Monthly Archives: August 2011

Water Cooler Chatter: Gasoline goof, burglary gone bad, the wriggling backpack and more

It’s been a while since we posted any ‘Water Cooler Chatter,’ which is where we give you a few of our favorite headlines from around the globe to ‘chatter’ about while at work, and so we’re getting caught up. Today’s … Continue reading

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Ribbon cutting at SAU Tech Welding Academy in Magnolia set for Thursday

The SAU Tech Welding Academy is a finishing school for professional welding. Students who successfully complete our nine month program (two semesters) can call themselves “certified welders.” Right here in south Arkansas, you can get the training needed for a … Continue reading

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Rankin: ‘I am officially announcing my candidacy for the U.S. Congress’

Beth Anne Rankin, of Magnolia, stood on the steps of the Columbia County Courthouse just moments ago and officially announced her candidacy for the Fourth Congressional District seat in the U.S. Congress. Rankin thanked her supporters, and expressed her desire … Continue reading

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Mayor comments on former Magnolia Police Chief Robert Gorum

In a press release issued at 4:58 p.m. today, Magnolia Mayor Parnell Vann made the following statement: “As Mayor of Magnolia, I want to be clear that it is the City’s position, and mine personally, that Robert Gorum has faithfully … Continue reading

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Corning, Ark., suffers huge layoff at largest employer

Corning’s mayor says the largest employer in the northeast Arkansas city of is laying off most of its workforce, the AP reports. Mayor Dewayne Phelan said Tuesday that the L.A. Darling Co. factory will lay off between 130 and 140 workers … Continue reading

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Plain Dealing house fire claims 74-year old woman

Bossier Parish Sheriff Larry Deen says a deputy at the parish’s Maximum Security Facility in Plain Dealing spotted a fire and rushed to a burning house but was unable to save the 74-year-old woman inside, reports the AP. Her name … Continue reading

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Attorney to represent Ark. lottery on tax issue

The Arkansas Lottery Commission has hired a North Little Rock attorney who offered to represent the lottery at no charge in its appeal of a tax assessment of nearly $100,000. reports the Associated Press. The Internal Revenue Service says the lottery … Continue reading

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Vann announces interim Magnolia Police Chief

We’ve had calls and e-mails at our offices all day today from readers who’d heard the rumor that Magnolia Police Department Chief Robert Gorum was no longer at that department, and that a new chief was about to be named. … Continue reading

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Structure fire near Magnolia Airport

A storage building located at the corner of U.S. 79 and Magnolia Airport Road goes up in smoke this afternoon. The building is located adjacent to a home that was lost to fire Saturday afternoon. According to Banner-News reporter Ashley … Continue reading

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Texas child accidentally shoots younger brother with handgun

Lubbock police say a 5-year-old has accidentally shot his 4-year-old brother in the stomach with a handgun, according to the AP. The boy was shot late Saturday. A spokeswoman at Covenant Women’s and Children’s Hospital says the 4-year-old was in critical … Continue reading

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