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different. This will be the first day I haven’t had my mom to wake up to and call. Not that there had to be a special day to call her, but Mother’s Day was always special. Mother’s Day this year will be a little different. This will be the first day I haven’t had my mom to wake up to and call. Not that there had to be a special day to call her, but Mother’s Day was always special. My mom passed away on February 15th, just a couple of months ago although it seems like forever. I will always remember those last days where my brother and I took care of her so that she didn’t have to spend her last days in a hospital bed. She never wanted to do that and we promised her we would take care of her – and we did. Although we had what some would call occasionally a “volatile” relationship, we still loved each other. My brother often told me we were both too headstrong to give in to the other, so we tended to butt heads! With all the attributes that my dad contributed to my personality, I guess that is one I got from my mom! Since Mom lived in Alabama, our daily phone calls kept me up to date on what was happening in her life. I find myself still picking up my phone, especially when I’m in the car by myself, to call and tell her something that is happening here, only to put it back down. It is a habit that is hard to break. Mother’s Day will be different, but that doesn’t keep me from celebrating it! I have two wonderful children who are my heart. Jaclyn lives here and Michael lives in the Dallas area. I feel sure we will have a wonderful celebration, even while remembering the one person who isn’t here. Take care to tell the people in your life that you love them. Wish your mom a Happy Mother’s Day. You never know what will happen in life. Tell the ones you love that you care about them. Make each day count. And depend on God to know what you need every day. May God bless you and yours…

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When people join together in a positive way, the world can change. This is exactly what Laura Smith, Kristi Wooten, and Holly Carver are hoping to do in Miller County. These three women are responsible for bringing The Call to Texarkana.

The Call’s mission is to “educate, equip, and encourage the Christian community to provide a future and hope for children in foster care in Arkansas.” These three friends have all felt a calling to get involved with the foster system in one way or another, and when the opportunity arose for them to say “yes,” they put aside their hesitations and answered. “Right now, we have a problem in Miller County,” Kristi says. “We have an average of 13 foster homes and an average of 100 kids needing foster care. This means that our kids are sent to other parts of the state. Not only are their lives completely disrupted by whatever is happening at home, but also, they have to lose their school, friends, coaches, and church. The Call hopes to bring our Miller County kids home to Miller County.”


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Holly Carver Holly Carver, head of church recruitment and family resources for The Call.

Kristi Wooten, training coordinator for The Call.

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The Call is a program endorsed by the State of Arkansas, and it works hand in hand with Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS). The Call cannot place children or remove them from homes; that is not their function. Instead, The Call, wants to mobilize the churches in Arkansas to help with the foster problem in the state. Their vision is “no waiting children,” and their mandate comes from James 1:27, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress.” To meet this Christ-centered mission, The Call seeks to recruit, train, and support families in Arkansas to meet this need. Since The Call has started in Arkansas, 1500 families have opened their homes, 800 children have been adopted, 731 foster homes are currently serving, and the program has spread to 44 counties with Miller County being the newest addition. “Working with the state to become a foster family can be daunting. The Call wants to make it easy to get involved,” Laura says. “We believe that more Christians would step up and help if they saw the need and felt supported. The Call’s job is to be there every step of the way and demystify the process.” Laura, Holly, and Kristi had all heard about The Call when they were approached about being the leadership team to bring the program to Miller

County. These three friends already have busy lives, but because of their own separate interactions with the foster community, they knew that this was a calling they had to answer. Laura Smith, county coordinator for The Call, was always inspired by seeing foster families shop at Rhea Lana’s, a consignment sale that she has been involved with for 7 years. Laura and her husband, Matt, both work for their family owned business, Smith’s Ready Mix, Inc., and they have three children. However, Laura has always felt led to adopt or foster and knew she had a calling to get involved in some way. “Each season when our Rhea Lana’s consignment sale is over foster families from the area are invited to ‘shop’ through tons of donations for children in their care. We hold the babies while they shop, and what always struck me the most is that foster parents are just normal people,” Laura says. “They coach baseball, they teach school, they work all day, but they just do all that with an extra kid with them.

families are just normal people who say ‘yes,’” Holly says. “Seeing the foster families shop just helped me foster a love for what they do. You Holly Carver, head of church see a different side of the situation recruitment and family resources for while they are shopping. They need The Call, also works at Rhea Lana’s clothes, simple underwear, socks, consignment sale, which is where and shoes. Any family who has kids she met Laura. Holly has always had knows how expensive they are, so a heart for kids. She is a substitute you can just imagine what it’s like teacher, and she coaches softball for taking on one more. When Laura the Texarkana league. However, her was approached about bringing The and her husband, Paul, were not in Call to Miller County, she called me the place to foster. Paul works rotating and told me she may have a way to hours at AEP, and they have three fulfill my dream of having a closet kids of their own. However, when for foster families to shop. There is a Holly would see the families shopping huge need here in our city, and there at Rhea Lana’s, she would dream is more than one way to help.” of having a community closet where Kristi Wooten, training foster parents could come shop when coordinator for The Call and the they got a new child in their home. school nurse at Genoa Elementary, Most foster families are given very knew Laura through church at little warning about who is coming to Westside Church of Christ. Kristi their home. They often have to rely and her husband Dale, who owns on their friends, their family and their church to help provide for a child who and operates Wooten Sand and Gravel, had become friends with a may come to their home with only few couples involved in foster care, the clothes on their back. “Foster They are superstars, but they are also normal people like you and me. This is what The Call wants to highlight.”  

