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ALT magazine

October 2017 | Vol. 11, Issue 10

A LIGHT FOR THOSE IN NEED

Ashley Traweek shares her love of life and her smile with those in need.

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ALT magazine

contents October 2017/Volume 11/Issue 10

covering the ark-la-tex

THIS MONTH

REGULARS

12

A Light for Those in Need

58

Financial Focus

20

Holiday Catering

60

Fish Tales

28

Breast Cancer Awareness

62

Calendar of Events

34 Charitable Organizations

64

Local Rescues

48 Top Lawyer Nominees

66

Local Hot Spots

On the cover...

Ashley Traweek shines a light on those in need. Fo r a d ver t i s i n g info r m atio n, c all 903. 334. 9605 COO / PUBLISHER / FOUNDER Debbie Brower CO-FOUNDER Jaclyn Gooding SALES & MARKETING Debbie Brower Jaclyn Gooding 903.334.9605 GRAPHIC DESIGN Alyssa Bertrand PHOTOGRAPHY Alyssa Bertrand, Debbie Brower, Jaclyn Gooding, Sylvia Jennings, Karen Lansdell CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mike Brower, Dustin Stringer FEATURE WRITERS Anne Granado If you have an event you would like to include in our Upcoming Events section, please e-mail us at: info@alt-mag.com.

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From the Publisher I love fall. I think it might be my favorite season of the year. I love to watch as the leaves turn colors, falling to the ground, and creating a beautiful landscape across the area. Maybe it's the photographer in me, or maybe it's the fact that I love the cooler temperatures, but whatever the case, it's a wonderful time of year. The other major benefit of fall is that all of the holidays are coming soon! Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are wonderful times to have fun and enjoy family and friends. I am so thankful to have so many wonderful friends here. Although I wasn't born in Texarkana, I have lived most of my life here and feel as if I have been here forever. With the holidays, we always start planning on parties and dinners. I have learned in the past few years that it is much more enjoyable to have someone cook the food for me. I don't have the time or energy to spend hours in the kitchen -- and if you start adding up the expense, you can hire someone for about the same amount! You can always be choosy with what you get -whether it's a totally catered dinner, wings and veggies, pizza -- whatever you prefer -- the budget is yours to set. Check out the wonderful places we have in this area where you can either have food delivered, picked up, or just book a private room and you don't even have to mess your house up -- or in my case, clean your house and put your dogs up! LOL Just enjoy yourself and your friends. Isn't that what the holiday season is all about? Some who are less fortunate are unable to leave to go out. There are lots of great nursing facilities in our area to choose from. Ashley Traweek, our cover story, works for one. She brings joy to every resident living there. From dancing and singing in the hall, to sharing stories, she is there for whoever will watch and listen. I have known Ashley for quite some time, but I really got to know her over a dog -- who would have guessed? She adopted my foster dog, Puffin, and has been in love ever since. And I have loved Ashley for loving my baby. She truly shares her joy with every one and every creature she meets. So with this holiday season upon us, think about what you can do to share joy to others. Whether it's planning a party for your friends and family to attend, or going to be with someone who can not attend, make the CHOICE to help put a smile on someone's face. Your joy will increase ten-fold when you bless others.

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A LIGHT FOR THOSE IN NEED... VISIT, DANCE AND SMILE Ashley Traweek's life journey has taken her many places. The one she loves most is a part of her life she never even considered. Yet she would not change anything. It is what makes Ashley the person she has become.

Working in a nursing home had never crossed Ashley Traweek’s mind. In fact, Ashley’s mother in law always expressed a desire to work with the elderly, but the notion just went in one ear and out the other for Ashley. However, when the opportunity for a new job opened at a nursing home in town, Ashley was forever changed. “I think that people’s common perceptions of nursing homes are that they are cold and dreary,” Ashley says. “Nursing homes have gotten such a bad rap in the past that people are almost scared of them. However, today, things are really different.” Ashley moved to Texarkana with her husband, Robin, and their two kids, Cohen and Tindyl, in 2009. “We absolutely love it here! It is such a great small town community, and we couldn’t be happier,” Ashley says. “When we aren’t working we love spending time at home, grilling, watching movies and trying to keep up with our very active kids!” After they moved, Ashley worked for Dierksen Hospice until she took time off to stay at home with her daughter. However, Ashley had a friend who worked in long-term care, and she thought that Ashley would really be interested in a new job opening as the Marketing Director for a local ALT-Mag.com | October 2017 013


Ashley Traweek

Love, care and, at times, dancing nursing home in Texarkana. Ashley decided to look into it, and her bubbly personality and outgoing nature secured her the job on the spot even though, at the time, Ashley didn’t know anything about longterm care. Now, Ashley cannot see herself doing anything else. “I’ve prayed for years for the Lord to show me what my calling was, but I never would have thought this would be it,” Ashley says. “I never dreamed I would find my true calling at the age of 33 in a nursing home, but the Lord works in mysterious ways. I adore what I get to do everyday. Those sweet residents bring so much joy to my life and have changed me forever.” Ashley’s job is to bring new residents into the facility, so most of her day is spent out in the community. However, when she is in the facility, she loves to visit with the residents. “I see part of my job as being a light for the residents. I go up and down the hall to visit, dance, and make them smile,” Ashley says. “It takes a special person to work in a nursing home; you really have to have a heart for it, but, honestly, most people fall in love with the residents. They are so much fun!” There are many stories that Ashley cherishes from moments with the residents, and most of them are hilarious. “They have the funniest stories. You literally never know what you are going to get! It’s different every day,” Ashley says. “For example, I like to dance up and down the halls and try to lift their spirits! Although, one of my favorites would just shake her head at me and tell me to 'just stop.’ I would ask her, 'You don't like my dancing?’ She would tell me, 'It just gets old.' Another resident hated my hair! She would tell me everyday that I needed to go see her beautician and that maybe she could help make me look better. She would always tell me to go blonde, maybe that would help. So one day I came in wearing a blonde wig and she said, 'Oh that looks much better, but now what about those eyebrows?’ I'm telling you, I have the best job in the world!” 014 ALT Magazine | October 2017

Another great story is about the male resident who talks to Ashley every day. When she walks by, he says, “You look good enough to marry me!” Ashley always reminds him that she is already married, and he jokes back, “Well, you can get a deee-vorce!” Every day, Ashley and other employees work to make sure that their residents feel comfortable and happy. They plan activities all through the week. They have a van driver who will take residents to Wal-Mart and the mall. They also go to movies and get snow-cones or ice cream. “I think when people think of nursing homes they have this picture of residents stuck in their rooms with nurses in these white hats who are mean to them,” Ashley says. “And, we invite those people to come see our facilities. We just remodeled our buildings, and they have a fresh, contemporary feel. Plus, we have activities, ice-cream socials and parties. We want our residents to have fun.” When families come in to consider the facility for a loved one, Ashley understands why families can be hesitant and protective. After all, this is often the last stop for a loved one. However, she makes sure to tell them all one very important thing. “You are never going to find a perfect nursing home, just like there is never going to be a perfect school or business,” Ashley says. “However, if you ever come face to face with an issue that concerns you, express it. Let us fix it. The people we have working here love and care for our residents.” Ashley says that they have lots of volunteers. In fact, this year, they were able to have a dog parade for Memorial Day that residents loved, and an Easter Egg hunt which they invited local daycares to attend. Ashley says the residents loved watching the kids find the eggs, and they would often try to point a hidden egg out to a child who was searching. Seeing the residents with the kids made Ashley wish she could find more teenage volunteers. She hopes to find a way to partner with local organizations for high school and middle school kids. “Having young


