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Texarkana metropolitan area

The Texarkana metropolitan statistical area, as defined by the United States Office of Management and Budget, is a two-county region anchored by the twin cities of Texarkana and Texarkana, encompassing the surrounding communities in Bowie County and Miller County, Arkansas. As of the 2016 census, the MSA had a population of 150,098. Texarkana is a subset of the broader Ark-La-Tex region. Texarkana was founded in 1873 on the junction of two railroads; the name is a portmanteau of TEXas, ARKansas, nearby LouisiANA. One tradition tells of a Red River steamboat named The Texarkana, c. 1860. Another story mentions a storekeeper named Swindle in Red Land, Louisiana who concocted a drink called "Texarkana Bitters". A third account states that a railroad surveyor, coined the name. Local lore suggests that, before Texas's annexation by the US, lawlessness ruled in the area that at times was claimed by various nations. In 1876, Texas, was granted a charter under an act of the Texas legislature, a Texarkana, post office operated from 1886 to 1892.

Congressman Morris Sheppard secured a postal order changing the name to "Texarkana, Arkansas-Texas". The Texarkana metropolitan area was first defined in 1960. Known as the Texarkana, TX–Texarkana, AR Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area, it consisted of Bowie County and Miller County, Arkansas. In 1963, the area was renamed the Texarkana, TX–AR Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area, only to return to its original name in 1971. Little River County, was added to the SMSA in 1973. In 1983, the official name was shortened to the Texarkana, TX–Texarkana, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area, still in use; that same year, Little River County was removed from the MSA. The two-county MSA had a population of 137,486 in 2000; as of the census of 2000, there were 137,486 people, 72,695 households, 55,524 families residing within the MSA. The racial makeup of the MSA was 53.5% White, 43.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.4% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, 1.2% from two or more races.

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.6% of the population. The median income for a household in the MSA was $31,976, the median income for a family was $38,887. Males had a median income of $32,482 versus $21,408 for females; the per capita income for the MSA was $16,901. Texarkana began as a railroad and lumber center, developed in the 20th century as a regional agricultural processing, retail and service center. Red River Army Depot and Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant were the largest regional employers from the 1940s through the 1970s. Paper mills near Ashdown and Atlanta, as well as other industrial facilities, brought new jobs to the area in the 1970s. Today the Texarkana area is a diversified economy whose pattern of employment categorized by industry is similar to the entire state of Arkansas. Texarkana consists of two separate municipal designations: Texarkana, the county seat of Miller County, Arkansas Texarkana, located in Bowie County, TexasState Line Avenue follows the Texas-Arkansas state line throughout much of Texarkana.

The two "sides" of Texarkana are separate only from a political standpoint. Thousands of locals live in one state and work in the other. Owing to its divided political nature, Texarkana has two sets of city officials. Texarkana is located at the intersection of Interstate 30 and Interstate 49, it is situated halfway between Dallas and Little Rock, Arkansas. Texarkana Regional Airport is located inside the northeastern city limits and is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a primary commercial service airport; the airport covers an area of 964 acres at an elevation of 390 feet above mean sea level and it has two runways with asphalt surfaces: Runway 4/22 is 6,601 by 144 feet Runway 13/31 is 5,200 by 100 feet Major routes in Texarkana include: Interstate 30 Interstate 49 U. S. Route 59 U. S. Route 67 U. S. Route 71 U. S. Route 82 Loop As of October 2015, new interchanges had been completed at the junctions of I-30/US 59, I-30/I-49. Interstate 49 had been extended south to Shreveport with its northern extension planned into Kansas City along the U.

S. Route 71 corridor. Multiple projects were under construction to relieve the strain on local roadways, including continuous access roads and the expansion of area highways and bridges. Rail service in Texarkana is provided by: Amtrak's Texas Eagle, which stops at Texarkana Union Station Kansas City Southern Railway Texas Northeastern Railroad Union Pacific Railroad Notable historical buildings in Texarkana include the post office and federal building that straddle the state line, the Ace of Clubs House, The Perot Theater, Texarkana Regional Museum; the Aces of Clubs House is shaped like a club on a playing card and inspired by a winning poker hand. The Texarkana Symphony Orchestra was established in 2005, providing the community with several professional concerts of classical music every year. In 2007, the Texarkana Youth Symphony Orchestra was established, presenting spring and winter concerts. Texarkana College, a community college whose origins date to 1927, enrolls more than four thousand annually.

