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Leadership Texarkana Class of 2021-2022

Largest class of 49 Graduate from 2021-2022 Leadership Texarkana Program … Forty-nine Texarkana area residents completing the year-long Leadership Texarkana community leadership program were honored by the Leadership Texarkana (LT) organization at the End of Year Celebration the evening of April 26 at the home of Executive Director Ruth Ellen Whitt.

East Bound and Down

“East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’, A-we gonna do what they say can’t be done.” … It is not likely anyone has grown up in the South and not heard of Smokey and the Bandit before, or better yet, can read those lyrics above without starting to hum, especially if they were alive in the 70s and 80s. Either you have watched the movie, heard the song, or seen the memorabilia and collectibles in your local thrift store.

Cooper Tire's Seventh Annual Big Bass Fishing Tournament

Cooper Tire’s Seventh Annual Big Bass Fishing Tournament is one of the largest in the Ark-La-Tex, and it is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at Millwood Lake’s Yarborough Landing. Kyle Thomas, Distribution Operations Manager at Cooper Tire will head up the tournament this year. “We expect to have 190 fishermen in this year’s tournament as we have the largest payout we’ve ever had—($13,300) potentially,” he said.

30th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is preparing for its annual food drive Saturday, May 14, 2022. A media kick-off is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 9:00 am, at the United States Post Office, 2211 North Robison Road, Texarkana, Texas. … The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country's largest one-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.

2022 National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer, observed annually on the first Thursday of May, was officially set aside in 1952 by President Harry Truman as a special time to seek God for our families, our nation and others around the world. This day is celebrated by Americans of many religions.

Mother Daughter Fun Photo Contest

Mother-Daughter Fun Photo Contest to Benefit Scholarships for Single Parent Students … Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund announces a Mother-Daughter Fun Photo Contest to fund scholarships across the state of Arkansas. Entries are being accepted now. … Anyone can enter for free. Votes will be $1 each with a $5 minimum, and all proceeds will fund scholarships for single parents who are pursuing a better life through the pursuit of post-secondary education or skilled trade certification.

Class of 2022

No one gets a diploma alone. The teachers, administrators, family and friends who contribute to a graduate’s future are real heroes. CONGRATULATIONS from Texarkana Magazine!


My Drift

(L-R) William, GiGi, Bryce, Dude and Hughes
Just Call Me G-Dawg“What’s your grandmother name going to be?” … Nine years ago, as I eagerly anticipated the arrival of our first grandchild, I found myself constantly fielding this question. Everybody wanted to know what the little bundle of joy was going to call me. … I felt befuddled at the prospect of choosing a grandmother name. My own grandmothers had been “Grandma” and “Oma,” the German form of Grandma. Nothing cutesy. I agreed with my late mother-in-law, who had her grandkids call her by her given name.

David Michael Wyatt

photo by Tre’Voy Kelly & Lindsey Wildman
Texarkana native, David Michael Wyatt, who spent years perfecting his musical talents at Berklee College of Music, is a singer, songwriter and actor whose music fits perfectly into multiple genres including gospel and R&B. Wyatt was part of BET’s Sunday Best gospel talent show, has shared the stage with well-known singers such as Kirk Franklin, been featured on Grammy Award Winner Israel Houghton’s albums and has entertained leaders such as then President-Elect Barack Obama.

THS Student Photography Wins National Awards

Jostens Recognizes Texas High School Commercial Photography with Top Number of Awards … Texas High School commercial photography students recently competed in the national Jostens Photo Contest. With 4,287 entries this year, THS students led the contest in being recognized with more awards than any other school in the national competition. … The annual competition celebrates the creative and innovative talents of student photographers from schools across the country.

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