February 2024

Texarkana Magazine


TEXARKANA MAGAZINE February | 2024 | Volume 5 | Issue 2


52. STYLE Eclectic Expression 60. TXK 411 Signs of a Heart Attack

10. BUSINESS A Seat at the Table 16. POLITICS What’s on the Ballot

40. ENTERTAINMENT Good Evening TXK 44. LIFE Senior Living



22. cover/COMMUNITY Simply Choose Love 32. CULTURE Smoke, Spice, and Everything Nice 36. SPORTS A Peak into the Cage

62. SHARE THE LOVE Milestones 64. THE MONTHLY MIX Sparkle and Shine 66. TXK ROOTS Jim Pendergast



What is your favorite “chick flick?”



ALANA MOREL Sweet Home Alabama



LEAH ORR When Harry Met Sally



ANGELA EVANS The Wedding Planner





TIFFANY HORTON How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days




I n late November 2023, my family and I did something together I will never forget. We all gave our life to Christ and were all baptized. While I was baptized at 12 years old, my children and husband had never been baptized by submersion. After attending our church’s baptism class with them, I knew I wanted to get re-baptized. Though at 12 I knew about Jesus, at this point in my life, something is definitely different. Today, I know one hundred percent I have committed my life to the Lord, and He has saved me. This all started when my eleven-year- old, George, came home from attending Fields of Faith and said he was ready to make his way down to the front of the church during the invitation to make a public profession of his faith for all to see. He talked about this with Fred and me, and that stirred something in Fred’s heart to want to do the same. Fred had grown up in a Catholic church, and he knew his faith had changed significantly from when he was sprinkled as a child. That Sunday, the plan was for Fred and George to walk forward and begin the next steps toward baptism. In the middle of the closing hymn, my oldest son, John Henry, asked me, “Where are they going?” After I explained, he quickly responded that he wanted to do the same. That set in motion our whole family attending baptism classes where we shared our salvation stories and learned all we needed to ensure we were ready to be baptized. After losing our first son, God used that trial to grow my faith. I knew in that season of grief, I could either lean into God and trust in His sovereignty like never before, or I could turn to my fleshly emotions of hurt and pain. God took care of me after that tremendous loss and answered our prayers by blessing us with not one, but two healthy boys in His perfect timing. Once I became a mom and experienced the love of a parent for their child, I truly understood what God means when He declares His love for us, His children. I also

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knew I had a child who would be waiting for me in Heaven. This stirred my heart as a mother to make a change for myself and our family. My salvation was my opportunity not only to spend eternity with my Lord and Savior but also to be reunited with my firstborn son one day. In 2015, my heart was changed, and the scales began to fall from my eyes. I was awakened from my lukewarm church attendance to being entirely devoted to Christ; I wanted to trust in His will and plan for our lives, even if it meant a radical change to our daily lives. I want to choose to be obedient even through the darkest valleys, because there is vision in the valleys. God does not do things to us; He does things for us. This month’s cover features the widely beloved George Moore. He shares how he has always endeavored to choose love. His mother taught him this principle from the beginning, and it’s a path he continues to walk to this day. This issue is full of stories of impressive individuals, like Moore. We hope you will read them all and be encouraged to choose the path George Moore has chosen—to love others, and to be kind.





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A SEAT AT THE TABLE BY LESLI FLOWERS “There is a destiny that makes us brothers; none goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” —Edwin Markham

The lines of “A Creed,” a poem by Edwin Markham recited by L. Lee Richardson to her senior class at age sixteen became a providential blessing that set into motion divine appointments in each of her children’s lives—including her daughter, Linda Henderson. This foundational legacy impressed upon her by her mother continues to guide Henderson, and she has passed on this legacy to the generations that have followed her. Markham’s poem has become a mantra for Henderson’s family. “Our entire family knows this poem, and we enjoy reciting it together at every gathering. We all know it by heart,” she said. As one of five siblings, Henderson credits her mom with much of their success. “We were good kids and never got in trouble, but my mom ran her house on a strict schedule that she expected us to follow. I went on to become who I am now because of the morals she instilled in us.”

Henderson’s early teen years began during a very pivotal time in our nation’s history. “As I was in junior high school, we integrated from the Macedonia School to Liberty-Eylau Junior High School.” It was a no-brainer for her classmates to elect her class president and class favorite. Everyone who meets Henderson is quickly drawn to her. While Henderson was working as a front desk receptionist at CHRISTUS Health Center in Central Mall, Sam Shuman walked in the door. So impressed by her poise and intelligence, Shuman gave her his business card and asked her to call Bob Bowden at Offenhauser & Co. Insurance. “I was working two other jobs at the time, and this was my part-time gig. After speaking to Mr. Bowden, he offered me a job right away without ever seeing my resume,” said Henderson. “I told him I would need a few days to decide, and in June 1990, I began my career with Offenhauser Insurance as a cashier.”




