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From the Publisher.. The holiday season is here. I love this time of year when there are holidays every month. We celebrate fun times, family times, and the birth of Jesus. This month we celebrate Thanksgiving. I am blessed beyond belief with family and friends who love and care about me, whether we are having fun or crying on each other’s shoulders. Having someone there for you makes every day worth celebrating. My best friends are ride or die – and we truly help each other in the good times and in the bad times. Whatever the other is going through, each of us can count on the others to pray, assist, and love big. I am thankful. A while back, one of my BFFs asked me to go listen to a sermon before we went to eat. She had been listening earlier that morning and wouldn’t tell me about it. She just told me to go listen. The interesting thing is when the sermon got to a certain part, I knew that’s what she wanted me to hear – those good friends are there for each other. Good friends don’t have to be told what to do, they just do it. Even though you may not talk every day (although we do talk almost every day) we take up where we left off no matter how many days have passed. Good friends are a rock you can lean on. I am thankful. This year has been full of ups and downs and my family and friends have been such a wonderful blessing. My husband, in particular, is my main rock. It seems the longer we have been married, the closer we become. I am so thankful that 33 years ago I chose to marry him. He will always be the one I look to when I need help – whatever that help may be. I am thankful. Look around you. There is so much to be thankful for, even when times are not perfect. May God bless you and yours…


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BUDDY HAWKINS:

JUDGE & VETERAN By: Anne Granado

Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, Buddy Hawkins knew he admired people who stood up for others from a young age. He could not bear to see anyone being picked on or taken advantage of, but Buddy was not physically able to defend others. “I was a scrawny kid who didn’t play sports and I was dealing with a hereditary neurological issue that was not yet recognized by the field of medicine,” Buddy says. “I always joke that I was too dumb to know I was disabled.” In 1959, Buddy graduated from high school, and his father took a job in Texarkana as a part owner and manager of McLarty Ford. Buddy’s father and his future father-in-law were storytellers and were known for their recollections of historical tales. Buddy also likes to discuss local stories. “I often begin a conversation with ‘tell me a funny story," Buddy says. “I believe my inability to take myself seriously has served me well.” While in college, Buddy’s desire to help others and his admiration for first responders, policemen, and the military caused Buddy to join the ROTC program, which was designed to lead to an officer’s commission on graduation from college. However, officer candidates still had to pass physical exams at Fort Sill to be approved for a commission. Buddy says that he still did not realize he had a hereditary birth defect that would have precluded him from being commissioned, but he wanted to be in the Army. “The morning of my physical, I accidentally kicked my toenail off! I gave that as the reason I could not squat and get up, and the testing medic approved me!” Buddy says. “None of my jobs required physical strength and agility, and I went on to serve two years active and 28 years reserve in the Army.”

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Army Logistics Management Center taught logistics to members of all military branches. For 16 months I taught logistics courses to military and civilians, Americans and foreigners. In the last 6 months of active duty at USALMC, I replaced the Chief, Admin Division, of the School. Each foreign officer - Arab, Thai, NATO, VN, etc., were all assigned to an American officer sponsor. We had all military branches assigned to teach and every one eventually sponsored foreign officers. Many at RRAD attended our courses and a branch of ALMC was established at RRAD. ALMC became a Dept of Defense Logistics University for all military officers. -Buddy

While in college, Buddy met Idalee Raffaelli, who attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where Buddy’s family were members. They were both in law school; he attended the University of Arkansas, and she attended the University of Texas. They soon married and both graduated from the University of Arkansas law school in 1966. Buddy has four children: Leasa, Johnette, Mark, and Ginny.

returned to Texarkana and joined Idalee’s father’s law firm, Raffaelli & Lee. Although the Vietnam war was at its peak, Buddy was never sent to Vietnam. “I can’t say I’m happy because I would have liked to have the experience of serving where everyone else was going,” Buddy says. “What I did could never hold a candle to the men who went and served over there, but I am glad I could contribute.”

Buddy began his Army duty in September 1966 and was assigned to the Army Logistics Management Center (USALMC) at Fort Lee, Virginia, to teach legal and logistics subjects, mainly in procurement. Buddy sponsored foreign students who attended the school. “USALMC’s American students represented all of our military branches, and the foreign students came from our allies’ military services to learn logistics. I found that sponsoring foreign students was an enlightening experience,” Buddy says. “Most of the procurement officers at RRAD attended USALMC courses.”

After his active-duty tour, Buddy joined an Army Reserve unit teaching military courses on weekends and summers. His first assignment was with the Army National Guard Medical unit at Spring Lake Park. Luckily the members were well-trained, and most had medical-related civilian jobs. Other teaching assignments included redeye missiles, Soviet army and government, mortars, and the career course for company grade officers. Then, Buddy was asked by a local doctor and Brigadier General J Royston Brown to serve as Staff Judge Advocate for the 807th Medical Brigade, a Corps-level unit of 6500 doctors and medical support personnel with units in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The unit

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was tasked to provide medical services in combat theaters through hospitals, helicopter ambulances, dental units, and medical depots, such as those in Texarkana. “That job lasted eight plus years, although it was typically a three-year slot,” Buddy says. In addition, Buddy completed the career course for company grade officers and the Command & General Staff College for field grade officers. Although few JAG positions were available, he was eventually assigned to command a small JAG unit in Oklahoma City, followed by command of a 100-member JAG unit, the second Military Law Center in New Orleans. The small unit received the fifth Army Training Medal for various activities. “As one of many small JAG units, we were largely ignored and didn’t get great assignments, but I learned that our unit could make things happen and get more enjoyable duties like working for the Corps JAG at Fort Lewis and providing legal assistance for the SJA of the 25th Inf Division in Hawaii,” Buddy says.

