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March 2018 | Vol. 21, Issue 3


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As most of you know, I love my dogs. They are my babies. I don’t have any small children at home, so they become my children. They come with me to work, they cuddle on me when I am home, and they sleep with me at night – at least a few of them do! It was no surprise to my family that I became a huge proponent for animals in need. My love for dogs turned into a love for all animals who are struggling – many from no fault of their own. Just a few of my own stories so you know what our group, Partners for Paws-Texarkana, helps with. They are, in my opinion, horror stories that turned into joyous tears. My Gianni, a 15 pound bichon frise, is one such story. Gianni was turned into our local shelter because his family had decided to move to Dallas and couldn’t take him with him. (Typical story for people who abandon their pets.) The family had left him with a friend, who was supposed to be finding a home for him. They had been gone over a month and the friend left him in a crate, in the abandoned home they had been living in, and would go over and feed and water him when she “thought about it.” She finally took him to the shelter, a filthy mess, and turned him in. I agreed to take him, sight unseen, and he has been my “soul dog” ever since. It took me 3 months to teach him how to eat without eating so fast that he threw up everything he consumed. He is now a beautiful, loving dog (except to my daughter Jaclyn), who loves his new life and would never want to go anywhere else. William’s story is a little different. We aren’t exactly sure where he came from, but we believe someone threw him out of a vehicle into the woods. He weighed around 4 pounds when he was found. His back leg was so broken that it had, on impact, been pushed up into his leg where it had started fusing together. After around $2,000 worth of surgery, he now has one leg shorter than the other. A great friend of mine, Mary Jackson, fell in love with him and adopted him. He is now living the good life and is absolutely gorgeous! Sweet Pea is typical of a pet that came from a puppy mill. She was in such bad shape when we got her that she didn’t even resemble a dog! She is terrified of most people and typically only allows me, Jaclyn and Alyssa to touch her. Evidently a man was mean to her because she hates most of them. She still lives most of her time underneath my bed, where she feels safe and has several comfy beds to relax in. Eliana, whose photos you will see in the article, was found abandoned in the woods. She had such bad mange that her face was bleeding. With some tender, loving care and a lot of medication, she is now beautiful and loved. She loves her new family and showers her kisses on them. These are just a few of the stories that break my heart each time one enters my life. However, the women in Partners for Paws-Texarkana are tirelessly working to raise money to help every pet we can have a great home. We need your support to make sure we can continue to help. Please visit our website,, and make a donation. Make plans to attend this year’s Fur Ball. You will have a great time and support a wonderful cause. We thank you and the animals you save thank you. May God bless you and yours…

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“Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.” -Karen Davison In Texarkana, we have a pet problem. Our streets are filled with strays, and the shelter stays full trying to take them in and get them adopted. As soon as one animal finds a new home, a mother dog and 8 puppies are dropped off. To work with this never-ending cycle can be maddening, but there are many people in Texarkana who do so daily. Local rescues and volunteers work tirelessly to educate the community, and they dream of the day when they will not always be faced with so many helpless animals who need care. One of the groups on the front lines of this never-ending battle is Partners for Paws-Texarkana, a 501c3 (non-profit) fundraising group. Every dollar that they raise goes directly back to helping local animals. Last year, they sponsored the vetting of almost 200 shelter animals. They also help local rescues with high-cost rescue efforts (such as animals who need a lot of medical attention), and host multiple low-cost microchip events throughout the year. The 13 women who make up Partners for Paws have other jobs and other responsibilities, but they have decided they cannot ignore the problem; they must be a part of the solution. “If I wish people knew one thing about Partners for PawsTexarkana, I wish people had some idea of the huge hearts involved in this group and the bond we share in our love for animals,” Kandy Hirsch says. “We are soul sisters. We share happiness and satisfaction when we save an animal, and we grieve together when we are told there is nothing we can do to save one.” The women of Partners for Paws-Texarkana are currently gearing up for one of their biggest fundraisers, Fur Ball, which will be held at 6:30 p.m., April 7 at Silvermoon on Broad. Though they have had many themes over the years requiring different attire, this year, they are going “Back to the 80’s.” Participants are encouraged to dress in their best flashback apparel for a fun evening dancing the night away to The Live 80 Band out of Dallas, Texas. There will also be silent and live auctions. We sat down this month with the women of Partners for Paws-Texarkana to find out what motivates them to donate so much of their time to a cause they are passionate about. Let’s meet the women behind the organization. | March 2018 013

Kandy Hirsch is retired from Red River Army Depot where the was an Environmental Protection Specialist. She became involved in rescue when she started seeing pleas for help from a large, highly respected rescue based in Houston with a satellite group in Dallas. This inspired her to start fostering animals and to get involved with rescue efforts here in Texarkana.

Jaclyn Gooding and her husband are the owners of Legendary Shooting Sports. She became involved with rescue because she truly wanted to make a difference in the lives of animals in our community by helping dogs and cats get adopted from the shelter. She saw the problem facing our local shelter and wanted to educate the community as well as raise money to help.

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Anita McCullough and her husband own their own business where they retain and wholesale automotive and heavy duty truck garage service equipment. Anita got involved with rescue after purchasing a dog from a breeder. She followed the breeder online and was appalled to see how many times her dog’s mother was being bred a year. This led her to research dog breeding practices where she found out how many purebred dogs are discarded at the end of their usefulness as breeders. She loves the poodle breed, so she began volunteering at Poodle Patch and then moved to Passion for Pooches as a foster dog mom.

Debbie Brower is the owner and editor of ALT Magazine. She has always loved dogs and been a defender of them. She rescued her first dog seven years ago, and after that, she decided she would get involved with rescue efforts in the community. She and her daughter, Jaclyn Gooding, have fostered approximately 100 animals through the years.

Dawn Smith is a nurse and respiratory therapist at a local hospital. She works in nuclear medicine and does cardiac stress testing. Dawn remembers rescuing animals in her childhood. As an adult, she was inspired by Kandy Hirsch and started fostering with her. She now has Passion for Pooches Rescue and finds homes for hundreds of animals each year.

Robin Bridges is a real estate appraiser. She got into rescue after adopting her standard poodle, Bing. Seeing him thrive in a home environment made her want to volunteer to help other animals. She started by volunteering at an Oktoberfest event, and she has been working with the group ever since.

Anita Carver works part time and got involved with rescue because of her tremendous love for animals. She grew up on a ranch with cows, horses, ducks, dogs, cats and any other animal that Anita’s parents thought needed a home. It was then that she discovered her passion for helping save animals’ lives.

Jamie Knighton works in human resources at Bowie Central Appraisal District. At the time that she started volunteering with the group, she didn’t even have any pets of her own. However, she had always loved animals, especially dogs, and she wanted to find a way to help. The more she got involved, the more she was able to help animals, and she realized the vast amount of need in this area.

Deanna Honea is retired but she is a nurse and barber by trade. Kandy Hirsch got Deanna involved with rescue. Deanna contacted Kandy five years ago about a mother dog with three puppies that Deanna had rescued from out in the country, and now Deanna is passionate about helping voiceless and helpless animals find a good home.