Henderson is a trailblazer and has never been restrained by a glass ceiling of fear. Undaunted by the prospect of being the only black woman in a specific field, she believed in herself and always trusted what she had to offer. With a prolific resume ranging from hot check collector, State First National Bank runner, loan teller, and five years at Lone Star Army Ammunition, Henderson was the first black woman at Louis Raffaelli’s District Attorney’s office and the first black woman to sell home and auto insurance in Texarkana. She recounts being asked in a conversation with a continuing education instructor if there was anyone else like her doing what she was doing. “We laughed about it,” Henderson said, “but I hadn’t seen anyone else like me doing [insurance] in this area. I never saw anyone of my color in these rooms.” She knew those could become very lonely rooms, or she could instead view them as a source of empowerment. She chose empowerment. “I felt I made my mother proud. She was proud to tell her sisters in California that her daughter was in the insurance business and that she worked for the district attorney’s office. My whole family felt an enormous sense of greatness knowing I was doing this. I really believe I made an impact.” While it can be scary to be the lone wolf, Henderson never allowed that thought to get in the way of her determination. “I had to make myself do it because I knew I belonged, and I knew I had earned my seat at the table,” she said. Henderson received her Accredited Customer Service Representative license from the State of Texas in December 1992. “I was a customer service rep, waiting on customers and talking to them about insurance, but I couldn’t sign any contracts until I became an agent.” In December 1995, Henderson went through the rigorous process of testing to become a licensed insurance agent in Texas and a non- residential agent in Arkansas. That is also the same year Henderson married her husband, Walter. As a young single mom, she had done what it took to make sure she and her children thrived. “I had a job where I cleaned a building at night, and Offenhauser asked me if I wanted to clean their building and work as well.” With her new marriage, the couple became




partners in her cleaning responsibilities as her new husband wanted to lighten some of her load. “He wanted to clean the building to keep me from having to do it. Now, we have a little cleaning business on the side where he cleans office buildings. I still clean one… my son Michael’s office building.” After 34 years in the insurance business, Henderson is now semi-retired, but she still comes to the office two days a week as an independent contractor. Her gumption to continuously pursue her passions and never slow down has made her an inspiration. She believes it’s important to pass on the things you have learned and always be open to learning something new. Currently enrolled at Texas A&M University-Texarkana, Henderson is pursuing her Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences. “Before my mom passed away ten years ago, I talked to her about going back to college, and she said, ‘Linda, you can do it. You are college material.’ and proudly, I just finished my first semester with all A’s.” When Henderson is not busy studying for school, cleaning buildings, singing in the choir at St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church, where she has been a member for the past 60 years, or taking care of her husband, five successful children, and many incredible grandchildren, she can be found actively serving her community through the Zeta Amicae of Texarkana USA as the Vice President of Auxiliary. The Zeta Amicae of Texarkana work under the umbrella of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. “Our auxiliary works in the community; we help feed the homeless by serving meals. We take socks to nursing homes. We provide snacks and drinks for our law enforcement and fire departments in Texarkana and the surrounding area. We mentor sixth and seventh graders at Texas Middle School, and we call them the Young Tiger Leaders (YTL) or Precious Gems, which is an all-girls club,” said Henderson. It comes as no surprise that Henderson was chosen as Zeta‘s Amicae Person of the Year for 2023. “I’ve always had an extra job or two on the side… I don’t understand how people cannot apply themselves. I don’t want anyone to hand me help when I know I have an able body to work. This is the same mindset I have instilled in each of my children,” said Henderson. While reflecting on her many accomplishments, Henderson recalls times that were not always easy, but it was her faith that sustained her. “There were times I had to hold back tears as some customers were not so nice to me, calling me names and speaking with harsh words, but I thank God for my faith. Overall, it has been great, more good days than bad days.” Living her life to the fullest, Henderson has become one we could all do well to emulate. Her words of encouragement for the younger generation would be, “If you’re young, go ahead and go to college. There are different ways you can go, and if you don’t have a family that can support you, ask the college. They have the resources to help you. If you have a dream in you, try to do it! Don’t sit on that dream. Get up and move! Don’t wait for someone to hand you something. Work for it!”






