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Fouke man has donned the red suit for 50 years
Tom Zorn was asked to be Santa Claus at his church when he was 18 years old and 50 years later, you can still find him donning the red suit and hat. “The first suit I put on was an old velvet s...

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<p><span>&bull;</span><span> Tom Zorn spends time with Patsy Ratcliffe, left, Joanna Benefiel, center, Bob Wallace, and Melba Wallace on Friday at the Miller County Adult Senior Center.&nbsp;</span></p>
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<p><span>&bull;</span><span> Tom Zorn as Santa Claus takes photos with participants Friday at the Miller County Adult Senior Center.&nbsp;</span></p>
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Category: Local News    Published: Sunday, December 21st, 2014     comments
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WASHINGTON—The 113th Congress began its turbulent life two years ago battling over whether to help Superstorm Sandy victims. They did, eventually. By the time Congress limped out of town last w...
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WASHINGTON—In an almost annual ritual, Congress has passed a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks be...
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A former Ryder truck driver is accused in a nine-count federal indictment of providing convenience store employees with company credit card numbers that were used to make hundreds of thousands in phon...
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Work on U.S. Highway 82 between DeKalb and New Boston will stop today through Jan. 4, information from the project manager shows. The move is meant to reduce inconvenience to travelers during the hol...
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Police are looking for a masked suspect who held up a convenience store and stabbed the clerk in the back Friday night on South Lake Drive, a Texarkana, Texas, Police Department spokesman said. Offic...
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AARP foundation Tax-Aide will be offering free income-tax preparation and assistance service in the community Feb. 3-April 14, 2015. The service will be available to all low- and moderate-income taxp...
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Area convenience stores and TBHC Delivers, the largest distributor of Hunt Brothers® Pizza, have partnered together along with Harvest Texarkana Food Bank to help the hungry this holiday season....
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NEW BOSTON, Texas—Bowie County commissioners have a light agenda for the final meeting of the year. Commissioners Court will meet at 10 a.m. Monday at the courthouse. Agenda items include acti...
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GAIL, Texas—The Muleshoe Ranch’s profits were chopped in half when the drought withered pastures, dried up stock tanks and forced the owner to move most of his cattle out of state. Three...
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While angels are usually “heard on high” during the Christmas season, they were celebrated much more at the ground level in Texarkana, at least by the American Legion Post 25-58, on Saturd...
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WIMBERLEY, Texas—As a child in the 1940s, Lee Epstein had polio and spent a year in a hospital two hours away from his home in Brooklyn, N.Y. From feeling lonely when he was in the hospital to b...
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Staff photo by Curt Youngblood •On the last Saturday before Christmas, shoppers pack the parking lot at the Richmond Ranch Shopping Center. 
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PLANO, Texas—In a hospital room filled with signs of love, Julie Prater lay surrounded by friends, her husband, Luke, at her side and her day-old daughter, June Lane, in her arms, the infant she...
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WASHINGTON—Bob Simpson, a meteorologist who co-developed the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale which estimates potential property damage, has died. Peg Simpson, his daughter, says Bob Simpson...
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Today is Sunday, Dec. 21, the 355th day of 2014. There are 10 days left in the year. Winter arrives at 6:03 p.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 21, 1864, during the Civil...
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MISSOULA, Mont.—President Barack Obama has signed wilderness legislation that preserves large areas of land in the North Fork of the Flathead and on the Rocky Mountain Front. Sen. Jon Tester, D...
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The day even WWI showed humanity
PLOEGSTEERT, Belgium—With British and German forces separated only by a no-man’s land littered with fallen comrades, sounds of a German Christmas carol suddenly drifted across the frigid a...

