July 2024

Texarkana Magazine

JULY • 2024

TEXARKANA MAGAZINE July | 2024 | Volume 5 | Issue 7

64. MONTHLY MIX Pool Bag Must Haves 66. TXK ROOTS Margaret Covert McCoy

13. BUSINESS Locally Owned 28. cover/COMMUNITY Fly TXK



50. LIFE Collected Life 52. STYLE Lakeside Luxury


40. CULTURE Hardship to Healing 48. ENTERTAINMENT Good Evening TXK



What are three songs on your summer playlist?

CASSY MEISENHEIMER This will make people cringe, but I do not really listen to music. I’m just trying to keep on track listening to The Bible Recap with Tara-Leigh Cobble.

TERRI SANDEFUR Anything reggae, but a few faves... “Smile Jamaica” by Chronixx “Avocado” by Jah9 “Toast” by Koffee

ALANA MOREL “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd (for my dad) “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac (for my mom) “A Bar Song” by Shaboozey (for my kids)

KARA HUMPHREY “Good Day” by Forrest Frank or “Joy” by Andy Grammer would be great options, but realistically, it would probably just be an audiobook.

MATT CORNELIUS “Sparrows” by Cory Asbury (my daily) “Seasons” by Amistat

LEAH ORR “Million Dollar Baby” by Tommy Richman “I Had Some Help” by Post Malone and Morgan Wallen “Two Dozen Roses” by Shenandoah

BRITT EARNEST “Bless Me” by Maverick City Music + Kirk Franklin “Texas Hold ’Em” by Beyonce’ “Tranquil Flute Playlist,” because all the kids are home.

BRITTANY ROBLES “Pink Skies” by Zach Bryan “The Sun” by Portugal The Man “Tití Me Preguntó” by Bad Bunny

(thank me later) “We Praise You” by Brandon Lake (powerful song)

ALI DEAL Anything from the 1970s. My kids love Earth, Wind, and Fire, and anything we can dance to!

BAILEY GRAVITT “Jaded” by Miley Cyrus “Agora Hills” by Doja Cat “What Goes Around” by Justin Timberlake

TERRI GRAVITT “Strong” by Anne Wilson “Universe” by Kelsea Ballerini “Wonder Woman” by Miley Cyrus

DR. ROBIN HICKERSON Always on my playlist is—“Goodness of God” by CeCe Winans “Bright” by Echosmith “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley “Summertime” by Kenny Chesney





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R unning a small, locally-owned business is truly a family affair. And when I say family, I am not just talking about my own family. Often that includes the families of my staff and sometimes even innocent bystanders who agree to pitch in. Our job descriptions and job titles are more like maybes, possibilities, and guidelines. This month, that translated to all hands on deck to sweep the concrete at the airport before our photoshoot. Photoshop can do wonders, but it can’t clean up all the red dirt at a construction site. So, with our vision for the cover in mind, my amazing team picked up brooms and got to work. Alana, even called in her husband, who sent over some of his employees with more brooms and a blower to lighten the load. None of this was in their job description, but they all gladly jumped in to do what was needed. That is the magic of working in a small business—everyone is ready to do whatever

the extra mile to make our magazine the best it can be every month for our readers and advertisers. This month’s issue features a special promotional section highlighting locally owned businesses. These businesses are the heartbeat of our community, supporting everything from tee-ball teams to local events. Our cover showcases the stunning new airport terminal that just opened. Y’all, this terminal is next-level! The attention to detail is amazing, truly reflecting our area’s charm. It is a fantastic welcome and farewell point for visitors and locals alike. So, when planning your next vacation, getaway, or work trip, fly TXK. Its potential impact on our local economy will be huge, thanks to the hard work of many. We love what we do and appreciate every advertiser, reader, and staff member, and all the others who contribute. There are so many moving parts, and completing the puzzle requires every important piece.




it takes. You might not find that same spirit in corporate America, but you sure do in Texarkana. I consider myself lucky to have such a dedicated team that goes

Thank you for always supporting us. God bless Texarkana and God bless the USA!


Texarkana Magazine is a multimedia publication showcasing the Texarkana area and is designed and published by Cardinal Publishing, LLC. Articles in Texarkana Magazine should not be considered specific advice, as individual circumstances vary. Ideaology, products, and services promoted in the publication are not necessarily endorsed by Texarkana Magazine .

cover photo by Matt Cornelius





Discover the heartbeat of our community as we highlight Texarkana’s locally-owned and operated businesses. Texarkana Magazine understands the unique essence and vibrant spirit that make our city truly special. As a dedicated member of this community, we take pride in showcasing the diverse businesses that bring life to our streets.

When you choose our local businesses, you are investing in the growth and sustainability of our community. By amplifying the voices of homegrown businesses, we create a ripple effect that strengthens the local economy, cultivates innovation, and nurtures a tight-knit network of entrepreneurs who share a common passion for our hometown.