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people visit brings them so much joy,” Ashley says. “Some of our residents have families who visit them, but so many of them are the last in their families or have very rare visitors. We want the nursing home to not be seen as a lonely place because we want our residents to think of this as their home. Not only do we provide social activities for residents to visit with each other, we want to bring people to the facility to brighten their day.” With everything they have planned and are doing to help their residents, they are excited about their new facilities, new ownership and management. Ashley says that the nurses and aides they have working really have a heart for elderly people. “I’m not going to sugar coat it, working in a nursing home is hard work. Our nurses and aides bust their tails every single day,” Ashley says. “They face mental and physical challenges, and some of them have to put up with so much and remain patient. However, without these

Ashley, Tindyl, Cohen and Robin

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Ashley and Robin

excellent nurses and aides, we wouldn’t be up and running. They deserve so much recognition. They are the backbone of the facility.” Even though nursing home workers do have to face challenging and sad times at their job, Ashley says that even those times can be worthwhile. For example, it’s helped Ashley appreciate the fragility of life when she sees patients and families who have to face the reality of a stroke or the personality change of dementia. “Faced with these diagnoses daily, I’ve learned that anything can happen. The truth is, we are all going to be here, at this stage, one day,” Ashley says. “Before you work here, you just don’t really dwell on it, but now it’s something I think about a lot. What kind of treatment and care do I want when I get older? What would I appreciate? That’s why we want our residents to feel like they are at home.”

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Charitable Organization

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION Domestic Violence Prevention, Inc. (DVP)

Prevention involves hosting trainings and

has provided education, intervention, and

other learning opportunities in order to

support to abused parties in the Texarkana

share knowledge on abusive behaviors

region for over 30 years. By offering their

with the public. These can have emphasis

services, they are able to help clients find

on communication and action, and are

alternative methods of coping with their

used to provide information to both

abuse, rather that leaving them helpless.

victims and non-victims. In a time where

DVP has served thousands of victims of

some unacceptable behaviors have

sexual, physical, and emotional abuse since

become normalized, it is important to

their creation in 1979.

educate potential victims on what they should and should not accept.

DVP focus on four major components: awareness, prevention, crisis assistance and overcoming the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault. Identification is a crucial first step in becoming aware of violent situations and helping to minimize them. Too often, victims conceal their opinions and actions in order to cope with their personal issues. By using awareness, they are able to recognize when these forms of camouflage are being used, and reach out.

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Terry Carlile Director of Marketing/Volunteer Coordinator “Not a day goes by that we are not proud of the work we’ve been able to do in our community. Watching clients come from abusive and stressful circumstances, and leaving our services calm and hopeful is not only rewarding, but fulfilling.

When something does happen, law enforcement or the victim reaches out to DVP. They either contact our 24/7 crisis line, or may even walk in for an appointment with an advocate. Staff can then consult with the victim to create a best course of action following the incident(s), with the victim’s safety in mind. They also have a shelter for those victims who have no place to go while the crisis is being addressed. To provide follow up services, they ensure victims are aware of their support groups, counseling, and other forms of support in the community. When Terry Carlile recently moved back into the area, he sought an occupation that went well with his public relations background. Having experience with community outreach, he found his new position as DVP’s Director of Marketing and Volunteer Coordinating to be a perfect fit. “DVP is important because it can be a valuable resource for anyone who finds themselves in violent situations,“ he stated. “I often hear when I visit in our communities, “I wish y’all were around” or “I wish I knew about your program years ago…” With an increased marketing campaign, DVP wants to ensure intersection with as many people, agencies and

business throughout the service area with information on the organization’s services. “Citizens are not aware that there are people who care, willing to offer information, and assist them when it comes to domestic violence and sexual assault issues. DVP has had several people coming to them with questions or in a tragic situation who found hope and healing. These success stories make us glad we could be a resource during that pivotal time in their life. “Not a day goes by that we are not proud of the work we’ve been able to do in our community. Watching clients come from abusive and stressful circumstances, and leaving our services calm and hopeful is not only rewarding, but fulfilling. We’ve seen so many people come through our office, and we can’t help but be inspired by every success.” More awareness and prevention training in our communities means more people are informed of the reality of domestic violence. If it’s a family member/ friend, they know who to call. If it’s the victim, they know there are resources available. DVP is steadily working to expand our partnerships with law enforcement, judges and other community support organizations. They also continue to ensure all grant funding requirements are accounted for with integrity. They also plan to identify more individual, business, organizations and grants to secure accomplishing their mission as they serve more people. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer or donate, please contact Terry at (903)794-4000. In case of a crisis, call our 24/7 line: 903-793-HELP. ALT-Mag.com | October 2017 035


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Charitable Organization

Program Impact... Tasha* was twenty weeks pregnant

determination that knew no bounds.

heart I felt this was the right thing to

when she first came to 1st Choice,

She had a plan, and she was sticking

do even though my mind kept tell-

and she was scared. She wasn't from

to it.

ing me I was making a mistake. By the time the day for the signing had

the area and had no family nearby. She shared that she had been raped

Tasha gave birth to a healthy baby

emerged I was at peace, and I wasn't

by an acquaintance and no longer

who she named and spent time caring

expecting that. I do miss her and think

felt safe to stay with him. Instead,

for, making memories that she would

about her everyday but I know that

she was living out of her car. She

cherish always. When the time came

this is best." Tasha has since found

met with a Client Advocate and dis-

to sign the papers that would sever

housing, a steady job, and completed

cussed all of her pregnancy options.

her parental rights forever, she did it

her certification in the medical field.

Afterward, Tasha showed an interest

with grace, confidence, and peace. Ta-

We are honored and blessed

in both abortion and adoption. That

sha knows that adoption didn’t make

to have been part of her

day was not an ultrasound day at

her any less of a mother, and the love

journey.

the Center, but one of our volunteer

she felt for her baby confirmed that.

sonographers agreed to come in.