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and she saw what a great need there is for help and support for these families and the children who come to them. When a foster mom with a two-week-old baby hurt her back, Kristi stepped in to help by babysitting regularly. The child had respiratory problems, and Kristi had a large shower that created a lot of steam. She says she would sit in there patting the child’s back every day helping the child breathe. It was then that Kristi realized just how hard it would be to have kids taken away after caring for them for so long, but they were worth it. “If you think your heart will break when they leave then you’d be a perfect foster parent. That’s exactly what every kid needs” said Kristi. Soon after Kristi and her husband Dale began the paper work to become foster parents they found out that Kristi was pregnant with their third child, which made Kristi want to find another way to get involved. “The Call is a way that I can still help right now with the foster crisis in Miller County,” Kristi says. “Through this program I can help so many children, and this is something we hope to get across to our community: there are so many ways that you can help too.”  To help get started, Laura, Holly and Kristi have been reaching out to churches who they think might be interested in letting them inform their congregation about The Call. They show a video, explain who they are, and tell them about any upcoming information meetings. Then, Holly will help keep the churches plugged into what The Call is doing in our area. The churches who have agreed to help will have “recruitment Sundays” and advertise for the information meetings by putting it in the bulletin or on a video announcement or posting on the website. Also, many churches who are already on board in our area have agreed to offer their facilities for info meetings and/or the actual foster parent trainings that The Call hopes to have quarterly. Every month, they 016 ALT Magazine | May 2018

will have an information meeting somewhere in the area. “A lot of our area churches are already doing a great job and have an active foster community,” Laura says. “We really want to show all the churches in the area how to wrap around their foster families with a lot of support. Recruiting more foster families in our area to help carry the load will be great but not everyone is called to foster.  However, everyone can do something.” When a family comes to an information meeting, Holly, Laura and Kristi will explain the three types of foster households to them. You can sign up to be a traditional foster family, and children will get placed in your home by DCFS. You can sign up to be a respite care home. This would be a temporary foster home to help support foster families who maybe already have a vacation planned or who have an illness or loss in their family. You would help temporarily while the family gets back on their feet. There is also an emergent care household. These are homes where a child can be placed in an emergency situation for a very short period of time. For example, if a parent gets a DWI in the middle

of the night and their children are removed from the house, they could call an emergent care household to temporarily take care of the kids until they find them a full time foster home. “I don’t think people are aware of the three different types of homes,” Kristi says. “I can see so many empty-nester couples being great emergent or respite care homes. Usually the older generation feel like they are too old to start over with kids, but they would be great at loving on kids and helping them feel supported and safe at a critical time in their lives. Imagine too if your kids had to be taken in the middle of the night, it would be such a relief to know that they are going to a place where they will be loved and encouraged while you get back on your feet.” At the information meeting, some families will decide to move forward with their application process, and The Call will help get that started right then. The Call is certified through the state to train foster families. Through the training, families will learn what to expect and how to meet the needs of the children who come to them. Right now, The Call can only train Arkansas residents, but because Miller county is on the state line it is working with churches on both sides.  Many Miller County residents attend church on the Texas side so you will see recruitment Sundays, info meetings and trainings for Arkansas families in our Texas side churches.  The Call does hope to support Bowie County foster families as well as through support groups and events. Other families at the information meeting will still be unsure. For those families who are still deciding, Holly, Kristi, and Laura like to let them know of some other ways to help. For example, most churches do school supplies or backpack drives. However, there are items that are expensive for

foster families that most people do not even consider. “You could do a swim suit and sunscreen drive for foster families,” Laura says. “You could get together a church team to fill a freezer full of meals. In fact, we are currently looking for a small office area to house a freezer and a closet where foster families can come for meals and clothes.” Other ideas for church congregations to consider include hosting a date night for foster families

so that parents can take a night out, or writing encouraging notes to our local DCFS staff that let them know someone is thinking of them and praying for them. The Call also wants to support biological parents so that they can get their children back home. “We want to be a ministry to biological parents who have lost kids. If a mother is told that she has to have an apartment with two twin beds to get her children back, one

church may not be able to fill that need,” Laura says. “However, if we call on our network of churches, then maybe we can furnish that apartment and unite a family. Again, The Call is just the facilitator. We want to mobilize our churches to become aware of the need and help meet it.” When a family decides to get involved with foster care, The Call is with them through the whole process. Those families will have the support of the churches in the area and The

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Call to meet the children’s needs who come to them. “We will help fill needs for our foster families by calling our church liaisons and asking for things like clothes, a crib, or school supplies,” Holly says. “If a family has issues with DCFS, we can help with communication. We are the bridge between the state and the Church so that people who say ‘yes’ to fostering are continually supported.”   How will The Call accomplish all this? Through gathering volunteers and families who see the need and want to help in some way. The Call is strictly made up of volunteers. Holly, Laura, and Kristi are not paid in any way and The Call does not accept payment from the state of Arkansas either.  The cost to become a foster family through The CALL is free just as it is with the state. In the years to come, The Call will look to fundraising or donations to continue recruiting, training, and supporting families who want to be involved in helping kids in some of the worst moments of their

lives. “Our mission is to show the Church how they can support foster families,” Kristi says. “If our churches took a more active role, we could help keep so many children in our own community where they belong.”

have three children as well. “Going out to eat with us is fun!” Holly says. “We absolutely have to give a huge shout out to all of our Moms for helping even more with our kids through this process.”

For Laura, Kristi and Holly, the process of bringing The Call to Miller County has not always been easy. They have to spend time away from their families to go to trainings, meetings, and church visits. A lot of their time and focus has now been split from their personal and professional lives to accomplishing their vision and goal for how The Call could affect our community. To do this, they’ve had to rely on a lot of help from their parents to keep their kids and even more support from their husbands. “I think our husbands can see this is what God has called us to do right now and we are so thankful for their encouragement” said Laura. It helps that the three couples were already friends, bonded from similar experiences. They all

The launch party for The Call in Miller County will be held at 2 p.m. May 6 at Jefferson Park Amphitheatre. They encourage anyone who has ever had an interest or compassion for children in foster care to come by. They want to tell you ways that you can join in and help you find the right fit for your current circumstances. They want to help give our churches in Texarkana the tools to live out James 1:27. “This is a calling from God,” Laura says. “The Call is not the answer to the foster care crisis, the Church is. We are just mobilizing it to bridge that gap.”


