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Clay’s Golf and Guitars Through the Years…

How It All Began … In May 2014, friends of Gail and Dr. Ed Eichler held a crawfish boil to celebrate the life of their son, Clay, who passed away earlier that year. The crawfish boil was held on Clay’s birthday (a birthday shared with his older brother, Edward) as an opportunity to share memories and uplift the family. It was quickly evident that this memorial would become an annual gathering to raise funds for the community. The Clay Eichler Memorial Fund was created in 2014, and the first Clay’s Golf and Guitars fundraiser was held May 30, 2015, at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

Books for Grads

photos by Matt Cornelius
Graduation time feels a bit like being on the cusp of a new year. The blank slate of a new life path can be a thrilling rebirth and, at the same time, paralyze you with the scaries. For many graduates, this could mean heading off to an oversized elementary school that makes you feel tiny, leaving the comforts of your childhood hometown to embark on a brave new world, or packing up your college apartment and thinking, now what? … Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile, The Road Back to You:

Buffy Youngblood

photos by Ross Laurence Studio
Buffy Youngblood is a Texarkana, Arkansas, native who was raised by her parents, Kim and Terry Youngblood. She has three older brothers, Jon, David, and Ben. After graduating from Dallas Baptist University in 2011, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in the fashion industry. … During her time in New York, Buffy gained experience working in various fields of fashion, including notable establishments such as Barney’s New York and Norma Kamali. It was also in New York where she met her husband, Ugonna Onyekwe.

Class of 2023

No one gets a diploma alone. The teachers, administrators, family, and friends who contribute to a graduate’s future are real heroes. CONGRATULATIONS from Texarkana Magazine!

The Midway and Memory Lane

photos courtesy of Four States Fair & Rodeo
1940 … First recorded year of rodeo. … 1945 … Fair organized, and charter established. … 1954 … Fair set at six days with a five-day rodeo. … 1970-80s … Four States Fair held at Spring Lake Park where baseball complex is today. … 1977 … The Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale horses participated in parade and performed in the rodeo arena. … 1979 … 104 acres of land located on the West side of Loop 245 and South of I-30, a 20-acre parking lot, and 88 acres were deeded to the Four States Fair for relocation at no cost. … 1982 … Groundbreaking for new fairgrounds on Loop 245.

Celebrate... for a Cause

Front—Co-chairs Mark and Cathy Van Herpen, and Executive Director Terrie Arnold with the 2023 Twice as Fine Texarkana Wine Festival committee. photos by matt cornelius
Statistically, an individual diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease might live another seven to ten years. On the other hand, that person’s spouse acting as their caregiver might only have three to five more years to live. Such is the physical and emotional toll caring for a dementia patient takes on a loved one. … The Alzheimer’s Alliance Tri-state Area’s Our Place Day Respite Center is working to improve such outcomes by providing regular time off and much-needed rest for caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients.

Zack Fischer

photo courtesy of Zack Fischer
Zack Fischer, a Golfer on the Korn Ferry Tour, is from Wake Village, Texas, and currently resides in Benton, Arkansas. He is married to Kaitlin Fischer (8 years) and together they have a little girl, Hallie (2). Zack and Kaitlin have a golden retriever named Arnie Palmer. Fischer has been playing professional golf since 2011. Fischer is the only two time winner of the Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying tournament and recently won the Argentina Open which has qualified him for the 2023 Open Championship. … What is your favorite Texarkana memory?

2023 Pitch It Texarkana

photos by Matt Cornelius
Imagine if Texarkana, USA, were a magnet for talent and entrepreneurship in our region. Bright young minds would see a tangible path to success after graduating from our schools, local businesses would have no shortage of eager and industrious recruits, an infectious startup culture would permeate our community, and hometown ingenuity would start to look a lot more like big city innovation. … Pitch It Texarkana is a collaborative effort to turn strategic thinking into strategic doing.

The Places You’ll Go

Texarkana native, Tareka Lofton (right), competed in the Dr. Seuss Baking Challenge on Amazon Prime Video. photo courtesy of Adam Rose/Prime Video
Oh! The places you’ll go! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the highfliers who soar to high heights.” —Dr. Seuss … Little did Tareka Lofton know how true these words from Dr. Seuss’s well-known children’s book would be when she was a little girl growing up in Texarkana. She could not imagine the sights she would see or to what heights her natural talent, creativity, and work ethic would take her. … Lofton’s parents were well-loved and respected members of the Texarkana community.

Tareka Lofton

photo courtesy of Tareka Lofton
A graduate of Arkansas High School, Pastry Chef Tareka Lofton is an award winning visual artist in painting and sculpture and a Le Cordon Bleu alumnus. After finishing pastry school in 2013, Tareka began baking cakes from her apartment and Loft 22 Cakes was born. Praises for these amazing cakes began to spread across the Dallas-Fort Worth area via a large swell of social media followers. … In 2017, Tareka opened Loft 22 Cakes first storefront bakery in Fort Worth’s Historic Near Southside. Tareka’s vision is to take both loves of food and art to create a treat you will never forget.

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