Early Voting February 20-March 1


Miller County Early Voting Location American Legion Building

Justice of the Peace District 1 Judy Wilson Justice of the Peace District 2 Adger Smith Justice of the Peace District 3 Ethan Eppinette Justice of the Peace District 5 Ernest Keck Justice of the Peace District 10 Jimmy Cowart Justice of the Peace District 11 Rodney Watkins Constable District 1 Jerry Shipp Constable District 2 Jamie Finley Constable District 3 Rebecca Potter Constable District 4 Art Parris

525 East Broad Street Texarkana, Arkansas

Ryan L. Binkley Doug Burgum Donald J. Trump Nikki Haley Ron DeSantis Asa Hutchinson

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY President Stephen P. Lyons Joseph R. Biden Jr. Dean Phillips Marianne Williamson Armando ‘Mando’ Perez Serrato Frankie Lozada U.S. Congress District 4 Risie Howard State Treasurer John Pagan Justice of the Peace District 3 Richard (Rick) Hall Justice of the Peace District 7 Edward E. Lewis Jr. NONPARTISAN JUDICIAL State Supreme Court Associate Justice Position 2 Election Day Tuesday, March 5, 2024 Polls open 7:30 am-7:30 pm Vote Centers allow all voters to vote at any of the 13 locations.

Vivek Ramaswamy David Stukenberg Chris Christie State Representative District 88 Dolly Henley Arnetta Bradford Robert Leslie Bradford Justice of the Peace District 4 Jackie P. Rymer Carl B. Standridge Jr. Justice of the Peace District 6 Ken Larson Ernest Pender Justice of the Peace District 7 James A. Syler Larry D. East Justice of the Peace District 8 Robbie Hines Dean Langdon Michael Rayburn Justice of the Peace District 9 Byron W. Myers Howdy Smith U.S. Congress District 4 Bruce Westerman State Treasurer John Thurston State Senate District 4 Jimmy Hickey Jr. State Representative District 100 Carol Dalby State Representative District 99 Lane Jean

Constable District 5 Jeffrey L. Pritchett Constable District 6 Glenn Gross Constable District 7 Tabitha Kristy Smith Constable District 8 Clifford Harvin Constable District 9 Leonard Lynn McDowell Constable District 10 Michael Cornett Constable District 11 Faron Gladden

Carlton D. Jones Courtney Hudson State Supreme Court Chief Justice Position 1 Jay Martin Karen Baker Rhonda Wood Barbara Womack Webb






Early Voting February 20-March 1

Bowie County Early Voting Locations

Bowie County Courthouse Election Workroom 710 James Bowie Drive New Boston, Texas Southwest Center Activity Room 3222 West 7th Street Texarkana, Texas Walnut Church of Christ Westside Entrance 2720 Moores Lane Texarkana, Texas

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY President Star Locke Cenk Uygur Marianne Williamson Armando “Mando” Perez-Serrato Gabriel A. Cornejo Frankie Lozada Joseph R. Biden Jr. Dean Phillips

U. S. Senator Heli Rodriguez Prilliman Roland Gutierrez Steven J. Keough Thierry Tchenko Carl Oscar Sherman Meri Gomez Mark Gonzalez A. “Robert” Hassan Colin Allred

Election Day, Tuesday, March 5, 2024 Polls open 7 am-7 pm Bowie County participates in the State’s Countywide Polling Place Program (CWPP), which allows voters to vote at any of the 25 Vote Centers in the county on Election Day.





State Representative District 1 Dale Huls Chris Spencer Gary VanDeaver Justice, 6th Court of Appeals District, Place 2 Jeff Rambin District Judge, 5th Judicial District Bill Miller District Judge, 202nd Judicial District John Tidwell Sheriff Jeff Neal County Tax Assessor-Collector Josh Davis County Commissioner Precinct 3 James Strain Justice of The Peace Precinct 1, Place 1 Nancy Talley County Constable Precinct 1 Randall Baggett County Constable Precinct 2 Chad Ford County Constable Precinct 3 Jeff Estes Dillon Gardner County Constable Precinct 4 Russell Crawford County Constable Precinct 5 Robbie Caudle

U. S. Senator Holland “Redd” Gibson R E (Rufus) Lopez Ted Cruz U. S. Representative District 1 Nathaniel Moran U. S. Representative District 4

U. S. Representative District 4 Simon Cardell Railroad Commissioner Bill Burch Katherine Culbert Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2

DaSean Jones Randy Sarosdy Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4 Christine Vinh Weems Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 Bonnie Lee Goldstein Joe Pool Presiding Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Holly Taylor Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7 Nancy Mulder Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8 Chika Anyiam

Pat Fallon Don Horn Railroad Commissioner James “Jim” Matlock Petra Reyes

Corey Howell Christie Clark Christi Craddick Justice, Supreme Court, Place 2 Jimmy Blacklock Justice, Supreme Court, Place 4 John Devine Brian Walker Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 Jane Bland Presiding Judge, Court of

Member, State Board of Education, District 12 George King County Commissioner Precinct 1 Sammy Stone REPUBLICAN PRIMARY President Ron DeSantis

Criminal Appeals David J. Schenck Sharon Keller Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 7 Gina Parker Barbara Parker Hervey Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 8 Michelle Slaughter Lee Finley

Donald J. Trump Asa Hutchinson Nikki Haley Vivek Ramaswamy Chris Christie Ryan L. Binkley David Stuckenberg