TEXARKANA FUNERAL HOMES Our Families Serving Yours

OUR STORY Texarkana Funeral Home has been a cornerstone of our community since its inception in 1939. Founded by Howard Fuqua at the bustling intersection of 6th and Main Streets, our journey began in a time when downtown Texarkana was the vibrant heart of the city. Back then, the Federal Building was only four years old, and the Perot Theater was known as the Saenger Theater. From the beginning, our dedicated staff worked tirelessly to build a reputation based on trust and compassion. As a result, more and more families turned to Texarkana Funeral Home for guidance

Now, the legacy of Texarkana Funeral Home continues under the leadership of the original founder’s grandsons, Vickers and Thomas Fuqua. They embody our tag line, “Our Families Serving Yours,” by ensuring that every family we serve receives the highest level of care and compassion. We strive to be a beacon of support and empathy, offering a helping hand and a caring heart to all those who entrust us with their loved ones. Texarkana Funeral Home remains committed to honoring our heritage while continually evolving to meet the needs of our community.

and support during their times of need. Our commitment to excellence has been unwavering, earning us the trust and respect of the community. Today, Texarkana Funeral Home is the largest funeral home in the Four States Region, encompassing seven funeral homes and three cemeteries, from New Boston, Texas to Gurdon, Arkansas. Our team of over 100 full-time and part- time employees is dedicated to serving their communities not only through their professional roles but also through active participation in civic activities.




CHAPELWOOD FUNERAL HOME Our Families Serving Yours

SERVICES Burial Services Pre-Planning Services Memorial Services Cremation with Viewing Grief Support Veteran Services Monuments & Memorials

Texarkana Funeral Home—Texas

Texarkana Funeral Home—Arkansas 4801 Parkway Drive Texarkana, Arkansas 71854 870-774-1200

Chapelwood Funeral Home 1015 North Kings Highway Nash, Texas 75569 903-838-5300

3515 Texas Boulevard Texarkana, Texas 75503 903-794-1200





APRICOT LANE BOUTIQUE Fashion, Fun, & Friends

4220 Gibson Lane, Texarkana, TX, United States, Texas (903) 748-7578 apricotlaneboutique.com/store/Texarkana

ABOUT US Locally-owned Apricot Lane Boutique is your go to for a wide range of women’s fashion apparel, jewelry, handbags, accessories, and gifts suitable for all ages. Whether you need a stunning date-night dress or a casual and chic outfit, we have everything you need for most occasions. We are dedicated to providing customers with flattering, timeless, fun clothing and accessories that are not just affordable but also of the highest quality. You will always look and feel your best. WHAT SETS US APART The love we have for our guests! We don’t just sell clothes. We create a personalized shopping experience. For better assistance, we now provide concierge shopping services. Our fashion consultants are more than just stylists; they’re your friends. They love interacting and engaging with all our shoppers, ensuring you find the right color, size, and style. We love seeing your friendly faces, and we’ll make sure your experience is effortless and fun while helping you find exactly what you want or need. We have many loyal customers who are incredibly sweet. They often call me when they are shopping out of town

BRANDS Free People Spanx Z SUPPLY Daze Denim Hidden Denim

Kut from the Kloth Lucy Paris FRNCH


to ask if I have something before they buy it elsewhere. Their thoughtfulness warms my heart. We are very thankful for our customers who support local businesses. At Apricot Lane, you’re not just a customer but part of our family.




EAGLE DENTAL CENTER Excellence in Treatment, Care, Service, and Commitment

4009 Moores Lane Texarkana, TX 75503 903-794-9974 eagledentaltxk.com

SPECIALTIES Implant Placement

ABOUT US Eagle Dental Center is a full service dental office. We take care of all your dental health needs, including referrals to specialists. Our services include implant placement, restoration of implants, including full arch, crowns and bridges, tooth colored fillings, orthodontic aligners, dentures, partial dentures, nitrous oxide and level 1 sedation, surgical procedures and extractions, root canal therapy, teeth cleaning and whitening, and all cosmetic dental procedures. HOW WE GOT STARTED Eagle Dental Center was founded in 2014 on Texas Boulevard by Dr. Mark Looney. It has continued to grow with mergers of Dr. Todd Hegmann and Dr. Chad Patterson. Dr. Hegmann is the first member of his family to enter the field of dentistry, but both Dr. Looney and Dr. Patterson have a strong heritage of dentists in their families. Dr. Patterson’s grandfather, WIlliam Patterson, and Dr. Looney’s father, Russel, and uncle, David, were pioneering dentists in

Texarkana, going back to the 1940’s. Chad’s uncle, Rowan, was also a long time dentist here. There are now three additional associate doctors in the practice and it is located in its new state of the art facility on Moores Lane.

Crowns and Bridges

Sure Smile Orthodontic Aligners

Dentures and Partial Dentures

SERVING THE COMMUNITY As a completely locally owned and

Nitrous Oxide and Level 1 Sedation

operated business, Eagle Dental Center is very deeply and actively invested in Texarkana and the entire four states area. We strongly support other businesses and charitable organizations through giving and volunteer work. We earnestly believe in our city and do all that we can to be a big part of its growth and advancement. We stay committed to these principles. Our staff and doctors are dedicated to making your experience and visits to our office the best it can be. You will always be greeted with a smile as we strive to offer excellence in treatment, care, service, and commitment.

