Magnolia police and first responders work a two-vehicle accident in the 500 block of East Main Street Thursday morning. Police blocked a portion of the street while the two cars and debris were cleared. One person was transported to the hospital by ambulance. No report was available as of press time...

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing poli...
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One candidate filed for municipal office Tuesday, and no petitions were filed Wednesday, according to documents recorded in the Columbia County Clerk’s Office. The filing period for all municipal candidates opened July 25, and will continue through 12 noon on Friday, Aug. 15. These candidates...
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and AP reports WASHINGTON — The nation’s gross domestic product rose at a 4 percent annualized rate from April through June after shrinking a revised 2.1 percent in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The second-quarter jump in GDP and t...
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verybody to jail forever” might save the state of Arkansas millions of dollars and the need to continue building additional prisons. That was the message from Ken Jones, director of the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training, to members of the Magnolia Economic Developm...
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The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office has announced it is among the organizations supporting awareness of distracted driving.  “We are happy to partner with Families Against Distracted Driving to raise awareness in the community,” Sheriff Mike Loe stated. If you would like mo...
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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 - August 1 Vacation Bible School will be held...
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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.   FRIDAY - August 1 Village...
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Magnolia Junior High School will hold a schedule pick-up day for students entering the ninth grade on Friday, August 1 and for students entering the eighth grade on Monday, Aug. 4. Students in grades eight and nine may pick up a copy of their class schedule in the school office between 8 a.m. - 4 p...
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Sunday evening, Beech Creek Baptist Church held a baptism for Morgan Cauldwell at New Home Baptist Church. Michael and Nathan Clark, of El Dorado and David, Patricia and Ethan Clark went to it. All of Beech Creek was there. It was a very moving service. Robby Huggins visited with Sue Birchfield one...
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Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On July 31, 1964, the American space probe Ranger 7 reached the moon, transmitting pictures back to Earth before impacting the lunar surface. On this date: In 1777, the Marquis d...
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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa as the World Health Organization on Thursday announced dozens of new fatalities. In Sierra Leone, President Ernest Bai Koroma vowed to quarantine sick patients at home and have authorities c...
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ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — As fighting raged in eastern Ukraine, an international team of investigators on Thursday reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17 and got a first look at where it was brought down by a missile two weeks ago. Clashes along routes to the wreckage site be...
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday that Israel will destroy the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip "with or without a cease-fire," as the military called up another 16,000 reservists to pursue its campaign in the densely-populated territory. Netanyahu's vow c...
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Police: Naked intruder fell asleep in couple's bed  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man faces charges after authorities say a couple found him naked and sleeping in their bed. Investigators say 30-year-old Freddy Shelby of Albuquerque was arrested Sunday after the homeowners calle...
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Picture: Pictured is the class of 1963. This class had the most in attendance at the reunion.
Pictured is the class of 1963. This class had the most in attendance at the reunion.
Submitted by Theodoris Russ Canada, ’63, Historian for Columbia High School Alumni Association. For those who came for the first time, it was the foundation for the establishment of a book of beautiful memories. For the biennial returnees, it was a new chapter added to their archive of memori...
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Posted on Facebook “Prayers for Jamie” by Johnny Stewart. Each time she wakes up first thing she says is where's my coke, where are the boys and where's Xena and the all time favorite, “WHY AIN’T YOU AT WORK?”  If that’s not improvement, then I don’t kn...
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A group from Mt. Vernon Church accompanied the young people to Branson to see the show, Jonah, last week. The show was wonderful. The kids and adults enjoyed it. Those going on the trip were Cindy Dixon, Joyce Hanson, Dixon Talley, Jackie Reeves, Kline Reeves, Billy Bright, Tori Bright, Jennifer Han...
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We had a hallelujah good time Sunday. Sister Carolyn Prevoe preached “When I Remember” from Luke 15:11-24. She spoke about the prodigal son coming home. During his worst days, he remember how his father treated his hired servants with plenty food. He remembered the love the father had fo...
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PHOENIX – As summer winds down, incoming freshman are getting ready for their first year of college. In addition to picking a major and registering for classes, many are preparing to live on their own for the first time. It is an exciting time, but it can be an expensive time too. “In p...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years. The $16.3 billion measure also would allow the VA to hire thousands of doctors and nurses and rewrite em...
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Education employee health insurance
Little Rock — Tuesday, the State and Public School Life and Health Insurance Board approved needed changes to the rates of education employee health insurance. A crisis facing all educators in the state, the rate of increase was projected to slash take home pay and jeopardize the state’s...
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LITTLE ROCK - Officials with the Arkansas Forestry Commission (AFC) have unveiled a new tool that will help homeowners and communities determine their wildfire risk, called the Southern Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal, or SouthWRAP. The South is the first region in the United States to develop and...
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SELU historian to speak at SAAC Author and historian Dr. William Robinson, a professor at Southeastern Louisiana University, will make a special presentation entitled “The Origins of World War I” at the SouthArk Library Auditorium in El Dorado at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5. This year mar...
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Children from Columbia County enjoy archery and a slip n' slide at White Dove Magnolia's Day Camp. There were 96 multi-culture children from k-6 grades who attended the camp last week. The camp included indoor and outdoor activities as well as well as worship services and missions spotlights. White...

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NEW YORK (AP) — His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush. Crown Publishers...
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Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank, Inc., of Texarkana brought its mobile food pantry to Waldo for the first time Wednesday morning, with a good turnout of residents to participate. Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank’s mission is to alleviate hunger through food distribution and education....

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Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame
CONWAY - The Arkansas Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame will be having its fourth annual induction ceremony on Nov. 1 at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock. The organization’s selection board will be selecting this year’s inductees in September, and the board will accept nomination p...
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