Good Monday, here are some stories making headlines today:

Texarkana, Texas City Council meets tonight starting at 6pm, with a closed session followed by an open meeting which will start no later than 7pm and the public is invited to attend. 

 The council will make appointments to boards and commissions, here a report on the annual fishing derby, Keep Texarkana Beautiful Awards, Service Certificates and pins.

They will also consider and ordinance authorizing the city manager to execute an agreement with Bowie County to hold a joint election  calling for a local option election for the legal sale of beer and wine for off-premises consumption only.  Also consider an ordinance reassessing and selection option one for the eastern access route from Texas A&M University-Texarkana to Summerhill Road and reconstructing Shilling Lane.

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A town hall meeting has been scheduled for this Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm in the Dan Haskins Student Center of Texas High School located at 2112 Kennedy Lane.

Ward 4 Council member Bob Bruggeman will host the meeting and give a brief update on topics of interest to Ward 4 residents. There will be an opportunity for citizens to discuss any issues or concerns they may have with Bruggeman and other city leaders who are in attendence .  Even though this meeting is targeted for Ward 4 citizens, anyone from any part of the city is invited and encouraged to attend.

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Bowie County Judge Sterling Lacy is advising residents to avoid burning outdoors. The National Weather Service has stated that weather conditions including high winds and low humidity result in extremely critical fire conditions. Due to extreme drought conditions across the area an increase in the number of wildfires has been recently reported.

Fires can get out of control very quickly, therefore, extreme cautions should be observed. Fires should never be left unattended and a reliable water supply should be very close by. Outdoor burning should never be attempted in windy conditions. Judge Lacy says if the dry and windy weather conditions persist or worsen, an outdoor burn ban may be issued for the entire county.