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If These Walls Could Talk

Make Contentment Cool Again … Several years ago, I entertained the possibility of a career change. An opportunity became available for something I always said I wanted, but no matter how hard I tried, I just didn’t have peace about making the change. I remember talking to my parents about struggling with the decision, weighing the pros and cons, and Daddy asking me if I was unhappy with my current career. My response was no; I was actually very happy where I was and I enjoyed going to work every day. His next statement, as usual, was exactly what I needed to hear:

Locally Owned 2023

Discover the heartbeat of our community as we highlight Texarkana’s locally owned and operated businesses. Texarkana Magazine understands the unique essence and vibrant spirit that make our city truly special. As a dedicated member of this community, we take pride in showcasing the diverse businesses that bring life to our streets. … When you choose our local businesses, you are investing in the growth and sustainability of our community.

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.

TXK 411

photos by Matt Cornelius
Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream … President Bill Clinton’s Recipe … Made in Ice Cream Freezer … Recipe courtesy of Special Events, circa the 1990s … … INGREDIENTS … • 3 cans Eagle Brand milk … • 1 large marshmallow cream … • 1 small marshmallow cream … • 2 tablespoons vanilla … • ½ gallon whole milk … • 1 box of rock salt … Mix the first five ingredients in a large bowl, then pour into ice cream freezer. Leave approximately two inches from the top of the the freezer. Follow instructions on freezer. Should take approximately one hour to freeze. Layer two to three inches of ice.

The Monthly Mix

Summer Activities for Kids … Summertime weather is heating up! Kids (and parents) are getting restless. When does school start again? It’s definitely time for some activities to keep the kiddos occupied as we go into the final month of the summer season. There are many different places for your kids to have fun in the Texarkana area, and I’m sharing a few of my personal favorites! … Buff City Soap … Looking for some “clean” fun? Your child can decorate and paint a mini bath bomb for free. These bath bombs not only smell great but are made of safe ingredients for the skin.

MyGOV TXK Initiative

photo by Matt Cornelius
The city of Texarkana, Texas, launches new MyGOV TXK Initiative to empower residents and promote civic engagement … Have you ever encountered an issue in your neighborhood, like a malfunctioning streetlight, an obstructed stop sign, or an unkempt property, and wondered how to report it? The City of Texarkana, Texas, has heard your concerns and is committed to improving the way residents communicate such problems. Introducing MyGOV TXK—a groundbreaking tool, designed to simplify the reporting process and keep you informed about the actions taken.

Publisher's Letter

Lordy Lordy, look who’s 40! That’s right, it’s me! I cannot believe I am officially a quadragenarian, which is apparently what they call those of us between the ages of 40 and 49. I guess I’m in the beginning stages of adulthood now, where metabolisms slow down, hair turns gray (or disappears entirely), and I’ll soon start using phrases like “back in my day.” Ah, the joys of becoming “wiser.” … Reaching 40 feels like crossing a bridge from youthful exuberance to moments of “Where did I put my reading glasses?” Suddenly, I notice mysterious aches and pains that seem to pop up out of nowhere.

From Pigskins to Beefmasters

photo by Matt Cornelius
Cobi Hamilton’s farm in Nash, Texas, is like driving up on a tiny slice of East Texas heaven. Observing the beauty of the wildflowers and the magnificence of the cattle is a mesmerizing experience. It is easy to see why, in a busy and complicated world, this is Hamilton’s oasis.

Make it Rein

photo by Matt Cornelius
Throughout history, cowboys have tended cattle beginning at sunrise and ended the day covered in dust from head to toe. The horses, though exhausted from the long day, would have gladly continued to ride the range. After a dinner around the campfire, cowboys and ranch hands longed for a hobby more entertaining than the monotony of the workday. … Putting their horsemanship to good use, these fun-loving cowboys invented their own kind of entertainment. They took the normal daily maneuvers of their horses and turned them into healthy competition.

Goldcrest Farms

photos by Valmont
Not Your Everyday Farm In Miller County … Farming is a second language to some and a foreign affair to many. Whether familiar or foreign to local Texarkana residents, it might surprise many that one of the largest farms in the United States sits in our backyard. Located along the riverbanks of the Red River and Highway 82, just 28 miles from Texarkana, Arkansas, and Interstate 30, Goldcrest Farms covers 25,000 acres of Southwest Arkansas.

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