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USPS Operation Santa® … How to write the perfect letter to Santa.

Letters must be postmarked no later than December 12!


If These Walls Could Talk

photo by Matt Cornelius
A Different Kind of Christmas List … I discovered a love for running in college but since having children, my choice of exercise shifted towards higher intensity activities I could accomplish in smaller amounts of time. My work out routine also shifted and became not-as-frequent. So, here we are. As our kids are getting older and require less constant supervision, I reintroduced myself to running.

Wisdom and Rubies

photo by Matt Cornelius
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” I can hear Andy Williams singing his signature Christmas carol—it is one of my favorites. “With the kids jingle belling and everyone telling you, ‘Be of good cheer,’ it’s the most wonderful time of the year! … There is no holiday season I enjoy more than I do Christmastime. The sights, the sounds, the smells—all invoke memories of past celebrations with family and friends and promises of those to come. Traditional remembrances, both secular and religious, round out the experience as the new year approaches.

2022 A Year in Review

As we come to the end of the year, inevitably our focus will begin to shift toward our goals for 2023. But before we make our New Year’s resolutions, let’s pause to look back and appreciate all that 2022 has brought us. Building, dreaming, and improving are the tenets of our community and this year did not disappoint.

Publisher's Letter

photo by Matt Cornelius
We may not be on a first name basis with all of them, but our United States Postal Service (USPS), FedEx, and UPS workers know a lot about our personal lives. They know where we live and what is coming in and going out of our mailboxes.” … Delivery people bring my groceries every week, my rented clothes, and the bills that need to be paid to keep my family functioning.

World Famous Elvis Tribute Artist coming to the Perot Theatre

Travis Powell is a very special kind of entertainer. Although he is not a magician per se, he does perform a spellbinding act. It is a musical alchemy whereby he morphs from an unassuming suburban dad into a king. And not just any king. THE king. … As one of the nation’s foremost Elvis Tribute Artists (ETAs), Powell has been winning ETA contests since grade school. In fact, while most toddlers were barely warbling their ABCs or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, by age four, Powell had already zoned in on what he liked to do–and that was to sing Elvis songs.

Opportunities, Inc. Annual Autumn Luncheon

The Opportunities, Inc. Annual Autumn Luncheon was held on Thursday, November 3, at the home of Amy and Ben King. This signature event hosted by the Foundation Board has been held since 1985. … Joan Carter and the late Nancy Sandefur founded the Opportunities, Inc. Foundation Board to raise public awareness about Opportunities, Inc. and its many programs. This event celebrates the ongoing progress of the organization while raising vital funds to support local children and adults with disabilities in our community.

Boots & Black Tie Gala featuring Diamond Rio

The CHRISTUS St. Michael Foundation Boots & Black Tie Gala featuring Diamond Rio was held on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at the Texarkana Convention Center. … DIAMOND SPONSORS … Dr. & Mrs. F. E. Joyce … BWI Companies … CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System … The Arnold Companies … RUBY SPONSORS … CHRISTUS Health … Kelly & Morgan Families Foundation … The Patterson-Troike Foundation … Radiology Consultants … Wholesale Electric Supply … EMERALD SPONSORS … Emily & Gabe Tarr … Alexander’s Jewelers … Bank OZK Trust and Wealth Management … CHRISTUS St.

What Love Can Do

It was April 2002. A mother of three boys was working as the Mother’s Day Out director at her local church. At the end of the day, she found herself with one child who hadn’t been picked up: a three-month-old baby girl. She had been abandoned by her biological father, a disheveled man whom the woman had met for the first time that morning. She lovingly gathered up the abandoned child and took her home, holding the baby in her lap as she drove.

Giving Guide 2022

When we give, it touches so many people. Nonprofits have always been an essential part of our local economy and culture. The assistance and support they offer is crucial to the well-being of our entire region. Each one makes the area a better place to live and work. … These organizations across the region are still reeling from the impact of the coronavirus, yet they have continued providing vital services and resources and are fulfilling needs.

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