In 1971, East Texas State University began offering classes at the campus, an institution that became Texas A&M University–Texarkana. Texas A&M University-Texarkana has constructed a large campus at Bringle Lake. His

Chris Johnson (boxer)

Chris Omar Johnson is a Jamaican-born boxer, who won a middleweight bronze medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics for Canada. In 1990 he won the gold medal at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. Johnson was raised in Kitchener, Canada with his three brothers, Greg and Kevin, 2 sisters and Necoal. Johnson trained IBF Junior Featherweight World Champion, Steve "The Canadian Kid" Molitor, in addition to notable boxers such as Andrew Singh Kooner, Natalie "Too Bad" Brown. In 2014, the Toronto Star profiled Michael one of his boxers. Defeated Mohamed Siluvangi TKO 3 Defeated Stefan Trendafilov TKO 1 Lost to Chris Byrd 3-17 Professional boxing record for Chris Johnson from BoxRec Chris Johnson's Fighting Alliance Sparring for student success 2008 Toronto Star article on pilot program for middle school students at Toronto District School Board's Charles H. Best Middle School Chris Johnson at the International Olympic Committee Chris Johnson at Olympics at

USS Skimmer (AMCU-41)

USS Skimmer was an LCI-351-class landing craft infantry built for the U. S. Navy for the task of landing troops in combat areas; the second ship to be named Skimmer by the Navy was laid down as LCI-1093, a large, infantry landing craft, on 11 September 1944 by the Defoe Shipbuilding Company in Bay City, Michigan. LCI-1093 made her way through Lake Michigan and the Chicago Drainage Canal, down the Illinois River and the Mississippi river, arrived at New Orleans, Louisiana, on 11 October 1944, she drydocked at New Orleans commenced her shakedown cruise to Galveston, Texas. After completing shakedown and amphibious training, she departed Galveston on 25 November 1944, she transited the Panama Canal on 1 December, arrived in San Diego, California, on the 18th. In mid-February 1945, following further exercises and training at San Diego, LCI-1093 got underway for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, en route to Guam in the Marianas, she entered Pearl Harbor on 11 March and departed soon thereafter, visiting Eniwetok Atoll along the way to the Marianas.

She stayed there until the 24 April. From there she sailed to Saipan and, after about a month of miscellaneous duties there, headed for Okinawa, she spent the next month, 30 May to 30 June, providing smoke screens, carrying troops and supplies, helping other landing craft retract from the beaches. The conquest of Okinawa was well complete by the end of June, but the LCI continued to operate in that vicinity until 12 September. At that time, she was sent to Japan where she performed a number of duties, including ferrying allied prisoners-of-war to Guam and supporting the occupation forces in the Tokyo area. LCI -1093 departed Japan on 14 April 1946. Sailing via Guam and Pearl Harbor, she arrived at San Diego on 10 June. By mid-July, she had arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, she decommissioned at Boston and was towed to the berthing area at Hingham, Massachusetts. She returned to Boston, Massachusetts, on 20 April 1947, for three years, served the 1st Naval District as a U. S. Naval Reserve training ship.

In January 1950, she was taken to South Carolina, to be inactivated. This time, she was berthed at Florida. In August 1953, she returned to Charleston to be converted to a coastal minesweeper AMCU-41. On 23 January 1954, the ship was commissioned as Lieutenant W. M. Gattis commanding, she was assigned to the 1st Naval District in late February 1954 and, on 6 March, departed Charleston for Boston. She headed via the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Canal, the East River, Long Island Sound, the Cape Cod Canal and arrived in Boston on 14 March, she operated in the 1st Naval District for the next year participating in LANTSUBMINEX-54 and LANTFLTEX-55 and representing the 1st Naval District at the Rhode Island State American Legion Convention from 18 to 20 June 1954. On 1 March 1955, she commenced Phase Able inactivation at Boston and was redesignated MHC-41. By 20 April, she was back at South Carolina, beginning Phase Baker inactivation. On 1 July 1955, Skimmer decommissioned at Charleston and was berthed there as a unit of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.

