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First Feature - Katie Feeback


Who’s Challenged? - Courtney Davis


Gallery: Local Artists


Art Guide


Dining Picks


Chamber Made - Everett Clinton


Bro Hugs - Josh Horn

photographers brian jones brittney bellot tim paschal


Account of a Haunted Past - Katie Feeback

fashion coordinator lynn morris


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Not just anyone will agree to modeling for a swimsuit photo photographer a few days before the shoot. Especially when the photos are intended to be published in shoot. a magazine, forever captured, and distributed from Atlanta to Shreveport. Heather and Carter impressed me. Neither are professional models, but watching them work convinced me they could be the next top models. Finally the photographer shouted, “That’s a wrap!” Pleased with what he’d captured and drenched from the 93 degree heat, Tim Paschal, put away his camera. Joined by our families, we played the rest of the day in the cool waves and water slides at Splash Kingdom in Shreveport. Some days, I can’t help but think I have the best job in the world!

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left: l.w. hodge

First Feature by katie feeback photography by brian jones


t all began with a few action figures starring in stock motion films when he was a child. Before too long, L.W. Hodge would be making full-length feature films, music videos, comedy shows and the list goes on. Now, with the help of childhood friend Justin B. Turner, their first movie together is almost complete. Florence, a detective story turned sordid romance, has certainly been a labor of love for the pair. Hodge began writing the script while living in Austin three

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years ago. He tried to get it made multiple times in locations like New York and Louisiana, and even had someone offer him money for the script, but they wanted to use another director. “I did not want to compromise the work we had already done, we wanted to make the film we wanted to make, and compromise nothing,” Hodge said. “It took three years, and as it went on it became less of a detective film and more about marriage and the sanctity of marriage.” Keeping the integrity of their work intact has been a huge factor

left: l.w. hodge and justin b. turner

for these local filmmakers. Being such fans of the greats, it has been extremely important for their film to be more of a work of art than something to bring in the bacon. “One thing that got compromised was our time and personal lives, but we are not in it to make this specific thing - but to see where it takes us,” Turner said. “The best filmmakers don’t have to convince you of anything. We are doing it

for those people who want to watch a real movie that invokes thought and questions.” Shot all over Texas and Arkansas, the fairly small budget film is produced by Bruce A. Turner, father of Justin B., who is credited as co-writer, cinematographer, editor and post-production producer on the film. Hodge and Turner hired mostly friends to act the parts, with a few minor changes right

before shooting began. “Gunner (Stennson) was originally going to play the main character, but ended up playing the antagonist, with myself stepping into the protagonist’s spot,” said Hodge, who is credited as actor, director, cowriter and editor of Florence. “Michael Cooper was asked to play a role, but could not due to his busy schedule with TexRep.” This may have been a fortuitous occurrence though,

as the creators do not think that character would fit any other actor than the one that ended up in the role. “He actually recommended a very talented actor to take his place, Michael Skotnik,” Hodge said. “With no disrespect to Mr. Cooper, we think it was a good thing because we now cannot imagine that role going to anyone but Slotnik, the character would not be who he is without him.” pg. 9

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some time to come. With a connection reaching back to the sixth grade, it is no wonder the team works so well together. When asked what genre his next film would fall into, Hodge coyly replied, “I’ll tell you when I’m done.”


According to Turner, “The final act of making a film is editing.” “You have to transcend everything you have done, it can be like writing again.” But the pair will not call it quits after their first feature. Hodge is currently working on other projects and the two are also recording an album together. Turner has another friend he is working on a script with as well, but they both plan to continue to pair up for

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Who’s Challenged? by courtney davis

“You Ready, Sunshine,”

left: rodney price below: amanda collins and

Rodney asked the next batter. When asked what memory is his most vivid when it comes to the Challengers League, a league developed in 1997 for handicapped and special needs individuals of all ages, umpire Rodney Price said it was definitely the moment when he had to give away his sunglasses. Headed to bat, an athlete remarked that he liked Price’s sunglasses. Price then agreed to give him the sunglasses if he got a hit. Two pitches later, the young man met the challenge. After scoring, the two met up at home plate where Price took off his sunglasses and gave them to the beaming young man. Just another day in the life of Rodney Price. “I want everything out there to be all about them, because it is all about them,” Price said. “Hit it over the fence!” and “Straighten it out, big boy!” are two of the most common phrases spectators will hear when they see this umpire in action. For the past six years, Stamps native and milkman Rodney Price has been a softball umpire for the Challengers League. Now in his twelfth year continued on next pg >

