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To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while. ~Josh Billings Children bring so much into our lives. I have truly loved being a mom to my kids and have been involved in everything that they have shown an interest in. From t-ball, to swim, to paintball, to pageants, I have learned a lot through the years! My children have always stayed busy and I was so happy to be a part of that. For the Jarvis family, children are a part of life for sure! Grant Jarvis, with the support of dad, Johnny, and mom, Larkin, has learned a lot about triathlons. In fact, I learned a lot about triathlons while doing the article for this month on this amazing young man. Although I have known John and Larkin for many years, I really got to know Grant out at the paintball park. Grant loves paintball and airsoft, and he and he friends have spent many days at our park, Legendary Paintball, playing for hours. He is a very responsible, respectful young man, whose manners amazed me at times! And although he loves to spend time with his friends, he is determined to succeed at triathlons! As with any sport, triathletes spend hours training, getting up early and travelling around the country to different events. Luckily for us, I was able to attend an event right here in Texarkana at Lake Wright Patman! I hadn’t realized how many people in our lovely city actually participate. I also realized how in shape they are! As I told Larkin, they would have had to put me in the canoe and carry me out of the water -- and the bicycling and running would have been out of the question! Impressive is a word that comes to mind for all of those who participated! Lots of families were out there cheering their contestants on. What a great sport for families to be a part of! I have many memories of helping not only my children, but other children succeed in whatever they chose to compete in. I love knowing that what I have done may have helped them in more ways than winning. My husband, Mike, and I both love helping others. As he always says, “If you keep them busy doing something they love, you keep them out of trouble.” I believe that is the absolute truth! You create a sense of accomplishment -- whether they win or lose -- if you teach them to be humble, giving and responsible. These become life lessons they will carry throughout their lives. Parents who give back to their children are giving something viable to our community. Spend time with your children -give them your time and your attention. You will be blessed. Speaking of blessings, I have been blessed with such wonderful employees! Charlie McMurphy has been a wonderful sales person aka “Queen of Sales” since the start of the magazine. Jaclyn Gooding, my daughter and associate editor, helps with anything and everything. Lindsey Gordon has really stepped up to the plate since coming to ALT in December! She was solely responsible for organizing what you see this month in the fashion spread -- and she did an awesome job! She is super organized and I love it! And of course, our new intern, Jessica Vickers, was a great help in getting everything done, including writing, and we are excited to have her with us! Teamwork is the name of the game here. May God bless you and yours.

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One of John and Grant Jarvis’s favorite memories is skiing down the icy slopes together. Though the entire family went on a skiing vacation every year, the father and son duo often found themselves alone enjoying the beautiful outdoors and overcoming a few scares that have since turned into family legends. So, it only makes sense that when Grant crossed the line in Mexico at the 2014 Monterrey

PATCO Triathlon American YOG Qualifier in tenth place, his father, John, would be cheering from the sidelines. John, a consultant in Texarkana, and Grant, a freshman at Texas High School, have built a strong relationship based on mutual respect, support and admiration. John was born and raised in Texarkana. He was actually one of the first swimmers at Texas High School, a June 2014

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legacy that Grant continues. John’s father, Macon, owned Texarkana Armature Works, and after graduation from Texas Tech, John returned to help him with the family business. In 2004, he was hired as a business development consultant for Century Bank, and stayed with them until they sold to Wells Fargo. Now, he works as an independent consultant, and spends his free time with his family. John met his wife, Larkin, in junior high at Pine Street Middle School, and though he took her out for one date in high school, after graduation they didn’t see each other for several years. One weekend when he was home from Texas Tech, they reconnected at a Christmas party, and have been together ever since. They are the proud parents of Natalie, a freshman at Texarkana College, and Grant. “Larkin and I both know that our time with our kids being at home is limited,” John says. “It seems like eighteen years flashes by in an instant! So, we prioritize spending every minute we can with our kids. We want to guide them as much as we can, and as much as they will let us!” Besides family ski trips, John also helped instill a love of the outdoors in Grant through their involvement in the Boy Scout organization. John served as Cub Scout leader, and an Assistant Patrol Leader, and now Grant is working on his Eagle Scout certification. “I believe that this program is part of the backbone of our nation,” John says. “It helps create leaders who believe in God and country, and it teaches so many other great values. It was also a great way for me and Grant to spend time together in the great outdoors. We went on campouts and completed nature projects. It gave us

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quality time together we can’t always Our first kids’ race was so encouraging have.” and fun. From there, my interest just John and Grant have also spent kept growing and growing.” a lot of time playing baseball, going At the time, Grant was playing to the lake, and playing airsoft and soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis paintball at Legendary Shooting Sports. and training for triathlons, and John “Some days it has just been encouraged him to make a hard choice. me and Dad playing “I told him that he had all the fields,” Grant reached an age when he says. had been doing a lot of “I’ve been everything, but that for killed over and over,” him to do what it takes John jokes. “I have to excel, he needed more lives than 20 to choose the one he cats!” loved the most,” John Even now, says. “Larkin and I told Grant and John will him that no matter what ride bikes together, he decided, we would though Grant often help him get the right leaves John behind technique and help him after the warm-up. hone his abilities.” “As the John and Larkin’s kids get older, it’s support helped Grant harder and harder to make the decision schedule time with to focus solely on them,” John says. triathlons. Johnny, with daughter Natalie “They are so busy, “I thought it was and so involved, and really awesome that we support that, but I they encouraged me do miss the times when it was easier to and told me that they would help me find just spend time with them.” the support I needed to excel,” Grant Grant is especially busy as he says. “It was exactly what I needed. I works hard in his advanced classes and loved all the sports I was involved in, but is involved in cross country, track and when I really thought about it, I realized swim at Texas High School. However, that I didn’t enjoy training for most of his true passion is competing in them.” triathlons; a sport that caught his interest At this point, John and Larkin at only 10 years old when Kirsten helped Grant find a coach at a new McCown, a student in Grant’s class, training facility in Dallas: Playtri. The asked him to train for one with her. new program supports athletes, provides Kirsten’s father competed in triathlons, them with a training schedule and helps and helped Kirsten and Grant prepare them find events. Grant’s coach, Morgan for their first one. Johnson, stays in contact through calls, “I agreed, and then figured out emails, texts and helps Grant stay what it was later!” Grant says. “Once I focused on training for the 750 meter tried it, I just loved it. I love to swim, bike swim, 20 kilometer bike race and 5 and to run, and I love training for them. kilometer run.


