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Magnolia man sentenced to 10 years for drug trafficking

EL DORADO — A Magnolia man was sentenced Tuesday to 120 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for distributing methamphetamine in Columbia County. The Honorable Chief Judge Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in El Dorado.According to court documents, in June 2019, agents and investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and 13th Judicial Drug Task Force (DTF) initiated an investigation into the distribution of methamphetamine in Colombia County by 50-year-old Eddie Dean McBride Jr.
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Arkansas man sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for trafficking meth

EL DORADO, Ark. (KTVE/KARD) — On Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 50-year-old Eddie Dean McBride Jr. of Magnolia, Ark. was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release for distributing methamphetamine in Columbia County, Ark. According to court documents, agents and investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Columbia […]
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Magnolia shooting suspect awaits extradition from Texas

Federal marshals arrested Eric Walker, 26, of Magnolia on Monday on charges relating to a Thursday, July 28 shooting in Magnolia. The Magnolia Police Department said in a statement that officers were dispatched to the Magnolia Regional Medical Center to see a shooting victim. The gunshot wound was not life-threatening.

Magnolia School Board approves one-time bonuses, $10,000 for teachers, $6,000 for support personnel

Magnolia School District personnel will receive one-time bonuses from the district’s COVID-19 relief funds. The Magnolia School Board voted Monday to address recruiting and retaining problems by using American Relief Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) for the bonuses. Magnolia certified staff – teachers --...

Deadline looms for municipal election candidates

The deadline is noon Wednesday for candidates seeking municipal positions in Columbia County. Filing of independent candidates for city offices is at the Columbia County Clerk’s Office in the Boundary Street Annex. All mayoral and town council positions in Emerson, McNeil, Taylor and Waldo will be on the November...

One dead, one injured in early morning crash

HOPE – One person is dead and one injured in a three vehicle crash early this morning on Highway 32 West near Hope. According to the preliminary report from the Arkansas State Police, two of the vehicles were eastbound on 32, driven by Margaret Wyrick, 20, of Waldo, and 18-year-old Gianna Knight of Hope. A third vehicle was westbound. State Police say Wyrick’s vehicle crossed the center line and struck the westbound vehicle, forcing it off the roadway. Knight’s vehicle then collided with the rear of the Wyrick vehicle.

Hempstead County wreck takes life of young Waldo woman

Margaret Che’Ann Wyrick, 20, of Waldo was killed about 2:17 a.m. Tuesday in a three-vehicle wreck on Arkansas 32 on the west side of Hope. According to a preliminary Arkansas State Police report, Wyrick was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata east on the highway. She crossed the center line and struck a westbound Nissan Rogue, forcing it off the road. A 2004 Toyota Camry, which was following Wyrick’s Sonata, struck it from behind and forced the Rogue off the road as well.

Mike McNeill’s Diary for Monday, August 8, 2022: Welcome, Columbia County Fair welcomes back as a seasonal advertiser the 2022 Columbia County Fair and Livestock Show. The fair is Monday, September 19 through Saturday, September 24. You can go for the rides, shows and exhibits but for our part, it’s the fair food. People who click on the ad will be redirected to the fair’s 2022 catalogue. It will tell you everything that you need to know about the fair and how to enter its large number of contests and special events. We appreciate the opportunity to tell everyone about the plans for the fair, which is now only a month and a half away.

Magnolia Police list recent arrests

Recent arrests made by the Magnolia Police Department. Many, but not all, of these arrests have previously been listed in our daily report Columbia County Justice and Detention Facility bookings and releases. Friday, August 5. Jama Scott, 45, Magnolia, possession of cocaine. Sunday, August 7. Johnny Manning, 60, Magnolia, shoplifting.

Sticky legal situation emerging for Tasty Donuts owners in Magnolia

The parent company and a subsidiary of Shipley Do-nuts are suing its Magnolia franchise holders, alleging breaches of franchise agreements. Shipley Franchise Company and Shipley Do-Nut Flour and Supply Co., both Houston-based companies, filed the suit Monday in Columbia County Circuit Court against defendants Bun Chhhun and Vin Thada Tv of El Dorado.

Columbia Christian student/parent orientation 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

Columbia Christian School students and parents will meet for orientation at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 9. The meeting will start in the arena, and then students and parents will head out to see teachers and classrooms. School supplies may be brought that evening as well. Students will be counted absent...

SAU-Tech honors Dillworth-Johnson

Wyletta Dilworth-Johnson is the Betty J. Lewis Unsung Hero award recipient for August at SAU-Tech. She is a Camden native and graduated from Camden Fairview High School in 1997. She furthered her education at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia with a bachelor of science in criminal justice (2003) and a master of science in mental health and wellness from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix (2021).

The Bistineau Village Legend: Remembering Doyline Coach James Roach

In the villages and towns around Northwest Louisiana each community has a local hero or legend. The village of Doyline lost one on August 6, 2022. “Coach” James Roach left this world and a heartbroken community of Doyline. The legendary coach took the Doyline Panthers to a state championship in 1967 and four state runner-ups. In his last season in 1995, the Panthers were state runner-up for the second year in a row. Coach had accumulated 865 wins in his three-decade career.

Columbia Christian starts school year with new superintendent

When school begins this week at Columbia Christian School, a new leader will be at the helm. Jimmy Walker, who started his new job with the district officially on July 1, is ready for the students to come back on campus and for them to learn a Christian curriculum. He takes over from Ted Waller, who retired.

Melissa Lewis Charged With Theft of Property

On July 19, 2022 at approximately 12:11pm, officers of the Hope Police Department arrested Melissa Lewis, 54, Magnolia, AR. Ms. Lewis was arrested and charged with theft of property and public intoxication. The arrest occurred in the 200 block of North Hervey Street in Hope, AR. Lewis was taken to the Hempstead County Detention Facility and held for a first appearance.