Beverly Carter is a retired math teacher of 40 years who now works part-time in the Workforce Division at Texarkana College as an Academic Interventionist. Beverly has always rescued animals. She took in a stray that was hanging around her house, and when her motherin-law passed away, she took in her animals. After becoming involved with Partners for Paws, she decided to try fostering animals as well.

Ashley Harris works in education full time. She and her husband started their own HVAC business, Abby’s Heat and Air. Ashley got involved after she adopted two dogs, Noel and Charlie, from Dawn Smith with Passion for Pooches. From there, she decided to volunteer to foster animals, and she eventually volunteered to help with the first Fur Ball. From there, she began her journey with this group of woman and says that “rescue is such an important part of her life.”

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What is Partners for Paws’ have an additional fundraiser this year and hope to have a mission and how do you successful year again. work to accomplish it? Jaclyn: When we started this group, there was not a group in the community that was strictly a fundraising group to help local pets in need, and right now rescue efforts need volunteers and money. So, that’s what we’re here for, to help animals/rescues in crisis that might not have been able to get help if it weren’t for our group. Kandy: Our mission is to help fund spay and neuters for pets adopted from the Animal Care and Adoption Center and to offer assistance to community members who need help caring for their pet. We serve as advocates for the animals, and we accomplish our mission with donations and money raised at events like our upcoming Fur Ball. Debbie: A few years ago, several of my fellow rescuers saw a need to offer financial assistance to animals in need. Whether they are in the shelter and need help with vetting, microchips, or have a catastrophic medical emergency, there are so many animals who need our help. Requests from the shelter and the public are also considered. Partners for Paws hosts one major fundraiser each year, the Fur Ball. We plan to 016 ALT Magazine | March 2018

Dawn: This group all has the same passion about animals. They care, they love and they act. Our mission is to educate the community and be a voice for the voiceless.

What does the money you raise go towards?

because many people in our areas see pets as property and don’t provide for them properly. People need to spay and neuter their pets and remember they have pain and discomfort just like we do. Amy: Education is one of the biggest hurdles we have to overcome as a community. Spaying, neutering, and responsible pet care are some of the more pressing issues that

Anita McCullough: We originally began FurBall to raise funds to assist the animals at the Animal Care and Adoption Center. Since we started, we have sponsored hundreds of pets for adoption, and made numerous improvements to the shelter facility. A few of the

improvements we helped with include providing Kuranda dog beds for all of the dog kennels at the shelter, funding the replacement for all of the kennel gates in the oldest part of the shelter, renovating the intake room for the cats, making a cat room that the adoptable cats live cage free and providing litter boxes, toys, cat trees for the cats, providing new washing machines, a refrigerator for medication, a new computer, new chairs and desk for the front office along with a new paint job.

must be addressed if we are ever going to control our unwanted pet population. Simply talking with people at fundraisers and the shelter about these things is a step in the right direction.

Why do we have so many animals in and out of the shelter?

So Partners for Paws will help citizens who see a stray and save them?

Kandy: We have so many animals in need because we lack spay and neuter laws and

Anita McCollough: We started offering help to individuals that were finding dogs or having dogs

dumped at their homes and they were willing to keep or at least foster the animal until we could get a rescue to take it. We felt that if the person was willing to give the poor thing a home, we would help them by helping with the medical cost which would definitely include the spay or neuter. One of the first people we helped had gotten a dog out of a neglect situation. The dog was very thin and needed heartworm treatment. She made it through her treatment and now has a loving home in the northeast US. The man that fostered this dog had never owned a dog before but with a little guidance, made this a great success for this dog. We have also helped several folks with dumped litters of cats and dogs. Most of these would have gone straight to the shelter without any commitment from the finder of the animal and our vet assistance.

There are so many great causes and organizations out there. Why does animal rescue mean so much to you? Deanna: I’m so passionate about these poor souls that cannot speak for themselves. They can

only speak with their eyes or a meow or a wag of the tail. Humans can stand on the side of the road, beg, or be on a program. Here at Partners for Paws, we are that program for animals. Anita Carver: I am amazed at the way animals show the most unconditional love for us no matter the way they have been treated in the past. They deserve a chance to be loved, and if I can give them that chance, it’s more than worth the effort! Dawn: Placing a dog that didn’t have a chance at a happy life and then seeing them become happy, whole, and loved makes it all worth it. The happy endings outweigh all the challenges.

Which rescue story will always remain with you? Kandy: The animal story that will stay with me forever is probably Pringle’s story. I rescued him from a shelter many years ago. He was a tiny maltese mix that came to me so flea infested that his hair was gone, and his skin was hot pink and covered in sores from the infestation and

resulting secondary infections. He looked horrible and smelled even worse. It took months of treatments, special baths and lots of TLC. Pringle eventually turned back into the beautiful, white, little maltese he was born to be. Anita Carver: My most memorable foster animal is my son’s dog, Winston. He was rescued in Houston and transported here. He is an English Bulldog and was in bad shape. He had heart worms, staph and yeast on his skin, boils between his toes and was deaf due to all the infection and severe swelling in his ears. My son, Jared, was adopting him, but he lives out of town so Winston stayed with me while he was receiving treatments. His follow up heartworm test was last month, and I’m happy to report that it was negative. He now lives the life he has always deserved with my son. Winston has brought so much joy to my family. We are so glad we got the privilege of rescuing my precious granddog! Robin: My own “foster fail,” Trooper, is the dog and the story that will stay with me forever. | March 2018 017

I was asked to foster him for Passion for Pooches, and the second we met, I knew I was in trouble. He was heartworm positive with skin and weight issues from neglect. The day I picked him up, he looked at me with sad eyes, and I looked at him and just cried and told him nobody would ever hurt him again! His heartworm treatment was hard, but it went well and today he is thriving! I often refer to him as my little Diva. Beverly: After becoming a part of Partners for Paws Texarkana, I decided to try being a foster mom. My first foster was a cute eight-month-old shih tzu I called Annie. She stayed with me for a few weeks before going to her forever home in Hot Springs. My next foster was a four year old shih tzu I named Buddy. Buddy was rescued from a kill-shelter in Houston by Dawn Smith with Passion for Pooches. Well, Buddy caused me to be a “foster failure.” My husband and I both fell in love with him so Buddy is now a member of our family.

Why is fostering so important? Jaclyn: The more reputable, reliable fosters a rescue has the more animals they can save. It’s so easy to say, “Can’t someone do something? I would but…” Without volunteers rescues can’t rescue. It’s as simple as that. Fostering is often the easiest part of rescue. We get to love these babies who, in most cases, have had really hard lives and don’t know what it’s like to be loved.

