best 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速 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 triple-sheeted 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 our 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!


The Kosmic Girlz and Koltrane Band Defy Gravity!!!

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t seems there is nothing in the world that can hold back “The Youngest Pop Country Band In History.” To the three sisters, Klaira(13), Katie(12), Krystal(16), and their unearthly talented drummer, Colton(12), their supercharged entry into the music business is only the beginning. In the last few months, The Kosmic Girlz and Koltrane Band have written their own music, recorded with award winning producer Frank Pryor, and released their critically acclaimed new E.P., ”Hope.” Immediately upon impact, the band began performing at showcases and meeting with record labels such as Virgin, Mercury, and most recently, Sony.

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Even with the early success their cd release has had, the band has no intention of taking a break from the rocket fueled frenzy that is the music industry. They are currently still promoting their debut E.P., while writing and recording songs for their followup full length C.D. This is your chance to catch a shooting star, and support a hard working and talented group of kids with a vision!!! Check them out on Itunes, CDBaby.com, friend them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter!!!


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Relax and enjoy!

Polywood Outdoor Furniture At Oak Creek Furniture, you will find many different styles of polywood furniture. The material used is water and weather resistant, and most importantly, created from recycled polyethylene. For this reason, our polywood lawn furniture is considered a green product. There is no maintenance required, no cracking or splinting, and the polywood material does not promote bacterial growth or mildew. Choose from seven different colors and products such as swings, gliders, benches, deck chairs, table & chair sets, bridges and footrests.

Why all the fuss about details? Because the Amish craftsmen build furniture that your children and grandchildren will be proud to inherit. Come see our Amish-built bedroom furniture and oak dining room furniture. The selection of the boards and the grade of the hard wood, along with dovetailed drawers, mortiseand-tenon construction and the multi-step finish are all just small parts of the build process that add up to an heirloom quality piece of oak or cherry furniture.


Make your Spring blossom with Oak Creek Furniture! Did you know...

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That most of the furniture made today uses substitute materials such as particleboard. Because particleboard is made from wood fragments bonded with resin, it is considered an all wood product BUT IT IS NOT solid wood.

There is no better place to sit for a meal than around Amish dining room furniture. Amish dining room furniture is made for a family to sit around and enjoy not just the meal, but each other’s company, as well. All of our dining room furniture is sturdy and durable your family and future generations of your family will be able to sit at and around our dining room furniture for years to come.

Our Amish furniture is made of SOLID Oak, Cherry, Maple, Hickory or Quartersawn Oak.

Why is Oak Creek Furniture Different? We have chosen Amish furniture craftsmen who are recognized leaders in the solid wood furniture industry. Amish furniture is made by hand in small Amish wood shops so every piece of furniture receives the same attention to detail. Our Amish handcrafted furniture is built to last.

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Spice of Life

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rom the beginning of time, man has always endeavored to find more flavor to their lives. We have tried so many different variations of flavors and tastes. In fact, many of today’s beverages and food would be considered bland to someone who lived 2000 years ago. While salt has always been a major component in our culinary lives, the addition of spices is as old as our beginnings. Some traces of spice usage go back around 50,000 years. Further, there is a great deal of evidence that the trading of spices (in the Middle East) goes back over 4000 years and was commercially very significant. By 1000 BC, medical practices were based around herbs that could be found in China, Korea, and India. Some of the early uses (of spices) were connected with magic, medicine, religion, tradition, and preservation. The Greeks and the Romans added spices and resins to their wines to make them more robust and to preserve them. Retsina, from Greece, is still produced with the addition of pine resin to the wine; a very interesting flavor with the Greek Cuisine.

So, what is a spice? A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetative substance used in small quantities as a food additive for flavor, color, or as a preservative that kills harmful bacteria. Besides flavor, spices have been used for other purposes, such as medicine, religious rites, cosmetics, perfumes, or for eating as vegetables. A spice may be available in several forms: fresh, whole dried, or pre-ground dried. Generally, spices are dried and their usage is as varied as the different types and styles. The flavor of a spice is derived in part from compounds that oxidize or evaporate when exposed to air. Grinding a spice greatly increases its surface area and so increases the rates of oxidation and evaporation. This is similar to wine being swirled in a glass so the liquid can line the inside walls of the glass and begin to evaporate. We know the vapor commonly as “bouquet”. That’s why the wine glass tilts inward and we don’t fill the glass to the very top. We try to trap the vapor in the glass so we might have a more concentrated aroma. 46

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This effect is most important because we taste all things (including wine) with our nose. The olfactory system detects odors and smells through a network of olfactory receptors and they are passed on to the brain. The brain then disseminates the information and gives you the “smell” information. All this “Mumbo Jumbo” means is; you taste with your nose, not with your mouth. Don’t believe me? Taste something and hold your nose. You will not be able to taste it or even know what it is that you taste. That’s why spices can be either an asset or a liability to any dish. Further, when matching wine with a dish, one must take into account the spice and the amount of spice utilized in the dish. Have you ever over-salted a dish? Or, put too much black pepper on a dish? Imagine if you over spiced a dish with saffron, ginger or cloves. The effect would be a disaster. Certainly, the beverage selection would be equally difficult. Two of my favorite herbs and spices are basil and garlic. When utilized together, the have a very distinctive aroma and taste. If you use too much of either one, the flavors will be drowned out by the other. A good example is the pesto sauce. This sauce has a very rich, herbal aroma. The best wine matching would be a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. If you use too much garlic, a Sauvignon Blanc might give you a sour taste. An oaky style Chardonnay would be

needed to stand up to the garlic. Also, if the spices are hot, i.e., jalapeno, chili, cayenne or habanera, one might need a wine that counteracts the heat with sweetness, like Gewurztraminer or Riesling. Needless to say, there are thousands of spices and herbs that we can use to season our foods. Finding the right balance of flavors can be very rewarding. We usually try to season our food with balance. And, when we get the seasoning just right and we perfectly match the accompanying wine, it’s Fuggetaboudit!!! Remember to consume all of your adult beverages in moderation!