When we asked if we could share

Once Tasha saw her baby on the ul-

her story this was her response: "I

trasound screen, she knew she could

really wanted to give up so many

not have an abortion, even though

times. When I lost my place and most

her family was suggesting that.

everything else, it broke me. I felt

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defeated. Then, bonding with The Center’s Adoption Coordina-

my baby, tending to her

tor gave her contact information

every need. In my

for several adoption agencies, and Tasha began the process that would

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even helped further her education. During her time there, she grew

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Empowering clients to parent to the best of their ability. 1st Choice Pregnancy Resource Center has been helping women (and men) facing an unplanned pregnancy in our community for over 40 years. Our mission is to empower and encourage those affected by an unintended pregnancy to choose life by providing limited medical and consultation services for pregnancy (and pregnancy loss), educational services, and Christian spiritual support. Kristie Wright, Executive Director, has been a part of 1st Choice since February 2013. Prior to that time, she had been a financial support but her schedule wouldn't allow her time to volunteer. "At the end of 2012, I was aware that Kim Banks, the previous Executive Director had left and felt led to apply for her position, having recently decided to leave my previous position at a local law firm. After much prayer, Proverbs 31:8, 'Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves' became the verse that confirmed this was where He wanted me to be," Kristie explains. 1st Choice primarily saves babies' lives, and also change the lives of their moms and dads in a positive way. Beyond that, 1st Choice is a caring, non-judgemental, safe place for people to come when facing difficult circumstances. No one is ever charged for their services.

Women who walk in wondering if they are capable of parenting leave knowing that there are resources to help them if they make that choice, and that adoption is a very loving option that is also available to them. They gain valuable skills so they are prepared to parent. Through our Earn While You Learn program, clients attend classes and earn Baby Bucks that can be used in our Mommy Store. Classes cover how to maintain a healthy pregnancy, how to prepare for delivery, how to care for a baby, safety at home and in the car, infant CPR, understanding a child's personality and how that can relate to discipline, potty training, life skills and Bible Study, and many others. There is even a course for daddies only. Items such as maternity and baby clothing, diapers, wipes, toiletries, blankets, and other necessary items are found in the Mommy Store. All these resources empower clients to parent to the best of their ability.

In 2016, 1st Choice served nearly 1200 people. These are men and women who live in our community who come from all walks of life--no one is denied service based on race, socioeconomic status, religion, or sexual orientation. The children of these clients as well as their extended families also benefit from services clients receive at the Center.

The organization now known as 1st Choice started in 1974 with a few caring individuals who wanted to provide emotional and spiritual support for anyone facing a crisis pregnancy, especially those contemplating abortion. Volunteers used space at a local church to meet with the women they assisted. Eventually, they leased space and

were able to employ staff. Over the years, they have moved several times, each time utilizing additional space to add services such as prenatal and parenting classes, the Mommy Store, and eventually ultrasound services. They have also added postabortion healing as well as abstinence education to their list of services. 1st Choice now operates at 602 Main Street, Tuesday-Friday, has 7 paid staff members, and utilizes over 50 volunteers. For the future, Kristie tell us that their goals include, "1) ensuring that every abortion-minded or abortion vulnerable woman in our area is aware of our services, making us her 1st Choice for information and support; 2) expanding services to include working with clients on specific concerns to positively impact their lives in the long term (education, housing, self-sufficiency), 3) helping more women find healing from the choice of past abortion(s) and 4) growing our endowment so that one day the organization might be selfsustaining. Each can be achieved through additional community support and involvement." If you would like to volunteer for 1st Choice, please contact them at (903) 792-5735. ALT-Mag.com | October 2017 039

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The Healing Place of Texarkana, is a one stop resource center, offering services free of charge to those in need. It is a place to connect them with the necessary tools for rebuilding their lives by teaching them how to overcome challenges. It is a home-like, peaceful atmosphere, safe haven and a place for many to begin their healing process. The Healing place is run by faithful volunteers throughout our community. Have you ever wanted to give back to your community on a personal level, and see the impact first hand? If so, they invite you to considering becoming a volunteer, mentor or monthly partner of The Healing Place. They are able to continue their efforts because of the generosity of kind-hearted people providing them with financial support. The Healing Place was established in March 2013 by a group of dedicated people with a heart to see the vision fulfilled given to visionary, Virginia G. Howard, by God. They became The Planning Committee and driving force behind the vision. They reached the community by partnering with others, attending

THE HEALING PLACE "We have been told by our guests that love is what they feel while at The Healing Place and it is the love that we give continues to bring them back."

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community events, school presentations, volunteering with other organizations and more. The Healing Place, established a serving others attitude and willingness to help where needed. According to Virginia, "We have been told by our guests that love is what they feel while at The Healing Place and it is the love that we give continues to bring them back. The family atmosphere gives everyone a chance to connect and get involved with one another." The entire family is impacted by the programs at The Healing Place -- Men, Women & Children. Those include Support Groups, Women’s Career Development & Job Readiness, Counseling, GED Program, Resource Closet (providing household items to senior citizens and single mothers), Back To School Empowerment Bash, School Presentations, Girls & Young Women Mentoring Programs, Computer Training and Volunteer Opportunities. "We measure our outcomes by individual needs and success stories," Virginia shares. "This is done by establishing relationships with our clients and by taking a journey a long side them. To sum it up.. We get involved! Our Target Areas: Poverty & Education within our community. About one child in four has a family that struggles to pay for basic needs such as rent, food and utilities. " When adversity in their lives goes unaddressed, many low-income children will enter school without the necessary skills for a strong start and there is a great percentage of children who will never graduate from high school. Is this a problem happening in our communities? Yes! This will cause many parents not to be prepared to compete for the abundance of good jobs


available, most of which require a college degree or post-secondary certificate. This will become a repeated cycle, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy and an increase of crime. "Do you see the need for community outreach centers? I sure do," Virginia exclaims. Programs and partnerships are developed based on needs within our community. Outcomes are measured periodically by their board of directors and volunteer program directors. The numbers of clients continues to increase within our community. They also provide our volunteers with ongoing training, support and scholarship programs through their mentors (Association of Gospel Rescue Missions). The Healing Place is an active member of AGRM. Our goal for the future is to establish well-structured programs by partnering with local churches, businesses, charities and or individuals with a heart for an all about healthier community. By helping to create community conditions that support the region’s most vulnerable families in critical ways, we can increase their chances of having stable housing, finding employment, building a secure future, and raising healthy, confident children who will succeed in school, in college, and life. What Does A Healthy Community Look Like?: In order to bring about a healthy community; a collaborative approach is needed, by creating a strong network of committed partners, willing to work together in hopes to see a healthier community. The Healing Place will develop effective programs that will coincide with like-minded individuals to work as partners in the public, private and non-profit sectors – including the regional and local philanthropic community – to create pathways to opportunity for every child and family in need of their services. The need for strong communities: They need the capacity

to create opportunities and solve their own problems. With our local partners, we are better able to understand and address the needs of vulnerable families. In order to create a strong community, trust must be earned and welcomed by the community and the partners. This could be established through successful relationship building methods. They are looking for ways to create oneness, kindness, support and love. This is a great opportunity, for The Healing Place to introduce to those they serve the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a faith-based organization, our main goal is to offer others a chance to a better way of life by having a personal relationship with Jesus. If you would like to volunteer with the Healing Place, please contact them at (870) 779-9232.

