Monthly Archives: March 2011

Charter school cap lifted in Arkansas

We thought we’d pass along the following story on legislative action on charter schools in the state, considering the interest of McNeil residents in establishing a charter school of their own. Read on: Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to … Continue reading

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La. lawmakers propose 70-cent tax hike on cigarettes

A group of lawmakers, including Senate President Joel Chaisson, is pushing to boost cigarette taxes by 70 cents per pack, with similar increases for cigars and chewing tobacco, reports the Associated Press. The change would increase the state tax on … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with Texarkana’s water?

Texarkana water officials say the city’s water is safe despite complaints about the taste and odor, reports the Associated Press. Texarkana Water Utilities director Bill King tells the Texarkana Gazette that the problem is due to algae in Wright Patman … Continue reading

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ADH offers ‘texts for baby’

The Arkansas Department of Health says it’s offering a new text messaging service called “text4baby” to pregnant women and new mothers, reports the Associated Press. The department said Thursday that the free program includes three weekly messages that provide health … Continue reading

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Lawmaker won’t drop Ark. Dem redistricting effort

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  — Three Republican-backed proposals to redraw Arkansas’ congressional districts were rejected by legislative committees Wednesday, and the sponsor of a plan to move the city of Fayetteville into the state’s only Democratic district said he’s confident he … Continue reading

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Sen. Mark Pryor’s mobile office visits county

Senator Mark Pryor’s Mobile Office visited the Columbia County Courthouse today. Field representatives were on hand to help local residents and officials with problems they have with the Veterans Administration, Medicare, Social Security and other federal government services. Pictured above … Continue reading

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In today’s Banner-News . . .

Today’s Banner-News features the second and final installment in Banner-News reporter Dixie Edington’s ‘Fuel for the Economy’ article. The article has already begun to generate a great amount of feedback among readers, with many suggesting that we pass it on … Continue reading

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Photographer to visit SAU

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Lion’s Club Hamburger Supper

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Harris’ speaking engagement at SAU a success!

We’re hearing that the attendees of Magnolia’s own Charlaine Harris’ speaking engagement at Southern Arkansas University last night LOVED her comments on her journey to status of best-selling author! Thanks to Aaron Street of SAU for the photos!

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