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Official: Push to repeal Arkansas-side tax will not be on November ballot
A move seeking to repeal the 2 percent tax Texarkana, Ark., has on hotel and restaurant purchases will not be on the November ballot because the petition is deficient, according to a city official. T...
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Smith attempts suicide before jury delivers verdict
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NEW BOSTON, Texas—The defendant in a Bowie County child sex abuse case apparently attempted suicide in the county jail annex hours before a jury on Tuesday found Shawn Lewis Smith guilty of aggr...
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Bowie County’s financial advisory committee has released its latest update, which poses questions about the proposed fiscal year 2015 budget. The update was emailed Tuesday by committee Chairma...
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Staff photo by Evan Lewis Texarkana, Ark., signal tech Tim Carter puts extra umph on it Tuesday as he and fellow Public Works employee Eric Trader secure a weather/emergency warning siren to the top...
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Friends of the Fab Five quintuplets have organized a community-wide baby shower for the Seals family to be held Sunday. The Maud, Texas, residents have scheduled the baby shower from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m....
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During his first Texarkana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting as president and chief executive officer, Bill Cork presented board members with revised personnel policy Tuesday. With an ef...
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Two men were arrested on charges of deadly conduct for allegedly firing gunshots into the front of a tractor-trailer rig Monday night on North State Line Avenue in Texarkana, Ark. Steven Elmore Willi...
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They’ve lined the streets with police in riot gear, brought in a new black commander with an empathetic manner, imposed a curfew, lifted it and deployed the National Guard—and still the vi...
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CHICAGO—A Missouri grand jury could begin hearing evidence as soon as Wednesday to determine whether any charges should be filed against the white suburban police officer who fatally shot Michae...
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A Lockesburg, Ark., teen is dead after a one-vehicle accident in Sevier County, Ark. Austin Terrell Brackett, 16, of Lockesburg was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, according to an...
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A Pearcy, Ark., man attempted to elude officers during a chase in which the suspect passed a school bus unloading students in Daisy, Ark. Reuben Ellis Stapleton, 41, allegedly fled from a traffic sto...
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Removing artifacts from public lands at Millwood Lake is illegal, says the Army Corps of Engineers. Millwood Lake’s level will be gradually drawn down to elevation 258.2 feet, which is about 1...
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 Larry Bobo with Henry’s Siding and Seamless Gutter hangs plastic sheeting while preparing the press box at Arkansas High School for painting on Tuesday afternoon.    Staff phot...
Category: Stand Alone Photo    Published: Wednesday, August 20th, 2014     comments
Beginning Thursday, New Birth Spirit Filled MInistries will host a four-day prophetic encounter revival featuring a different speaker each night. The event will be at 7 p.m. Thursday through Sunday a...

