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Man accused of sexually assaulting a female student released on bond
A former Texarkana, Ark., substitute teacher is facing sexual assault charges involving a high school student. Jason Hatton, 28, allegedly became acquainted with the girl during school in 2013, accor...
Category: Local News    Published: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014     comments
Public urges officials to get county ‘back on track’
NEW BOSTON, Texas—Citizens who spoke during a public hearing regarding Bowie County’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget had little to say about the budget. Emily Sabo of Texarkana told Cou...

Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photo by Jerry Habraken</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">Bowie Country resident Donnie Spriggs speak out during a budget hearing Monday night at the Bowie County Courthouse in New Boston, Texas.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photo by Jerry Habraken</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">Bowie Country resident Gabe Tarr speak out during a budget hearing Monday night at the Bowie County Courthouse in New Boston, Texas.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photo by Jerry Habraken</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">Bowie Country resident Chester Pinkham speak out during a budget hearing Monday night at the Bowie County Courthouse in New Boston, Texas.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photo by Jerry Habraken</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">Bowie Country resident Betsy Spencer speak out during a budget hearing Monday night at the Bowie County Courthouse in New Boston, Texas.</span></p>

Category: Local News    Published: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014     comments
Suspect crashes stolen Lexus; fire chief makes arrest after manhunt
A man driving a late-model Lexus reported stolen in Illinois was arrested in Cass County, Texas, about 1:30 p.m. today after a high-speed pursuit. Cass County Sheriff Larry Rowe said 40-year-old Kinc...
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An Arkansas-side man has been reported missing. Dennis Ray Brown, 59, was reported missing on Sunday by his wife, said Texarkana, Ark., Police Department Public Information Officer Kristi Mitchell....
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Riverbend Water Resources District Board of Directors approved the annual water rate for its member cities Tuesday during a meeting. The new rate is .7275 cents per 1,000 gallons of water, down from...
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WASHINGTON—American ground troops may be needed to battle Islamic State forces in the Middle East if President Barack Obama’s current strategy fails, the nation’s top military office...
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A chlorine leak was suppressed Tuesday morning at Millwood Treatment Plant south of Ashdown, Ark., near the Green Acres housing addition. A one-ton cylinder valve broke off and released lessed 50 pou...
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WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in...
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Since the inception of Schools Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas, Texarkana Independent School District has received Superior Achievement ratings; this year’s report is no differen...
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Three new retail businesses are scheduled to move into the old Office Depot Building near Central Mall at Mall Drive and Richmond Road. The stores are Charming Charlie, Ulta Beauty and Dressbarn, sai...
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Staff photo by Evan Lewis LeRoy Jones of Redwater, Texas, third from right, gives his information to a LifeNet EMT as Jones’ family visits with Steven Jester, left. Jones was turning onto U.S....
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Law enforcement dispatch records from Monday.   Bowie County Sheriff’s Office 12:50 a.m., suspicious, 198 E. Interstate 3o 7:11 a.m., large animal, Eylau Loop Road 3:10 p.m., disturba...
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A man accused of bludgeoning his mother and stepfather to death in their Miller County home in 2008 remains in a state mental hospital. Bronson Scoggins, 44, did not appear in court Tuesday, though h...
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Texas A&M University-Texarkana students and faculty invite the public to help them celebrate Constitution Day today with a debate between two professors at noon today in Eagle Hall, 7101 Universit...
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HOOKS, Texas—Red River Army Depot will conduct its annual Antiterrorism Force Protection Training Exercise today beginning at 7 a.m., according to a depot news release. This exercise will inclu...
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Liberty-Eylau Independent School District trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the district administration building, 2901 Leopard Drive. Board members will review and considers an adjunct faculty...
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Texarkana College students pursuing nursing degrees will soon have a new scholarship opportunity. Helen Floyd, in memory of her late husband Dr. Ben J. Floyd, will present a $25,000 check to Texarkan...
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A Texarkana, Ark., city board member will also serve on the Arkansas-side school board after Tuesday night’s close election for the Zone 5 position. Laney Harris won 148-141, defeating politica...