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left: Scott Greenwell runs to first base with his older sister Lindsey. Players choose from relatives, friends and caregivers to assitant them while on the field.

the camaraderie Price has built. He knows the names of each player and the family members who are allowed on the field to help those who are unable to play without assistance. Price enjoys creating nicknames for them and knows that one young man is a NASCAR fan and one young lady loves dance. “I like learning the little things about them,” Price said. “If you’re hard-hearted, go out there for one hour and you won’t be anymore. If you still are, something is wrong.” To better meet the needs of the athletes, the rules of softball have been slightly modified in the Challengers League. Athletes who are able have the opportunity to hit balls thrown by the pitcher, while others have the chance to hit from a batting tee. If a batter who is attempting to hit balls thrown by a pitcher

umpiring in ASA softball, Price was an umpire for other men, women and children’s games before he started working with the Challenger’s League. He was scheduled on the field where a Challengers League game was taking place one night, and before he knew it the members of the league were requesting him as much as he was requesting them. “Once you do it, it’s a special deal,” Price said. “This really is one of the coolest things, one that I’m proud to be a part of.” The bond that Price has with each of the players quickly becomes evident in what he describes as a “very friendly sport.” He makes it a point to help the athletes feel at ease by supporting and cheering on each one as he or she comes to the plate, with many of the athletes joking back – evidence of pg. 16

right: Ready to run to second base, Terry Raney turns and smiles.

appears to be struggling, he or she can then hit from the batting tee. These rules allow everyone the chance to hit and prevent anyone from being called out at the plate. For athletes who are in a wheelchair and must be pushed by a family member, the rules have also been adjusted. These individuals are safe if they get within approximately six to eight feet of the base, making it somewhat more challenging for them to be thrown out at the base. Price points out that for many of the athletes in the Challengers League, these softball games are great exercise. If the catcher is unable to throw the ball all the way back to the pitcher, Price steps in and has the catcher throw the balls to him so that he can throw them on to the pitcher. However, he still encourages the catcher to attempt to throw a few balls all the way to the pitcher, understanding that when these athletes throw a ball they are stretching muscles, and many times all they may need is a bit of encouragement to do so. A tradition that Price came up with to keep the players excited is to give a Most Valuable Player award to a member of the home team after each game.

Rather than just tossing it into a bag at the end of a game, Price decided to do something special with the game ball and award it to the MVP for fielding or hitting well, or any other sportsmanship factor he chooses to commend. This

incentive is exciting to the athletes and they work hard to win the award. “They all have a disability, but they’re just as serious as anybody else when they step on the ball field,” Price said. “They play to win.” pg. 17

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arts| appeall


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Sometimes silly and whimsical, other times disturbing, Nina’s work reflects the parallels and contrasts between man and beast, the civil and the innate.








Because she takes risks with art, her scultpures make an impact. Such political peices as War Toys and Ethos, can be seen now through August 21st at TRAHC’s Adult Juried Exhibition.

Up and coming photographer, Brian Jones, captures popular culture, fashion and everyday oddities. His flexibility to work with several styles creates a constantly changing portfolio.


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Jones’ photos can be seen within the pages of Appeal, on musicians’ websites and posters and in local marketing campaigns (also on facebook).

Eighteen year old, Jessica Flint paints and draws those around her. Peers and religion inspire her works of art, which are gaining recognition and awards among well established artists and appreciators.


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Sandy Azencot opened Dermagraphic Studio, an art studio like no other in town in 1992. Mobile masterpieces (tattoos) displayed Azencot’s work everywhere.

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Azencot is revered for having created awareness and appreciation of the authentic art form.

Rhonda Cross, owner of Renaissance Art Academy, works dominatly with oil paint, but her pastels are life-like and impressive. Using natural elements for design, she teaches her students to simplify what they see.


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Realistic picturesque scenes and diluted soft moments are created first with simple shapes, then developed into captivating art.

Sheila Keever is an artist who finds great accomplishment in the time staking task of elaborate details. Her beautiful breath taking mosaics will baffle the mind and enchant the eye.


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Inspired by objects in everyday life and nature, Keever’s work will draw in the spectator leaving them hungry for more. Keever’s work is available for viewing at TRAHC.

