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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…

Magnolia basketball star Derrian Ford has made it official – he wants to be an Arkansas Razorback. Ford, one of the nation’s most highly prized high school basketball players, issued a Tweet. “First I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to tell the world this. I put a lot of hard…

We asked readers of the Magnolia Reporter page on Facebook to name for us the first motor vehicle they bought with their own money. It was delightful to see more than 300 responses, and growing. Our own first was a 1976 Chevrolet Chevette, which our experience and history has revealed to pos…

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Rumors have been circulating for several weeks that El Dorado’s Griffin Restaurant might become a new location for Christy Ouei’s MuleKick. These rumors were confirmed on Thursday when MuleKick and the Murphy Arts District announced an agreement that MuleKick will lease the facility in downt…

Dr. Kevin Rudder let us play Thursday with Kneemo – the name MRMC personnel have attached to the facility’s new Mako SmartRobotics surgery-assisting robot. We took hold of the pistol grip and cut our way through a simulated knee. There are reasons why we don’t play video games, and reasons w…

People always talk about their desire to have new restaurants in Magnolia, but they don’t want to run one. Off the top, we can think of a dozen different locations in Magnolia where buildings sit vacant where restaurants once operated – several until very recently. So, if you’re inclined, no…

We listed on Wednesday several ongoing facilities improvement measures under taken by area forest product industries. We neglected to mention a big one – a $10 million project that will upgrade Anthony Timberlands’ Malvern mill. Anthony also operates the oak flooring mill off North Vine Stre…

The contractors are making steady progress with the four-lane project along U.S. 82 from the U.S. 79 junction to County Road 27. They would be making more progress if it was drier. We want to root the project along. And we want to pick up on the recent theme to beat the drum for quicker comp…

The Square Market returns Saturday morning for its June-July run. It’s held on the block of North Jefferson Street between the Magnolia Square and West Union Street. Here’s hoping for a big turnout of vendors with fresh produce, baked goods and more. We’re also hoping for a lot of shoppers. …

The count is a little rough but a quick review tells us that since January 1, there have been 106 articles of incorporation filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State for entities in Columbia County. This means that about 100 businesses or individuals felt it necessary to become incorporated…

You made it, kids. Another school year will soon be over. This is the final day of the academic year for students in Magnolia Public Schools, and elsewhere in the state and nation. Let’s give them applause, from the pre-K to the seniors. They’ve all had to put up with a lot these past months…

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We’ve not had a column in a few days, but it was always our intent to write about Mary Harsh. Our first contact with Mrs. Harsh was in the seventh grade at Magnolia Junior High School, where she taught history and, for a half-semester annually – Arkansas history. Mrs. Harsh already had quite…

We heard a rumor about a potential new industry coming to South Central Arkansas, having to do with home construction. We checked it out with the name we heard, but a spokesman said the company is happy where it is, and has no plans to expand. Not to say another company with a similar name d…

After writing last week about Miracle Farms Market in Bodcaw, we decided to check with Suzanne’s Fruit Farm at Hampton about the prospects for its 2021 fruit crop. Sylvia Reddin expects a better peach and blueberry crop than last year. There will be a plum crop but not as many as 2020. Musca…

We’ve often intended to make the short trip to Miracle Farms Market near Bodcaw but never managed to get the vehicle pointed that way. So, we decided to make a trip our mission last Saturday. We were delighted with our purchases there. Let’s start with the raw Jersey milk. The last time we’v…

One never knows which way traffic will flow around the Magnolia Square. Early Tuesday, we watch a panel truck travel east to west on the outer lane of South Court Square. During daytime the driver would have seen plenty of visual cues that he was going the wrong way – at night, not so much. …

magnoliareporter.com welcomes a new advertiser today, Texarkana-based Inspection Gator. Inspection Gator is a home and commercial building inspection business that is licensed to operate in Arkansas and Texas. Its inspectors will examine structures you propose to buy or sell, and provide det…

Today is commencement at Southern Arkansas University. The day was moved up as part of the university’s efforts to contain the COVID-19 epidemic. It seems to have worked, too, as there are no active cases on the campus and only one person in quarantine. This is a happy day for hundreds of gr…

Tea is among the most popular drinks in the United States but little of the leaf is produced in the nation. Wikipedia says that historically, the most production has come from a single producer in South Carolina, but total U.S. production comes from only a few hundred acres. There was a brie…