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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.

When The Markets Go Crazy

Kale Magness shares financial advice with Texarkana Monthly. … Right from the start, 2020 picked up right where 2019 left off. It appeared as if we would see a continuation of this unprecedented bull market. All indications pointed towards another good year for equities, maybe not as robust as 2019, but a good market for equities nonetheless. The economy was booming, record low unemployment, maximum employment with more jobs available than workers, a promising trade deal with China, a presidential election year, along with other very positive economic news and no recession in sight.

Community Relief

It’s like nothing business owners and operators have ever faced. … One week, we are amid an unprecedented boom, all cylinders running. The next week, stores and manufacturing plants shuttered and employees laid off. The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the world of commerce to its core. … Rallying to help local businesses recover, the Texarkana Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation was created. The Texarkana, USA Regional Chamber of Commerce and Ritter Communications with other community partners raised $75,000 to assist small businesses in the community.

Beta Male Revolution

Brandy and Billy Eldridge are one of those invaluable couples who bring more than their fair share to our community. They both have such a heart for helping others and they continue to find new ways to do just that.

Temporary Teacher

photos by Molly Kendrick
Mindi Pruett shares her homeschooling story. … Moms wear many hats… caregiver, chef, housekeeper, taxi driver, nurse… the titles are endless. We manage the household and make sure that everyone is content, fed, and where they need to be. Now we have added impromptu teacher to our ever-so-long-list of responsibilities. In an instant the looming question in the world became, “Has our government lost its mind?


How Do We Reopen... with Patience, Adaptability and Resilience

Texarkana Monthly Columnist Sonja Yates Hubbard shares her opinion. … “I can’t wait to get back to normal,” is a thought I’ve had countless times since mid-March. As restrictions began to loosen recently, I’ve experienced excitement yet trepidation and debated what ‘back to normal’ even is, much less, how and when will we get there. … My opinions on the impact of this pandemic are different today than they were in March. With passing regard to COVID-19, I attended a large conference in Ft.

”COVID” Conversations with Farmers Bank & Trust

James BramlettTexarkana Market President … Farmers Bank & TrustWhat are you doing to adapt to this sudden change? … All Farmers Bank & Trust lobbies are available only by appointment for transactions that cannot occur by drive-thru, phone, or online. We have closed 5 smaller branches and numerous employees are working remotely from home. All Farmers employees will continue to receive their regular pay.

Pandemic Parenting

Ashley Gibbs tells her story about parenting during the pandemic for Mother's Day. … It took a solid 34 days, but my four children did finally stop asking, “What are we going to do tomorrow,” and have resigned themselves to this new normal. We have all settled in and surrendered in a way. Actually, I continue to be surprised at how regular our new routines (or lack thereof) seem to have become, when really it is everything but. We should be heading into the last few weeks of school, finishing up soccer, prepping for a dance recital, and rounding out another year of club volleyball.

“COVID” Conversations with Southern Insurance Group

Jon SheppardOwner/Agent … Southern Insurance GroupWhat are you doing to adapt to this sudden change? … We are not allowing this pandemic to change any of our business practices. We are always mindful of our clients insurance needs and do whatever we can at all times to services those needs to the best of our ability. … How has it impacted your business/industry/workplace? … We at SIG take our clients’ insurance needs personally. We have always and will always do our best for our clientele in good and hard times.

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