In 1958, she was moved to the berthing area at Florida. Skimmer received one battle star for World War II service; this article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships NavSource Online: Mine Warfare Vessel Photo Archive - LCI-1093 - Skimmer


KKHQ-FM is a radio station serving Waterloo, Cedar Falls, the surrounding area known as the Cedar Valley with a Top 40 format. This station is owned by Townsquare Media. Before the 92.3 frequency was acquired by Cumulus Media from Connoisseur Media in 2000, the station was country music-formatted KOEL-FM. This format flip happened to other stations Cumulus acquired from Connoisseur, like KBEA, a country station as well as KBOB "BOB Country." The country format and KOEL-FM call sign still live on in Waterloo/Cedar Falls on 98.5 MHz, branded as "K98.5". Before the flip to CHR, the only other stations in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Area that carried the format were distant and somewhat weak signals: KZIA Z102.9 from Cedar Rapids, or KWAY-FM "Y99.3" from Waverly. Although Waverly is considered part of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls DMA, KWAY's signal was not the strongest. At only 4,600 watts, it is considered just another small-town radio station, and while KZIA used a full 100,000 watts, the tower was at least 40–50 miles away, which made it hard to receive over the closer stations.

On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would acquire 53 Cumulus stations, including KKHQ-FM, for $238 million. The deal was part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; the sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013. In December 2016, the Federal Communications Commission approved Townsquare's request to reacquire the stations from the divestiture trust. Q92.3 KKHQ-FM official website Query the FCC's FM station database for KKHQ Radio-Locator information on KKHQ Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KKHQ

Virtus Investment Partners

Virtus Investment Partners, Inc. operates a multi-manager asset management business, comprising a number of individual affiliated managers, each having its own investment process and brand, the services of unaffiliated subadvisers. Virtus Investment Partners known as Phoenix Investment Partners, Ltd. was formed on November 1, 1995 through a reverse merger with Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co. at the time the investment management affiliate of Duff & Phelps Corporation. From 1995 to 2001, Virtus was a majority-owned indirect subsidiary of Phoenix Life Insurance Co. During this period, the company purchased a majority interest in several boutique investment management companies to establish its multi-manager business model. In addition to Duff & Phelps Investment Management, Virtus’ affiliates during this time included Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management, LLC, Seneca Capital Management, Zweig Advisers LLC, founded by legendary Wall Street investor Martin Zweig. On January 11, 2001, a subsidiary of Phoenix acquired the outstanding shares of Phoenix Investment Partners not owned, the company became an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Phoenix.

In May 2005, Phoenix Investment Partners acquired the remaining minority interest in Seneca Capital Management and in September of that year acquired the remaining minority interest in Kayne Anderson Rudnick, thereby increasing ownership of both companies to 100%. In May 2006, Phoenix Investment Partners adopted the Harris Insight Funds from Harris Investment Management, Inc. In February 2008, Phoenix announced it would spin-off Phoenix Investment Partners as an independent asset management company through a pro-rata dividend of Phoenix Investment Partners' common stock to Phoenix's shareholders. On October 30, 2008, Harris Bankcorp Inc. a U. S. subsidiary of Bank of Montreal, announced it would acquire $45 million in convertible preferred stock, representing a 23 percent equity position in Virtus. Virtus became an independent publicly traded company on December 31, 2008 upon completion of its spin-off from Phoenix; the first day of trading of VRTS was January 2, 2009, company officials rang the opening bell at NASDAQ Market Site on January 5, 2009.

