Monthly Archives: August 2010

Magnolia bank robbery suspect dies in escape attempt

Anthony Lewis, 30, of Springhill, La., died Monday night after falling five stories during an escape attempt from a jail in Texarkana, reports the Associated Press. Lewis was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to robbing Summit Bank in Magnolia. Pick … Continue reading

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Hardin passes away at 85

Former State Representative Leon Hardin, 85, passed away Sunday at Magnolia Regional Medical Center. Hardin was a civic leader for Magnolia, having served on the City Council, the Magnolia Housing Authority board, the Chamber of Commerce board, and the Columbia … Continue reading

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Roads? Where we’re going, we need roads . . .

Yes, so the headline to this post is an obscure reference to a line in one of the ‘Back to the Future’ movies, but the fact is, Arkansas does need roads, says Dan Flowers, director of the Arkansas Department of … Continue reading

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Well, at least they tried . . .

We’re sad to note that the state’s lawmakers have gone back on their word about raising per-student funding for our state’s schools. About $69 million would have been designated to increase the state’s per-student funding by 2.5 percent in 2011, … Continue reading

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Caution: Multiple vehicle accident blocks 79/82 and Main intersection

Yes, it’s hard to see, but pictured above is what’s happening right now – 9:30 p.m. – at the intersection of Main Street and the bypass. Details are still sketchy, but according to witnesses (and scanner chatter), three to four … Continue reading

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AFC: 513 acres burned in Arkansas over the weekend

The Arkansas Forestry Commission says 46 fires burned 513 acres in the state during the weekend, reports the Associated Press. The largest was in Clark County where 255 acres were burned. It’s believed to have started when dry grass touched the … Continue reading

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Ready for a preview of tomorrow’s news?

Tomorrow’s Banner-News print edition will, as usual, be chock-full of local news, including accounts of today’s Advertising and Promotion Commission and Magnolia Regional Medical Center Board meetings, as well as the latest crime reports from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office … Continue reading

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Keet says taxes paid up, blames wife for tax issues

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Keet says he has caught up on his taxes, and blamed his wife and others for past tax issues that include late payments and the receipt of a state tax credit to which he was not … Continue reading

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Prescott murderer receives life sentence

Michael Gulley, 34, has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted of the 2009 murder of a Prescott woman.  Amy Renae Smith, 24, was shot to death through the window of her apartment, authorities say. To … Continue reading

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Magnolia’s Advertising & Promotion Commission to meet at noon

Several funding requests are before the A&P Commission, which meets today at noon at the Chamber of Commerce. For the details, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s print edition of the Banner-News!

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