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Students have returned to Southern Arkansas University for the start of spring semester classes on Wednesday. Almost every time we drive through the SAU campus, we imagine what Magnolia would be like without it. It’s a fate almost too horrible to contemplate. With all due respect to those pl…

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Our official position is that Magnolia and South Arkansas welcomes everyone to live here. Refugee, immigrant or native-born. Black, white, Hispanic, Latino or any other racial description. Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindi or no religious affiliation. Straight or gay. Democrat, Republican, in…

Comments we’ve received about the Dolores Hinson case include one point of view we respect for its sentiment: It’s hard to believe that this type of thing happens in Magnolia. Those of us who live in small towns like to romanticize that our communities are more like Mayberry than Amityville.…

Kevin Barker said a couple of months ago that he planned to sell the Magnolia Square’s popular year-old nightspot, The Central Hub. The Hub is now closed but Barker tells us it will reopen on February 2 with “a lot of changes.” So sit tight, Magnolia. Barker has done a magnificent job with t…

Our friend Rex Nelson, in his regular Sunday column for a Little Rock newspaper, made a list of things he hopes gets more attention during 2020. He noted the recently-concluded deal that will see the state purchase a hog farm to prevent potential contamination of an Arkansas treasure, the Bu…

Mule Kick, the new restaurant on North Jackson Street near Southern Arkansas University, has become the latest Magnolia business to become a magnoliareporter.com advertiser. Mule Kick has become known for many things, such as its selection of fine Arkansas craft beverages, Loblolly ice cream…

Beard Investments is now working on the second phase of home construction at 2105 N. Washington St. It built four 900-square-foot houses earlier this year, and has started construction of four more. The site was a former mobile home park that was an embarrassing eyesore. Now, the company is …

Magnolians witnessed a few snowflakes and sleet on Tuesday. Snow in Arkansas on Tuesday was limited to the southeast corner of the state. The Monticello area received an inch of snow with Hampton, Warren and McGehee receiving a half-inch. Camden and El Dorado officially recorded traces. Our …

Rex Nelson, who knows as much about Arkansas as any living person, spoke on Thursday to the Rotary Club of Magnolia. He had timely remarks about the upcoming federal census. Nelson is well versed in Arkansas’ demographic trends. His bottom line was that while Arkansas as a whole will gain po…

Part of last night’s dinner was the last of a package of locally-sourced, frozen purple hull peas that we bought last year at the Farmer’s Market on the Magnolia Square (they were STILL good a year and a half later – it was a large package). We topped off the peas with family-sourced pepper …

B&S Memorials is opening a sales location at the former Something Special florist and gift shop on North Jackson Street. It specializes in tombstones and other types of monuments. New technology has made a big difference in what can be done with monuments at a reasonable price. B&S i…

R.A. Wilson Enterprises of Hot Springs has announced that it is buying several former Fred’s locations, including 16 corporate-owned stores in Arkansas. R.A. Wilson Enterprises in a major developer of Tractor Supply Company stores. This is not likely to affect Magnolia, as the Magnolia locat…

Street lights in Magnolia are a step above useless. Always have been. This isn’t a reflection on recent city administrations because, as we’ve said, our street lighting has always been poor. Perhaps this is weighing more heavily on our thoughts since the reversion to standard time but, yeah,…

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. …