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This week the sale of the Hotel Grim was finalized and work will begin soon on transforming the historical structure into apartments and retail space.

Over the past few years, we have seen new restaurants and retail as well as a popular event space open downtown. Many hope the revamp of the Grim along with new residents will lead to a further revitalization of downtown Texarkana. Nothing happens overnight. But if downtown makes even more of a comeback, it may become a more popular place to live, with more entertainment and shopping opportunities within walking distance. More folks living downtown would certainly be a step in the right direction.

We want to know what you think. Would you consider living in Downtown Texarkana?

Send your response (50 words maximum) to [email protected] by Wednesday, August 14. You can also mail your response to the Texarkana Gazette Friday Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504 or drop it off at our office, 101 E. Broad St., Texarkana, Arkansas. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number. We will print as many responses as we can in next Friday's paper.


Last Week: Favorite Fest?

Last week's question was about local and area annual events. Which event is your favorite?


For 30 years I've attended virtually every local fundraising event. My vote goes to The Twice as Fine Texarkana Wine Festival supporting our Alzheimer's Alliance. It is also recognized by the 26 supporting wineries as their favorite state festival for revenue, organization, crowd control, respect & treatment. Cheers!—F.J.D., Texarkana, Texas


Twice as fine wine fest! Such fun for everyone! Great merchant vendors and wonderful wines! Benefits the Alzheimer's Alliance of Texarkana!—G.W., Texarkana, Texas


My favorite festival is the Texarkana Wine Festival and certainly the most attended event in the area for a great cause.—M.V.H., Texarkana, Texas


New Boston's Pioneer Days, mainly because they invite well-known acts on their stage at no charge, whereas the Four States Fair canceled all of that and have even taken up the seats in front of the outdoor stage. Downtown Texarkana has not invited any well-known acts in a long time, and when they did, they charged. Although I attend every fest we have in downtown Texarkana, trying to participate because I like my town and think it's looking good downtown.—B.J., Texarkana, Texas


In my opinion the twice as nice Texarkana Wine festival is the best event. Benefiting the Alzheimer's Alliance Tri-State. It has something for everyone. Not just wine but food, art and music and for a great cause!—R.A.B., Wake Village, Texas



  •  My kids always loved the fair and the Christmas parade.
  •  East Texas Easter Seals Phantom Ball! So fun!
  •  The Jonquil Festival in Old Washington!
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