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From New Guinea with Love

In 1943, a letter addressed to Sergeant James Hughes made its way from Mineola, Texas, to the jungles of New Guinea. Serving his time on the South Pacific Island in World War II, James considered the letter a welcomed sight, until he read its contents. It was a Dear John letter from his girlfriend back home.

Blackberry Lemonade Cocktail

INGREDIENTS … 1 Lemon … 3 TBSP Sugar … 2 TBSP Whiskey … 3/4 cup Water … 6 Fresh Blackberries … Fresh Mint Leaves … DIRECTIONS … Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the lemon juice into a mason jar.

Cornerstone Retirement Community 60th Anniversary

On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, the entire Cornerstone family gathered to celebrate Methodist Retirement Communities' 60th Anniversary. They rolled out the red carpet for such a special occasion. The day was made complete with fun music, dancing, games, great food, a photo booth, and even a visit from their favorite Elvis impersonator. … Sixty years ago The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church launched this important ministry that would make its way to Texarkana.

All But My Life

April 23 is World Book Day and while my goal is to always encourage you to read a book, I am taking this opportunity and a world holiday to say it a little louder for the people in the back. … Texarkana is a treasure trove of interesting people and one of my new friends suggested I read her grandmother’s memoir about surviving the Holocaust and falling in love with the soldier who liberated her. Your grandma did what? My mind was blown. I was in close proximity to someone whose grandmother had survived the Holocaust and gone on to write about it.

The Beauty of an Unexpected Life

Dealing daily with the unexpected, never knowing or understanding when, what or where this mystery began, hoping for God’s grace to carry you from day to day and that society will learn to understand what may not be understood… This is the reality for my family as we live with autism. … In 2014, after failed attempts and much prayer, my husband and I were blessed with a son, Caleb. He was perfect to us. He was healthy and had ten fingers and ten toes. At that moment, nothing else mattered. We marveled over his every move! We videoed every smile, bath, laugh and even some crying.

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.

Opportunities Inc. Sunday Funday

Opportunities Inc.'s first annual Sunday Funday was held on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at Crossties in downtown Texarkana. This event included live music by up-and-coming Nashville star, Lil' Skinny, barbeque from Naamans, and a baggo competition. All proceeds benefitted children and adults with disabilities in our community.


1st Annual Pitch It Texarkana!

The inaugral Pitch It Texarkana! Entrepreneurial Competition was held on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at Crossties in Downtown Texarkana. The winning entrepreneurs were awarded $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place, and $1,000 for third place. The winners of the first-ever Pitch It Texarkana were first place, Jesse Darby-Tillis, Hypecon Events a sports gaming lounge; second place, Ren Overlock, TAGN a ratchet strap tie-downs with custom printed slogan "They Ain't Going Nowhere"; third place went to Brittney Haynes, that is a zero-waste refill store.

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.

When the Time Comes

Have you ever had the difficult task of making final arrangements for a loved one or family member after they passed away? Most people have no idea how much there is to do or how many decisions there are to make until they have been forced to sit in that chair. Until you have been in those shoes, most remain unaware of what final arrangements cost. The best way to protect your loved ones from that difficult task is to plan your arrangements ahead of time.

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