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Students and staff at Liberty-Eylau Independent School District will begin the 2015-16 school year with a new leader. Roger Hailey was selected during Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeing as the...
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Texarkana Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a $61.5 million budget for the 2015-16 school year and accepted an $11.1 million bid to build a new school residents voted on in Novemb...
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By Jim Williamson Texarkana Gazette Hydrologists with the Army Corps of Engineers continue to hold back water in Millwood Lake to return the region’s water levels back to normal and stop the f...
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Picture: <p class="p1">Jesus Ruelas, with Jack Yates Drywall, trims a sheet to size Tuesday so it can be hung on the wall behind him in the new classroom building on the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope- Texarkana campus. The unusually wet spring has delayed the project.</p>Picture: <p class="p1">The new classroom building on the University of Arkansas Community College of Hope-Texarkana campus.</p>

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AUSTIN—Abortion providers cheered a move by the U.S. Supreme Court to temporarily block part of a Texas law that would have closed more than half the state’s 19 remaining abortion clinics....
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Man accused of holding rifle on woman to speak today
NEW BOSTON, Texas—A man accused of threatening a Texarkana mother with a rifle during a daytime break-in last year is expected to testify this morning in his aggravated robbery trial at the Bowi...
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Area police vow to amp up presence on both sides of the state line to combat drunken driving this holiday weekend and warn of dangers associated with alcohol-impaired driving. Texarkana, Ark., police...
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ALBANY, N.Y.—The superintendent at the prison where two killers broke out has been placed on leave along with his security chief and 10 other staff members amid an internal investigation into ho...
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Arkansas middle school among 127 to receive money
NEW YORK—James Patterson is announcing the first round of school libraries to receive grants from an initiative he and Scholastic Reading Club launched in March, and he continues to raise the am...
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LITTLE ROCK—A sales director who has been with the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery since its start was given an ultimatum this week to either quit or face termination, according to Lottery Director...
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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas—Sabrina Thompson’s uncle, a Vietnam War veteran named Benjamin Harold Fitts, died May 6. She remembers him taking care of her when she was a girl and called herself...
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ARCHER CITY, Texas—An unwelcome visitor was curled up at a North Texas museum until a worker noticed the nearly 6-foot snake and summoned help. The Wichita Falls Times Record News reported Mond...
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LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Educational Television Network says PBS’s popular “Antiques Roadshow” appraisal event is coming to Little Rock next month. AETN says the program will...
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EAGLETOWN, Okla.—An Arkansas man has been killed in a motorcycle crash in southeastern Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 33-year-old Michael David Culp of De Queen, Arkansas, died in t...
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LITTLE ROCK—A new study has concluded that children in Arkansas are at an increased risk for drowning. Research conducted by the Arkansas Infant and Child Death Review Program at Arkansas Child...
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LITTLE ROCK—The Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute has been designated a clinical network site by the nonprofit Food Allergy Research & Education organization. FARE works...
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WALLISVILLE, Texas—Officials at a park near Houston say swimming will not be allowed after a 13-year-old boy and his father were attacked by an alligator at a lake. Texas Parks and Wildlife Dep...
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Officials seek permission for city, county employees to receive care at Texas-side hospitals
A Texarkana, Ark., city representative and a Miller County Quorum Court committee discussed joining forces to convince an Arkansas health care plan of the need to designate a Texas-side clinic and bot...
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SAN ANTONIO—Detaining immigrant women and children who may have fled violence in their home country “creates or exacerbates” psychological trauma, according to a complaint filed Tues...
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Texarkana, Ark., School District Board of Education voted Tuesday night to replace standard keyed entry with controlled-access-card entry for major entry points across the district. The vote, made du...
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Law enforcement and fire department dispatch reports from Monday.   Bowie County Sheriff’s Office 1:33 a.m., shots fired, 303 Longhorn Road, Maud 3:00 a.m., vandalism, 25 Hughes Lane 1...
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NEW BOSTON, Texas—Bowie County Commissioners Court will meet in special session at 8:30 a.m. today to appoint a new county tax assessor-collector. County Tax Assessor-Collector Toni Barron reti...
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Liliana Frayre, 20, of Hope was recently arrested on a charge of theft of controlled substances by fraudulent practices, according to a Hope, Ark., police report. The arrest occurred at 1:45 p.m. Jun...
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HOT SPRINGS, Ark.—Arkansas highway crews will close a lanes on Highway 128 near Hot Springs so they can inspect a bridge. Crews from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department will insp...
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NEW YORK—For decades, a circa 1860s Brooklyn Atlantics team baseball card was tucked away, first inside a secret drawer of a bedroom set and then between the pages of a photo album. Now the pre...

