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These candy-filled Easter eggs were found nestled in the traffic islands around the courthouse square Thursday afternoon. Numerous egg hunts are scheduled around the area on Easter Sunday. Several public offices, schools and businesses were closed today in observance of Good Friday.
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Two persons arrested in connection with the distribution of K2 (synthetic marijuana) entered pleas Thursday in Columbia County Circuit Court before Circuit Judge Larry Chandler. Deputy Prosecutor David Butler represented the state.Victoria Orsack and Michael Harper, both of Magnolia, were arrested M...
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Imagine being unable to go home and  separated from family and friends because home is thousands of miles away. Now imagine that lasting for 43 years. Until recently, this has been the reality of  Magnolia resident Tuyet Rowe.Tuyet (pronounced Thea) Rowe is an immigrant from South Vietnam....

Picture: <p>Tuyet Rowe (far left) and her family before she left Vietnam in 1971.</p>Picture: <p>&nbsp;Rowe with her surviving sister&rsquo;s family when she returned to Vietnam in February 2014.</p>

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama’s health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.Nonetheless, Obama’s announcement Thursday that 8 million have si...
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Dr. Pablo Bacon, assistant professor of biology at Southern Arkansas University, speaks during the first meeting of the Stream Team at the SAU Science Center Thursday evening. The Stream Team will be involved in the restoration and conservation of Dorcheat Bayou, Bacon said. Funding for the team is...
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The Magnolia Police Department reports the following arrests:•Damien Butler, 19, of Magnolia, was arrested April 16 on a warrant from the Camden Police Department.•Shawn C. Minasco, 36, of El Dorado, was arrested April 16 for failure to appear.•William P. Pettis, 27, of Magnolia, was...
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Harvest Texarkana to provide pantry boxes
Stamps –Harvest Texarkana Regional Food Bank is returning to Lafayette County with its Mobile Pantry.  “We have several communities in our rural service area that are not fully served by local partner agencies.  To be sure that the residents in these areas are served, we are pr...
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The Magnolia Juneteenth Festival Committee will host a “Community Gospel Explosion” in celebration of Juneteenth on Friday, June 13, at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. The committee is seeking any choir member, youth or adult, interested in being a part of the Junete...
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LifeShare is having a blood drive April 19t from 2:30 p.m. to  6:30 p.m. At Walmart in Magnolia (Bloodmobile), 60-79 By-Pass North.About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood. One blood donation, approximately one pint of blood, can save up to three lives. Every donation has the potentia...
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Ryan Smith and Jessica Yates
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Mr. and Mrs. James W. Yates, Jr., of Magnolia announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Yates to Ryan Smith, son of Rev. and Mrs. Stewart Smith, of Springdale. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Lee, of Magnolia.She is a 2011 graduate of Columbia Christian School and...
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Meredith Jones and Joshua Lawson
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Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Bartley Jones, Jr., of Birmingham, Ala. announce the engagement of their daughter, Meredith Larson Jones to Joshua Wood Lawson, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Brady Lawson, Sr., of Berry, Ala.The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Richard Lundberg, Sr., of Plano, Te...
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Mr. and Mrs. Barlo Ross Hardin II
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Sarah Elizabeth Alford and Barlo Ross Hardin II were united in marriage on March 1, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  at Saint Edward Catholic Church in Little Rock with Monsignor Richard Oswald officiating.The bride is the daughter of David and Jan Alford, of Magnolia. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs...
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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.Columbia County Library is having a...
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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 - April 18Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church’s an...
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The Banner-News welcomes letters from readers. All letters must be signed and must contain the author’s address and a telephone number where the writer can be reached during the work day. The name of the writer will be published with the letter. Writers are limited to one letter per calendar m...
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If Condoleezza Rice were as self-pitying and politically crass as Attorney General Eric Holder, she would be wondering aloud what it is about her race and gender that accounts for the hostility to her.Rice’s speaking gigs on college campuses and her ascension to the board of the Internet compa...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Election-year memo to Democratic candidates: Don’t talk about the economic recovery. It’s a political loser.So say Democratic strategists in a blunt declaration that such talk skips over “how much trouble people are in, and doesn’t convince them that p...
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America’s passions, superstition, violence and social inequality.Widely considered the m...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a government report released Tuesday.That means some of Wall Street’s largest hedge funds and private equity firms are largely escaping close scrutiny by the IRS, said...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says its criminal case against a former Blackwater security guard is in jeopardy as a June 11 trial looms on charges stemming from the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in an incident in Baghdad nearly seven years ago.Nicholas Slatten and three other former...
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NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business.The world’s largest retailer introduced a new money transfer service Thursday that it says will cut fees for its low-income customers by up to 50 percent compared w...
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DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country’s interim government resigns.Denis Pushilin of th...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service investigators say they are close to gaining a full understanding of the methods hackers used to breach Target’s computer systems last December.But the agency says it could take years to identify the criminals who stole some 40 million debit and credit car...
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(AP) — A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.“Inf...
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ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — Most of the 911 calls from witnesses to last week’s fiery truck-bus collision that killed 10 were matter of fact. Then there was the one from a passenger: With shrieks in the background, the student struggled to recount how a truck came roaring toward them.“Wh...
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MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The investigation into South Korea’s ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers struggled to find...
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who claims he was sexually abused by “X-Men” franchise director Bryan Singer said Thursday that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and he does not know why charges were never pursued.With his voice occasionally wavering, Michael Egan II...
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KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak.The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for other climber...
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