Community & Culture

Teacher of the Year

“If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” That quotation from the Chinese philosopher Confucius adorns the email signature line of our featured alumna, Robin Hilton. Originally from Hot Springs, Arkansas, Robin received her BSE in Elementary Education from Henderson State University and her MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University-Texarkana, where she did her concentration in History.

Telvin Griffin

photo by Zaugh Photography
Telvin Griffin … Actor/Entertainer … Years lived in Texarkana: 23 … What is your favorite Texarkana memory? … I have so many fun memories for sure, but the first one that comes to my mind was during my second-grade school year at Kilpatrick Elementary. There was a charity fundraising marathon race being held on a Saturday morning and, of course, like most kids, I wanted to sleep in. My mother wasn’t having it at all. She made me get up and we were out there bright and early. They gave us raffle tickets, and of course, I thought nothing of it.

Community Under Construction

photos by Matt Cornelius
Texarkana’s growth continues to broaden the community, encouraging new opportunities and innovation, but its towering history casts a large shadow on the twenty-first century. This is not to say heritage is unimportant or that “old” is bad. Texarkana’s past is the character, and in many ways the literal foundation that waits to usher in a future where each may coexist. … Nestled alongside the railroad tracks on an overlooked block of downtown is the 1894 Gallery. The building, formerly home to Ritchie Grocery, is now owned by David Peavy.

Home is Where the “Art” is

photos by Matt Cornelius
Certain pieces of art, such as Leonardo Davinci’s The Mona Lisa and Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, have been etched into the minds of people across the world. These pieces are well known, not because they are new or recently discovered, rather, these masterpieces continue to be beloved because of their extraordinary beauty that has carried them through the ages. It is through pieces such as these that we can see the way art brings people together, draws conversation and questions and can tell hundreds of stories at the same time.

Givenchy & Me

A former international top model, an esteemed vocalist of jazz and classical music, a Texarkana native, though well versed in world travels, Carol Miles, is soon to release a five-song album titled Givenchy & Me. … Her song, “Texarkana Cutie,” which she composed on her own, will be featured as well as her cover of “On a Little Street in Singapore.” A bonus song, “Christmas in Paris,” will also be included and both “Texarkana Cutie” and “Christmas in Paris” are written in English and French.


Jonathan Weaver

Jonathan Weaver, Associate Director at ESPN … Jonathan’s Emmy’s… … 2018 Sports Emmy Award for “Outstanding Sports News/Feature Anthology” for “E:60” Associate Director … 2020 Sports Emmy Award for “Outstanding Studio Show-Daily” for “SportCenter” Associate Director … 2020 Sports Emmy Award for “Outstanding Technical Team Studio” for “College GameDay” Associate Director … Jonathan Weaver grew up in Texarkana and is a 2007 graduate of Pleasant Grove High School.

4 Leaders, 2 Cities, 1 Purpose

photo by Brian Jones
With the days of summer drawing to a close, there is an all-too familiar anticipation growing. The start of school triggers different emotions for everyone, but hopes are high for the upcoming academic year. … Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all said we are ready to “get back to normal.” But what is “normal?” What will the 2021-2022 school experience be like for our students and teachers? … These Texarkana Superintendents explained their views of the educational excellence in our community and shared their hopes for the days ahead:

A Perfect Fit

Head of School, Susannah Joyce, with parent Morgan Bennett, watch students Reed Thane, Maxwell Bennett, Wren Thane and Madge Bennett,on campus at St. James Day School.  photo by Matt Cornelius
Choosing a school is one of the biggest decisions you make for your child. A very reasonable fear many parents have is the transition a child makes from the gentle world of home to a large, busy schooling environment. Fortunately, we are blessed in Texarkana with wonderful options, making this transition easier. A smaller campus is a good option for some families because they are often more conducive to individual care while still achieving excellent academic outcomes. When a child has access to a smaller school environment, some find that in education, bigger is not always better!

The Me I Was Meant to Be

Coming into the Miss America Organization as a first-time local title holder, I thought I knew who I was and who I was meant to be. When I graduated college in 2019, I was set on becoming an MD/PhD. I had a 519 on the MCAT, the right resume, the right volunteer service and the right credentials. But something was missing. I was ready to begin a ten-year journey into medicine, and I felt purposeless.

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