Buddy served with the Legislative Reference Service of the Army General Counsel for several summers and a short call-up for Desert Shield to finish 28 years of Reserve service. He also attended the Reserve Components National Security Course at the National Defense University, a study of strategies for various international conflicts. He says that he was promoted to full colonel in the Judge Advocate Corps, one of 36 of 2,000 reserve JA officers, through sheer luck. In 1985, Idalee was killed in an auto accident, leaving Buddy to raise Ginny, nine years old, Mark, fifteen years old, and Johnette, starting college at eighteen years old. Idalee had been very active as a practicing attorney, United States District Court Magistrate, managing the Neighborhood Watch Program, member of the Pleasant Grove School Board, and President of the Junior League. “Somehow, we made it through, and all of the children finished college and obtained advanced degrees,” Buddy says. “We were truly blessed.” Buddy married Sherry Jackson in 2003 after a

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lengthy courtship. Sherry is a practicing attorney and Municipal Judge of Texarkana, Texas, a bustling court. “I kept waiting, but she wouldn’t propose, so I held on until she agreed to get married! My children say Sherry is their mother’s gift to them,” Buddy says. “As we are both lawyers, we tend to have lively conversations in our house. Sherry is a great friend and spouse, and we are devoted to each other.” Buddy’s first public position was as City Attorney for Wake Village, Texas. He was elected Justice of the Peace, hearing low-level criminal cases, issuing arrest and search warrants, holding inquests to determine cause of death, and hearing mental commitments for 16 years. He also heard several high-profile deadly force cases. Although a low-level judicial post, many major crimes begin with decisions and instruments issued by the JPs. Buddy served as an Assistant Attorney General for several years and one year as an Assistant District Attorney. “The city of Nash called me and asked if I wanted to be their Municipal judge, and I said I would,” Buddy says. Then, Buddy was asked to teach in the Texas Police Academy for police officer candidates in 1982 and continued as needed for several years. He was always interested in criminal justice and taught adjuncts for A&M’s criminal justice program. Southern Arkansas University lost a criminal justice professor just before a fall semester, and Buddy joined their faculty at the last minute to start within a few weeks. “After a decade and a half, the drive became a rigor for this old dude, and I chose to go out to pasture, fondly remembering my students and co-faculty at SAU,” Buddy says. As Buddy reflects on his storied and accomplished career, he believes he has learned 014

two big lessons. “First, life is a mirror, especially in the practice of law. How you treat others will become well-known and the basis for how others treat you,” Buddy says. “I also learned in the Army you don’t have to wait for things to happen; believe it or not, you can make things happen.” Buddy’s outlook is largely influenced by stories from his father about his parents being well-to-do and losing it all in the depression. “I heard my father say many times, ‘There but for the Grace of God go I,’ Buddy says. “My dad always tried to help others in need, remembering how needy his family became. In 1920, my dad’s parents took in a sick orphan who had lived in the dairy, and my dad was tasked to teach the orphan child what he learned in school daily. They became best friends for the rest of their lives.” Buddy says his whole life has been lucky and funny, and he hopes that through the opportunities he had in both law and the military, he was able to help others. “In the end, I admire anyone who does good for others, like my father, and my good friend and mentor, Ed Miller. Few people know how generous he was and how he helped so many people in need,” Buddy says. “I just want to emulate the goodwill I saw in them.”

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BRAD CRAYNE, MILITARY VETERAN By: Katie Stone Hope, Arkansas native Brad Crayne, B.A., B.S., J.D., USAF, MAJ., RET., has served his country and community from the heart. He remembered the childhood stories his grandmother told him of his grandfather’s time in the service and how mysterious the Marine Corps seemed to be as a kid. “I was always curious about my grandfather’s time in the military but never asked him since he passed away just before I was born,” he said. “I always thought airplanes were cool, and I had a great uncle that worked for an airline, too.” Brad first enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1993, where he completed boot camp, then two technical schools, and served for almost nine years. He joined the Operational Fleet in March 1994, where he completed aircraft maintenance training. Brad worked in the Electrical Shop of the fleet, where he diagnosed issues with various models of F/A-18 aircrafts. He worked with Fix Wing Marine Fighter Attack (All Weather) Squadron 533, or VMFA (A.W.) 533 for short, as well as VMFA (A.W.) 224 and VMFA 112. “The Marine Corps is awesome at training people; I don’t think anyone ever unlearns the things they teach you,” he said. “Both the Air Force and the Marine Corps emphasized maintaining your professionalism under pressure. I think that comes easier to me than it would have otherwise.”

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With his military and electrical experience under his belt, he left the Marine Corps in 2002 after earning his first baccalaureate degree from Columbia College of Missouri in July 2002 while on active duty. He revisited a connection in Ft. Worth and began working as a contract employee for Bell Helicopter. He stayed with them until he was accepted into law school about six months later. Brad entered law school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR), William H. Bowen School of Law, in the Fall 2003. “I was interested in law and knew I didn’t want to do litigation. I figured I could work with title companies,” he said. “Things like real estate, conveyances, and estate planning.” Brad’s grandfather, W.A. “Nick” Wilson, played a huge part in his choice to attend law school.