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Ann Nicholas, who is mother to three adult children, hopes that she has been able to mentor, encourage, and support her other “kids” as well. She started as a student assistant at Judith McCarty School of Dancing (JMSD) in the fall of 1969. She assisted with classes taught by Miss Judy and other JMSD teachers until she received her teacher’s certificate in 1974 and then began to teach her own classes. She danced and taught in Tulsa through college and in Shreveport several years after, then returned to Texarkana and JMSD. Through the years, Ann has seen hundreds of students find confidence and poise through dance. “I have taught dance for more than 40 years, and the values of love and discipline continue to be the most important lessons that I believe I can impart to my children-all my children,” Ann says. Growing up, Ann had a wonderful relationship with her mother, Jane Cobb Atchison, who was a natural nurturer to her children. Ann says that her mother was always giving her three children ways to grow in the Biblical sense--in wisdom and in stature. She taught her children by being the kind of example they could look up to. She was active in the church as a hostess who cooked meals and prepared receptions for over 30 years. Jane was a substitute teacher, and at home, she demanded good grades and assisted the children whenever 022 ALT Magazine | May 2018

they needed it. She volunteered at the school, and she was a Scout leader who provided the children with experiences in camping and taught them to appreciate nature and the outdoors. Jane gave the children opportunities to learn dance and music, and she was active in community organizations that worked towards improving Texarkana. “She taught me the importance of lifelong learning, of always doing your best, and of finding and following your passion,” Ann says. “I tried to instill these concepts in my children, and I hope that I continue to pass them to my ‘dance children.’” Because of her mother’s influence to learn dance and music, Ann was introduced to two of her mentors. Ann did her first plie on her fourth birthday at JMSD where she teaches today. As a child, she took ballet, tap, jazz, acrobatics. In her early teens, she developed a love for classical ballet, and now most of the classes she teaches are ballet classes. Ann also took piano classes from Ann Ahern. “‘Miss Judy’ (Judith McCarty) and ‘Miss Ann’ (Ann Ahern) were both influential in my life, so I know the importance of demanding, yet compassionate teachers,” Ann says. “These women served not just as role models and mentors, but they, through their respective arts, nurtured and empowered generations of students. I hope that I am a representation of them and the power of all teachers in students’ lives.” Most likely due to their mother’s influence, all of Ann’s three

children were also involved in dance at one time. Ann’s oldest daughter, Rebecca (Nicholas) Sayadian, is a dance instructor and teaching artist with the Arkansas Arts Council Artist in Education program. Her son, Hamilton Nicholas, works in retail, and in his spare time, works as a personal fitness trainer and competes in Crossfit. He also danced in several productions of Texarkana Community Ballet. Her youngest daughter, Martha Grace Nichols, is now a lawyer and works in the Arkansas Secretary of State Office. “I consider it one of my greatest accomplishments as a mom that my children are loving, compassionate adults, who face life’s adversities with hope and faith,” Ann says. Motherhood tested Ann’s strengths and taught her new things about herself. She says she learned that the human body and human brain are capable of far more than we think, and raising children is not for the weak. “I learned that commitment and being present in my children’s lives is far more important than money,” Ann says. Ann’s own experiences growing up in dance, finding passion in dance, and then raising her children influences her role as a teacher. She wants to be that kind and caring adult in her students’ lives that pushes them to achieve more and reach potential. “I ‘mother’ my guys and girls by loving each and every one of them, and by teaching the lessons of ballet, which are carried over into everything they

do,” Ann says. “As with most worthwhile things in life, ballet is not something that comes easily or quickly. I encourage them to listen to all genres of music, study hard, take music lessons and art lessons, travel whenever you get the chance and read for pleasure. As I did with my own children, I encourage my students in everything they do, and I strive to impart the importance of persistence, teaching them that if you truly work hard at something that seems impossible, it is possible to master it.” The study of dance has been proven to impart so many benefits both physically and mentally to its students. Ann understands ballet’s important history, and she wants to make sure the art continues and that it is passed to future generations. “I know the transformative power of dance,” Ann says. “Every class,

self control. Dance, especially ballet, requires students to learn to take criticism and to apply that constructive criticism to make changes in his/her body or attitude.” Ann loves hearing from former students from years, even decades ago, who write to tell her how much ballet influenced their lives. In Ann’s experience there have been so many stories of children overcoming adversity, of students excelling Miss Ann with Miss Kathy (Kathy Fomby), academically and artistically, Director of JMSD of young dancers who have become beautiful adults. Since she teaches mostly pre-pointe I see how ballet affects students and pointe classes (where girls because the basics of ballet learn to dance on their toes), she translate into all the endeavors of works daily with students who their lives. Dance training develops struggle against the seemingly and demands concentration. insurmountable challenge of Through dance, children enhance dancing en pointe. “It isn’t easy their sensory awareness, memory or natural for anyone, and I watch and learning. It improves body awareness and physical and mental as these girls work through blood,

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sweat, and tears---lots of each--until they are strong enough to leave the safety of the barre and float across the floor on their toes,” Ann says. “I applaud and encourage their efforts, even in the most awkward and difficult times, and help them set goals and work toward reaching those goals.” Another example of the uplifting power of dance is the sense of family it brings. A few years ago, Ann was honored when a young Marine, a former student came to take ballet class the night before he was deployed to Iraq. “He found comfort and calm in the familiar patterns of class, and I believe that some of the stamina, determination, and focus he took into the Marine Corps began at the ballet barre. The discipline and focus that result from dance training are powerful tools for the challenges of life.” For Ann, her mission as a mom both to her own kids and her students is rooted in scripture. “Motherhood is a balance between nurture and discipline. As we know from scripture, discipline is not punishment, but training--the bringing up of children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,” Ann says. “Our job is not only to make our students and children feel safe and loved, but also to demand 024 ALT Magazine | May 2018

their best efforts. We correct and chastise. We must have high expectations.” In the classroom, Ann pushes her students to achieve more than they believe they are capable of achieving. She teaches them to continue to refine themselves through reflection and practice. “A dancer is never in competition with other class members; as in life, the competition is internal,” Ann says. “‘Have I

worked my hardest?’ ‘Am I better than yesterday?’ Have I gotten stronger/faster/higher?’ And when a dancer falls in class, I always say, ‘...and get up gracefully off the floor…” Get up. Take a deep breath. Prepare. Begin again. Everyone falls, but not everyone ‘gets back up and continues dancing, Determination is one of the great lessons imparted through the tradition of ballet.” One of the most rewarding aspects of teaching dance is Ann’s ability to see tangible progress in her students’ work as they develop better skills as they pirouette faster, leap higher, and hold their arabesques longer. She can also see students transform as they build self-assurance, respect, and a sense of pride and accomplishment. “As the teacher, not only do I help students learn the importance of hard work, I can help foster better communication skills, friendships, trust, and a strong work ethic. Dance teachers help students work through shyness, awkwardness, and the fear of performing, and it’s so gratifying to see a child achieve his or her potential,” Ann says. “The mental courage that comes from ballet training is so important. You are forced very early to accept your imperfections without letting those imperfections define you. I