Surgical Procedures and Extractions

Root Canal Therapy

Teeth Cleaning and Whitening

Hygiene and Gum Treatment

Visit Eagle Dental and give yourself something to smile about!





Celebrating 46 Years of Local Ownership: The Story of Four States Furniture

to this mission is evident in every aspect of their business, from the curated product selection to the exceptional customer service provided by their team. Additionally, Four States Furniture is deeply committed to supporting local organizations through product donations. The company regularly donates furniture to community groups and nonprofits, helping to support the communities they call home. Their mattress outreach program also provides beds to children in need, ensuring that every child has a safe and comfortable place to sleep. Since 2018, Red River Home has donated over 450 mattresses and frames to deserving families. The story of Red River Home is one of perseverance, hard work, and an unwavering commitment to enriching lives. Led by the Wilson brothers, the business has evolved from a modest store in Hope to multiple thriving locations, exemplifying the power of dedication and family values. With a passion for enriching lives with furniture for every home and guided by their core values, Red River Home is poised to continue making a positive impact on the communities they cherish.

River Home property, this family- owned business has grown while staying true to its core values.

2315 Richmond Road, Suite 16 Texarkana, Texas 75503 903-223-4506

The flagship store, Four States Furniture, symbolizes the Wilson family’s hard work and dedication. Starting as a small furniture store in historic downtown Hope, the business has expanded into a regional powerhouse with seven Four States Furniture and Ashley retail locations across Hope, AR, Texarkana, Paris, Sherman, and Greenville, TX, and a regional distribution center in Texarkana, AR. Throughout their journey, the Wilson family has remained committed to their core values: customer first, integrity, positive attitude, and growth mindset. These values guide every decision and interaction at Four States Furniture, ensuring consistency and quality in their service to customers and commitment to their team. The mission of Four States Furniture is clear: “Enriching Lives with Furniture for Every Home.” This mission goes beyond merely selling furniture; it’s about creating spaces where families can build memories, celebrate milestones, and feel at home. The Wilson family’s dedication

222 South Main Street Hope, Arkansas 71801 870-777-9239 fourstatesfurniture.com

SERVICES Custom Furniture Options Bassett Design Studio Premium Delivery and Assembly In House Service Team Extensive Mattress Gallery

ABOUT US This year, Four States Furniture

proudly marks 46 years of serving the community with dedication, hard work, and a commitment to enriching lives with furniture for every home. From its beginnings as Wilson’s Furniture, which opened in Hope, Arkansas in 1978, to its present identity as a Red




LONESTAR AESTHETICS & WELLNESS Texarkana never looked so good

SERVICES Facial Aesthetics/Skincare Medical Weightloss Hormone Replacement Therapy Allergan Products Portfolio Botox ® Juvederm Collection of Fillers Kybella Galderm Products Portfolio— Dysport ® Restylane ® Collection of Fillers Sculptra ® Revance Aesthetics RHA Line of Fillers Daxxify Neurotoxin Genius ® RF Microneedling SkinPen ZO ® Skin Health SkinMedica Medical Grade Skin Care SkinBetter Science Skin Care PCA Skin Care Elta MD Skin Care Evexipel ® Pellet Therapy PRF and EZ Gel UpNeeq ® Eye Drops Revision Hydrinity Attiva Skin Structure Enhancement Allora Pro Laser Hair Removal

1724 Galleria Oaks Drive Texarkana, Texas 75503 903-306-0838 lonestarthealthwellness.com

HOW WE GOT STARTED LoneStar Aesthetics & Wellness is a locally-owned and operated business dedicated to providing high-quality, personalized care to its clients. LoneStar was founded by Samantha Harris and is driven by her vision to provide health and beauty to clients who want to look and feel their best in an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. ABOUT US LoneStar Aesthetics & Wellness is committed to using the latest technology and techniques to provide our clients with the best and safest care. We offer various services, including Botox ® , fillers, Sculptra ® , facials, chemical peels, RF microneedling, and body contouring. Our goal is for clients to look and feel their best inside and out. One thing that sets LoneStar Aesthetics & Wellness apart from other spas is our focus on continuous education backed by research and professionals in the aesthetic community. We believe using the most advanced technology and techniques gained through training


and education can provide our clients with the best results. Samantha prefers treatment plans, and less is more! That’s why at LoneStar, we personalize treatment plans tailored to each client’s unique needs and goals. SERVING THE COMMUNITY As a locally-owned and operated business, LoneStar Aesthetics & Wellness is deeply invested in the community. We are proud to support other local businesses and to give back to the community through charitable donations and volunteer work. We believe that working together can create a stronger, healthier community for everyone.

respected business in the community, known for its commitment to personalized

care, advanced technology, and community involvement. Whether you’re looking to improve your skin, contour your body, or overall wellness, LoneStar Aesthetics & Wellness is the perfect place to rejuvenate and achieve your goals.