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Gallery G uide Renaissance Art 710 Oak Hill Road Te x a r k a n a , Te x a s Tuesday 8am - 12 pm W e d n e s d a y 10:30am - 3:30pm Thursday 10:30 am - 3:30pm

Tri WB Enterprise 1230 Wild Rose Drive D e K a l b , Te x a s 903.667.5587

N o rt h ea st T e x a s Regional Arts Center 321 West 4th Street Te x a r k a n a , Te x a s 903.792.8681 Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm t r a h c . o r g

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Arts on Main 218 Main Street Downtown Texarkana Classes for Adults & Children 903.792.8681 t r a h c . o r g

Texas Art & Frame 206 Church Street Sulphur Springs, Texas 903.438.9555 Monday - Thursday 10am - 5pm Friday 10am - 4pm

The Frame Up 204 Main Street Mt. Vernon, Texas 903.537.4034

Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 3pm

P l a za A r t G a l l e r y 8 West Plaza Pa r i s , Texa s 903.737.9699 Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5pm Saturday 10am - 4pm

L a f ay e t t e G a l l e r y 123 North Polk Street J e f f e r s o n , Te x a s 903.665.9000 M o n d ay - S u n d ay 10am - 5pm

Imhof Art Gallery 4221 Cypress Village Road K a r n a c k , Te x a s 903.789.3414 M o n d ay - S u n d ay 10am - 5pm

Frameworks Custom gallery 3 0 5 W. L o o p 2 8 1 L o n g v i e w, Te x a s 903.663.8727 Monday - Friday 10am - 5:30pm

Tyler, Texas 903.597.2645 Monday - Friday 9:30am - 5pm Saturday 9:30am - 3pm

Art Gallery 100 100 W Tyler Street L o n g v i e w, Te x a s 903.242.9944 Tu e s d a y - F r i d a y 10am - 4:30pm Saturdays 10am - 3pm

The Frame-Up Gallery 1877 Troup Highway Tyler, Texas 903.592.1546 Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm Saturdays 10am - 3pm

Art World Gallery 1434 McCann Road L o n g v i e w, Te x a s 903.753.3255 Monday - Friday 9:30am - 5:30pm Saturday by appointment only

Gold Leaf Gallery 4 5 1 8 S o u t h B ro a d w ay Av e n u e

Carriage House Gallery 722 South Bois D Arc Avenue Tyler, Texas 903.939.8878 Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm Saturday 10am - 3pm

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Ty l e r M u s e u m o f A r t 1300 South Mahon Avenue T y l e r , T e x a s 9 0 3 . 5 9 5 . 1 0 0 1 Tu e s d a y - S a t u r d a y 1 0 a m 5 p m

Spirit of Wilderness Art 1543 Tanglewood Drive E a s t H i d e a w a y, Te x a s 9 0 3 . 8 8 2 . 6 6 8 7 By Appointment

The Old Firehouse 8 2 4 1 F M 2 7 9 E d o m , T e x a s 9 0 3 . 8 5 2 . 2 7 8 1 We d n e s d a y - S u n d a y 9 a m 4 p m

Southwest Arkansas Blue Moon Studio & Gallery 213 West Main Street Magnolia, Arkansas 8 7 0 . 2 3 5 . 3 6 9 6 Monday - Friday

9 : 3 0 5 p m Cosmopolitan Ladies Club and Gallery 105 South Court Square Magnolia, Arkansas 8 7 0 . 2 3 4 . 6 9 5 8 Monday - Saturday 1 0 a m 5 p m

8 7 0 . 4 5 1 . 9 9 6 6 Monday - Friday 1 0 a m 5 p m F i n k C Lt d A n t i q u e s , Gifts & Art Gallery 115 South Elm Street Hope, Arkansas 8 7 0 . 7 7 7 . 6 1 3 4 Northwest Louisiana

Big Boy Toys & Interior Store 24 Highway 79 N Magnolia, Arkansas 8 7 0 . 2 3 4 . 8 8 9 9 Monday - Friday 1 0 a m 5 p m

Stanhope’s Art & Gift Imporium 1302 State Line Avenue Te x a r k a n a , A r k a n s a s 8 7 0 . 7 7 4 . 5 3 5 2 Monday - Friday 1 0 a m 5 p m w w w. s t a n h o p e s . c o m

A r t s p a c e 7 1 0 Te x a s S t r e e t Shreveport, Louisiana 3 1 8 . 6 7 3 . 6 5 3 5 Monday 10-2:30 Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday 12 - 5:30 s h r e v e a r t s . o r g

Little Shanty Folk Art Gallery 7102 Line Avenue Shreveport, Louisiana 3 1 8 . 8 6 1 . 3 3 0 8 Monday - Saturday 1 0 a m 5 p m

Norsworthy Gallery 2 1 4 Te x a s S t r e e t Shreveport, Louisiana 3 1 8 . 4 2 4 . 6 7 6 4 Thursday & Friday 5pm - 7pm Saturdays 10am - 5pm

