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Harding women 72, Southern Arkansas 61


SEARCY – No. 16 Harding shot 55 percent from the field, and was 6-of-12 from beyond the arc to beat Southern Arkansas 72-61 in women’s basketball action. The Lady Muleriders basketball team was looking to pick up their second victory of the week ...

Wonder Boys fall to Southern Arkansas


MAGNOLIA, Ark. — Mike Balogun turned in a 19-point performance, while D.J. Jethroe and Branden Williams reached double figures off the bench with 15 and 12 points, respectively, but the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys basketball team (9-11, 5-7 GAC ...

SAU to Have Arkansas’ Only Complete Music Theatre BFA


MAGNOLIA, AR – Stand by lights… Cue music! Southern Arkansas University was approved today to offer Arkansas’ most comprehensive Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts with studies in Musical Theatre and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performing Arts ...

We've Got An Exclusive First Read Of 'Everybody Knows Your Name' By Andrea Seigel & Brent Bradshaw!


In the new book from the Laggies writers, Magnolia comes from a McMansion where her leopard print-clad mother’s primary goal is snagging a spot on The Real Housewives of Orange County. Ford comes from a trailer park in middle-of-nowhere Arkansas ...

Renewed Investigation in 1978 Disappearance of Magnolia Woman


MAGNOLIA, AR - More than 30 years after the investigation began into a local woman's disappearance, investigators are starting over from scratch. Mary Jimmie Shinn, known as "Bobo," disappeared in the Summer of 1978. Now, Columbia County Sheriff Mike Loe ...

Cold Case: Missing Woman Case Reopened After 30 Years


MAGNOLIA, AR -- It's been four months since real estate agent Beverly Carter's murder. As the investigation played out, many Arkansans recognized the similarities between Carter's case and a decades old case in Magnolia. MAGNOLIA, AR -- It's been four ...

SAU Graduate Student Enrollment Sees 33% Increase


Southern Arkansas University’s record enrollment trend has continued this spring with a 6.7% overall enrollment increase. MAGNOLIA, AR (News release) – Southern Arkansas University’s record enrollment trend has continued this spring with a 6.7% ...

Arkansas public defenders stretched thin


Some in Arkansas fear a similar lawsuit may already be inevitable ...
Right now, Jeffrey said, he doesn't have a secretary for an office he hopes to open soon in Magnolia (one of several county offices he runs), because the county refused to fund one.

Southern Arkansas University College of Business earns 5-year accreditation extension


MAGNOLIA, Arkansas — Accreditation of Southern Arkansas University's College of Business has been extended for five years. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business agreed to extended accreditation following a peer review. The peer review ...

Murphy USA Invests $25,000 in SAU Softball Complex


MAGNOLIA – The Southern Arkansas University Mulerider softball team is one step closer to a new field house after a $25,000 gift from Murphy USA of El Dorado. The contribution will help fuel momentum for a $1 million construction project that will begin ...




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Capital to small businesses and entrepreneurs in MAGNOLIA

The U.S. Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) today released a new Quarterly Report detailing how the program continues to help small businesses grow and create jobs. Since the beginning of the program, the Treasury Department has disbursed more than $1.1 billion to participating states.

“Through the State Small Business Credit Initiative, the Treasury Department, states, and private sector lenders and investors are supporting small businesses and creating a lasting impact on the economy,” said Clifton Kellogg, Director of the SSBCI program. “More than $1 billion in State Small Business Credit Initiative funds have been distributed, making a real difference at the local level. Because of these funds, businesses have been able to buy new equipment, expand their facilities, and hire workers.”

Small businesses and entrepreneurs need capital to build their businesses, and SSBCI is designed to help spur new private sector lending or investment in small companies by leveraging private capital along with the federal support offered by the program. Through SSBCI, the Treasury Department will award nearly $1.5 billion to state programs across the country that support small businesses, including small manufacturers. SSBCI funding is not repaid by participating states to the federal government. Instead, to help even more small businesses, repaid loans and investments remain with participating states to be redeployed locally. The SSBCI Quarterly Report shows that as of September 2014, participating states have recycled more than $60 million to support additional investments.