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Baby Granny’s Cornbread Salad Serves 8 – 10 1 (8.5 oz) pkg. cornbread mix

(or make a pan of your own cornbread recipe)

1 (1 oz) envelop Ranch salad dressing mix 1 (8 oz) container sour cream 1 cup mayonnaise 3 large tomatoes, chopped 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper 1/2 cup chopped green onions 2 (16 oz) cans pinto beans, drained (but save a little soppin’ juice!) 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese 10-15 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 2 (14.5 oz) cans whole kernel corn, drained Prepare cornbread muffin mix according to package; cool. Stir together salad dressing mix, sour cream and mayonnaise until blended; set aside. Combine tomatoes and next 3 ingredients; gently toss. Crumble half the cornbread into a 3 quart salad bowl. Top with half of beans, tomato mixture, cheese, bacon, corn and dressing mixture; repeat layers. Cover and chill 3 hours. - Cathy Smith

Tomatillo Chicken

  1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 lb tomatillos, quartered 1 lb Chicken breasts 1 cup chicken broth 1 can green chilies, chopped 2 cans green enchilada sauce 1 tsp cumin salt & pepper    Salt and pepper both sides of chicken breasts. Heat skillet with 1-2 T of olive oil and brown. Meanwhile, in a food processor, add tomatillos and pulse until chunky like a salsa mixture. Remove chicken when browned, and to same skillet, add 1 T olive oil and chopped onions. Cook for about 1-2 minutes to soften, and add chopped garlic. Cook for another minute then add 1 cup of chicken broth. Stir with a wooden spoon to lift the chicken bits from pan, and add tomatillo salsa mixture, enchilada sauce, chilies and cumin. Stir to combine and add chicken. Simmer about 30 minutes. Serve over rice. Enjoy!   -Janet Bolls

Roasted New Potatoes 6 - 8 Red New Potatoes 2 - 4 tablespoons olive oil minced garlic fresh rosemary Preheat oven to 400. Wash new potatoes and dry with a paper towel. Slice potatoes very, very thin. Toss in olive oil and minced garlic, and stack in round baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes and then add chopped fresh rosemary. Bake until slightly brown. -Cathy Smith March 2012

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Antipasto Bars

(Appetizer or Party Favor)

2 (10 oz) cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls 1/4 lb thinly sliced boiled ham 1/4 lb thinly sliced provolone cheese 1/4 lb thinly sliced Swiss cheese 1/4 lb thinly sliced Genoa salami 1/4 lb thinly sliced pepperoni sausage 1 (12 oz) jar roasted red peppers, drained, cut into thin strips 3 eggs 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unroll one package of crescent roll dough, and cover the bottom of a 9x13 inch pan. Layer the ham, provolone cheese, Swiss cheese, salami, pepperoni, and red peppers, on top of the dough. In a bowl, beat the eggs lightly, and stir in the parmesan cheese and black pepper. Pour 3/4 of this mixture over the peppers. Unroll the second package of dough, and place over the top of the peppers. Brush with the remaining egg mixture. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove foil, and bake another 10 to 20 minutes, or until dough is fluffy and golden brown. Cut into squares. Serve warm, or at room temperature. -Lorie Turnage

Coconut Cake Bake one boxed white cake mix as directed on package.  Poke holes throughout the baked cake (while hot from oven). Pour Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk into the holes in cake. Let cool. Cover with Cool Whip, sprinkle with coconut shavings and chill. Easy cake, served chilled! -Karen Lansdell

Grilled asparagus Wash and cut off ends of asparagus--about one inch. Line grill sheet with foil if desired. Spray asparagus generously with olive oil Pam and sprinkle with garlic salt. Toss frequently and cook until tender! *Can also be roasted in oven. -Beth Pesek

Broccoli Salad 3 broccoli tops, chopped 1 cup grated cheddar cheese 1 medium size red onion, chopped 10 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled   Dressing: 1 cup mayonnaise 4 T red wine vinegar 1/2 cup sugar   Mix broccoli, red onion, grated cheese and bacon in a bowl. Mix red wine vinegar, mayonnaise and sugar in a separate bowl and blend well. Pour dressing mixture over broccoli mixture. Cubed ham or turkey may be added if desired. Chill an hour and enjoy!    -Karen Lansdell 50

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Ramen Noodle Salad One package Chicken Ramen Noodles (uncooked) One Granny Smith apple, diced, not peeled One lb bag of shredded cabbage One cup shredded carrots 4 green onions, chopped 1/2 Cup sliced almonds   Dressing: 2 T salt 3 T vinegar 1/2 Cup sugar 1/2 T black pepper flavor packet from ramen noodles   Mix dressing. Then add noodles, apple, cabbage and onions. Mix well and chill overnight. Enjoy! -Karen Lansdell

Mac ‘n Cheese

  Elbow macaroni Velveeta cheese Shredded sharp cheddar cheese Extra Sharp WHITE cheddar cheese Butter Black Pepper Milk  

*Quantities of first 4 items depends on how big a dish you want to make.

    Cook the macaroni per it’s directions, drain, and set aside.   Cut the white extra sharp cheddar cheese into slices about 1 / 4 inch thick and set aside.Cut the velveeta into chunks and place in a skillet/sauce pan big enough to add cooked macaroni. Melt the cheese on low to medium heat, careful not to burn. Once melted, work the cooked macaroni into the velveeta cheese until macaroni is completely covered. Preheat Oven to 350 F. In a casserole dish or foil pan, make layers beginning with the velvetta coated macaroni and place evenly in bottom of your dish/pan. Next, sprinkle some shredded cheese evenly over the macaroni. Next, take the slices of white extra sharp cheddar and line side-by-side over the top of the shredded cheese, until covered. Add about 3 teaspoons of butter on top of the white cheddar cheese.    Repeat layering, but do not put butter on top of the final layer.  Sprinkle black pepper to taste on to top layer. Add milk. Start pouring down into a corner until you see the milk has come over everything a little more than half way up the sides. Place in the oven and bake at 350 degrees (approx. 1 hr). Cover with foil until all cheese is melted, and then remove foil if you want some crispness on the top.     Note:  You may want to place foil down in the oven or place the dish / pan on something in the oven, as there may be a slight overflower during cooking.

-Carol Pope

Banana Pudding   1 cup sugar 1/2 cup all-purpose flour


1/2 tsp salt 2 cups milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 TB butter (not margarine) 4 egg yolks (large or better) Box of vanilla wafers 4-5 ripe bananas   Meringue:   4 egg whites, at room temperature 5 T sugar 1/4 tsp cream of tartar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract   Preheat oven to 375 F.  Line the bottom of a 9x9 baking dish with a layer of vanilla wafers.  Peel the bananas and slice into 3/8 inch rounds.  Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.   Combine the sugar, flour and salt in a bowl; stir well to mix, removing any lumps.  Set aside. In a heavy saucepan, beat the egg yolks well with a whisk.  Over medium heat, add the flour mixture to the egg yolks, alternately with the milk and vanilla, stirring constantly.  Bring to a gentle boil.  When the mixture begins to thicken, add the butter, continuing to stir, until it reaches a pudding consistency.  Remove from heat.   Place a layer of banana slices in the baking dish on top of the vanilla wafers.  Spread half of the pudding mixture on top of the banana layer.  Add another layer of wafers and bananas and top with remaining pudding mixture. Beat the egg whites at high speed until soft peaks form.  Add cream of tartar.  At high speed, gradually add the sugar, one tablespoon at a time, and beat until stiff peaks form.  Fold in the vanilla and spread meringue over the pudding, sealing it at the sides of the dish.  Bake in preheated 375 oven until meringue browns, 12 to 15 minutes. -Camille Warren