Grant also trains through his involvement with “The support I get from my parents is amazing,” Grant comparable sports at Texas High School. During the school says. “You know, when I run in track meets, the 3200 is the year, he swims with the Tiger Sharks, runs cross country, and first race, and the 1600 is the second to last. But, I always runs the 3200 and the 1600 during track season. look up in the stands and see my parents there all day long. “The school events help I’m so inspired by my parents and me train, and I love my teams and especially my dad. I learn from him coaches,” Grant says. “The school by what he does and the way he could not be any more flexible in supports and leads our family.” working with my schedule. Coaches Grant’s parents might be Dee, Jones, Auel and Harrell have traveling to many races in the been amazing.” upcoming years as Grant continues For John, it is extremely to pursue his passion in triathlons. important for he and Larkin to With a dream to one day go pro, attend as many meets and events Grant’s future already seems bright. as possible. John’s own father could He was one of only eight males only attend one of his swim meets chosen to represent the United at Texas High School because of States in the Monterrey race, and the obligations of running a familythe US Olympic Committee paid for owned business. Grant to make the trip. He placed “I knew that my dad wanted fourth out of the US athletes and to be there; he just didn’t have tenth overall. With another race on much time,” John says. “But, Larkin the horizon, he continues to train and I both feel that if we had to every day. choose one thing to be and do “My wife and I learn so much and succeed at, then it’s being a from our kids every single day,” Larkin, with daughter Natalie parent.” John says. “Grant is so dedicated in Not only do John and Larkin everything that he does. It not only attend Grant’s local events, they makes me proud, but it even adds trade out attending his triathlons, though most are held in more pressure on me and my wife that we do the best we distant locations. Grant and John just returned from Grant’s can to help Grant get where he wants to go. But this journey competition in Mexico, and Larkin will attend Grant’s next race is so fun, inspiring and rewarding; we can’t wait to see what in Seattle, Washington on June 21. happens next.”

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Jackson’s Journey

He stood with his nose pressing against the front screen as I approached. His big inquiring eyes followed my movement even as his dad slowly pulled him away to open the door. Inside, I was greeted by a dynamo with rich red hair disturbed by an abundance of curls. Those big eyes? They were a piercing bright blue and seemed even bigger up close than they had appeared from a distance. His father’s gentle, restraining hand was soon emptied by the child’s squirming movements which carried him all over the room’s open space. This is Jackson whose infectious smile and busy hands slightly withdraw as I extend my hand to him—a perfectly normal reaction. Dad, Wayne, grasped my hand in greeting while he picked up the hesitating little boy and held him closely. Mom, Summer, followed with her handshake as I was offered a seat on the nearby couch. Only one thing was unusual about this, my first meeting with the Foster family. In all the excitement, the child with the curly red hair, beautifully smooth skin and sparkling blue eyes—the child, Jackson—was silent.

Jackson Lance Foster was born August 5, 2012, in Texarkana’s Christus St. Michael Hospital. Like his dad, Jackson was considered a “Miracle Baby.” The tubes of Wayne’s mom had been cut and tied, yet 42 years ago—Wayne arrived. When Wayne was 18 years old, doctors assured him he would NEVER be able to father any children, but 20 months ago— Jackson was born. On his birthday, this younger “Miracle Baby” was 21 1/2” long and weighed 9 pounds 14 ounces. He arrived ready to ramble on his 3” feet. Jackson’s size had prompted Dr. Thomas Wilson, Summer’s OB/GYN, to induce her at 39 weeks. After 17 hours of unsuccessful labor, however, Dr. Wilson delivered Jackson via. Cesarean section. In spite of the blood pressure and gestational diabetes that had been carefully monitored during her pregnancy. Summer’s delivery went smoothly. In fact, Wayne was with his wife during Jackson’s birth. “She was strong. I was strong,” he explained. “I loved every minute of it. I would do it a million times more.” Summer moves quickly toward the

edge of her chair as she looks toward her husband with a wry smile of disbelief. “I think every man should go through childbirth with his wife at least one time,” Wayne continues. “You respect a woman a lot more. Since Jackson was born, I have just missed three doctor’s appointments. I want to make sure my son’s OK. My employer is very cooperative and understanding, too.” From the day of his birth, Jackson has been a healthy child, but from the infant hearing screening at birth through seven subsequent multiple hearing evaluations his results have been the same. [Doctors have assured the Fosters that Summer’s medical issues during her pregnancy were not the cause of Jackson’s impaired hearing.] According to the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Jackson’s tests suggest “the auditory impairment may be sensorineural in nature.” “Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) occurs when there is damage to the inner ear (cochlea), or to the nerve pathways from the inner ear to the brain. Most of the time, SNHL cannot be June 2014

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medically or surgically corrected. This is the most common type of permanent hearing loss.  - See more at: http://www. asha.org/public/hearing/ sensorineural-hearingloss/#sthash.TQKYkvWJ. dpuf” American SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association. The only existing possibility to make sounds available to those who suffer sensorineural hearing loss is the cochlear implant, referred to by many audiology professionals as “phenomenal technology.” To explain: “The cochlea is the sense organ that translates sound into nerve impulses to be sent to the brain. Each person has two cochlea, one for each ear. A hearing aid works with a damaged ear by amplifying sounds. Cochlear implants bypass damaged portions of the ear and directly stimulate the auditory nerve.” In spite of all the tests, Summer and Wayne held onto the hope that

somehow Jackson’s next test results would be different. They knew that Jackson had balancing difficulties with crawling, and his walking was slow to develop. Balance was always a problem. His sleeping at night and in naps was short, and his sounds were feeble efforts— “We preferred to believe he really could hear,” Summer admits. “He is a happy baby—he really is.” It was Jackson who forced them to accept the reality of the tests’ results. Jackson loves to follow and imitate his dad. The little boy watches for him and anticipates his returning from work every day. One day, however, Wayne arrived home while Jackson was preoccupied, and the child did not see him arrive. Wayne walked up behind him and called, “Jackson.” Jackson did not react. Wayne called again…and several more times. Even though each call was louder, there was still no response from Jackson. Wayne and Summer tearfully looked at each other with recognition. Since that time, these two parents have become activists for their now 20 month old son. Summer is a stay-at-home mom,

