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Sharing Music

The Texarkana Arkansas High School (AHS) Razorback Band Program is hosting a district wide instrument drive from now until December 9. The school provides loaned instruments for all students throughout its 6-12 band program and over the past year, the number of students involved in the Razorback bands has grown to twice as many as in previous years.

World Famous Elvis Tribute Artist coming to the Perot Theatre

Travis Powell is a very special kind of entertainer. Although he is not a magician per se, he does perform a spellbinding act. It is a musical alchemy whereby he morphs from an unassuming suburban dad into a king. And not just any king. THE king. … As one of the nation’s foremost Elvis Tribute Artists (ETAs), Powell has been winning ETA contests since grade school. In fact, while most toddlers were barely warbling their ABCs or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, by age four, Powell had already zoned in on what he liked to do–and that was to sing Elvis songs.

What Love Can Do

It was April 2002. A mother of three boys was working as the Mother’s Day Out director at her local church. At the end of the day, she found herself with one child who hadn’t been picked up: a three-month-old baby girl. She had been abandoned by her biological father, a disheveled man whom the woman had met for the first time that morning. She lovingly gathered up the abandoned child and took her home, holding the baby in her lap as she drove.

Memoirs Move Me

Oh my gosh! “Do I have a story for you!” Those are seven words I will never tire of hearing. I crave a good story like a basic college girl craves a pumpkin spice latte and an Instagram photo op. Call me, message me, write me a letter, or invite me to lunch. If you have got a good story to tell, I have got a listening ear. Yes, I still answer calls and still call people. If you are even my casual friend, you know I am not afraid to call you on the phone.

Stay Awake!

Happy October, my bookish ghouls and goblins! For this month's book review, I picked a thriller from a popular author who is new to me. It is just the book to usher us into the spooky season. What is not to love about a thriller? The pages practically turn themselves, and a clever author can keep you guessing until the end. There is nothing quite like the gasp at the end of the book when it unexpectedly comes together. We need to think of a word for that. "Ending gasp" seems too long. Help a sister out!

Texarkana Symphony Orchestra 2020 Celebrity Conductors

The Texarkana Symphony Orchestra (TSO) Announces Its 10th Annual Celebrity Conductor Competition … This year’s competitors include Cassy Meisenheimer, publisher of Texarkana Monthly; Jane Portis, Residential Case Manager with Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter; Randy Roeser, attorney with the firm of Haltom & Doan; and Brandon Washington, Vice President of Operations at Texarkana College.

Hope Remains

Gail and Dr. Ed Eichler's story of founding Clay's Golf and Guitars. … Hope is a word that carries heavy emotions and expectations. For Gail and Dr. Ed Eichler, hope is a feeling of trust that comes from their steadfast faith in God. This is evidenced by the scripture from Philippians 4:13 which is displayed front and center on a table in their living room.

Inaugural Texarkana Save Jane Event

The Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center and CASA Raise Awareness For Child Abuse with Inaugural Save Jane Event … Area To Read Names Representing Over 1,200 Children Abused Last Year … Virtual Event/Facebook Live • August 13, 2020 • 10:00 a.m. … Local volunteers and community members will join the Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center and CASA for Children in taking a stand against child abuse through a live video on their Facebook pages with the first-ever Save Jane event. … I am Jane Doe.

Battle of the Border

Texarkana, AR vs Texarkana, TX … Battle of the Border … Friendly Census Challenge … TEXARKANA, USA • July 30, 2020 … On Tuesday, July 28, Texarkana Mayor, Bob Bruggeman and Texarkana, Arkansas Mayor, Allen Brown met at the state line in front of the Federal courthouse to announce a friendly challenge to see which part of the twin city will get the higher percentage of participation in the 2020 Census over the next month. … Both Mayors will have a team that consists of members from the joint census committee.

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.

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