Spring Vegetable Spring Rolls with Two Dipping Sauces

A variety of seasonal leafy and root vegetables, finely sliced or grated, such as: Baby Bok Choy, finely sliced Arugula, finely sliced Carrot, grated Red Cabbage, finely sliced Green Onion, finely sliced For six spring rolls, use about 2-3 cups total of fresh prepared vegetables in whatever combination you like. Seasonings, such as: Fresh Ginger, minced - about 2 T Fresh Garlic, minced - about 2 T Fresh Parsley, minced - about 1 T Best quality Soy Sauce, Tamari or Shoyu - 2 T Cooked meat or other protein, about 2 oz for six spring rolls.

altogether. Cook the meat, chop all the veggies and seasonings.  Sauté the meat, veggies and seasonings together in a hot pan very briefly, just a couple of minutes to bring out the flavors.  The veggies should still be bright and crisp. Prepare the wrappers by sliding them one at a time under water, then laying the wrapper on a large plate. In a few seconds the wrapper will soften and become pliable.  Put a few tablespoons of filling on the wrapper in the center, but toward the bottom, fold up the bottom over the filling, then fold each side in over the filling.  Roll the filling up from the bottom up to the top, and you have a folded spring roll!  Set the roll aside on a damp plate. Repeat for the remaining rolls and filling. Keep the rolls separated on the plate so they don’t stick together. The rolls can be eaten now, or they can be lightly pan fried.  I prefer to fry mine, and I just use a hot pan with a spray of cooking oil so they don’t get too greasy.  Watch them closely and turn often with cooking tongs. Serve promptly with dipping sauces. (Recipes below.)

Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce: 1/4 cup smooth natural unsweetened peanut butter 2 t best quality soy sauce, shoyu or tamari 1 T brown sugar (scant) 1 T lime or lemon juice 1/2 c water 1 clove garlic, crushed and minced 1 T fresh ginger, minced red pepper flakes, to taste Sriracha hot chili sauce, to taste (I used a little over 1/2 t, but I like it spicy) Mix it all up in a bowl until it gets smooth.

Fish Sauce for Dipping: 4 t fish sauce 1/4 c water 2 T lime juice 1 clove garlic, crushed and minced 2 T sugar 1/2 t Sriracha hot chili sauce 2 T very finely chopped green onion tops Mix until sugar is dissolved. Serve spring rolls with dipping sauces. -Georgiaberry Mobley

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Financial Focus... Pursue Tax-Advantaged Income with Municipal Bonds

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hen it comes to bond yields, sometimes less is more. While municipal bonds, or “munis,” usually have a stated yield several percentage points below those on comparable corporate or government bonds, the interest paid on municipal issues is generally exempt from federal and, in some cases, state and local taxes. For that reason, a municipal bond may actually provide a similar or higher yield than those other options after taxes are taken into account.* Are Munis Right for You? You can easily compare the yield on a municipal bond with a taxable investment to help determine whether tax-exempt investing might benefit you. For example, if your income tax rate is 25%, a $1,000 municipal bond yielding 6% may actually be a better investment than a taxable bond yielding 7.9%. Why? While the taxable bond will provide $79 in interest per year, federal taxes will leave you with $59.25. The municipal bond, on the other hand, may pay $60 a year free of taxes. To determine whether you might come out ahead with a municipal bond, use this formula to calculate its taxable-equivalent yield: Municipal bond fund yield / (1 - your marginal tax rate) = taxableequivalent yield For example: 6.0% / (1 - .25) = 8.0%. In this instance, if you are in the 25% federal tax bracket, a taxable investment needs to yield 8.0% to equal the lower, but taxexempt, return offered by a municipal bond that currently yields 6%. How Should You Invest in Munis? In addition to the thousands of municipal bond issues that are outstanding at any one time, professionally managed funds offer you additional alternatives for investing in munis. Municipal bond funds generally invest in a diversified mix of highquality bonds whose interest income may be exempt from federal and state taxes. In addition, with initial investment requirements that are generally lower that those for individual municipal bonds, funds that invest in them may make it easier for more investors to participate in the muni market. Note that investments in Municipal bonds are subject availability and change in price. Market and interest rate risks exist if sold prior to maturity. Bond values 52

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Submitted by Dustin Stringer Stringer Wealth Management LPL Financial

will decline as interest rate rise. If you’d like help determining whether you might benefit from an investment in a municipal bond or bond fund, be sure to consult a qualified financial professional. Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the investment company carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other information about the investment company. You can obtain a prospectus from your financial representative. Read carefully before investing.

*Income from some municipal bonds may be taxable under alternative minimum tax rules. Capital gains are taxable. Lower maximum tax rates on capital gains, dividends and other income would make the return of the taxable investment more favorable, thereby reducing the difference in performance between the accounts shown. Also, changes in lax rates and tax treatment of investment earrings may impact the comparative results and investors should consider their personal investment horizon and income lax bracket, both current and anticipated before making an investment decision. © 2010 Standard & Poor’s Financial Communications. All rights reserved.


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Ark-La-Tex R e s o u r c e

Guide

Air and Heating Central Air 450 S. Kings Highway Texarkana, TX 75501 903.832.1212

Banks Guaranty Bond Bank 2202 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.792.8600

Kraus Heating and Air 200 Industrial Blvd. Nash, TX 903.831.3912

Peoples State Bank 5600 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.838.2300

Alterations Bea’s Alterations 2917 N. Stateline Ave. Texarkana, TX 903-792-2955

Red River Federal Credit Union 2700A University Ave. Texarkana, TX 75503 903-735-3000 800-822-3317

Apartments Arista Apartments 3515 Arista Blvd. Texarkana, TX 903.255.7869

Texar Federal Credit Union Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.223.5626

Legacy at Pleasant Grove 5911 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 888.763.2676 Richmond Oaks Apartments 2815 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.832.6150

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

Summerhill Woods Apartments 4501 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.793.7888

Cakes Coldstone Creamery 4228 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.838.2653

Westwood Apartments 101 Redwater Rd. Wake Village, TX 903.832.8446

Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354

Attire Abby Gayle’s 4012 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0088

Reception Arts Becky Risinger Ashdown, AR 870.898.5273

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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 Christine Corley Private Chef 850.728.0900 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 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 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 DJ Services DJ C2 Christian Cisneros 870.397.0837 Dry Cleaning Holiday Cleaners Locations throughout Texarkana Area 870.773.4072 Entertainment Bounce-A-Lot Texarkana, TX 903.792.0113 www.bounce-a-lot.org Oaklawn Opry 124 Oaklawn Village Texarkana, TX 903.838.3333 Event Locations Garrison Gardens Texarkana, AR 71854 870.773.0275 www.garrisongardens.net Regional Arts Center Cabe Hall 321 W. 4th Street Texarkana, TX 75501 903.792.8681 www.trahc.org


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 Ruth’s Flowers 3501 Texas Bllvd. Texarkana, TX 903.793.6711 www.ruthsflowers.net Twisted Vines Florist and Cafe 218 W. Broad St. Texarkana, TX 903-792-2700 Unique Flowers 4801 Loop 245 Texarkana, AR 870-774.1300 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 Headmasters Hair Salon 3703 Mall Drive Texarkana, TX 903.832.6261 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

