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Deeply Rooted

East Texas Grain & Knot owners, Kaci and Kyle McKeever’s beautiful home is full of personal touches, each piece intertwining their family and business. When you dig deeper into their story, you learn it is all about family, faith and staying focused. … When the McKeevers married, they decided to rent and save as much money as possible to one day purchase land. After they purchased the land and paid it off, they saved again, this time to build a shop they could live in until they were ready to build a home. They planned for the shop to eventually be Kyle’s hobby and hangout space.

Life Training in Disguise

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“There are so many things that theatre teaches that are lessons everyone needs in life.” explains Meredith Farren and Susannah Linnett, sisters, co-producers, managers and visionaries behind Silvermoon Children’s Theatre. “Through the process of auditions, weeks and weeks of rehearsals, making friendships, following rules, letting loose and not being afraid to laugh at themselves when they make mistakes, we have seen kids stretch and grow and excel at things that might not be in their wheelhouse.

King Lawrence

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King Lawrence is an advertising and editorial photographer and filmmaker born and raised in Texas and based in Phoenix, Arizona. King and his team of ninjas produce both still and motion content for brands, magazines and ad agencies specializing in industries such as sports/fitness, agriculture, healthcare and development. … What is your favorite Texarkana memory?

Batter Up

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As Billy Beane questioned in the movie Moneyball, “How can you not be romantic about baseball?” We love going to the games. We love the atmosphere. … People go crazy over the players, the rules, the stadium and the food. But only a few pay attention to the mechanics that go into making the sport what it really is. Baseball is not all about natural talent; it is about the techniques perfected by the players after countless swings and after running plays repetitively over many years.

Good Evening TXK

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Six things to do in May! … Each year as the month of May once again rears its head, I reminisce about the good old days when scratching the contacts right out of my itchy, painfully bloodshot, watery eyes was just another Monday at school for me.

A Sarine Thought… or Two

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A Mother of a TaleThere once was a young girl in a small east Texas town who dreamed of settling down, getting married, having children, keeping a clean house and making three square meals a day for her family. She would whip up homemade organic granola for her 3.2 children and stud of a husband before moving the refrigerator to sweep behind it and scrub the baseboards of her pristine home. What a gal she was going to grow up to be! I don’t know this girl personally, but I’m sure she is out there somewhere!

My Drift

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What would Forrest Gump say?I always think about my mother when I make chocolate chip cookies. It’s not because she especially loved chocolate chip cookies, or because hers were particularly delicious. No, preparing chocolate chip cookies reminds me of my mother because it was the source of one of her “motherisms.” … You know what a motherism is. A motherism is something you accepted as truth early in your life because your mother always said it. Later, when you became an adult, you either adopted it as your own truth or rejected it in favor of a belief that better suited your lifestyle.

Graduation Gifts

Send Them Off to School in Style … Graduating high school and heading off to college is such an exciting time in life. It is the first time a student is on their own as an adult and with it comes new experiences and challenges. Graduates are typically gifted items by friends and family as they prepare to begin a new chapter in their lives.

A Passion for Paws

Taking in an animal is a journey of its own, however, traveling hundreds of miles in the pursuit of a new life is more than an average adventure. From underdog to ownership, Paw Paw Patch owner Tavo Cruz has the experience and dedication to continue bettering the lives of animals in the Ark-La-Tex region. … Tavo Cruz grew up in the small town of Agua Dulce Papantla, Veracruz. His oldest sister, a struggling single mother at the time, was granted an opportunity to come to the states. Tavo’s mother, not wanting his sister to go alone, asked that one of the other children go with her.

Leadership Texarkana Lunch with Leaders 2021

Leadership Texarkana celebrated local excellence in community leadership at their annual Lunch with Leaders at Texarkana, TX Convention Center on April 20th, with the awarding of the organization’s Leader of The Year Award, as well as honoring community leaders through Leadership Texarkana’s annual Wilbur Awards. The luncheon was sponsored by Texarkana Emergency Center and Hospital.

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