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MIke McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com.

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 remember the backstory: The Wise family, including parents Mary and Jean Wise, were well known in the Magnolia-El Dorado-Camden-Hope area through their school and church connections, and Dr. Wise’s medical practice. Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Brian Wise, 34, a Green Beret, was killed in 2012 in a firefight in the mountains of Afghanistan. Jeremy Wise, 35, a former U.S. Navy SEAL team member, died in Afghanistan on December 30, 2009. He was one of seven people killed when a suicide bomber attacked a meeting at Forward Operating Base Chapman, where Wise was working as a security contractor for the CIA. Beau Wise, the youngest of the three brothers, was serving with the U.S. Marines at the time his second brother died. Ben and Jeremy Wise were one of a handful of brothers killed during the Afghanistan war, in which the U.S. has now been involved for two decades. The book details the lives of the three brothers and their families. “Three Wise Men” is 304 pages and published by St. Martin’s Press. It can be ordered online. CLICK HERE to see a trailer for the book.

Amfuel is the subject of a front-page article in this week's issue of Arkansas Business. "Out of Bankruptcy, Amfuel Soars" is the headline of the story by Kyle Massey.

Well, that snow didn’t come off. Drier air filtering in from the north late Sunday and early Monday converged to kill our snow chances.

We try to get things right but we are sometimes the victim of bad information. We reported early Saturday on a double-fatality crash in Union County. Unknown to us, the Arkansas State Police report inadvertently flipped which driver was operating which vehicle. This meant that the report cited the wrong driver as crossing the center line of U.S. 167, leading to the deadly accident. As soon as we learned that there was a problem, we pulled our version of the story until we could get things straightened out with the State Police. The clarification came through on Sunday afternoon, and we posted a corrected version of the story.

Farmers Bank & Trust has opened a new full-service branch in Paris, TX. The Magnolia bank bought and remodeled the former TEXAR Federal Credit Union on the Paris highway loop. Jeff Nutt has been named as Farmers’ Paris Market president. We like Paris. We interviewed for a job at the Paris News lifetimes ago. Or so it seems.

Snow joke.

Remember the COVID-19 testing available today at the Columbia County Health Unit, 1-4:30 p.m.

The GAC is having to cancel a fair number of basketball games due to COVIC and close contacts at member universities. SAU has been fortunate so far.

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com. Email him at news@magnoliareporter.com or call him at 870-904-3865.

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