Member, State Board of Education, District 12 Jamie Kohlmann Matt Rostami Pam Little Chad Green











A lthough George Moore was born in 1948, deep in the throes of segregation, he never realized as a child he was living in a segregated society. “We had one white neighbor who lived less than a mile away. I didn’t see him as white. My parents didn’t talk about Martin Luther King Jr. or Jim Crow. I was never taught racial hatred, and I grew up in a loving, Godly family. I did not hear negativity or anyone talking down to others in my home. As I reflect on my foundational years, I thank God I had parents who didn’t raise me to hate.” Moore’s parents taught him to treat others with love and respect, no matter how they acted or looked. They instructed him to exhibit hard work and honesty. Do not steal and do not lie, were phrases often repeated in his home. His parents took advantage of life experiences to teach life lessons and once scolded Moore for bringing home a rubber tractor from his friend Donnie’s house. When Moore told his mom and dad Donnie had given him his permission to take the tractor home and play with it, his parents made their position clear. It was Donnie’s parents, not Donnie, who had purchased the tractor. He was told to take nothing without asking his parents. This incident was one of the many ways the Moores instilled respect for adults in their son. “My mom was always going to support the adults—in school, church, or our neighborhood.” Moore feels his life can be easily divided into two eras—before integration and after integration. He went to a two- room school, and although he was in the first grade and his sister was in the third grade, they were taught in the same room. Moore remembers, “We had tremendous discipline in the Black schools. Students were well-behaved and respected the adults. My principal was always well- dressed and commanded respect. He even wore Stacy Adams shoes to school.” Moore recalls moments from his early education, including being in fourth grade and feeling like his teacher was lacking. He also remembers riding a school bus eight miles and passing an all-white school to get to his all-black school. “Our books were books that had been used for seven or eight

(above) A floor plan example of a Rosenwald school, similar to the Canaan School George Moore first attended in his childhood. (right) 2006, George and Carolyn Moore at the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Convention in Reno, Nevada.





years in the white schools and then passed down to us to use for another seven or eight years.” His mother never diminished the school he attended, but would instead hold “school” after school with him and his siblings to enhance their lessons. Although she only had an eleventh-grade education, Moore said she had a “Ph.D. in wisdom.” His affection and admiration for his late mother is evident when Moore speaks of her saving money to buy him a set of encyclopedias he routinely studied and used to memorize famous places and facts. “I never heard my mom use substandard English, and she did not allow us to. She valued education and told me I would go to college. She said, ‘I don’t know how you’re going to get there or how we will pay for it, but you are going.’” Moore’s mom taught her children that education was a gift, and once they had it, no one could ever take it away from them. She stressed that a great education could open many doors. Another point of Moore’s admiration for his mother came from the fact that she would not let her children experience hatred. She believed racism dehumanized people and refused to allow that to be inflicted upon them. “We didn’t go to the picture show growing up. Do you know where black people sat in the movie theaters? They were only allowed to sit in the balcony section of the theater. Our mom sheltered us so that we did not have to experience the horrors of segregation. She protected us from that because she wanted us to love all people and not feel hatred,” he said. Another topic Mrs. Moore taught was the importance of well-organized finances and budgeting. She believed in paying the bills and the church first. However, when it came time for significant purchases, she stressed one should buy the best and take care of it. Because of that philosophy, Moore and his wife Carolyn are still able to display and use many of her furniture pieces in their home today. Though he considers his mother his best teacher, Moore firmly believes he had impactful teachers in the early days of his education, although schools were segregated. “I never thought of us being separated until I went to an all-white college.” Moore treasures his time at East Texas Baptist University, though it was

“Mr. Moore is a beacon of inspiration in all walks of life. He has left an indelible mark on teachers, students, and staff alike. His ability to connect with others, along with a genuine nature, defines a legacy that transcends the classroom…. a testament to why he stands among the very best in the realm of education. I am proud to have him as an influence in my life, then and now.” —Derrick McGary “If you want a great description of what a lifetime of service to others looks like, then just show a picture of George Moore. Mr. Moore is someone that so many of us count as one of our top mentors and someone, regardless of the situation, you know he will be on the front row making sure you know he is supporting you and proud of you.” —Dr. James Henry Russell “George Moore is a remarkable individual, embodying the roles of a loving husband, devoted father, and inspiring mentor with exceptional grace. His dedication to education, coupled with his warm and compassionate nature, have earned him the admiration and respect of everyone who has the privilege of knowing him. His influence has always extended far beyond the classroom, touching lives and shaping futures with his wisdom and kindness.” —Dr. Jason Smith “George worked three jobs when we married after a six month courtship. He has always been a great provider, a one-in-a-million husband, and father. His love for his students and staff transcended race, color, and culture. There are no barriers to his love for everyone. He exhibits daily the characteristics of what true love really is!”

