Public invited to meet SAU presidential candidates

January 22, 2015


Southern Arkansas University is inviting the community to three upcoming receptions at the Reynolds Center Grand Hall to meet the applicants for president. The three receptions are scheduled as follows: February 2, from 5-5:45 p.m. – Phillip Wilson, Ed.D. Wilson currently serves as President of Rich Mountain Community College in Mena, Arkansas. February 4, from… Read More

SAU hosting Youth Criminal Justice Academy

January 20, 2015

SAU Criminal Justice Academy meeting

Southern Arkansas University’s new assistant professor of criminal justice, Louis Roy, started his teaching career in the Marine’s as an explosives instructor. He has ignited the SAU criminal justice program with his energy, ideas, and initiatives, including a week-long criminal justice youth academy coming in the summer. From June 7-13, 2015, a total of 40… Read More

SAU’s holds 20th Annual MLK festivities Monday

January 16, 2015

MLK Day 2014 March

The Southern Arkansas University 20th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Memorial March and Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Monday, January 19, 2015. The theme for the festivities is “Remember! Act! Celebrate! A Day On Not A Day Off!” The March will begin at the former Miller’s Cafeteria parking lot on Vine… Read More

Sweetheart Pageant set for Feb. 14 at SAU

January 14, 2015


An inaugural Sweetheart Pageant, open to girls newborn to 12 years, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on February 14, 2015, at SAU’s Harton Theatre. The fee is $35 for those who register by February 2, and $45 for registrants from Feb. 3 up to the day of the pageant. To compete in the photogenic category,… Read More

NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Saturday

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The Columbia County NAACP will host its annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 6 p.m. at the Grand Hall of the Donald W. Reynolds Center Campus and Community Center. The public is invited, and tickets are $30 each.  The theme this year is “In Our Beloved Community, All Persons Count.” For… Read More

Senior Wellness aquatic class begins Monday

SAU Aquatic Center

Get a great start on your new year’s resolution this year by joining the upbeat and spirited Senior Wellness water exercise class at Southern Arkansas University. The class will meet at 9 a.m. at the SAU Aquatic Center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting Monday, January 19, and running through May 2. Sandi Alston is… Read More

Variety of spring classes offered from SAU Continuing Ed


The Division of Continuing Education at Southern Arkansas University has an interesting variety of affordable non-credit class options available for the public this spring. To register for the following classes, simply email Caroline Waller at, call (870) 235-4006, visit SAU Business 111, or register online at Class reservations are not final until the… Read More

News of Angel Tree’s needs touches sponsor 750 miles away

December 17, 2014

Felicia and Drake Johnson give to Angel Tree

Felicia Gatson-Johnson was having her morning coffee and reading the USA Today during a business trip to Lincoln, Neb., when she was moved by a story about an Angel Tree in need of help 750 miles away in Arkansas. The Associated Press distributed the story that the Columbia County Angel Tree’s deadline extension because of… Read More

Group turns small idea into a Big Splash

November 11, 2014

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It began small – a husband and wife driving down Main Street in Magnolia wondering how much better their town would look with a little tender loving care. But on Saturday, Oct. 25, after months of planning and organizing, the small idea blossomed into a “Big Splash,” bringing a sense of renewal and community pride… Read More

Community to transform city of Magnolia

October 14, 2014

Making Magnolia Blossom logo

The small town of Magnolia is about to have a “Big Splash” on October 25, during which hundreds of volunteers from across the community are going to join forces with business owners to give their Main Street a makeover. The transformation will include removal of old signs, adding landscaping, painting businesses and curbs, trimming existing… Read More