while Wayne is an equally attentive father. Both parents are learning/teaching baby sign to Jackson, who learns quickly. He knows the sign for puppy; enjoys looking out their big living room window; can sign for food and point to his shoes to go. “We just show him the object and do the sign, over and over, until he uses it,” Summer explains. “He is a real imitator. He loves to imitate his dad when he is working on the house. Lots of our relatives are learning sign, too. “I see people in the grocery store, and they say, ‘How do you deal with a deaf child?’ We never pictured ourselves dealing. We are just doing whatever we can do to help him.” There are pictures of Jackson all over their house, and now Summer has set up a Facebook page entitled, “Jackson’s Journey,” the title she had created for the video she will be making of Jackson’s cochlear implant journey. The National Institutes of Health reports that “…as of December 2012, approximately 324,000 people worldwide have received implants. In the United States, roughly 58,000 adults and 38,000 children have received them….In 2000, the FDA lowered the age of eligibility to 12 months for one type of cochlear implant.” (www.nidcd.nih.gov/ health/hearing) Jackson has already begun his

PARTS OF A COCHLEAR IMPLANT v A microphone, which picks up sound from the environment. v A speech processor, which selects and arranges sounds picked up by the microphone. v A transmitter and receiver/stimulator, which receive signals from the speech processor and convert them into electric impulses. v An electrode array, which is a group of electrodes that collects the impulses from the stimulator and sends them to different regions of the auditory nerve.

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journey, since his tests have indicated he is unable to hear anything. The Fosters will be working with the “Dallas Cochlear Implant Program (DCIP), a collaborative effort of UT Southwestern Medical Center, Children’s Medical Center, and UT Dallas Callier Center. They will be assisted in their journey—a lengthy and carefully supervised one— by “a care team which includes specialists in each area of the implant process: *Audiologist *Psychologist *Speech-language Pathologist *Nurse *Program Manager *Social Worker *Surgeon (otologistear specialist)” The program includes the family and its needs at every step of the process and is designed to be “flexible, accessible and responsive” to the requirements of both patients and families. Children age 12-24 months are chosen for cochlear implants, according to Children’s Medical Center, based on é High motivation and appropriate

expectations from family é Lack of progress in the development of auditory skills é No medical contraindications Cochlear implants do require surgery to implant small electronic devices in the inner ear. They are then activated (a day of celebration) by another device worn outside the ear. (Note the sidebar: Parts of the Cochlear Implant). Older adults or children may be considered “adventitiously deaf,” i.e. their hearing loss occurred after they learned to speak. Young children, like Jackson, must learn not only to hear the sounds but to shape them into words. NIH explains that “Hearing through a cochlear implant is different from normal hearing and takes time to learn and relearn. However, it allows many people to recognize warning signals, understand other sounds in the environment, and enjoy a conversation in person or by telephone.” Dr. Mark Gibbons, ENT at

Northeast Texas Ear, Nose and Throat Center in Paris, TX, is one of those professionals who calls the cochlear implants “phenomenal technology.” Dr. Gibbons explains that the implants usually last for a lifetime, since the cochlea is fully formed at birth. “The real key is the audiology support. Ultimately, the goal is bilateral implants, i.e. implants in both ears.” The examples of the changes made by cochlear implants are remarkable. Mike and Pete Mankins’ daughter, Allison, suffered meningitis and lost most of her hearing at 3 ½ years old. Although hearing aids assisted an “adventitiously deaf” Allison, her tiny bit of residual hearing eventually declined “to the point she had basically no hearing.” Mike shares Allison’s story: “She had the cochlear implant surgery two years ago and has been very successful with it. She can talk on the phone again pretty well. She has become more self-confident and more independent. It’s really been amazing. She’s hearing better than ever before. She is even enjoying music, and she now understands what all her teenage boys are saying, which isn’t always a good thing.” Summer and Wayne Foster are working and hoping they will be able eventually to make the same observations

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sports drink. That combo works for me pretty well most of the time, but I will be trying something new this summer. A couple of products from Advocare -- Spark and Rehydrate -- both seem to do a great job! (And they are available from my wife!)

There are several ways to keep hydrated -- water, sports drinks and other concoctions which may or may not work. So let’s stick to the basics. Water is good but should be alternated with something that replaces the minerals and salts we also lose. In the past, I have preferred to alternate water with either Gatorade or Powerade -- say half bottle of water and then a third bottle of

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This is a continuing series of articles featuring graduates from the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program at Texas A&M University-Texarkana (A&M-Texarkana). In upcoming months, BAAS graduates will share the motivations underlying their decision to attend college as a non-traditional student, the fears and challenges along the way, the “oh so worth it” successes, and some practical advice for those considering their own journey toward a degree.

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After many years of working full-time jobs, raising a family, maintaining many other adult responsibilities, and going to school, the following students have earned their Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences. Was it worth it? According to them, absolutely! Just before the students entered the sanctuary for commencement, I asked them to think about the moment they began their journey and the moment they were about to experience when they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas. What follows is a sampling of what they shared with me. Brandon Barron: It seems just like yesterday I was entering the college class room for the first time. I was taking Speech at NTCC, and I remember feeling out of place because I was 33 years old and overweight. It didn’t start well. Younger students shared jokes about my age, weight, and good grades. Juggling a family, full-time job, and college was a struggle to say the least, and to top it all off, I went through a divorce during my first years as an adult college student. In honesty, there were times when I wanted to give up on college and even life, but I persevered, and I’m finally receiving the degree I set out to earn. As I walked across the steps to graduate, at a hundred pounds lighter than when I began my journey, I was filled with tears of joy and was thankful my three boys were in the crowd to see their dad accomplish something this important, something I want them to accomplish, too. My advice to anyone wanting to go to college is to reach for your goals, and even though life can give you bumps in the road, it is worth the journey. 30