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

Insurance Brian Purtle Allstate Insurance 3301 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.832.5881

Health South Rehabilitation 515 West 12th St. Texarkana, TX 903.793.0088

Elite Insurance Tammy McDowell 1705 N. Kings Highway Nash, TX 903.794.0000

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 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

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Farm Bureau Insurance 4413 Morris Lane Texarkana, TX 903.838.8707 911 W. US Highway 82 New Boston, TX 903.628.3451

Blue Isle Expressions 3402 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.791.9992 Crocker’s Jewelers 3117 Kennedy Lane Texarkana, TX 903.832.8686 Micah’s Jewelers 2812 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.735.2336 Make-up Gayle’s 4059 Summerhill Square Texarkana, TX 903.792.0056

Greg Cockerell State Farm Insurance 4807 Texas Blvd. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.793.7502

Salon Visage Esthetique Mary Ann Robbins 4506 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.794.4007

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

Sanctuary Kimberly Parham, M.D. 3502 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.334.8661

Kristi Smith State Farm Insurance 418 Walton Drive Texarkana, TX 903.223.3276 Ron Morrow State Farm Insurance 3306 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.832.5505 www.ronmorrowagency.com Jewelers Alexander’s Jewelers 3701 Mall Drive Texarkana, TX 903.832.3557

Medical Equipment Respiratory Solutions 3101 Kennedy Lane, Suite 1000 Texarkana, TX 75503 903.793.2110 Photographer Image Forward Photography 200 Heather Dr. Texarkana, TX 75501 903.334.9605 www.imageforwardtxk. com

Physicians Express Care 5483 Summerhill Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.223.5931 Vision Source 4401 Morris Lane Texarkana, TX 903.838.9063 Plumbing Central Air/Roto Rooter 450 S. Kings Highway Texarkana, TX 75501 903.832.1212 Real Estate Connie Walker Coldwell Banker United 3001 Richmond Road Texarkana, TX 903.277.0100 903.832.2486 Impact Realty Bill and Tracy Spradlin 1200 N. Kings Hwy., Suite 104 Nash, TX 903.748.3186 903.748.2477 Satterfield Construction, LLC 903.832.4591 www.satterfieldservices.com Teresa Liepman Remax 5120 Summerhill Rd. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.276.9464 Refreshments Bolls Distributing 700 E. Broad St. Texarkana, AR 870.774.9283

Kendal Dockery Photography Texarkana, TX 903.733.6444

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

Sage Duke Photography Texarkana, AR 870.571.0868

Rentals Bounce-A-Lot 903.276.2961 www.bounce-a-lot.org


Dot’s Rentals 814 N. Robison Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.792.7011 3413 Richmond Rd. Texarkana, TX 903.838.0551 Elite Event Production & Rentals 200 Heather Dr. Texarkana, TX 75501 903.334.9605 www.eliteeventproduction.com 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

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Chappo’s Italian Restaurant 1617 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.791.1726

Julie’s Deli 4055 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.3354

City Blends 600 N. Kings Hwy, Suite 5 Wake Village, TX 430.200.2814

Los Agaves 5100 N. Stateline Ave. Texarkana, AR 870.773.2300

Coldstone Creamery 4228 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 903.838.2653

Shorty’s Donuts 2729 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75501 903.832.6686

Copeland’s Crossroads Business Park Texarkana, AR

Smokey Joe’s BBQ 300 W. New Boston Road Nash, TX 903.223.8227

Daddy Dougaloo’s 905 New Boston Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903.791.0172 Dairy Queen Locations throughout Ark-La-Tex Golden Corral 3809 Sowell Lane Texarkana, TX 903.334.8399

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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

Ironwood Grill 4312 Moores Lane Texarkana, TX 903.223.4644

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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 Spas/Salons All About You Diana Gregory/Lori Campbell 4100 Summerhill Sq. Texarkana, TX 903.792.7775 Hawaii Nails & Spa 4280 St. Michael Dr. Texarkana, TX 75503 903.832.0198

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


by Jane Bouterse

Listen to Me

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he speaker is Steve Jobs, Founder and CEO of Apple. “We’re here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise why even be here?” Bill Waggoner, Sr., “Mr. Bill,” would no doubt agree. In fact, the two— Jobs and Waggoner—share many traits in common. They are both men of passion dedicated to pursuits in which they believe; they work hard, relish challenges and practice creativity. For Jobs, the results of his creativity—the Macintosh, iPod and iPad—have changed the world. Mr. Bill’s creative efforts and industry change worlds, too--at first glance-- on a

smaller scale. Bill Waggoner, Sr. was born and reared in Texarkana, AR. His father was a logger, a truck farmer, and deputy sheriff for 22 years. He taught his son the dignity of a day’s pay for a day’s honest labor. He also taught him to love horses. As a young man, Waggoner was enthusiastic about opportunities and eager to get on with his life. One of his most significant opportunities occurred one night on Texarkana’s East Broad Street. She was walking down the street looking for her father when she caught young Bill’s eye. In fact, he was so

stricken that he made a circle around the block and cut off her passage. She was Sybil Turner who, he learned, attended North Heights School. “She looked good comin’, and she looked good goin’,” he reports, “so I asked her for a date.” Days later when he arrived to pick her up, “she wasn’t there.” “I didn’t figure he’d show up,” Sybil hastens to explain. In spite of the mutual “stand ups”, they eventually had that date and others to follow. In 1961 Sybil and Bill were married at the Miller County Courthouse, and they set up housekeeping. Bill’s son Billy Joe

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Waggoner, Jr. was soon joined by Kenneth Wayne and Todd and horses. Wayne took his first horseback ride when he was two weeks old, and Todd, still diaper clad, would get up in the morning and get on horses. “I break horses. I’ve bought, sold and traded horses,” Mr. Bill says. “Ain’t no tellin’ how many horses I’ve owned— maybe a 1,000” Like Jobs whose adopted dad repossessed cars for a loan company, those early Waggoner Family days were as hard as their growing up. Bill worked at a service station for a while—12 hour days, 6 1/2 day weeks for $22 a week. When he had the chance to move into the tile business earning 75 cents an hour, Waggoner jumped. Sybil meanwhile kept the home fires stoked while Bill traveled to Little Rock or Dallas to complete jobs. In his absence, she insulated two houses by herself; using a rake she and the boys spread four 18-wheeler loads of dirt for the slab of the house Waggoner was building his family. “I had blisters on top of blisters after that,”