Overall, LoneStar Aesthetics & Wellness is a trusted and




PH COMPANIES Luxury in Every Home

420 East New Boston Road Nash, Texas info@phrealthy.org 903-716-6381 phrealty.org phpropertymanagement.org

ABOUT US PH Companies is a locally owned multifaceted organization encompassing PH Realty, PH Property Management, and PH Design Firm. PH Realty is made up of our expert real estate team, including Lauren Callaway Francis, Brianne Harris, Sydney Wicks, Sharmonique Manning, Tierra Manglona, Heather Morris, Valerie Nicklas Solomon, April Landes, Kim Williams, Jennifer Steele, and Quinn Addington. This team has a proven track record of successfully selling homes in our community. Let us guide you through the process and get you the best price for your home. PH Design Firm is an award-winning residential and commercial luxury interior design firm servicing the Texarkana metro area. We create stunning and functional spaces that reflect your style and needs. PH Property Management are hospitality experts dedicated to redefining property management. We offer luxurious

turn properties into their dream homes. Known as a style virtuoso, Lauren has a keen eye for detail. She will not settle for anything less than the best, and that is what you can expect from her: the best marketing, the best service, and the utmost professionalism. Lauren’s certifications speak for themselves. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT At PH Companies, we strongly believe in giving back to our community. We have a deep spiritual connection with the children of our community and the less fortunate, so we have made it our mission to do all we can to help those in need. 10% of our sales in all our companies go directly to selected local non-profit organizations. We also do everything we can to support other organizations and give back to the community by volunteering our time. We want to thank our clients because, by supporting us, you directly support those in need in our community.

vacation rentals at competitive prices and manage long-term residential and commercial properties. With our constantly expanding portfolio of exceptional properties, you are sure to find the perfect fit for your needs. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need help or have questions; we’re always happy to assist. We can’t wait to welcome you. PH Companies offer comprehensive services in real estate, property management, and design, ensuring excellence and satisfaction in every project we undertake. ABOUT OUR OWNER/BROKER Lauren Callaway Francis is an award- winning broker licensed in Texas and Arkansas. She is a top-selling agent in the Texarkana metroplex and continues to garner new accomplishments in the real estate industry daily. Her specialty is helping sellers get their homes ready to sell for top dollar and helping buyers




TEXARKANA KETAMINE CLINIC Life-changing relief with ketamine infusions

ABOUT US At Texarkana Ketamine Clinic, Dr. Harris is committed to using proven treatment protocols tailored to the patient to provide the best possible care for his patients. Dr. Harris’ goal is to help patients who have tried many other treatments without success and have no other feasible options. One of the things that sets Texarkana Ketamine Clinic apart from other Ketamine therapy clinics is our focus on the patient and tailoring

1724 Galleria Oaks Drive Texarkana, Texas 75503 903-306-0838 texarkanaketamineclinic.com

the therapy to the patient and not having one protocol for all

patients. We believe by using the most advanced technology and techniques, we can provide the best possible results for our patients. SERVING THE COMMUNITY Texarkana Ketamine Clinic is deeply invested in the community. Dr. Harris is proud to support other local businesses, and to give back to the community through charitable donations and volunteer work. We believe that by working together, we can create a stronger, healthier community for everyone. Overall, Texarkana Ketamine Clinic is a trusted and respected business in the community, known for our commitment to personalized treatment plans, advanced technology, and community involvement. Whether you’re looking to improve your mental health or your chronic pain, Dr. Harris will find and tailor a treatment plan that is right for you.

SERVICES Ketamine Treatment for Depression Anxiety Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Obsessive-Compulsive


HOW WE GOT STARTED Texarkana Ketamine Clinic is a locally-owned and operated specialty infusion clinic that provides high- quality, personalized health care to its patients. The clinic was founded by Dr. Jason Harris, a board-certified Emergency Physician who wanted to provide lifesaving innovative therapy for patients who are suffering from treatment resistant mental health disorders and chronic pain that have been resistant to typical oral medications whether the resistance is due to side effects from the medications or lack of response to typical oral medications.

Disorder (OCD) Bipolar Disorder Chronic Pain IV Therapy

Now offering Spravato treatments for major depressive disorder




TWITTY NURSERY Growing Together

ABOUT US Twitty Nursery is proud to have

served Texarkana for nearly a century - 99 years! Our family has been deeply involved in this business for four generations, and we are delighted to announce that Josh Eaton and his wife, Marisol, are joining us as emerging owners. Josh and Marisol have been dedicated to the nursery, and we are confident that they will carry on our family’s legacy and continue to serve our local community. Twitty Nursery was established in 1925 by R. S. Twitty and later acquired by Josh’s great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Harper, in 1948. In 1969, Josh’s grandparents, the Crains, became partners with the Harpers. Fast forward to 1996, Kathie and Mike Eaton became the proud third-generation owners of Twitty Nursery. We have worked tirelessly for four generations to modernize and expand the nursery while putting our community first. WHAT SETS US APART Our corporation operates three separate but interlinking divisions: a full-service retail yard, landscaping and design, and a farm. Our retail yard offers the widest selection of plants in the Texarkana area, and we provide unparalleled expertise in insect and disease control, soil improvement, and plant care. Customers can find an extensive range of Southern Living plants and receive guidance on planting and nurturing their purchases. Spanning eight acres, Twitty Nursery boasts an abundance of stunning shrubs, roses, fruit and nut trees, evergreens, deciduous trees, annuals, and perennials. Additionally, we offer a diverse array of mulches, compost, and stone.