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Joan Newman: When I started across that stage I thought – finally! I have wanted my degree for so long, but life seemed to always send detours and obstacles my way. When the lady announced my name, and I started forward, I thought, “I have finally made it.” I couldn’t stop smiling, and I wondered where my husband was because he has been my rock and my support throughout our life together, especially along this journey to my degree. When I rounded the corner to find my seat, I saw him seated in the back. I had an overwhelming desire to go and sit with him because I know I would not be experiencing this if it had not been for his support. Jennifer Perez: I felt PROUD to be a graduate from A&M-Texarkana, a member of the Texas A&M University System. I felt EMOTIONAL. Emotional because I watched my 5-year-old daughter cheer me on from the stands. At that moment, I thought, “We did it, Little Girl! I did this for YOU.” And, as I crossed the stage, I felt EMPOWERED. Empowered to move BEYOND MYSELF and encourage all those individuals, who are just like me, reach their dreams. I am proof of what is possible. Lisa Sangalli: When I walked across the stage Saturday morning, I was anxious, excited, hyped up, thankful, relieved that I FINALLY finished, and… missing my parents. What a gamut of emotions after a challenging journey! To be honest, I think I was also in a daze; I simply could not believe this was truly

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Five Questions about Long-Term Care 1. What is long-term care? Long-term care refers to the ongoing services and support needed by people who have chronic health conditions or disabilities. There are three levels of long-term care: Skilled care: Generally round-the-clock care that’s given by professional health care providers such as nurses, therapists, or aides under a doctor’s supervision. Intermediate care: Also provided by professional health care providers but on a less frequent basis than skilled care.

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Custodial care: Personal care that’s often given by family caregivers, nurses’ aides, or home health workers who provide assistance with what are called “activities of daily living” such as bathing, eating, and dressing. Long-term care is not just provided in nursing homes--in fact, the most common type of long-term care is home-based care. Long-term care services may also be provided in a variety of other settings, such as assisted living facilities and adult day care centers. 2. Why is it important to plan for long-term care? No one expects to need long-term care, but it’s important to plan for it nonetheless. Here are two important reasons why: The odds of needing long-term care are high:

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Your insurance agent or a financial professional can help you compare longterm care insurance policies and answer any questions you may have.

5. Should I buy long-term care insurance? Like other types of insurance, long-term care insurance protects you against a specific financial risk--in this case, the chance that long-term care will cost more than you can afford. In exchange for your premium payments, the insurance company promises to cover part of your future long-term care costs. Long-term care insurance can help you preserve your assets and guarantee that you’ll have access to a range of care options. However, it can be expensive, so before you purchase a policy, make sure you can afford the premiums both now and in the future. The cost of a long-term care policy depends primarily on your age (in general, the younger you are when you purchase a policy, the lower your premium will be), but it also depends on the benefits you choose. If you decide to purchase long-term care insurance, here are some of the key features to consider: Benefit amount: The daily benefit amount is the maximum your policy will pay for your care each day, and generally ranges from $50 to $350. Benefit period: The length of time your policy will pay benefits (e.g., 2 years, 4 years, lifetime). Elimination period: The number of days you must pay for your own care before the policy begins paying benefits (e.g., 20 days, 90 days). Types of facilities included: Many policies cover care in a variety of settings including your own home, assisted living facilities, adult day care centers, and nursing homes. Inflation protection: With inflation protection, your benefit will increase by a certain percentage each year. It’s an optional feature available at additional cost, but having it will enable your coverage to keep pace with

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concealed weapon is illegal. These are places that are licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption whose alcohol sales constitutes more than half of gross receipts. These signs have 51% in large red letters over the warning, and the warning reads that possession of a concealed weapon on the premises is a felony. These are usually bars, but even some restaurants derive more than 51% of their sales from alcohol. If you see this sign, don’t carry your handgun with you. In fact, I would advise you to stay away altogether as such places subject you to potential threats which you are unable to defend yourself (or your family and friends) with your handgun. When in doubt, stay out.


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This sign could be classified as an anti-2nd Amendment sign. The 30.06 sign is a sign that a business owner can post to restrict a CHL holder from entering the business with a concealed handgun. The sign must contain the exact words required by Section 30.06 in both English and Spanish, be placed in an area visible to the public, and have 1” lettering or it will not be considered a legally binding 30.06 sign. If the sign does not precisely comply with the If you are determined to go to a 30.06 posting business, Texas Statute, it is invalid, and you may carry. look to see if they have fully complied with the requirements of the 30.06 Statute. If a letter is missing, if the lettering The difference between the Texas law mandated signs is smaller than 1”, if it does not contain both English and and the 30.06 is that the 30.06 sign is discretionary; that Spanish, then it is not a valid sign and is a defense to the business has made a decision to exclude law-abiding prosecution. Of course, if the CHL is truly concealing the concealed handgun licensed holders from carrying in their handgun, it will be rare indeed that the CHL will receive business. Such a business is stating, “We don’t want your oral notice to leave. That being said, be a responsible CHL business if you carry.” holder; do business with others that recognize your right to carry, and use your pocketbook to show your disdain, or It doesn’t matter if you agree with the business owner your appreciation to such businesses. Be safe and shoot or not: if they choose to post a proper 30.06 sign, Texas straight! law says you may be subject to criminal prosecution. My best advice on this is: do not do business with such ______________________ establishments. They have made a conscious decision to strip you of your legal right to defend yourself should trouble arise, so why give money to such a business? *Thomas H. Johnson is a life-long resident of Texarkana and an attorney who is familiar with gun laws and preparing NFA Gun Trusts. He has offices in Texarkana and in Allen, Texas. Section 30.06 deals with those special circumstances Visit his website at www.mygunattorney.com or www.thjlaw. when a CHL can be charged with trespass. Section 30.06 is titled “Trespass by Holder of License to Carry Concealed com.

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Over the few glorious months of warm weather, you may find yourself daydreaming of summer music festivals or basking in the sun. This month’s fashion collection displays an exciting blend of contemporary clothing with a stunning southern statement. These looks reflect the bohemian styles of the past, combined with a modernized twist for today’s trend conscious woman. Inspired by music from our great South, their free and flowing festival vibes will take you to paradise. So grab some sweet tea, kick back, and explore the southern roots and chic styles of Texarkana’s trendiest boutiques!

