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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.
Excelsior House Hotel front desk
The front desk at the Excelsior House. (Photo courtesy TexasExplorer98/Flickr)

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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The Jefferson Hotel
Many reports of ghostly happenings shroud the Jefferson Hotel in mystery. (Photo by Jathan Fink/Townsquare Media)

Is the Jefferson Hotel Really Haunted?

Before I even visited Jefferson, I heard strange reports about what some call the most haunted town in Texas. Many of the ghost stories I heard, however, originate at one of the town’s oldest structures, the Jefferson Hotel.

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Get Your Advance Tickets to 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. Get your tickets to this show now!

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Three young teens

Is There Anything for Teens to Do in Texarkana?

Growing up in a small town is hard. We've heard from plenty of teens and parents alike that there is nothing for teenagers to do in Texarkana. That's why we've created our Teen Spot Map to showcase all the great activities that kids and their families can do right here in the Ark-La-Tex!

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Principal Brandy Debenport is creating a culture of reading at Nash Elementary School.
Principal Brandy Debenport is creating a culture of reading at Nash Elementary School. (Photo by Jathan Fink/Townsquare Media)

Nash Elementary School Creates a Culture of Reading

Most parents and teachers realize that readers are taught rather than born. It isn’t often that you’ll see a child pick up a book on his own when there are so many other activities that he could be doing. That’s why the faculty at Nash Elementary is doing something to change the way students view books.

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David and Keisha Mores and crew at Sue's Diner
David and Keisha Mores love visiting with their customers and friends at Sue's Diner in Nash, Texas. (Photo by Jathan Fink/Townsquare Media)

The Neighborhood Gathers at Sue’s Diner in Nash, Texas

Laughter fills the air and mingles with the mouth-watering scents from old-fashioned, homestyle cooking at Sue’s Diner.

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World Trade Center Attack
Smoke pours from the World Trade Center after being hit by two planes September 11, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Allen/Getty Images)

Always Remember the Day that Changed the World

September 11th, 2001 began like any other day as I hurried about the bank tending to customers' needs. “May I help you,” I asked each new customer who came in, forgetting that there was a world outside the branch. Then the doors swung open and a somber-faced policeman entered to tell us that the world had changed forever.

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