Easley Fine Art 511 Main Street Minden, Louisiana 3 1 8 . 3 7 7 . 1 5 0 0 Monday - Friday 9 a m 5 p m

R.W. Norton Art Gallery 4747 Creswell Avenue Shreveport, Louisiana 3 1 8 . 8 6 5 . 4 2 0 1 Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday & Sunday 1pm - 5pm r w n a f . o r g

Limited Editions 1204 Drake Drive Minden, Louisiana 3 1 8 . 3 7 7 . 4 3 7 1 By appointment

Sacred Arts Studio & Gallery 2420 Pinehurst Boulevard Shreveport, Louisiana 3 1 8 . 2 2 7 . 0 6 9 1 Mon - Fri Times Vary

West Edge Artist Co-Op 732 Robinson Place Shreveport, Louisiana 3 1 8 . 2 2 1 . 6 9 6 1

Gallery Guide contact appeal magazine for information.

Elberta Arts Center 109 South Main Street Nashville, Arkansas

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dining picks

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Dixie Diner D i x i e D i n e r i s t r a d i t i o n a l s o u t h e r n d i n i n g a t i t ’s b e s t . I t h a s b e c o m e a h o u s e h o l d n a m e a n d t r a d i t i o n i n Te x a r k a n a s i n c e 1 9 7 7 . Every table is met with a basket of homemade corn bread and rolls. Sip sweet tea, fill a hot roll with butter and honey, and browse the menu. Southern favorites such as biscuits and gravy, grits, chicken fried steak, meatloaf and homemade strawberry pie are only a few of the most popular selections. Two locations accommodate diners. 4115 North Kings Highway - (903) 223-0841 and 3200 North State Line Avenue - (870) 773-4943. Recently, owner Mike Morris and son, Hank, developed p l a n s t o e n h a n c e t h e d i n e r ’s a t m o s p h e r e a n d m e n u , turning the State Line location into The Dixie Grill. The Build Your Own Burger and more choice cut, top grade steaks along with a rustic new bar will create an identifiable difference for the Dixie Grill. Other enhancements such as live original music on weekends are in progress, so prepare to be impressed.

Big Jakes Big Jake’s Bar-B-Q is the place for smoke house dining. In a clean, friendly, family oriented environment, the staff of Big Jake’s restaurant serves up mouth watering delectable meals with a smile. Always buzzing with activity, the New Boston Road, Texarkana location is a great place for out of town guests to get acquainted with the locals and experience truly great BBQ. Four locations make it easy to find Big Jake’s, but if you get a little lost just follow your nose. 2610 New Boston Rd. - (903) 793-1169, 1521 Arkansas Blvd. (870) 774-0099, 170 North Constitution Ave., Ashdown - (870) 898-2227 and 603 West Commerce, Hope - (870) 777-1000

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Italian Cafe

You might be surprised when you visit one of Texarkana’s most popular restaurants. The setting is not what one usually expects to find in Italian restaurants - dark and romantic. Instead the dining room is airy and light. Tables are tight and it is not uncommon to overhear the couple next to you sharing terms of endearment. However, we pack the place full! Owners of the Italian Cafe let the authentic dishes set the mood. And it does! Every delicious dish is served with salad and melt-inyour-mouth bread at a budget-friendly price. Lunch specials are offered every day, Monday thru Sunday. The Italian Cafe is a unique dining experience that will keep you coming back for more. Live Jazz music on Friday nights. Bring your own bottle of wine. Located at 501 State Line Ave - (903) 791-0811.

Now serving cocktails, wine & beer.

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does the wood-burning grill enhance the food, but your senses as well as the aroma delicately greets you the moment you arrive. New menu items include Teriyaki Glazed Mahi on a bed of seasoned Asian vegetables and jasmine rice and a new desert trio. Wrap up a romantic meal by sharing a trio of Crème Brule, Flourless Fudge Brownie and Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding.

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The Italian Café Restaurant is a very authentic Italian restaurant with an airy atmosphere. The exquisite dishes reflect true Italian passion. The Chicken Calabrese is one of these. The savory dish features delicate medallions of chicken with mushrooms, sweet peppers, jalapeños and onions in a rich pink sauce. One cannoli and two spoons makes a great ending to a romantic dinner.