—Carolyn C. Moore




not easy. Moore had to work and pay his way through school. He faced adversity and had to overcome stereotypes, but he learned valuable life lessons and made it his mission to make friends with everyone. He remembers making friends with a young man from Nigeria with deep scars from cuts on his face. “I assumed he was from the jungle. Man, did he set me straight! He told me those were tribal marks, which symbolized manhood, and he came from a city that closely resembled New York City. I learned there were good people of all colors.” Given Moore’s highly decorated career in education, those lessons have served him well over the years. He began his career in education when he was hired to teach biology at Texas High School, where he continued for fourteen years until the superintendent tapped him to be an assistant principal at Westlawn Elementary. Moore quickly rose to the ranks of principal, serving one year at 15th Street Elementary School and ten years at his beloved Pine Street Middle School, which transitioned to Texas Middle School in the early 2000s. He retired from Texarkana Independent School District in 2019, after serving two stints as middle school principal and as assistant superintendent for over a decade. His accomplishments are too numerous to list, but one he is especially proud of is having been named Texas Middle School Principal of the Year in 2005. This honor took him to Washington, D.C., and led to him being one of three finalists for National Principal of the Year. But beyond the accolades, and most importantly throughout Moore’s career, he has endeavored to live out his favorite scripture, Micah 6:8, “Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” Moore quickly gives credit to others he has worked with and all those who have helped him along the way. However, what he is most pleased with is taking a high- poverty, high-minority school, Texas Middle School, to “Recognized” status against all odds. It is a legacy he will never escape— the Legacy of Pine Street PRIDE (Personal Responsibility In Daily Efforts). It became a mantra for anyone who ever walked the halls of Pine Street as a teacher, student, parent, or community member. Moore’s

George Moore in his beloved Pine Street Middle School jacket.

George Moore in Washington D.C., at the National Principal of the Year ceremony.




son Chad claims his family has been stopped on the street by people well into their 40s who see Moore and are eager to recite the PRIDE mantra. These former students tell him they love him and that he is the best principal they have ever had. “That is my legacy: the legacy of PRIDE.” Even in retirement, George Moore and his family continue to live out the values ingrained in him by his parents all those years ago. In February 2020, the Moore Family Scholarship was established to assist low-income students in pursuit of higher education degrees or credentials through Texarkana College, where Moore is a member of the Board of Directors. Most recently, in January 2024, Moore was the recipient of the C.E. Palmer Award, Texarkana’s most prestigious honor given in recognition of long-term meritorious civic service. This award goes beyond a single accomplishment; it is earned from a life well lived serving others. George Moore exemplifies what happens when people choose love over hate. “Life is so amazing,” he reflects, and we should all follow his living example and simply choose love.





It is time to amp up your snack game as the Super Bowl season rolls in.

Lime Crema Wings—A Zesty Touchdown First in our lineup is the Lime Crema Wing. Toss your wings in a ready-made lime crema sauce (easily available at most grocery stores), and watch the magic happen. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro for that extra zest. It’s a refreshing change-up from your typical wing flavors. Peanut Butter and Jelly Wings—A Playful Twist Next, we bring you the playful yet surprisingly delightful Peanut Butter and Jelly Wings. Coat your wings in a Thai peanut sauce, creating a savory base. Then, warm up some blackberry jelly, drizzle it over the sauced wings, and prepare to be amazed. For an added crunch, sprinkle some chopped peanuts on top. It’s a nostalgic flavor with a gourmet twist.

Forget the mundane chips and dip; let’s dive into a world of bougie, yet effortless treats that will score big with your guests. We’re talking about a trio of tantalizing wings, each with a unique twist that will have everyone reaching for more. The Smoky Base—Air Fryer or Smoker? You Choose! Start with our celebrated smoked wing recipe, a staple for any wing aficionado. Don’t have a smoker? No problem!

An air fryer works wonders, giving you that perfect crispy texture. Cook the wings to perfection and get ready to dress them in flavors that pack a punch.




Smoked Wings Recipe INGREDIENTS • 1/4 cup brown sugar • 2 tbsp cornstarch • 2 tbsp Kinder’s Buttery Poultry Blend Seasoning

• 1 tsp garlic powder • 1 tsp onion powder

• 1 tsp paprika • 2 tbsp olive oil • Chicken wings (quantity as desired) PREPARATION 1. In a bowl, mix the brown sugar, cornstarch, Kinder’s Buttery Poultry Blend, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika to create your dry rub. 2. In a separate bowl, toss the chicken wings with

Classic Buffalo Wings—The MVP of Wing Night No wing night is complete without classic Buffalo Wings. Toss your wings in a robust buffalo sauce, and then—here’s the kicker—crumble some gorgonzola cheese over the top. It is a bold and cheesy take on the beloved classic.