Thank you to all our boutiques who participated! Abby Gayle’s

Prepare to fall in love with Abby Gayle’s coastal-inspired jewelry and apparel, fit for a true southern belle. This women’s boutique proudly carries sought after brands like Judith March, Free People, Karlie, Kendra Scott, 7 For All Mankind and many more. This store’s passion for fashion is evident through its vast collection of styles and classic trends.

The Cracked Pearl

Simple. Edgy. Southern. Chic. This boutique has it all. TCP specializes in filling its shelves with on trend merchandise for ladies of all ages, at a price suitable for all budgets. You can’t help but fall head over heels (or should we say, boots) for the exclusive lines carried at this southern fashion house. If you’re looking for the style of a Ragin Cajun, Mississippi hippy, or even a Kansas princess, you’ve found your match. When spotted in apparel from this boutique, no questions asked... you know ‘She’s Country.”

Fan Fare

Palm trees. Ocean breeze. Salty air. Sun kissed hair. Texarkana may not have oceanfront property, but this boutiques’ coastal atmosphere shines bright with floral patterns and colorful displays. Fan Fare carries a wide variety of gifts, with brands available from Vera Bradley, Pandora Jewelry, Brighton and Arthur Court. As Southern women, we all know the rule: monogram everything! Fan Fare can monogram or engrave your selection for premiere personalization! So just ‘Say’ what you need to say, (preferably sing it in that catchy melody of John Mayer’s) and Fan Fare is prepared to fix you up!

Gayle’s

This women’s boutique has the total package of class and sass. The sophisticated style shining through its doors has everyone singing ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and dreaming of riding around with the top down. Gayle’s carries world renowned brands such as Joseph Ribkoff, Laundry, Brighton and Kendra Scott to keep you looking fashionable and feeling fabulous.

LK’s Closet

We couldn’t resist fun outfits for girls, boys and “tweens” from LK’s Closet! This boutique is your go-to for high-quality children’s clothing. Their clothes are hip, unique, fashion forward, and ultratrendy. With styles like this the kids will be in a Big Time Rush to ride with the ‘Windows Down!’

Oh Baby!

Shopping for a baby gift should be as inspiring and exciting as receiving one. Because having incredible taste should never be sacrificed. Because creating a cozy, chic and baby-friendly environment is your most important job. These are the beliefs this precious store holds dear, and we’re beyond inspired. You can’t help but feel like ‘Walking On Sunshine’ when setting foot into this sweet store!

OMG Lulu

This ladies and tweens boutique has a fashion sense larger than the state of Texas! Their racks boast brands such as Miss Me, Big Star, Corral Boots, ATX Mafia and the list goes on. The patriotism and power behind their clothing will make every ‘American Woman’ feel right at home.

The Open Window

Freedom and opportunity blow through this boutique and seem to seep into its fashion. Their styles reflect an old soul, a ‘Free Bird’ even. A perfect combination of bohemian babe and country chic, The Open Window generates a style that no other can replicate.

Tryst

This upscale boutique caters to both men and women, offering the most up and coming fashions with lines you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Their fun, free-spirited style is down to Earth and impossible to resist. Something about this boutique is fearless, and ‘Free Fallin’ (in love) is exactly what you’ll do when browsing through this trendy collection.

Knucklehead’s n Prissy Tails

This kid-friendly boutique is already ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ to be in, but it’s even more fun to shop in! The “tween” styles available at this shop for summer have us humming the Beach Boys and packing up for a weekend on the Gulf! They’re light-hearted and carefree, just as kids should be.

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As a fashionista and music connoisseur, this has been the dream project starting the Fashion Spread in ALT Magazine. The combination of classic bohemian beauty and modern southern glam has created styles to keep any mod chic woman, child or tween rockin’ through the summer! Thank you to the ALT ladies for giving me the opportunity to start this journey with them and big thanks to our new intern, Jessica Vickers, for all of her help on the first fashion spread! -Lindsey Gordon


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By Dr. Beverly Rowe, Dr. Phyllis Gardner, and Prof. Dawna Rogers

The Queen!

We’ve Been to See

In the August, 2013 issue of ALT Magazine, we introduced ALT readers to the new Road Scholars Program at Texarkana College. This is a travel abroad program with the mission of taking Texarkana College students, faculty, and community members to every continent on the globe. Over Spring Break this year, we were able to take a group of fourteen students and six faculty members to London for a hands-on study of British culture. Our experience has been powerful and life-changing in so many ways. We would like for you to hear our travelers’ enthusiasm for yourselves. The Travel Experience Some of our students had never flown before, nor had they experienced large, international airports. Macie commented, “I was a little worried about traveling with a group of people for an extended period of time that I was not very familiar with. I was pleasantly surprised to find that everyone kept positive and excited attitudes throughout airport security, the endless hours spent in various airport terminals, and the long flights to and from London.” Grace said, 60

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“On the plane I’m sitting next to Mrs. Dana Strickland (Professor Psychology and Child Development at Texarkana College). I think it’s cool how many of the college faculty came on this trip.” This was Jessie’s very first plane ride. “On the flight from Dallas to Atlanta, Georgia, I had a window seat. I’ve never seen the Earth from the sky – it almost made me cry because it was such a magnificent sight.” Lucretia didn’t know how to navigate through security. She noted, “I followed Dr. Gardner (Phyllis Gardner, Professor of Sociology and Psychology at Texarkana College, and one of the three Road Scholars Program coordinators) and did what she did. Once inside, there was every kind of restaurant you could think of. The airports were both ‘hurry up’ and ‘wait.’” Brandy summed it up when we actually arrived in London – “DEAD DOG TIRED!” First Impressions of British Culture “One of the first things I noticed when our group headed out to explore London was just how culturally blended this city is. Right