4501 Stateline #107, Behind Blockbuster, 903-791-0811 I Monday-Thursday xx-xx Friday-Saturday xx Carinos Italian Restaurant has an ideal setting for romance. The private nooks

popopopopopopopopopopopopo and soft candle light offer an atmosphere for falling in love. Peach Bellinis leave opopopopopopopopopopopopop a sweet smile as an authentic Italian meal is set. The Spicy Shrimp and Chicken popopopopopopopopopopopopo with Penne pasta, cayenne pepper Romano cream sauce, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and green onions is perfect balance to the delicate flavors of the Tiramisu dessert. But we recommend ordering two deserts and sharing. Tip: Plan a romantic Wednesday dinner to Carinos and bottles of wine are half priced.

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business | appeal

left: Jeff Sandford, Chamber President & CEO, Charles Nickerson, Vice President of Economic Development


by everett clinton photography by brian jones

Texarkana is not the city it used to be. In the past, those wishing to be polite may have used words like “quaint” or “pleasant little town” to describe the city ’s unique flair. As it stands today, such beating around the bush is not necessary because Texarkana is being molded into one of the country’s premier metros. There are a number of reasons for this success and two of them can be found hard at work in the city’s chamber of commerce. Chamber President and CEO Jeff Sandford and Vice President o f Ec o n o m i c D e ve l o p m e nt C h a r l e s Nickerson have dedicated their time

and efforts to boosting the city’s stats across the board. From the retail and transportation sectors to the field of education, the duo has effectively met the needs of business owners both large and small. Nickerson, a veteran of city management, has only held his current title for a year and already he has greatly assisted in the city ’s substantial success. Sandford acknowledges how beneficial having the new VP on board has been, describing his experience as invaluable. The Economic Development Council p l ays a cri t i ca l ro l e i n s u p p o rt i n g the local economic growth. In

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business| appeal March, Nickerson attended the Arkansas Economic Developers spring conference in Little Rock where one of the key topics was business retention. During the conference Gov. Mike Beebe mentioned Texarkana’s “can-do” spirit, and with good reason. Holding on to Cooper Tire and growing retail numbers has put a shine on the twin cities, one that Sandford plans to make as bright as possible. “We are in a unique position to fill in the gaps,” Sandford said. “We are here for leadership and support.” The embodiment of that statement can be seen throughout the city by means of road construction, the continual excellence of m e d i c a l fa c i l i t i e s , a n d i n t h e e d u c a t i o n f i e l d t h ro u g h Texa s A & M ’s n e w c a m p u s , s c h e d u l e d to receive its first freshman class this August. According to the chamber president, success of these endeavors will not only promote traffic flow and possible tourism, but retain a number of the population born and raised here. This can help further grow the local economic base, which is yet another one of the chamber ’s keys to success. Probably most notable of all is the national recognition Texarkana has received for its recent accomplishments. In 2008, ranked the city second in small metro areas with the fastest growing metropolitan product. Last year was even better as three additional publications recognized Texarkana’s positive growth. TK was ranked 17 out of a total of pg. 38

128 cities in Milken’s Best Performing City Index, a significant leap from the previous year ’s rank of 81. Jumping 63 places ahead of fellow small metros was the second largest positive jump in the nation for that category. This further illustrates exactly how effective the chamber and its partners, along with the city staff, have been in their coordinated efforts. Moody’s listed Texarkana No. 22 in the category of projected job growth in the first three quarters of 2010, which is largely due to the industrial base of this city. Red River and International Paper might come to mind first when speaking about the topic, and rightfully so as 80% of all industrial-based jobs come from the expansion of current operations, with new plants accounting for the other 20%. Adding to the mix is the region’s timber industry, which currently sustains two paper mills. Rounding out the list of national accolades is a article that reports Texarkana second among ten metros that saw the greatest residential home price increase. It is crucial to note that during the publication of that story many metro areas were experiencing the squeeze of the recession by way of a rapidly declining housing market. According to Nickerson, excessive subprime lending contributed heavily to the degradation of the industry, an economic erosion that this city was able to avoid w h i l e ex p e r i e n c i n g p ro s p e r i t y i n t h e p ro c e s s .

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These numbers reflect a job well done on several fronts, and Sandford believes keeping such success in mind is pivotal in the journey ahead. “ This national recognition is a sign of past good works in progress today,” Sandford said. The good works of the chamber go far beyond the accomplishments of recent years - it has been around since 1905. Much has changed since its initial inception, but the idea of healthy working relationships between businesses remains intact. Being divided between two pg. 40

states has afforded Sandford and Nickerson opportunities to assist business owners in a special way in what they refer to as “connecting the dots.” With nearly 60 years of experience between them, getting the most out of their city is nothing new. They are quick to note that the synergy between Texas and Arkansas is not to be taken lightly. The geographical layout of the city has made bringing certain resources to the table much more accessible. “ There’s an incredible energy here,” Nickerson said, “and we’re here to create a bridge to pull it all together.”

