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2020 Opportunities Golf Tournament

Monday, September 14, the 31st Annual Opportunities Inc. Golf Invitational Tournament was held at Texarkana Country Club. The mission of Opportunities Inc. is to provide developmental and support services to children and adults with disabilities, supporting them in attaining a full life, and encouraging the recognition of the value and abilities of all to our community. … In the past 31 years, Opportunities has raised $2.5 million from this event.

Texas REALTOR® To Watch

Virginia Ann PrazakSeven Texas REALTORS ® under the age of 40 were recently named REALTORS ® to Watch and were recognized for their excellence in leadership, community involvement, and sales in 2020, by the Texas REALTORS ® Young Professionals Network (YPN). Their accomplishments were honored on September 1, through a virtual celebration. Texarkana’s very own, Virginia Ann Prazak, of ERA Raffaelli Realtors was among the celebrated honorees. … For decades, Virginia Ann’s family has been deeply entrenched in the real estate business of Texarkana.

Happy Voter Registration Day

LET'S VOTE!WHY VOTE? … Today, most American citizens over the age of 18 are eligible to vote in federal and state elections, but it has not always been so. The original Constitution, which defined our system of voting, was not specific about WHO could vote. This resulted in certain population groups, including African Americans and women, being excluded from voting rights until the late 1800s and early 1900s. The 15th Amendment was ratified in 1870 which allowed African American men to vote, and the voting rights act of 1965 removed other voting limitations for this group.

Happy Step Family Day

The story of our family is a perfect picture of God’s promise to bring beauty from ashes, gladness from mourning, and praise from despair.” —Karmen and Tim Cornelius … These words echo the truth of so many blended families around the world. Thousands of these beautiful families act as examples of how broken things can be turned into the blessings they never knew they needed. September 16, 2020 is National Stepfamily Day in America.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 • Texarkana Golf Ranch • 1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start … For more information contact Golf Chairs David Mims or Mike Mahone … David Mims: 903-223-6533 • dmims@farmersagent.com … Mike Mahone: 903-223-6023 • mmahone@farmersagent.comGOLF TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE … David Mims, Mike Mahone, Carl Standridge, Leroy Twisdale, William Morriss, Shannon Baker, Mark Bledsoe, Jason Carter


World Class Education

…we have a world class education network unheard of in a community our size. Texarkana has quietly become an exceptional college town.” —AR-TX REDI President & CEO, Rob Sitterley … Today, we exist in a paradigm of disruptive change brought upon by the world being more connected than ever.

Happy Literacy Day

When you educate one person, you can change a life; when you educate many, you can change the world.” —Shai Reshef, Israeli businessman and academic administrator … The Texarkana College Adult Education and Literacy Program changes lives every day by providing the community free access to several courses through funding from the Texas Workforce Commission.

2020 Clay’s Golf & Guitars

Gail & Dr. Ed Eichler started the Clay Eichler Memorial Fund in 2015 following the untimely loss of their son Clay. Each year, the Clay Eichler Memorial Fund raises money through an annual event known as “Clay’s Golf and Guitars” with all profits benefiting worthy local organizations needing financial assistance. The recipients of the funds raised by this event are chosen by their board on a rotating basis. … This year’s event was held August 22 at Northridge Country Club.

A Tribute to Tommy Fuqua

Thomas “Tommy” Howard Fuqua, Jr., known by friends and family as “Bronc”, was born in Atlanta, Texas, on July 13, 1942 to Thomas Howard, Sr. and Mina Margaret Allday Fuqua. Tommy died August 28, 2020 in Texarkana, Texas. … He attended the University of Arkansas and was a highly honored golfer for the Razorbacks. While at Arkansas, he expanded his true gentleman’s code and joined the SAE fraternity. Many lifelong friendships and unique bonds were made.

Taking Back Time

Am I the only one who feels like the ”Tiger King” era of quarantine was a million years ago, or that it was just some strange fever dream? … Can we please go back to those much simpler times, please? Ahhhh, those were the days. Since then we’ve received stimulus checks, cringed watching our adult family members attempt to make TikToks with their kids, and almost killed our siblings a time or two. Where’s my receipt?

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