Picture: <p><span>&bull; World War I German and British soldiers stand together on the battlefield near Ploegsteert, Belgium, during December 1914.</span></p>Picture: <p><span>&bull;&nbsp;</span><span>A Princess Mary Christmas tin from 1914 is on display at the Plugstreet 14-18 Experience museum in Ploegsteert, Belgium. The gift boxes were given to soldiers during Christmas of 1914. The tins contained a package of cigarettes, a Christmas card and a photo of Princess Mary.</span></p>
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After a 19-year absence, Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo is back in the United States and wowing Alfa enthusiasts with the sexy, fun-to-drive 2015 4C two seater. Even young Americans who don’t reme...
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Gasoline prices at five-year lows are prompting an estimated four million more Americans to hit the road this holiday season. AAA estimates 98.6 million Americans, four million more than last year, w...
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Attention Santa Claus: If there are some teenagers on your list who have been very good this year and will be getting cars for Christmas, please make sure those cars are relatively new and relatively...
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Ford made a billion-dollar bet on the 2015 F-150 full-size pickup, and it appears to have paid off. The F-150’s switch from the steel body all previous pickups used to lighter aluminum reduces f...
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Personally, I like to blame Google for so intriguing our psyches with the prospect of autonomous cars that new vehicles are now bursting with complex systems of buttons, lights, alarms and vibrating c...
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A chance for youth in Cuba and U.S. to reevaluate the future
HAVANA—Daniela Martinez long figured that someday she would leave the struggles of daily life in Cuba and join her uncle in the United States, but after the events of the last few days, the 18-y...

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<p><span>&bull;</span><span> Vanessa Garcia poses for a photo Friday at her home in Miami. &ldquo;My family always said they weren&rsquo;t going back until Fidel died,&rdquo; said Garcia, a 35-year-old writer in Miami whose parents left Cuba in the 1960s. &ldquo;But it seemed like that was something that was hurting us rather than helping us in many ways. It&rsquo;s lasted much longer than anybody thought it would.&rdquo;</span></p>
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<p><span>&bull;</span><span> Young adults sing and play music Friday as they hang out in a park in Havana, Cuba. For a generation that grew up believing the best way to pursue their dreams was to leave the island, the announcement this week that Cuba will open relations with the U.S. is prompting many to reevaluate their futures. Also, Cuban-Americans are considering what the changes will mean for their lives, whether they are significant enough to present a once far-fetched chance for them to return.</span></p>
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MIAMI—Waving flags and chanting “Obama, traitor,” anti-Castro protesters gathered Saturday in a Little Havana park in a show of opposition to the president’s plan to normalize...
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LOS ANGELES—The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of priv...
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SAN DIEGO—Electricity bills. Speeding tickets. Dentist records. Money order receipts. The search for documents is on for immigrants who may qualify for a work permit and reprieve from deportati...
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WASHINGTON—Faced with one of its biggest challenges in years—repairing a troubled nuclear missile corps—the Air Force has taken an important first step by admitting, after years of d...
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NEW YORK—Even as New York’s police department takes heat for its tactics in the outrage over the Eric Garner chokehold case, year-end crime statistics show two clear trends: low-level arre...
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LOS ANGELES—Bill Cosby has the right to remain silent—and that may be his best strategy. With police urging any possible sex abuse victims to come forward, two lawsuits pending and more t...
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KAILUA, Hawaii—A tumultuous year all but behind him, President Barack Obama set off for his annual winter getaway in Hawaii hoping for one thing: Quiet. Air Force One touched down late in the e...
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NEW YORK—A gunman who announced online that he was planning to shoot two "pigs" in retaliation for the chokehold death of Eric Garner ambushed two police officers in a patrol car and shot them t...
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan—One of the gravediggers at Peshawar’s largest graveyard has a rule. He says he never cries when he buries the dead. He’s a professional, he says. But as the dead...
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CONAKRY, Guinea—The worst Ebola outbreak on record has now killed more than 7,000 people, with many of the latest deaths reported in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization said as United Na...
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ALGIERS, Algeria—With oil prices at their lowest in five years and showing few signs of hitting bottom, Algeria is feeling the pinch. Though its problems are dwarfed by the impact on Russia for...
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