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Inaugural Life of TXK Photo Contest

“Lightning Across Two States” by Eric Ethridge
Texarkana Magazine proudly presents the winners of the inaugural Life of TXK photo contest. Each winning photograph provides a distinct glimpse of the community, demonstrating remarkable talent and creativity. The contest featured five categories, with the overall winner and the special smartphone categories receiving cash prizes.

Thresholds of Renewal

photos by Matt Cornelius
It’s easy to imagine what drew Jeanie Conway to her home. Driving up to the front, the large wrap-around porch is warm and inviting. Large planters overflowing with life stand tall on either side of the front door. Each home reflects so many things about the lives of the inhabitants, and the most interesting parts of every house are the stories told by each carefully curated space. … The Conway house boasts a sense of growth and revival through its colorful pallet and inviting design. It has the location of fresh starts and a renewed focus on the joys of life.

Brighter than the CANDLE

photo by Matt Cornelius
In all the stories we hear daily about human resilience, few move us more profoundly than those about children battling chronic medical conditions. Austin Taylor, a now 11-year-old Red Lick student who is battling Chronic Atypical Neutrophilic Dermatosis with Lipodystrophy and Elevated Temperature (CANDLE) Syndrome, is an inspirational example of this truth. Taylor has shown remarkable courage and stands stronger every day in the face of this relentless opponent. … From the early age of three days old, his mother, Carly Armstrong, recognized signs of distress.

I Don’t Take Notes & I Don’t Do Windows

photo by Matt Cornelius
Those in Miller, Bowie, and Hempstead counties who know Julia Peck Mobley, think of her as a savvy businesswoman, tough-as-nails, with a no-nonsense mindset. After all, Julia was once the single shareholder of Commercial National Bank (CNB), the reigns of which her father, George Peck, passed to her during an era when having a female bank CEO and chairman of the board was unheard of. … Julia established herself in a male-dominated profession as she took on her father’s philosophy that aligned the banking profession with sales.

Daniel Pierce

photo by Daniel Pierce
Daniel Pierce, formerly known as Danny Hall, has always been drawn to the ocean and surrounded by free-spirited and open-minded individuals. Today, he finds solace wandering the bustling Venice Boardwalk or enjoying the solitude of Malibu’s beaches. He also remains grateful for his roots. Daniel’s early life was spent on a 20-acre pasture in Nash, Texas, where he lived with his single father, whom he only met at the age of six.

Good Evening TXK

photo by Matt Cornelius
If you’ve never had the pleasure of hearing Kacey Musgraves’ music, I highly recommend you grab your phone immediately, open up the music streaming service of your choice, and hit play on her 2018 Grammy-award-winning album, Golden Hour. It was the soundtrack to my life the entire year after it dropped, and apparently, the mark it made was significant enough for it to be the catalyst for this article I’m writing today, six years after its release. … I’ve probably heard Golden Hour’s opening track, “Slow Burn,” over a thousand times by this point.

Decoding the Impact

How will school vouchers impact local students? … The runoff election for Texas House District 1 is approaching. The candidates are addressing a variety of important issues. Texarkana Magazine has chosen to focus specifically on how implementing a proposed education voucher system in the state of Texas will impact local students.

Always Learning Book Review

photo by Matt Cornelius
This May marks 25 years since I graduated from Texas High School. It’s around this time of year that I like to offer suggestions for books that will inspire and motivate our budding graduates. When I graduated high school, the book of choice for gifting was Chicken Soup for the Soul. I believe I had multiple iterations of that book; I had one for my teenage soul, my graduate soul, and my ordinary soul.

Class of 2024

Welcome to Texarkana Magazine’s celebration of the Class of 2024. As these remarkable students close one chapter and embark on new adventures, their achievements and promising futures that lie ahead are honored. Everyone is invited to recognize their hard work and success, and to wish them well as they step into the next phase of their lives.

The Monthly Mix

Floral Finds … As chilly temperatures fade away and nature begins to stir, there is no better way to usher in the season’s cheerful ambiance than by adorning your home with the freshness and beauty of floral elements. From delicate blossoms to lush foliage, spring floral finds offer an effortless way to infuse your living spaces with a sense of renewal and vitality.

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Talk Tuesday

  • Burgers, Pizza, and Beer!

    Countdown to Bubba's 33 Grand Opening … Texarkana is abuzz with excitement as Bubba's 33 prepares to open its doors on June 10th.

  • ROCK of Ages!

    DC Talk. Audio Adrenaline. Jars of Clay. Those are the bands that inspired a local group of Texarkana musicians to form a Christian Rock cover band!

  • The Sensational Seven

    From the outside looking in, one might be apt to give a good 'ole southern "bless their hearts" to the All Abilities basketball team of Texarkana

  • Not only was it country music star Pat Green’s birthday when he performed at Texarkana’s Solarbration on April 5, 2024

  • Sparks of Success

    My dream career is to become an underwater welder. Learning to weld on land was the first step toward that goal.

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