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“Nothing Better”

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Zach Yeldell, head worship pastor at Church on the Rock (COTR)-Texarkana, places great value in leading not only adults, but children and youth into what he feels is the foundation of Christian faith: worship. “It has radically changed my life,” Zach said. “It’s the one thing we get to do that blesses the heart of God. Our culture says that everything we do is about us, but worship is the opposite of that.

A Pillar of Perseverance

photo courtesy of June Williams Davis
As February celebrates Black History Month, it is important to recognize and reflect upon individuals who have given back to their community and share their passion for Texarkana with others. June Williams Davis, a former Texarkana citizen and recent distinguished Texas High alum, boasts an impressive amount of accomplishments.

Athletics for All

photo by Matt Cornelius
As 2023 resolutions continue into February for many, it is common to focus on health and fitness goals for the new year. Texarkana presents two viable physical fitness options for individuals with special needs, from organized sports to personal training opportunities.

Where the Wild Things Are

photos by Matt Cornelius
Many in Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas consider themselves animal lovers, but when you move beyond the realm of dogs, cats, and the occasional bird, you step beyond the day-to-day experiences of most in this area. It is hard to believe you are still in Bowie County when entering the property of Tara and Brian Whelchel in Redwater, Texas. The electric gate slowly opens revealing the beautiful hidden habitat of a multitude of exotic animals that somehow seem to be exactly where they were always meant to be, surrounding the Whelchel family’s newly built home.

Have a Heart

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Register as an Organ DonorYour donation could save a life like Texarkana resident Madeline Piña’s. … Most people know there is a need for organ and tissue donors. Still, they need to understand how urgent this need is. According to midamericatransplant.org, 95% of Americans support organ donation, but only about 60% are registered to donate. … February is American Heart Month, and one Texarkana family understands why a heart is a valuable gift. To the Piña family, every day is another day they wait for the call that a heart is available for eight-year-old Madeline.

Good Evening TXK

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A couple of months ago, I was standing in my mom’s bathroom talking to her while she was fixing her hair in the mirror, and she was just LAUGHING! I’m not talking about giggling—little chuckles here and there—I am saying uncontrollably laughing out loud while telling me about a little joke her boyfriend John made on their date the night before. She was laughing so hard that I was trying to hold back laughter myself even though I could not understand a single word she was saying because that’s how hard she was laughing.

An Even Greater Tomorrow

photo by Brooke Stone
Meet Texarkana, Texas Ward 5 City Council Member Libby White … Texarkana citizen Libby White recently filled the vacant Ward 5 Council seat in Texarkana, Texas. Libby and her husband, Brad, have lived in Ward 5 of Texarkana, Texas, since November 2009. Libby hopes to help lead Texarkana into an even greater tomorrow by serving on the city’s City Council. … After graduating from Pleasant Grove High School in 2003, White achieved a psychology degree from Texas A&M University-College Station.

Taste Buds

photo by Matt Cornelius
V-Day MealWhether your status on Valentine’s Day is “single,” “taken,” or “hangry,” the Taste Buds have the perfect dinner spot picked out where you and (optimistically) your significant other can enjoy a marvelous meal, high-quality cocktails, and fresh, homemade desserts this upcoming February 14. Look no further than Twisted Fork, Grill & Lounge, at 5522 Summerhill Road on the Texas side of our Twice-as-Nice city. … Twisted Fork was a much-needed addition to the lineup of private dining establishments when it opened in the Four States area.

The Monthly Mix

Get Organized … Order and organization give me such a sense of peace. It might seem silly to some, but when everything has a place, I feel more at ease. I have always been a very organized person, but it seems like it is still always a work in progress. Things get out of order, new things are added to the mix, and items no longer used add clutter. It can be overwhelming if you let it all pile up. My best advice is to start small with just one drawer or cabinet. This method will give you the momentum to keep going with your organization.

June Williams Davis

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June Williams Davis, a retired educator with 40 years of service, completed her career in Fort Worth ISD as the director of special programs. She also has taught in Texarkana, Lancaster, and Wichita Falls ISDs and served as a counselor in Fort Worth. She lived in Texarkana from 1951-1978. … She has a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology/social work and a Master of Education degree, both from East Texas State University, now known as Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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