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2021 TISD Top Ten Graduates

Kate Elizabeth Woodard … Jenna Alyse Woodard … Damon Rhett Young … Nathaniel Joseph Morriss … Jane Elizabeth Rounds … Nicolai Khalel Ang … Catherine Joanne Rounds … Evelyn Grace Patterson … Mary Grace Elizabeth McAfee … Charlotte Norma Jeanne Hueter


The exciting days of our senior year have consumed our minds since we first learned the meaning of ‘seniority’ very early in our first days of high school. We were encouraged to listen to and do what the upper classmen were doing and to follow in their footsteps. We anticipated experiencing all those “last times” and being the “big kids” on campus. However, we never expected our last homecoming to be experienced in our junior year. We never thought we would have to wear a mask during our drill team competitions or that not getting to dance at away football games would ever be a possibility.

2021 PGHS Senior Perspective

photo by Jake Driggers
As I walked the halls of Pleasant Grove High School for the last time on May 21, 2021, I thought about a quote from Dr. Seuss. “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” If one thing will teach you this bittersweet lesson, it is the accumulation of four years of high school all wrapped into those last steps toward the parking lot. It all passed in the blink of an eye. … Freshman year. It was terrifying, nerve-racking, and exciting. To go from being top dog on one campus (middle school) to being at the bottom of the food chain was a jarring experience.

2021 Clay’s Golf & Guitars ESCAPE: The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band Concert

Saturday, May 22, 2021, over 400 people enjoyed ESCAPE: The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band at the 7th annual Clay's Golf and Guitars Concert. The Clay Eichler Memorial Fund raises money through its annual event, “Clay’s Golf and Guitars,” with all profits raised this year benefitted Haven Homes. Haven Homes is a local non-profit organization that provides a safe transition, temporary housing, and life-changing support services for women and men healing from addiction and homelessness. The Clay Eichler Memorial Fund was able to donate $170,000 to Haven Homes from this year's event.

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

2021 PGISD Top Ten Graduates

Simren Pokhrel … Emma Kate Sanderson … Delia Ruth Tuttlebee … Tucker Thomas Anderson … Jared Cason Head … Katherine Ann Ferguson … Carson Douglas Rhodes … Jaden Travis Parker … Connor Anderson Damron … Lucas Dale Edwards


2021 LEHS Senior Perspective

When thinking back on all the things I have accomplished over the past four years at Liberty Eylau High School, I am filled with a feeling of satisfaction. From maintaining a 4.0 GPA to advancing twice in UIL One-Act play, to having tried various activities to see where I truly fit in, I have very few regrets. Liberty-Eylau has been my school since I was in kindergarten, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. … I have always been a very blessed person. I did not have to study much until my junior year, when things became very hectic for me.

2021 LEISD Top Ten Graduates

Emily Atchison, Valedictorian … McCenzie Murphy, Salutatorian … Caleb Neal … Kamryn Brown … Gracey Burden … William Graham … Xavier Gomer … Shelby Ryther … Camryn Kimble … Alexis Bell


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.

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.

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