Christ­mas pa­rade route an­nounced

Texarkana Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Ju­nius Stone

Main Street Texarkana has of­fi­cially re­quested the city reroute the Christ­mas pa­rade to Broad Street, so the dec­o­ra­tions along the route can pro­vide more hol­i­day at­mos­phere. At the last meet­ing of the Texarkana, Ark., Board of Di­rec­tors, Main Street of­fi­cials put their re­quest for­ward to city of­fi­cials who seemed sup­port­ive and re­cep­tive. It did not take long for an an­swer to come.

“The pub­lic safety of­fi­cials of the Arkansas-side have an­nounced pro­vi­sional sup­port,” said Ina McDow­ell, Main Street Texarkana ex­ec­u­tive

di­rec­tor. “They want sev­eral safety mea­sures, such as bar­ri­cades along the route as well as no ve­hi­cles, but the Arkansas­side po­lice, fire de­part­ment and pub­lic works de­part­ments have ex­pressed sup­port. The Board of Di­rec­tors will of­fi­cially make a de­ci­sions at their next meet­ing.”

This year’s pa­rade theme is “Gin­ger Bread Vil­lage”.

This year’s Main Street Texarkana Christ­mas or­na­ment has just been an­nounced.

“I just found out this (yes­ter­day) morn­ing”, said McDow­ell. “This year’s or­na­ment will fea­ture the Land­mark Build­ing/ State Na­tional Bank, circa 1904, cor­ner of Broad and State Line, show­ing the build­ing’s orig­i­nal fa­cade. Just in time for the pa­rade!”

The Land­mark Build­ing is now also the location of the Texarkana Gazette.

In down­town beau­ti­fi­ca­tion news, Main Street Texarkana is com­plet­ing the dis­tri­bu­tion of funds from a grant pro­gram to­talling $15,000. The two an­nounced re­cip­i­ents in­clude $5000 to Leon and Julie San­der­son of ATC En­vi­ron­men­tal, who used the money to put a new roof on the Old Wellsworth Build­ing at 413 E. Broad St and Sheila Cross­land of Johnny B’s, who took their $2000 of the grant and turned it into an il­lu­mi­nated sign out in front of their restau­rant.

“It is a pretty nice deal,” said Leon San­der­son, ATC En­vi­ron­men­tal pres­i­dent. “The $5000 and the roof I put on will help make the work on the rest of the build­ing eas­ier.”

Also in area beau­ti­fi­ca­tion news, MST-T board pres­i­dent Larry White an­nounced he is hav­ing the holes in the ex­te­rior build­ing walls where The Dis­cov­ery Place and Mu­seum is fixed.

“Also, I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to go down and take a look at Union Sta­tion,” he said. “It is look­ing much bet­ter, with weeds cut and the land­scap­ing tak­ing root.”

Funds are still avail­able through a pro­gram of­fered through MST-T in­tended to help with ex­te­rior im­prove­ment in Texas-side down­town prop­er­ties, fea­tur­ing grants and loans. If any­one is in­ter­ested, con­tact MST-T for de­tails.

Tick­ets are avail­able for the QHNA Tour of Homes, a show­case of his­tor­i­cal homes in Texarkana. The tour takes place De­cem­ber 2-3. Tick­ets are avail­able at the Cham­ber of Com­merce for $25. Con­tact Ju­dith White at 903-748-8326 for more in­for­ma­tion.

Sub­mit­ted photo

The 2017 Main Street Texarkana Christ­mas or­na­ment.

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