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There’s a revival of interest in the late poet, writer and educator Maya Angelou, and that’s nothing but good news for Lafayette County. Angelou spent much of her childhood in Stamps, with that community having a positive influence on the woman who wrote the autobiographical “I Know Why the …

Southern Arkansas University deserves congratulations on the completion of its successful “Love and Loyalty” campaign. The five-year campaign raised almost $30 million, or more than $7 million above its goal. Great things are made possible by such campaigns, including new scholarships, facil…

Our local banks are in growth mode. Peoples Bank is in the process of acquiring the Magnolia branch of Bank OZK. Bodcaw Bank has opened a branch in TEXarkana. On Friday, Farmers Bank & Trust made a big move with the purchase of nine branches of Fayetteville-based Arvest Bank. This will i…

We’ve been beating the drum this week, encouraging our readers to encourage their family members and friends to move back to South Arkansas. Independent of this, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission has come out with a talent recruitment initiative called “See Why Arkansas.” The roll…

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Expanding on our Monday comments. The holiday season is coming, which means that interactions between South Arkansas residents and South Arkansas expatriates will reach a seasonal high. We need these people to come home. Parents and grandparents who have moved away. Long gone brothers and si…

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The motto of this website is “South Arkansas Proud.” We enjoy demonstrating pride in our region through the publication of news about the economic, social, cultural and civic progress of Magnolia and Columbia County, and the surrounding area. Bad news takes care of itself, and South Arkansas…

Attorneys have a professional obligation to provide criminal clients with the best defense possible. We were struck by that while reviewing the multiple motions filed on behalf of Jory John Worthen. Worthen received two life sentences this week for the 2019 murders of Alyssa Cannon, 20, and …

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COVID-19 created or made worse shortages for certain products and services. One shortage that we missed involves carbon dioxide – CO2. In the atmosphere, CO2 is a “greenhouse gas.” However, CO2 is also one of our most important industrial compounds that is used extensively as a chemical solv…

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Methodist Family Health is refocusing its advertising on magnoliareporter.com. The new advertising reflects its efforts to recruit staff for its facilities across Arkansas, including two in Magnolia. People who click on the ad will be redirected to Methodist Family Health’s “Career Opportuni…

We spied a couple of small backyard chicken houses behind the garage of a home in northwest Magnolia on Tuesday. It would be interesting to know just how many households in Columbia County have egg-laying chickens now. It seems certain that the number has increased since the pandemic began. …

Magnolia Mayor Parnell Vann’s complaints about Suddenlink’s cable television and internet service have touched a nerve. The mayor, speaking at Thursday’s Magnolia City Council meeting, cited the company for poor service, a lack of communication, a lack of responsiveness to community needs, a…

It was bound to happen and on Tuesday afternoon, it did. We learned that someone with whom we’d been in close proximity recently tested positive for COVID-19, after another person of our mutual acquaintance had come down with a case. We immediately arranged for a test and within a few minute…

We’ve seen multiple posting on employment websites for jobs in Magnolia that do not yet exist. They are for staff and management at a new Whataburger restaurant. We have previously reported that Immanuel Baptist Church sold 1.2 acres of land along the U.S. 79 bypass to DH Burger Properties o…

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Larry Dunn, director of the Magnolia School District’s music programs, got the key earlier this week to the new Performing Arts Center. COVID permitting, there will be a fundraising event for the Magnolia Public Schools Foundation to support student scholarships and teacher grants, followed …

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Yes, we’ve seen the photograph of the bear roaming near a house in the Taylor area. We don’t like to get too specific about bear locations for the protection of the bears. Bears are native to this region. They belong here. They were hunted to extinction throughout the Southern woodlands more…

Our suspicion is that it was just another driver who trusted GPS too much. About 2 a.m. today, we watched a tractor-trailer extricate itself from a jam on the square. For starters, the driver was heading the wrong way – south – on the Washington Street side. He ended up blocking traffic on t…

We grant that today’s story from our content partner, Arkansas Nonprofit News Network, about the Hernando DeSoto Bridge situation is longish, but it’s comprehensive. CLICK HERE to see the story. However, it’s worth it because it gives us another opportunity to egg the Arkansas Department of …

After Tuesday's column, if anyone believes us to be "soft on crime," we refer you to today's list of pardon and commutation recommendations and denials from the Arkansas Parole Board. The circumstance of the story once told by comedian Richard Pryor were not amusing, but his punchline, "Than…