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Main Street Texarkana director claims downtown potential growing stronger
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With Union Station and the federal courthouse serving as revitalization “bookends” for downtown Texarkana, Main Street Texarkana Executive Director Ina McDowell said the potential for a be...
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Internationally known makeup artist Robert Cook and other members of Lancôme’s team of national and local makeup artists will be showcasing their professional knowledge from 10 a.m. to 5 p...
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Arson is the suspected cause of a fire early Saturday morning at a Texas-side hotel. Texarkana, Texas, firefighters responded to a 911 call about 4:45 a.m. Saturday at 400 W. 53rd St. When they arri...
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Residents voice concerns over loss of vegetation for construction of signage
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A city welcome sign by Interstate 30 and adjacent to the Country Hills subdivision on the Arkansas side is now on hold. The sign, in the works for almost 15 years, according to a city official, has b...
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Law enforcement dispatch records from Monday.   Texarkana, Ark., Police Department 1:42 suspicious, 3306 Beech St. 2:33 a.m., disturbance, 1424 Preston St. 7:09 a.m., vandalism, 1308 Gillil...
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Just in time for the beginning of school, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health and Fitness Center will host Packing Healthy Lunches: Learning the Key to Lunchtime Success at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at 2223 Galleria...
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Texarkana, Ark., Historic District Board of Commissioners will meet at 9:30 a.m. today to review goals and objectives for next year. Commissioners, who will meet inside the Arkansas-side City Hall bo...
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Texarkana Chamber of Commerce will hold its Leaders’ Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Texarkana College’s Truman Arnold Student Center. The event will focus on the Environmenta...
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Texarkana, Ark., School District trustees approved the purchase of 483 computers and accompanying software for four campuses during their regular meeting Tuesday night. The technology purchases will...
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MAGNOLIA, Ark.—Best-selling author James Bradley will speak Sept. 23 as part of the 10th annual Farmers Bank and Trust Distinguished Speaker Series at Southern Arkansas University. Tickets for...
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The deadline this year to apply for acceptance into the Miller County Red Dirt Master Gardeners’ basic training program is Sept. 20. The 40-hour program, offered by University of Arkansas Divis...
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A jazz concert is slated for Aug. 31 at the fairgrounds Featuring top jazz musicians, the Jazz Funk Soul Tour comes to Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Ark., on Aug. 31. Keyboardist Jeff Lorber...
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Bowie Central Appraisal District Board of Directors will meet at 11:30 a.m. today to listen to a property-tax collections report. Board members, who will meet in the district’s office boardroom...
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Today is Wednesday, August 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On August 20, 1914, German forces occupied Brussels, Belgium, during W...
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WASHINGTON—Although he made his career in politics, Jim Jeffords was a modest man who disliked cameras and speeches. In May 2001, however, the three-term senator from Vermont found himself in t...
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NEW YORK—Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1-year-ol...
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and...
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MONROVIA, Liberia—Liberia’s president declared a curfew and ordered security forces to quarantine a slum home to at least 50,000 people late Tuesday as the West African country battled to...
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A 55-year-old fan was assaulted by a teenage boy at a Hank Williams Jr. country music concert in suburban Detroit and he might not survive, police said. A 15-year-old shoved the victim in the concour...
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WASHINGTON—Eric H. Holder Jr.’s planned trip Wednesday to the center of riot-torn Ferguson, Mo., in many ways began 5 1/2 years ago, when he became the nation’s first African-America...
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WASHINGTON—A video by Islamic State militants released Tuesday purported to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The White House, his...
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BAGHDAD—Iraqi government forces and volunteer fighters mounted a fresh drive Tuesday to oust Islamic State fighters from the northern city of Tikrit but were facing stiff resistance from the mil...
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Clay Collins likes to say of his 1946 Ford business coupe, “She’s glad to be home. I can tell that.”   He’s not exactly exaggerating. The car does seem to be laughing, e...

Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photo by Neil Abeles</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">&nbsp;For those who restore antique cars, one skill is impressive: how to make the motor so clean and attractive one could eat dinner off of it and keep the napkin perfectly clean.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photo by Neil Abeles</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">&nbsp;Clay Collins refers to this car he is restoring as his girlfriend. The 1946 Ford business coupe certainly looks as if it is smiling about this idea as well.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photo by Neil Abeles</span></p>
<p class="p2">&nbsp;Car owner and restorer Clay Collins, left, is talking about his 1946 Ford coupe with Ennis Yount. The bulbous trunk was used to carry suitcases or business ware. Therefore, this car was called a Ford business coupe.&nbsp;</p>

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Proceeds will go to Wounded Warrior Project
A song that became the anthem of fighting aviators of the Vietnam War, 1962-1973, is now being used to title a book bringing peace to them and others. It is also raising funds for the wounded. &ldqu...