States have made considerable progress in deploying these funds to support economic growth locally. The states that have deployed the most SSBCI funds by percentage of allocation include: North Dakota (Mandan Consortium), Idaho, Arkansas, Colorado, Montana, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Michigan, Kansas, and Alabama. The states that have deployed the most SSBCI funds by dollar amount include: California, Michigan, Florida, Illinois, Alabama, North Carolina, Texas, New York, Ohio, and Georgia.

SSBCI was created when President Obama signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act on September 27, 2010. The Treasury Department awarded allocations to all fifty states by early 2012, based on a formula set by the Small Business Jobs Act that considered population and unemployment levels. Each state designs its own small business programs, and five types of programs are eligible for SSBCI funds: Capital Access Programs, Loan Guarantee Programs, Loan Participation Programs, Collateral Support Programs, and Venture Capital Programs. In the SSBCI 2013 Annual Report business owners reported that more than 95,000 jobs will be created or saved as a direct result of SSBCI support. [23]



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Two years of community college free for responsible students in MAGNOLIA

The President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America.

In our growing global economy, Americans need to have more knowledge and more skills to compete -- by 2020, an estimated 35 percent of job openings will require at least a bachelor's degree, and 30 percent will require some college or an associate's degree. Students should be able to get the knowledge and the skills they need without taking on decades' worth of student debt.


The numbers:

If all 50 states choose to implement the President's new community college proposal, it could:

  • Save a full-time community college student $3,800 in tuition per year on average
  • Benefit roughly 9 million students each year

Under President Obama's new proposal, students would be able to earn the first half of a bachelor's degree, or earn the technical skills needed in the workforce -- all at no cost to them.


The requirements:

  • What students have to do: Students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.
  • What community colleges have to do: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that are either 1) academic programs that fully transfer credits to local public four-year colleges and universities, or 2) occupational training programs with high graduation rates and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates. Community colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes.
  • What the federal government has to do: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for eligible students.

Expanding technical training programs:

President Obama also proposed the new American Technical Training Fund, which will expand innovative, high-quality technical training programs across the country. Specifically, the fund will award programs that:

  • Have strong employer partnerships and include work-based learning opportunities
  • Provide accelerated training
  • Accommodate part-time work

Read the full fact sheet on the President's proposal here.

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Aids to study in MAGNOLIA

Financial aid is available from a variety of sources for college, career school, graduate school, and professional school.

 Financial aid is money to help pay for college or career school. Aid can come from

Besides financial aid, you also should think about what you can do to lower your costs when you go to college.

“Types of Federal Student Aid” Video

Check out this video to learn about grants, loans, and work-study jobs and how they can help fund your education. (Captioning available in English and Spanish; just start the video and click on the CC symbol at the bottom.)

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Aid and Other Resources From the Federal Government

The federal government offers a number of financial aid programs. Besides aid from the U.S. Department of Education (discussed below), you also might get

The U.S. Department of Education awards about $150 billion a year in grants, work-study funds, and low-interestloans to more than 15 million students. Federal student aid covers such expenses as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Aid also can help pay for other related expenses, such as a computer and dependent care. Thousands of schools across the country participate in the federal student aid programs; ask the schools you’re interested in whether they do!

Federal student aid includes:

  • Grants—financial aid that doesn’t have to be repaid (unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund)
  • Loans— borrowed money for college or career school; you must repay your loans, with interest
  • Work-Study—a work program through which you earn money to help you pay for school

Use FAFSA4caster to get an estimate of how much aid you might receive from the U.S. Department of Education.

Apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). And remember, the first F in “FAFSA” stands for “free”—you shouldn’t pay to fill out the FAFSA!

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Aid From Your State Government

Even if you´re not eligible for federal aid, you might be eligible for financial aid from your state. Contact your state grant agency for more information.

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Aid From Your College or Career School

Many colleges offer financial aid from their own funds. Find out what might be available to you:

  • Visit your school’s financial aid page on its website, or ask someone in the financial aid office.
  • Ask at the department that offers your course of study; they might have a scholarship for students in your major.
  • Fill out any applications the school requires for its own aid, and meet the deadlines.

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Aid From a Nonprofit or Private Organization

Many organizations offer scholarships or grants to help students pay for college. This free money can make a real difference in how affordable your education is.

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