To see these babies blossom, become pets and see their personalities come out is the best feeling. The rescue pays for your foster related expenses, as well, so your only job is love and patience while trying to help with training and preparing them for their forever homes, then finding the right fit for their forever family. Ashley: My advice is to understand that fostering saves lives. I cried for a week when my first foster left for her “furever” home because it was so difficult to let go. But, I realized that I was helping to save a life. This has kept me motivated to continue to foster. I’m able to keep up with several of the dogs I have fostered via social media which has also allowed me to make new connections and friends. Fostering is such a rewarding experience and so worth the time I give to these animals in need. Beverly: The biggest challenge for me with fostering was getting too attached to the fur baby. You just have to remember that for each foster that gets a forever home another fur baby will get the chance for a better life. I will have to work on the attachment issue so I can try fostering again someday. Dawn: Fostering saves lives. People say, “Oh, I just can’t. I would get too attached,” so they don’t do anything. We love rescue enough to sacrifice our own feelings for the sake of the dogs.

What can people do to help if they don’t feel like they can foster at this time? Jaclyn: If someone can’t foster the other huge need for rescues is monetary donations. Though rescues do charge an adoption fee, the majority of the time that fee doesn’t even cover the basic costs the rescue has in the animal. Don’t even think about the costs if they’ve taken on a major medical issue like heartworm treatments or an issue that’s

required major surgery. The other thing folks can do that is often overlooked but is SO helpful in rescuing is help with transports, where there is an animal in rescue that needs to get from point A to point B, and all they need is a ride to get to their better life. This is often done on the weekends and usually done in small shifts, where a driver might drive one leg of the transport.

For example, they would meet a fellow transporter to pickup in Texarkana and drive the animal(s) on the next leg of the journey from Texarkana to Arkadelphia. There are rules for transporting and you have a very specific schedule to make it work, but if you’re interested in transporting please send us a message and we’d be happy to get you in touch with the transport groups in our area. Deanna: I fostered one dog, a chiuahaua that was

stopped for gas and to let the dogs out. It was the craziest and best thing I have ever done, and I would do it again tomorrow (weather permitting!) Beverly: After becoming a member of Partners for Paws Texarkana, I learned about all the different rescue organizations in the Texarkana area. There had been a lot written about the conditions at the Animal Care and Adoption Center, but I didn’t realize there were so many other groups trying to help the animals in Texarkana. These animals need someone to speak up for them. I might not be good at fostering, but I can educate the public about getting pets spayed/neutered, microchipped, proper veterinary care, and adopting instead of buying.

Is there anything new that Partners for Paws hopes to accomplish in the community? Anita McCullough: There are some breeds that have a large population and they have become about the largest population in all to be shelters. To help this in our area, euthanized we are planning a few breed for age, and yes, specific spay/neuter events this she is still at my house. year. Right now our plans are to It’s been three years! Now, I include cats, pit bulls, Chihuahuas do mostly transport. When you and labs. These are the most transport, you help dogs get to new homes somewhere else. We euthanized breeds in the U.S. get a lot of requests from rescues Our hope is events like these will highlight this fact and encourage up north for dogs and cats. Last year, Kandy and I took 21 puppies owners of these breeds to have their pets fixed. to Connecticut. We drove over 1500 miles in 36 hours. We only

Why should people come to Fur Ball? Jamie: It is an evening full of fun for a great cause! We have a live band, great food, awesome items for our silent auction, and it all goes to help the needy animals in our area. Debbie: The Fur Ball has become one of the major events of the year for Texarkana! We are so proud of what we have accomplished. For every person who attends, we are able to help more and more pets in our area. Our attendance has grown each year, and our silent auction is unrivaled by any other event in town! We love the compassion and consideration given to us when our supporters learn of our needs. Dawn: This event is so important. We want to make the community more aware of the needed changes to ensure that one day there will be no more homeless, hungry, or abused animals. Ashley: The Fur Ball is so much fun! Plus, the funds raised at the Fur Ball allow us to continue sponsoring vet care of so many animals in our area. We are able to sponsor adoptions at the Animal Care and Adoption Center, assist rescues financially, educate the community, and help individuals in need with their pets.

Is there anything new at this year’s Fur Ball?

the money raised will be used to help our local fur babies.

Debbie: This year’s event has an amazing band, Live 80, and will again feature that HUGE silent auction. We also will be giving several awards to those in our area who go above and beyond what any one person should be capable of doing. We truly appreciate everyone involved in the rescue community.

Anita Carver: I am SO excited about this year’s Fur Ball because we are doing an eighties theme. I love the eighties, especially the music. I cannot wait to dress in eighties garb, tease my hair into a big ol’ mess and break out the colorful eyeshadow. It’s always a lot of fun and the best thing is that the money raised helps us to help the animals that need us!

Beverly: Everyone had fun dressing in different decade fashion last year. This year should be even better with all the Dynasty shoulder pads, Flashdance oversized shirts, and Let’s Get Physical exercise outfits. Even if you’re not into the 80’s fashion scene, you still need to buy a ticket. Once you attend you’ll be saying, “Now, I’ve had the time of my life” just like the song from Dirty Dancing! AND all

and live their best lives. This cannot happen without donations, educating the community, reputable rescues and loving foster homes.

If you want to find out more about Partners for Paws, Fur Ball, or seek assistance for an animal, please contact them on their Facebook page or website http://www.

Amy: This year, my husband, is going to bring a lot of his arcade machines for us to play on during the event! I am so excited about this year’s Fur Ball and the opportunity to raise more funds to help more pets in our area get the care they need and find good homes. There is nothing like the feeling you get when an animal gets adopted, and you know they are going to go forward



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"Coach Chasteen was my cross country coach for 3 years and every year I improved more and more because of everything he has taught me. But most important he has taught me to never give up on my dreams and to push and get what I want no matter how hard it gets because he would be there to push me back! I don’t think I would have made it through high school without him! He is and always will be an amazing teacher/coach!" -Christina Cole “Of all the hard jobs around, one of the hardest is being a good teacher,” Maggie Gallagher said. Most people can look back on their childhood and point to one teacher who really stood out to them. This person motivated them or helped them or made them smile or showed them someone cared when no one else made the effort. In today’s ever changing world, teachers are rising to the challenge and striving to meet kids where they are. It may be years before teachers ever knew the impact they had on a life, but they work daily to do so. This can be said for Andrew Chasteen, a math teacher and track and cross country coach at Genoa High School. This is Andrew’s first year at Genoa after teaching at New Boston

for eleven years. “The best part of my job by far is being able to make a positive influence in the lives of students. I want to show them that with hard work and a positive attitude, they can accomplish anything they set their minds to,” Andrew says. “Also, I get to teach and coach some of the best students anyone could ask for. I can’t imagine a better job than getting to help the future of our great country reach their potential.” Andrew was nominated for this profile by Candice Oakes, a good friend. He has coached her daughter, Stephanie Studdard, since 7th grade in track and cross country. She runs local races with him as well. Andrew had no idea he was being nominated on social media as one of the best

