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Sink or Swim

I am Jed Harrelson. I am originally from Texarkana, Arkansas and have been living in Nashville, Tennessee for the last year and a half. When I first moved to Nashville, I was lead valet at an upscale downtown hotel. On my days off from the hotel, I would play at songwriting events around town and meet new people. In August 2020, they fired me as lead valet for promoting my own music to a celebrity guest, hence really beginning my music career. … While down on myself for being fired, I began looking for a new job.

So Thankful

Join us each Tuesday as we highlight the writing talents of Mrs. Ginny Asimos’ Language Arts class at Morriss Elementary. These students will be sharing essays and proving what talented writers they are! … My sister, Mary Ellen, is as sweet as honey, as fun as a roller coaster, and as pretty as a sunset. She is so helpful. Mary Ellen cleans around the house and helps my mom make dinner. She loves to try to make new recipes. The other day, she made lemon cupcakes that were gone within two days.

Texarkana College McCulloch Industrial Technology Center Groundbreaking

On November 9, 2021, Texarkana College broke ground on the new McCulloch Industrial Technology Center. The McCulloch Industrial Technology Center will be an estimated $1 million facility that will expand existing workforce programs and offer new technical training programs. The center will provide more than 15,000 square feet of new training facilities for TC’s Electrical Technology program and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC) program.

Being Thankful

Join us each Tuesday as we highlight the writing talents of Mrs. Ginny Asimos’ Language Arts class at Morriss Elementary. These students will be sharing essays and proving what talented writers they are! … “Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude,” I once heard someone say. I’m thankful for my sister, Hope, because she plays with me and is very funny. She is usually happy but can get sad sometimes, so I try to help her through it. My sister is like a big sunflower blooming throughout the valley. … Jace Griffin … 9 years old … My parents are as sweet as candy.

TXK Book Club—Unbroken

November is chock full of important holidays. As I type this, I can’t help but think of the sweet potato casserole that has been swirling through my head since the calendar turned to November first. Please don’t make me choose between marshmallows or pecans, because I like them both and I want them all! On the eleventh, we honored our Veterans, who should be celebrated every single day, but I’m thankful we have the opportunity to recognize these heroes annually.

A Life in the Sky

photo by Matt Cornelius
There once stood a persimmon tree behind a house in Douglassville, Texas. To the untrained eye, it just looked like a tree whose branches had been littered with junk, but not to a boy named Jim Swint. Jim was just a kid in the late 1930s and early 40s and he was obsessed with airplanes. Today, he smiles as he remembers finding an old tractor seat he wedged between the tree limbs of that persimmon tree. He says he picked up every broken and rusted gage he came across and hung it from the branches.

The Power of a Family—The Story of What Love Can Do

As we enter November, the season of giving and National Adoption Month, I’m thrilled to share my personal story about the power of a family and what love can do in a child’s life. One thing I’ve learned throughout my journey is my current situation is not my final destination. The unfortunate and traumatic beginning to my life could have either defined me or refined me. I’ve chosen the latter.

The Greatest Inventions of All

Join us each Tuesday as we highlight the writing talents of Mrs. Ginny Asimos’ Language Arts class at Morriss Elementary. These students will be sharing essays and proving what talented writers they are! CARS … I sit down, look at my television, see The Fast and the Furious, and think to myself, “Cars are an amazing invention.” … Before cars existed, you had to rely on horses, so it was difficult to travel. People had to walk miles to go to school to get an education which took a lot of energy.

Courthouse Square Celebration

The Texarkana USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and residents celebrated the new courthouse square improvements in Downtown Texarkana on October 29. The celebration consisted of a ribbon-cutting, food trucks, and local high school bands and cheerleaders. Pastor Warren Smith of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church began the ceremony with an invocation and other local officials shared remarks in celebration of another project completed that makes Texarkana, USA even better.


Little Orphan Annie Comes to Texarkana

When someone hears the word “Annie,” especially in a musical setting, our minds remember the little orphan with red hair and the ever so famous red dress. She was a child icon who went from a cartoon comic character to live theatre, Hollywood movie stardom and television fame.

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