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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.

Finding Home with Philip Mann Conducting Released on SONY Classics

Ensemble Bravura’s debut album features Grammy Winner Jason Vieaux, renowned flutist Alexa Still, three world premieres and works of Aaron Copland, Michael Fine, Aaron Jay Kernis and Sergei Prokofiev. … SONY Classics announces the debut release of Philip Mann conducting Ensemble Bravura on the storied label. Mann, who has previously recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and Roayal Scottish National Orchestra, created 'Finding Home' with a vision of illustrating and celebrating the music of the composers who unexpectedly found homes - musical and otherwise - in unexpected places.

2022 Save Jane Event

THE TEXARKANA CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY CENTER AND CASA TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR CHILD ABUSE WITH SAVE JANE EVENT Area To Read Names Representing Over 1,300 Children Abused Last Year … Facebook Live Event—On April 7, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., local volunteers and community members will join the Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center and CASA for Children Texarkana in taking a stand against child abuse through a live video on their Facebook pages with the Save Jane event. … Leaders from the Texarkana community will read the names and ages of over 1

We Stand Ready

photos by Matt Cornelius
No child deserves to live in fear! Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) is a nonprofit 501-C-3, tax-exempt international organization with a chapter right here in Texarkana. The organization was founded in 1995 with one man’s desire to help just one suffering child, an eight-year-old, who was so frightened by his perpetrators that he would not leave his own home. The founder, having had kind and loving experiences with bikers during his own childhood, was moved to include this boy in his biker circle.

No Clowning Around

photo by TAG Outdoors
The atmosphere is buzzing with excitement. It is that hand-on-your-heart, American flag experience. It is beautiful horses, cowboy hats, boots and shiny buckles. It is the dirt arena and the announcer introducing events and contestants. Even the smell signals that you are about to see something spectacular. The stands are full of rodeo fans who have come to participate in a piece of southern culture. … photo by Todd Brewer Photography … One of the most exciting, and by far, the most dangerous rodeo events is bull riding.

Lauren Hubbard

photo by Amber Fenix
Lauren Hubbard is a freelance writer living in New York City and can be found in publications such as Town & Country, Elle Décor, Harper’s Bazaar and Fashionista. Covering beauty, shopping, entertainment, travel, home decor, wine and cocktails, Lauren is living her best life and sharing her perspective with the world. … What do you love about Texarkana? … Texarkana was a great place to grow up.

Ministry Well Done

Please join FBC Texarkana on Sunday, March 27th at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m to celebrate a "Ministry Well Done" and honor our Associate Pastor, Mr. Larry Sims. He has baptized, married, counseled, consoled, and encouraged countless souls with God-given compassion and love throughout his tenure at First Baptist Church. His heart for First Responders is well-known throughout the region as well as his long-time work with Hospice Texarkana. Mr. Larry has loved his church family and surrounding community so well during his 44 year-long career.


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