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Category: Local News    Published: Wednesday, August 20th, 2014     comments
By Neil Abeles Texarkana Gazette John Fox’s story included in volume 1 of “We Gotta Get Out of this Place, If It’s the Last Thing We Ever Do,” is “Catholic Chaplain.&rd...
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It’s pretty easy to lose a church bell, especially out in the country. Someone just drives by and steals it. So when the Douglassville Baptist folk found theirs recently, they had to laugh. The...
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.—University of Arkansas for Medical Science students will provide free treatment to residents in the state’s only veterans home as part of an effort to reduce the facilit...
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<p class="p2"><span class="s3">Richard Gilbert drives a 1946 B.F. Avery tractor Saturday down Front Street in New Boston, Texas, during the Pioneer Days parade.</span></p>Picture:<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photo by Curt Youngblood</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">Hubbard Brintley uses a cellphone Saturday to record the Pioneer Days parade in New Boston, Texas. Brintley is watching the parade with his wife, Sarah Brintley.</span></p>Picture:<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photo by Curt Youngblood</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">Crowds line Front Street in downtown New Boston, Texas, to watch the parade.&nbsp;</span></p>

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BELLA VISTA, Ark.—Plans for a highway bypass that would route traffic around a northwest Arkansas city are in limbo after Missouri voters rejected an amendment to fund their state’s cut of...
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Animals turn up in many campaign ads this political season
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WASHINGTON—It’s a jungle out there in political television advertising, what with parrots, chicks, dogs and pigs taking turns in commercials that bite and scratch in a way no nonpartisan p...
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FORT SMITH, Ark.—Georgia-Pacific says it will invest $40 million in an expansion at its Fort Smith plant, which manufactures paper plates and other paper products. Georgia-Pacific said recently...
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AUSTIN, Texas —Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would "fight this injustic...
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LITTLE ROCK—A federal investigator said Tuesday that a signal that would have given a final instruction to the crew of a railroad train involved in a fatal head-on collision was damaged in the a...
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LITTLE ROCK—Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus touted Arkansas' role Tuesday in the party's fight to take control of the U.S. Senate, as he kicked off a series of visits to th...
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LITTLE ROCK—A lawsuit filed by two brothers accuses two Arkansas cities of violating the state's Freedom of Information act by blocking access to police communications. Brandon and Jeremy Mulle...
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ANGLETON, Texas—A drunk driver did not deserve "execution" by a Texas father accused of taking the law into his own hands in a fit of rage over the killing of his two sons in a wreck, a prosecut...
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AUSTIN—Lance Armstrong's former charity made the largest investment in its history Tuesday by giving $50 million to the University of Texas, marking the group's biggest splash since severing tie...
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DALLAS—Three top Dallas County law enforcement leaders answered residents' questions and heard their concerns in a town hall meeting this week about recent officer-involved shootings. Dallas Po...
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Islamists use journalist’s death to warn Obama to halt strikes in Iraq
WASHINGTON—In a savage response to U.S. strikes on its fighters in northern Iraq, the Islamic State posted a video Wednesday showing the beheading of an American photojournalist, and it threaten...
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BEIJING—Toyota Motor Corp. said Aug. 8 that Chinese anti-monopoly regulators are looking at its Lexus luxury unit in a spreading investigation of foreign automakers. The company is "cooperating...
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U.S. Navy divers concluded Monday that a wrecked vessel in southeast Asia is World War II cruiser USS Houston, a ship sunk by the Japanese that serves as the final resting place for about 700 sailors...
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Some allowed to return home
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OAKHURST, Calif.—Firefighters gained ground Tuesday on a blaze in the foothills near Yosemite National Park, allowing some of the 1,000 people who fled the flames to return to their homes. Near...
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A 7-year-old Florida boy is in critical condition after his grandmother mistakenly shot him, sheriff's deputies say. Linda Maddox, 63, was sleeping in her bedroom with her twin grandsons after their...
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Ancient Egyptians may have been concocting complex and effective mixtures to preserve their dead as far back as 4300 B.C., new evidence suggests. That's almost 2,000 years before prehistoric European...
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MADISON, Maine—A Maine man who served a 48-hour sentence for drunken driving wore something special for his jail booking photo: a T-shirt featuring his mug shot. Nineteen-year-old Bobby Burt, o...
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