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It’s hot in Magnolia, and it’s dry. We have recorded six 100-degree-plus days this year. Our high yesterday was a relatively mild 96. Columbia County is under a heat advisory today and Friday. Most of Columbia County is under a severe drought and the entire western half of the state is under…

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Published on this website today is an article we picked up from a fellow online publication, The Tyler Loop in Tyler, Texas. It details the most recent efforts to “recycle and rebuild” downtown Tyler. Tyler, like Magnolia, has its share of abandoned or disused hotels, gas stations, vacant lo…

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The sign in front of the former Larry’s Pizza says that Sam’s Southern Eatery & Seafood will open soon. The first Sam’s opened in Shreveport in 2008, and now has more than 50 locations in nine Southern states. About one-third of its entrees feature seafood of some description, while also…

A consistent annoyance to us are those residents who suggest how other people should spend or invest their own money. We encourage these people to invest their own money in a business, combine with several others to do the same, or seek a loan to accomplish a desired goal. We know there’s pl…

Various interest groups have turned in three sets of petitions to the Arkansas Secretary of State, seeking to have their initiatives placed on the November general election ballot. The initiatives involve the expansion of casino gambling, term limits for legislators, and Arkansas’ minimum wa…

News broke over the weekend that the former executive director of the Rotary Club of Springdale, Courtney Palfreeman, has been charged with the theft of about $245,000 from the club over a period of many years. In line with Rotary tradition, a new slate of officers took over in July of last …

Many people posted complaints on our Facebook page to express annoyance about fireworks, especially about hearing them late into the evening of Wednesday, July 4. Magnolia city ordinance says that fireworks may be legally used in the city from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. from June 20 to July 10, …

The annual Sparks in the Park at East Side Park went well on Tuesday evening, just prior to the Fourth of July holiday. We enjoyed the Split Decision band – we’ll listen to hits by Earth, Wind & Fire anytime – and the fireworks show was good. We were also pleased to broadcast the firewor…

Shan and Steve Morgan held an open house on Sunday at the former Magnolia Insurance Agency on the north side of the square, which they converted into living space back in 2016. The 1,700-square-foot home on the square has recently come back up for lease. If you’re interested or just want to …

Southern Arkansas President Dr. Trey Berry has been hinting for a couple of months that a plan was in the works to acquire more student housing. But it was unclear whether new or existing apartment space was involved. Now we know. SAU has agreed to buy the Bluebird Hill Apartments for $1.3 m…

The countdown is on for the Emerson PurpleHull Pea Festival on Friday and Saturday. We are proud to sponsor the magnoliareporter.com/KZHE-FM Rotary Tiller Championship, which will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Which means that we predict that the best chance for rain in the coming week is 3…

Les Kent let us know that he was in the neighborhood on Monday night to corral honeybees from a nearby residence. Kent and his wife Valerie are members of the Stateline Beekeepers Association. The association has worked hard during the past few years to preserve bees, protect and educate the…

The City of Magnolia has sent a bushhog through the property off South Jackson Street that was recently donated to it by Belva Smith. It has opened up a view between South Jackson and South Calhoun. Mayor Parnell Vann said the city has no immediate plans for the property beyond keeping the b…

In the past few weeks, we’ve placed “Easter eggs” into our “Recipe for Making a Live Town” ad. The ad now provides links to recent magnoliareporter.com articles about progressive developments in Magnolia and South Arkansas, especially those that are examples of investment in this region.

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We’ve heard within the last 24 hours from both Fred’s and II Brothers Italian Restaurant via Facebook. The air conditioning at the Fred’s store on West Main has been out for more than three weeks, and II Brothers didn’t reopen as promised after the Memorial Day weekend. II Brothers’ message …

We can’t provide you with a direct link for legal reasons, but we can tell you that the online journal, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education published an article on Monday by Aaron Brand titled, “Southwest Arkansas schools courting Hispanic students.” It detailed the efforts that two-year sch…

Starting Monday, we asked the readers of the Magnolia Reporter page on Facebook the question, “Where was your first date in Magnolia?” The responses continue to pour in, and many are coming out of the Magnolia time machine with businesses that no longer exist, such as Tiger Harry’s, Charlie’…

Returning as an advertiser on magnoliareporter.com is local musician B.J. Kyle, and B.J. Kyle Music. He will provide lessons this summer to students interested in piano, banjo, guitar, mandolin, ukulele and voice. People who want to take lessons may text Kyle at the telephone number on his a…

The sign on the door of II Brothers Italian Restaurant says that the business would be closed May 28-29 for Memorial Day. Wednesday and Thursday have passed and the restaurant remains closed. This has led to speculation that II Brothers won’t reopen. We put the question of whether II Brother…

We already knew that the East Side Park swimming pool owned by the City of Magnolia has been closed. But word came over the weekend that the Magnolia Country Club has also closed its pool. The club issued this statement to its membership: “After reaching out to numerous professionals to addr…

It’s always a bad sign when the smartphone starts chiming at 6:30 a.m. Usually that means a story is breaking. Wednesday, it meant two stories were breaking, which led to a third story. So we had more news out by mid-morning than we do most days. This gave us license to take what’s almost a …

From everything we could see, it was another well-oiled Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-off. We salute the festival committee, volunteers, event organizers and teams who made it possible. There were new events, such as the beer tasting tent. There were special eve…

Don’t know how we missed the fact that there was no Miss Magnolia Pageant preliminary this year for the upcoming Miss Arkansas contest this summer. We are told that the most recent organizer of the pageant graduated from SAU recently, and that there simply wasn’t time to organize a 2018 page…

We’ve been experimenting with a daily video that takes a brief look at what’s on our website. We are not video journalists by training so we admit that the effort is rank amateurism. But we’re working on it, and we want to get better in both the amount and the production quality of news we r…

We welcome today the Shamekia Roy for Columbia County Collector campaign. Roy has been the deputy collector to Collector Cindy Walker and seeks the Republican Party nomination for the post. People who click on the ad will be redirected to the Roy campaign’s page on Facebook where they can le…

A downtown business operator has approached us with his concerns about public and employee parking around the square with the upcoming opening of Java Primo in the former Chambers law office on South Jefferson, just off the square. If Java Primo enjoys the success of its Arkadelphia and Hot …