across from our hotel entrance is a Mediterranean restaurant, down the street is a traditional Indian restaurant, and right next door is an English pub,” said Macie. A visit to Hillsong United Church in London prompted Grace to say, “The only other church service I have ever been to in another country was in Ireland and it was Church of Ireland. Hillsong was awesome! The speaker was wonderful and so was the music. I just loved the fact that I got to fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ in another country – too cool!” Macie stopped by the Boots Pharmacy to pick up a few things and noticed that “local customers did not make small talk or exchange pleasantries with each other, nor did they speak to the cashier.” It was very different from what she was used to in Texarkana, U.S.A. Lucretia found a new friend from Arizona who now lives in London. They talked about the differences between the U.S. foster care system and that of the United Kingdom. Lucretia noted that in England, foster mothers cannot hold jobs. When we retired to our hotel rooms for the first night, Autumn made a discovery. “I turned on the TV and found some weird shows! I saw one with two guys on a tractor quizzing each other like a game show – weird!” The next day, Autumn experienced culture shock. “Sightseeing – all of it was

so surreal. I mean, it finally starts to sink in that you are in London! One of my favorite things to see is how busy the people are. There are literally millions of people in London, all trying to get somewhere – jobs, meetings, lunch, birthday parties, etc. And, they all walk with purpose!” Windsor Castle Our first stop on our day-long tour of World Heritage sites was Windsor Castle. For many of our students this was the first European castle they had ever seen. Macie loves Gothic architecture and was especially taken with St. George’s Chapel within Windsor Castle. “This was the perfect definition of Gothic style with its magnificent stone fan vaulting and ever-present arcades. This chapel houses the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Britain’s highest order of chivalry.” Grace was struck by the sheer age of this castle. “Windsor Castle spans so many ages, monarchs, and families. It is also different because it is still in use. We were able to walk through the Great Hall where important dignitaries are entertained and see the rooms where guests spend the night.” Autumn loved the Princess Charlotte Memorial room. “There was a type of sadness and mystical beauty to the statues here.” Stonehenge Here was a puzzle! Katie and her group of friends theorized that

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this site was built by Neanderthals, or maybe it was constructed by Pagans or Aliens. Jessie found Stonehenge “mind-blowing!” “Such huge monoliths just in the middle of nowhere – it really bothers me that no one knows how or why they are here.” Lucretia focused on the countryside surrounding Stonehenge and found, “sheep fields with tin homes for the sheep. These homes look like tin trash cans cut in half and laid over on their sides.” She found the Stonehenge site “a little creepy, but mesmerizing.” Putting our collective minds together we still couldn’t find the key to unlock the secret of Stonehenge. I guess we will have to come back and take another shot at this site.

avoid this tax. Today, building owners cannot reverse this because the bricked in windows are now considered historical!” Autumn enjoyed the museum at Bath where she saw coins, pots, grave goods, monuments and statues from the Roman period. “I was especially taken with the coins and pottery vessels. I think I really enjoy seeing objects of those types because they were part of the Romans’ everyday lives,” she said. Macie summed it up by saying, “It’s truly one thing to hear lectures over the great Roman Empire, but to stand in a bathhouse where these Romans bathed brings History to a whole new level.”

Bath

Macie loved Westminster Abbey for its Gothic style and attention to detail. “I’ve always admired Gothic style architecture and to be able to see such gorgeous examples up close literally took my breath away, (seriously, you could have cued that song and had the Tom Cruise racy bedroom scene from “Top Gun” because it was that kind of a moment). I was so engrossed in taking in every single detail that I had to distance myself from the group. I spent a good two hours just taking in the cathedral itself. One thing that will forever be with me was the memorial of Sir Joseph Nightingale and his wife, Lady Elizabeth. The image of Sir Joseph desperately fighting away ‘death’ from his withering wife is so hauntingly beautiful to me – seeing such a blatant display of love made me cry. Some poor man actually offered me his cloth handkerchief and quietly held my hand until I regained my composure.”

Bath, England, is known for two historical periods of time – Roman occupation and the 19th century. Bath Cathedral caught Katie’s attention. “On the front of the church, carved into the stone, was the “Angel Ladder” with angels climbing up to take souls to Heaven.” She said that Stephen, another of the students on the trip, said the idea for the “Angel Ladder” had come from the Pope himself, who had a dream about the ladder. Katie said, “It was amazing! I wanted to jump up there and climb to the top myself.” Grace was taken by a story our guide told us. “King William initiated a ‘window tax’ throughout his kingdom, so the wealthy bricked up most of the windows on their homes to

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St. Paul’s Cathedral Our students fell in love with this grand church! Autumn noted that the church was built in thirty-five years with extreme attention to detail. “I was completely in awe,” she said. “I stared for so long at the designs and beautiful art work that I almost lost myself. It just seems so surreal standing in the second largest cathedral, looking at the beautiful, carved caskets.” Brandy remembered being at her home church, Riverview, singing “Worship His Majesty,” and the words came back to her as she toured St. Paul’s. “Hours later,” she observed, “I’m still singing that song in my head. It is an absolutely beautiful song for such a beautiful cathedral.” British Museum This building is the “Holy Grail” for historians and archeologists, so, it was meaningful to see our students understand how important this institution is to world history. “The architecture of the British Museum is unbelievable! It looks like an old Greek palace from the outside, but inside we found Native American totem poles! In the middle of the first floor was an exhibition called “Living and Dying,” that explains how different cultures deal with the tough realities of life and death. It was amazing how much was the same across vastly different cultures, especially the reliance people had on relationships such as family and friends,” Lucretia commented. Katie found the Museum to be the ideal spot to bond with one of her professors (Mrs. Helen Frazior, Psychology Adjunct Professor). “We sat down amid all the exhibits and talked for the longest time. She is such a strong and amazing person!” Reflections “Today was my first opportunity to really explore London,” said