The city’s future looks to be a sound one as the chamber plans to continue to build a skilled workforce, diversify the economic base and retain working organizations while expanding current businesses. Through positive relationships with business leaders and other chamber partners, Sandford feels there is nothing this city can’t accomplish. “Our goal is to help people get to that next level,” Sandford said. If the past two years are any indication, Te x a r k a n a ’s a s c e n s i o n t o t h a t metaphorical plateau seems likely.

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people | appeal 1. Shoulder Bump – starts with a firm handshake, wrap your left arm around your friend’s shoulder, slap your friend’s back two times…this makes the hug manlier.

the bro hug: the proper execution by josh horn

M a n Hug by Urban

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A handshake that transitions into a hug-like, semi-embrace that lasts no more than one second and may be accompanied by a firm slap on the back. An acceptable way for one guy to show appreciation for another male friend. I hug my dad. I hug my brother on the rare occasion when I see him. But, you won’t hear me say to my best friend, “Hey buddy, looks like you need a hug.” As a matter of fact, we might get into a fight if one of us tried to hug the other. A simple chest bump or a fist pump are more appropriate ways to greet and praise your buddies while pg. 42

managing to hold on to your masculinity. The only exceptions to manly hugging revolve around sports and alcohol. It’s even acceptable to pat your teammates on the ass during a game. But, I promise there will be no affectionate hugging in the locker room. And, although sometimes inappropriate, men have been sighted hugging each other after a few too many alcoholic drinks. I promise we know where the lines are drawn. I’d like to take this opportunity to point out these variations of the “man hug.” Remember, men aren’t that complicated. We keep it simple.

2. Chest Bump - when two people jump into each other and bump their chests, usually showing congratulations. 3. Bear Hug – wrap your arms around your target applying enough pressure to render his upper arms immobile. Mostly used to show affection or immobilize a person for any other reason. 4. It’s okay to hug your friends when your team wins the Super Bowl or on the field if you’re an athlete, but we don’t usually need that physical reassurance like women. That’s what makes us men.



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“They could never pin that on me”

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Youell Swinney 1992 mugshot Pictured left: Swinney, front center, with Texarkana Police

Account Of A Haunted Past

A&M students delve into the past to investigate the Phantom Killer by katie feeback photos contributed by texas a&m-texarkana


he two-state town of Texarkana was shocked, outraged and terrified. There seemed to be no explanation and no means to stop the senseless killing. Even the police were baffled and had little evidence to go on. In 1946, five innocent people lost teir lives and three more were forever scarred. To this day, no one has been convicted and the case is still considered open. The Phantom Killer, as he was dubbed by the local media decades ago, began his reign of terror on this small town without warrant or reason in the spring of 1946. The first victims were attacked and robbed in a secluded area off of Richmond Road on February 22, 1946. A man approached the two victims, Mary Jeanne Larey and Jimmy Hollis, with a gun, demanding money. Hollis received terrible blows to the head, resulting in a cracked skull, but lived to tell the police about the attack. Larey was attacked as well and also survived to tell the horrific tale.

It would be another month before the assailant would strike again, and his next victims would not be so lucky. The two-state town of Texarkana was shocked, outraged and terrified. There seemed to be no explanation and no means to stop the senseless killing.

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Casey Roberts, Texas A&M-Texarkana instructor

Even the police were baffled and had little evidence to go on. In 1946, five innocent people lost their lives and three more were forever scarred. To this day, no one has been convicted and the case is still considered open. The Phantom Killer, as he was dubbed by the local media decades ago, began his reign of terror on this small town without warrant or reason in the spring of 1946. The first victims were attacked and robbed in a secluded area off of Richmond Road on February 22, 1946. A man approached the two victims, Mary Jeanne Larey and Jimmy Hollis, with a gun, demanding money. Hollis received terrible blows to the head, resulting in a cracked skull, but lived to tell the police about the attack. Larey was attacked as well and also survived to tell the horrific tale. It would be another month before the assailant would strike again, and his next victims would not be so lucky. Contrary to popular belief, the Texarkana Moonlight Murders did not occur during the full moon. This being one of the first serial killings in America to be publicized, rumors pg. 46

