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Liberty-Eylau Educator to Become ‘Google Certified’ at Google Teacher Academy


Walnut Creek, CA, October 22, 2014 — Google(tm) has selected Liberty-Eylau ISD Technology Integration Specialist Stormy Cullum as an attendee at the next Google Teacher Academy, to be held in Austin, TX on December 2-3, 2014. The Google Teacher Academy is a two-day intensive program that recognizes educators who are doing innovative and exciting things in their classrooms with technology, Stormy was honored to be selected and represent Liberty-Eylau ISD. 50 participants will get hands-on experience with Google’s products and technologies, learn about innovative instructional strategies, and receive resources to share with colleagues. Upon completion, Academy participants become Google Certified Teachers who share what they learn with other educators in their local regions and beyond. Google Certified Teachers are exceptional educators with a passion for using innovative tools to improve teaching and learning, as well as creative leaders and ambassadors for change. Continue Reading →

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Rue 21 Central Mall Location Grand Opening Today


Rue21, one of the fastest growing speciality retailers, opened a new Texarkana store in Central Mall today. rue21 offers a broad assortment of the newest emerging fashion trends in apparel and accessories for girls and guys. Using a competitive pricing strategy, rue21 makes a specific, unique statement by offering fashion at a value. Wide selections of styles are always available for the fashion-conscious customer. rue21 operates over 1,075 stores in 47 states with an aggressive expansion plan to open 120 stores annually. Continue Reading →

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TAMU-T to Host Presentation by Author on Urban Agriculture and Healthy Food to Underserved Populations

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TEXARKANA, TX., October 23, 2014 – Texas A&M University-Texarkana brings prominent practitioner of urban agriculture and author of The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities to campus as a part of its First Year Experience (FYE) Program and new thematic program and lecture series focusing on environmental issues. The event is open to the public and will include a presentation and book signing from Allen. On Monday, November 3, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., Will Allen will present a lecture on the A&M-Texarkana campus in Eagle Hall. Allen will be available for book signing immediately following the presentation. The Office of First Year Experience is offering free copies of Allen’s book to the first 100 attendees. Continue Reading →

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Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Holds First Public Hearing on Medical, Public Health Preparedness


AUSTIN – The Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, under the direction of Dr. Brett P. Giroir, today held its first public hearing at the State Capitol. The hearing focused on preparedness for initial identification and isolation of patients – one of seven areas of concentration for the Task Force – and included invited testimony from witnesses representing professions and institutions involved in disease identification and response. “Identification is indeed the first step in controlling Ebola or any infectious disease,” said Giroir, CEO of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and Task Force director. “We are committed to gathering the information needed to develop a plan that insures Texas is fully prepared for future infectious disease threats of all kinds.”

Giroir closed the hearing with an overview of seven themes emerging from today’s testimony:

Responding to infectious disease outbreaks is the new norm, making preparedness for current and future threats a necessity. Public health is a multi-disciplinary effort that is not owned by any one agency, profession, or region. Continue Reading →

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Former Eastern District of Texas Prosecutor Recognized by Homeland Security


WASHINGTON D.C. | A former deputy criminal chief has been recognized by the Secretary of Homeland Security for his work on a precedent-setting work visa case in Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Charles Johnson recognized former Eastern District of Texas federal prosecutor Shamoil T. Shipchandler and his former investigative team at the DHS Secretary’s Award Program on October 21, 2014, in Washington D.C. The recognition, in the form of the Secretary’s Meritorious Service Award (Silver Medal), represents one of the highest awards for service granted by the Secretary of Homeland Security. The award honors exceptional individual leadership or service that is distinguished by achievements of marked significance over time to DHS, and recognizes a body of work characterized by superior performance related to significant accomplishments that significantly improved the effectiveness of DHS. In this case, the award was presented for investigating and bringing to justice an illegal visa fraud operation that resulted in the largest immigration fine to date. In his prepared remarks to awardees, Secretary Johnson said, “It is no small task – but a great privilege – to select the best of the best for special recognition.” Continue Reading →

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TASD Hires New Security Director

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 – Following the extensive selection review process of highly qualified individuals, the Texarkana Arkansas School District Board of Directors accepted Superintendent Dr. Becky Kesler’s recommendation to hire Billy Jones as the TASD Security Director. “Mr. Jones’ experience in law enforcement, security experience within an educational system, and comradery with the students and staff make him the obvious choice for the position,” commented Dr. Kesler. “I am confident that TASD will benefit greatly from his broad range of experience.”

Mr. Jones graduated from Arkansas High School and attended the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff. He is a certified FBI Agent, certified Law Enforcement Officer and certified School Resource Officer. Mr. Jones began his career with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department (TAPD) in 1980. Continue Reading →

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Second Annual Bridge City Project Date Set for January 23rd | Texarkana Homeless Coalition

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On January 23, 2015, the Texarkana Homeless Coalition will again take our mission to the streets with the second annual Bridge City Project. The event is designed to be a challenge to community leaders, government officials, and residents to raise awareness and funds and to reach out to the segment of our community who are most in need. Our challenge is simple; spend one night living the plight of the homeless. Participants will spend the event night sleeping outside in a box or they may buy their way out with a $100 donation and a stand-in person to fill their box. In addition to “box residents”, we are asking for monetary sponsors and event volunteer teams. Press outlets will be on hand as government officials, local businesses, churches, and social service agencies participate in this city-wide initiative. Continue Reading →

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Ballot Deadlines Fast Approaching; Mailing Times Vary | Federal Voting Assistance Program


As the election nears, it is increasingly important for all absentee voters, election officials, voting assistance officers, advocacy groups and those who assist voters to familiarize themselves with approximate mailing times for locations around the world, as well as ballot return deadlines. provides voting assistance for Service members, their families and overseas citizens. As previously socialized among Voting Assistance Officers, website visitors and social media followers, the Department of Defense’s Military Postal Service Agency provides a chart of approximate mailing times for different countries sending mail to the United States. It is especially important to be aware of the time it takes to mail to travel as ballot return deadlines approach. The mailing dates chart can be found here: Continue Reading →

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Local TxDOT Employee Presented Luther DeBerry Award

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The 2014 Luther DeBerry Award was presented to Lance Simmons, Director of Operations for the Atlanta District of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently in College Station. The award is presented to TxDOT employees who show dedication, innovation and performance excellence in the field of transportation and is administered by the Texas Transportation Institute. While serving previously as District Bridge Engineer in the Atlanta District, Simmons oversaw the $151 million construction project on Interstate 30 through Texarkana. The project filled gaps in the frontage road system, converted the frontage roads to one-way, and relocated roadways under overpasses to move traffic more smoothly and efficiently. It was noted that Simmons has served as a mentor for many young engineers in the Atlanta District and can be found working around the clock during emergency weather events—coordinating workforce, supplies and materials. Continue Reading →

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