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Appearing on our doorstep a few days ago was a charming orange-and-yellow colored carved bird, sitting on its own branch. We had no idea how it got there. But the mystery has been solved. Our own friend Wesley Mason made a post on Facebook identifying himself as the woodcarver who had placed…

A convergence of local and statewide news events provides an opening to address the mental health evaluation and treatment crisis in Arkansas. We reported during the weekend the case of a former Magnolian who made a Facebook post in which he said that he’d killed his family and planned to ki…

Now, here’s where climate science gets important – right here in Magnolia, Arkansas. Two things kill giant salvinia, the invasive water plant that is trying to choke South Arkansas waterways. The first is herbicides. The second is prolonged exposure to cold weather. Well, the herbicides got …

The number of Columbia County residents who have experienced COVID-19 passed the 2,000 mark on Thursday. Of even greater concern was the rise in currently active cases to 133 – a one-day jump of 18. The number of active cases in Union County was up by 30, to 220. There were deaths reported T…

Jason Ray is resigning from his District 11 position on the Columbia County Quorum Court. He is moving out of the district, but not out of the county. The Quorum Court will declare a vacancy during its meeting on Monday. Justice of the peace vacancies are filled by gubernatorial appointment.…

It was just an off-the-cuff comment we read (on Facebook, where else?) that to our understanding criticized a local happening as no big deal. We despise with red-hot passion the person who makes a throw-away comment like that. People are so prone to criticize events in their local communitie…

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Among our favorite one-liners is the joke about the man who said he thought about going to the meeting of the Optimist Club, but he didn’t think it would do any good. And lately, we’ve been on a YouTube kick to watch performances by the king of self-depreciation humor, the late Rodney Danger…

Leesa Stephens, the owner of Stephens Country Store on the Magnolia Square, died over the weekend from COVID-19 complications. Leesa was a leader on the square for two decades, in two different locations. She was a key organizer of activities during special events such as the Fall Festival, …

We can’t give you a direct link for legal reasons, but we can tell you that today, Argus Media published an article by Elliott Blackburn headlined, “CVR Energy Urges Delek to Shut Refineries.” The gist is that CVR, owned by corporate raider Carl Icahn, recently acquired a 15 percent stake in…

Someone asked us whether there will be a Magnolia Blossom Festival this year. We don’t know. It’s on the calendar but there’s no telling whether COVID-19 conditions will allow for it. We do know that people are planning ahead as though the normal schedule of public events will come off as pl…

Beau Wise (with Tom Sileo) has written a book, “Three Wise Men: A Navy SEAL, A Green Beret and How Their Marine Brother Became a War’s Sole Survivor.” Beau Wise appeared this morning on the Today Show to promote the book, which will be released nationally on Tuesday. For those who don’t reme…

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COVID-19 continues to run mostly unchecked across South Arkansas and the nation. At least 43 Columbia County residents have died from the virus since April and sadly, we expect that number will double before enough vaccines are available to immunize most of the population. The vaccines provi…

Nothing about COVID-19 has been pleasant at all, but something we’re glad to note is that the physical conduct of school classes wasn’t the super-spreader event people feared they could be. Sure. Many cases have been spread through schools and events. Many students, faculty and staff who wer…

On Saturday night, our desktop computer was hooked into Panther TV as we watched the Magnolia-El Dorado basketball games from the comfort of our office/home. Meanwhile, on our smart phone, we turned to the Arkansas PBS app to monitor the Class 2A football championship between Fordyce and Des…

Nah. We will continue rag Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge for setting a bad example when she fails to wear a mask at public events. And we’ll continue to insist that Gov. Asa Hutchinson, the titular head of Arkansas Republicans, put his foot down and call out Rutledge and other ant…

Magnolia suffered a terrible tragedy over the weekend when a 16-year-old youth was shot and killed at the Preston Apartments, and another 16-year-old was held for questioning in the case. We can’t imagine what the families of the victim and the alleged gunman are going through. There really …