The Healing Place has made a personal impact in my life and my children's lives in a number of ways. From the moment of my very first encounter at The Healing Place I have continued to experience an atmosphere that radiates love. My children and I were blessed with a Christmas tree. My oldest daughter, Tatianna, shared that Christmas 2016 was the best Christmas she had ever experienced. My daughter told me that Ms. Virginia is friendly to her and she admires her. Shortly thereafter, I told Ms. Virginia. Since then, she and my daughter have developed an even greater bond through mentorship. My daughter is learning to walk in her purpose as a royal Black Diamond. As great as it has been to receive from The Healing Place, it has been even greater to give. As a family, my daughters, Grace and Tatianna, have had the opportunity to volunteer at The Healing Place for our 4th Annual Back 2 School Bash. We look forward to even more opportunities to serve and bless others through The Healing Place. ~Tomeka

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Charitable Organization

"Every kid, Everywhere, for Eternity." One of the best things about Young Life is the way they make room for every kind of kid, especially students who have no previous involvement in church or who may be indifferent or turned off by the concept of God. They love students where they are, regardless of their responses, in an engaging and challenging way. Through relationships and fun, they reach out to students who may be ignored or overlooked.

Since adolescence Adam Sloan felt a call to ministry. As a child, he dreamt of missionary journeys. As a teen he became a licensed minister and took his first position as a youth pastor. Since then, he has spent his time pursuing God’s ways and plan for his life, especially as it pertains to ministry for the next generation. In adulthood, he has had the honor of seeing Him orchestrate his childhood dreams, adolescent ambitions, and ministry pursuits in a beautiful new way. This culmination led him in a new direction to local missions through Young Life. The best part is that he and his wife Emily are answering this call as a husband and wife duo! Adam shares their story...

Every kid, everywhere, for eternity. It's not just a Young Life motto, it's a desire that drives us to do what it takes to love the unloved, befriend the friendless, and make the goodness of our God known. The mission of Young Life is going strong in the Greater Texarkana area and it is our pleasure to carry the banner. Eyes fixed on the prize, til every student hears about the love of Christ." Young Life doesn't start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don't happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.

"We married in 2007. We “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and Young Life leaders log many first met in church and both produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you hours with kids — where they attended the University of ask for, using my name.” - John 15:16 “If a man has a hundred are, as they are. They listen to Central Arkansas in Conway. sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave their stories and learn what's It’s God's design that a wife the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the important to them because be a helpmate but I have need one that is lost until he finds it?” Luke 15:4" they genuinely care about their of this in a more literal way joys, triumphs, heartaches and than most. I was diagnosed setbacks. It's all about loving with a rare visual disease in kids regardless of their responses. 2003 rendering me disabled of doing some things on my own. I’ve learned that the very things we think will disqualify us They believe in the power of presence. Kids' lives are dramatically from fulfilling our call, can actually position us exactly where influenced when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God's God wants us when we surrender our brokenness to Him. We love with them. Because their Young Life leader believes in them, are proud to answer our call in unity. Emily is my best friend, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning and my right hand, my eyes, and my complement. purpose. With our combined experience in service, leadership, This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make mentorship, pastoring and worship, our journey has led us today, based upon God's love for them, will have an impact on future to do ministry in many forms. In 2012, we started a new decisions — careers chosen, marriages formed and families raised — ministry in Fouke, AR, that is an outreach to unchurched, at all ripples from the time when a Young Life leader risk students. We had no idea at the time took time to reach out and enter their world. that the mission and method of our ministry mirrored Young Life. We began volunteering Young Life in Texarkana is currently made up and launched Young Life College in of participants spanning Middle School, High Texarkana in the fall of 2016. When the School, and College. With new found support Texarkana staff position came open in from local churches and businesses, increased spring 2017, it seemed a natural fit and a volunteer numbers, and student involvement challenge for which we felt well suited. 044 ALT Magazine | October 2017


from every corner of the Texarkana area, they renamed our local mission "Greater Texarkana Young Life". The new name reflects a new era for Young Life in Texarkana where the focus is the entire community. Their current ministry strategy employs citywide clubs because by crossing state line, school districts, and denominational affiliations, they can do well rounded and inclusive ministry that makes room for every student. Volunteer leaders, parents, and partners are positively impacted as well. It’s caring adults who take an interest in area youth and the community that ultimately make Young Life work! Leaders volunteer their time to create quality clubs as well as training to lead campaigner groups and attend camps. Two thirds of the leaders are working professionals and teachers, half of which are in active ministry with local churches or have previous ministry training. The other one third are college students in leader development with Young Life, serving other students. Texarkana is not only a hub to outlying communities for industry and commerce, but for ministry as well. Hopefully Greater Texarkana Young Life will grow as a ministry whose reach extends to both sides of the state line and beyond. "We grow relationships, build families, mentor and develop leaders, and watch as students come alive through the challenge and adventure found in the message of Christ," Adam explains. "We

stick with students as long as they let us with the goal being, them living the life God dreamed for them." Young Life has several goals for the future, which they plan to accomplish through prayer, relationships and training. They include: Develop and build a team of well-rounded leaders with hearts to serve students and build the Kingdom. Grow our campus and event presence through contact work and ministry partnerships. Re-establish Campaigners by grouping students with trained leaders. Double our current volunteer base with quality people called to serve different age groups. Grow WyldLife and Young Life Clubs through prayer, diligence, and contact work. Continue to disciple and train college age leaders that serve their peers and younger students. Continue building a diverse, strong, invested committee to serve our area that are passionate about community and students coming to know Christ. If you are interested in volunteering with Greater Texarkana Young Life, please contact Adam at 501.733.7190.

GREATER TEXARKANA YOUNG LIFE WE GROW RELATIONSHIPS

EVERY KID, EVERYWHERE, FOR ETERNITY "Jurman began attending clubs on Friday nights when he was in 6th grade. I would pick him up and drop him off since his mom was disabled. Jurman wanted to go to Young Life camp that first summer but never told his mom - knowing they wouldn't be able to afford it. When we found out, we raised money to make sure Jurman attended camp. Just a few weeks after returning home from camp Jurman's mom passed away. Jurman and his 3 siblings were all split to go live with different people. He moved from relative to relative before finally moving in with his 19 year old brother. We stayed in contact with Jurman and he continued to attend club and camp again the next summer. In September of 2016 Jurman's brother contacted me and said he could no longer take care of him and asked if Jurman could come live with us. Having 4 children and not fitting in our home I didn't see how this would be possible. My son decided to move out and give Jurman his room. On October 9, 2016, Jurman moved into our home to become part of our family indefinitely. He has changed our home with his upbeat personality and positive perspective on life. Through Young Life, Jurman's life and my life have been impacted forever." ~ Marsha Geraci, Young Life Volunteer ALT-Mag.com | October 2017 045


Charitable Organization

A link to our past...

