Community & Culture

“Nothing Better”

photos by Matt Cornelius
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.

June Williams Davis

photo courtesy of TISD
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.

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.

For the Fun of It

photo by Cristina Fisher
Walk down any of the most iconic streets in Austin, Texas, and you will notice the fun, vibrant, one-of-a-kind art installations by Texarkana native Will Bryant. His canvases include everything from a four-story parking garage on South Congress to apparel collections for some of the most popular cycling communities in Texas. … Even more of his art can be found in advertising campaigns, offices, and storefronts for world-famous brands like Adidas, Nike, Lululemon, Facebook, Nickelodeon, Southwest Airlines, Fiat, New York Times, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Wieden+Kennedy

Turning Love Into Service

photo by Matt Cornelius
Mother Teresa said, “Love cannot remain by itself—it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.” Catie and Scott Swenson had a vision to do just this—not only love but serve.

Will Bryant

photo by Cristina Fisher
Will Bryant is an artist, designer, and illustrator based in Austin, Texas. He’d like to think that he makes fun, exuberant, and sometimes humorous work. In addition to collaborating with brands, he also continues to develop a body of work in the form of painting, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture. … Growing up in Texarkana, TX he spent his time playing sports, watching Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and making lame jokes.

Delivering Christmas

photo by Matt Cornelius
Giving makes us feel happy. Giving is good for our health, deepens social connections, and evokes gratitude. Giving is simply contagious! … Though our hearts are still inclined toward giving gifts, maybe now more than ever, since our introduction to the internet and online shopping over the past couple of decades, and even more since the pandemic in 2020, the face of Christmas giving has dramatically changed. The holidays we spent in quarantine conditions made it necessary to give to our friends and family without the benefit of sharing the same spaces.

Sharing Music

The Texarkana Arkansas High School (AHS) Razorback Band Program is hosting a district wide instrument drive from now until December 9. The school provides loaned instruments for all students throughout its 6-12 band program and over the past year, the number of students involved in the Razorback bands has grown to twice as many as in previous years.

Ryan Yarnell

photo by Aaron Davis
“The woods of East Texas and Arkansas helped shape me into the man I am today.” That about sums it up for avid sportsman and Texarkana native Ryan Yarnell. Hunting and adventure have been a way of life for him since his earliest memories, and he has turned his love for the outdoors into an incredible career—traveling to some of the most beautiful places in America and beyond.To read more about Ryan, make sure you check out “Blind Living.” What is your favorite Texarkana memory? … Y2K. It snowed a lot in Texarkana and the power was out.

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