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He watched his mother, as the estate executor, handle the probate and the claims against the estate. “My grandfather’s estate is the reason I was able to go to law school, and the whole thing was kind of painful on our family. I just felt that there are better ways to do this,” he said. “That is why I am interested in estate planning. I want to be able to help people avoid what we went through.” After his first year of Law School, he took a law clerk job with John Snell, who worked at the V.A. Office of Regional Counsel in Little Rock, AR. He worked on the medical malpractice files for the V.A. under the V.A. work-study program until he graduated from law school in 2006. He passed the February 2006 version of the Texas bar exam and received his license to practice law in May 2006. He had already been officered a commission as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force pending his test results. Brad completed Commissioned Officer Training and the Judge Advocate Staff Officer Course at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL. He was certified as a Judge Advocate and admitted to practice before the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, AFCCA, and the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, CAAF, in September 2006. Following this initial training, he started working for the Air Force as an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, commonly referred to as a JAG Officer. His first assignment was at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. In this position, he worked on Administrative Law issues for Commanders, Legal Assistance for Airmen and their families, and prosecution of military

criminal cases under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). This work entailed drafting legal memoranda in support or nonsupport of various proposed courses of action based on military and federal and state law for their submitted requests. This position also included drafting hundreds of Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Healthcare Directives, as well as conducting pretrial investigations and, of course, some litigation. He was deployed to Afghanistan just before Christmas of 2010. “I worked as the JAG for the Commander of an Air Expedition Wing.” He worked to manage the Wing Commander’s military justice and ethics programs and addressed administrative law issues for the

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Command. In addition, he and his paralegal provided legal assistance to service members, including operating a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site out of his office. Brad’s deployment was finished about six months later. He returned to Laughlin Air Force Base, near Del Rio, Texas, in the Summer of 2011, where he was immediately reassigned to serve as an Area Defense Counsel (public defender) at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. Brad believes he completed more litigation cases in the following 18 months than in the previous four years combined. “I initially hadn’t wanted to do litigation, and it was also the hardest job I have ever had in my life, but it actually turned out to be kind of rewarding,” he said. Brad’s defense work primarily centered on advising Airmen facing criminal prosecution or adverse administrative actions. However, throughout his career, he provided legal counsel to Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines on a wide range of military criminal and administrative issues as well as civil

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The Flowerroom Florist & Gifts, Sherry Young The Village Floral and Gifts Unique Flowers & Gifts

Robert Tumble Rogers Equipment & Construction Thom Wakefield Tony’s Custom Creations

Garden Store / Landscaping Home Improvement Atwoods Ranch & Home Dot’s Ace Hardware Ellis Home & Garden Freeman Landscape H & N Landscaping Larry’s Southern Garden Little Country Greenhouse Twitty Nursery

Gift Store

Dreidal Home & Sundry Fan Fare Gifts Ginger Junction Hart’s on Broad The Flowerroom Florist & Gifts The Rancher’s Wife The Village Floral and Gifts The Whole Shebang Turner's Framing Gifts & Gallery

Heating and Cooling Services

30 Point Service Air Now Heating & Air Conditioning Akin Heating & Air Conditioning Bellew Air Big Mike’s Heating & AC Central Air Conditioning & Plumbing Cook Heating & Air Goff Heating/Air Conditioning & Plumbing Hamilton’s Heat and Air Integrity Services Lone Star Heating & Air Reliance Mechanical Contractors

Home Builder

Gary Strickland Greg McKay Construction

Carter Adams Flooring Dot’s Ace Hardware Red River Lumber Robbie Rogers Rogers Equipment & Construction Tony’s Custom Creations Tony Langford Roofing

Investment Advisor

Dustin Stringer | Dustin Stringer Wealth Management Joshua Andrus | Flanagan | Andrus Brett Hutson | Texas Farm Bureau Greg Flanagan | Flanagan | Andrus Joe Black | Black Financial Group Joe Byrd | Raymond James & Associates Lauren Coffman-Thomas Stroud Financial

Jeweler

Alexander’s Jewelers Cooper Fine Jewelers Crocker’s Jewelers Gray’s Jewelers Micah’s Jewelers

Liquor Store

Bogey’s Wine Liquor Beer Chubby Cheeks Liquor DeLaughter’s Hwy 67 Liquor The Party Factory The Villa at Texarkana

Locally Made Products Boonedox Woodworks East Texas Grain and Knot Fizz Bizz

Lavender Thorne Rowe Casa Organics

Manufacturer

Cooper Tire Domtar Paper Co. Ledwell & Son Mayo Manufacturing Corporation Natural State Label Precision Metal Industries

New Local Business Ally Cats Coffee Bar Liberty Nutrition Lost Pizza Co. Main Street Pizza PG Styles Salt & Light Hair Co

Pawn Shop

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Cash American Pawn Paul’s Pawn & Gun Pawn Express Tri State Pawn & Jewelry

Pet Groomer

Absolutely A Cut Above Carla’s Pampered Pets Connie Coker, Westridge Animal Hospital Clippity Doo Dog Dog Patch Pet Shop Eddies Dog Grooming Boarding & Daycare Georgia's Pet Salon & Boutique One Of A Kind Pet Spa Paw Paw Patch Wisdom Animal Clinic

Shoes / Boots

Boot Barn Cavender's Boot City Racquet & Jog Shoe Carnival The Rancher’s Wife

THANK YOU FOR NOMINATING US FOR BEST

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Small Engine Service and Repair Premier Outdoor Equipment Small Engine Specialist of Texarkana