Pair the wing wonders with these sides to elevate your Super Bowl spread.

the olive oil until they are evenly coated. This will help the dry rub adhere to the wings.

3. Apply the dry rub over the oiled wings, ensuring each wing is thoroughly covered. SMOKING PROCESS 1. Preheat your electric smoker to 250°F. 2. Arrange the wings in the smoker, spaced apart for even cooking. 3. Smoke the wings at 250°F for one hour. The slow cooking will infuse them with a smoky flavor. CRISPING UP 1. After the wings have smoked for one hour, increase the smoker’s temperature to 400°F. 2. Continue to cook the wings for another 45 minutes. The higher temperature will crisp the skin while keeping the inside moist and tender. SERVING 1. Remove the wings from the smoker and let them rest for a few minutes. 2. Serve hot, with your choice of dipping sauces or sides. 3. Enjoy your flavorful and crispy smoked wings.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Pears— A sweet and savory delight. Air Fried Pecans— A crunchy, nutty snack with a hint of salt. Salad Cups— Fresh, light, and the perfect palate cleanser. Popcorn— A game day essential. Try some gourmet flavors. Find all your game day recipes at bougiegrubs.com , or check out @bougiegrubs on Instagram for detailed recipes. Get ready to host a Super Bowl party that’s talked about long after the final whistle.



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Over the past few decades, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has quickly risen in popularity, drawing audiences from diverse backgrounds and cultures worldwide with its combination of striking and grappling techniques. Blending disciplines such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, and boxing, MMA has created a sporting phenomenon that has demolished traditional boundaries. As fighters showcase their skills in the cage, the appeal of MMA continues to grow, making a place for itself in Texarkana through Peak Fighting Championship (PFC), a locally owned and managed MMA promotion. As PFC solidifies its reputation in the world of MMA, it continues to attract not only dedicated local fans, but is becoming a force to be reckoned with on an ever-growing national stage.

We sat down with Wes Humphrey, PFC’s Director of Business Development, to find out more.



12/1/97 HEIGHT 6’4” FIGHTING WEIGHT 185 pounds

WEIGHT CLASS Middleweight RECORD 5-2 GYM Texarkana Combat Sports TRAINER Craig Campbell WALKOUT SONG “Here I Go” by Mystikal

WEIGHT CLASS Bantamweight RECORD 1-0 GYM Texarkana Combat Sports TRAINER Craig Campbell WALKOUT SONG “Oh God” by Kanye West




What is PFC? Peak Fighting, headquartered in Texarkana, Texas, is a prominent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Our mission is to discover emerging talent in the world of combat sports and pair them with opponents possessing comparable skill levels, both in the amateur and professional divisions. Established in 2018 by Texarkana local Jonny Ross, Peak Fighting has swiftly ascended to become a highly regarded and esteemed MMA promotion. With approximately twelve annual events, we are making big steps forward in our pursuit of greater recognition for our fighters within the MMA industry.

into PFC history with only one appearance in the cage. Initially slated to compete at PFC-Summit Series 1, Hibbs faced an unexpected turn of events when his opponent withdrew, leaving him without a fight, much like Igor Vladimirivich, a 31-year-old fighter with a 3-3 record. In a bold move, Hibbs accepted a last-minute bout against Vladimirivich, who not only possessed more experience but also competed in a higher weight class. Against the odds, Hibbs showcased exceptional MMA skills that led to an unexpected victory, cementing his reputation as a promising young talent in the sport.

PFC Administrative/Production Team: Wes Humphrey, Director of Business Development Jonny Ross, Founder & President Luis Andrade, Media Director

Who are your most promising and most successful fighters? Who should we be watching in 2024? From our roster of fighters, many are steadily making their mark on the national stage. Leading the charge are standout individuals such as Colton Loud (5-0-0), Xavier Franklin (4-0-0), Natalya Speece (2-3-0), Bailey King (2-0-0), and Coby Bradford (2-0- 0). Peak Fighting has also attracted fighters with UFC experience, including Braxton Smith (4-1-0), Diego Brandao (27-21-0), and Rafael Alves (13-12-0). Additionally, Malik Lewis (6-2-0) has received two invitations to the Contender Series, showcasing the depth of talent nurtured within our organization. Who are the Texarkana local fighters? How did they stand out in 2023? Ian Hibbs and Jacoryn Larry, two Texarkana natives, have left their indelible marks within the PFC cage. Larry boasts an impressive record of five wins and two losses across seven PFC fights, steadfastly pursuing his dream of becoming a professional fighter. This journey took significant strides forward in 2023. On the other hand, Hibbs, at the tender age of 17, etched his name

Tell us about this year’s scheduled events. Our schedule for 2024 promises to be nothing short of thrilling! We kicked off the year in Shawnee, Oklahoma, on January 6, followed by our second-ever Amarillo show for PFC 34 in West Texas on March 16. PFC 35 is set for April 20th in Beaumont, Texas, and will be returning to Ford Park. These events are shaping up to be among the most exciting and memorable in Peak Fighting’s history. How do people watch if they are unable to travel to events? The Peak Fighting app is available through four major platforms: Apple, Amazon, Roku, and Google Play. For those unable to attend our events in person, this app allows you to enjoy our fights live or to subscribe to watch the day after scheduled events. Simply download the app or go to members.peakfighting.com to subscribe to all our future content, knockouts, submissions, take downs, decisions, and all-out brawls! Use code TXKPFC to get your first month free.