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<p class="p2"><span class="s4">The back of a circa 1860 Brooklyn Atlantics baseball card.&nbsp;</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Associated Press</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s4">A photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows the front of a circa 1860 Brooklyn Atlantics baseball card. The pre-Civil War card will be sold at auction on July 30 at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.</span></p>

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DALLAS—Wanda Mobley swerved to avoid something in the remote highway, and seconds later was trapped inside her wrecked car in a ravine in North Texas. The 75-year-old widow couldn’t walk...
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Today is Wednesday, July 1, the 182nd day of 2015. There are 183 days left in the year. This is Canada Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 1, 1940, the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge in...
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The NAACP warned black churches Tuesday to take “necessary precautions” as authorities in Southern states investigate whether several church fires over the last week were arsons. Citing a...
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ATHENS, Greece—Greece slipped deeper into its financial abyss after the bailout program it has relied on for five years expired at midnight Tuesday and the country failed to repay a loan due to...
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VIENNA—Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met...
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SACRAMENTO, Calif.—California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed one of the nation’s toughest mandatory childhood vaccination bills, moving to end exemptions from state immunization laws b...
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Tuesday lasted a wee bit longer—by a second. International timekeepers tacked a second to the clock to compensate for a slightly slower Earth rotation. While a leap second is hardly enough tim...
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MEXICO CITY—Mexico’s national beauty pageant director confirms the country won’t send a contestant to the Miss Universe contest because of insulting remarks by Donald Trump, an owner...
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LIVINGSTON, N.J.—A tough-talking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie launched his 2016 campaign for president Tuesday with a promise to tell voters the truth even if it makes them cringe. The Republ...
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MOREHEAD, Ky.—Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis shut her blinds at work Tuesday to block the view of rainbow-clad protesters outside. They carried flowers and flags and signs saying “you don&rs...
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WASHINGTON—Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has earned nearly $29 million since leaving the Florida governor’s mansion and paid an effective federal income tax rate of roughly 36...
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Associated Press People line up to take a shower on Biarritz’s beach, in southwestern France, where the temperature reached 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday. A mass of hot air moving north f...
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ST. LOUIS—Police antagonized crowds who gathered to protest in Ferguson after Michael Brown’s death last summer, violated free-speech rights and made it difficult to hold officers accounta...
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MEDAN, Indonesia—Rescuers with heavy machinery searched a shattered residential neighborhood Tuesday for any survivors from an Indonesian air force transport plane that crashed shortly after tak...
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Book tells story of New Boston star who set track world on fire
Sid Garton has had several nicknames throughout his life. ¶ The most noteworthy was “The Jet.” Then there was “The World’s Fastest Man” and “The Fastest Man on...

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<p class="p2"><span class="s3">&nbsp;To welcome Sid Garton and his visitors to the New Boston Public Library for his book signing, members of the New Boston High School band played three songs for everyone. The band is under the direction of Margie Manning, head band director of New Boston ISD. The members are, from left, Frazier Cowan, tuba; Bryce Sewell, percussion; Luke Fields, saxophone; Viola Simmons, french horn; Quin Gray, trumpet; Kayla Ratcliff, clarinet; Jordan Emerson, trombone; and&nbsp;Hanna Perry, flute. Also assisting the band was&nbsp;middle school band director Aaron Holt.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photo by Andie Martin</span></p>
<p class="p2">Sid Garton, second from right, poses with old friends, from left,&nbsp;Frank Cox, author Gene Wilson&nbsp;and&nbsp;Bob Ferguson. He thanked them for coming to his book signing.</p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Submitted photo</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">Sid Garton brought along his framed collection of some of his gold and silver medals he won while sprinting for the New Boston High School track team and East Texas State University, now known as Texas A&amp;M University-Commerce.&nbsp;</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photo by Andie Martin</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">&nbsp;Joining Sid Garton for his book signing at New Boston Public Library were his son Michael and his wife, Cathy. Garton holds a copy of the book &ldquo;Sid Garton: The Real Story Behind His Missing Olympic Fame.&rdquo;</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Submitted photo</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">Sid Garton, from the top, Randy Jones, Bobby Ferguson and John Harmon comprised New Boston High School&rsquo;s track team from 1958-59.&nbsp;They were the only four-man team to compete in the high school track meets&mdash;and they won the state championship to top it off.&nbsp;</span></p>