local teachers until he came in from track practice, and his wife told him about it. “I am so glad I’ve had the chance to know good people like Candice and Stephanie. I’m so glad that I have the opportunity to brag on people that have been important in my life. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them,” Andrew says. “On the nomination, it was so neat to see former students, current students, parents, friends, and family all making comments. They told some amazing stories, and the memories they brought back were priceless. Thank you to everyone who commented. Thank you to ALT magazine for the opportunity they have given for local teachers to see the impact they are making in | March 2018 027

teacher a d n i f day you rt , sense of . y r e v e g t ea " It’s no h wit h a big h understandin or coac patience, and w t hat C oach humor, lucky t o kno t hose on t he We are een has al l of ssr oom." C hast nd in t he cla track a ce Oaks i d n a C -students’ lives.” Andrew didn’t grow up with the goal of working in education. He started college at Texas A&M Commerce to become an engineer, but after a year of engineering classes, he knew this wasn’t God’s plan for his life. “While trying to decide what to do for the rest of my life, I couldn’t help but think back to the biggest influences in my life: my mother and my teachers. I had a very good teacher in high school named Eulin Cain. He taught math as well as coached cross country and track,” Andrew says. “I knew that I wanted to make as big an impact on others lives as these people had made on mine. Once I started teaching, I knew this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.” Andrew’s mother, Sherry Jackson, influenced her son’s morals and beliefs. Her own transparency and strength made him want to strive to be better. “Growing up, she was very loving to my sisters and I. She always 028 ALT Magazine | March 2018

made a big deal out of holidays. As I got older, she did well in transitioning from a nurturing parent to letting me make my own mistakes,” Andrew says. “Another thing I love about my mother is that she is a very straight forward person. If you want to hear the truth, go to her.

As an adult, if I need advice that is straight forward, I call her. The biggest lesson she has taught me is to stand up for my beliefs and when I make a decision, stand by it. This advice has helped me throughout my life.” Mr. Eulin Cain was Andrew’s high school teacher and running coach. Though Andrew says he had a lot of

good teachers growing up in Avery, Texas, Mr. Cain was the one he was closest to. “He showed me that anything was possible if you work hard enough. He also didn’t let me get away with giving less than my best,” Andrew says. “Through my teenage years, I needed someone to tell me that I could do much better than what I was doing. He definitely did that.” With these influences in mind, Andrew changed his major to education, and after graduating from Texas A&M Texarkana in 2005, Andrew took a job at New Boston. He married his wife, Brittany Chasteen, on July 23, 2011. They now have two children: Klara and Carson. “My wife is in her last semester of nursing school. I am very proud of the determination and perseverance she has shown in finishing nursing school,” Andrew says. When Andrew leaves the house each day for work, he is excited about the prospect of helping kids reach their goals. As he strives to be a man and teacher of character and integrity, he hopes to teach his students to strive for the same. In Andrew’s classroom, he has a few philosophies he wants to incorporate. “First and foremost, I try my best to make my students feel that I care about them. That is sometimes hard.

student in the room, and discuss their ideas about some subject I am talking about,” Andrew says. “This takes a lot of coaching, but after they understand how you want them to talk about the math, you can walk around the classroom and listen to the discussions that are taking place. Students come up with some of the most amazing ideas in those discussions. I also do this with homework. While working on an assignment in class, I will have the students get up and discuss with someone Students who take Mr. what it is they are having trouble Chasteen’s class know that on. They do very well at helping they will be working hard but each other with what they are having trouble on. This does require a lot of coaching. If you’re not careful, they could just tell each other answers, so and work on something Celebrate the tenure of Saturday, April 7, 2018 founding music director/ we have a lot hands-on. In today’s world, a Marc-André Historic Perot Theatre: 7:30PM conductor Bougie with an evening of discussion student’s attention demands are Concert Preview: 6:40PM of impassioned music like no other. Marc-André Bougie, Conducting short. The old days of lecture and about how I T I CKETS / $27, $39, $50 note-taking every day are not as want to hear FEATURING Student tickets available with ID, Group them helping successful, and Andrew wants Pianist Luis Sanchez Discounts available. Perot Theatre Box Office at 219 Main Street, Texarkana, TX his students to interact with each each other understand, other and the material in a way that interests them. “Every day in not just giving Anonymous Music-Lover (BancorpSouth Trustee), Yvonne Clements, answers.” Susan Keeney, Kelley-Morgan Foundation, Dr. and Mrs. Paul McCash, my classroom, students will get Vasco McCoy, Jr. Foundation, TSO Board of Directors out of their desk, go to another Being a high school teacher, sometimes I have to be very stern with students, but I hope to always make them feel as if I care for them and want what’s best for them,” Andrew says. “Another philosophy I want to use in my classroom is that something that’s given to you often has no value; it’s when we earn knowledge that it is truly valued. I try to set up my lessons in such a way that students discover for themselves what I want them to learn.” When Andrew thinks about the concepts he wants to teach and the best way for students to learn the information, he knows that he wants them to talk about their ideas with their peers, move around the room,










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that it’s ok to make mistakes. “If students feel comfortable with making mistakes, they feel more open to learn when they normally wouldn’t. After that, it depends on the student,” Andrew says. “Sometimes I tell them that they are very smart at math and as long as they keep working, they will understand it. I tell them that there is no ‘bad at math’ gene. As long as they have an open mindset and are willing to give good effort, they can understand any math that comes their way.” When Andrew thinks about his favorite lessons, he remembers teaching the Pythagorean Theorem to his eighth grade students. He would set up four stations illustrating where right triangles would appear in real life. The students would take meter sticks and measure the two leg sides and the hypotenuse. Then, they would use the Pythagorean Theorem to see how closely “a” squared plus “b” squared equals “c” squared. “It was fun because I got to walk around the room and listen to the students talk about what they were doing and how closely they were getting the measurements,” Andrew says. “My favorite part of an actual lesson is walking around and listening to the students talk through what they are learning. I always heard great conversations from that lesson.” 030 ALT Magazine | March 2018

Besides teaching, Andrew also coaches track and cross country at Genoa. Andrew got into running because he wanted to stay in shape. At age 26, he fell in love

with the sport. One day when he was putting grades in, the girls’ athletic director at New Boston, Coach Keri Waide, stopped by his door and asked, “Aren’t you one of those weird people that loves running?” Andrew said yes. She asked him if he would be interested in helping coach middle school girls’ track. “I told her I would love to. I started assisting the head girls’ coach, April Chism. That season was fantastic,” Andrew says. “After the season ended, I asked if I could take over cross country. Luckily, they let me, and I’ve been in love with coaching ever since.” Last November, the Genoa girls’ and boys’ cross country

teams won the 3A Arkansas state championship races. This was Andrew’s first state championship. “These students are just such an amazing group, and I’m honored to have gotten to coach them,” Andrew says. “I look forward to continuing to be their coach for years to come.” It was a difficult decision for Andrew and Britney to move to Genoa after so many years in New Boston, but it was an area they wanted to live in for some time. “I can’t brag enough on how great Genoa has been to my family and I. This was my first move from one school to another, and everyone has welcomed us with open arms,” Andrew says. “Even though this is my first year here, I feel like part of the family.