The years 2011 through 2018 was a period of expansion for Virtus as it established or acquired several affiliated managers, beginning in June 2011, when it established Newfleet Asset Management as a fixed income affiliate with $5.2 billion of assets under management. David L. Albrycht executive managing director of Goodwin Capital Advisors, an investment management company, a subsidiary of Virtus, became chief investment officer of Newfleet. In October 2012, Virtus completed the acquisition of Rampart Investment Management, a registered investment advisor specializing in options strategies. In 2013, the company established a Dublin-based UCITS, in 2015 acquired a majority interest in ETF Issuer Solutions, a New York City-based company that operates a platform for listing and distributing exchange-traded funds, it was renamed Virtus ETF Solutions. In December 2016, Virtus agreed to acquire multi-boutique asset manager RidgeWorth Investments from private equity firm Lightyear Capital and Ridgeworth's employees for $472 million.

That transaction, completed in June 2017, added $40 billion in assets managed by Ridgeworth's three wholly owned affiliates, Ceredex Value Advisors, Seix Investment Advisors, Silvant Capital Management. Virtus completed a majority investment in Sustainable Growth Advisers, an investment manager headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut that specializes in high-conviction U. S. and global growth equity portfolios, in July 2018. Retail products include open-end mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, retail separate accounts; the Virtus Mutual Funds family consists of 58 open-end mutual funds that are distributed through intermediaries, including national and regional broker-dealers, independent broker-dealers, independent financial advisory firms. Virtus' closed-end funds are managed by four affiliated managers; the closed-end funds trade on the New York Stock Exchange. Retail separately managed accounts comprise intermediary programs and distributed by unaffiliated brokerage firms, private client accounts, which are offered to the high-net-worth clients of the affiliated managers.

Virtus manages institutional accounts for corporations, multi-employer retirement funds, foundations and special purpose funds. Ceredex Value Advisors LLC uses bottom-up, company-by-company research, seeking to identify catalysts in undervalued, dividend-paying stocks when constructing value-oriented portfolios for individuals, institutions and foundations. Duff & Phelps Investment Management Co. pursues specialized investment strategies by identifying attractive opportunities through active management and fundamental research, while striving to manage the associated risks. The company manages assets for open- and closed-end funds and institutional separate accounts by investing in global utilities, REITs. Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management, LLC invests in equity portfolios of companies that have strong, consistent growth with low business and financial risk; the firm was founded in 1984 by two successful entrepreneurs, Richard Kayne and John E. Anderson, for whom the University of California, Los Angeles, named its business management school.

KAR offers a variety of managed equity and fixed-income strategies to individuals through open- and closed-end funds and retail separate accounts to high-net-worth individuals. Institutional clients include endowments, corporations, p

Dicoy Williams

Dicoy Williams is a Jamaican footballer. Williams started his career in the youth ranks of Jamaica's Santos FC, he went on to play for the youth teams of Arnett Gardens FC and Harbour View FC. Williams played at a senior level for Santos FC and Harbour View FC in the Jamaican National Premier League. Williams was a key contributor for Harbour View helping the club capture the league title in 2010. After impressing with Harbour View FC Williams went on trial with Norwegian Division One side Mjøndalen IF during the 2010 season. In early March 2011 Williams continued to explore overseas options going on trial with Major League Soccer side Toronto FC, he impressed coach Aron Winter and was signed by Toronto FC on 31 March 2011. Two days Williams made his debut for Toronto as a second half sub for Nana Attakora in a 1-1 home draw against Chivas USA. On 19 July 2011 Aron Winter confirmed. On 20 June 2012 Williams made his return from injury as a second half sub for Danny Koevermans in a 3-3 away draw to Houston Dynamo.

Williams was released by Toronto on 15 November 2012. Dicoy returned to Harbour View in 2013. Dicoy Williams made his international debut for Jamaica on 12 August 2009 in a scoreless draw against Ecuador played at Giants Stadium. Williams was called up to his first international tournament for the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, he started the first game for Jamaica which ended in a 4-0 victory over Grenada, however in the second game of the group stage against Guatemala Williams hurt his knee forcing Theodore Whitmore to make a 10th minute substitution. Scores and results list Jamaica's goal tally first. Harbour View FC Jamaican National Premier League::2010Toronto FC Canadian Championship: 2011, 2012 Dicoy Williams at Major League Soccer Dicoy Williams at