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Going Bananas

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How can you not be romantic about baseball?" —Billy Beane, Moneyball … … Baseball has been a constant for more than a century of American history, and people have set their calendars using opening day as a guide.

Buffy Youngblood

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Buffy Youngblood is a Texarkana, Arkansas, native who was raised by her parents, Kim and Terry Youngblood. She has three older brothers, Jon, David, and Ben. After graduating from Dallas Baptist University in 2011, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in the fashion industry. … During her time in New York, Buffy gained experience working in various fields of fashion, including notable establishments such as Barney’s New York and Norma Kamali. It was also in New York where she met her husband, Ugonna Onyekwe.

Finding Forever

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As a family of six, space and location were key factors when Sarah and Dr. Mike Wages were house shopping eight years ago. They eventually found the perfect-sized house just minutes from work and school, making it easy to overlook the dated decor to see the home’s potential. Sarah was also particularly drawn to the classic colonial architecture and the quiet cul-de-sac where she could easily envision the kids safely playing.

Taste Buds

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A Tay’sful TimeYou asked, and we listened. This month’s food review comes from a local restaurant that is not on everyone’s radar (yet). Tay’sful Kitchen is located in the “circle of Wake Village” at 607 Redwater Road, across from Domino’s Pizza. Taylor Smith, the owner of Tay’sful Kitchen, is as genuine as they come. She was professional, polite, and courteous from the minute we sat down. The only thing better than the service was the smell. You could smell love in the air.

Clay’s Golf and Guitars Through the Years…

How It All Began … In May 2014, friends of Gail and Dr. Ed Eichler held a crawfish boil to celebrate the life of their son, Clay, who passed away earlier that year. The crawfish boil was held on Clay’s birthday (a birthday shared with his older brother, Edward) as an opportunity to share memories and uplift the family. It was quickly evident that this memorial would become an annual gathering to raise funds for the community. The Clay Eichler Memorial Fund was created in 2014, and the first Clay’s Golf and Guitars fundraiser was held May 30, 2015, at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

Books for Grads

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Graduation time feels a bit like being on the cusp of a new year. The blank slate of a new life path can be a thrilling rebirth and, at the same time, paralyze you with the scaries. For many graduates, this could mean heading off to an oversized elementary school that makes you feel tiny, leaving the comforts of your childhood hometown to embark on a brave new world, or packing up your college apartment and thinking, now what? … Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile, The Road Back to You:

The Monthly Mix

End of Year Teacher Gifts … May is one of the busiest times of year for those with children in school. Proms, recitals, graduations, programs, and more all take place during this month. As the year draws to a close, it is also a great time to show appreciation to teachers who have had a hand in helping your child grow during the school year. I am sharing end of year gift ideas any teacher would love to receive.

Strengthening the Health Care Workforce

Arkansans rely on access to physicians and health care professionals to provide life-saving and preventative care close to home. Rural states like ours face an acute need for medical providers. More than 500,000 Natural State residents live in an area defined by the federal government as lacking the adequate number of health professionals to serve the population.

Good Evening TXK

Nine years ago, a very wild, rambunctious 16-year-old me was sitting in Mrs. Jenny Walker’s communications classroom at Texas High School. I was rather obnoxious, dividing my classmates up between ‘royals’ and ‘peasants’ and making plans for how I would go about securing my own MTV reality show, entitled King Bailey of course, because what else would I title it? Through my loudest and lowest days, when I thought I was running the classroom, I can still firmly recall every hallway conversation with Mrs. Walker.

Class of 2023

No one gets a diploma alone. The teachers, administrators, family, and friends who contribute to a graduate’s future are real heroes. CONGRATULATIONS from Texarkana Magazine!

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