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Staff photo by Curt Youngblood  Donnie Woods of Shreveport, La., works on replacing the gas pumps Tuesday afternoon at the Valero station at the intersection of Robinson and Belt roads.
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Financial matters took center stage during the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting Thursday. Upon reviewing the chamber’s various savings accounts during the last three mon...
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HUNTSVILLE, Texas— When paramedics responding to a 911 call arrived at a North Texas apartment, they found on the bathroom floor a dead boy clad only in bandages and a disposable diaper. He appe...
Category: Wire News    Published: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014     comments
BOSTON—An energy company is seeking federal approval for a natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts that has already garnered significant local opposition. Houston-based Kinder Morga...
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Nash Industrial Development Corp. Board of Directors will meet at noon Thursday to discuss hiring a firm to clear land for Nash Business Park. Board members, who will meet inside the Nash City Hall b...
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MARSHALL, Texas—An East Texas man has been charged in the fatal shooting of a Wiley College student during an off-campus argument that left another student wounded. A Marshall police arrest aff...
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HOT SPRINGS, Ark.— A circuit judge says a measure that would have stopped Hot Springs from using DeGray Lake as a supplemental water source will not be on the November ballot. Garland County Ci...
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HOUSTON—A man living in Houston faces more than 20 years in prison for running a tax returns scam in which at least 600 people had their identities stolen. Amon Rweyemamu Mtaza pleaded guilty T...
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MADISONVILLE, Texas —A Central Texas officer has been put on administrative duty after his police dog was found dead in his patrol SUV after his shift ended. Madisonville police Chief Chuck May...
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AUSTIN—The long-running ideological dispute over what gets taught in Texas classrooms flared anew over proposed history textbooks Tuesday, with academics decrying lessons they said exaggerate th...
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LITTLE ROCK— Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor on Tuesday criticized his re-election rival, Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, for missing votes this week in the U.S. House, while Cotton accused Pryor of duck...
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MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark.— Baxter County officials have fired a female jailer who they say engaged in an inappropriate relationship with an inmate. Rose Gomez allowed an inmate charged with burglary...
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PITTSBURGH—The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to cont...
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PASADENA, Texas—A Pasadena man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and his wife has received probation for injuring their 10-month-old son who died after being scalded. A Harris County jud...
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CLINT, Texas—A New York-based company has withdrawn its bid to build a shelter in West Texas that would have been the largest in the U.S. to hold unaccompanied children who enter the country ill...
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DALLAS—The skeletal rendition of an 85 million year old swordfish is set to be sold later this month by a Dallas-based auction house. The Cretaceous era fossil, known as Protosphyraena nitida...
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ALBANY, N.Y.—New York’s attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent “sugar tax” on soda....
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WACO, Texas—Two renovation workers have been hurt in a fiery explosion at a vacant Central Texas house as they tried to remove glue from the kitchen floor. The Waco Tribune-Herald  reporte...
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WASHINGTON—Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., a son of congressional royalty who evolved into a top-tier lobbyist and prolific Democratic fundraiser and embodied what it meant to have Washington clout, died...
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Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 17, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland during World War...
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WASHINGTON—Millions of veterans and their dependents will get a fresh cost-of-living increase for their disability benefits beginning in December, according to legislation that Congress sent Pre...
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.—NASA is a giant step closer to launching Americans again from U.S. soil. On Tuesday, the space agency picked Boeing and SpaceX to transport astronauts to the International...
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WASHINGTON—The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation’s economy as President Barack Obama and Cong...
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—Beset by crushing debt, fleeing customers and run-down facilities, Trump Plaza on Tuesday became the fourth casino in Atlantic City to shut down this year. The 30-year-old c...
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KIEV, Ukraine—Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country’s rebellious eastern regions where it has been...
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Ahead of Thursday’s referendum on Scottish independence, U.S. policy makers are speaking out—albeit tentatively—in support of a united United Kingdom. “Our ‘special rela...
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WELLINGTON, New Zealand—It was a calm morning in Antarctica’s remote Ross Sea, during the season when the sun never sets, when Capt. John Bennett and his crew hauled up a creature with ten...
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Businessman has unique store, sells furniture made by the Amish
In the course of operating a business on a day-to-day basis, it’s standard operating procedure to pick up the telephone to contact one’s vendors with questions regarding placed orders. Co...

Picture: <p class="p1">&nbsp;The Amish style is known to have straight lines and very little, if any, adornments. But they do occasionally let their creative juices flow. This sliding bench opens to create a much longer one if needed.</p>Picture: <p class="p1">&nbsp;The Amish style is known to have straight lines and very little, if any, adornments. But they do occasionally let their creative juices flow. This sliding bench opens to create a much longer one if needed.</p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Staff photos by Andie Martin</span></p>
<p class="p2">The Amish community are well-known for being family-oriented, so it's really no surprise that they offer child-sized furniture such as that seen in this miniature grouping.</p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">The Amish add touches of whimsy, such this saddle-shaped stool with legs shaped like cow legs.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Kennan Adams has a unique way of doing business with his suppliers because he has no other choice. He deals with Amish craftsmen who build his furniture, and because of their denial of modern conveniences, he is unable to just pick up the phone to check on his orders. He basically has to wait for them to call him after they receive a fax from their service in nearby towns.</span></p>