How did Peak Fighting get its start? Peak Fighting was born out of Ross’ love for the sport and his recognition of the necessity for an MMA promotion that prioritizes equal opportunities and fair treatment for fighters and athletes. This commitment has attracted top-tier fighters who seek to compete on a level playing field, resulting in higher-quality fights and an elevated standard of fairness and safety among the athletes competing under the PFC banner. Who are the fighters? Where do they come from, and how are they trained? Fighters under contract with PFC are discovered and secured by maintaining positive relationships within the fight community and professional MMA gyms local to the event location. Each fighter works tirelessly with his or her own coach for months to become fight ready, studying techniques and training in agility, flexibility, and strength. By fight night, focused fighters step into the cage ready and eager to face their opponent.






A s if there are not already enough questions I ask myself daily about why I am the way I am, I’ve started asking myself a new one. Why in the Sam Hill am I suddenly wide awake the very second my head hits the pillow, when I should be absolutely exhausted at the end of a long, hard day? I get overstimulated, feeling a deep desire to watch every show on Hulu, Google answers to every existential question I have, and stress about the household tasks I’ve had all afternoon to complete. I lay there with my eyes wide open, unable to fall asleep until midnight or later, and wake up dragging as I prepare to do all the same things over and over on repeat. I suppose, from what I’ve seen and heard over the years, most of us on Earth come to a moment in time when we ask ourselves, “How did I get here?” Every day we go to our same jobs, attempt the same tasks, see the same people, drive the same car, come back home after work to the same space, and go out to the same places with the same friends to waste time on the weekends. Maybe the only person in the world who doesn’t do this is Taylor Swift? But who knows?! Maybe even her life has had a monotonous

era. I mean, it seems like for all of us, at some point or another, life begins to feel like Groundhog Day . Groundhog Day actually originated from the traditional Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on February 2 and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. However, credited to the 1993 film titled Groundhog Day , starring Bill Murray, the term took on the new meaning of a person reliving the same day over and over. The film took this novelty idea and turned it into a metaphor for personal growth and self-improvement, popularizing the idea of being stuck in a time loop, for comedic effect of course. The film became so popular after its release that this somehow became the official new interpretation of the term in popular culture. Often, as young children, instead of simply enjoying the carefree luxury of our youth, the only thing we can think of is growing up. We can’t wait to be 16, so we can have our first car. We can’t wait to be 18, so we can be taken more seriously as legal adults. We can’t wait to be 21, because... well, you know. In 13 Going on 30 , the main character couldn’t wait to be 30 because,






according to that movie, that’s when life becomes fun. Before we even know it, we are 16, 18, 21, and life is not turning out to be the new adventures we imagined as children. “Responsible” adulthood can sometimes mean a monotonous mix of dropping off and picking up kids from school, solving problems at work, putting out fires in our personal lives, eating, and sleeping, only to wake up and repeat all of it again tomorrow. If there’s one thing I’m going to continue to do in this life, baby, it’s quote Miss Hannah Montana, my queen forever and a day. As she always said, “Life’s what you make it,” and she was absolutely

correct! No, it’s not always easy, but life does not have to be a one-note journey day-after-day for the rest of your time on this planet. We must be determined to make even the smallest of things enjoyable for ourselves. There’s nothing more frustrating than looking back at the end of the year and realizing all the goals you did not achieve or the changes you failed to make. In 2023, I got caught up in the repetitiveness of the day-to-day, the sneaky little devil that she is, and I allowed myself to get much too comfortable. I know that’s normal, so I won’t beat myself up for it, but I also know what I want out of life, and the discipline it will take to get there. I think it’s time, once again, to reframe “groundhog day” in our minds and unsee it as “being stuck” living the same day over and over again. Instead, we need to see each new seemingly repetitive day as an opportunity to conquer tasks with new and better habits and more determination than we did the

day before. That should be our ultimate goal, and that’s how we will look back at the end of 2024 with no regrets.

