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You’re a Grand Old Flag

photo by Matt Cornelius
At any point in the year when you get to see the town’s streets lined with flags, the words of the song “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” written by George M. Cohan in 1906, may spring to mind. Have you ever wondered where the flags come from or who organizes such an enormous project? Perhaps you have also considered whether you can get involved. … According to Texarkana Rotary Club’s Flag Coordinator David Mims, the local Rotary Clubs founded the Flag Project to raise funds for the many things they do in the community.

Cultural Exchange

Each year in August, more than 5,000 excited, courageous and adventurous young people from over 25 countries with the Foreign Links Around the Globe international student exchange program (FLAG), pack their bags, leave the only home they have ever known and travel to the United States to study at high schools and universities. Texarkana and surrounding communities, such as New Boston and Maud, have had the pleasure of hosting some of these special students for the 2021-2022 school year.

Taylor Jackson

photo courtesy of US Naval Academy
After graduating from Texas High School in 2014, Texarkana native Taylor Jackson received a scholarship to play football at the United States Naval Academy. Over the next four years, he earned his BS in Political Science and played in 35 football games for the Navy team. After graduation Jackson was chosen to be a Surface Warfare Officer on the USS Laboon, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia and successfully completed one deployment from December 2020 to July 2021. He will now answer the call to be the Navigator on the USS Chung-Hoon, stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

A Diamond in the Rough

Finding the perfect home often means seeing beyond the surface and straight to the potential. And sometimes, in looking for the potential, the perfect home might just find you. For Amber and Byron Stewart, what started as a financial investment has turned into an even better investment in family and friends.

A Call to Action

photo by Eric Ethridge
Do you remember what it felt like the first time someone asked you for advice? Maybe you were at work one day and you suddenly realized you were the most senior member on staff. Perhaps you were in college and came home to visit your parents, who suddenly trusted your formal education and the knowledge you had gained. It might have been more recently than that, when your grown children finally telephoned to ask for help fixing a car or baking a cake.

TXK 411

photo by Matt Cornelius
Watermelon Margarita

Nothing says summer like a big juicy watermelon. So why not add a little kick and take this summertime favorite to the next level?

INGREDIENTS

… • Chamoy Sauce … • Tajin … • Silver Tequila … • Lime Juice … • Agave Nectar or Simple Syrup … • Fresh Watermelon … • Ice …

INSTRUCTIONS

… • Take a rocks glass and press the rim into the Chamoy sauce. • Rotate the rim in Tajin until fully coated and set the glass aside. • In your cocktail shaker, add 1 ½ ounces of your favorite silver tequila.

Good Evening TXK

photo by Matt Cornelius
Remember last summer when I wrote in this very magazine that Sonic milkshakes were the best part of my summers? Boy, have things changed! This summer I’m (unfortunately) trying to lose weight… What a joy. I’m not just doing it for appearance’s sake; health matters too. But I’d be straight lying if I said appearance had nothing to do with it. … I know for a fact that I am not the only one who has been in the water with their shirt on, whether that be at the pool, the lake, even the ocean!

The Monthly Mix

Sun Protection Style … I love to wear hats year round but you won’t catch me outside in the summer without one on. These gorgeous artesian palm hats will keep you covered on all sides and couldn’t be cuter! I love the fun colored bands on them. Hat available for $108 via Sunshine Tienda … Keep your skin covered with a UPF 50+ rash guard! This one even includes thumb holes as a fun detail. The rash guard is slightly cropped and can easily be paired with any high waisted bottoms! Rash Guard available for $78 via Mott50 … Keep it shady with a fun outdoor umbrella!

Hanging on by a Rope

photo by Corban Franklin
Summer is here, and for a lot of us, lake days are what it is all about. Whether you are spending the weekend with family or with friends, summers at the lake make for some great memories, especially when you are speeding across the water being pulled behind a boat on a tube, a knee board, or skis. Tubing and knee boarding are both thrilling and can be physically demanding, but they require little skill. Skiing, however, requires balance and practice and can challenge your body with significant cardio and strength training.

Publisher's Letter

Remember when cruising State Line was the thing, making the turn arounds at Taco Bell and the Goodwill parking lots? We had music playing and our windows rolled down, cruising up and down the road to fill our summer nights. Obviously, these were the good ole days when gas prices did not stop you in your tracks. These are some great memories from my teenage years. It is how we met up with people. … We did not have cell phones, so, back then, you just had to guess where the crowd may be, but nine times out of ten, cruising State Line was a sure bet.

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