Social Media Presence by Company / Organization

ArkLaTex Eyes Chamber of Commerce Graham Slam Bakery HealthCARE Express Impact Realty Group Monica Kelley Realtor Peak Fighting Rowe Casa Organics Tacos4Life Texarkana Gameday Texarkana, DeKalb, and New Boston Physical Therapy TTPD TXK Today

tony.langford.roofing1@gmail.com

FREE ESTIMATES! #LangfordDidItAgain #ChangingHomesOneShingleAtATime

Veterinarian Care / Pet Clinic Oubre Animal Clinic Pleasant Grove Animal Hospital Rankin Veterinary Clinic Stateline Vet Clinic Westridge Animal Hospital Wisdom Animal Clinic

BEAUTY Body Hair Removal

Annie Rateliff Skincare Beauty & Wellness Center Brooke Odum, Spa Girls Eternal Beauty Medical Spa Kayla Lewis, Kayla Lewis Beauty Presley Taylor, Studio ell. B Sarah Renee Time in a Bottle Ty’Stacia Dean, Dream Team Hair Studio

Thank you Texarkana, for nominating us for

BEST HOME IMPROVEMENT!

Body Wraps

A Touch for Health Barefoot Day Spa Eternal Beauty Medical Aesthetic Sheena Richardson, Spa Girls

Botox/Fillers

Beauty and Wellness Center Elizabeth Williams, About Face Eternal Beauty Medical Aesthetic Lonestar Health & Wellness ReNew Integrated Medical Spa

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Wedding Rehearsal/ Dinner Venue, Steak, Brunch, Date Night, Wine List, Gourmet Dinner, Outdoor Dining, & Chef Hector Jimenez

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READER'S CHOICE

Facials

Annie Rateliff Skincare Aspen Glow Aesthetics Beauty and Wellness Center Eternal Beauty Medical Aesthetic Jennifer Latham, Laser Beauty Lounge Kayla Lewis Beauty Lonestar Health & Wellness Time in a Bottle Day Spa

Hair Stylist

Ashley Alexander Page Ashley Derrick, The Urban Moon Delainea Hubbard Elizabeth McClure, Fringe Salon Hope Gamble Lisa Harris, Style Studio Michelle May, The Beauty and Wellness Center Mike Slimmer, Salon 222 Morgan Hinman Reala Jo Ward

Microdermabrasion

Annie Rateliff Skincare Aspen Glow Aesthetics Beauty and Wellness Center Eternal Beauty Medical Aesthetic

Jennifer Latham, Laser Beauty Lounge Kayla Lewis Beauty Lonestar Health & Wellness

Spa

Beauty and Wellness Center ell B. Aesthetics Eternal Beauty Medical Aesthetic Laser Beauty Lounge Lonestar Health & Wellness Oasis Beauty ReNew Integrated Medical Spa Spa Girls Time in a Bottle Tranquility Day Spa & Salon

HEALTH

Gymbox Fitness, Texarkana Legends Gym & Health Club Planet Fitness The Sportsplex by HealthCARE Express Sling Fit Texarkana Thrive Yoga Wacha Resolution Sports Training

Home Health/Care

Chambers Home Health and Hospice CHRISTUS HomeCare Dierkson Hospice Encompass Health MidSouth Transitions Medical Group Rhonda Hulett, Heritage Hospice, Atlanta, Texas Sitters

Retirement / Assisted Living

Emergency Room

CHRISTUS Health, St. Michael Hospital Signature Care Emergency Center Texarkana Emergency Center & Hospital Wadley Regional Medical Center

Fitness Center/ Gym

Anytime Fitness, Wake Village GRIT Fitness

Autumn Winds Assisted Living Bella Vista Independent Senior Living Brookdale Assisted Living Cornerstone Retirement Community Cowhorn Creek Estates, Holiday by ATRIA The Oaks Independent Apartments The Retreat at Kenwood

Thank You Texarkana, for nominating us for BEST,

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Urgent Care

Collom & Carney Clinic CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic, Richmond Road Exceed Urgent Care HealthCARE Express Urgent Care

Elected Official

Bob Bruggeman Cathy Hardin Harrison Jeff Neal Larry Roe Terry Roberts Todd Fore

COMMUNITY WEDDINGS Company To Work For

Dana Szymanski | DonebyDana903 Jeff Loving | Chef on the Run Julie’s Deli Mary Colorigh | Garrison Gardens Catering Silver Spoon Sugar Mill Bakery and Events

Wedding DJ

Gracyn Elizabeth Bride Dillard’s Squires Formalwear

Chuck Gilbert Fabienne Trash Jessi Dan Omega Entertainment TNA Karaoke

Wedding Cake

Wedding Florist

Wedding Attire

ArkLaTex Eyes CHRISTUS Health, St. Michael Hospital Cooper Tire Farmer’s Bank & Trust LifeNet Emergency Medical Services Mid-South Health Care Over the Top Roofing PAM Health Specialty Hospital PGISD Red River Credit Union Texar Federal Credit Union Texarkana College Timberline Forestry TISD Tony Langford Roofing

Wedding Caterer

All in Good Taste Bakery Bri Flanagan | NannaBelle’s Cakes Cake Boutique Graham Slam Bakery Heavenly Sweets Honey Bees Julie’s Deli

J Cole Design Persnickety Too Ruth’s Flowers The Flowerroom Florist & Gifts The Village Floral and Gifts

Wedding Indoor Venue Crossties Event Venue Four Fifteen Estates Regional Arts Center Ramage Farms

Nominated Best Salon since 2010!

