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Temporary Teacher

photos by Molly Kendrick
Mindi Pruett shares her homeschooling story. … Moms wear many hats… caregiver, chef, housekeeper, taxi driver, nurse… the titles are endless. We manage the household and make sure that everyone is content, fed, and where they need to be. Now we have added impromptu teacher to our ever-so-long-list of responsibilities. In an instant the looming question in the world became, “Has our government lost its mind?

5th Annual First Responders' Day

A live media event at 10 am proclaimed Wednesday, May 20, 2020, as EMS Appreciation Day in honor of First Responders. Free lunch from Big Jakes BBQ for approximately 250 local first responders was provided by Texarkana Emergency Center & Hospital, Eagle Distributing, Farmers Bank & Trust and Texarkana Funeral Home. … Click here to watch the media event that streamed live on Facebook.


How Do We Reopen... with Patience, Adaptability and Resilience

Texarkana Monthly Columnist Sonja Yates Hubbard shares her opinion. … “I can’t wait to get back to normal,” is a thought I’ve had countless times since mid-March. As restrictions began to loosen recently, I’ve experienced excitement yet trepidation and debated what ‘back to normal’ even is, much less, how and when will we get there. … My opinions on the impact of this pandemic are different today than they were in March. With passing regard to COVID-19, I attended a large conference in Ft.

”COVID” Conversations with Farmers Bank & Trust

James BramlettTexarkana Market President … Farmers Bank & TrustWhat are you doing to adapt to this sudden change? … All Farmers Bank & Trust lobbies are available only by appointment for transactions that cannot occur by drive-thru, phone, or online. We have closed 5 smaller branches and numerous employees are working remotely from home. All Farmers employees will continue to receive their regular pay.

“COVID” Conversations with Southern Insurance Group

Jon SheppardOwner/Agent … Southern Insurance GroupWhat are you doing to adapt to this sudden change? … We are not allowing this pandemic to change any of our business practices. We are always mindful of our clients insurance needs and do whatever we can at all times to services those needs to the best of our ability. … How has it impacted your business/industry/workplace? … We at SIG take our clients’ insurance needs personally. We have always and will always do our best for our clientele in good and hard times.

Pandemic Parenting

Ashley Gibbs tells her story about parenting during the pandemic for Mother's Day. … It took a solid 34 days, but my four children did finally stop asking, “What are we going to do tomorrow,” and have resigned themselves to this new normal. We have all settled in and surrendered in a way. Actually, I continue to be surprised at how regular our new routines (or lack thereof) seem to have become, when really it is everything but. We should be heading into the last few weeks of school, finishing up soccer, prepping for a dance recital, and rounding out another year of club volleyball.

Suffering in Silence and Solitude

Texarkana Monthly shares information during Child Abuse Awareness Month. … The national news has reported an increase in child abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conversely, the child abuse hotline reports in Texas have decreased 40-60%. “This is likely due to the fact that teachers and school employees make up a large portion of these hotline calls,” said Breanne Bradshaw with Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center.

Food Security

The United Families of America-Arkansas Foodbank staff at the W.T. Daniels Center where the program began.
Jennifer London and her family spread acts of love through United Families of America-Arkansas. … UFAA’s purpose is to end food insecurity in Southwest Arkansas. They provide food for after-school and summer programs, prepare Grab-and-Go meals, and deliver meals to those in need. London and her family began their mission October 15, 2017, at the W.T. Daniels Center in Texarkana, Arkansas. Today, UFAA serves approximately 5,000 meals per month throughout the Texarkana, Nashville and Lewisville, Arkansas communities.

Give Where You Live

East Texans are generous. … Year after year, we attend golf tournaments in the heat, wine swirls in the park, and fancy galas that require suits and awkwardly high heels all to show our support of causes that are dear to our hearts. Giving back is what we are taught to do and as a region we do it well, but what if there was another way to give? A way to support local and regional charities without getting dressed up or for that matter, without leaving your house? Well there is! … This is the fifth year for East Texas Giving Day.

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