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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 …

Our new home comes with a great amenity. A splash pad. Well, it’s not exactly “ours” and it’s not in our home. But there is a small splash pad in Square Park, about a Super Soaker blast away from our front door. Families and small groups can enjoy it. This reminded us of other simple pleasur…

Our long-time friend and Magnolia 1975 classmate, Dr. David Cole, dropped by on Thursday to officially inform us that he has closed his dental practice in Magnolia. He will be seeing a few remaining patients but within a few weeks, he will no longer be practicing in Magnolia. He’s not retiri…

The Oxygen channel premiered on Sunday its latest episode of “Snapped.” The show focuses on women who commit murder, which meant that McNeil’s own Nena Bolton was bound to be featured eventually. Bolton murdered her husband, former Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Bolton, in 1998. She served six years…

For the second time since the pandemic began, COVID-19 is running through a Columbia County nursing home. We’ve been reporting on the surge through our daily statistical report, and in more detail with today’s top article on our website. Our prayer is that the ultimate impact will be relativ…

If there was ever an athletic event with built-in social distancing appropriate to a pandemic, Saturday’s Pedals for Compassion bicycle tour of Columbia County fills the bill. Dozens of riders will arrive early Saturday on the Magnolia Square for a day of events which will include food and e…

All it takes is one COVID-19 infected person to spread the virus among a vulnerable or confined group within Columbia County, such as a nursing home or a workplace, to make dozens of people sick and to spread a virus from which some may die. Columbia County has been lucky compared with many …

Columbia County’s May figures for spending on the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery were stunning. In the midst of the current economic downturn, our residents purchased $643,622 worth of lottery tickets in May. This was the highest monthly total of 2020 by a good bit – exceeding the previous rec…

It wasn’t really part of the plan for this column to have taken a hiatus for the past two weeks, but that’s what happens during a move. Our time has been divided between closing out our former home and office, and getting moved into our new digs at 120 N. Court Square. While we’re not yet re…

We’re looking forward to the Magnolia High School senior parade on Thursday evening. With or without COVID-19, having an organized parade through town strikes us as a wonderful idea. Young people who complete their prescribed course of study through our secondary school system deserve their …

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Our thanks to all of the volunteers who gave up part of their Monday to put out United States flags around the Columbia County Courthouse Square. The flags recognize Columbia County residents who died in 20th century conflicts. This is a fine tradition that all of us appreciate.

We posted the recent news about Standard Lithium to our Twitter stream a couple of days ago. It got “re-Tweeted” so we threw out the additional comment that we were going to be really disappointed if further processing of any Union County-produced lithium does not take place in South Arkansa…

Yes. We admit it. We do get irritated with some of the readers of articles that we post on the Magnolia Reporter page on Facebook. We spend a lot of time every day finding information, rewriting it into readable form, and finally posting it on this website. We select a few of those stories e…

We were in the drive-through of a local fast food restaurant on Saturday morning, along with about two dozen of our neighbors. An employee emerged and walked down the line to implore, “We’re open! You can come inside, baby!” There were no takers. Two dozen people decided that they’d rather r…

If these were normal times, the west side of the Magnolia Square would be shut down later this evening as the set-up work for the Magnolia Blossom Festival got into full swing. But these aren’t normal times, and there will be no 2020 Magnolia Blossom Festival. We’re sad about that although w…

Many of our friends and colleagues have extended personal and professional congratulations on our announcement Tuesday regarding our move to North Court Square. Max Brantley at the Arkansas Times gave us a “tip of the hat” for “forging ahead with an investment as a local news provider during…

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You know how it is when a song gets stuck in your head. We’re presently stuck with the theme song from the 1970s television sitcom, “The Jeffersons.” Yeah, we’re movin’ on up, not to the East Side of Manhattan, but to the north side of the Magnolia Square. We announced today that we’ve acqui…

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There’s more evidence all over town that the magnolia blossoms are blooming. They do cheer things up a bit. Take a quick drive around the Magnolia Square for a look. Then stop and do a little business and cheer everyone up. We made an emergency purchase Tuesday from a Square business of an i…

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All across Magnolia this weekend, we saw activity inside barber shops. salons and gyms as owners made preparations for their limited re-openings on Wednesday. The regulations set out by the Arkansas Department of Health are challenging as those businesses start the first phase of reopening p…

JavaPrimo, 121 S. Jefferson in Magnolia, has become the newest advertising client of magnoliareporter.com. Owners Shelly and Josh Hughes invite our readers to make breakfast or brunch, lunch and dinner easy with Family Packs. Each Family Pack includes a wide selection of food for one low pri…

People who have worried for weeks that the COVID-19 virus would eventually have a serious impact on Columbia County have seen those fears realized. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Columbia County has doubled to 12 since Tuesday. This follows on the heels that one resident and one e…

Dave Sehon, a big voice in Magnolia radio for many years, has let slip that he’ll be hanging up his headset in mid-May. He’s half of the Troy & Dave Show at KZHE-FM and is the chief newsman at the radio station. He’s also the radio voice many area residents appreciate during bad weather.…

It appears that the state has finally caught up with the COVID-19 testing performed in Columbia County. Through Sunday, the number of negative cases was 65. On Monday, the test number was 133. Today, it’s pushing 200 negative tests. The number of positive cases has been at five for a couple …

We have received an email from the SAU Alumni Association which encourages us to “Refer a Mulerider.” This is a program that comes out every year to encourage alumni and friends to let the university know about high school students with a potential interest in attending Southern Arkansas Uni…

We can’t give you a direct link for legal reasons, but we can tell you that on Tuesday, the Politico website published an article by Rachel Roubein headlined, “Rural hospitals shut out of stimulus loans face financial crisis.” The article notes that, among others, Magnolia Regional Medical C…