WALK-INS WELCOME SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH ONE OF OUR 20 STYLISTS!

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Thank You, Texarkana,

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Thank You! Best of: Brunch Caterer Chef Desserts Locally Owned Lunch Hamburger Wedding Cake Wedding Caterer

ORDER ONLINE @ juliesdeli.com PHONE @ 903.792.3354

PRE-ORDER before 11/18

Thank You Texarkana, for nominating me for

Best Realtor

Tracy Spradlin Broker

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READER'S CHOICE

The Collins Home The Historic Silvermoon on Broad

Wedding Outdoor Venue

Dee’s Barn and Venue Elk Meadows Game Ranch & Pavilion Four Fifteen Estates Garrison Gardens Ramage Farms Tree Haven Twin Creeks Lake Pavilion

Wedding Reception Venue

Elk Meadows Game Ranch & Pavilion Four Fifteen Estates Garrison Gardens Ramage Farms The Collins Home The Historic Silvermoon on Broad

Wedding Rehearsal Dinner Venue Crossties Event Venue Silver Star Smokehouse Twisted Fork Verona Restaurant Zapata’s Mexican Grill

The Dugout TLC Burger & Fries Wingstop

Hamburger

Hopkin’s Icehouse Julie's Deli & Market Old Tyme Burger Shoppe Redbone Magic Brewing Reggie’s Burgers, Dogs & Fries The Burger Joint The Dugout TLC Burger & Fries

Pizza

Chappos Pizza & Pasta Gusano's Chicago Style Pizzeria Home Slice Pizza Hopkin's Icehouse Joe’s Pizza and Pasta Lost Pizza Co. Pizza on Main Redbone Magic Brewing

Steak

67 Landing Benchmark American Brasserie Fat Jacks Oyster and Sports Bar Longhorn Steakhouse

WINE & DINE BBQ

Naaman's Premium BBQ & Prime Steaks Pop's Place Silver Star Smokehouse Verona Restaurant

Wine List

Benchmark American Brasserie Naaman's Premium BBQ & Prime Steaks Twisted Fork Verona Restaurant

Wings

Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria Hopkin’s Icehouse Wingstop

Brunch

Benchmark American Brasserie Hopkins Icehouse Julie’s Deli & Market Northridge Country Club Redbone Magic Brewing Verona Restaurant

Date Night Restaurant

Benchmark American Brasserie Ironwood Grill

“I could not have asked for a better

Big Gilley’s Smokehouse Big Jake’s Bar-B-Que Forand Family BBQ Naaman's Premium BBQ & Prime Steaks Randy’s Smokehouse & BBQ Silver Star Smokehouse

From beginning to end.

Desserts

Dixie Diner Graham Slam Bakery Honey Bees Cakery Julie’s Deli & Market Mother Kelley’s Home Cooking Old Tyme Burger Shoppe Susie Q’s Casseroles & Confections The Cake Boutique Bakery The Cookie Lady

Fries

Big Jake’s Bar-B-Que Naaman's Premium BBQ & Prime Steaks Redbone Magic Brewing Reggie's Burgers, Dogs & Fries The Burger Joint

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Trivia Bar Night

Pecan Point Gastropub & Brewery Silver Star Smokehouse Twisted Fork Verona Restaurant Zapata’s Mexican Grill

Silver Star Smokehouse Sue and Carol’s Restaurant Twisted Fork

Gourmet Dinner

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria Hopkin’s Icehouse Ironwood Grill Johnny B’s of Texarkana Julie’s Deli & Market Loca Luna Mexican Grill Naaman's Premium BBQ & Prime Steaks Pizza on Main The Dugout The Mighty Crab

Benchmark American Brasserie Pecan Point Gastropub & Brewery Pop’s Place Twisted Fork Verona Restaurant

Happy Hour

El Chico Cafe Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria Hopkin’s Icehouse Silver Star Smokehouse Zapata’s Mexican Grill

Locally Owned Restaurant Benchmark American Brasserie Chappos Pizza & Pasta Dixie Diner Hopkin’s Icehouse Ironwood Grill Julie’s Deli & Market Loca Luna Mexican Grill Pizza on Main Pop’s Place

Lunch Spot

Outdoor Dining

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Hopkin’s Icehouse Naaman's Premium BBQ & Prime Steaks Pop’s Place Redbone Magic Brewing Silver Star Smokehouse Verona Restaurant

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Hopkin’s Icehouse Pop’s Place Redbone Magic Brewing The Arrow Bar Twisted Fork

Caterer

Jeff Loving | Chef on the Run Julie’s Deli & Market Mary Colorigh | Garrison Gardens Catering Naaman's Premium BBQ & Prime Steaks Silver Star Smokehouse Susie Q’s Casseroles & Confections

Chef

Becky Williams | Benchmark American Brasserie Jeff Greening Jeff Loving | Chef on the Run Jennifer Tanner | Julie’s Deli Hector Jimenez | Verona Restaurant

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Walk In IT Services | Managed IT Services Backup Solutions | Relocation Services Virus/Malware Removal | Disaster Recovery Antivirus Solutions | Remote Access Solutions Mobile Device/Forensic | Data Recovery

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Ruth’s Flowers Thank you for nominating us for Best Florist & Wedding Florist in Texarkana. For all of life’s occasions.