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Sybil admits. With hard work, a sense of design, and a “passion for perfection,” Waggoner’s Tile business grew. For 35 years, his sons worked alongside their dad. “I’d come home after a day’s work and tell Momma, ‘Todd was real good this mornin’, so he gets a dollar an hour, but this afternoon, he just dragged around—50 cents an hour.’” During the process, father and sons learned how to master almost every craft. “Not much we can’t do,” Todd explains, “between all of us.” Today, son Wayne continues to operate Wayne Waggoner Tile while Todd works at Cooper Tire. “They know how to work,” Mr. Bill explains. “I’m so proud of ‘em. We was raised poor, bad poor, but raised with lots of morals.” Wily wisdom, too. This is a dad and granddad who teaches, “If your name’s not on it, don’t touch it,” or “mouth open, ears shut; mouth closed, ears open.” He even collects sugar tears in cups when his youngsters cry. “Momma says I never got

out of my first childhood,” he laughs. For Sybil and Mr. Bill, also known as MamMaw and PawPaw, their growing family—now 10 grandbrats (he calls them) and 4 great grandbrats--make their lives meaningful. “They all give me hugs and kisses,” MamMaw says. “That’s what keeps me going. They all know it.” As parents, grandparents, and friends, the Waggoners prove invaluable to each other and the larger world, but their dent in the universe ?-- yet to be revealed. In 1987, William Todd Waggoner, Jr. (T.J.) was born. This was an event for the whole family, but MamMaw was so excited about his arrival that she managed to sneak into the labor room where she saw the baby for the first time. “He sure is potted looking [had blue spots],” she reported anxiously to the rest of the family. Although the doctor’s examination of the baby gave him a clean bill of health, Sybil remained troubled. She raised such a fuss additional tests were made. Immediately, an Angel One Helicopter from Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock was dispatched. The two doctors attending the baby warned the family that T.J.’s chances of surviving to Little Rock were not very good. They whisked him away. Early the following morning, Sybil and Todd, T.J.’s dad rushed to Little Rock. Additional tests indicated the newborn had only one heart chamber rather than


were staked out, and the Waggoners Arkansas in 1902. Waggoner wondered the usual four. Doctors acknowledged that positioned their chairs by the wagon’s what that must have been like, so he built T.J.’s condition was the most complicated tongue. Meanwhile, they could easily his own covered wagon, trained a two case they had ever seen and gave the see the boiling clouds of the approaching mule hitch and with two other couples family little hope for his survival. T.J. was storm; lightening streaks bolted across the set out for Cheyenne, WY. The covered only four days old when he had his first sky. “That was the only time in the whole wagon provided transportation, a place surgery; Day 6 was his second. This was trip I was scared,” Mr. Bill admits. He for eating and sleeping and just “hanging just the beginning for the baby—who and Sybil sat down in their chairs, “What thanks to the miracles of modern medicine out.” The 1600 lb. rig could travel about do you think?” he asked her. What was four miles an hour, and the extra mule and prayer and a caretaking MamMaw— there to think? They had done did survive. everything they could do. Their On their official web only alternative now was ….to site (www.archildrens.org), wait and hope to survive the The Heart Center at Arkansas Bill Waggoner, Sr. is making his storm. Children’s Hospital explains: dent in the universe, a dent driven by his Just as the storm “We know kids. They dream passion and love and which continues to neared them, the clouds split big. Our job is to put as much mysteriously and moved around heart into those dreams as grow larger with each passing year. the travelers. They were safe. possible. Since 1981, The Two hours later the highway Heart Center at ACH has patrolman returned, “I figured I’d become one of the nation’s pick up the pieces. To the north most important and successful there was hail and a road grader was tied to the back could be used to ride into resources for surgical care of congenital turned over and to the south of you the town when the wagons stopped or rotated heart disease.” wind blew over a couple of 18 wheelers within the hitch. Everything went perfectly Amber Waggoner Ferguson, the and a camper trailer.” The next morning until six miles out of Dodge City, KS, a first Waggoner grandbrat, picks up the the untouched covered wagons moved on highway patrolman, stopped the travelers, story: “…after several surgeries to build to Dodge City, KS. “Mister,” he said, “you better take cover. him what he needed…doctors then told “God was our co-pilot,” Waggoner There’s a storm coming up your way.” [the family that T.J.] wouldn’t live past declares. “I promised when I got home I Since the area was known as Tornado 6 years old. At 7 years old they opened was gonna’ do something special for Him.” Alley, the group decided to hunker down him up again, before telling us he would When the travelers returned home, the by some nearby silos. never be a teenager. At 18 he was given The wagon was pointed west with events of that Kansas afternoon dimmed a pacemaker and defibrillator....Earlier with time. “I remembered the promise,” the tongue straight out and propped up in [2011], T.J. had a blood clot in his leg, Mr. Bill admits, “but I put it off and put it on a stick to hold the harness. The mules which led to his heart valves leaking and knocked him off the transplant candidate list. Sadly, the Cardiologists at Children’s told the family in [ September 2011 that] T.J. only had 3-6 months to live. On December 31st, 2011, T. J.’s heart finally gave out on him at 24 years old…” The church was filled for T.J.’s funeral—not only friends of the family but T.J.’s friends. “He concealed his tears,” the program said, “but shared his smiles.” T.J. made his own dent in the universe. When he lived, he was treated by those who loved and knew him as though he was healthy and strong. Like all the others, he rode horses, drove a tractor-could back up more skillfully than most— and loved 4 Wheel Drive and big trucks. He graduated from Arkansas High School in 2006, enjoyed playing pool and LIVED every day to its fullest. T.J.’s courage was admired by all with whom he came in contact, medical personnel, teachers, friends as well as family. He will long be remembered not just for his smiles and manners but also because of who he was and how valiantly he faced every day. T.J.’s memory will live also because of his PawPaw and the entire Waggoner Family. Still looking for that dent in the universe to which Jobs referred? Otherwise why even be here? Sometimes it takes a while. In 1997, Mr. Bill and Sybil decided to satisfy his curiosity. Bill Waggoner’s granddad had traveled from Danville, TN, in a covered wagon to reach March 2012

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off and put it off. Then one day I finally told the riding club that their trail ride was going to be a fund raiser called T.J.’s Ride.” Three weeks of planning followed. Waggoner talked to H & H Commission Company in Simms and Rivers Horse Auction in Lewisville, AR about horse sales, “Ya’ll don’t charge me any commission and make out the checks to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. “ They have agreed. Waggoner also began collecting all kinds of items—wedding gowns, tattoos, appliances for his auction. “My granddaughter’s child bike sold like five Saturday nights in a row. People buy the bike, donate the money, then return the bike for sale again.” People have given him horses to sell for the Hospital, and some folks will buy the horse then give not only the price of the horse but all their change to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Members of the Waggoner Family have traveled all over the region collecting horses people are willing to give them. They pasture and feed them using their own facilities until sale time—everything at their own expense. Dr. Shane Morgan does all the blood work on the animals as his contribution to the hospital. The generosity of so many overwhelms the Waggoners (and their living room), as their project grows larger each year.

