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Texarkana Regional Airport Authority Groundbreaking Ceremony

TEXARKANA AIRPORT AUTHORITY TO HOLD LIVE-STREAMED CEREMONY AT AIRPORT FOR GROUNDBREAKING OF NEW PASSENGER TERMINAL AND CELEBRATION OF 90 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES … TEXARKANA, AR – The Texarkana Regional Airport Authority (“TRAA”), will hold a live-streamed groundbreaking ceremony on its social media sites and website at 12:00 PM CST on June 12, 2021, marking the official start of the construction phase for the new Airport Passenger Terminal at the Texarkana Regional Airport. … The new terminal is a $36 million project that will replace the current terminal

From Our Town to Motown

Dr. Otis Williams. Photo by Jay Gilbert
Out of the almost eight billion people in the world, there are only a handful who have earned the title of “Living Legend.” Of those legendary few, Texarkana can proudly claim one of the greatest who grew up right here in our city. In 60 years of artistry, he has earned more accolades than most people do in an entire lifetime. But our hometown legend is still making music and entertaining fans. For those of us who love Texarkana, USA, Dr. Otis Williams is a source of pride.

Our Journey

photo by Brian Jones
Inside each of us is a story. A story that reveals the ups and downs of our journey through life and all the choices we make in between. For Karen and Artie Rayfield, theirs is a story of second chances and silent heroes who came alongside them… heroes who did not give up on them in their darkest days but gave them a reason to look up and keep going. Now they are the silent heroes for so many in our community, all because someone down the road stepped in and made a difference in their story. … Karen moved to Chicago at 19, leaving her home and an abusive relationship behind.

Dr. Otis Williams

Dr. Otis Williams in his home, holding his certificate from the Library of Congress National Recording Registry for the #1 Chart Hit, “My Girl.”   PHOTO BY Derrick Porter
Dr. Otis Williams is the founding, and only surviving, member of the original, legendary, super-group The Temptations. … Check out our story on Dr. Williams and The Temptations here. … What do you love about Texarkana? … It’s my birthplace, so I’ll always love it and call it home. It’s where my mother, Hazel Louise Williams and my father, Otis Miles, grew up and met. I lived in Texarkana with my grandparents because my mother moved to Detroit to find work, and I joined her when I was around eleven years old.

Time Travel Tour Guide

Dr. Craig Nakashian. Photo by Matt Cornelius
Imagine living in a time when castles, knights and chivalrous romance were the norm-a place of kings, lords, vassals and peasants… the Middle Ages. … If travel to such a time was possible, Dr. Craig Nakashian would be the perfect tour guide. He is a medieval historian and professor at Texas A&M University-Texarkana. “I had always enjoyed history, but as a kid I was mostly into the U.S. Civil War, and later, World War II,” he explained. “When I was a senior in high school, my stepfather set up a meeting with one of the historians at Western New England University (then College).


Christine Holt Recommended as Next UAHT Chancellor

HOPE/TEXARKANA, AR—May 12, 2021 … University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt today announced he is recommending Christine Holt, D.B.A., J.D., as the next chancellor at the University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana (UAHT). … Holt, who currently serves as chief of staff for the University of Missouri System, is expected to begin her new role by September 1. … “Following a very thorough and well-executed search process that brought four very high-quality finalists to campus, I’m very pleased that Dr.

63rd Annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Day

The Kiwanis Club of Texarkana has a mission to improve the world, one child and one community at a time. The 83 members of the Kiwanis Club once again invite all residents of the Ark-La-Tex to join them on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the Truman Arnold Center on Texarkana College’s campus for the 63rd Annual Pancake Day fundraiser event! Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $7.00 at the event. Without a doubt, Pancake Day is the best breakfast deal in town: it is an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, complete with sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice, and milk!

From the Country to the Courtroom

photo by Brian Jones
When COVID-19 shut down America in 2020, the Honorable John Tidwell, Texas 202nd District Court Judge, adapted and continued to administer justice in his court. First elected in 2016, he knew the need to press forward. … “The way we are set up in Bowie County for the District level, I have half of all the criminal, civil and family law cases,” explained Judge Tidwell. In 2020, he received 800 cases. Despite the pandemic, he continued to work. The Bowie County District Judges tried more cases March through November 2020 than any county in the State of Texas.

Life Training in Disguise

photo by Matt Cornelius
“There are so many things that theatre teaches that are lessons everyone needs in life.” explains Meredith Farren and Susannah Linnett, sisters, co-producers, managers and visionaries behind Silvermoon Children’s Theatre. “Through the process of auditions, weeks and weeks of rehearsals, making friendships, following rules, letting loose and not being afraid to laugh at themselves when they make mistakes, we have seen kids stretch and grow and excel at things that might not be in their wheelhouse.

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