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make certain to teach that everyone in class faces challenges, and that it’s okay to not be perfect, but you must keep working towards perfection by trying your hardest.” On top of physical practice, Ann also utilizes research to teach her students about the art of ballet and dance. Often, Ann requires students to do short reports on ballets, ballet dancers, theatres, styles of ballet, choreographers, and music to broaden their worldview and provide opportunities to gain appreciation of other cultures. “Ballet is not an insular art. I frequently hear from former students who are taking classes and dancing all over the world,” Ann says. “I am thankful that I’ve been used as positive influence in their lives.” Ann is not just a dance teacher. Learning from her mother’s

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example, she strives to serve the Texarkana community in a multitude of ways. She is on the board of directors for Texarkana Community Ballet. She is active in the AR-TX Music Connection (Wednesday Music Club), and she serves as president of the American Legion Auxiliary Arkansas Post #58. Ann serves on advisory boards of HandsOn Texarkana and TEXREP, and she volunteers for Texarkana

Community Ballet, Main Street Texarkana, and TEXREP as well as other community projects for other service organizations. In 2013, Ann was awarded the Wilbur Award by Leadership Texarkana for community service and volunteerism. Somehow, even with her busy personal and professional life, Ann always finds time to teach. “I cannot imagine not teaching ballet! This is my calling. To be a part of something so beautiful is a true joy,” Ann says. “I want to impart to impart to young people that through hard work, discipline, faith, and passion, great things can be accomplished. This is true for everything in our lives.” Ann’s drive to impact future generations comes from her belief that you really never stop being a mother. Through raising her own children, cherishing her grandchildren and nurturing her students, Ann is able to impart her wisdom through example, just as her own mother taught her. “Anyone who works with children has the opportunity to have extraordinary influence over them. Parents have the most influence, of course, but others who have genuine care for students can direct their lives and make a lasting impact,” Ann says. “Every teacher and coach must challenge his students to engage, to be willing to ‘try’. Our words and actions can help them to believe in themselves, or can cause them to give up. We can show them that they matter to us, or we can crush them and their dreams. Like mothers, we often serve as counselor, health advocate, nutritionist, medic, encourager, confidant, advisor. We help our students hone their skills, sharpen their God-given talents, and give them confidence.”


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I have been a hairstylist for 30 years specializing in hair color that is a guaranteed repeat affair for those like myself who experience unwanted gray hair. Recently the fad for gray hair has grown increasingly popular, but I’m not here to talk about the latest hair fashion! Instead I would like to share with you why it means so much to me, my family and so many others in our community to see more people sport gray in May. The month of May along with the color gray, represent National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Currently there are approximately 700,000 people living in the U.S. with a brain tumor. This year alone more than 70,000 people will be diagnosed with a brain tumor and nearly 14,000 will lose their battle. Approximately 40% of adults with cancers like breast cancer, lung cancer, etc. will end up with a secondary brain tumor. Though rare, brain tumors are the most common form of solid tumors among children under the age of 15 and represent about 20% of all childhood cancers. My 13 year-old daughter, Chloe Cox, was diagnosed with a primary brain tumor called Glioblastoma multiforme in June of 2016.  She lost her battle 13 months later July 26th, 2017. There is currently no cure for GBM and only a handful of clinical trials available. For pediatric patients with pHGG (pediatric high grade gliomas) there are even less available. These trials are geared and designed for use in adults mainly and are typically the last option available for pediatric patients. Children and their caregivers often have to endure very lengthy, and stressful somewhat  significant  challenges in getting FDA approval and insurance to pay for a clinical trial. Typically the families are left to deal with the financial burden of treatments.  My recent visit back to MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, March 23rd, gave me the opportunity to visit with Chloe’s doctor, Dr. Zaky, and the research team for pediatric trials. They allowed me to view their most

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recent presentation of their pediatric trials and future studies they prepared for the tumor board. I was quite honored that they took the time to spend with little ‘ole’ me. It gave me an eye opening view into their innovative research specifically designed for pediatric brain tumors of various types. They are currently studying and developing pediatric treatments for many types of tumors and the more familiar in our community GBM, DIPG and AT/RT. As the team shared their concerns and research presentation on current trials available and future trials still in testing they also shared with me how difficult it is to receive funding for pediatric research. Currently they are about $600,000 short of funding in order to administer the new immunotherapy treatment for pHGG free to a list of patients that are racing against time. Pediatric research funding is difficult because of the numbers game along with the expenses that are involved to insure proper, humane care and administration to our children. Also, there are more adults willing to sign up for trials versus children and for that reason the funding tends to be redirected towards adult trials. The truth is that even though there are more adults with cancer, more children actually die from cancer than adults.    Our hope is to raise awareness by wearing gray in any form or fashion through the month of May! Chloe’s Journey of Faith Foundation will be accepting monetary donations for the pediatric research at MD Anderson in May and June. 100% of all funds will be donated towards MD Anderson's pediatric research. This is not a fundraiser for Chloe’s Journey of Faith Foundation and we will not be a benefactor in this attempt to raise funds but instead it's an outreach specifically intended for the kids that are currently on a waiting list at MD Anderson that Chloe would have been on if her time had not run out. The cost to them without the funding is $40,000 per child.   If you would like to know more or even view the presentation from MD Anderson, I have been given permission to share it. You may contact me through our foundation's email address:  All donors will be listed as supporters and advocates when the final check is presented to MD Anderson! Please share this information and watch for opportunities around town to support this campaign. Help us Go Gray and Back the Brain!!! Wear your GRAY!!!