Texarkana Museum Systems safeguards the history of our region -- organizations, people, ways of life that have faded from day to day existence find a home and value within our buildings, our archives and our collections. They have wedding photographs, letters, dental tools, swords, videos that each tell a story of a person or a time that quite possibly might only be

Texarkana Museum Systems 1978 caboose with wheel-driven electrical generator provides a window into daily life on the rails. (Ahern@TexarkanaMuseums.org)

documented within our collection. They

Velvet Hall Cool, Board President, became involved

house over 60,000 objects in an effort to

in the Texarkana Museums System through her good

preserve our regional history.

friend and fellow Board Member, Jeff Brown. They served together on the Literacy Council Board and he thought she might be a good fit for the museums.

The Texarkana Museums System (TMS) operates

According to Velvet, "Personally, I think he was spot on.

four locations in historic downtown Texarkana.

I absolutely love working with the museums. Each one

They provide regular tours of the following:

is varied and allows me to focus on different aspects I

enjoy."

Museum of Regional History (MoRH) featuring local and regional history artifacts, exhibits

and information.

It's an incredible feeling to see the joy of a visitor

(MoRH@TexarkanaMuseums.org)

remembering the dishes from Miss Olivia's

Discovery Place Interactive Museum with

kitchen in the Ace of Clubs House as the same

hands-on technology, science, performing arts

dishes her great grandmother had. Or the

and natural science exhibits.

excitement of a child pulling a fuse out of an old

(Discovery@TexarkanaMuseums.org)

car at Discovery Place's Annual Tinkerfest. The

Ace of Clubs House, an interpretive historic

exhibits are crafted from their collection - vintage

home dating from 1885 to the 1940s and

hats, wedding dresses, fans. "We serve our entire

showcasing the furnishings, lifestyle and

region from the young children to the older

habits of the Victorian Era.

generations. Hopefully, we are inspiring current

(AceofClubs@TexarkanaMuseums.org)

and future generations to embrace and value the

P. J. Ahern Home, an interpretive historic

past and to learn lessons from those that have

home dating from 1905 highlighting the

gone before us," Velvet shares.

Edwardian and pre-World War I eras with a look at the loves of the Ahern family and their

Over the past 3 years, TMS has significantly

servants.

increased their event schedules and exhibits. We

(Ahern@TexarkanaMuseums.org)

have added monthly events at each location and worked hard to incorporate activities for youth

They also provide tours of the City of Texarkana,

at all of locations. They have increased public

Arkansas Southern Pacific Caboose, a restored

awareness of what they have to offer and what

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they need of the community to continue to exist. TMS's goal for the future is to address maintenance and restoration issues at their historical properties, as well as provide stability for the Museum of Regional History, the Ace of Clubs House and the P. J. Ahern Home. These buildings are all on historic registers. As with any non-profit - their main barrier is always funding. They will be reaching out to our community for support and in order to secure that support, our community must recognize and value these structures like they do. One of those people is Dr. Cordell Klein. "I have known Dr. Cordell Klein through church for many years but never realized what a huge supporter of the Texarkana Museums System he was until I joined the board," Velvet states. "When family comes to town, he takes them to tour the Ace of Clubs House. When we have an event that he can volunteer at, he says yes without blinking an eye and he always calls me at the end of the year to meet and present the museum system with a donation for a new window or other need at the Ace of Clubs House. I have found it wonderful to be involved with an organization that inspires this kind of love and

This organization impacts those that have a love of history, of their past and those that have a vision for their future. Without examining our past, we cannot chart a reasonable path for our future.

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TEXARKANA'S TOP LAWYER NOMINATIONS 2017

ADMINISTRATIVE/ REGULATORY LAW Greg Giles Moore, Giles, & Matteson George Matteson Law Office of George Matteson David Ruff Law Office of David Ruff Phillip Jordan Jordan Law Firm LLP Darby Doan Haltom & Doan Jennifer Doan Haltom & Doan Jim Haltom Haltom & Doan

APPELLATE PRACTICE Jonathon Ross, Assistant US Attorney US Attorneys Office

Ryan Locker, Assistant US Attorney US Attorneys Office Troy Hornsby Miller, James, Miller, & Hornsby LLC John Mercy Mercy Carter Tidwell, LLP Lisa McPherson Langdon Davis Law Firm Donald R. Ross Haltom & Doan Lauren Sutton Richards, Asst. District Attorney Bowie County District Attorney

BANKING & FINANCE LAW Cory Floyd Norton & Wood LLP Rob McGinnis Law Office of Rob Mcginnis Kyle Davis Langdon Davis Law Firm Nick Newton Langdon Davis Law Firm

BANKRUPTCY AND CREDITOR David James Miller, James, Miller & Hornsby, LLP Rodney McDaniel McDaniel Law Office David Ruff Law Office of David Ruff

BUSINESS ORGANIZATIONS David Glass Smith Weber Law Firm Troy Hornsby Miller, James, Miller, & Hornsby LLC Kyle Davis Langdon Davis Law Firm Nick Newton Langdon Davis Law Firm Phillip Jordan Jordan Law Firm LLP Wes Jordan Jordan Law Firm LLP

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Law is one of the world’s oldest professions, dating back to ancient Greece. The first “lawyers” were actually orators (public speakers) who become advocates for people by writing speeches for litigants and occasionally speaking in front of a jury as witnesses for them. However, it was against the law for orators to receive payment for their services and therefore law only became an actual profession when this law was abolished in Ancient Rome – around 200BC! When the law profession was legalized, the criteria to become a lawyer became more difficult than just being a good speaker. By 380BC advocates were studying law and had to be enrolled on the bar of the court, which is quite similar to how it works today. Mike Lusk Law Office of Mike Lusk

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Bruce Condit Law Office of Bruce Condit

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Demaris Hart Langdon Davis Law Firm

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LABOR LAW

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David Carter Mercy Carter Tidwell, LLP

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Here's a list of famous people who attended law school (at least partially), but are known for something other than the law.

