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magnoliareporter.com welcomes today a new short-term advertiser, ESS. ESS is a company that specializes in finding and placing people into K-12 school district positions on daily, long-term or permanent basis. It wants people to know about a three-hour training session that will be held from…

There’s always great sadness when a local business mainstay closes. That was certainly true of the announcement this weekend by Miller’s Pharmacy. The pharmacy on the square closed on Monday. CLICK HERE to see our story. It’s tough for small, independent pharmacies to exist in this era of In…

We’ve just returned from our three-day annual summit with members of LION – the Local Independent Online News Publishers Association -- held in Nashville. It’s a gathering where people who run online news websites similar to magnoliareporter.com meet to talk about news reporting, techniques …

We often publish information because it is important news of which readers need to be aware. But we may also think the idea or need for something is totally bogus. Such is the case with today’s story about REAL ID, the federal government’s initiative to require special identification for any…

We were invited to Monday night’s preview opening of the rebuilt McDonalds restaurant, which opened at 5 a.m. today. Staff members took time to explain the operation of the order kiosk. We enjoyed a complete tour of the massive kitchen, the three drive-through windows, employee breakroom, st…

Walmart in Magnolia has announced its “grand reopening” following a major remodeling project that is designed to bring its Magnolia customers more fully into the online ordering and pick-up age. The event will be 10 a.m. Friday. This is a big change for both Walmart employees and customers. …

Hey, it’s great that your Facebook page has a few hundred, or maybe even a couple of thousand, followers. Every business, church and organization needs a Facebook page or, preferably, a fully-functional and updated website. But keep in mind that if your goal is to reach a lot of people in Ma…

Amfuel is applying new siding to its building on North Vine Street. The replacement siding was sorely needed for appearance sake and dresses up the building nicely. Amfuel recently installed some big air conditioning units for employee comfort where possible. Investments in the quality of th…

Magnolia High basketball standout Derrian Ford, who was central to the Panthers’ Class 4A state basketball title last spring, is getting a lot of looks from Division I schools. Of course, they’ll have three more seasons to look at him until the sophomore graduates from MHS. Arkansas Razorbac…

Labor Day, the last holiday of summer, arrives Monday. We hope you enjoy it, and from our recent poll we know that about 80 percent of our readers generally spend the Labor Day weekend at home. We’ve not done a lot of grilling this summer so it may be a Sunday or Monday for some chicken quar…

The Spudnut Shop and Deli posted a notice on Wednesday to announce that today will be its final day in operation. June Maloch told her customers that the business location on East Main Street will be sold. There are reports about the name of the restaurant, but we will wait for a more offici…

This was the first day for one-way traffic on Jefferson and Washington streets on the Magnolia Square. It was clear that not everyone was getting the message – one vehicle we saw entering Washington Street from the north was a City of Magnolia truck. It seems almost crazy that this is true, …

Hundreds of Southern Arkansas University students will stream onto the Magnolia Square later for Blue & Gold Day. This is a great event that helps students, especially incoming freshmen, develop a better appreciation for what Magnolia has to offer. It’s going to be hot, though. Which is …

Tammy Johnson, owner of Village One Stop, is branching out. She hopes to open by this weekend a new restaurant, Fins and Hooves, in part of the former South Arkansas Youth Services complex on Calhoun Road (County Road 11). Fins and Hooves will specialize in seafood. We hope to have more info…

Classes resume in the Magnolia School District on Monday. This is always an exciting time of year. Our thoughts are usually with the high school students, and those rising into the high school campus. The start of a new school year always presents an opportunity for a reboot. A new start. A …

This Saturday and Sunday will be one of the busiest days of the year in Magnolia as Southern Arkansas University conducts move-in days. Upperclassmen return to dorms from 1-8 p.m. Saturday. Freshmen take over from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. This means that Saturday and Sunday are two days when…

We can’t provide a direct link for legal reasons, but we can tell you that today’s edition of Arkansas Business includes a package of stories about TexARKana. They include the redevelopment of the Hotel Grim, an update on the impact of TexARKana’s sales tax, stories on highway and airport im…

Confirmation came on Monday of the previously-reported news that GateHouse Media – an investment firm posing as a media company – is buying Gannett Co. in a $1.4 billion deal. The new company will own 260 daily newspapers and 300+ weekly newspapers in the United States, with print circulatio…