4815 West 7th Street Texarkana, Texas 903-838-5591 twittynursery.com

SERVICES Landscaping Design and Installation Retail Garden Center Wholesale Tree Farm Consultations Irrigation Systems





WHITE PROPERTIES Hometown Hospitality, Modern Convenience

College and TAMU-T ideal, while families and professionals appreciate our duplexes and luxury townhomes in quiet neighborhoods. Whatever your needs, we have a home for you. We offer a personal approach, 24/7 resident access, and a state- of-the-art online portal for easy rent payments and maintenance requests. At White Properties, we are dedicated to providing affordable, well-maintained housing solutions. OUR DIFFERENCE At White Properties, we distinguish ourselves by offering additional services at special affordable rates to enhance our residents’ living experience. Our comprehensive services include yard and exterior maintenance, tenant move-in assistance, and more. These services ensure convenience and affordability. We aim to make living with us as convenient and comfortable as possible. Contact us today if you’re looking for a new home in the Texarkana area. We are passionate about our work and eager to welcome you to our family. Experience hassle-free living with us, where your comfort and convenience are our top priorities.

4501 Texas Boulevard Texarkana, Texas info@whiteprops.com 903-792-3070 whiteprops.com


HOW WE GOT STARTED In 1999, after 30 years of investment advising, Mike White accidentally ventured into real estate by purchasing a single duplex. This marked the beginning of White Properties. Initially a side project, he transitioned into real estate full-time in 2012. Over the years, White Properties expanded its portfolio from one duplex to 500 doors. In 2021, they sold 400 doors, and now, the White family, with their shared vision and dedication, owns/ manages 325 doors, including two new luxury developments in Nash. ABOUT US Our portfolio is as diverse as the needs of our clients. Proudly based in Texarkana, we offer multifamily apartment complexes and single- family home neighborhoods catering to various budgets and needs. We blend big-city management services with small-town hospitality. Students find our apartments near Texarkana

SERVICES Tenant Move-In Assistance Renters Insurance Online Maintenance Requests Online Payment Portal Yard Maintenance THE WHITE FAMILY (L-R)—AUSTIN, HUTCH, PAIGE, MIKE, MISSY, MASON, AND MARTHA





700 Thompson Avenue Texarkana, Texas fixmyairnow@gmail.com airnowsupertechs.com 903-792-COOL (2665) 903-792-HEAT (4328)

ABOUT US At Air Now Heating & Air Conditioning, we are committed to earning and keeping your trust. Your satisfaction is at the heart of everything we do, and we stand behind our products and workmanship 100%. We are dedicated to providing you with the very best. As a local, family-owned company, we are dedicated to your comfort

SPECIALIZING IN • Residential & Light Commercial Equipment Retrofits • Residential & Light Commercial Emergency Repairs • Residential & Light Commercial Maintenance

and satisfaction. We provide heating and air conditioning systems that are tailored to your needs, whether it’s for your home or business. Our aim is to provide you and your family with healthy air, efficiency, and longevity in repairs and installations. We are committed to helping you find a solution that suits your situation and budget, because your comfort is our priority.


Elevating Local Cuisine and Creating Unforgettable Moments

ABOUT US I am Chef Jeffrey Loving, known to many as “Cheffrey.” I have owned Chef on the Run since 2009 and have been a prominent caterer and private chef in the Four States area for 20 years, but I have been in the industry for 30 years. I’ve been honored with the Four States Living Magazine “Best of Texarkana” award ten times. I’ve also had the pleasure of owning and operating Brick House Burger, the Fillin’ Station Grill, and Twisted Fork, and I played a key role in building and opening Timothy’s Gourmet Grill. I specialize in personalized catering for weddings, birthdays, and private dinners, crafting customized menus for any occasion. I also conduct cooking classes for adults and children, sharing my passion for culinary arts. You can find me at Silvermoon’s Kitchen in

217 West Broad Street Texarkana, Texas 903-276-8081 Jeffreyloving1969@gmail.com cheffreyontherun.com

historic downtown Texarkana, where I’m dedicated to serving food enthusiasts and those looking to expand their palates. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT My passion and purpose in life is giving back. Whether it’s providing meals for people experiencing homelessness, donating food, or offering my original artwork for charity events, I am deeply rooted in Texarkana and dedicated to the growth of local businesses. My community involvement is not just a part of my business, it’s a part of who I am.





COMMERCIAL NATIONAL BANK Texarkana’s Community Bank

WHAT SETS US APART Founded on the premise of being “The People’s Bank,” Commercial National Bank (CNB) has served the Texarkana community for over 60 years. This year, 2024, marks our 60th anniversary. As the oldest locally owned community bank in Texarkana, we have remained committed to the downtown area, striving to reinvest in and serve our community’s financial needs. It’s the CNB Way! GIVING BACK The primary mission at Commercial National Bank is to serve the banking and economic needs of Texarkana and the surrounding counties. CNB has always been a responsible member of the business community and is dedicated to

224 East 4th Street Texarkana, Arkansas 71854 870-773-4561 cnbtxk.com

SERVICES Personal Checking, Savings, CDs, and Loans Business Checking, CDs, and Loans Mortgages Electronic Banking Debit and Credit Cards

Founder George W. Peck, Sr. (left) opening the doors to the first CNB location downtown

the best interests of our local citizens. We live by our core values: trust, respect, listening, responsiveness, and relentless improvement.