903.793.6711 | www.ruthsflowers.net | 3501 Texas Blvd | Texarkana, TX 75503

Thank you for nominating me for

ALT Magazine’s

Best Pediatrician

Call the Wing Experts! Or Order On-Line at: www.wingstop.com

THANK YOU For Nominating Us For

in Texarkana!

Dr. Cindy R Porter, MD

Board Certified Pediatrician

BEST WINGS & FRIES In Texarkana Wings Made Fresh to Order, Never Pre-Cooked! Call the wing experts! Order on-line at: www.wingstop.com

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PEOPLE

Jennifer Cole Lauren Callaway

Dentist

Artist

Billy Cruetz Brian Jones Chris Thomas Darlene Taylor Jenny Stevens Jes Weiner Joel Wright Joseph Raymond Mary Jane Orr TJ McAlexander

Cosmetic Surgeon

Charles Hollingsworth David Whitten | Beauty and Wellness Center Rachael Keilin | Precision Surgery Center

Decorator / Designer Ashlyn Yates Janet Green Jeff Brown

Andrew Curry Brittany Bunch Chad Patterson Chris Ferguson Jay Castle Joshua Talley Lippian Family Dentistry Mark Addington Mark Mashburn Mitchell Glass Robert Arnold Sarah Payne Todd Thigpen

Electrician

Integrity Electrical Jay Strickland, Live Wire Liberty Electrician Robbie Rogers Wayne Roberts

Insurance Agent

Brett Huston, State Farm Brian Purtle, Allstate Agency Greg Cockrell, State Farm Greg Murphy, Farm Bureau Insurance of Arkansas Hall Insurance Services James Hambleton, State Farm Jared Whitten, State Farm Kelli Ashbrook, State Farm Mark Oubre, State Farm

Make-Up Artist Alexa Miller Donna Lee Elizabeth McClure Katlin Martin Kayla Lewis Kayla Smith Kimberly Bearden Lauren Gortney Lauren Starkey Makayla Burns

Thank You,

for nominating us for BEST STEAK, WINE LIST, BRUNCH, DATE NIGHT RESTAURANT, GOURMET DINNER, LOCALLY OWNED RESTAURANT, AND BECKY WILLIAMS AS BEST CHEF! Hours Tuesday - Thursday 4 - 10 | Friday - Saturday 4 - 11 | Sunday Brunch 11-3*

Brought to you by Jason and Chef Becky Williams

*Brunch is only the last Sunday of every month

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Massage Therapist

Jared Tucker Jeanette Ward Jennifer Shelton | A Therapeutic Touch Michelle Garrison Reeves Ingram | Beauty & Wellness Center Sheena Richardson | The Spa Girls Tiffany | Tranquility Day Spa Time in a Bottle Day Spa

OB-GYN

D'Andra Bingham | Collom & Carney Clinic David Greathouse | Collom & Carney Clinic Eric Hall | CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Gynecology Specialists Jennifer Thompson | Collom & Carney Clinic Kenneth West | The Woman's Specialist Soohia Addy | Steward Health Care Stacey Leonard | Wadley Region Medical Center Stephen Brown | CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Gynecology Specialists Surdeer Jayaprabu | The Woman's Specialist Thomas Wilson | East Texas Border Health Clinic

Optometrist

Adam Cox | Family Eye Clinic of Atlanta Eric McCall | The Eye Guys Jaun Galdamez | Fant Eye Care Jeff Phillips | The Eye Guys Jessica Trichel | Wiggins Eye Center Littleton Fowler | Fowler Eye Care Mark Allen | ArkLaTex Eyes Randall Glass | Fowler Eye Care Sean Summers | The Eye Guys

Realtor

Amanda Ables Amber Lawrence Ashley Goodman Brooke Smith Heather Thompson Kim Owens Kyle Barrett Linda Leach Linda Womble Michael Donavan Monica Kelley Sarah Sealy Sharon Good Teresa Liepman Tessa Ray Tracy Spradlin Virginia Ann Prazac Zach Ratliff

Real Estate - Commercial Goodman Realty Impact Realty Group NAI American Realty Raffaelli Realty Richard Reynolds Realty

Real Estate - Property Management

Surgeon

Beth Peterson Jeffery DeCaprio Marcus Smith Mark Sutherland Marney Sorensen Randall Schmidt Scott Black

Tattoo Artist

Allan Mc Eaneney Caity Harper Dalton Humphrey Jason Standridge Jessica Dillard Joaquin Hernandez Kit Rabozzi Michael Clubine Quest May Robert Cooney Russell Beydler “Redneck Russ” Thomas Wester

2023

Coldwell Banker Impact Property Management Raffaelli Realty Schimming Company Real Estate Services

Pediatrician

Cheryl Saul-Sehy | Collom & Carney Clinic Christina Payne | Collom & Carney Clinic Cindy Porter | Collom & Carney Clinic Clark Green | Collom & Carney Clinic Debra Wright-Bowers | Collom & Carney Clinic Krista Neiamhier | Genesis PrimeCare Mark Wright | Collom & Carney Clinic Rachel King | King Medical Clinic Tracie Calloway | Healing Hands Pediatrics Zach King | Collom & Carney Clinic

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Who is HandsOn Texarkana ?