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Texarkana College’s history as a trailblazer for higher education has led to several firsts. Since its inception 90 years ago, TC has gained state and national recognition for excellence in instruction that leads to student success. In 2016, TC led the state of Texas in student graduation rates. This spring, TC was one of two colleges in the nation to receive the Achieving the Dream Leah Meyer Austin Award, a national honor given annually to a community college serving as a model for demonstrating an outstanding student-focused culture. One of TC’s most notable firsts dates back to 1959, when TC became the first approved and accredited Associate Degree Nursing Program in Texas. TC’s flagship nursing school has graduated close to 5,000 students who provide a vital role in health care services in the community and surrounding areas. Each year, at least 90% of TC’s ADN students pass the NCLEX exam and are employed in a healthcare setting within six months of graduation. The sterling reputation of TC’s nursing school fosters excellence in and out of the classroom. Second-year ADN student Tiffanie Foster said she first noticed the difference in TC graduates when she worked as a licensed vocational nurse in a local hospital. “TC registered nurses are equipped with hands-on skills needed to excel in the high-demand field of nursing,” said Foster. “It’s very stressful when you are in the room with a patient and quick decisions must be made about their care. TC nurses are professional and caring, and they have good judgment and skills. The instructors hold you to high standards—all the values I strive for as I work toward becoming a registered nurse.” Foster first earned a one-year LVN certificate at TC and began working at a local hospital until she was ready to start the ADN program. She said her experience as an LVN prepared her well for the transition into the rigorous curriculum of the ADN program. “When I worked as an LVN, I would see TC nursing instructors at the hospital training ADN students in a clinical setting,” Foster said. “They nudged me to come back to TC to earn my full associate degree. That was the tipping point for

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me—I felt supported and valued. My instructors never stopped encouraging me to reach my full potential as a nurse.” Second-year student Trevor Roberts decided to attend TC’s nursing school before he even graduated from high school. “My high school sweetheart, Ashley, and I both dreamed of becoming nurses,” said Roberts. “We both applied to TC’s LVN program and started the program right out of high school together.” Now married to Ashley, Roberts has come back to TC to pursue his ADN. “I loved TC as an LVN student, so I knew this would be a great step toward building my career as a registered nurse,” Roberts said. “I’ve just signed on with Paris Regional Hospital and will be employed there as an RN after graduation.” Roberts said TC instructors start each new class of students with the end in mind. “There is not a day that goes by in the program that TC nursing instructors don’t prepare you for your success in taking the NCLEX credentialing exam,” said Roberts. “The curriculum and presentation of material is geared toward student success and completion. This is what makes TC so different. It is the culture of not only the nursing program, but also the entire campus.” Second-year ADN student Kaitlyn Howlett said she agrees. “I am graduating this May, and I feel more than prepared to pass the NCLEX and enter the healthcare field,” Howlett said. “I actually started nursing school at another institution and dropped out because I didn’t feel like I was getting quality instruction. I have several friends who went through TC’s ADN program, so when I started it, I felt confident that it would provide the rigor I think nursing school really needs.” Howlett was recently awarded a competitive scholarship from the Texas Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. “This has been anything but easy, but it will be worth it,” Howlett said. “I’ve worked 20-40 hours a week at 2-3 different jobs to afford nursing school, so this scholarship is such a blessing. We’re interviewing for jobs now—when I start working as a critical care nurse after graduation, all of this hard work will be worth it.” Learn more about TC’s Health Science programs by scheduling an up-close tour or requesting additional information at www.learn.texarkanacollege. edu/health-science.

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Parents of the Bride: Steve and Carrie Melick Parents of the Groom: Steve and Dawn Shults Maids of Honor: Paxton Huse, Heather Rayborn Bridesmaids: Jenny Melick, Stephanie Melick, Elisabeth Burris Best Man: Seth Dunlap Groomsmen: Cory Melick, Wade Melick, Trey Coates, Preston Swift Attendants: Lindsey Burris, Sydney Burris Flower girl: Juliana Salinas Ring Bearers: Hunter Melick, Jadrien Salinas Pastor/ Officiant: Dr. Douglas Wheeler  Flowers/ Rentals: A Perfect Bloom Florist and Interiors- Beebe, Arkansas Wedding Venue: Carter Farm- Benton, Arkansas Wedding Planner/ Coordinator: Jennifer Stafford with Love Events by Jen- Cabot, Arkansas Bride and Groom Cake: Natalie Madison’s Artisan Cakes- Little Rock, Arkansas Caterer: Dinner’s Ready Catering Company Photography: Katie Childs Photography  Videographer: Tire Swing Films by Megan Pappalardo Firework: Arkansas Fireworks Company, LLC  Make Up/ Hair: Makeup by Kurstee Smith, Hair by Face Your Day Salon Music: Arkansas Pro DJ’S and Riley Receptions  Wedding Dress and Veil: David’s Bridal, Low’s Bridal Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse Wedding Jewelry: Sissy’s Log Cabin, Kenneth Edwards Fine JewelersLittle Rock, Arkansas

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We first met when we both worked for Orr Honda in 2007. After Robbie left the car business we stayed acquaintances throughout the years. Then in December of 2014, we had our first date at my work Christmas party and Denny’s afterwards. We started hanging out and developed a friendship that quickly grew into our Love Story. On My birthday in May 2017, Robbie asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. A week later, Robbie proposed again with a cherry flavored Ring Pop in front of all our children, during a family photoshoot, making it official. Then, in November of 2017 we finally became one!

What Made It Special? Having all of our children being our wedding party and it was an Hebraic wedding ceremony!

Laura Sue Cogan & James Robert Harvey II Parents of the Bride: Ray and Kathy Snellbaker Parents of the Groom: James Harvey, Carl and Wanda Myers Maids of Honor: Erica Estrada, daughter of the bride Bridesmaids: Micayla and Clara Harvey, daughters of the groom Best Man: Jaren Harvey, son of the groom Groomsmen: Ryan Harvey, son of groom, Joseph and Kelly Cogan, and Troy Estrada, sons of the bride Pastor/ Officiant: William H. Bullock Sr.  Wedding Venue: Regions Christian Center Caterer: Bossed Events LLC Photography: Twos Company Photography Venue Decorations: The Regions Christian Center Family Make Up/ Hair: Erica Estrada

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Eric and I met when we were 14. We were neighbors and became good friends over the summer. Although both of our families moved we still stayed friends. We both ended up working at Cinemark and Outback steakhouse together for several years. We were best friends. People continuously said we would end up getting married but we always just laughed. Then just a few years later Eric and I started dating. Although most if it was long distance due to him being in the military we were very happy. Eric proposed to me at Niagara Falls. It was perfect and unexpected. I can’t wait to marry my best friend!