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Now in its eighth year, each ride’s goal is to raise as much money as possible. In 2010 that was $17,400 and in 2011, $22,658.52. So far this year some $8,279.90 has been deposited in Special Account 838853 at Commercial National Bank, and the ride—now named the Old Washington Trail Ride is scheduled for March 16-17, 2012. Both horseback riders and wagon teams are welcomed. As one of Mr. Bill’s grandbrats asked about the ride, “PawPaw, are we gonna’ be in a parade?” “We are the parade,” he replied and what a parade they are! The group will leave from Rondo on March 16, camp at Fulton, then complete their ride at Old Washington, AR, on March 17. Few things have changed since the ride began. Horses pull the wagons now rather than mules, and the family spends the night in an RV rather than the wagon, but the promise Bill Waggoner made after the Kansas storm remains the same and stronger than ever. There is little chance to know exactly how many lives have been saved or made better as a result of the efforts of Bill Waggoner and his Family, thus his dent in the universe may not be as small as it seems at first glance. As Steve Jobs observed, “…when you’re doing something for yourself, or your best friend or family, you’re not going to cheese out. If you don’t love something, you’re not going to go the extra mile, work the extra weekend [or months], challenge the status quo as much.” Bill Waggoner, Sr. is making his dent in the universe, a dent driven by his passion and love and which continues to grow larger with each passing year. Yes, T.J. was his original motivation, but now he rides for all kids with hurting hearts and their caretakers. He, perhaps that overgrown kid himself, allows the motto of Arkansas Children’s Hospital to explain why he works, organizes and rides: “Our goal is to get kids back to doing what they do best: being kids.” If you are interested in participating in the Old Washington Trail Ride, March 16-17, 2012; making an auction or horse contribution, contact: Bill Waggoner (870) 779-1080. Cash contributions are also welcomed. The Special Account is 838853, Commercial National Bank. “The ride is not for us,” Todd acknowledges, “but for the Hospital.” “Listen to me,” Jobs says, “We’re here to make a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why even be here?” The Waggoners know why they are here and are making their own dent in the universe— one child, one horse and one trail ride at a time.


by Anne Fruge

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

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hough many homeless people are overshadowed by stereotypes, suspicion and judgment, the Friendship Center in downtown Texarkana opens its doors to our community’s poor, destitute and hungry without question. “We are a safe haven,” Bryan Bixler, Executive Director of the Friendship Center says. “I think people find it’s easy to complain or criticize what they don’t know about, but these are real people with real needs. The Friendship Center is a place where people can come and have a hot cup of coffee in the morning and a warm lunch, but more than that, we build relationships with the people who come in and try to understand who they are and minister to that.” Over thirty years ago, the Friendship Center was born after a group of Southern Baptist churches on both sides of the state line teamed up to do something real and tangible for the needs of Texarkana citizens. Through the years, many other churches and organizations, such as The United Way, have joined this collaborative cooperation. The Friendship Center now provides over 200 meals per day as well as offers training programs and an after school program for at-risk kids. “These churches looked around and said that they were not ‘ok’ with hunger, poverty and homelessness,” Bryan says. “They realized that they could do more working together than they could accomplish individually. So, every day we reach out to meet real, every-day needs, and most importantly, back then and continually, we gain the ability to speak to everyone’s greatest need: a relationship with Jesus Christ.” As important as basic needs such as food, shelter, and relationships are, stomachs get empty again, people will 68

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disappoint, and the things of this earth will fade away according to Bryan. Rooted in the everyday testimony of their own walks with God, the staff seeks to not only feed the bodies of the hungry but the souls of the hopeless as well.  “The hope we find in the Gospel not only changes one’s eternity, it also changes our disposition in the here and now,” Bryan says.  “Our greatest priority is to the best of our ability to point and lead people to the one with all the answers, God Himself.  We do this on so many levels every day at the Friendship Center:  from a warm smile, to a hug, to listening to people pour their hearts out, to showing them what the Bible has to say about the condition of man, and His solution.  As Jesus said, ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of God’s mouth.’” Bryan attended the University of Arkansas, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and pastored at Highland Hills Baptist before taking over the position of executive director from Dr. Deaton five years ago. Bryan is married to Kelly Bixler, a project coordinator for Bixler Management, and they have two girls: Madelyn and Kathryn. “My family is my greatest support, and they put up with a lot,” Bryan says with a smile. “Sometimes I feel like the worst dad in the world. My kids complain about dinner, and I say, ‘Well at least you have something to eat.’ I’m so proud of them; they’ve grown up being aware of homelessness and poverty, but sometimes I wish that they could be more innocent and get away with more.” On a daily basis, Bryan and the staff at the Friendship Center not only feed the homeless and hungry, but they try to equip them to live on their own and support

themselves. They provide a certified nurse assistant training program as an accredited school to 10 students a quarter. In the past they have offered training programs in lawn service, carpentry and automotive service. “Even though we feed people every day, I tell people we are not in the food business,” Bryan says. “We aren’t carpenters or nurses or in the lawn business either, but we are committed to find whatever means possible, even if it’s only for a season, to give tools to equip those who come in our doors to make a difference and get to a different place in their life.” They recently had around 150 applications for their certified nurse assistant program. Students must complete 75 hours of school, and then the Friendship Center will even pay for them to take the state boards. They have had about 1900 people graduate from this program over the last 10 years with 89% passing on their first attempt. “We take someone from whatever level they start at,” Bryan says. “We give them clothes, a LVN certified instructor and help to prepare and pay for the test. We aren’t always looking for that 4.0 student; instead we are trying to give people a chance that wouldn’t get one elsewhere.” Six months ago, an Eagle Scout in the community came to the Friendship Center and helped them turn one of their rooms into a computer lab. Now the Center can offer computer classes to those who never received the kind of technological instruction that it takes to navigate today’s world. This service project made it possible for Friendship Center staff to teach people how to fill out an online application and how to use email, since many cannot keep phone numbers from becoming disconnected. “We strive to have a healthy balance at the Center,” Bryan says. “We want to affirm these people’s value and potential but teach accountability. We aren’t doing anyone any favors by accepting behaviors that are damaging, and there are always those few in any group that give everyone else a bad name, but I know a guy that lost his wife and turned to a drug habit from his teenage years. He lost everything,


and his life is in a tailspin. I don’t know what that’s like, but I know that I have things in my own life I need to control that I don’t like I should. His mistakes just cost him more than mine, and I don’t judge him.” Bryan says that a lot of the patrons of the Friendship Center want to break the cycle, get a job, and find a true, meaningful life again. However, they are frustrated and lack the resources to know how to make a real change. Bryan explains that many never had someone tell them that they had to fill out an application neatly or that you shouldn’t use pink ink, facts that many assume everyone should know. “In seminary, we talked about putting a face on missions,” Bryan says. “You can drive by someone downtown and see that they are homeless. You can see it on TV, but until you get to know someone and look into the eyes of the hurting and hungry, you can’t understand it. These are things that you can’t learn from a book. A lot of people like to point a finger or say mean things, but these people are experiencing a depth that most of us have never felt before.” The Friendship Center also helped in the creation of the Club 29:11 at First Baptist Church on Moore’s Lane. Great volunteers such as Dr. Nathan Wright and Stephanie Bright help provide this great program as a preventative measure for many at risk kids. In fact, many of the kids attending the program are the grandchildren of the people they see daily at the Center. They are currently expanding the program, and are able to reach around 75 kids in the fourth through sixth grade every Monday. “We are trying to be proactive,” Bryan says. “This isn’t a homework club. This is a time when we invest personal time into these kids’ lives. They can choose between activities such as writing their own book, singing and dancing, sewing, art, or playing basketball. We want to provide them with good role models and are constantly looking for volunteers for all our programs to help make a difference.” The Friendship Center staff needs more volunteers to reach the staggering amounts of needs in our community. When Bryan closes the doors at 4 p.m., he often feels guilty for not being to do more and meet more needs. “When I leave at night and walk to my car, I’m surrounded by people in crisis. They are cold, hungry and have nowhere to go,” Bryan says. “The only way I can sleep at night is by knowing that there are other agencies that are open at nights and on weekends. It’s so important for us to be working together as a city, as a community, because the problem is much bigger than any one person or group can tackle.” With optimism, Bryan hints that a big announcement is looming on the horizon that will mean great news for all of Texarkana. It’s a collaboration that will usher in a major change with very real dollars for Texarkana families and new ways for our community to come together and help. “Past success of the Friendship