Novelist Henry James Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi Former St. Louis Cardinals skipper Tony La Russa The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek 26 of 44 U.S. Presidents including such notables as both Adams, Lincoln, Arthur (oh yes), FDR, and Obama Author John Grisham "Law & Order" actor and former US Senator Fred Thompson "Ozzie and Harriet Show" star Ozzie Nelson

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Kelly Tidwell Patton, Tidwell & Culbertson LLP Ben King Nix Patterson & Roach Monty G. Murry Murry & Hudspeth David Carter Mercy Carter Tidwell, LLP Mark Burgess Mark Burgess Law Firm Darren Anderson Law Office of Darren Anderson

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Brent Langdon Langdon Davis Law Firm Darby Doan Haltom & Doan John Thane Haltom & Doan Brandon Cogburn Atchley, Russell, Waldrop, and Hlavinka, LLP

PRODUCT LIABILITY PLAINTIFFS Howard Mowery Spicer Rudstrom PLLC

REAL ESTATE LAW Mike Unger Unger Law Firm Bobby Howell Langdon Davis Law Firm Mark Elliott Langdon Davis Law Firm Nick Newton Langdon Davis Law Firm Wes Jordan Jordan Law Firm LLP Mike Brock J. Michael Brock, PLLC Jennifer Doan Haltom & Doan Don Capshaw Capshaw Green, PLLC


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Greg Giles Moore, Giles, & Matteson

Kyle Davis Langdon Davis Law Firm

John Ross Ross & Shoalmire, LLP

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Fred Norton Norton & Wood LLP

Jeff Elliott Elliot Law Firm

Ed Miller Miller James Miller & Hornsby LLP

TEXARKANA'S TOP LAWYER

Bobby Howell Langdon Davis Law Firm

Howard Mowery Spicer Rudstrom PLLC

Kyles Davis Langdon Davis Law Firm

Monty G. Murry Murry & Hudspeth

Mark Elliot Langdon Davis Law Firm

Paul Miller Miller, James, Miller, & Hornsby LLC

Randal Smolarz Smolarz Law Firm

Nick Newton Langdon Davis Law Firm

David James Miller, James, Miller & Hornsby, LLP

Ben King Nix Patterson & Roach

Mike Brock J. Michael Brock, PLLC

John Mercy Mercy Carter Tidwell, LLP

George Matteson Law Office of George Matteson

Don Capshaw Capshaw Green, PLLC

Mark Burgess Mark Burgess Law Firm

Cade Mayo J. Michael Brock, PLLC

Tina Green Capshaw Green, PLLC

Bruce Condit Law Office of Bruce Condit

Catherine Maness Haltom & Doan

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David Glass Smith Weber Law Firm

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Stanley Gardner, Perry Mason’s creator, wasn’t your typical lawyer. He started on the same path, but was suspended from the Valparaiso University School of Law in Indiana after just one month of attendance due to a “distracting interest in boxing,” according to the New York Times. That led to him dropping out, moving back to California, studying for the bar on his own, and passing it in 1911. And while he enjoyed litigation and developing trial strategy, he was ultimately bored by legal practice 056 Magazine | October 2017 itselfALT . When his writing took off , he was only too happy to leave it behind.

Butch Dunbar Dunbar & Morgan LLP Jason Horton Jason Horton Law Office

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Fish Tales with Mike Brower Hurricanes, Water and Pups Last month after Harvey hit the South Texas coast there were a lot of people and animals in danger. People left as best they could, both before and after Harvey came ashore. What is the sad untold story is that some people left their dogs and cats, as well as other livestock, to die in the storm. As some of you know we took animal food and supplies down on Labor Day. After we made our delivery to a rescue, one of the dog rescue volunteers informed us that there was a volunteer fire department in a rural area about ten miles away that had run out of dog and cat food. They were down to giving out ½ of a sandwich baggie so they could stretch it out. Paul Sarna and I re-loaded our trailer with about 2,000 pounds of dog and cat food, and someone who knew where to go, and off we went. When we got there, word had already gotten to them we were coming and they were ecstatic to see us. One lady told me through tears that people were coming to get food for their animals and not for themselves. These people were more concerned about their animals welfare than they were about themselves. Contrast that with the idiots who left their animals to die because they did not feel any responsibility to take them with them when they left. The lady also told us that a couple of blocks away there was a dog rescue that they evacuated with flat bottom boats as the water from a creek was rising. They got 130 dogs out of there before they drowned. Contrast that to the morons who left their animals in crates or chained in yard only to drown in the rising water. If you own an animal, then it is your responsibility to take care of the animal, PERIOD. End of rant.

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Thursday, October 5

Diamonds for Doorways 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Mingle with great company, enjoy excellent food by Julie's Deli and attend the evening of the year! Habitat for humanity has partnered with several local companies to make this a special night. This event is to create awareness for our local habitat chapter. Tickets are $100 each and limited to 120 attendees, they can be purchased at eventbrite.com by searching Texarkana, habitat for humanity. You can also email us at habitattexarkana@gmail.com with questions or ticket orders. Downtown at the historic Silvermoon on Broad. 215 broad street Texarkana , TX 75501 903-733-4907

Thursday, October 5

Texarkana USA Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council 35th Annual Industry Appreciation Golf Tournament 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Texarkana Country Club 1 Country Club Ln. Texarkana, AR 71854 (903) 792-7191

Saturday, October 7

Transformation Center International is hosting a Community Bazaar 8:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. Food, second chance sale, local businesses, vendors, car wash and much more. Vendor space available for $25. If you are interested in participating you may contact Angela Thompson @ 903-3065731 or email agalefranklin@yahoo.com or tcikingdomembassy@gmail.com. Transformation Center International 1111 Hazel St. Texarkana, Texas 75501

Saturday, October 7

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Saturday, October 7

Let's Glow For A Run 5K Hosted by the Atlanta Area Chamber of Commerce, this unique 5K is always a blast! A night run, we work diligently to provide a safe route while still creating a unique race experience! We don't sweat... we GLOW! 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. www.runsignup.com/letsglowforarun

Saturday, October 7

Dine on the Line 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Main Street Texarkana on State Line Ave in front of Post Office, Texarkana, TX Main Street Texarkana's third annual fundraiser offering food, live music and fun for the entire family. Bringing Arkansas and Texas together right on the state line to celebrate and support historic Downtown Texarkana! For tickets and more info visit www.dotl2017. eventbrite.com (903) 792-7191

Saturday, October 7

United Way of Greater Texarkana presents Battle on the Border Festival 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Benefiting Dolly Parton’s “Imagination Library”. Local bands compete for prize money. International Chili Society’s Chili Cook Off, merchandise and food vendors, adult beverages and much more. All net proceeds to benefit the Imagination Library. Sponsorships are available by calling the UWGT office, 903-794-3105. $10 tickets at the door or in advance. 214 Spruce Texarkana, TX 75503 Spring Lake Park 903-794-3105

Saturday, October 7

October 7th at MoRH - History and Mystery of the Hotel Grim. Photos and ephemera from the Hotel Grimm will be up for the month of October in the Museum of Regional History at 219 N Stateline to highlight this historic building which will soon be renovated in downtown

Texarkana. Join us as we discuss the history of the building, its outstanding architecture and the frequent questions asked about this treasure. 903-793-4831 for more information.