have been held as truth since before the ink hit the press. And being one of the most famous cold cases in the world, everyone has their opinion of what actually happened. That is where Casey Roberts and the students of Texas A&M UniversityTexarkana come in. For the past three summers, Roberts and the Mass Communication class at TAMU-Texarkana have been working on producing a documentary about the facts behind the mysterious case and the legend that the Phantom has become. “They (A&M Administration) asked me to do a summer course and I thought it would be good to get out of the studio and shoot a documentary,” Roberts said. “I lived here when they shot the movie in the 1970s and thought, why not do that?” The late director Charles B. Pierce filmed The Town that Dreaded Sundown in 1976. Using a script that was very loosely based on actual events, a lot of confusion has stemmed from that particular film. “For the first class, we mainly just did research,” Roberts said, “trying to separate fact and fiction.” Three locals, who had become experts on the case, were the key to finding out some kind of truth in the matter. The main one was the late Tillman Johnson, a detective who worked the case back in 1946. “It turned out that most of the stories people have heard over the years were just false, something they thought someone had told them, “ Roberts said. Using actual documents from the case and police interviews, the students, along with Roberts, began piecing the puzzle together.

“The only man Johnson ever thought was guilty was Youell Swinney,” Roberts said. The story of Youell Swinney is one of crime, deceit and confession. Swinney’s girlfriend at the time, Peggy Last, is the reason that this team of amateur investigators believes they may be onto something. But with the case still considered open by the Texarkana police, digging into the past may not be the best idea. “People have been threatened working on this documentary,” said graduate student Jeremy Tanner, who has worked on the documentary since its inception. “There are people still around that knew victims and suspects and they are not trying to re-live that time.” The transcripts of Peggy Last’s confessions have been read and re-read for years now and this team at A&M holds them as key evidence in the case. “There are details she gives that were never released to the public about the murders of Betty Jo Booker and Paul Martin, and in and around each murder we can put Swinney in Texarkana,” Roberts said. “Detective Johnson was convinced that they had their man and let him get away with attacking and murdering all of those people.” Swinney was convicted on a third count of grand theft auto and was sentenced to life in prison. He later petitioned for a writ of habeas corpus, claiming that he had not been represented by a lawyer in his second count and was released from prison. He later died in a nursing home in Dallas, never confessing to the crime. “Really for me, it is about having a good class. Something that is enriching the students and does not lose track of the techniques required to produce a

film-quality documentary,” Roberts said. “This way, it becomes fun and you get to speculate about the actual case because you have the facts.” There are still those that disagree and feel the case will never be solved. But the main goal of Roberts’ classes is not to find the answer, but to produce a film that allows the viewer to put together what really happened, based on the truth. Mary Jeanne Larey, Paul Martin and Katy Starkes never got to face their attacker in court, and Polly Ann Moore, Richard Griffin, Betty Jo Booker, Paul Martin and Virgil Starkes never received the justice that the murdered deserve. This documentary is a step forward in finding out the facts about this horrific series of attacks in a generally peaceful town, and the group putting it together is only looking to make things right for the deceased and their loved ones. “We do not want to upset or offend anyone, but the public deserves to know the truth about the Phantom Killer and who it could possibly have been,” Tanner said, “the myth needs to be taken out of the fact.” When asked late in his life if he committed those crimes, Youell Swinney replied, “They could never pin that on me.”

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Children are born into the world looking at it with such innocence and amazement. As they get older they begin to decide what they want to be when they grow up. Some children say, “I want to be a doctor when I grow up!” Other children may say, “I want to be a teacher when I grow up!” There are literally thousands upon thousands of jobs they can do. Some children simply don’t know what they want to be when they grow u p and they may change their minds over and over before they get to college. Jeff Kelly grandparents had childhood a veterinarian.

was raised by his in Fouke, Ark. and dreams of becoming When the family was

struck with tragedy by the death of his grandfather, Kelly had to get his hardship license and go to work. After high school Kelly was offered a math and science scholarship. He didn’t accept the scholarship and stayed in town to take care of other obligations. “I was always kind of an entrepreneur,” Kelly said with pride. “When I was a kid, I would always hire friends to go help me do odd jobs for people.” Being raised on a farm, Kelly was no stranger to hard work. In fact, if it was a more lucrative business, Kelly would happily be working on his own farm everyday. Instead, he started Xtreme Outfitters. pg. 49

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“I have always had 4WD trucks,” Kelly said. “I had a hard time finding someone who could give me the amount of service I wanted, so I said, ‘Why not open my own business?’” Though he had little experience or training for the business world, Kelly simply went for it. He found an empty building and his grandmother happily provided him with financial backing. “I had just turned 21 when I started Xtreme Outfitters,” Kelly said, “I had been taking classes at Texarkana College and working at Cooper Tire.”