Center has been built on those who have given of their time and resources,” Bryan says. “We are appreciative of all that has been done in the past, but look to the future. We are planning and continually working toward being more and more effective at creating an environment where true life change can occur. It’s a daunting task, but one that with God’s help can be accomplished.” The Center also runs a thrift store on College Hill as a ministry to provide basics for their patrons. The Center gives vouchers to those in need of essentials like appropriate shoes for the weather, a warm coat, clean clothes or an outfit for a job interview. “There is no doubt that Texarkana is a kind, giving and generous community,” Bryan says. “But, I do hear all the time, ‘I never knew about the Friendship Center or what you all did.’ We all get busy and it’s easy to get used to what you know and what you do. We could all help—whether it’s by praying, giving clothes, money, Bibles, or time. At the Friendship Center, we need resources from people who care to come together and make a real tangible difference.” To donate or find a way to get involved today, please contact Bryan Bixler at bbixler@tfci.org. The Friendship Center is located at 620 W. 4th Street in Texarkana, Texas. The Thrift Store is located at 714 East Street in Texarkana, Arkansas.

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1. Michelle Miller and Charles Nickerson 2. Rick and Jennifer Futrell 3. Robby Smith and Lisa Barr 4. Chris and Laura Ross 5. Brian Matthews and LaKisha Washington 6. Mark Bledsoe, Cranford and Kathy Graves 7. Mayor Wayne and Brenda Smith 8. Keely and Mark Bledsoe 9. Shirlena Hanes, Steve Matlock and Chris Richey 10. Mike and Jackie Kelley 11. Brandon and Amanda Thrash 12. Jenny and Richard Vannell 13. Derek Crabbe, Chris Slade, “Marilyn Monroe�, Steve Matlock and Chris Richey 14. Troy and Lisa Kern 15. Texarkana College - Back row: Ronda and Johnny Dozier, Garth and Stephanie Stokes, Teresa and Larry Benton. Front row: Denice and Frank Collier 16. Ellen Brennan and Kelli Lovell

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March Calendar

54th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day-4th Annual 5K Run at the Truman Arnold center. All you can eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, milk, juice and coffee for $5. All proceeds go to charities benefitting children. 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM. For more information, 903-278-3924 or kiwaniscluboftexarkana.org.

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Live at the Perot Theatre - Clifford the Big Red Dog, the musical. Happy 50th Birthday, Clifford! Travel alongside Clifford as he embarks on new adventures, but still teaches the essential values he always has: how to play together, respect one another, believe in yourself, how to work together and how to be a good friend. It’s sure to delight the kids and the kids at heart. (This show is a TRAHC family special and not part of the Perot Theatre Series.) 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM. For more information, 903792-4992.

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Linden Youth Talent Show. For information contact Music City Texas Theater at 903-756-9934 or visit their website, www.musiccitytexas.org.

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Live at the Perot Theatre - YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. “Scientifically-proven, monstrously good entertainment…” The Broadway Musical Live! A wickedly inspired re-imaging of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks’ classic comedy masterpiece, the story

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follows bright, young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to complete his grandfather’s masterwork and bring a corpse to life. This show is gut-busting hilarious and one of the largest shows to come to the Perot Theatre. 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM. For more information, 903-792-4992.

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March Masquerade from 7:00 PM-11:00 PM at Four States Fairgrounds Fine Arts building. Dinner sponsored by Outback Steakhouse. Ms Mac and the Groovetones sponsored by Scott Equipment. Tickets: $25. (Call 870773-2941) Proceeds benefit The American Cancer Society. For more information or group packages: Michelle Miller 903-701-2641.

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Stoney LaRue in Linden, TX. Stoney LaRue will be performing at Music City Texas theater. Showtime will be at 8:00pm, and the tickets are $20.00, reserved seating. For more information contact Music City Texas at 903756-9934 or visit their website www.musiccitytexas.org.

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City of Texarkana, TX Parks and Recreation Department-Spring Break Escape. Schools Out!!!! Parents need a break and kids need an escape. Join us for our Spring Break in session!! Lots of Fun and Play!! You don’t want to miss out. 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Ages: (6 to 14). Fee: $30.00/Per Child. Where: Southwest Community Center. Registration: February 1st, 2012 -

March 2nd, 2012. For Further information please visit the website at www.texarkanatxparks.com. Or, for more information, 903-798-3978.

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Red Velvet Cake Wars, Linden, TX. A Play by Jefferson Sanctuary Players, Showtime is TBA. For more information contact Music City Texas at 903-756-9934 or visit their website www.musiccitytexas.org.

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Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary-Gladys Morriss Stone Soup Luncheon at First United Methodist Church. Proceeds from this Luncheon (which includes soup, salad, Texas toast, homemade dessert and coffee or tea) benefits projects of the women’s auxiliary. Homemade cakes are for sale. Tickets for this lunceon are $8.00 ea. 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM. Please contact Ann Johns if any questions: 903-691-9085.

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American Cancer Society, Relay For Life, Atlanta, TX.

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Boy Scouts of America Lake Wright Patman Clean-up from 6:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Contact Erin Avard at 903793-2179 for more information.

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Literacy Council Spelling Bee at Four States Fair Inc. For more information, 903-792-7191.

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14th Annual Antique/Classic Car & Bike Show. 4001 Summerhill Rd. 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. For more information, 903-792-7191.

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Wine and Jazz Gala will be March 31st at the Silvermoon on Broad from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. A benefit for Harvest Texarkana, the event will feature an expertly paired tasting menu from local chefs and Vincent’s Fine Wines. There will be a silent auction and entertainment will be provided by the band Ms Mac & the Groovetones. Reservations will be $75 per person in advance, $85 at the door and can be purchased from Harvest Texarkana by calling 870-774-1398. Sponsorships are also available. All proceeds will benefit the local hunger relief efforts of Harvest Texarkana. More information is available at www.harvesttexarkana.org or call 903-2444282.

