Picture: Anthony Williams, Southern Arkansas’ new police chief, said...
Anthony Williams, Southern Arkansas’ new police chief, said...
Anthony Williams has transitioned from the Dallas Police Department to Southern Arkansas University, but one thing about his career remains unchanged: the job of policing itself. “Basic policing is the same,” Williams, SAU’s newly sworn-in police chief, said Thursday at the Reynol...
Category: Local News    Published: Friday, July 25th, 2014     comments
Columbia County is slated to be among the first counties in Arkansas to get a new, highly-technical inmate tracking system for the Columbia County Detention Facility. Sheriff Mike Loe said Thursday he believed Columbia County would be the first county to have the system installed. The Association o...
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Aug. 3-9 is National Farmers Mkt Week
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared Aug. 3-9 National Farmers Market Week. There are three such markets in Columbia County – the Magnolia Farmers Market, the Emerson Farmers Market and the Lois Gean Farmers Market. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said National Farmers Market Wee...

Picture: <p>Fresh produce of a large variety is a common sight at any farmers market in the area. These are the wares of Arthur Dansby of the Magnolia Farmers Market.</p>Picture: <p>&ldquo;Farmers markets bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms that support them and provide Americans across the country with fresh, healthy food,&rdquo; Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said..</p>

Category: Local News    Published: Friday, July 25th, 2014     comments
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nation’s third botched execution in six months offers more evidence for the courts that lethal injection carries too many risks and amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, death-row lawyers and other opponents said Thursday.  Death-penalty opponents say an Ari...
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The Banner-News is looking for military veterans with stories to tell. Please contact us at 870-234-5130.   The Banner-News will publish political announcements free from municipal candidates through the end of the filing period (noon, Aug. 15).   Street Perspective Bike Club will be r...
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The Associated Press  WASHINGTON—Nearly 300 passengers perish when their plane is shot out of the sky. Airlines suspend flights to Israel’s largest airport after rocket attacks. Two airliners crash during storms. Aviation has suffered one of its worst weeks in memory, a cluster of...
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The Magnolia Police Department reports the following arrests: •Heather Baker, 34, of Magnolia, was arrested July 24 for shoplifting from Fred’s. •James C. Jackson, 33, of Magnolia, was arrested July 24 for theft of property under $1,000.
Category: Local News    Published: Friday, July 25th, 2014     comments
WASHINGTON (AP) — For years President Barack Obama railed against the surge of unlimited spending flowing into American political campaigns, arguing that average voters were being shut out of a secretive system that lets special interests bankroll elections. Now as Obama enthusiastically rais...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Over Democratic objections, Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law as it was written. The vote in the Rules Committee was...
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To submit your church event, bring your information by the Banner-News office at 130 S. Washington Ave.; mail it to P.O. Box 100, Magnolia, AR 71754-0100; email it to news@bannernews.net; fax it to (870) 234-2551; or call (870) 234-5130.   FRIDAY - July 25 Vacation Bible School will be held...
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Circuit Judge Hamilton Singleton of Ouachita County heard a number of cases Thursday during Columbia County Circuit Court. Action was taken on some cases, with other cases being continued. • It was reported that Tykeidreus Harden had received his first WAGE certification and was continuing to...
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To submit your group event to our community events calendar, bring information by the Banner-News office at 130 S. Washington Ave.; mail it to P.O. Box 100, Magnolia, AR 71754-0100; email it to news@bannernews.net; fax it to (870) 234-2551; or call (870) 234-5130.   SATURDAY - July 26 Child...
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Jennifer Rayburn has joined the Magnolia office of Life Touch Hospice. She has most recently worked for the Methodist Counseling Office in Magnolia. Rayburn has a BS degree in human services from the Metropolitan State College of Denver, and an ADN from Southern Arkansas University. She was born an...
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Magnolia High School will hold a schedule pick-up for students entering the twelfth grade on July 28 and for students entering the eleventh grade on July 29.   Students in grades 11 and 12 may pick up a copy of their class schedule in the school office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on their assign...
Category: Local News    Published: Friday, July 25th, 2014     comments
Today is Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 2014. There are 159 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 25, 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordan’s King Hussein signed a declaration at the White House ending their countries’ 46-year-old formal...
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LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Adding dental and vision coverage to Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion would cost nearly $43 million, according to a report released Thursday, but state officials said they're not looking at expanding the program's benefits. A report commissioned by the state Insuranc...
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ENGLAND, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Board of Corrections is marking the opening of a newly remodeled training academy in central Arkansas. The board will meet Friday at the Willis H. Sargent Training Academy in England. The Arkansas Department of Correction remodeled the former England Middle S...
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LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Arkansas health leaders are trying to reduce the time it takes to determine if babies have disorders that require immediate treatment. The state health board preliminarily approved changes to newborn blood-screening regulations, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Friday...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Three Americans, including a reporter for The Washington Post, appear to have been detained in Iran, the newspaper said Thursday. The other two Americans, who have not yet been identified, work as freelance photojournalists. "We have received credible reports that Jason Rez...
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LITTLE ROCK - In partnership with the United States Forest Service, the Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) announces the opening of a Smokey Bear 70th Birthday Poster Contest for third and fourth grade students across Arkansas. The contest began July 23, and all posters must be submitted by Oct. 3....
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Emerson Elementary School will host a Kindergarten Camp Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 6-7, from 8-11 a.m., for all incoming kindergarteners of 2014-2015. The purpose of this camp is to get children acquainted with the elementary campus, routines and procedures, and his or her teacher. During the two...
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Chris Gilliam of Bethlehem Baptist Church was the guest speaker at Thursday’s meeting of the Magnolia Rotary Club. He spoke on a recent tour of Louisiana State Prison in Angola. The tour was attended by 42 local boys. One of the adult chaperones on the Angola Prison Tour was Cameron Sumlin, a...
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CHICAGO (AP) — Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities...
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STUTTGART - Janet Carson, extension horticulture specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will speak at this year’s Rice Expo on vegetable gardening. Carson is also an author and columnist. The 2014 Arkansas Rice Expo is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 1, in the Gr...
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PARIS (AP) — French soldiers secured a black box from the Air Algerie wreckage site in a desolate region of restive northern Mali on Friday, the French president said. Terrorism hasn't been ruled out as a cause, although officials say the most likely reason for the catastrophe that killed all...
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KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster arrived in the Netherlands on Thursday, while Australian and Dutch diplomats joined to promote a plan for a U.N. team to secure the crash site which has been controlled by pro-Russi...
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For the developers of the world's sixth tallest building near Seoul, a mysteriously shrinking lake and the appearance of small sinkholes in residential neighborhoods couldn't have come at a more inopportune time. Plans for the super-high tower first surfaced in 1995...
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The Southern Arkansas University College of Science and Engineering hosted the Medical Application of Science for Health (MASH) program on Thursday to help students learn about various health care professions. The MASH program was organized by UAMS South. Left photo: Magnolia High School seniors, fr...

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Category: Local News    Published: Friday, July 25th, 2014     comments
WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026). The Farm Bill relinked highly erodible land conservatio...
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TOKYO (AP) — Japanese fans want it known: The radiation-breathing, skyscraper-stomping monster they call "Gojira" was born right here in Japan, 60 years ago. No matter its evolution in Hollywood over the decades, the Godzilla creature began as an icon for the suffering brought by the atomic b...
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