Despite the obstacles on the way to becoming a business owner, he received a devastating blow just as he was beginning his new venture. “I was injured pretty bad during an intramural football game right around the time we opened the shop,” Kelly said, “I spent a few days in the ICU because of a head injury.” That didn’t stop Kelly. With a mission in mind Kelly pressed on to accomplish his vision. He saw a need to be filled and he was determined to carry on. “Service. Service. Service. Making sure our customers are happy is the most important thing,” said Kelly. Specializing in audio, video, security and much more, Xtreme Outfitters is a one-of-akind shop in the area. But they don’t just pg. 50

work on cars. “If it has wheels, we can work on it,” said Kelly, “or even if it doesn’t have wheels. We do a lot of boat customizing as well.” He has even been quick to adhere to the ever-changing fast-paced world of technology. One of the new gadgets being sold at Xtreme Otfitters is an iPhone application that can unlock your doors and start your car from anywhere you have cell service. “If your car is in California and someone needs to get in it but does not have the keys, you can do it for them from here,” said Kelly.

Besides all of the cool toys and custom work Kelly does for his customers, his attitude toward life makes him all the more likable. Like most small operations, the economic downturn has had an effect on Kelly’s shop. But he doesn’t let that get him down. “I wanted to do something different,” Kelly said about starting his business, “I am a natural competitor and want my business to be a success, and not just monetarily, although some money from it would be nice!” Kelly may not have fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian, but if there’s one thing Kelly certainly did become it’s a success. “I guess I am still young and eager,” said Kelly, “but I like to take on new opportunities. If you don’t take that chance, someone else will.”

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The early 1900s was a time of change for the people of Japan. The Mejii Era was nearing its final days and so was the era of the samurai. It was during this time that professor and Judo founder, Kano Jigoro, sent five of his top students around the world to spread the teachings of his art. One of his pupils, Mitsuyo Maeda, arrived in Brazil in 1914 and took on a student of his own. The young man’s name was Carlos Gracie and he went on to develop what is known today as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Today, BJJ has found its way to the twin cities of Texarkana and is faithfully practiced by the students of Texarkana Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing. Led by head instructor and co-owner Marc Hagebusch, the school offers several paths to physical fitness and weight loss as well as a genuine jiu jitsu experience. Unlike other martial arts offered in the area, BJJ is geared primarily toward grappling and joint locks with a focus on ground fighting. There are over 500 different styles of jiu jitsu in existence today, many of which borrow from Jigoro’s personal studies and beliefs.

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He believed Judo to be more than just another martial art form. The same case can be made for jiu jitsu, which can most accurately be described as a type of “combat sport�. The Brazilian version has undergone modifications that make it discernibly different from its Japanese counterparts. Most of the techniques involve immobilizing an attacker, making this art form a choice pick for self defense. A core principle of BJJ is that an average, unassuming individual can defend themself against and even defeat a much larger, stronger opponent by employing various holds and submission maneuvers. With the correct technique, the power of jiu jitsu can be a devastating force. Organizations such as Ultimate Fighting

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Championship and other mixed martial arts tournaments draw a steady crowd of BJJ fans as well as practitioners. Some of Hagebusch’s students take part in MMA Organizations such as Ultimate Fighting Championship and other mixed m a r t i a l a r t s tournaments draw a steady crowd of BJJ fans as well as practitioners. Some of Hagebusch’s students take part in MMA competitions and have been successful thus far. For him, the greatest personal fulfillment comes from the sporting side- opposite what the UFC depicts. “There’s always more to learn, another hold to discover, etc,” Hagebusch said. With 25 plus years of martial arts training spanning several disciplines, including Jeet Kune Do, kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, wrestling and Shotokan Karate, this black belt of the Brazilian arts knows what it takes to walk the path of BJJ, but acknowledges it’s not all about breaking arms and competing. “We do have a few students who compete in the tournaments and have done well, but we also have classes for those who are just looking for a different way to get in shape,” Hagebusch says. Those other classes include jiu jitsu for kids and teens, as well as a cardio-kickboxing program. The former builds character as well as stamina and muscle while promoting a healthy, active lifestyle meant to last on into adulthood. The cardio-kickboxing class uses a program designed by former world kickboxing champion Jim Graden and promises a more toned, lean body for those who take part. Whether you’re looking for a fun new way to get in shape, or are interested in increasing your martial arts knowledge of jiu jitsu, the staff of Texarkana Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing welcomes all. First timers need not worry, Hagebusch and his students are very receptive and open to newcomers. “I know it can be a little intimidating, especially if you’ve never been around any kind of martial arts before,” Hagebusch said, “but this is a great way to get in shape and stay in shape as well as relieve stress.”

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