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Texarkana Forte

Many times an idea is birthed from a casual conversation. Such is the case with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra. Remica Gray and Mary Scott Smith, two friends dedicated to promoting music in the Texarkana area, talked about offering live orchestral music locally. … Unsure if there was an interest, they inquired about the amount of funding needed for such a venture and formed a committee. The duo asked area music patrons to be founding members by donating a thousand dollars each.

A Texarkana Story

PHOTO BY Molly Kendrick
This month’s issue of Texarkana Monthly is a sentimental look into the history of Texarkana. These twin cities have been deeply enriched by so many people with fascinating stories, traditions, and resources. We are taking the opportunity this holiday season to reflect on where we came from, who we are, and where we are going. So much of our incredible past is completely unknown to most of the community, but it’s a history that is worth knowing and passing on to the next generation of Texarkana residents.

The Man and His Donkey

In the 1890s the U.S. Congress made the mailing of “penny” post cards legal. Their use became an instant success—specifically among business and vacation travelers on railroads all over the nation. These postcards were very slow, but they were an economical means of communicating. Basically, it was a penny for the card and a penny for the stamp. In a week or two, the kinfolks in Chicago could get word on their family traveling to Waco, or the Texarkana businessman could send a note to a client in St.

If These Walls Could Talk

PHOTO BY Molly Kendrick
Grace… The New Normal … Friends, we have made it to December. It is the final month of this crazy year of COVID-19. Hallelujah! For so many of us, 2020 has brought fear, uncertainty, loss, anxiety, and memories we want to leave behind a locked door. Through the chaos, I have been able to find a few experiences I hope to carry with me into 2021 and beyond. … The Brothers, our twin boys, were born in January 2019. We had been a comfortable family of three for almost four years, and I knew growing to a family of five would force me to let go of some things and lighten up a little.

Molly C. Quinn

PHOTO BY Claire Leahy
Molly Quinn is a Texarkana native who may be best known for her role as Alexis Castle, the daughter of the lead in the television series Castle, which was part of the ABC line up from 2009 to 2016. Getting her start on the stage of the Perot Theatre while performing in the Nutcracker, she caught the attention of director Martin Beck and the two paired up to launch Molly’s acting career.

Pleasant Grove ISD Education Foundation

Pleasant Grove ISD Education Foundation … … 8500 North Kings Highway … Texarkana, TX 75503 … MISSION … The Pleasant Grove ISD Education Foundation’s mission is to provide opportunities for excellence in education, promote innovation in teaching, and partner with the community to enhance the quality of education for all students. … PURPOSE … The Pleasant Grove ISD Education Foundation will support educational excellence to enhance student achievement, to recognize exemplary staff involvement and to foster community support and involvement.

Opportunities, Inc.

Opportunities, Inc. … 6101 N. State Line Ave. Texarkana, TX 75503 … 903-791-2270 … www.oppinc.org … FB: @Oppinc … Established: 1966 … WHO WE ARE … Opportunities Inc. is an organization of dedicated, committed people who believe in the promise and potential of children and adults with disabilities. We strive to build a community where each person belongs; where each person is accepted, welcomed, and given the chance to participate in the community, regardless of disability. We strive to positively affect the quality of life for children and adults with any kind of disability.

CASA & TCAC

The Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center … … 1203 Main Street … Texarkana, TX 75501 … 903-792-2215 … [email protected] TCAC Program Director Missy Davison … MISSION … The Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center is an umbrella program under CASA of Northeast Texas. The purpose of the Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center (TCAC) is to provide a non-threatening environment for the investigation of child abuse.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a wife, a mother of three, a former campaign manager, political advisor, Fox News contributor, and was the White House Press Secretary for two years under the Trump Administration. There’s even talk about the potential of a 2022 run for Governor of Arkansas in her future. … Her most recent endeavor adds “Author” to her resume. Speaking for Myself:

Renaissance Man

NEGATIVITY by Michael Ulmer
When we think about a Renaissance man, most of us think of those great men of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, whose brilliant plays and poetry we’ve studied in books and whose breathtaking works of art we’ve seen on chapel ceilings. Centuries later though, right here in the year 2020, you still occasionally run across those rare individuals who seem to become an expert at every task they set their hands to.

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