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Good Evening TXK September 2023

photo by Matt Cornelius
A home away from home is a location where one does not reside but feels as comfortable as they would in their own abode. When you think of your home away from home, maybe you think of your grandparent’s house. Maybe you think of a rented vacation home on the beach, a timeshare, or a cabin near a lake. … My home is a safe place. It’s where I know without a shadow of a doubt I can completely be myself without regard for what others will think, knowing I will be unconditionally loved by those around me, no matter what I do. So, my home away from home would have to match that same feeling.

2023 Realtor Spotlight

Selling a home by owner is tempting with websites such as Zillow to help with information acquisition. Some do not realize, however, how much time and money a Realtor® can actually save a homeowner. Bringing their knowledge of the housing market and experience to the table provides a potentially cost-saving experience to buyers and sellers.

A Sarine Thought… or Two

photo by Matt Cornelius
Making a House a Home … When you were growing up, was there a house where you and your friends always went to hang out, and no matter the day or time, you were always welcomed with open arms? There always seemed to be snacks or a meal at the ready, and you always knew your place at the table would be set. … Maybe you were blessed enough for your house to be the home where all your friends wanted to congregate after a ball game or school dance.

Publisher's Letter

photo by Matt Cornelius
In a world where finding matching socks is a daily adventure, we present to you an issue as cozy as your favorite pair. We are diving into the topic that tugs at our heartstrings and Wi-Fi signals—yes, you guessed it, the fabulous realm we call home! … Home is like that warm, fuzzy sweater you never want to take off, or that secret stash of chocolate you hope no one else discovers. Our homes are like divine blessings wrapped in paint (or wallpaper, if you are feeling adventurous). … Who needs a therapist when you have a couch that listens. Am I right?

The Monthly Mix

Smells Like Home … There is no better feeling after a long day than walking into a fantastic smelling home. Add children and pets into the mix, and this is sometimes difficult to achieve. They both tend to track in outside dirt and have odors that aren’t always pleasant. There are so many great ways to keep your home smelling incredible. Here are a few products sold locally that can help you achieve your goal! … Throughout the Home … These reed diffusers are perfect for spaces large or small! They diffuse fragrance through the reed tips for up to three months.

Friday Night Lights

photo by Matt Cornelius
The air buzzes with excitement as crowds gather beneath the Friday night lights, eager to cheer for their school. No matter the differences that may exist between the students of Texarkana’s high schools, Friday night football games serve as a unifying force. … Despite high school football existing as early as 1870, and the founding of Texarkana occurring a mere three years later, high school football didn’t take root in the twin cities until the early 1900s.

One Pill Can Kill

For many of us, August signifies a time of new beginnings. There is an air of excitement as students, parents, and teachers prepare to head back to school. Everyone is eager to see class lists, homeroom teachers, and schedules. A new school year reminds us of the smell of a freshly opened box of crayons, the feel of a brand-new backpack, and the sound of school bells ringing. The school year brings about a time of goal setting and eagerness to be prepared and focused. Parents and guardians challenge their children to make the honor roll, have perfect attendance, and have exemplary conduct.

Changing Culture Choosing Homeschool

Hope Aubrey teaching her children at home, around the dining room table.  photo by Matt Cornelius
“There’s no place like home,” Dorothy said as she clicked her heels, eager to return to the comforts of her own little bedroom, surrounded by family. We all long for a place where we feel comfortable, safe, and loved. However, for many post-COVID-19 Americans, increasingly troubled by growing safety concerns in schools, there has been a definite cultural shift. Homes across America are now doubling as replacements for neighborhood public schools and offering parents a place where they can more individually target their children’s learning styles and individual needs.

Rod Smith

photo courtesy of Rod Smith
Rodrick (Rod) Smith is a former professional football player hailing from Texarkana, Arkansas. Born May 15, 1970, Smith carved out an impressive career in the National Football League (NFL) as a wide receiver. … Smith’s journey to the NFL began at Arkansas High School.


photos by Matt Cornelius
Welcome to Noteworthy! … The time for going back to school has arrived once again, bringing with it a sense of excitement and anticipation for the fresh academic year ahead. Local school districts are busy putting the finishing touches on their preparations for the upcoming school year. Teachers are decorating their classrooms, while sports teams and student activities are already in full swing with practices.

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