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988 Mental Health Hotline Makes Connecting to Help Easier

There is a new way to get help for folks experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, and it’s as easy as dialing 988. In July, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline launched, ushering in a link to crisis centers nationwide through a toll-free number connecting callers to trained counselors for free and confidential care. … This comes as a result of years of hard work by mental health advocates and legislators to expand access to mental health care through this critical service.

Marking Suicide Prevention Month

In Arkansas, 554 lives were lost to suicide and over 100,000 adults had suicidal thoughts last year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Making Something Good

photo by Matt Cornelius
“Go make something good happen,” is more than just a motto for the new coffee shop in Nash, Texas; it is a way of life. Local Habit owners Rendi and Dr. Josh Wiggins and Natalie and Cody Peek exemplify this phrase in many ways. Whether through their other businesses, their children’s schools, volunteering, or simply through the relationships they have built, they strive to make a difference in our community every day. With Local Habit, they make a positive impact both locally and globally each step of the way. … Local Habit possesses a unique story of how it came to fruition.

2022 Realtor Spotlight

Selling a home by owner is tempting with websites such as Zillow to help with information acquisition. Some do not realize, however, how much time and money a Realtor can actually save a homeowner. Realtors bring their knowledge of the housing market and experience to the table to provide a potentially cost-saving experience to buyers and sellers.


The Difference One Day Can Make

Five Bowie County and area school districts will implement a four-day week for the 2022-2023 school year. Fridays will be considered student holidays, and some Fridays will be used by staff for professional development and planning time. The districts implementing the four-day week view the new schedule as a potential solution to many issues public education is facing. The districts used the input of the community, parents, and staff before approving the four-day week.


Wisdom and Rubies

photo by Matt Cornelius
Wisdom is better than rubies. —Proverbs 8:11 … It was easy for Solomon to opine about the value of knowledge, experience, and good judgment. He was not worried about the source of his next meal, a safe and comfortable place to lay his head, clothing to keep him protected from the elements, or the cost of college for Rehoboam. It is good to be the king.

A Life of Service

Sarah, Bryan, Huck, George and Scarlett Sanders. Photo courtesy of Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Over the years, Texarkana has had bragging rights to being the hometown of many famous people, from actors and politicians to musicians and athletes. In 2017, Texarkana native Sarah Huckabee Sanders moved into the national spotlight when she became White House press secretary. The two years she spent in this role were challenging, to say the least. Imagine being the one who answers questions on behalf of the most powerful political leader in the world.

A Call to Action

photo by Eric Ethridge
Do you remember what it felt like the first time someone asked you for advice? Maybe you were at work one day and you suddenly realized you were the most senior member on staff. Perhaps you were in college and came home to visit your parents, who suddenly trusted your formal education and the knowledge you had gained. It might have been more recently than that, when your grown children finally telephoned to ask for help fixing a car or baking a cake.

Tradition of Remembrance

The land of the free and the home of the brave—this final phrase from our national anthem so beautifully depicts why the United States is the greatest nation on Earth. America is the land of the free quite simply because it is the home of the brave. For centuries, courageous men and women have set aside—sacrificed—their own wants, needs, and desires and answered a call to defend the life and liberty of all Americans. Many made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives in defense of the freedoms that we so casually enjoy.

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