COMPLETE COMPUTING SOLUTIONS Providing IT Solutions in a Networked World ABOUT US

At Complete Computing Solutions, we offer more than just IT support— we provide peace of mind. With our commitment to proactive maintenance, customized solutions, and exceptional customer service, we ensure that your business’s technology needs are not just met but exceeded. Our team of experienced technicians is dedicated to keeping your systems running smoothly, with around-the- clock monitoring and support to catch and resolve potential issues before they can impact your business. At Complete Computing Solutions, we’re not just your IT support—we’re your trusted partner in success.

4508 Texas Boulevard Texarkana, Texas 75503 903-306-1269 ccstexarkana.com

SERVICES Managed IT Security Audio/Video VoIP Services





EPPINETTE CONSTRUCTION Bringing Dreams to Life, One Home at a Time

reflects our passion for creating spaces that not only meet but exceed our clients’ expectations. Whether tackling challenging architectural designs or intricate interior detailing, we approach each project with enthusiasm and ingenuity, leaving no stone unturned in our pursuit of perfection. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT As a family, we are deeply engaged in the vibrant life of FBC Texarkana and proudly support From His Heart Ministries. Beyond our commitment to faith-based activities, we cherish our involvement in the local community. We embrace moments of joy on the golf course, immerse ourselves in captivating local theater performances, savor delectable cuisine, and participate in various community events.

jasoneconstruction@gmail.com 903-908-1044 Eppcotxk.com


ABOUT US Eppinette Construction is a custom construction company renowned for our expertise and fearless approach to complex projects, consistently delivering magazine-worthy results. Our deep commitment to excellence drives us to collaborate with the region’s most respected and experienced subcontractors and designers, ensuring every aspect of our work meets the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship. Our unwavering dedication to exceptional results

SERVICES Home Building Remodels Renovations Design Consultation

FRANCIS EXCAVATING Our Reputation is Built on Solid Ground

1356 South Kings Highway Texarkana, Texas 903-223-3774 francisexcavating.com

SERVICES Soil Stabilization Site Prep New Construction Material Supply Demolition Aggregate Hauling Erosion Control Underground Utilities

ABOUT US Are you a general contractor or

civil, and underground utility projects. As a fully insured company, we are committed to using the safest practices and the most reliable equipment on every job, ensuring that your development project stays on track and within budget. Being family-owned and operated, we care deeply about each of our clients and strive to provide excellent results at an honest price. Contact us today at 903-223-3774 to discuss your next project with our team.

commercial developer in the Texarkana area seeking expert services for your projects? At Francis Excavating, we specialize in excavation, soil stabilization, and land preparation for development. We pride ourselves on our ability to work with engineers, general contractors, and local government agencies to produce quality outcomes at a fair and competitive price. Our fields of expertise include, but are not limited to, commercial, industrial,




KRS SAFE STORAGE Your Hometown Storage Solution

we understand the importance of having a reliable place to store your belongings, whether you need extra space for household items, business inventory, or seasonal equipment. Our state-of-the-art facility features a variety of unit sizes to meet all your storage needs. We are committed to providing top-notch customer service and ensuring that your items are safe and accessible whenever you need them. Our units are equipped with the latest security measures, including 24/7 surveillance, secure access controls, and climate-controlled options to protect your valuables from extreme temperatures and humidity. We look forward to serving the Texarkana community and becoming your trusted partner in storage.

3939 East 58th Street Texarkana, Arkansas 870-648-1488 krssafestorage.com

SERVICES Climate Control Non-Climate Storage 24-hour Access Digital Video Surveillance Drive-up Access Online Bill Pay Onside Security Variety of Unit Sizes Boxes & Supplies


ABOUT US Welcome to KRS Safe Storage, your premier storage solution in Texarkana, Arkansas. Our newly opened facility is designed with your convenience and security in mind. At KRS Safe Storage,

LOCAL HABIT Go Make Something Good Happen

ABOUT US While coffee is one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world, most people do not know that coffee is actually a cherry that grows on short trees. The coffee bean is the pit of the cherry! That cherry is picked, the pit processed through various methods, and then finally roasted to be consumed by you and me. When done correctly, this results in spectacularly different flavor profiles between locations, processing methods, and roast parameters. The flavors even change year to year, depending on the weather! There are two grades of coffee: specialty and commodity. At Local Habit, we source only specialty-grade coffees in order to give you the best flavor and experience available. Of all coffee grown worldwide, less than 1% scores as specialty grade. We hope that you