Photos by: Brandon Dean One thing that made the engagement special is that even though he lived in New York at the time he was able to buy the exact ring I loved from Crockers. With the help of my friend here at home he was able to buy and have the ring shipped to him in NY. He kept it for months and realized Niagara Falls would be the perfect place to propose.

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We met at Brock’s ice cream, candy, and coffee shop, Taste and See, in 2013. I had just moved back home after college, and was convinced I was never going to meet the man of my dreams in Texarkana. Who knew a trip to get gelato would be such a game changer? When Brock tells the story of how we got to know one another, he says that I came in every day after I got off work just to see him. I always say, “Hey! It wasn’t EVERY day.. and maybe I really love ice cream!” Maybe it was a little of both? Brock and I dated for four years before he popped the question at the top of Mt. Magazine.

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Parents of the Bride: Randy and Judy Box Parents of the Groom: Greg and Denay Maheu Matron of Honor: Whitney Browder Bridesmaids: Sarah Strayhorn, Shelby Lawrence, April Siraj, and Morgan Baker Best Man: Scott Garner Groomsmen: Jack Robbins, Daniel Howland, and Jonathan Justice Pastor/Officiant: Matt Graves Flowers: H&N Hair: Hope Taylor Venue: Blessing Tree Farm Wedding Coordinator: Lisa Vickers w/Best Day Ever Cake: Sweet Rose Bakery Caterer: Jeff Loving Rentals: Rentals by Cece Photographer: Kendal Dockery Photography Wedding Invites: Minted Wedding Dress: Low’s Bridal and Formal Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse

What Made It Special? One of the best things about our wedding was that our ”people” live all over the country, and they all made their way to Texarkana for our special day. It meant so much to us that they were there to celebrate with us. From south Texas, to Alabama, Illinois, Missouri, and California- they were all there with us. It makes my heart full just thinking about it!

Alex Avard and Emily Mouser “Micah and his employees went above and beyond when it came to helping me create the perfect ring for my fiancée. With a short timeline they created exactly what I had envisioned. If you’re looking for an amazing jeweler who will take care of you through every step of the process then Micah’s is the place for you!” -Alex

Julie Anne Goodroe and Daviv Theriot Long Wedding: 08.18.18 at Laws Chapel United Methodist Church – Atlanta, Texas Our story began over 30 years ago at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. We went our separate ways but our paths reconnected when we met to have lunch at Strawn’s in Shreveport, Louisiana in 2016. One lunch and that was it! Your time is the most important gift you will ever give someone. Truly priceless! We are so grateful that we laugh every day. We call it “Making Memories”. You are never too old. Ever. Big thank you to Micah’s Jewelers! Would not have chosen any other. Beautiful!

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We are highschool sweethearts! We’ve known each other since we were in elementary school together, and our families attended the same church. After we started dating we found a picture of the day we were baptized and found out that we had actually been baptized together. We were two years apart in school so we had a long distance relationship for about a year while at college and then Slade was able to graduate a year early and come to college. We were at separate colleges at first but transferred to the same school where our hearts found the profession of nursing. We both obtained our Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Central Oklahoma and became Registered Nurses at Christus St. Michael’s. We both still live in Oklahoma and commute about an hour to work. We are best friends and share every hope and dream for our lives. Slade proposed with a funny game in front of the Christmas tree in 2016 surrounded by family. At that point we had been dating a little over 7 years and I was still surprised! This year on February 24th we were able to seal the deal on our 9 year anniversary!

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Parents of the Bride: Stephen and Stephanie Ratcliff Parents of the Groom: Steve Dollarhide and Donna Crenshaw  Matron of Honor: Madison Degraffenreid Maids of Honor: Jasmine Trice Bridesmaids: Charlee Haderer, Megan Glenwinkle, Kalei Muniz, Rachel Dollarhide, MaKayla Farley Best Men: Shane Farley and Lucas Farley  Groomsmen: Isaiah Daffern, Colton McDaniel, Joe Muniz, Zach Ratcliff, and Derek Anderson   Pastor/ Officiant: Steve Walls  Flowers: Wright Ideas, Broken Bow OK  Hair: Aisa Trice Oklahoma City, OK Wedding Venue: Blessing Tree Farm, Texarkana AR  Wedding Coordinator: Lisa Vickers Caterer: Chef On The Run - Jeff Loving, Texarkana TX  Cake: Silver Spoon, Texarkana TX  Rentals: Cheryl Hughes, Broken Bow OK and Dot’s Rentals, Texarkana TX  Photography: Fresh Focus Films, Bryan and Selena Jefferies Texarkana TX Wedding Invites: Beautiful Wedding Announcements   Wedding Dress: Leann’s Bridal, McKinney TX  Tuxedos: Generation Tux  DJ: Chris with CB Entertainment, Dallas TX 

Travis and I met at our friends’ wedding where he was a groomsman and I was a bridesmaid. Their wedding was our first encounter and we randomly got placed to walk together down the aisle. During the reception I started thinking about him and wondering if he was single or not so I asked his friends about him at the reception. Little did I know he did the same for me, but we never actually talked about it to each other. He got my number from his friend and texted me the next day, “So when do I get to take you fishing?” and we fell in love shortly after that. Neither of us were looking for each other, God simply placed us into each other’s lives and the rest is history.

July 15, 2017



Parents of the Bride: Bill and Cindy Thompson Parents of the Groom: Alan Hanna and Teri Fulks Matron of Honor: Taylor Edwards Bridesmaids: Courtney Meador, Chelsie Ashley, Keldan McKinnie, Marissa Youngblood, Carli Durmon Best Man: Addison Porter Groomsmen: Mason Pierce, Caleb Hensley, Hunter Adams, Chance Edwards, Will Burris Pastor/ Officiant: John Yates  Wedding Venue: The BARN at Blue Sky Ranch Cake: Brookshire’s in Daingerfield, TX Caterer: Tommy’s BBQ in Atlanta, TX Photography: Kali Rushing Photography Videographer: Brandi Kirkland Films Make Up/ Hair: Caylee Hanna Wedding Dress: Bridal Castle Wedding Jewelry: Gray’s Jewelers Tuxedos: Squires

What Made It Special? One thing that made the wedding day special was the note Travis wrote me. There was no paper anywhere to be found so he wrote me a note on a paper plate. It made me laugh and cry all at the same time.