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Macie. “Watching my fellow classmates start understanding and grasping the subway system in London (the Tube), made me feel like a proud big sister. I just want to say thank you for allowing me the opportunity to come here to London. It meant the world to me to have the chance to make my own memories with a new group of people. I’ll forever cherish the culture I got to experience firsthand.” Grace noted, “I think out of all the things I have done while we have been in London, just walking through the streets has been my favorite. There’s just something wonderfully cool about it. It also makes me feel like a grown up. I like to imagine that I am one of the people I see on the street, riding a bicycle to work, darting out of their flat, or walking home from the food and wine store with their groceries for the next few days. I have said this many times, but I really can see myself living in London.” For Jessie, “This trip has changed the way I look at the world and more importantly, it has changed me. I hope this is the first of many adventures for me.” Brandy noted, “OK, so I’m sitting on a bench inside of the Tower of London Square – it is surreal! These stones were placed here in the eleventh century. It is so hard to wrap my mind around the age of this place. Nothing at home is more than several hundred years old. Our country is still so young. I ask myself, ‘Will my home country make it to the millennia milestone?’ Things are in such a mess politically and economically – I sometimes wonder.” Brandy was taking two history courses during the semester we traveled to London. Her classroom studies became real to her during the course of our trip. “Upon reflection on what I’ve learned in Wagy’s (Dr. Tom Wagy, TAMU-T) Colonial/Revolutionary America class and Rowe’s (Dr. Beverly Rowe, Professor of History at Texarkana College and one of three coordinators of the Road Scholars Program) “Following in the Footsteps of our Pilgrim Forefathers’ class, I see a comparison, or maybe a parallel in the ‘seasoning’ experience of the first generation of New Englanders and the seasoning I am experiencing and living through my college journey. It is a stage of life that I tried to skip. The good thing is that I now realize the importance of experiencing this seasoning process! It dawned on me that for me to get from Texas to London, all I had to do was drive to Dallas, hop on a plane, ride about 9 hours, and Presto! I was four-thousand miles from home in 24 hours or less. Passengers coming to America in Colonial days were crammed on ships for 8-12 weeks! This puts into context the great differences between life in the 21st century and that in the16th and 17th centuries.”

was LITERALLY a dream come true for me. I have never had the opportunity to travel and when this one came along, I seized it. To sum up the experience of a lifetime in just a few words is difficult. It was truly a surreal experience. The sights and experiences far exceeded whatever preconceived notions I had. Soaking up the culture and just admiring the differences, especially in such an international city, was amazing. To say that it was inspiring and even “life-changing” would be an understatement. I bonded with the group, students as well as fellow faculty members, that I attended with and it’s something that we will share and treasure forever. I now have a broader appreciation for the world and feel that the experience will help in my professional as well as my personal life. Traveling to London has also made me realize that I want to see other countries and experience other cultures. Life is too short and now that I have my passport . . . . The sky is the limit! We Invite You to Join Us for Our Next Adventure The next adventure for Texarkana College’s Road Scholars is a trip to Peru, May 20-31, 2015. This memorable 10-day tour will include Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Sacred Valley, and Lake Titicaca. We invite you to join us for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure! We are accepting 25 to 30 individuals for this trip and enrollment is open right now. If you might be interested in going with us to Peru, please contact Professor Dawna Rogers 903-823-3375 for details and an application form. The cost of this adventure is $3,000 and is all-inclusive.

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Brandy summed up all of our students’ experience on this trip. “I think I want to stay here in London forever! Well, maybe not forever, but I would love to have a month or so to take my time and explore the city. This trip has been epic!” Dr. Alyce Bunting (Professor of Sociology at Texarkana College) said, “One word sums up my feelings about the London trip with the Road Scholars: WOW! I have traveled extensively, but never to England and never with a group of such eager, excited students. The things I saw, the experiences I had, the conversations carried on with students in places like Stonehenge and Trafalgar Square, were never to be forgotten experiences. We commented when, in the evenings we would gather in one or another hotel room and rehash the day, that the whole trip was like a big slumber party with people we really liked.” Professor Dana Strickland (Professor of Psychology and Child Development at Texarkana College) noted, “Taking the trip to London

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NIKOLAS BERMEA JOINS JUNIOR BOYS TEAM IN THE UNITED TAEKWONDO ALLIANCE (UTA) TEAM USA TRY-OUTS On November 1, 2013, Nikolas Bermea (14 years old) of East Texas Martial Arts in Texarkana, TX, attended the United Taekwondo Alliance (UTA) Team USA TryOuts and was successful in obtaining a spot on the Junior Boys Team.

with United Family of Martial Artists (UFMA) organization, based out of Shreveport, LA, and is currently on his way to a sixth title. He has held the title in every division he has been in since 2009 in the UFMA Organization. Nikolas was also successful in obtaining the UTA Sparring and Forms National Title in June of 2013 (Hot Springs, AR), the USTL-WTA National Sparring Title in July of 2013 (Memphis, TN), and finally the WTA Winter Nationals Forms Title in November of 2013 (Plano, TX). Currently, Nikolas holds twelve National Black Belt Titles, one World Black Belt Title, and is a highly regarded Martial Artist in the Region.

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APRIL SHOWERS EVENT BEAUTY AND WELLNESS CENTER • 4/26/14

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TEXARKANA DAR MEETING WILSON HOUSE • 4/4/14

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TISD’S DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI LUNCHEON TEXARKANA COUNTRY CLUB • APRIL 30, 2014

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CIGARS, ‘TINIS AND TUNES BENEFIT FOR RANDY SAMS OUTREACH SHELTER HOPKINS • 4/24/14

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June JUNE 3

NAIFA CHARITY Golf Tournament benefiting United Way of Greater Texarkana. Oak Grove Golf Club (One Oak Grove Drive) New Boston, Texas. 1:00PM shot gun start. Cash prizes awarded to first and second places in two flights, hole-in-one contest, longest drive round the green contest, door prizes, team photo. Four States Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (FSAIFA) is committed to supporting, promoting, and protecting the insurance and financial services industry, with a focus on agents and advisors as they serve and meet the needs of their clients and the community. For more information, 903-701-3557.

JUNE 9

Auditions for those wishing to participate in Silvermoon Children’s Theatre Summer Main Stage Show of ONCE UPON A PALOOZA by reservation only. Please email us for your audition spot. Please prepare a short monologue to recite. 4:00PM to 9:00PM.