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husband, teacher and man, Andrew has several goals he wants to achieve in the future. For example, he hopes that one day soon he and Britney can buy a house and settle down. He wants to get his 5K time under 21 minutes, and he wants to earn his master’s degree so he can teach dual credit math classes. “Beyond that, I could teach and coach for the rest of my life and retire a happy man,” Andrew says. “I know that’s not a whole lot of goals, but I have a family I love and that loves me. I have a dream job where I get to teach great kids math and running all day. What more could I possibly want in life?”

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Tell me about the most influential teacher you have had. Janie Pumphrey was my elementary principal at Kilpatrick back in the 80s. I know the question says teacher but this woman is one of the most caring individuals I have ever met! She truly has a love to see children succeed and she is still on my cheering squad as an adult. I remember how she congratulated me when I told her I received my Texas Principal certification, she was so proud and I was happy to tell her I channeled her wisdom during the coursework. There are so many others but she is definitely up there!


Tell us a little about yourself?

I am native to Texarkana. I did venture to Dallas for a bit but quickly realized I missed my amazing support system of my family and friends and decided to come home. I am engaged to Craig Jenkins, and we have two amazing daughters, Natalie (13) and Chayse (4).



When did you start teaching? I began my career in 2009, as a PPCD teacher in Texarkana ISD. Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities serves students ages 3-6 who are eligible for special education services. I absolutely LOVE my job and I cannot see myself doing anything else.

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Why did you decide to be teacher? I decided to become a special education teacher when I was in elementary school, even though I didn’t know that was an actual job. With the help of my elementary counselor, I was able to start a “buddy” program in 5th grade. Students in special education would be paired with a general education student and those buddies would eat lunch together and spend time together during PE and other electives. Once I began taking course work in undergrad, the special education certification coursework seemed like an obvious next step for me.


How do you get to know the students in your classroom? As a part of the Early Childhood Assessment Team for my district, I (usually) get the pleasure of meeting my students and their families before they are ever enrolled. I make it my goal to connect with parents as best I can so they know our lines of communication are ALWAYS open. I want them to know I am on this journey with them and their student.


How do you motivate your students to become involved in the classroom? We are constantly on a mission to engage the students in what we are working on and that can look different with each passing day. I will say we are VERY animated in my classroom! There is a lot of celebrating!


What issues in education are of greatest concern to you, and why? Schools are federally underfunded, that can be problematic when trying to meet the needs of a growing special education population and the growing cost of services to meet those needs appropriately. School districts have to be creative in how those services are provided to their students. As a special education teacher this is a great concern, I have to advocate for the services and materials that my students need to be successful, while at the same time being mindful of the funding crisis and the financial limitations placed on the school district.


What advice would you give someone considering a career in teaching? Teaching is hard. It’s not just summers off and week-long breaks. The needs of students are forever changing but this career can be very rewarding if you’re willing to put in the work. Oh! And I highly recommend getting your special education certification.


What is the most rewarding part of your job? There are so many rewarding aspects; a student recognizing themselves for the first time during circle time, another student spontaneously clapping along to a song, seeing a parent’s reaction to the news that their child not only participated in a field trip but enjoyed himself! There are moments in every single day that are rewarding and reaffirm I am exactly where I am supposed to be.


Any funny student stories? With the ages of our students, parents are often hesitant to send them to school for fear of separation anxiety. I always smile a little bigger when the kiddos grab our hands, close the gate to the drop off walkway and walk happily into the building, even on the first day. | March 2018 033

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Tell me about the most influential teacher you have had.

I have had several amazing teachers that have made an impact on me. I feel that my first grade teacher, Mrs. Helen Washington had the most impact.


How do you get to know the students in your classroom?

Every year I try to develop a bond with each of my students, so they feel safe and secure with me and with school. I want them to know that they are safe. As a teacher, you have to be able to wear several different hats because you are a nurse, a friend, a confident and an educator.

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Tell us a little about yourself?

My name is Kathryn Peters Smith. My husband’s name is Kenneth Smith. We have two sons and four grandchildren.


When did you start teaching?

This is my 35th year of teaching kindergarten at Atlanta Primary School.

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Why did you decide to be teacher?

I became a teacher because of my father, Aaron Peters. He taught school for 37 years. His philosophy was that the world was the classroom. He did not believe that school or teaching was over when the last bell rung. After watching his love for teaching, I could not think of a career that would give me more joy or fulfillment.


How do you motivate your students to become involved in the classroom?

The environment in my classroom is student friendly because I provide my students with the opportunity to share their ideas and thoughts with the class. I motivate them with positive reinforcement, and I am constantly praising them.


What issues in education are of greatest concern to you, and why?

I have noticed several changes and challenges in education over the years. Students are starting school able to navigate the computer mouse but are unable to hold a pencil correctly. Education has to compete with technology in order to maintain student attention.


What advice would you give someone considering a career in teaching?

The best advice I could give to anyone thinking about teaching would be for him or her to realize that teaching is not just a job. You do not become a teacher for the money. You go into teaching because of your love for kids and your desire to want to make a difference in as many lives as you possibly can.


What is the most rewarding part of your job?

One of my greatest rewards is when a student that I have been working with finally understands the skill or concept that I have been trying to teach them. They look at me with a smile on their face and in their eyes. That gives me confirmation that teaching is where I belong. Another great reward is when a former student comes back to tell you that you made a difference in their life.


Any funny student stories?

Several years ago, I had a student who got gum stuck in her hair. She started crying 1st because she was not supposed to have gum and second because she was afraid her mom would cut her hair and she did not like short hair. I went to the cafeteria and got some peanut butter to get it out of her hair. After I finally got it out, she hugged me and said, “I won’t bring anymore gum to school.”


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Why did you decide to be teacher? I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. I recently found a paper from kindergarten in 1992 that stated my future career goal was to be a teacher. As a child, I knew I loved everything about school and wanted to always be there. As I grew older, I wanted to be the teacher who taught more than just curriculum, but how to be a good human being. I’ve always tried to teach my students to leave people better than when they found them because we will be remembered for how we made people feel, not how well we could write a paper or solve a math problem.

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Tell us a little about yourself?

I am, first and foremost, mother to Audrey, the most spectacular 11 year old around. I’m a dog mom, avid reader, Taylor Swift’s number one fan, and Netflix aficionado. I also enjoy working out and spending downtime with my friends.

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When did you start teaching? I taught one year of pre-k in 2011. Beginning in 2012, I spent five wonderful years at Queen City High School teaching English and Theatre Arts. This is my first year teaching 4th & 5th Grade ELAR at Bloomburg Elementary, and I absolutely love it! I have yet to find an age group I don’t enjoy teaching.

Tell me about the most influential teacher you have had. My High School English teacher, Ms. Gretchen King, not only fostered my love for literature and the English language, but she taught me to carry myself with class. From Ms. King, I learned that it is possible to make a point with a simple look.