330 East New Boston Road Nash, Texas 75569 localhabit.com @localhabitcoffeeco

SERVICES Coffee Espresso Cold Drinks Tea

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Airports are potent engines of economic growth, and as we compete on a global stage for new business opportunities, having a regional airport is an important asset. In addition to having a ready workforce, accessibility is a critical influencer in a business choosing to locate, relocate, or expand. Opportunities to grow our tax base ultimately benefit all citizens. We are fortunate to have had visionaries who saw the need for an airport in the 1930s. With the opening of our new passenger terminal, we will project a meaningful first impression to our guests, whether coming to Texarkana for business travel, as visitors to our region, or to see family members. ” —Allen Brown, Texarkana, Arkansas Mayor



The Texarkana Regional Airport will serve as a central focal point for future growth and economic development. By providing expanded air travel options for travelers, it will also serve as a commerce hub for the region by developing aviation-related industries and training opportunities. ” —Bob Bruggeman, Texarkana, Texas Mayor



As he escorts a community group through the striking new Jim Yates terminal at the Texarkana Regional Airport, Executive Director Paul Mehrlich expresses pride at the fact that his name, along with other airport and city officials, will be permanently displayed on a bronze plaque in the terminal lobby. However, he quickly points out that he is only a piece of the vision established many years ago to build a unique and beautiful terminal in Texarkana, USA. The terminal officially opened with a celebratory ribbon cutting on Friday, June 28, and the first flight taking off on July 1, 2024. A ccording to Greg Bischof, in a 2011 article published in the Texarkana Gazette , the airport started commercial passenger flights in June 1931 with American Airways, which later transitioned to American Airlines. Service was suspended from 1934 until 1943 to lengthen the runway and light the airfield. Once known as the Texarkana Municipal Airport, it returned to passenger service by 1948 and eventually became a regional service provider, which continues today. These early milestones contributed to its growth and expansion, resulting in the new and improved airport we are experiencing today. The Texarkana Regional Airport has a lasting place in the transportation infrastructure of Southwest Arkansas, Northeast Texas, and beyond. Texarkana icon Prissy Hickerson, who served as Highway Commissioner for ten years and three terms as State Representative in Arkansas, was instrumental in setting the stage for the new terminal years ago. Only the third female to ever serve on the Highway Commission, Hickerson was appointed by then-Governor Mike Huckabee and made it her mission to look out for Southwest Arkansas. With approximately $50 million annually plus additional federal funding earmarked for projects in the coffers, she prioritized completing Interstate 49 (I-49) from Highway 71 North to the Louisiana line. The project had been on the drawing board for fifty years and was crucial for the




The master plan for Texarkana Regional Airport sets the tone for future economic growth in this region, complementing the efforts of our partners, AR-TX REDI, Nash Industrial Development Corporation, and TexAmericas Center. Just take notice of what’s to come over the next 25 years.”

—Denis Washington, Texarkana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO

economic development of Texarkana and the region. According to Hickerson, the East 19th Street exit off I-49 was not a part of the original plan. “Representatives from the city, Airport Authority, and the Chamber met with the Highway Commission and made a case for opening the exit at 19th Street for future access to the airport. The city’s leadership felt that for long-range planning, it was important to locate the entrance to the airport off 19th Street near the Industrial Park.” Airport Authority Vice Chair David Potter II agrees. “The airport is the front door to our city. Having the terminal access off East 19th will dramatically improve our first impression for visitors and prospective business and industry partners.” Mehrlich concurs and adds the foresight to put the fire station next to the site of the future terminal, which helped make the construction of the new terminal possible. “We already had a road and utilities leading to

the terminal’s location. These factors expedited the process when we were ready to transition to the construction phase.” Mehrlich is thankful that everything has come together and admits the terminal project has come to fruition with barriers and obstacles along the way. A new terminal had long been a dream of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Texarkana, Texas officials. The looming question was always how to pay for it. “It had to be pushed. In some ways, COVID opened new funding for the terminal. Millions of dollars were available to assist with various project phases.” In addition to maximizing COVID relief money, Mehrlich has been tenacious in applying for grants and working with government officials to secure funding for the airport. Further, airport, city, and community members are incredibly grateful to the Yates family for their generous donation of three million dollars over two years to ensure the vision of a state-of-the-art terminal became a reality.






In turn, the terminal is named the Jim E. Yates Terminal in memory of the late Jim Yates. Members of the Yates family stood alongside local officials during the ribbon cutting on June 28 as they celebrated the monumental opening of the airport terminal. Although Mehrlich quickly shares accolades with many others, Rob Sitterley, President and CEO of AR-TX REDI, praises Mehrlich for his leadership and oversight of the airport and the terminal project. “I knew Paul was our guy the first time I met him,” he said. “He has increased our exposure nationally and works with me to attract companies to the airport and our region. Our visionary leader sees

airport will lead to jobs, stimulate the economy, and provide a steady revenue stream to move the airport to financial self-sufficiency. These pending projects are predicted to bring several hundred jobs to our area. Arkansas State Representative Carol Dalby shares these sentiments and feels the airport terminal project is a crucial component to the future expansion of commercial aviation and economic growth in our region. Congressman Nathaniel Moran has expressed his support of the airport terminal, the runway expansion, and the impact of the project on the future of our region. “Transformational