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JUNE 13

The Atlanta Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present a Family-Friendly Classic Car Cruise-Night and Homemade Ice Cream Contest! Individuals or Teams of 2-3 (commercial or non-profits) may enter. CONTEST DETAILS: Stop by the Chamber of Commerce M-F 9-4 to enter in ONE of the following categories: Fresh Fruit, Chocolate Variety, Vanilla Variety or Specialty Flavored. Free to Enter. A 4-quart or larger Ice Cream Machine is recommended, but not required. A one-pint container must be prepared separately for judging. Ice Creams should be made ahead and arrive already frozen. The Chamber of Commerce will provide tables and chairs for contestants to sit and serve the public. The Chamber will be selling tasting cups as a fundraiser. Just give samples and collect compliments until you’re all out! AWARDS: Individual and Team Awards will be given for each Flavor Category as well as an overall People’s Choice Award. And of Course Bragging Rights Are Included! For more information, 903-7963296

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Father’s Da y! JUNE 19

Grease is the Word Bowl-a-thon! Looking for something fun and family friendly to do this summer that isn’t out in the heat? Well here it is! $150 for a Team of 4-6 people, dinner included, your choice of hamburger or hot dog, chips and a drink! For $25 more enter the “Grease” theme costume contest as well! There will be silent auction, music, prizes and a great time! All money raised goes to Arkansas Children’s Hospital! 6:00PM to 8:00PM. For more info, 903.293.7734.

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Four States Auto Museum’s Cruise Nights. 4:00PM-8:00PM. Free - open to the public! 3rd and Hazel, Texarkana, AR. Door Prizes, music, 50/50 drawing, concessions. All vehicles welcome! Family fun! For more info, 903-8242722.

ARTS ON MAIN SUMMER CLASSES/CAMPS PRESENTED BY TRAHC Camps: Camp Create Jr. Ages 5-6. June 30-July 3 Picasso-rama Sr. Ages 7-8. June 16-20 Picasso-rama Jr. Ages 7-8. July 7-11. Open Studio III. Ages 15-18. July 7-11 ArtWall Camp Jr. Ages 6-8. July 14-18 Open Studio I. Ages 11-12. July 14-18. ArtWall Camp Sr. Ages 9-10. July 21-25 Open Studio II. Ages 13-14. July 28-August 1 Classes: Sculpt-a-rama Jr. Ages 6-8. June 9, 16, 23, 30 Sculpt-a-rama Sr. Ages 9-10. June 9, 16, 23, 30 Begining Mosaics (Evening). Ages 12+. June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Watercolors for Beginners. Ages 15+. June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Oil Painting for Beginners. Ages 15+. June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 To register or for more information contact Amy Donohoe at 903.792.8681 or adonohoe@trahc. org. 78

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CINCO DE MAYO GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITTING UNITED WAY OF GREATER TEXARKANA TEXARKANA GOLF RANCH • MAY 5, 2014

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The Texarkana Humane Society is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to re-homing orphaned animals, promoting the human-animal bond, preventing animal cruelty, educating children and adults about responsible pet ownership and preventing pet overpopulation. In order to reduce the number of unwanted animals and the euthanization of them at the shelter people need to spay/neuter their pets. The Texarkana Humane Society has a program to help individuals do this and urge everyone to get involved and tell your neighbor, family, and friends to be responsible and do their part in putting a stop to this problem here in our city. Have them contact us regarding our program. Call 903 8386334 and we will be glad to help you.

The Texarkana Humane Society is always needing volunteers as well as foster homes. If you would like to get involved and lend a helping hand they would love to talk with you. They are also needing the following items to help with the care of all the babies that come into foster: Puppy and kitten chow, formula for the babies, animal baby bottles, as well as monetary or debit card donations. We have a big need for individuals who have the time to bottle feed some of these babies. It is so sad when we cannot take any in because we are full and would welcome a few more bottle moms. It is a great experience as well as very rewarding taking care of these little ones. If you can help with donations or feeding call Sherrie at 903 838-6334. Volunteers who agree to provide a foster home for our strays are provided with medical care for the animals. The Humane Society pays for all immunizations and spays or neuters the animal.

Texarkana Humane Society

Our goal is to place these animals in permanent homes with responsible, loving pet owners. All of our services are provided through private donations from our community. Donations are accepted and needed! Our animal friends appreciate you and your donations are tax deductible! (The Humane Society is all volunteers and all money goes towards the animals.) We’ve got a full house! Please come visit us! You might find the addition your family has been looking for! Do you have an animal that needs a new home? Please don’t neglect it! Call us and let us help you find a foster home. We will list your animal on our Facebook page at no charge. Let us help! For more information, contact Sherrie Thompson, President, at 903.838.6334, or go to www. texarkanahumanesociety.com. We’re also on Facebook!

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The mission of the Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Arkansas is to be a technologically advanced, self sustaining, human and animal friendly facility that specializes in personal customer service from a team of knowledgeable, caring individuals who endeavor to achieve rapid placement of all adoptable animals. We are always in need of caring, capable volunteers to assist in with duties at the center, adoption events, fund-raising activities and more. Your tax-deductible donation will help care for and assist in the adoption of loving animals to good homes!

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The Animal Care & Adoption Center of Texarkana, Arkansas is located at 203 Harrison, Texarkana, AR, 71854. For more information, call Connie Slater at 870.773.6388, or visit www.animalcareadoptioncenter.org. We’re also on Facebook!

Artex Animal Welfare, Inc. (mostly horses) 903.824.1990 Poodle Patch & Friends poodlepatch@yahoo.com

We’re open Monday-Saturday from 10:00 - 5:00. Please note, all dogs adopted from this shelter MUST be spayed or neutered. Spays cost $89$104, neuters are $76-$92 depending on the weight of the dog.

Passion for Pooches (mostly small dogs) 903.832.8632 Texarkana Animal League 877.525.4825 Texarkana Reptile and Amphibian Rescue 903.809.3761

Little Paws Rescue

Little Paws Rescue is a small breed rescue, specializing in chihuahuas, poodles, and schnauzers. We accept owner surrenders and abandoned strays, as well as dogs from area animal shelters. All dogs available for adoption from Little Paws Rescue have been vaccinated, spayed/neutered, have begun flea/tick and heartworm preventative, and have received medical care for any prevailing health condition. For more information, contact Karen Goodwin: 903-280-3083; karengoodwin2004@msn.com; LittlePawsRescue2013@gmail.com; www.littlepaws-rescue. org; www.facebook.com/LittlePawsRescueTexarkana

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