Monthly Archives: June 2012

Arkansas bans deer as pets beginning July 1

Arkansas residents won’t be able to capture and keep wild deer as pets as of July 1, when a ban enacted in an effort to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease takes effect. The illness, which affects deer and other animals … Continue reading

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Steve Browning named SAU’s new Athletic Director

Southern Arkansas University President Dr. David Rankin has announced the appointment of Steve Browning as director of athletics effective July 1. Browning has served as interim director of athletics since December 1 and will continue to serve dually as head … Continue reading

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“Pea Stompin’ Street Dance” entertainment lineup announced

The 2012 Emerson PurpleHull Pea Festival has announced the entertainment lineup for the annual “Pea-Stompin’ Street Dance.” This year’s headline entertainment at the street dance will be

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Local student among 10 Arkansans to begin studies at U.S. Naval Academy

Zachary David Caldwell is among ten outstanding Arkansas students who have received and accepted appointments to the United States Naval Academy

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PurpleHull Pea Festival “Pea-Shirts” now available

The 2012 Emerson PurpleHull Pea Festival “Pea-Shirt” is now available for purchase. Ellie Mullins Baker, “Pea-Shirt” chairman, describes this year’s shirt as “stonewashed green, with a vintage look.” Shirts are now available in Emerson at Emerson Food Mart, in Magnolia … Continue reading

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SAU schedules girl’s basketball camps

The Southern Arkansas University women’s basketball program has announced the dates for this summer’s girls’ camps. The 10th annual rookie basketball camp is scheduled for Monday-Wednesday, June 11-13, and will be held at

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2012 PurpleHull Pea Festival Pageant accepting applications

The 2012 Emerson PurpleHull Pea Festival is now taking applications from contestants who wish to enter its annual PurpleHull Pea Pageant. The pageant will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 23, in the Emerson School Cafetorium. Applications are now available at

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City Hall releases statement on sales tax

The following is a Friday afternoon press release from the Magnolia City Hall on the proposed sales tax to be voted on June 26: In April of 2012, the [Magnolia] City Council voted unanimously to call for a special ¼ … Continue reading

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Fire destroys McNeil home

A morning fire burned through a McNeil home Friday morning. The house fire was reported just before 11:00 a.m. at 209 Walnut Street. The McNeil Volunteer Fire Department responded after a neighbor called in the blaze to 911. A woman … Continue reading

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