How do you get to know the students in your classroom? By taking a true interest in their lives and listening; what is small to us is often monumental to them.





How do you motivate your students to become involved in the classroom? By creating a welcoming, fun environment. If a student feels respected, safe, and heard, they are easily involved because the respect is returned. What issues in education are of greatest concern to you, and why? I think most teachers will agree that standardized testing versus teaching practical skills that will benefit students in the long run is a great concern. Students are overtested, and testing dictates instruction far more than it should.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? Aside from the immediate reward of seeing the light bulb come on after a struggle, my favorite part of teaching is the life-long relationships I have built with my students and their families. I have made friends for life.

crack at people who bothered him, walking around with his pants pulled up entirely too high, or falling out of his desk and breaking it on his birthday, he kept us laughing, and I will forever cherish those memories.

Any funny student stories? I say all the time that I should record my days in the classroom and write a book about my experiences, especially when I taught high school! Most of these stories are “had to be there” stories that wouldn’t translate well to text, but I would be remiss to give an interview about teaching and fail to mention the late, great Ty Ball. Whether he was downloading a whip app to


What advice would you give someone considering a career in teaching? I’ll pass down the best advice I was given: Grow a thick skin, but keep your heart soft. If you don’t have immense patience, a sense of humor, and a love for people, this is not the career for you!


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Why did you decide to be teacher? I got into teaching because I wanted to coach. I really wanted to coach my younger brother, Josh Howard, but I was one year too late. Once I got into coaching, I discovered that I actually liked teaching and the classroom better than coaching. The time commitment in coaching, particularly during football season, is just brutal. I love the interaction with students in the classroom and watching them grow educationally over the course of a year.


Tell us a little about yourself?

I am married to Cassie for 20 years and I have two boys- Drew, a freshmen at Stephen F. Austin University, and Dawson, a sophomore at Liberty Eylau H.S. I am also a 6th grade Social Studies Teacher at Liberty Eylau Middle School.

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When did you start teaching? I started teaching/coaching in 20012002. I coached middle school football and basketball, freshmen and JV baseball and taught through LE at the JDC from 6th to 12th grade. I moved up to coach freshmen football, JV and asst basketball along with freshmen and JV baseball for the next two years and taught 7th grade Texas History. I left LE in the 2004-2005 school year and went to Queen City as the head basketball coach, middle school football, assistant baseball coach, and I taught public speaking at the high school. I got out of education for 5 years and worked for Truman Arnold Companies. This will be my 8th year back at LE, but just as a teacher.

Tell me about the most influential teacher you have had. That’s easy- Mrs.Glenda Parr, my first grade teacher at Queen City Elementary. Mrs. Parr never felt like a teacher to me, she always felt like family. She treated each and every kid like they were her own and we knew that she cared about us and loved us as a person instead of just as a student. I had many other great and influential teachers such as Mrs. Donna Ayers, Mrs. Peggy Mills, Mrs. Bobbie Wright, Mrs. Charlotte Barrett, Mr. Randy Hancock, Coach Shawn SinClaire, and Mrs. Helen Smith (Day) to name a few.


How do you get to know the students in your classroom? By talking to my students and interacting with them daily. Joking with them and eating lunch with them. By playing with them when we go outside. Listening to them tell me the stories. Telling them both good and bad stories about myself…. when I have succeeded as well as when I have failed. “Speaking life” to my students and seeing there faces is the best feeling.


How do you motivate your students to become involved in the classroom? The most important thing I can do is show my students that I care about them. If I can do that then everything else is clear sailing. Once they see that I care about them as a person instead of as just another one of my students then they want to perform and do their best. Classes compete against each other for highest scores. Students compete against each other to get their project put up on my classroom wall.



What issues in education are of greatest concern to you, and why? Teaching in a public school gets tougher each and every year. The state pushes more and more paperwork at us and takes more of our freedom to teach each year. We don’t teach our subject matter anymore- we teach to the beloved standardized tests! The TRS insurance and retirement program is completely broken and needs to be revamped and fixed or there won’t be teachers left to teach. We could talk all day about cell phones and social media.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? The daily interaction with my students. Seeing excited faces to see me and to come in my classroom. Seeing firsthand the difference that I can and am making in the lives of my students.


Any funny student stories? So many to tell that I wouldn’t want to try to single one out.


What advice would you give someone considering a career in teaching? Think twice about it and make sure you want to do it. It is tough- very tough- and seems to get tougher each year. But the reward of actually seeing the difference you make is beyond that of any other job

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The Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) program I taught in the classroom for five years, Kindergarten, Fourth grade, and Preschool. I was the director and lead teacher at Foreman Preschool when I was approached that Childhood Services at A-State University was hiring for a coaching job. I was honored when they hired me to become an assessment coach for preschool teachers just like me for the university. I get to travel with my job and the area that I coach is from Texarkana to Hot Springs. I also hold trainings in the summer where I get to train all the new hired teachers as well hold refresher trainings for the veteran teachers. The schools that I serve are The Arkansas Better Chance (ABC) program, and these programs are high quality programs that serve children, ages birth to five, with a variety of risk factors. However, the majority of availability is for three and four year old children. Providers are selected for their ability to offer a high-quality program. These abilities are assessed annually by early education professionals who evaluate the applications, and a complete program review is done at least once every three years. Texarkana has this program at the Washington campus as well as Foreman, Ashdown, Horatio, and cities all across the state of Arkansas. It’s important to get the word out about these programs because they are funded by the State. I urge everyone to contact their state representatives to tell them how important these programs are for our kids and how important Preschool is for our children. Research shows a child’s early care and education play a critical role in a child’s brain development. The developing brain is affected by every experience and interaction, both positive and negative. Positive learning environments for children produce tremendous brain development and positive, nurturing relationships at these early ages are essential for healthy social-emotional development. ( I’m very blessed to get to work with these teachers and help them implement an assessment tool in their classroom that allows them to evaluate the skills of their students. Working together and understanding the importance of helping these children is a passion we all have. I get to work with the best preschool teachers in our area and as far as I’m concerned some of the best teachers in the state that are passionate about helping these kids. I get to play a role in that, and I’ve been in their shoes, and that helps me to be a better coach for them and helps me to do my job successfully. 042 ALT Magazine | March 2018

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The New Standard Setting The New Standard

Rogers Construction is setting the new standard in the Texarkana area for high quality, innovative residential and commercial construction. With over 75 years combined experience in the construction industry, the founders have the expertise, and knowledge to turn your project into a reality.

What We Can Offer You


Rogers Construction’s commitment to superior quality is unsurpassed. We use only the finest building materials that must meet strict quality assurance standards. Because of our attention to detail, you’ll have the confidence knowing that the home that we build for you will last for many generations to come. With a commitment to quality and total client satisfaction, we have the ability to provide our clients with that personal touch service. When you choose to build your home with us, you will find that one of the Rogers owners will always have time to answer your questions and remain flexible to serve your unique individual needs.

