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Be A Hero

photo by Molly Kendrick
If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with my boxer. The truth is, I like dogs more than I like most people. This makes helping with animal rescue come naturally. Adopting instead of buying a dog or a cat gives you the chance to save a life! There are countless healthy, friendly, lovable dogs and cats scheduled for euthanasia in shelters right now. Once I realized the need for fostering and adopting was so immense, it just didn’t make sense to buy another dog. I initially got involved in dog rescue when I spotted my first foster, Carino, on Facebook.

It Is Never Too Late

Ms. Sharonda Smith is a recent recipient of an award from the Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF) of Miller County. Sharonda is the proud mother of one, Halston Gregory, who is a senior this year.

2nd Annual CASA & TCAC Save Jane Event

… On April 1, 2021 local volunteers and community members joined the Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center and CASA for Children Texarkana in taking a stand against child abuse through a live video on their Facebook pages with the Save Jane event. … Leaders from the Texarkana community read the names and ages of over 1,100 children who were reported as abused and received services through the Children’s Advocacy Center and CASA in 2020. Because these children are minors and their identities must be protected, “Jane Doe” and “John Doe” were used in place of their names.

The Service of Peace

photo by Charlotte Howe
After dealing with intractable seizures since the age of 11, I looked into getting a service dog for comfort, care and especially greater independence since I was 27 years old. Online, I came across a breeder in Oklahoma City that breeds labradoodles for a service/therapy dog organization called Paws with a Cause.

Wild Ride

photo by Brian Jones
Every parent dreams their child will do big things and make a difference, but for Amanda and Lance Gainey, that dream is a reality… and a wild ride! The Gainey’s 13-year-old twin sons, Ethan and Hayden, are sweeping titles across the country for Miniature Bull Riding, and both boys have achieved world champion status. Ethan won the International Miniature Bull Riding Association (IMBA) Junior World Championship in Mesquite, Texas, and Hayden won the International Miniature Rodeo Association (IMRA) Junior Mini Reserve World Championship in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

TXK Roots

Anna Beth White Gorman … Executive Director, Women’s Foundation of Arkansas“I lived in Texarkana from the early 1980s, until graduating from College in 2004—When I first was recruited to work in Arkansas, I spent three months training in Texarkana.” What is your favorite Texarkana memory? … Four States Fair and Rodeo. I would look forward to the fair and rodeo every fall as a child and well into my early adult years.

A Sarine Thought… or Two

photo by Maddy Green
Put me in, Coach!Ah, “sports-momming,” it is not for the faint of heart. It’s a non-stop, full-throttle, adrenaline-inducing race to get your child to every practice, warm-up and game whatever the sport of the moment. For some, it is a calling. For others, it is a tolerance. But for all, it is what we do on the “reg” for our precious sports-loving offspring. … Personally, I cannot claim to enjoy all aspects of the sports momming life. While I have many extroverted tendencies, I also value A LOT of time in my domestic domicile.

If These Wall Could Talk

photo by Molly Kendrick
Survey Says…I have always been a sucker for mindless television. I look forward to my “me time,” watching reality television, especially those centered on housewives, after the kids go to bed. I think it makes me feel grateful that my life seems a little less complicated and a lot more joyful than those I see on the screen. As my kids are getting older, though, we are looking for more family-friendly shows we can all enjoy. America’s Funniest Home Videos has been a huge hit and we have also been dipping our toes into Family Feud.

And so, They Built a House They Loved

photo by Molly Kendrick
Ashlyn and Austin Harvey are high school sweethearts that prove with hard work and perseverance, focus, and a little hustle, life might just lead you to a perfect black cabin in the woods. As newlyweds, they lived in a modest duplex and set their sights on saving money to build the perfect starter home. They set a goal and a budget and began looking for just the right place to call home. “We lived in a super-duper cheap duplex in Nash. And we pinched pennies for two or three years to save up enough to have a decent down payment,” Austin said. “We almost gave up even.

Small Town, Big Business

photo by Brian Jones
A suburb outside of Texarkana, Texas, the city of Nash has seen consistent growth in recent years. New and old businesses alike have brought vital economic opportunity to the region and rebranded the city as a hot spot in Bowie County. … Nationwide commerce has taken a hit since the introduction of COVID-19. Despite the pandemic, however, Nash’s business activity was ultimately unaffected because many of its businesses are industrial or production based.

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