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Runnin' WJ 20th Year Anniversary Celebration

On October 19, 2021, a 20th Year Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser for Runnin' WJ Ranch was held at Twisted Fork Grill & Lounge. Express Employment Professional provided a western-style wagon and Clydesdales. Runnin' WJ Ranch is a Christian 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that opened its doors for therapeutic riding classes in September of 2001. The core of the operation is its over 400 volunteers. Runnin' WJ Ranch is a PATH International Premier Accredited Center (www.pathintl.org). Runnin' WJ Ranch is funded by organizations, foundations, and individual donors.


Bougie Grubs Meatball Stew

It is almost that time of year again when the weather is cold, and Daylight Savings Time sends us all home a little earlier in the evening for some extra time with our families. There is nothing like a good stew to warm up those cool nights, and nobody does stew like our good friend Angela Evans at Bougie Grubs. Check out this easy meal that will have your family thinking you spent all day getting it just right.

This month, try Bougie Grubs' Meatball Stew!

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TXK Book Club

There seems to be a constant buzz in the air at the end of each year that gives us cause to reflect. When I looked back over 2020, I proudly realized I had become an avid reader. I went from (maybe) one-three books per year to 61 books in 2020. Maybe it was the quarantine, maybe it was AirPods, but I had undoubtedly covered more content than I had in years. I followed a guide I found on Pinterest for the year that suggested a new theme each month, which helped me step way out of my comfort zone. Full disclosure...

UAHT Groundbreaking

The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana broke ground on a new facility at the Texarkana campus on October 7, 2021. The new 14,754 square foot facility will house a welding program, the Secondary Career and Technical Education Center, the Arkansas High Collegiate Academy, and more. “This new facility is a testament to our dedication to higher education in the Texarkana area community and the region as a whole,” said Dr. Christine Holt, UAHT Chancellor.” “UAHT has seen significant growth at the Texarkana campus, which shows that the Texarkana community is committed to us.

The Music Man

I took piano lessons from the ages of five-years-old to 16-years-old. I learned about all the classical composers. I was taught music theory, and I became skilled enough to sight read just about any piece of sheet music put in front of me. Impressive, right? Wrong. At the time, I absolutely loathed the piano and really wanted nothing to do with any of it. There were a few problems that hindered my musical education; all brought about by me. First, I was not much on practicing.

16th Annual Edge of Texas Golf Tournament

CASA for Children held their 16th Annual Edge of Texas Golf Tournament on September 27, 20201 at Northridge Country Club. Thirty four teams enjoyed a day of golf while supporting a great cause. All proceeds from the tournament went to benefit CASA and the Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center.


Touchdowns and Tastings

Opportunities, Inc. will hold a brewery benefit on October 17, 2021, to support its programs and services for children and adults with disabilities. … The benefit, “Touchdowns & Tastings,” is Opportunities’ third annual brewery benefit. The “Angels of Opportunities Guild,” a group of women dedicated to volunteering, serving, and raising awareness for Opportunities, sponsors the event in partnership with Pecan Point Gastropub and Brewery. This event will allow people to enjoy craft beer and delicious food while watching the New England Patriots vs.

We’re All In This Together

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Over the past year, it has become normal for “COVID talk” to creep its way into everyday conversations. Whether it’s with someone who is venting their vaccine opinion, or with another whose loved one is struggling on a vent in the Intensive Care Unit, it has become normal to accept that COVID-19 has crept in and decided to stay awhile.

A Sarine Thought… or Two

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How Music Shapes a MemoirHave you ever noticed when a certain song comes on the radio or streams through your Spotify it can transport you back to a moment in time you would never otherwise recall? … Maybe a past team won a big game and a particular song was playing at the restaurant where you went to celebrate? Or maybe there was a song playing in the background the moment you laid eyes on your future spouse, and something just clicked! We all have songs that hold special places in our hearts because music is a powerful thing.

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Disability activist Robert Hensel, who holds the Guinness World Record for a six-mile wheelie in his wheelchair, has said, “There is no greater disability in society, than the inability to see a person as more.” While it has been seen and proven that people with disabilities bring success, diversity and increased motivation to any workplace, they sadly are still fighting against decades of stigma and discrimination.

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