We turn your vision into your dream home. BUILDING ON TRUST 903.278.4244 Residential and Commercial Contracting Licensed and Bonded

Mike Rogers Owner Arkansas License #0219510518

Rogers Construction | 100 Slaton Dr. | Nash, TX 75569


Escape the ordinary and live at the extraordinary! Arista Apartments is perfectly situated on 10 plus beautifully landscaped acres in North Texarkana’s highly desirable Pleasant Grove neighborhood, where you’ll soon discover everything you love is conveniently close to home. • Crown Molding Throughout • • Stainless Appliance Package • • Double Pane Energy Efficient Windows & • Slider Doors • • Energy Efficient Hot Water Heater • • Energy Saving Programmable Digital • Thermostats • • Frost Free Refrigerator W/Ice Maker • • Full Sized Laundry Room / Full Sized Washer • / Dryer Connections • • Linen Closets • • Multi-Speed Ceiling Fans In Living Areas And Bedrooms

Oval Soaking Tubs W/Tiled Showers Oversized Walk In Closets Pantry Closet With Wire Shelving Plush Upgraded Carpet And Pad Private Patio Or Balcony W/Storage Closet Raised Panel Interior Doors Room Enhancing 9 And 10 Foot Ceilings Self Cleaning Ovens With Timer Spacious Kitchen With Island Bar* Window Coverings (2” Faux Wood Blinds) Pet Friendly

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Rogers Construction 100 Slaton Dr. Nash, TX 75569 (903) 832-0127

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The Unique Way To Garden Having a garden can be fun and very unique. From using a old pallet to and old wagon wheel. Below are some cool ideas and inspiration! | March 2018 055

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The Clean you expect, the service you deserve. ServiceMaster Restore Services: Commercial and Residential Disaster Restoration Services Large Loss Restoration Management through ServiceMaster Recovery Management

DISASTER RESTORATION We solve residential and commercial disasters quickly, whether the problem is water, fire, smoke, or a combination of all three. Rely on us from start to finish—even for special services such as fine art restoration. We also provide tips for mitigating the damage.

When Disaster Strikes, call the master!

When disaster strikes your home or business, your production and/or family’s lives are disrupted. All you want to do is get everything back to normal. Fast. ServiceMaster Restore® is here to provide Peace of Mind® amidst the disruption. Our local service businesses are trained, equipped, and ready to restore your home after any disaster, from water in the basement to fire and smoke damage in the kitchen. We’ll dry and clean everything from documents to carpets to help you avoid mold problems later. We handle jobs as large as your entire home or business, or as small as a single room. We minimize business interruptions by quickly analyzing the problem, providing a professional assessment of the damage, determining the services needed for a complete restoration, reviewing scope of services with the adjuster, finishing the job on time, and following up to assure total satisfaction. When the unforeseen happens, call on the quick response of ServiceMaster Restore® at 903-832-0127 or 1-800-RESPOND. Our emergency call center is prepared to handle your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Let us show you how ServiceMaster Restore® can help.

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The new generation of emergency care.

Drug Take Back Initiative Operation Medicine Cabinet

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department is proud to partner with Texarkana Emergency Center in an effort to remove unused and out of date prescription medicines from your homes. •It is important to know that law enforcement is only interested in the removal of unused and/or outdated medications from the homes of our citizens. •It matters not whose name is on the prescription, by whom it was prescribed, where it was prescribed, or where you reside. •We stress that it makes no difference if you live in Texas or Arkansas. •We take back all medications, no questions asked. You can remove the label if you desire but it’s not necessary. •We ask that you do not deposit needles (sharps), inhalers, medication from businesses or clinics, ointments, lotions, liquids, aerosol cans, hydrogen peroxide, or thermometers.

One box has been placed behind the Bi State Justice Center at 100 N. State Line Ave., Texarkana, Arkansas and another outside the Texarkana Emergency Center, 4646 Cowhorn Creek Rd., Texarkana, Texas. These boxes are regularly checked and the contents are immediately packaged for destruction. If you would like to personally drop your medications off to law enforcement, the next scheduled National Take Back Initiative is scheduled for April 28th, 2018 at the Miller County Sheriff ’s Office on East Street in Texarkana.

You can learn more about this program by visiting or on Facebook by searching Arkansas Take Back or Arkansas Drug take Back. FIND US ON 4646 Cowhorn Creek | Texarkana, TX 75503 | 903.838.8000

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Fish Tales with Mike Brower

Fishing Shallow In The Winter B elieve it or not, you can catch fish in two to three feet of water in the winter, but you most likely don’t want to wade around in shorts to do it. This time of

year bass are starting to think about spawning and will move between shallow and deep several times a day. They will move up shallow to get a little of the warmth from the sun and while they are there grab a quick bite to eat, kinda like grabbing a hotdog and popcorn at the movies. Shad and bream will move up in the water column for the same reasons and they are what Billy Bass eats this time of year. The bass will be on points and shallow indentions close to deeper water. They may be on the points, in the indentions or suspended at the same level as the top of the drop but a few feet out from the drop over deeper water. Typically the bass will be no more than three to four feet deep in those areas with some wind on them and slightly deeper if there is no wind. Now, what do you throw? Well, that’s a little easier to figure out. Good baits to fish are rattle traps and jigs if there is no wind and spinnerbaits or crankbaits if there is wind. Throw across the points, not up to them, and all the way back in the draws. Try both a slow and fast retrieve. This pattern is good for one or two fish, but mostly one per spot (where they are present.) If they ain’t there they ain’t there. But if they are, there are a lot! So try to cash in on this overlooked pattern.




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Prep now, fret less... Prep now, fret less | Don’t procrastinate when it comes to prepping for tax season

Tip 3: Accelerate income and/or postpone deductions

The tax code is a labyrinth to navigate – even with careful planning. And this year, a new administration in the White House means some things are still up in the air as we approach yearend. Nevertheless, taking action now – while you, your financial advisor and accountant have time to think through the possibilities and maximize your 2017 tax savings – could be more than worth the effort. Consider adding one or more of these five tax-mitigating moves to your capital gain/loss harvesting and year-end charitable giving.

If you anticipate higher taxes next year, perhaps due to an increase in income, accelerating income and postponing deductions may help reduce your 2018 tax bill. Consider selling assets at a gain, billing in advance or deferring deductions until next year.

WHAT IS IT? Tip 1: Defer your year-end bonus or postpone income Save on this year’s higher taxes by withholding your bonus or postponing income until next year when you may be in lower tax bracket as a result of legislative changes.

Tip 2: Accelerate deductions If you anticipate higher taxes this year, accelerate deductions (e.g., philanthropic donations, prepaid state income and property taxes) to get a larger percentage tax benefit. Bonus: Reducing this year’s adjusted gross income also may keep you under the 3.8% Medicare surtax threshold.

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Tip 4: Rack up depreciation deductions The Section 179 expense deduction for up to $500,000 in qualifying equipment purchases, combined with the 50% bonus depreciation, can provide significant tax relief for any business projecting substantial taxable income. For example, if your business purchases equipment for $700,000, you would receive a total first-year deduction of $620,000.

