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The Legend

photo courtesy of Pamula Pierce Barcelou (copyright 2019) | poster art by Ralph McQuarrie
Even the smallest towns of America have local lore as intricate as the largest cities. There is a legend in Fouke, Arkansas, that is well known among the locals and cryptid enthusiasts everywhere. The beast of Boggy Creek has spread its influence far beyond the land it’s said to inhabit. … Admirers of the story have come from afar to step foot in those infamous woods. One such traveler is Lyle Blackburn, author of various books covering the beast and other similar creatures. … As a child, Lyle Blackburn was fascinated by creatures such as Bigfoot, Yeti, and the Loch Ness Monster.

Lauren Davis Turner

Lauren Turner is a financial services marketing professional working on loyalty marketing campaigns for American Express. She has lived in New York City for the last seven years. She grew up in Texarkana and graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 2016. Lauren received her Master of Business Administration from Montclair State University and her Bachelor of Arts from The King’s College.

Toni Crowder

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Toni Crowder, designer for some of Atlanta’s top musicians, athletes, and CEO’s was born and raised in Texarkana, Texas. … Her love of design ignited while touring the world with her high school sweetheart and musician-husband, David Crowder.

TXK Roots @Home Toni Crowder

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Texarkana native, designer Toni Crowder, created her dream home in Atlanta, Georgia, with husband singer-songwriter David Crowder. The couple was featured in People magazine for transforming a home previously known as “one of Atlanta’s ugliest” into a true work of art. Read Toni’s “TXKRoots” answers here.

One Pill Can Kill

For many of us, August signifies a time of new beginnings. There is an air of excitement as students, parents, and teachers prepare to head back to school. Everyone is eager to see class lists, homeroom teachers, and schedules. A new school year reminds us of the smell of a freshly opened box of crayons, the feel of a brand-new backpack, and the sound of school bells ringing. The school year brings about a time of goal setting and eagerness to be prepared and focused. Parents and guardians challenge their children to make the honor roll, have perfect attendance, and have exemplary conduct.

Changing Culture Choosing Homeschool

Hope Aubrey teaching her children at home, around the dining room table.  photo by Matt Cornelius
“There’s no place like home,” Dorothy said as she clicked her heels, eager to return to the comforts of her own little bedroom, surrounded by family. We all long for a place where we feel comfortable, safe, and loved. However, for many post-COVID-19 Americans, increasingly troubled by growing safety concerns in schools, there has been a definite cultural shift. Homes across America are now doubling as replacements for neighborhood public schools and offering parents a place where they can more individually target their children’s learning styles and individual needs.

Rod Smith

photo courtesy of Rod Smith
Rodrick (Rod) Smith is a former professional football player hailing from Texarkana, Arkansas. Born May 15, 1970, Smith carved out an impressive career in the National Football League (NFL) as a wide receiver. … Smith’s journey to the NFL began at Arkansas High School.

Dustin Moseley

photos courtesy of Dustin Moseley
Dustin Moseley is a former MLB pitcher and the current owner of Proformance Sports Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas. While he now calls Little Rock home, he was born and raised in Texarkana, Arkansas, and has fond memories of his hometown. Dustin attended Union Elementary, was a seasoned Dixie Youth ball player, and graduated from Arkansas High School in 2000. Dustin was a multisport athlete and lead the Arkansas High Baseball team to the State Championship his senior year.

TXK Hall of Fame 2023

Welcome to the TXK Hall of Fame, where we celebrate the timeless treasures that have woven the rich tapestry of this extraordinary twin city. Texarkana stands as a testament to a bygone era, where the past intertwines seamlessly with the present. … We have compiled a list, with the help of our friends, from the “Remember in Texarkana” Facebook group. We included staples and throwback places that have left a mark on the hearts and minds of Texarkana’s inhabitants. … From beloved family-owned businesses to enduring landmarks, these pillars of Texarkana are sure to spark a memory.

Farm to Fork

photos by Matt Cornelius
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” This has always been my favorite Maya Angelou quote, and it is the reason I create experiences for most meals I cook. You might be thinking, “I do not have the time to cook fabulous dishes with amazing experiences.” I would tell you that you do. As an entrepreneur, mom, and wife, I have learned to create delicious meals in no time.

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