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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 location was leased by Fred’s from the building’s owner and was not a stand-alone location. While we would not discourage Tractor Supply from taking a look at Magnolia, it seems to us that this is a market segment that is already well served.

Last week’s stunning news about the arrests of two Henderson State University professors is the latest in a string of blows to the Arkadelphia campus. The professors are accused of using Henderson lab facilities for the manufacture of methamphetamine. Bad publicity from something like that is hard to live down.

We asked President Dr. Trey Berry on Saturday about a rumor that SAU physics professors are secretly using the Science Building to process plutonium. He categorically denies it.

The newest members of the Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce are Magnolia/El Dorado Cleaning Systems of El Dorado, and Southern Caregivers of Magnolia. We encourage businesses in every community to join their local Chamber of Commerce.

A reminder that November 30 is Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday was concocted a few years ago by the credit card company, American Express, as a way to get Americans thinking about the contributions that small businesses make to the economy – and to encourage the patronage of stores and services that represent the backbone of local economies.

The exterior of First United Methodist Church is being repainted.

Our new online poll question asks whether you think the Magnolia Panthers will win a second consecutive boys basketball championship this season. Magnolia will have a great team but it’s always hard to repeat.

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

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