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Former Safeway employees say they had a happy time working for the supermarket those years ago. “One of the best jobs in Atlanta at the time,” said June Reece Solley, an employee of 16 ye...
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BULL SHOALS, Ark.—Twenty-year-old Zackery Fox always knew that someday he would need another liver. The organ transplant was bound to happen since Fox was nearly seven weeks old, due to a life-...
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It’s almost certain the best music is played at noon each Wednesday by the Uncertain Band at the Atlanta Senior Citizens Center. The band gets to eat dinner for its efforts. They have been doin...

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<p class="p2"><span class="s3">The Uncertain Band sings a closing hymn Wednesday at Atlanta Senior Citizens Center. They are, from left, Bobby Clayton, Guy Solley, Charleen Granberry, Janice Turner, Randy Turner and Beth Williams. Don Loper, Roy McAlexander and Bobby Allday are also performing.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Submitted illustration</span></p>
<p class="p2">Local artist Fred Kaleh drew this sketch of the Uncertain Band performing years ago at Atlanta First United Methodist Church. Leader Bobby Allday said he thinks that&rsquo;s him seated center left, but he &ldquo;can&rsquo;t remember having that much hair.&rdquo;</p>

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Staff photo by Neil Abeles More than 60 youths participate Sunday in Atlanta First Baptist Church’s New Hampshire Tour music concert. The hour of music contained some 20 songs with nine feature...
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CARNEROS, Calif.—The growing appetite for truffles is feeding demand for dogs trained to sniff out the pungent fungus prized by chefs and foodies. As more landowners plant orchards in hopes of...
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Six spent 8 months in isolated dome on Hawaii volcano slope
HONOLULU—Six scientists who were living under a dome on the slopes of a dormant Hawaii volcano for eight months to simulate life on Mars have emerged from isolation. The crew stepped outside the...

Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;University of Hawaii/Associated Press</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Mission commander Martha Lenio collects a soil sample outside of the dome in which six scientists lived an isolated existence to simulate life on a mission to Mars, on the bleak slopes of dormant volcano Mauna Loa near Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. The scientists who took part of a human performance study funded by NASA, stepped outside the dome at 8,000 feet elevation to feel fresh air on their skin Saturday, the first time they&rsquo;d ventured out without donning a space suit in eight months.</span></p>
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TOKYO—A solar-powered plane took off from Japan early Monday to attempt a five-day flight over open water to Hawaii, the eighth leg of its bid to fly around the world without fuel. Its long win...
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WASHINGTON—A high school diploma is not enough to compete in the global economy, but a college degree is not the only option, first lady Michelle Obama told a group of students gathered at the W...
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Dissent from Supreme Court ruling may point to attack strategy
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ATLANTA—A strongly worded dissent in the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrow decision this week upholding the use of an execution drug offered a glimmer of hope to death penalty opponents in what...
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WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court said Tuesday it would hear a major challenge to California’s public unions and decide whether they may charge fees to non-members to support collective bargain...
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KABUL, Afghanistan—The Taliban launched a suicide car bomb attack on a NATO military convoy in Afghanistan’s capital on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding 26 others, including two U....
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WASHINGTON—World health officials say Cuba has become the first country in the world to receive validation that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. The achieveme...
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WASHINGTON—Two years after revelations about U.S. spying frayed ties between their countries, President Barack Obama and visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff publicly closed that chapter...
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OKLAHOMA CITY—A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state’s constitutional ban on using public prope...
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WASHINGTON—The State Department released another batch of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email correspondence Tuesday, reviving scrutiny of her service in the Obama administration as she wages a...
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UNITED NATIONS—Airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led coalition on Saada City in northern Yemen which is controlled by Shiite rebels killed dozens of civilians in an apparent violation of the l...
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LOS ANGELES—The arraignment for three people accused of operating the bogus Masonic Fraternal Police Department—an ancient police force that claimed to operate in 33 states and Mexico&mdas...
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CAIRO—Islamic State militants beheaded two women on charges of “sorcery” in a northeastern province of Syria, a monitoring group reported Tuesday, in what it said marked the Sunni ex...
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MONROVIA, Liberia—Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found with Ebola, sparking fears the West African country could face anothe...
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