Wednesday, October 11

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. The Alzheimer’s Association Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters workshop University of Arkansas Texarkana TPK 102 U of A way Texarkana, AR 71854 501-265-0027

Thursday, October 12

Ribbon Cutting - Paychex, Inc. 9:30 a.m. 819 N State Line Ave Texarkana, TX 75501 (903) 792-7191

Saturday, October 14

Golf Tournament hosted by Texarkana, TX Elks Lodge to benefit special needs kids camp. 9:00 a.m. Texarkana Golf Ranch 7401 University Ave. 2 man scramble For more info email: ttmac228@aol.com or call Terry 903-277-9456

Saturday, October 14

Hospice of Texarkana’s 8th Annual “Jeans & Bling” 7:00 p.m. The 8th annual event features popular country singer Lucas Hoge and band from Nashville, Tenn. Guests will enjoy BBQ, the Sing at the Bling Lip Sync Challenge, a Silent Auction, Raffles and games. Proceeds stay local and benefit the non-profit’s Hospice Care Center. Event Tickets are on sale for $60 at HospiceofTexarkana.org or at 2407 Galleria Oaks Dr., Texarkana. For info, call 903-7944263. Texarkana Convention Center 2910 South Cowhorn Creek Loop Texarkana,TX, X 75503 903-794-4263


Saturday, October 14

October 21st at Ace of Clubs House - Join us for a children’s workshop on the Wizard of Dinosaurs: Fossils Exposed arrives at Discovery Oz. Come decorate your own yellow brick, Place Interactive Museum at 215 Pine St. in make ruby slippers and learn more about the downtown Texarkana. Explore the bones and Victorian period during which the novel, the fossils belonging to the giant creatures that Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was written. The once roamed the Earth. View and even touch film will be shown on the Lawn of the Ace six full dinosaur skeletal molds including a of Clubs House on Friday October 20th as Triceratops, Tyrannosaurs Rex and Velociraptor. part of the Moonlight & Movies series and See molds of skulls, arms, legs, eggs, footprints the workshop is on Saturday October 21st at and a 6-foot-1 Apatosaurus femur. Enjoy a 2:30pm. Both are free for members, and the dig box with paleontology tools to unearth film is $3 and the workshop $5 for others. dinosaur bones. 903-793-4831 for more 903-793-4831 for more information. information.

Monday, October 23

26th Annual Taste of Texarkana 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Voted one of the top 5 Best Charity Events in Texarkana. Taste of Texarkana brings many local top restaurants and vendors to the Four States Fairgrounds to showcase their culinary cuisine for over 1,500 guest. To reserve your space please contact Harvest Regional Food Bank. Four States Fairgrounds 3700 East 50th Street Texarkana, AR 71854 870-774-1398

Friday, October 20

Hospice of Texarkana Fall Festival for adults. This event is FREE! 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at their Care Center, 2407 Galleria Oaks Dr., Texarkana, Texas. If you would like to be a vendor or have questions, call Debra or Nicole at 903-7944263.

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service will be conducting the Miller County Master Gardener Training Program in October. The classes will meet October 23, 24, 26, 27, 31, and November 3, 2017. A completed application is required and may be obtained by calling 870-779-3609. Deadline for applying is September 15th.

Friday, October 27

Charity Dinner 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. $25 RSVP www.gatheringofauthors.com Keynote Speaker: Dusty Richards St. Jude and Arkansas Children’s Family will tell their stories. LIVE Auction items like Dillards basket, Yeti Hopper 40, Fine Dining gift certificate basket worth over $500.00, Home items from Gateway Furniture, and much more.

Saturday, October 28

T-Town Reunion cruise Trinity Baptist Church 3115 Trinity Blvd. Texarkana, AR. Free admission for participants & spectators - Open to all antique, classics, muscle cars & street rods. Will have food, oldies music, door prizes & fun for entire family. Bring your lawn chairs & enjoy seeing all the beautiful cars & trucks.

8th Annual Fall “Gathering of Authors” 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 35-40 authors attending to meet, visit and autograph. Kid's Corner with arts, crafts, reading and games for kids. Lots of door prizes! The morning of the event from 8:00 – 8:45 am and 9:00 – 9:45 am we will have special sessions going on in the two speaking rooms as you pass the front desk. www. gatheringofauthors.com Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center 5200 Convention Plaza Dr. Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Arkansas Children’s Hospital

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October 28th brings a Family centered mystery party to the P. J. Ahern Home at 403 Laurel St. in historic downtown Texarkana, it's time for kids & family to solve the Wacky Pumpkin Town Panic. In this Mystery Party, as the town’s people are set to arrive in their best Halloween fashion in anticipation of the annual ultracompetitive Pumpkin Carving Challenge and Giant Pumpkin Contests! The guests will kick off the party with spooky food while having a blast competing with fun Halloween party games! It is rumored that some guests may have shocking news to unveil while others have been reported to be acting strange as ever. Let’s hope all goes as planned on this night in Pumpkin Town as we all work together to solve the mystery! $15 each/ Family of 4 only $50. Members receive a $5 discount each. 903793-4831 for more information.

Fridays in October

Moonlight & Movies every Friday in October at the Ace of Clubs House October 6th Whatever Happened to Baby Jane October 13th Dr. Strangelove October 20th The Wizard of Oz October 27th The Wiz Movies are $3 for non members and FREE for members. Begin at Sundown. October 31st - ROCKY HORROR Rocky Horror is $5 for non members and FREE for members. Begin at Sundown. Special Midnight Showing. 903-793-4831 for more information.

Saturday, November 4

Booze, Blues & Shoes, A Gatsby Extravaganza Texarkana Museum Systems is hosting a 1920's night of food, fashion and festivities at Silvermoon on Broad. Tickets are $50 per person. 903-793-4831 for more information.

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Join the TSO for opening night featuring grand romantic music inspired by the Fountains of Rome to the Great Gate of Kiev! CITY

Saturday, October 14, 2017 Historic Perot Theatre: 7:30PM

PROU DLY SPONSOR ED I N PA RT BY:

Tchaikovsky: Capriccio italien, op. 45 Respighi: Fountains of Rome Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

903-792-4992 / TEXARKANASYMPHONY.ORG

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Tuesday, October 17

3rd Annual Worthy of Warmth 5K/10K. TAMU-Texarkana, 7 am Signup, 8:30 am Race Starts, 9:30 am Kids Fun Run. Entry Fee: New or Slightly Warm Coat or $25 -- all coats collected will be given away in our local community to people in need.

Anonymous Music-Lover (BancorpSouth Trustee) Remica and Danny Gray Suzy and Victor Hlavinka Martha and Josh Morriss, Jr.

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Local Rescues

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

Campus

Charlie

Boxer Rescue of Texarkana Texarkana Animal League

Lexi

Kitties Pad Rescue

Yeti

Passion For Pooches

ATLANTA ANIMAL LEAGUE Facebook.com/ AtlantaAnimalLeague BOXER RESCUE OF TEXARKANA Facebook.com/ BoxerRescueOfTexarkana KITTIES PAD RESCUE Facebook.com/TheKittiesPad MUTTLEY CREW GERMAN SHEPHERD RESCUE Facebook.com/ MuttleyCrewRescue POODLE PATCH RESCUE INC PoodlePatchRescue.com PASSION FOR POOCHES (mostly small dogs) Facebook.com/passionforpooches

Annie - Arklatex Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Tasha & Sasha

Texarkana Humane Society

Tracker

Muttley Crew

Aubrey

Poodle Patch Rescue Inc.

