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News with JW – Thursday March 24, 2011

John WilliamsGood Thursday-Here are some stories making headlines today:
A large crowd was on hand yesterday morning for the groundbreaking ceremonies at the soon to be constructed Hilton Gardens Hotel and Texarkana Convention Center on the Texas side of town.

Local business leaders and elected officials spoke before the ceremonial ground breaking at the location which is located just east of Central Mall on Cowhorn Creek and just north of Kennedy Lane. The idea of a hotel/convention center has been in the works for years and is now ready for construction. The local Daugherty Group along with the city says the ball room which is being built with Texarkana’s needs in mind will hold around 1,000 thousand people at a time. Construction will begin soon and should be complete in around 15 months weather permitting making a Summer or early fall 2012 grand opening expected.

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The Texas Water District meets this evening at 6pm at Hooks City hall. One item on the agenda is a resolution to admit the city of Nash to the Riverbend Water Resources District. Texarkana, Texas and several other smaller local communities currently make up the membership of Riverbend.

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In area & local sports :
The Arkansas High Razorback baseball team is in Harrison, Arkansas today to participate in a High School Baseball Tournament.

And the University of Arkansas has hired Missouri Tigers coach Mike Anderson as head coach in Fayetteville. Anderson who compiled a 111-57 record in 5 seasons at the helm in Columbia takes over at Arkansas for John Pelfrey who was fired back on March 13th after a disappointing finish to the Hogs Basketball season.

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