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Jathan Fink

A California native, I’ve lived on both coasts and lots of places in between. As a result, I’m pretty liberal in my viewpoints on life, have gathered a wide array of friends from vastly different backgrounds, and learned just how similar all of us really are as mankind. That’s why you’ll discover my stories tend to celebrate everyday people, their accomplishments and the amazing things they do to enrich their communities. When I’m not reporting or editing, I enjoy traveling, listening to great music, cooking up yummy eats and devouring smart books including suspense fiction and classics like my all-time favorite, Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ I love teaching, mentoring and working with young people. But my real passion is philanthropy, particularly when it comes to charities that help at-risk kids, the arts, literacy and nature conservation. I currently live with my wife in New England.
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Pictures of What A Snowstorm in Texarkana Might Look Like

Although it is only October, we can already feel the temperatures dropping here in Texarkana. Does that mean that this winter we may actually see snow? What would a snowfall in T-Town look like? Here are some photos from other parts of Texas that have actually seen some of the fabled white stuff. 

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Big Tex turned 60 this year. (Photo by Sue Gooding/State Fair of Texas)
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Big Tex Destroyed By Fire at the State Fair of Texas

For six decades, Big Tex has welcomed folks to the State Fair of Texas at Dallas' Fair Park. Today, however, the legend welcomed his last guests as he burned to the ground after an apparent electrical fire that started in his neck, according to Sue Gooding, a spokesperson for the fair. 

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Mad Libs have brought smiles to children's faces since the 1960s. (Photo courtesy ragesoss/Flickr)
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‘Mad Libs’ Publisher Larry Sloan Dies in Los Angeles

Some people build a career based on a simple idea. Larry Sloan, the publisher of Mad Libs, was one of those men. He died on Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 89.

The last of the founding publishers at Price Stern Sloan Publishing, Larry Sloan started the fi

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The Five Second Rule – Fact or Fiction? [POLL]

Did you know that more than half of Americans use the 'Five Second Rule' in their homes? If you're not familiar with this rule, it is the belief that if food is dropped on the floor, it is still safe for consumption if picked up within five seconds of dropping it. In other words, many people hold to the idea that germs wait before jumping on board their eats. But is this fact or fiction? 

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Dr. Cindy Pfluger and Dr. Justin Powell of Oubre Animal Clinic
Dr. Cindy Pfluger and Dr. Justin Powell of Oubre Animal Clinic happily care for Texarkana's pets. (Photos courtesy Facebook and dgazdar/Flickr)
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Animal Care Made Simple at Oubre Animal Clinic in Wake Village

Anyone who has an ornery pooch, a narcissistic feline or a cheerful canary can get their beloved family pet the great care it deserves at Oubre Animal Clinic in Wake Village.

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How Will You Commemorate Veterans Day 2012 in Texarkana?

Whether we’ve had family or friends serve in the armed forces or not, we all owe a debt of gratitude to the countless Americans who have fought for our freedom since the birth of the nation. So how will you commemorate Veterans Day this year? Here are some ideas to help you plan for this upcoming day of remembrance.

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Tickets On Sale Today for Casey James + JB and the Moonshine Band

Kicker 102.5 FM is absolutely thrilled to bring Casey James and JB and the Moonshine Band to Texarkana as part of the nationwide Credit Guard of America Taste of Country Christmas tour! Whether you were a fan of James while he competed on American Idol or have recently discovered his tunes, you're going to love this show. Buy your tickets to this concert now!

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The front desk at the Excelsior House. (Photo courtesy TexasExplorer98/Flickr)
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Don’t Ask About the Ghosts at Jefferson’s Excelsior House Hotel

Excelsior House is the oldest hotel in East Texas according to the National Register of Historic Places. Since it opened in the 1850s, it has welcomed some of history’s biggest names through its doors: Ulysses S. Grant, Oscar Wilde, Rutherford B. Hayes and Lady Bird Johnson. They all checked in. But does every guest who visits ultimately check out?

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