the value of bringing companies to our city. Most people in Orlando and Las Vegas have never heard of Texarkana. Paul is out there promoting our city at the national level. We will improve the economy by leasing land and filling this area with projects. The airport is the economic driver of the cities.” Both Sitterley and Mehrlich discuss the value of Texarkana College, establishing an aviation program that will begin in the Fall of 2024. The airport campus will house the Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic training program. This initiative and letters of interest from prospective industries that plan to lease property from the

economic development projects like the one unfolding at the Texarkana Regional Airport come only as the result of visionary leadership at the local level, combined with strong partnerships at the local, state, and federal levels working in tandem with undeterred resolve to overcome inevitable obstacles and push the project to successful completion. The airport expansion projects need to be completed in full. It is an economic truism that infrastructure always precedes economic growth, development, and new opportunities. I am certain that time will once again validate this truth in Texarkana when






the airport projects are complete. I am confident that the Ark-La- Tex region will see exponential benefits flow as a result, whether measured in new businesses, new jobs, and a growing tax base.” In addition to the airport’s economic impact, the terminal’s aesthetics are simply beautiful and tasteful. Surrounded by trees, the airport has a bit of a lodge feel by design. Mehrlich shares, “Right now, we are not much different from any other small airports in Arkansas and Texas. The new terminal sets us apart.” Thoughtful details abound throughout the airport, which was something Mehrlich insisted on as he worked with designers and architects. All the wood is Southern Pine harvested in Arkansas. The stone is Texas Limestone quarried just north of Austin. The flooring has a red tone and meanders to resemble the Red River. The carpeted areas resemble the pebble banks of the river. The chandelier depicts leaves blowing in the wind and comprises over 1,000 hand-blown glass balls. Additionally, the fireplace is 60,000 pounds of stone and requires additional red steel underneath it to support the weight. It is in the middle of the room, much like State Line Avenue, representing the joining of our twin cities. In the bathrooms, hand dryers are equipped with HEPA filters, and baby changing tables have UV lights to sanitize the surface after every use.




Mehrlich wants each visitor to have three “wows” when they get off the planes in Texarkana— the fireplace, the chandelier, and the Caddo Hunter statue. The Caddo Hunter will be prominently displayed outside the entrance of the terminal and was created by Dick Idol, also known for making the Wild Band of Razorbacks monument displayed at the Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Vic Payne, who famously created the Jumano Native American in San Angelo, Texas. To add to the customized artistic feel of the terminal and to honor more of our regional history, a striking portrait of Tuskegee Airman Lieutenant Colonel Woodrow Crockett, who was born in Homan, Arkansas, will be displayed near the check-in area of the terminal. Congressman Moran sums it up this way, “The sky is the limit (pun intended!), and I’m excited to stand strong with Texarkana’s leaders of vision who are acting today to shape a better future for tomorrow—one nautical mile at a time.” For those like the Honorable Prissy Hickerson who have watched the terminal project and the runway expansion project simmer for years, this moment in the history of Texarkana, USA, will be one of the greatest. “For most people, it seems like it happened suddenly, but we all know it didn’t. The result is impressive. I am excited that it will put a new face on Texarkana. Some people will say, ‘I can’t believe it’s Texarkana.’” Sitterley summed it up when he stated, “The new Jim E. Yates terminal is Texarkana’s shining beacon, reflecting both cities’ forward-thinking and lively nature. As the first point of contact, it sets the stage for visitors to discover the multitude of cool things our community offers. This is a crown jewel of the region, promising to surpass the expectations of even the most well-traveled individuals.”

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M aria Sanson’s journey exemplifies this truth, proving that with kindness, determination, and an open heart, we can overcome any obstacle. Born to deaf parents during the waning years of communism in Romania, her childhood was a blend of hardship and adversity mixed with innocence and joy. “The first six years of my life were lived during the communism era,” she recalls. “Despite the fact that all life at the time was rationed, from food, heating, and clothing, as children, we did not feel the impact much because we did not know any better.” In her neighborhood, children played outside from dawn till dusk, stopped only by their parents’ calls for dinner. Sanson’s memories are vivid, painted with the smell of fresh bread from the local bakery and the long lines that stretched for blocks. “We would go with a cloth bag and our cards for the rationed food to get bread for dinner,” she says. “I can still see the sea of people

waiting in line and hoping to make it to the counter before the bread was out.” Her father, a skilled carpenter, and her mother, a talented seamstress, provided Sanson with a sense of normalcy and pride. “My dolls always had nice clothing that my mom made, and my dad crafted a beautiful toy bed and table.” Despite economic and political hardships, books were a sanctuary for her, opening up worlds and ideas beyond her immediate reality. “We read some of the most interesting novels which impacted my thinking and mindset, like Dostoyevsky and Victor Hugo.” December 1989 brought seismic changes to Romania. The fall of communism and the subsequent execution of the dictator were events that Sanson experienced firsthand. She recounts a harrowing memory from the revolution. “I was traveling back with my parents from my grandparent’s house. We were at the train station in Bucharest, and there was active



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