ANIMAL CARE & ADOPTION CENTER

TEXARKANA ANIMAL LEAGUE Facebook.com/ TexarkanaAnimalLeague TEXARKANA HUMANE SOCIETY TexarkanaHumaneSociety.org Facebook.com/ TexarkanaHumaneSocietyInc TEXARKANA REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN RESCUE Facebook.com/TkReptileRescue TOBY’S TALES (mostly wildlife) Facebook.com/Tobysname

Bruce Wayne

Texarkana Humane Society

Lita

Treble

Morrison

Goldie

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. animalcareadoptioncenter.org or www.facebook.com/AnimalCare 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.

Mufasa

Rosco

Ransome

Ruffles

Jubilee

Soot

Cardio

Venture

Winston

Cookie

Pumpernickle

Missy

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

WE’RE OPEN! M-F 11A-5P & SAT 11A-2P


I MAY HAVE 9 LIVES, BUT NONE OF THEM SHOULD BE SPENT IN A SHELTER.

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5820 Richmond Rd. | Texarkana, TX 75503 | (877) 525-4825 | Fax: (870) 330-0057 info@texarkanaanimalleague.org | TexarkanaAnimalLeague.org


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. Women for A&M-Texarkana Gourmet Brunch August 26, 2017 More than 100 Women for A&M-Texarkana members and friends of the university gathered in the Tri-State Iron & Metal Atrium on the Texas A&M University-Texarkana campus Aug. 26 for the annual Gourmet Brunch, featuring Executive Chef Matt Balke of Bolsa in Dallas, which has been recognized by USA Today as one of the “10 Tastiest Places to Chow Down in the Bishop Arts District.” The brunch was prepared by Silver Spoon of Texarkana. Pianist Kevin Zaliski provided music for the event.

Bella Fuqua, Whitney Fuqua, Clara Ayres

Char Crane, Pat Nance, Dr. Emily Cutrer, Bertie Norton, Pollyann Powers

Cindy Porter, Erica Cain

Dee Reece, Jo Ann Rice

Doris Davis, Ginger Ells

Dr. Emily Cutrer, Chris Terry, Dee Reece, Sara Bennett

Genia Bullock, Robin Hickerson

Jennifer Page, Lekia Jones

Jill Whittington, Rachael Schwartz, Denise Schwartz

Jo Melde, Vicki Huckabee

LeAnne Wright, Jon McCarty

Nancy King, Diane Green

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Patsy Morriss, Anne Douglas

Patsy Morriss, Corey, Chef Matt Balke, Courtney Boeckmann

Trudy Spencer, Chef Matt Balke, Laura Spencer

Susan Keeney, Sherry Hawkins

Susan Nawrocki, Beverly Carter

LOCAL HOT SPOTS Hands On Texarkana August 24, 2017

HandsOn Texarkana: Dragon Boat Volunteers - Jamie Sheets, Elane Jewell, Brian Goesle, Jackie Gonzalez, Sophie Baker, Jessica Harmon, Madison Owens

HandsOn Texarkana: Transportation Program – Diana Greenlee

HandsOn Texarkana: Board Members - Tess Baker, Elaine Chriestenson, Terrica Kirk, Mary O’Farrell, Sydney Schoen, and Transportation Program - Donna Stewart

Director of the Year HandsOn Texarkana: Ruth Ellen Whitt

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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. Hands On Texarkana August 24, 2017

Cathy VanHerpen and Russell Allen

Elane and Justin Jewell

Housing Authority of the City of Texarkana, Texas: Victoria Pennington and Kevin Lambert

Jessica Harmon, Madison Owens and Jackie Gonzalez

Texarkana Arkansas High School Interact Club: Tonya Dunphy Instructional Facilitator, Volunteers – Mahogany Rowe, Kate Ali Milligan - Volunteer of the Year, and Kate Todd

Marie Benson Award: Cathy and Mark VanHerpen

Susan Whitten, Jamie Sheets and Kathey Graves

First Choice Pregnancy Resource Center: Jeannett Gerth, Samantha Knox, Lisa Rogers, Ronnie Mendoza, Tonya Ethridge and Laura McDowell

Girl Scouts: Emily Eudy, Tonja Gregory and Valarie Poteet

Pam Williamson, Peggy Burson and Barbara Elem

Antioch Christian Church Disciples of Christ: Donnie and Sissie Allen, and Doris and Johnny Lynn

Literacy Council of Bowie & Miller Counties, Inc.: Volunteer- Renee Wright and Richard Seymour – Executive Director

Tarisha Duson, Vickie Nelson and Carolyn Nance

Altrusa International of Texarkana, Texas, Inc.: Peggy Burson

HandsOn Texarkana: Volunteer – Roy Pitt

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Connie Walker

(903) 277-0100 (903) 832-2486 4321 Mcknight Rd Texarkana, Texas 75503 connie.walker@coldwelltexarkana.com realestate-texarkana-conniewalker conniewalker.coldwellbanker.com

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Lake lots. 1-3 acres. MLS#93100

11 Northridge ln. • $329,900

Lot 4 Lakeridge Dr • $24,900

4BR, 2 living areas. Country club charmer that sits on 2 acres. Circle drive. MLS#99070

1 acre with 1800 min build. MLS#96353

3919 Sabine • $69,900

4019 Honeysuckle • $99,500

FM 1398 • $124,900

3BR Brick Cottage Charmer with garage and fenced yard. MLS#98564

3BR Cottage Brick Charmer. MLS#99081

17 acres with trees and creek. Wooded and Beautiful! MLS#98138

3913 Ivy • $94,900

3602 Wyatt • $675,000

6804 Richmond Rd • $257,000

3BR Brick Cottage Charmer with a garage and fenced in yard. MLS#98199

5BR, 2 Story sits on 1 acres on the lake. Inground pool. Will lease: $2500. MLS#99094

9.3 acres for commercial or residential. WOW! Acreage in PG area. MLS#96159

42 Webster • $184,900

6510 Lakeview Dr. • $239,900

1401 Garden Rd.• $99,600

5BR Brick with office and formal dinning areas MLS#98278

3BR with 2 living areas. 2 story beauty that sits on 1 acre. MLS#99181

13.8 acres with trees and creek. Wooded and Beautiful! MLS#99051

6625 Lakeridge Dr. • $339,900

209 Quail • $89,900

305 Hwy 67 West • $299,900

4BR with 2 living areas with media. 2 story mansion thats sits on 1 acre and has a 3 car garage. MLS#98303

3BR brink home. USDA NO MONEY DOWN if Qualified. MLS#99191

Building with retail. 18,000 sf. Heated on 1 acre. Octoberwarehouse. 2017 069 Enormous ALT-Mag.com retail shop with |attached MLS#98138

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