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Smoke, Spice, & Everything Nice

photos by Matt Cornelius
The Ultimate Wing Trio for the Super Bowl … … It is time to amp up your snack game as the Super Bowl season rolls in. Forget the mundane chips and dip. Let’s dive into a world of bougie, yet effortless treats that will score big with your guests. We’re talking about a trio of tantalizing wings, each with a unique twist that will have everyone reaching for more. … The Smoky Base—Air Fryer or Smoker? You Choose! … Start with our celebrated smoked wing recipe, a staple for any wing aficionado. Don’t have a smoker? No problem!

Hadley Stevens Smith

photo by Savannah Stevens Jarratt
Hadley Stevens Smith is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She is a health economist whose research evaluates the use of genomic medicine, primarily for newborn and pediatric patient populations. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health. … Hadley was born in Texarkana, Texas. She attended St. James Day School and Pleasant Grove High School, where she graduated as Valedictorian. Hadley earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Service and Administration from Texas A&M University in College Station.

Not For Sale

In the darkest corners of Texarkana, a woman, a girl, a child lies broken as a stack of green changes hands. Every day another life is ruined while people, a street, a block, a room away, continue on with their lives, none the wiser. … Many believe human trafficking only exists in foreign countries, or they mistakenly believe that it must involve physically transporting victims from one place to another. They can’t imagine something like this would ever live in their community.

Presenting the 2023 Texarkana Cotillion Debutantes

photos by Matt Cornelius
Eight debutantes, dressed in traditional gowns and carrying bouquets of red roses, were presented to society on December 28, 2023, at Texarkana Country Club. John Crisp, master of ceremonies, introduced each young lady as she stepped from the dais. Andrea Finley and Leisa Arnett played the chosen debut song for each debutante as she and her escort circled the room. This season was coordinated by Miss Blaire Barlow. … … Kelsey Allison Clark … Kelsey Allison Clark is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Clark of Texarkana, Texas.

Will Middlebrooks

photo courtesy of Will Middlebrooks
Will Middlebrooks is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) player who is now a broadcaster and analyst for the Boston Red Sox on NESN and a national MLB analyst for CBS Sports. Born September 9, 1988, in Greenville, Texas, Will and his family moved to Texarkana in 1999. At Liberty-Eylau, Will was a part of both the baseball and football state championship teams in 2006. He married Jenny Dell Middlebrooks in 2016. Jenny is the lead college football reporter for the SEC on CBS.

Taste Buds

photo by Matt Cornelius
Dry-Aged Duck Steaks … Hunting is a very important part of our lives, just like it is for many others here in Texarkana. As a community, we are fortunate to have many hunting and fishing opportunities so close to home. The best parts of hunting are twofold: spending quality time with friends and family in the great outdoors and providing quality table fare at home for our friends and family! … We can each look back and remember the first time we went hunting. Nostalgic memories flood in and remind us of that heart pounding moment right before our first big kill.

Talk Tuesday, the digital publication of Texarkana Magazine, is a weekly look into the lives of some of Texarkana’s most incredible residents. Each heart-felt story is the first person account of people who are finding love, achieving goals, overcoming obstacles, and learning new things across our community. This year’s top ten most read stories drew thousands of readers and confirmed once again that the people of Texarkana really are Twice as Nice.

Modern Day Thanksgiving

photo by Matt Cornelius
A Shift from Homemade to Restaurant-Made Feasts … Thanksgiving, a holiday synonymous with the warmth of family gatherings, the rustling of autumn leaves, and tables laden with homemade culinary delights. The traditional image of families uniting to cook and share a meal has been at the heart of this holiday for centuries. However, with modern lifestyles ever-evolving, a new trend is emerging—increasingly, families are turning to local restaurants to source their Thanksgiving meals.

Ashley Ann (Molton) Landers

photo by Katie Clementson
Fluent in Spanish, Ashley started her career in San Antonio at the nation’s largest (at the time) Hispanic advertising agency, Bromley Communications, where she led campaigns on global packaged goods brands like Nestle and General Mills. While part of a global network out of Paris, France, she managed multi-agency teams from one of the original “mad men” agencies in Lower Manhattan. A month after becoming Principal and CEO of Texas Creative, Ashley structured a global agency partnership with an Australian-based firm to be the US Agency of Record for a global sports-betting company.

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