50+ years in the community, making a difference. The story of HandsOn Texarkana is one about people helping people: VOLUNTEERISM. The needs in our community are great and becoming greater. There are many ways to volunteer your time and support. Visit our website for more information: www.HandsOnTexarkana.org YOU can make a difference.

our Mission Tonight Please enjoy yourselves! Our dream is to come together to enjoy fine wines, amazing cuisine, and wonderful music. We want everyone to have a beautiful evening while raising money for HandsOn Texarkana. We appreciate your generosity! Shop our silent auction and many exciting trips. Please consider donating directly to our programs and restoration of this historic building. Every dime stays in our community. This is our only fundraiser this year. Eat and drink with an open mind. Give with an open heart. SILENT AUCTION CLOSES AT 8:00PM

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Youth Volunteer Organization:

Tonight’s Menu & Wine Pairing Provided by Graze by Bluebirds | Verona Restaurant | Enoch’s Stomp Winery

Extravagant Graze Charcuterie Table Paired with Enoch’s Pinot Gris (light bodied, dry, white wine with notes of lemon, peach & almond)

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Garnished with Crispy Pancetta and Chives Paired with Enoch’s Villard Blanc (similar to a Chardonnay, full bodied, dry, white wine with notes of oak, butter & fruit)

Classic Sicilian Arancini

Served with Spicy Ragu Paired with Enoch’s Sangiovese (medium bodied, dry, red wine with notes of cherry, sweet balsamic & herbs)

Braised Quail with Traditional Stuffing

Served on Creamy Parmesan Polenta Paired with Enoch’s Syrah (full bodied, dry, red wine with notes of blueberry, dark lush fruits and sweet tobacco)

Classically Layered Strawberry Shortcake Served with Seasonal Berries Paired with Enoch’s Muscat Alexandria (light bodied, sweet, white wine with notes of honey, berry & flowers)

YVO educates students to Volunteer which is vital for college scholarships, college applications, and job references. An investment in our future.

Skilled Parenting:

An educational program teaching better parenting skills in group classes at FCI Texarkana and Haven Homes of Texas. The partnerships offer services and classes for their residents weekly. Sessions are led by qualified, trained facilitators who also serve on the HandsOn Texarkana Board of Directors. Children are the prime beneficiaries of this successful program.

Senior Transportation:

Senior Transportation is a program of HandsOn Texarkana. Transportation is provided by volunteers to take senior citizens, with no other means of transportation to the doctor, grocery store, and other necessary errands.

The Collins Home for Weddings & Events:

Your ultimate all-in-one venue for personal or business special occasions or events. Schedule your next business meeting, family reunion, birthday party or wedding at this beautiful historic location.

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Add important financial deadlines to your year-end calendar RETIREMENT & LONGEVITY

Review key dates related to charitable giving, Medicare and tax planning.

The year-end holiday season is full of important financial deadlines. Mark your calendar accordingly.

FALL 2022 MARKET CLOSURES • Nov. 24: Thanksgiving Day • Dec. 26: Christmas Day (observed) DATES TO REMEMBER For deadlines that fall on a weekend, action may need to be taken by the preceding weekday. • Oct. 1: Last day to establish a SIMPLE IRA plan or a safe harbor 401(k) to be effective for 2022. • Oct. 15: Open enrollment for Medicare Parts C and D begins. Make any changes to your coverage by Dec. 7. • Oct. 15: The final day to file a 2021 income tax return for those issued an extension. • Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve is the year-end charitable gift deadline for check and wire transfers. • Dec. 31: Last day to take 2022 required minimum distributions for those who turned 72 in or before 2021.

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enrollment, if eligible. If you’re working and your employer offers benefits, take the time to understand them. • Refresh your plan: It’s important to monitor your retirement and investment accounts regularly and make adjustments to insurance and estate plans as needed. The holidays can be a good time to do this if you want to discuss what you’re planning with close friends or relatives. • Fend off fraud: Start by tracking and reviewing all of your bank and credit card statements for irregular activity. You can also request a copy of your consumer credit profile and stay on the lookout for scams asking you to confirm or update your account information via email. • Tend to your portfolio: If you’re invested in mutual funds, don’t forget about capital gains distribution dates that typically fall in December. Consider balancing your realized capital gains with losses where appropriate. Talk to your advisor about whether this strategy might help lower your tax liability. • Engage in smart giving: As deadlines for year-end gift and charitable contributions approach, make a strategy for your philanthropic goals. Consult with your advisor if you’re interested in donating appreciated stock or bunching a few years’ worth of donations in a donor advised fund to help you meet the threshold for itemizing on a tax return. • Revisit your resolutions: Before beginning your New Year’s celebrations, review the financial planning you did for the past year. Did you make progress toward your goals?

A legacy of generosity: National Philanthropy Day is Nov. 15. To take the celebration a step

further than writing a check, consider how you can teach the joy of giving to the next generation. If you want your charitable spirit to have more influence in your estate plan, connect with your advisor. Withdrawals from tax-deferred accounts may be subject to income taxes, and prior to age 59 1/2 a 10% federal penalty tax may apply. 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. © 2022 Raymond James Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.

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LIFE AFTER COVID What is the difference between an epidemic and a pandemic? This enquiring mind wanted to know, so I went to my trusted friend Merriam-Webster which defines a pandemic as an outbreak of a disease that occurs over a wide geographic area and typically affects a significant proportion of the population.

food and items needed, then delivered to their church members and others in need. The city of New York did step forward to provide aid for those in the restaurant and entertainment business which comprise a big percentage of the people. These are not normally covered by unemployment insurance, but an exception was made to include them. Even after two years, Broadway is still recovering. Restaurants are struggling, and some businesses are closed permanently.