LIVE MUSIC February 2 Travis Matthews & Company 1923 Banana Club, 8 pm February 3 Masterworks III: Voices of Power Perot Theatre, 7 pm February 2 Danny Maxey Redbone Magic Brewing Company, 7 pm February 9 Moss Brothers Redbone Magic Brewing Company, 7 pm February 24 Split Decision 1923 Banana Club, 8pm


LOCAL EVENTS February 2-4 and Rodeo February 3 Blue Jeans and Bling: Rock and Roll Crossties February 9 Downtown Live The Gallery at 1894 6-9 pm February 9 Puppy Pals Live Perot Theatre 7 pm February 9, 10, & 14 Valentine Dinner Theatre Comedy 1923 Banana Club February 10 10th Annual 4-States Ultimate Challenge Shoot Out with Stoney LaRue in Concert Four States Fair and Rodeo, 7 pm AKC Dog Show Four States Fair

February 10 Mardi Gras Txk 2024 Downtown Texarkana, AR 10 am-8 pm February 17 Wheel of Fortune Live Perot Theatre 8 pm February 18 Tough Kookie Foundation cancer support group meetings Oak Street Church Life Center 4 pm February 18 Run the Line Texarkana Half Marathon West Broad & Main Streets 7:30 am February 20 Lunch & Learn with Orthopedic Specialists of Louisiana Silver Star Smokehouse; 11:30 am-1 pm

February 22-25 Holes presented by Silvermoon Children’s Theatre Silvermoon on Broad

Kelly Hadaway Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

various times February 24 Moto Circus Four States Fair and Rodeo February 24

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics The Sportxplex by Healthcare Express 9 am

Jeffrey Morrison This Past Weekend with Theo Vaughn on Spotify

For more events visit

Megan Strickland Ginny & Georgia on Netflix






SENIOR LIVING GUIDE As we step into our golden years, life offers us new chapters filled with opportunities to enjoy and challenges to overcome. This special section is dedicated to empowering seniors and their caregivers with the resources that will lead them to a fulfilling, healthy, and secure life. Whether for yourself or for those with aging parents, grandparents, or neighbors, it’s up to all of us to ensure seniors are well cared for and prepared for the future. The following is a checklist to keep in mind and go over with the important seniors in your life.




Health and Wellness • Regular Health Check-ups

Safety and Security • Home Safety

are more dependent on others, being surrounded by people you know and trust can make all the difference. Mental Stimulation Engaging in activities that keep the mind active, like puzzles, reading, and hobbies, can keep the brain engaged and responsive.

Remember the importance of regular visits to healthcare providers for preventive care and managing chronic conditions. Medication Management Look for tips to keep track of medications, understand dosages, and to avoid drug interactions. Physical Activity Safe exercise routines tailored for seniors to maintain mobility,

Modify the living environment to prevent falls, and consider installing security systems and emergency response systems.

• Online Security

Protect against scams and fraud, especially in the digital space.

• Mental Health Resources

Be observant of behaviors or feelings that could point to poor mental health. Seek information from healthcare providers on recognizing and seeking help for mental health issues like depression or anxiety. Budgeting and Managing Finances Seek professional advice on budgeting, managing retirement funds, and understanding entitlements like Social Security.

• Emergency Preparedness

Have a plan in place for natural disasters, power outages, and medical emergencies. Make sure the plan is understood and easy to follow.

strength, and balance are important. Find a realistic plan that works for you.

Social Engagement and Mental Health • Staying Connected

Financial Planning •

Nutrition Get guidance on a balanced diet that caters to the nutritional needs of older adults and those with specific health and dietary needs.

The importance of seniors maintaining relationships with family, friends, and the community can not be overstated. At a time when you




• Funeral Planning

make it possible to continue living in one’s own home safely; install shower bars and stairway ramps, inspect smoke alarms, widen doorways, and remove walkway hindrances.

• Estate Planning

Make considerations and preparations for funeral arrangements. Resources and Assistance • Local Resources Gather information on local

The importance of wills, trusts, and directives for health care and finances can’t be overstated. Take care of your family by having all these important matters settled.

Retirement Communities Research different types of retirement communities and know what they offer.

Mobility and Transportation • Public Transportation Options

senior centers, meal programs, and support groups. Compile a list of important phone numbers and keep them accessible.

Get pertinent information regarding and arrange senior-friendly public transport options. Keep this information within easy reach for non-medical emergencies. Driving Safety Be on the lookout for indicators that it might be time to stop driving. Establish an accountability system or partner that will help with making this difficult decision.

• Assisted Living and Nursing Homes Research more supportive living environments for those who need extra care. End-of-Life Planning • Advanced Healthcare Directives Work with legal professionals, financial planners, and family members to make clear and binding end-of-life decisions. I.e. a living will, personal and financial decisions, DNR wishes, medical power of attorney, and last will and testament.

• Government Programs

Compile an overview of benefits available through programs like Medicare and Medicaid and make contacts where needed.

• Legal Assistance

Contact resources for legal advice regarding elder law, estate planning, and rights protection.

Housing Options • Aging in Place

Make home modifications that will



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