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COVID-19 Update

Dr. Matt Young, owner of Texarkana Emergency Center, and practicing emergency medicine physician of more than 20 years, serves as the Health Authority for Bowie County. He works closely with local hospitals and city and county leaders to make recommendations and share information about Texarkana’s COVID-19 status. Texarkana Monthly asked Dr. Young a few questions to help provide updated information regarding current conditions in the community. MISINFORMATION … From the beginning of this pandemic until now, there have been constant changes and new findings.

Everyone Needs To Be Counted In Their Hometown

Every decade for the last 230 years, the United States has counted its population. Doing so is a requirement spelled out by Article 1, Section 2 of the United States Constitution, which requires the participation of the general public. The census provides critical information used by lawmakers, teachers, business owners, and service providers to gauge the needs and well-being of our communities.

Dr. Christopher Smith

University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana Dean of Students, Dr. Christopher Smith Has Been Appointed to the UA System Task Force on Racial Equity … HOPE/TEXARKANA, AR • July 2, 2020 … University of Arkansas System President Dr. Donald R. Bobbitt today announced appointments for a new system-wide task force that will consider issues around racial equity at the campuses, divisions, and units within the UA System.

How to Get Tested

SPONSORED STORY … The Ark-La-Tex Health Center is the only multi-disciplinary clinic located in Texarkana, Arkansas, offering both medical and chiropractic care under one roof. Convenience and affordability are just a few unique benefits they strive to bring to their patients. Chiropractic care is offered by Dr. James Raker, D.C. as Matt Brandon, FNP, focuses on family medicine. Dr. Raker, who has been practicing for 30 years, says

Paul Norton's Legacy

Paul Norton, Superintendent of Schools for Texarkana Independent School District, was chosen on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 as the Lone Finalist for Lake Travis Independent School District Superintendent of Schools. … The Lake Travis ISD Board of Trustees will vote to formally name him on July 8, 2020 following a state-mandated 21-day waiting period. … “For 9 years, TISD has excelled under the servant leadership of Superintendent Paul Norton,” said Fred Norton, Jr. President of TISD Board of Trustees.

TC Kids’ College 2020

SPONSORED STORY … The mission of Texarkana College is to advance the community through attainable higher education and lifelong learning , and it has a rich history of doing so with excellence since 1927. As TC’s website states, it has always been “dedicated to providing academic and vocational leadership to the intellectual, cultural, social and economic life of the northeast Texas region,” and that is why it is such a vital and valued part of our community.


Food Security

The United Families of America-Arkansas Foodbank staff at the W.T. Daniels Center where the program began.
Jennifer London and her family spread acts of love through United Families of America-Arkansas. … UFAA’s purpose is to end food insecurity in Southwest Arkansas. They provide food for after-school and summer programs, prepare Grab-and-Go meals, and deliver meals to those in need. London and her family began their mission October 15, 2017, at the W.T. Daniels Center in Texarkana, Arkansas. Today, UFAA serves approximately 5,000 meals per month throughout the Texarkana, Nashville and Lewisville, Arkansas communities.

Give Where You Live

East Texans are generous. … Year after year, we attend golf tournaments in the heat, wine swirls in the park, and fancy galas that require suits and awkwardly high heels all to show our support of causes that are dear to our hearts. Giving back is what we are taught to do and as a region we do it well, but what if there was another way to give? A way to support local and regional charities without getting dressed up or for that matter, without leaving your house? Well there is! … This is the fifth year for East Texas Giving Day.

Suffering in Silence and Solitude

Texarkana Monthly shares information during Child Abuse Awareness Month. … The national news has reported an increase in child abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conversely, the child abuse hotline reports in Texas have decreased 40-60%. “This is likely due to the fact that teachers and school employees make up a large portion of these hotline calls,” said Breanne Bradshaw with Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center.

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