Category: Local News    Published: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014     comments
LITTLE ROCK—A nonprofit created by the Arkansas legislature has decided to delay establishing a state-run health insurance exchange until 2016 to avoid a rush to build the technology system for...
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FORT SMITH, Ark.—Officials have scheduled a formal ground-breaking ceremony for the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith. The Times Record reports that the hourlong ceremony is set for Sept. 24 f...
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LITTLE ROCK—Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican rival Rep. Tom Cotton have agreed to a televised debate in their nationally watched fight for an Arkansas Senate seat. Little Rock televisi...
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BATESVILLE, Ark.—Officials say two melted chocolate bars sent in the mail prompted an evacuation at a Batesville call center. The Independence County Sheriff’s Office says the two king-si...
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Atlanta is getting ready to add to what one civic leader calls the “integrity” of its downtown. “Integrity for a town is what people see when they come here,” said David Graha...

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<p class="p2"><span class="s3">These are the artist drawings of the way the facades in the 100 block of East Main and William streets in Atlanta, Texas, could be improved when the Atlanta City Development Corp. began an effort to restore the downtown buildings. Most of this work, including the pocket park, has been completed.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Submitted art</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">This artist&rsquo;s rendering by Brad Attaway shows how a refreshment of the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Atlanta, Texas, is going to look. It will be the park&rsquo;s first touch-up since its creation 15 years ago.</span></p>

Category: Local News    Published: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014     comments
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark.—Vicki Southard accompanied her husband to Bamberg, Germany, where he was stationed with the U.S. military in 1994. Southard was pregnant with their first baby, a son, who &ld...
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Picture: <p class="p1">It&rsquo;s Monday evening and the Atlanta High School band is practicing as hard as any sports group to learn its half-time marching program. Now in their fifth consecutive year as a sweepstakes-award band, the musicians and their program can next be seen during the Sept. 26 Friday night home football game against Liberty-Eylau.</p>Picture: <p class="p1">&nbsp;Law&rsquo;s Chapel United Methodist Church gathers Sunday for the first time in almost a year in its newly remodeled sanctuary. The church, established in 1853, is the county&rsquo;s oldest. Welcoming everyone with a big smile is member Julie Goodroe.&nbsp;</p>

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark.—Lakeside High School is now home to the only custom-built mobile production trailer for any school in the state. The $115,000, 16-foot trailer includes two 40-inch television...
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MINNEAPOLIS—The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul will participate in a Department of Justice pilot program designed to engage at-risk communities and stop extremists from recruiting Americans...
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BAGHDAD—Iraq’s parliament rejected defense and interior nominees on Tuesday, leaving the crucial ministerial posts unfilled as a U.S.-led coalition intensifies its air campaign against Isl...
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KOEGE, Denmark—Shaho Pirani says he’s just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against Islamic State militants in Iraq. The 30-yea...
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WEED, Calif.—They had prepared for wildfires and knew of the drought-parched forests, but the inferno that swirled through the California lumber town of Weed moved so quickly all people could do...

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<p class="p2"><span class="s3">An antique car sits Tuesday among the ruins of a burned out garage that was destroyed by a fire Monday in Weed, Calif. In just a few hours Monday, wind-driven flames destroyed or damaged roughly 100 homes.</span></p>Picture: <p class="p1"><span class="s1">Associated Press</span></p>
<p class="p2"><span class="s3">&nbsp;Hands pressed in a tile rest in the rubble of a home destroyed by a fire in Weed, Calif.</span></p>

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BEIJING—China is a country with gargantuan environmental problems, deep distrust of government and a population that is increasingly wired through mobile devices. Put that together and it’...
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—A man who has been attacking women with knives for decades—and has spent half his life in prison as a result—is unlikely to get out again. Lucius Crawford, 61, wa...
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U.S. tobacco growers brace for hard-hitting competition
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DANVILLE, Va.—Starting next month, America’s remaining tobacco growers will be totally exposed to the laws of supply and demand.   The very last buyout checks, totaling about $916.5...
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Risks of twins and triplets may prompt IVF patients to decide on singletons
A new study bolsters the argument that fertility doctors should transfer just one embryo at a time when they are trying to help women give birth. Data on 233,850 infants born over a 10-year period sh...
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MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines’ most active volcano belched out huge lava fragments that rolled about a half a mile down its slope in an ongoing gentle eruption, prompting authorities...
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SRINAGAR, India—Health workers were scrambling Tuesday to manage a mounting health crisis nearly two weeks after massive flooding engulfed much of Kashmir, and were treating cases of diarrhea, s...
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