Tip 5: Be very generous Year-end charitable giving is a tradition for many families. If you want to make a generous charitable gift, consider doing so before year-end or establishing a donor-advised fund, which allows you to receive an immediate federal income tax deduction even if the funds will not be disbursed until later years. If tax rates do go down in 2018, you will receive a larger tax benefit from the deduction since tax rates could be higher this year. As featured in WORTHWHILE, a quarterly periodical dedicated to serving the clients of Raymond James advisors and associated advisory firms. © 2017 Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC © 2017 Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Investment products are: not deposits, not FDIC/NCUA insured, not insured by any government agency, not bank guaranteed, subject to risk and may lose value. 16-FA-WW0276 BS 11/17

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LOCAL HOT SPOTS We’re sharing your stories! Anything and everything from local events around town to what you’re sharing on Facebook. We would love to hear from you.

Night To Shine 2018

Sherhonda and Jasmine Washington

Mitchell Dunigan and Terri Raney

Ray Collin and Melissa Salgado

Evie and Crystal Johnson

Bella Fuqua, Kayla Soder Whitney andFuqua, RyleighClara ReidAyres

William Massey and Jeffery Pierce

Suzanne Reed, Madison Reed and Hope Sims

Chauncey and Chauzney Hooks

Ron Sealy and Kayla Granberry

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Jennifer Bane and D Andre Webster

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LOCAL HOT SPOTS We’re sharing your stories! Anything and everything from local events around town to what you’re sharing on Facebook. We would love to hear from you.

7th Annual Ashdown Community Auction

Rhonda Cobb, Carolyn Henderson, Carolyn Castleman, and Barbara Horn

Jimmy & Michelle Wright and Pat Earnest

Jimmy & Michelle Wright and Pat Earnest

Mary Ginn Newton and Nancy Brown

Bella Lauren Fuqua, Whitney Steed andFuqua, RileighClara DayAyres

Katie Williams and Maddie McAllister

Monica Jewell, Courtney Pullen, Donna Harris, and Carolyn Hatridge

Judge Mike Cranford and Linda Bowman

Dollarhide and Greathouse Family

Pastor Jim Cross and Darrell Coker

Ken Cowling, John Nutt, and Digger Pond

Silent Auction

Live Auction

Ashdown Junior High TEAM Club

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Saturday, March 10th

Stories with Thing 1 & Thing 2 Discovery Place Interactive Museum 215 Pine Street 10 am at 2 pm We’ll read stories by Dr. Seuss and then stretch our own imaginations as we make Dr. Seuss themed crafts, and wish him a Happy Late Birthday. We’ll enjoy cupcakes and ice cream! Members are only $2 and others are $7. Call 903-793-4831 or email Discovery@ for more details.

Saturday, March 17th

Leprechauns will be leaping over the rainbow and off the table as we make our own pot of gold seeking little guys. Discovery Place Interactive Museum 215 Pine Street 2 pm Members FREE and others just $5. Contact or 903793-4831 for more details.

Saturday, March 17th

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Saturday, March 24th

Decorating Eggs Discovery Place Interactive Museum 215 Pine Street Freestyle decorating at 2 pm $5 (Free for Members). Then at 3pm kids can make a Southwestern style Easter Egg Cactus or a scrumptious Easter Egg Banana Split! Second Session is only $7/Members $2.

Saturday, March 24th

Hop on Down for an EGGstra special Easter Egg Hunt. Ace of Clubs House 420 Pine Street he Texarkana Museums System and the Lone Star Chapter of the DAR will provide our 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt for kids 12 and under FREE to the public. Hunting starts at 10 am with crafts and activities after. Contact or 903-793-4831 for more details. Tickets to this FREE event can be found at

Saturday, April 7th

The circus is coming to the MoRH 219 N State Line "Texarkana Big Top" will feature images and memorabilia from the days when the circus stopped at Union Station every Spring. From a parade of elephants on Broad Street to colorful vintage posters, your family is sure to have fun visiting circuses of days past. Members and children under 3 are FREE. Others $5. 903-793-4831 or MoRH@ for more details.

Saturday, April 7th

Ark-La-Tex Challenge Bike Ride Liberty Eylau High School It is a fundraiser where 100% of the proceeds goes towards supporting Texarkana Resources for the Disabled, Inc. A non-profit that trains and employs people with disabilities. There are 6 different routes for cyclists of all levels including a kids ride and a fun kids zone! The website to the event is www.arklatexchallenge. com

Saturday,March 31st

EARLY MUSIC OF THE TEXARKANA REGION: Joplin and Others Before Him will be the focus of a presentation Museum of Regional History 219 N State Line Avenue 2 pm Dr. John Tennison at the Museum of Regional History at 219 N State Line Avenue in downtown Texarkana, He will explore local music and musicians from 1836 to 1885, present modern day recordings of 19th century musicians and never before seen interviews, perform musical demonstrations and present new research on Scott Joplin; classical pianist Lois Towels and Otis Williams, a founding member of the Temptations. $5 per person. Museum members are FREE. Call 903-7934831 or email to make a reservation.


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Local Rescues

Adopt, Don’t Shop! ARKLATEX COCKER SPANIEL RESCUE ArklatexCockerSpanielRescue ARTEX ANIMAL WELFARE, INC. (mostly horses) 903.824.1990


Ellie Mae

Boxer Rescue of Texarkana Texarkana Animal League


Kitties Pad Rescue



Passion For Pooches


Sebastian - Arklatex Cocker Spaniel Rescue


Texarkana Humane Society


Muttley Crew

Bella and Rayna

Poodle Patch Rescue Inc.










The Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Arkansas is located at 203 Harrison, Texarkana, AR, 71854. For more information, call 870.773.6388, or visit: www. or AdoptionTXK. Please note, all dogs adopted from this shelter MUST be spayed or neutered. Spays cost $89-$104, neuters are $76-$92 depending on the weight of the dog.







We also have SPONSORED dogs and cats! This means someone has already paid for their vetting! Come see who’s waiting! We are always in need of caring, capable volunteers to assist in with duties at the center, adoption events, fund-raising activities and more.





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g n i t s i L d Feaure Superb custom built home, country setting. Lots of unique designs making this home perfect for any family. Stained concrete floors for easy care. Split master bedroom arrangement, open floor plan, large island in kitchen, pantry with lots of storage. Bonus room upstairs is perfect for office area or game room. This home is perfect for entertaining inside and outside under the large covered patio area in fenced backyard with fire pit. Dog Run fenced area separate from main backyard. The Garage is Enormous and offers drive thru access with two doors, plenty of room for your vehicles, ATV’s and boats. Attached to garage is awning area perfect for RV or boat storage.

Bill Spradlin Realtor 903-748-3186

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March 2018 Magazine  

The magazine for the month of March 2018!

March 2018 Magazine  

The magazine for the month of March 2018!