I am Charlsey Johnson, my fiancé is Lee Farris and our pup's name is Willow Mae. We met at our high school watermelon supper, his senior and my freshman year. A few months later on December 14th of 2010 (my birthday), Lee asked me to be his girlfriend! We both graduated from New Boston High School and attended college in Tyler, TX, where Lee graduated with a bachelor’s degree in construction management and I cheered at TJC. He is now a construction manager for Ez-Mart and I am working towards a teaching degree at TAMUT. Fast forward to December 14, 2017, seven years later, he asked me to be his wife. I had been waiting for this moment for so long! It was just us two and our families, which made it so special. Him deciding to propose on our seventh year anniversary and my birthday was the icing on top of the cake, and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better proposal. We will be getting married this summer on July 27th at Tree Haven in Simms, Texas. We are beyond excited to start this next chapter as husband and wife.

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Jennifer and Michael Jones Our life together is something special and unique so we wanted a ring, the symbol of our love, to be the same kind of special. With the help of Allison at Micah’s Jewelers, my now husband bought the most beautiful loose cushion cut diamond to go with the perfect proposal! I drew my dream ring on paper and we turned both of our grandparents gold bands into the ring I proudly get to wear the rest of my life. When you have a vision, you can fully trust Micah’s Jewelers to make your dreams a reality. Thank you Allison and Micah’s Jewelers for making our special day even more memorable! - Jennifer and Michael Jones, March 17, 2018

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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 Building 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, you can at the Miller County Sheriff ’s Office on East Street and Bi State Justice Building 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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You’ve got options if your best-laid retirement income plans veer off track You saved decisively and proactively throughout your career, invested your earnings prudently and accumulated a nest egg you’re proud of. You followed professional advice and the many rules, and you’ve stepped into the retirement of your dreams – one filled with freedom, new experiences and fond memories. But imagine what would happen if, after waving goodbye to the 9 to 5 and the steady paycheck your job provided, your retirement withdrawal plan stopped working the way you’d hoped. Even the best-laid plans go awry. Withdrawal mistakes, overspending, plan inefficiencies and general slipups occur, diminishing some retirees’ nest eggs and, in certain cases, even necessitating a return to the workforce. Consider these common blind spots and work with your advisor to identify issues, implement course corrections and set your withdrawal plan on a path you won’t falter from.


FRAMEWORK LACKING FINESSE Creating a sound retirement withdrawal strategy is no easy feat. It requires structuring your income streams to cover the expected costs of housing, food, healthcare, entertainment, transportation and more – all the elements of a well-planned retirement – for an unknown period of time, often two to three decades given rising life expectancies. Unfortunately, many new retirees find they spend more than their withdrawal strategy allows; others realize, sometimes years after retirement began, that their plan doesn’t use the full power of their various income streams.


If you’ve found yourself in either of these camps – or are worried you will – coordinate with your financial and tax advisors to structure your retirement income in a way that maximizes expected cash flow while minimizing taxes. And if overspending is the main reason your withdrawal strategy is off course, consider drafting a spending policy statement (SPS) with the help of your advisor. Similar to an investment policy statement – which helps define an investor’s risk tolerance and return objectives – an SPS documents your long-term spending goals. It serves as a gentle, yet powerful reminder to avoid actions that could throw off your future plans. If you’re overspending regularly, you may need to answer some tougher questions, like: • Why did you withdraw extra? What did you spend it on? • If the market drops, would that affect your confidence in your financial future if you continue to spend more than you’ve budgeted? 068 ALT Magazine | May 2018

• Are you aware that your spending is tracking upward year-over-year? And is that pace sustainable? If not, rethink your withdrawal plan immediately to get back into your comfort zone. • Will running out of money sooner than expected leave you vulner- able at a time when you’ll need to fund extra support, caregiving and transportation costs? • How far has your actual withdrawal rate veered from your planned one? Your advisor can offer a side-byside comparison. By putting these intentions in writing and revisiting them regularly with your advisor, you’ll be better able to manage spending expectations and evaluate your options when new situations arise.


IGNORING THE SMALL STUFF Overspending, particularly on discretionary items, can slowly, almost unnoticeably, chip away at your savings and eventually disrupt your long-term projections.


One option is to curtail your costs. Cutting back doesn’t have to be painful. It could mean forgoing your daily latte in favor of homebrew or hosting potlucks instead of dinner parties. A little discipline can help you bring your spending back in line with your plan.


BEING TOO CONSISTENT Many retirees craft their retirement strategy around withdrawing a percentage of their total portfolio each year, increasing that amount to account for inflation. Under this formula, a $1 million portfolio and 4% withdrawal rate would provide pretax income of $40,000 in year one and, assuming inflation runs 3% annually, $41,200 in year two, $42,436 in year three and upward from there. However, if your retirement assets decline in value over several years while the amount you withdraw is rising, there could be monetary trouble later on.


Avoid this issue by working with your advisor annually to set a fixed withdrawal percentage based on the year-end value of your portfolio. This tactic causes some years to be flush while others are leaner, but you’ll have the comfort of knowing you’re not negatively affecting future plans with today’s spending. Alternately, you and your advisor can consider establishing a “floor” – an amount that covers your basic needs and can be withdrawn in any market environment – enabling discretionary spending to be adjusted based on your portfolio’s performance.


FUZZY ON TAX-EFFICIENCY Retirees often underestimate the effect an inefficient withdrawal plan has on what they pay in taxes. Many even avoid withdrawing from tax favored retirement accounts for as long as possible, seeing 70½ as the earliest they’ll want to draw from traditional IRAs and 401(k)s to avoid paying the ensuing income tax bill. Unfortunately, by that time, the balances in those accounts may be large enough that your required minimum distributions may push you into the next highest tax bracket.


