$203 Million purchase to go to Camden

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible foreign military sale to the Government of France of AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $203 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the possible sale on Monday. The

Drug Task Force Arrests

The 13th Judicial District Drug Task Force has released a statement detailing a three-month regional narcotics investigation conducted in cooperation with local, state and federal agencies. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office previously announced the arrests of five county residents in connection with the operation. They are charged with a

SAU Enrollment Up

Thursday, Southern Arkansas University System trustees heard about recent highlights involving the Magnolia and East Camden campuses. President Dr. Trey Berry said there are 5,094 students on the Magnolia campus, which is a 15% increase from the fall of 2021.

Federal Sentencing

The final member of a South Arkansas drug trafficking organization was sentenced Wednesday to federal prison for distribution of methamphetamine. Pharell Bronse Jackson, 32, of El Dorado, was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison and a three-year term of supervised release. Federal authorities said Jackson and his drug trafficking organization

Minden High student, 17, shot in her back

COTTON VALLEY, La. (KSLA) — A Minden High student is recovering after being shot in her back at a trail ride on the last weekend of her summer break. The shooting occurred about 9:37 p.m. Saturday, July 30, five days before Webster Parish students are due to return to start the 2022-23 school year. The 17-year-old was in critical condition

Lottery Sales

Columbia County had Arkansas Scholarship Lottery ticket sales totaling $409,116.50 in February, according to a report released March 10 by the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration – Office of the Arkansas Lottery. This is down from $420,835.50 in January. For February, Columbia County had winnings of $277,107 awarded.

Magnolia wins 4A State Championship!

HOT SPRINGS — Pushed until the bitter end, the Magnolia Panthers completed a perfect season with a Class 4A State Championship. The Panthers (29-0) were able to celebrate after Blytheville’s Elijah Donerson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark, holding on for a 59-56 victory.

$2.1 Water Main Project

The Magnolia City Council has voted to replace a majority of the cast iron water mains. The new mains will be PVC. Mayor Parnell Vann said the cast iron mains were installed in the 1940’s. Vann stated some mains were not allowing fire hydrants to work properly, but new hydrants will be installed and will automatically advise the city if

Magnolia has a new logo

The City of Magnolia on Monday revealed a newly-designed official city seal and logo that will be free to use for anyone in the community. The designs, which are part of a local re-branding campaign, include both a formal seal, as well as a more informal logo. Each logo features the same one-of-a-kind Magnolia blossom illustration at the heart