An epidemic is defined as affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a The life we knew before the pandemic is gone, and population, community, or region simultaneously. some will never return. Never in my generation have we experienced shutting down the entire world. During this time, we gained a new meaning of the word, ‘Science Data.’ Each new day brought a different statistic about the vaccine, the medical protocol, and whether masks protected from the virus. Some thought the N95 was the only one that gave proper protection, but they were impossible to find. It was a difficult time not knowing who or what to believe. Grocery shelves were empty of everything from toilet paper to fresh meat. I have never seen so many empty shelves in my lifetime and hope never to see them again. Fresh beef, I can see hoarding, but toilet paper? I guess it is necessary since we no longer have a Sears-Roebuck catalog used in the outhouses of our grandparents. It was also impossible to find Lysol spray and hand sanitizer.

This brings me to another topic. Who would have ever thought we would be forbidden to gather for worship and fined if we were caught? That happens in thirdworld countries, not America. Our forefathers created this nation on Godly values, family, and compassion for our neighbors, but we have strayed from those ideals. During this time, it became easy to sit in your pajamas and watch a service on television or online. But we need that interaction between Christian friends to grow and thrive. While in lockdown, I learned to rely on a relationship with God, reading the Bible daily and listening to numerous devotional plans on the Bible app, YouVersion. It’s a habit I plan to continue.

I like to call it Scriptural Therapy During And After My daughter lives in Manhattan. I was mailing her Covid! many items not to be found in the city. For her, it wasn’t safe to venture out into the neighborhood stores Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram because the subways were shut down for a time. Thank God for His protection, and her church, who donned masks, found Lysol spray and searched to find

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Fish Tales with Mike Brower I Got A Fever Every year, about the time we get the first good cold snap, some guys and girls here in the office start wanting to take off. Now, I’m pretty easy about taking off this time of the year as I love the outdoors and love to fish in the cool and cold weather, but the outdoor guys and girls here think they need to be creative about taking off. I hear lots of stuff, even though I don’t ask for a reason to take a vacation. Some call it a trip -- a trip to deer camp. Some say they just need a day or two for mental health -- need to reset their game cameras. Or some are going out of town -- deer camp set up or going to put out crappie tops. Just out of curiosity I always ask “what’s going on?” just because I like to hear the reason. Just this month one person came to me with a leave request and it actually had a reason written on it. Being the person I am and not like Fredo Corleone -- smart, not dumb like people say -- I saw the reason. Going to see a 3rd cousin twice removed or something and knowing what time of year it was, I scratched it out and wrote in “deer fever,” signed it, and handed it back. She looked at me and said “busted” to which I replied “yes”, but I appreciate the effort. Hug a Hunter Part XVI While I’m on the hunting thing, be sure to hug a deer hunter. Many hunters are fishermen that hang up the rod and go to the woods to sit in a blind with heaters, refrigerators, recliners, and a tv keeping warm and dry while the real men are fishing in the wet, cold, windy weather. Those deer hunters leave more room for parking at the boat ramp and give us more room on the water. All bets are off when duck season rolls around as those guys run up and down the lake or river looking for birds and messing with the fishermen, but at least they are suffering with us. So, hug a deer hunter.

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ADULT: $5.00 Candy Cane Corral at the Four States Fair Entertainment Center will be a fun filled day of Holiday Shopping and events. The day will include, but not be limited to; vendors, dancers, Santa, and much more! The event is 9AM - 4PM, and admission is $5, Children 12 under are free! Purchase Tickets: https://www.etix.com/ticket/servlet/s/38199458

Come enjoy a reptile show in Arkansas at Four States Fairgrounds, 3700 East 50th Street, Texarkana, AR 71854 This expo is very unique we aim to educate and cultivate a great community. Schedule/Admission: Saturday VIP admission entry is at 9AM. Saturday General Admission entry is at 10AM. First Responders, military, and teachers 50% off admissions. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets Here or at the door.

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Texarkana Area Veterans Council (TAVC) will be hosting our annual Veterans Day Parade. It will begin at 11 a.m. at East Broad & Hazels Streets and follow the regular parade route. The theme this year is: "Honoring the Medal of Honor & Purple Heart Recipients" For more information call 870-773-8279 or 1-877-824-4862 or e-mail: usmcgreg@aol.com

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08:00AM on the 18th to 12:00PM on the 20th at Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center Texarkana. Join us for a WHOVILLE good time! Huge Gorgeous Crowns, Beautiful Sashes, Cash and toys!! See Santa, the Grinch and Cindy Lou. We will have games, contests, entertainment, face painting, bounce house and so much more!! Don't miss out on everyone's favorite Christmas pageant of the Year!!!

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Looking for the perfect lake retreat, this beautiful water front property is it! Custom built Lake House, features open floor plan, two bedrooms, two full baths, with walk in showers. Primary suite is located downstairs. Amazing rock wood burning fireplace accents the family room. The fireplace is double sided, great for entertaining family and friends on the deck area. Porch wraps around the entire home, with amazing views of the lake. Walk out to the dock area where you will find the boat house with boat lift. Mosquito misting system is installed around the home and the boat dock area. 1.14 acres of land, located in gated community. Access to private boat launch. Connected to sewer system. HOA fees paid yearly. Quiet wooded neighborhood. Enjoy watching the wildlife (deer, turkeys, ducks, squirrels and eagles). The sunrise is amazing in the morning overlooking the lake as are big full moons in the evening. Lake Erling in Southwest Arkansas, was recently listed as one of the top 100 fishing lakes in the nation.

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