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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.

Local Food for Local Tables

photos by Matt Cornelius
Have you ever wandered the produce section at the grocery store and considered where the fruits and vegetables you are buying come from? Maybe they are from another state, or it is possible they have even been flown to your local market from another country. Either way, the produce at your local grocery store is probably not fresh or locally grown. … While fresh and locally grown may be ideal, it is not realistic to believe most of us will plant our own gardens and grow all the fruits and vegetables we want and need.

Voice of the Garden

It is incredible how God uses unique life experiences to direct our paths. If we pay attention, He can lead us on the very best journey. Beekeeping has been precisely that for the founders of Balm and Honey Farm, Brin and Matt Nichols. Though it is not their full-time job, the hum in the garden has become their passion. … It all started when Brin, a former news reporter in the Dallas area, covered a story on bees. “I worked for CBS News in Dallas, and I was assigned a story about the decline of bees, and it was just one of those stories that had an impact on me.

Brent Rodgers

photo by Kathy Tran
After earning a Master’s in Personal Finance from Texas Tech University, Texarkana native, Brent Rodgers, began his career as a stockbroker with a Fortune 500 company and was quickly climbing the ladder of success. Questioning his trajectory, he began to look for the joy and passion that seemed to be missing in his daily work. Through travel and life’s adventures that passion began to manifest. … “My tastebuds were first tantalized in Peru, by a mixture of celery, carrots and beets,” Brent said. “Then with a frothing cup of fresh-blended spinach in the Middle East.

East Bound and Down

“East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’, A-we gonna do what they say can’t be done.” … It is not likely anyone has grown up in the South and not heard of Smokey and the Bandit before, or better yet, can read those lyrics above without starting to hum, especially if they were alive in the 70s and 80s. Either you have watched the movie, heard the song, or seen the memorabilia and collectibles in your local thrift store.

Leadership Texarkana Class of 2021-2022

Largest class of 49 Graduate from 2021-2022 Leadership Texarkana Program … Forty-nine Texarkana area residents completing the year-long Leadership Texarkana community leadership program were honored by the Leadership Texarkana (LT) organization at the End of Year Celebration the evening of April 26 at the home of Executive Director Ruth Ellen Whitt.

30th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is preparing for its annual food drive Saturday, May 14, 2022. A media kick-off is scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 2022, at 9:00 am, at the United States Post Office, 2211 North Robison Road, Texarkana, Texas. … The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country's largest one-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need.

Cooper Tire's Seventh Annual Big Bass Fishing Tournament

Cooper Tire’s Seventh Annual Big Bass Fishing Tournament is one of the largest in the Ark-La-Tex, and it is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 at Millwood Lake’s Yarborough Landing. Kyle Thomas, Distribution Operations Manager at Cooper Tire will head up the tournament this year. “We expect to have 190 fishermen in this year’s tournament as we have the largest payout we’ve ever had—($13,300) potentially,” he said.

2022 National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer, observed annually on the first Thursday of May, was officially set aside in 1952 by President Harry Truman as a special time to seek God for our families, our nation and others around the world. This day is celebrated by Americans of many religions.

Mother Daughter Fun Photo Contest

Mother-Daughter Fun Photo Contest to Benefit Scholarships for Single Parent Students … Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund announces a Mother-Daughter Fun Photo Contest to fund scholarships across the state of Arkansas. Entries are being accepted now. … Anyone can enter for free. Votes will be $1 each with a $5 minimum, and all proceeds will fund scholarships for single parents who are pursuing a better life through the pursuit of post-secondary education or skilled trade certification.

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