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Magnolia

Even thought Magnolia was incorporated and chosen county seat of Colombia county before the outbreak of the Civil War, the city had little importance until 1927 when natural gas and oil were found here. But before that Magnolia was just a regular agricultural community, mostly growing and trading cotton. But the growth of the city went slow due to that poor transportations to and from Magnolia with no river or railroad. Some industries related to the cotton industry were built up in the beginning of the 20th century. In 1909 Southern Arkansas University was opened in Magnolia. When the oil and natural gas was found, in big quantities everything changed. Between the years of 1930 and 1957 the population tripled. In 1957 Magnolia began an expansion program which created 1000 new jobs in industry. Magnolia experienced a great growth at the end of the 1960's and has made the best improvement of all the cities in Arkansas with a population over 10,000.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Parnell Vann
City Clerk (Vacant)
Assistant To Mayor Ellie Baker
District Judge David Graham
City Attorney Mike Boyd
Police Chief Todd Dew
Fire Chief Greg Pinner
Street Superintendent Ricky Wilson
Wastewater Superintendent Russell Thomas
Code Enforcement Officer David Nelson
Parks, Recreation Director David Burdine
City Treasurer Kim Newell
Council Member Steve Crowell
Council Member James Jefferson, Jr.
Council Member Steve Nipper
Council Member Kelli Souter
Council Member Larry Talley
Council Member Jamie Waller
Council Member Tia Wesson
Council Member Jeff White

City Facts

County: Columbia

Population: 11,577

Senate District: 12

House District: 2,5

Congressional District: 4

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

Address:
P.O. Box 1126
MAGNOLIA, AR 71754

Phone: (870) 234-1375

Fax: (870) 235-5690

Meetings:
Fourth Monday

Web Site: Official Web Site

Email: mayor@magnolia-ar.com

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Arkansas Municipal League
Our Mission

The Arkansas Municipal League was founded in 1934 and exists for a threefold purpose:

  • to act as the official representative of Arkansas cities and towns before the state and federal governments;
  • to provide a clearinghouse for information and answers; and,
  • to offer a forum for discussion and sharing of mutual concerns.