Since withdrawing from retirement accounts can begin as early as 59½ without penalty – and sometimes earlier under special rules – consider withdrawal strategies with your advisor and tax professional that could keep you from paying higher tax rates on your income in the future. Establishing multiple sources of retirement income also gives you the option of withdrawing the money as tax efficiently as possible, especially helpful when an unexpected expense crops up.


FORGETTING THE LONGEVITY FACTOR Thanks to advances in medicine, better understanding of diet and ever-evolving technology, we’re living significantly longer than generations before us. While that’s a good thing, planning fastidiously for potential long-term care needs is an often overlooked aspect of a comprehensive retirement withdrawal strategy. Consider this: The 2017 Genworth Cost of Care Survey cites the national median cost of a private nursing home room as $8,121 per month. By 2037, inflation is

expected to drive that number up to $14,667. Your retirement as a whole could be affected if you, like so many, find you require increased or specialized care as you age and your plan can’t accommodate the added expense.


Rein in the unknown by creating a specific funding plan with your advisor. Consider long-term care funding options such as traditional long-term care insurance or life insurance with longterm care payout riders, as well as asset-based long-term care contracts. Keep in mind that you should be planning for longterm care years before you’ll ever need it. If you wait past your 40s and 50s, affordable policies may no longer be an option for you. Now is also a good time to bolster your emergency fund, so you’ll be best prepared for whatever the future holds. Though modern retirement has a lot of moving parts, proper planning and a willingness to make course corrections create retirements defined by freedom and new beginnings. If you find yourself off course or realize your withdrawal strategy isn’t living up to the demands of your retirement needs, coordinate with your advisor and other planning professionals to craft a plan fully underpinned by a solid financial foundation. Sources:;;;; Investing involves risk, and you may incur a profit or loss regardless of strategy selected. Raymond James financial advisors do not render advice on tax matters. You should discuss any tax matters with the appropriate professional. Every investor’s situation is unique, and you should consider your investment goals, risk tolerance and time horizon before making any investment or withdrawal decision. © 2018 Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member New York Stock Exchange/SIPC © 2018 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-WW-0283 BS 2/18





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Fish Tales with Mike Brower

Cold Fronts

This time of year we have a few last blasts of cold before the heat sets in. These fronts can play havoc with fish and can humble everybody. As the warmer weather is setting in, the last gasps of winter are visible and the bass you patterned yesterday are a thing of the past. There is not much worse than getting on the water knowing you will be starting over in locating and patterning your fish, as you slump and think to yourself, “they might still be there.” Well, the good news is they might still be around and still somewhat catchable. The bad news is you need to figure it out on the fly. When a cold front hits, the barometric pressure change messes with the fish's swim bladder. This change in pressure causes fish to develop something akin to an upset stomach and the don’t eat much, if at all. The key for me is to change the depth that I was fishing prior and go a tad deeper. If before the front I was targeting water 6-8 feet deep, then I might change my target depth to 8-12 feet. The change in depth may compensate for the change in pressure and -- BOOM -- back to catching some fish again. Sometimes, along with the change of depth you might need to adjust the size of your tackle by going a smidge smaller and offer a snack as opposed to a full meal. Just remember that all is not lost, and there are always a few fish that are catchable no matter what the weather throws at you.


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.

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Abigail Elliott and Sydney Watts

Bikers Against Child Abuse

Charles and Ty Underwood

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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.

Put On Purple for Lupus 2018

Jordan High and Grace Welch

Amanda Wilbers and Mecinda Dungan

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Jason Nottingham and Deana McFarland

Gabby Bone, Dan Beatty and Eric Beatty

Morgan and Wendy Knobloch

Sky Foster and Ryan Brown

Eric and Sandy Tutt

Todd Fore, Chris and Kellie Latham

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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.

Humane Society Fundraiser 2018

Ayriana Hall, Victoria Davis, and Shakira Blalock

Carol Sadee and Lesleigh Silvey

Kayden Patterson, Kembri Patterson, and Crystal Lewis

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Fur Ball 2018 Lindsay Powers and Ashley Eager

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Friday, May 4th

Tails for Tails Crawfish Boil Trinity Baptist Church 4 pm - 7 pm Crawfish eating contest, animal costume contest, silent auction, raffle, crawfish dinner, pet adoption booth, pet trick contest

Saturday, May 5th

Registration for the 5K and 10K starts at 7 and the race starts at 7:30. At Spring Lake Park. The Kids' 1 Mile Fun Run starts at 8 and new this year is the Diaper Derby immediately following the Fun Run. The Walk starts at 9:30. Register using the drop down box on the "Donate" button at or call (903) 792-5735 for more information.

May 4 -5 & 11 - 12

TexRep presents Shrek the Musical based on the Dreamworks movie 7:30pm at Texarkana College's Stilwell Theatre tickets available online at

May 6 & 13

TexRep presents Shrek the Musical based on the Dreamworks movie 2 pm at Texarkana College's Stilwell Theatre tickets available online at

Sunday, May 13th

Saturday, May 5th

4th Annual Un4gettable Twice as Fine Texarkana Wine Festival. Spring Lake Park. one-of-its kind wine, art, music and food festival for the Four States Area! The festival is free for all who want to come out and enjoy the arts and music. Entry into the Wine Garden is $10 and includes a souvenir wine glass and a wine bag. Bottles of wine will be available for Tinkering, makey-makey, arts, crafts, purchase from wineries, wine tasting will be $1 rediscovering trades of the past and exploring and a glass of wine will be available for $5. technology of today all come together downtown for a 1 day hands-on make and take event hosted by Discovery Place Children's Museum, The Texarkana Museums MEET SHREK AND FIONA on Saturday May System and local businesses and civic 5th at 2pm. Tickets available at organizations. Fun lasts from 10 am to 4 pm. 903-793-4831 for more details on tickets and booths.

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Saturday, June 23rd

Texarkana Fallen Bikers Memorial Wall 3rd Annual Benefit Fundraiser Help support your local memorial wall being designed and built one brick at a time. 10 am - 8 pm Front Street Festival Plaza Texarkana, AR

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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!


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