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Issue 2 on the Arkansas election ballot is the latest tinkering with the idea of limiting the amount of time Arkansas public officials may remain in office. While it is mislabeled as the “Arkansas Term Limits Amendment” it is, in fact, a term extension amendment. It provides a means for pres…

Among the amazing features of our website is the archive. Last week, we crossed the 90,000 mark for the number of news articles, news packages, advertising images, charts, photographs and videos that have been posted on magnoliareporter.com since our launch on April 7, 2010. That’s more than…

Magnolia High has been unable to find a football opponent for Friday night. October 23 had been scheduled as an open date due to Magnolia’s early “Week 0” game. But Magnolia and other teams with open dates have been trying to find opponents because of games that were cancelled due to COVID-1…

The sign in front of Meat Market Taqueria promises that it’s “Coming Soon.” We hope so. Meat Market Taqueria is located at 117 E. Main, which was formerly Los Maguelles Mexican Grill. There’s a difference between a Mexican restaurant and a taqueria. A “taqueria” is, in the literal sense, a t…

Magnolia city inspector David Nelson told us that the city has received the results of the Garver group strategic plan for Magnolia during the next quarter-century. He said the final report isn’t ready, and that there will be a public meeting about it in November. The study has been four yea…

A gentleman shared with us his concerns about photographs we sometimes run of students. “With the number of people in society today that prey on children, do you think it is appropriate to list children’s first and last names in an Internet news article?” he asked. He thinks there could be a…

Businesses and civic organizations worked through the weekend to install scarecrows on the lampposts on the Magnolia Square. The creativity involved is outstanding. Come to the square, park, and look around. It’s all part of a contest sponsored by the Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Comm…

We can’t give you a direct link for legal reasons, but we can tell you that the website TheDrive, which follows the defense industry, on Monday published an article by Tyler Rogoway and Joseph Trevithick headlined, “Mysterious drone incursions have occurred over U.S. THAAD anti-ballistic mis…

Our friends at Mustard Seed Financial LLC of Magnolia have retained their standing at No. 22 in Arkansas Business magazine’s annual list of the state’s largest money managers. At first glance, that might not seem like a big deal. But, Mustard Seed is the only money management company in the …

All types of objects are hauled around the Magnolia Square. On Friday, there was a large pick-up truck with an even larger chicken coop filling its bed that rounded the Square. We don’t know the backstory behind this particular chicken coop, but we do know that more South Arkansas residents …

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The renovation project at Farmers Bank & Trust’s headquarters coincided with the start of the COVID-19 epidemic. We’ve been inside a few times on personal business but things have changed a lot even during the past month. While we’ve seen the trash containers outside, it somehow failed t…

magnoliareporter.com welcomes back as an advertiser the Arkansas State Senate campaign of Sen. Bruce Maloch of Magnolia. Maloch is seeking another four-year term in the Arkansas Senate to represent South Central Arkansas in Little Rock. People who click on his advertisement will be re-direct…

Laura reached hurricane status this morning, and is expected to come roaring up the Louisiana-Texas line starting early Thursday. By Friday morning, the center of circulation is expected to pass through the Four State area with winds at tropical storm strength. Combine 4-6 inches of anticipa…

We’re going to miss Larry Atkinson. The former Columbia County Judge died earlier this week from a months-long struggle against an aggressive brain tumor. When someone who has successfully held political office passes away, it’s traditional to say something about their accomplishments. We th…

During our time at Southern Arkansas University in the late 1970s, a campus official walked into The Bray office one evening in a complete state of shock. She could barely get words to come out of her mouth. As she regained her composure, the reason for her shock was clear. She had been at t…

If you think it’s a good idea for the State of Arkansas to break down COVID-19 infections by schools and school districts, thank one of our readers if it comes about. A reader asked us last week to pose a question to the governor and other state officials. The inquiry of Gov. Asa Hutchinson …

Mayor Parnell Vann raised the possibility that the Magnolia Regional Medical Center may need to hire a full-time, armed security team. This would require at least four law-enforcement certified personnel. He made the comment Monday in response to the mass shooting on West Monroe Street that …

The Magnolia Reporter page on Facebook topped the 18,000 friends mark during the weekend. We appreciate everyone who uses Facebook to follow the news on our website, while reminding them that the best way to keep up with Magnolia and South Arkansas news is to bookmark the website and look at…

The Magnolia Regional Medical Center will reopen its Blossom Grill to the public on a limited basis starting Monday. It will offer patio service only. Karen Weido says, “Customers may come to the patio door (located on the north side of the facility, under the awning). The daily menu will be…

Will Prewitt, commissioner of the NCAA Division II Great American Conference, plans a video press conference at 2:30 p.m. Friday to discuss the league’s sports plans for the fall. The announcement will affect Southern Arkansas University athletics. It could be that the fall sports will have …