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Jaci Lynellen Harris did not let Wednesday’s chilly temperatures keep her from enjoying the fun at Southern Arkansas University’s annual Spring Fling. Harris is a freshman pre-nursing major from Lonoke.  
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Special to the Banner-News Columbia County’s unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) dropped to 8.4 percent in February, down from 9.3 percent in January, according to statistics released this past week by the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services. For February, Columbia County had a...
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By PATRIC FLANNIGAN The Camden News   After about a hour and a half of deliberations, the Ouachita County Quorum Court selected an interim county judge during its monthly meeting on Tuesday.  Ouachita County Judge Administrative Assistant Amy Varner-Olvey was selected to act as judge u...
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CAMDEN (AP) — A reenactment and several educational programs are planned in Camden to mark the 150th anniversary of a Civil War battle in Ouachita County. A reenactment is planned for Saturday at the Poison Springs Battleground State Park, where the Battle of Poison Spring occurred 150 years...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its eastern cities. Officials said they had no...
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Dr. John Moore has announced Jill Rader as the incoming East Side Elementary principal for 2014-15.  Rader, currently the principal for the Kindergarten Center at East Side Elementary, will serve in the lead administration role for kindergarten through third grade.  She has 13 years of exp...
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Today: A 20 percent chance of showers after 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Friday: A 20 percent chance of showers before 8 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Northeast wind around 5 mph. Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low ar...
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Powerball April 16, 2014 34-39-42-44-59 Powerball: 8 Current Jackpot: $128 million   Mega Millions April 15, 2014 4-39-46-47-70 Megaball: 13 Current Jackpot: $38 million   Natural State Jackpot April 16, 2014 11-12-18-31-38 Current Jackpot: $50,000   Decades of Dollar...
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In Tuesday's edition of the Banner-News, it was reported that the Magnolia Board of Education selected May 21 as the date for Magnolia schools' commencement. It should have been made clear that the date that was  approved by the board was May 21, 2015
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Winners in the state championship basketball tournament for the Special Olympics representing abilities unlimited are top row from left, Albert Tidwell, James Marshall, Tony Spencer, Walter Hollis and Nick Williams; bottom row from left, Tristion Manning, Deandre Dismuke, Cindy Perry and Cody Rawls....

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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.   THURSDAY - April 17 Colum...
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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.   THURSDAY - April 17 Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Ch...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Some low-paid workers won’t benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Those exclusions, rooted in labor law history, run from...
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News about car recalls and recent trips on U.S. 82 and U.S. 79 caused me to wonder if vehicles need to be recalled because of a strange speed phenomenon. Maybe you’ve also observed it. Have you noticed that a vehicle traveling 5 mph slower than the speed limit (OK, let’s admit it &mdas...
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The oil-services company Halliburton is an old obsession of the anti-Bush left, and evidently of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. The libertarian standard-bearer and almost-certain Republican presidential candidate suggested to audiences a few years ago that Vice President Dick Cheney’s views on the...
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The Banner-News welcomes letters from readers. All letters must be signed and must contain the author’s address and a telephone number where the writer can be reached during the work day. The name of the writer will be published with the letter. Writers are limited to one letter per calendar m...
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The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a theft reported April 10 at a business in Emerson, where trucking accessories were stolen. Jonathan Kennedy, 32, of Emerson, was arrested on April 15, and authorities are still investigating other suspects who may possibly be involved. Ke...
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Visitors this week with Sue Birchfield were Vicki Hudgens and Maggie Ingram. Ethan Clark went with the Magnolia High School Choir to Conway on Tuesday evening. They sang Wednesday morning for CPA competition. They won first place in mixed choir. They came home Wednesday. Congratulations. Saturday...
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Panthers finish in second place
Staff Report NASHVILLE — The Magnolia Lady Panthers nipped Arkansas High Tuesday afternoon to capture the Coca Cola Track & Field Championships at Nashville.  The Lady Panthers scored 89 points and Lady Razorbacks finished with 88. Crossett was a close third with 83 1/2 points. ...
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MIAMI (AP) — Finally, the NBA playoffs are set. It took the entire season to fill out those brackets. Overtime thrillers in Memphis and Charlotte, a go-ahead dunk in Oklahoma City to win a game and cap another scoring title for Kevin Durant, plus some good old-fashioned disinterest by Brookl...
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Magnolia head coach Bobby Beeson gives instruction to Dalton O'Donnell (top photo) while on third base. O'Donnell (bottom photo) later scores on a tough play at home plate during the Panthers' recent game against Hot Springs Lakeside. Magnolia is on the road today at De Queen for a 5 p.m. game again...

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The Magnolia Boys & Girls Club will host a pair of tournaments in the coming weeks. On Saturday, April 26, 8-and-under, 10-and-under and 12-and-under baseball teams are invited to participate in tournaments. Entry fee is $150 per team. Contact Jeff Harrington at 904-1921 for more information....
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Joe Lawrence                     Magnolia High School Psychology, Sociology and World History Hometown:   El Dorado Why did you decide to become a teacher? I became a teacher because my...
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Top photos: Fourth through sixth grade students march in the Academic Pep Rally Parade at East Side Elementary and bottom photos: First through third grade students march in the Academic Pep Rally Parade at East Side Elementary, last week as part of academic pep rallies.  

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McNeil kindergarten students
The Kindergarten Center at East Side Elementary has scheduled an additional enrollment clinic on Friday, April 25 at 8 a.m.  This clinic is specifically for parents who reside in McNeil and have a student who will begin kindergarten in the fall.  To be eligible for kindergarten enrollment...
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Emerson High School announces 3rd 9 weeks A-B Honor Roll. Eighth Grade All As Myles Jones, Arian Owen, Shelby Rayburn and Melody Rinehart. Ninth Grade All As Breanan Cromeans, Coral Eley and Makenna Madden. As-Bs Erika Burton, Alyssa Helms and Jackson Rhodes. Tenth Grade  All As Cind...
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Anyone interested in watershed and stream conservation is invited to attend the first meeting of the Stream Team at Southern Arkansas University. The meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, in room 105 of the SAU Science Center. Funding for the SAU Stream Team is courtesy of a...
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Charles Franks called us to come join him for lunch at The Rails after church Sunday morning.  We were joined by Taryn Franks and a friend.  It’s nice to eat out and not have to cook for a change.  We all enjoyed it. Thank you, Charles. Pastor Barbara Lewis’ sermon at Eme...
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Oh my goodness! The Spirit of the Lord is here. What a holy ghost good time we had this past Sunday. Pastor Prevoe’s powerful message was “It Will Be Alright” taken from Habakkuk 3: 17-19. Habakkuk said that although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vin...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Those exclusions, rooted in labor law history, run from some...
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BOSTON (AP) — Police stepped up patrols near the Boston Marathon finish line after a masked man walked in the street with a rice cooker in his backpack only hours after the city marked the anniversary of last year's deadly bombing. The arrest of a man whose mother said he had a mental disorde...
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