Business & Politics

Texarkana’s Post-COVID Economic Rebound Strategies

photo by Matt Cornelius
A Regional Opportunity … A year after the coronavirus pandemic first drove the U.S. economy into the deepest downturn in generations, there is a robust debate about how local communities can position themselves for a brighter future. At the City of Texarkana, Texas, we are fortunate to have survived the past year facing numerous disasters at once, and even more grateful to look ahead to what is in our bright future at such a time as this.

Flavor of the Season

Jim and Stephanie Rainey, owners and full-time operators of Southern Tropics Shaved Ice. Photo by Matt Cornelius
Tiger’s Blood, Bahama Mama, Silver Fox, Fuzzy Navel, White Lightning. No, these are not the names of the newest pop songs topping the charts; they are flavors, five out of 100 flavors to be exact, and they are all waiting to be poured over some freshly shaved ice. … Stephanie and Jim Rainey are the owners and full-time operators of Southern Tropics Shaved Ice located off of State Line Avenue in Texarkana, Arkansas.

Wadley Regional Medical Center Announcement

STEWARD HEALTH CARE TO BUILD NEW $227 MILLION WADLEY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IN NORTHWEST TEXARKANA Medical campus spanning nearly 400,000 square feet will bring full suite of state-of-the-art technology and services to region by Summer 2024 Texarkana, Texas (May 11, 2021) – Having served the Texarkana community for more than 120 years, Wadley Regional Medical Center will soon break ground on a new state-of-the-art hospital northwest of its current downtown location.

Transfer of Power

photo by Matt Cornelius
Family is the foundation each identity is built upon. Beginning at birth and unwavering through age, it is a bond that supports personal growth and aspirations, while helping navigate the future. For the McCulloch family, their kindred tale first took root in Texarkana’s past, and today its legacy is shown in their thriving company, Wholesale Electric Supply. … Buddy McCulloch is the President of Wholesale Electric Supply Company, Inc. (WES), which was founded by his father, Amos McCulloch, in 1947. Buddy’s son, Chris, joined the family operation in the early 2000s.

Lest We Forget

photo by Matt Cornelius
At the intersection of politics and culture, where our finances and reality connect, we find the shifting landscape of the past two years. Our circumstances and prospects for the future continue to be as unpredictable as the stock market and as unreliable as the recent, randomly forced mandates. Many Americans desire a return to their pre-2019 lives which were untainted by the coronavirus. Today is the tomorrow we feared yesterday, but hoped would never come.

A Passion for Paws

Taking in an animal is a journey of its own, however, traveling hundreds of miles in the pursuit of a new life is more than an average adventure. From underdog to ownership, Paw Paw Patch owner Tavo Cruz has the experience and dedication to continue bettering the lives of animals in the Ark-La-Tex region. … Tavo Cruz grew up in the small town of Agua Dulce Papantla, Veracruz. His oldest sister, a struggling single mother at the time, was granted an opportunity to come to the states. Tavo’s mother, not wanting his sister to go alone, asked that one of the other children go with her.

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.

The Purpose of Committee

Arkansas State Representative Carol Dalby is the first woman to chair the Arkansas House Judiciary Committee.
There are ten standing committees in the Arkansas House of Representatives. Many of these committees are familiar to you, and by the committee’s name are self-explanatory in purpose, such as Education, Transportation and Public Health. Each committee accomplishes good work for the people of Arkansas and often touches the lives of Arkansans.

Live Large by Thinking Small

PHOTO BY Molly Kendrick
Politics runs downstream from culture. This oft-repeated principle seems to perfectly summarize our modern environment. In our information-rich, yet insight-deprived, landscape, the tempo of our political conversion seems to derive its rhythm more from Twitter than the hallowed halls of Congress. Our current leadership feels more like the carefully constructed caricatures of the professional wrestling federation than the thoughtful and respected voices of seasoned diplomats.

Ink, Inc.

PHOTO BY Brian Jones
Tattoos are a form of self-expression that have been around for thousands of years. The number of people in your immediate circle who have at least one might surprise you, and more often than not, there is a story to go along with it. … Tattoos are a form of body modification whereby ink is injected into the dermis layer of the skin which changes the color of the pigment and creates beautiful body art that remains forever. First introduced to the Western world in the 18th century, this form of body expression has grown in popularity ever since.

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