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Little Miss Wildflower Trails of Texas at Linden-Kildare High School. The pageant starts at 11:00 AM. For entry form and fees contact Jamie O’Rand-Stone at 903-7565041 or 903-244-4692 or email at orandstone@hotmail. com. Entry deadline is March 21, 2012. Ages: 0 thru 12 years.

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Peoples State Bank Recognized as Preferred and Certified SBA Lender MANY, LA - Peoples State Bank was recently recognized by the Small Business Administration as a Preferred and Certified Lender under the 7(a) Loan Program, as well as continuing its participation in the SBA’s Express Loan program.

responsibility to carefully selected PLP lenders.

The Preferred Lender Program (PLP) is part of SBA’s effort to streamline the procedures necessary to provide financial assistance to the small business community. Under this program, SBA delegates the final credit decision and most servicing and liquidation authority and

“Our lenders know that owning and running a small business takes time, talent and hard work,” Mark Garner, Senior Vice President of Business Development stated. “It is our job to make sure that our small business owners spend as little time in the bank and as much time growing their business as possible. As a PLP for 7A) loans

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Lenders are considered for PLP status based on their record with SBA, and must have demonstrated a proficiency in processing and servicing SBA-guaranteed loans.

and a provider of SBA Express program loans, we can do just that,” Garner concluded. The SBAExpress program gives small business borrowers an accelerated turnaround time for SBA’s review. A response by the SBA to your completed application packet is typically received by the Bank within 36 hours. Find your local Peoples State Bank office or learn more about Peoples State Bank by visiting PeoplesState.com or follow us on Facebook at The Peoples State Bank for updates and information on products and services.


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by Christine Amos

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You’ve chosen to adopt a pet -- GREAT! There are numerous adoption and rescue groups right here in Texarkana that will offer pure breeds as well as a mix of a pure breed/sneaky neighbor dog. Now you must establish a few things. 1. Where will the dog be kept -- primarily indoors or out? 2. What size of dog will work best in your home or apartment? 3. How much time will you be able to dedicate to your dog for grooming and walking? 4. Find a good veterinarian. 5. Find a good groomer. Now that you’ve thought about those things, you should break them down to determine what temperament, size, and coat type will work best for your family. Smaller dogs are better for smaller spaces and typically require less exercise; larger dogs will need more room. If you have chosen a dog with a little “hound” in him/her, they may tend to be a barker. This mixture of dog may be better suited for country living. Dogs with short hair, like a lab, will require frequent shed outs so they wont shed all over your home. Longer haired dogs, like shih tzus, will need regular professional grooming. Keep in mind shorter hair doesn’t mean you wont see shedding on your floor or furniture. Shedding is shedding and everything living does. If you cut it short, it will still shed but just shed in shorter pieces. A friendly dog is a happy dog! Step back and allow the dog to choose you. If the dog approaches you and wants to kiss you this is ALWAYS a good sign. I completely recommend adopting a dog, whether it is a puppy needing love or a senior citizen dog that has to be re-homed for whatever reason. Many times you can find an adult dog that has already been trained, housebroken and is just wanting a second chance. If you are considering a new fur kid for your family please consider opening your heart to one in need.

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Today is the two-month anniversary for Sherman adopting us into his heart!!! How could anyone look into these eyes and give him up? I don't know what the circumstances were and I have to admit, I have a hard time NOT judging. I know this is wrong of me. I was always taught "point Your finger at someone and three fingers are pointing right back at you!" I believe this to be true. How can anyone look into these eyes and say "Today is your last day to live!” Only because no one will step up and give you a chance to show them just how grateful you can and will be -- a chance to show you how much unconditional love you have to give to them? I am no saint. TRUST ME on that!!! I am the biggest sinner I know!! However I am glad I took a chance on a "Shelter" dog! I am extremely blessed to have THIS Shelter dog in our lives. From the very first day, December 9, 2011, Sherman "Tator Tot" Page has been a joy! He's Fab-U-lous!! He knows it. He owns it!! He has looked at me at times as though he is worried that I will give up on him. He shows us so much love and gratitude at all times. This family is lucky that he has chosen us! We hope we never let him down. Rozana Page February 9, 2012 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!


Texarkana Warriors Help Tackle Childhood Cancer The Texarkana Warriors semi-pro football team is a non-profit organization that helps promote leadership to the young and old. Setting good examples and being a positive influence in the community. Working as individuals in our daily task, but playing as one on the field. Being a warrior allows pro or college scouts to observe a potential prospect that missed their chance to shine in the friday night lights. Come be apart of a town that has football running deep in its veins!

larger contributions to this cause. The team volunteers in the local schools, reading books to the primary grades, and passing out pencils. Please help the Warriors tackle childhood cancer!

Thank You, Texarkana Warriors “Small town heart, big city Game”

In January players helped with a fundraiser for a young child named Kadence Johnson, not even two years of age and fighting stage four cancer. To see this baby tackle on something as difficult as cancer daily hit home for most of the team. That’s why in 2012 the Warriors will be supporting the awareness of childhood cancer. With the help of your donations, it will allow for the team to make

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The Texarkana Humane Society is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to re-homing orphaned animals, promoting the human-animal bond, preventing animal cruelty, educating children and adults about responsible pet ownership and preventing pet overpopulation.

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.

In order to reduce the number of unwanted animals and the euthanization of them at the shelter people need to spay/neuter their pets. The Texarkana Humane Society has a program to help individuals do this and urge everyone to get involved and tell your neighbor, family, and friends to be responsible and do their part in putting a stop to this problem here in our city. Have them contact us regarding our program. Call 903 8386334 and we will be glad to help you.

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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 got to www. texarkanahumanesociety.com. We’re also on Facebook!

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

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dogs. For more info contact (903) 838-4965. 4. One of our newest rescues! Gypsy is 2 years old, weighs 7 lbs, and is a spayed female long hair chi mix. She is super sweet and loves everyone she meets. We are working hard on house manners and doing very well. Call her foster at (903) 8384965 for more information. Gypsy is on heartworm and flea prevention. A fenced yard is required. 5. Meet little Sam, a Heeler mix, born Dec 9th. He is a super guy with the best little personality. Very playful and happy. Please contact amberli4@ yahoo.com or (903) 949-9389. Fenced yard inquiries only please.

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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? With the cold upon us we can use beds, plastic dog houses, hay, bed warmers, water warmers, and as always we need pet food, 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.

Looks like Bullet has some new friends at his new forever home! We will miss you Bullet. Happy trails to you Bully :) Congratulations to Brad, Tammy, Abby and Beau Morris on your new addition! Thank you for adopting and not shopping Morris Family! (Courtesy of the Texarkana Humane Society)

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Bill Spradlin Tracy Spradlin Jan Williams Karyn Baucum Cody Sandome Stephanie Maddox Realtor Broker Realtor Realtor 903-276-7565 Office Manager 903-223-0710 903-748-3186 903-748-2477 903-277-5771 903-278-3836

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ALT Magazine March 2012