Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of

Happened to drive by two construction projects. The new Education Building at SAU has filled in between the Wharton Nursing Building, and the Blanchard Business Building. Students and professors will be inside next fall. Most of the work at the Performing Arts Center at Magnolia High School has gone to the interior. We look forward to performances there. Things are happening in Magnolia despite the pandemic. We expect this community to charge out of the gate once we’re clear of COVID.

An email let us know that the Magnolia Panthers beat Foreman 98-0 in a 1947 football game. That would seem to be the record for most points that Magnolia has scored against an opponent, which became of interest after Magnolia beat Greenbrier 76-55 on Friday night. It’s also interesting that the two teams put 131 points on the board. Wow.

A friend mentioned that he saw us on television on Tuesday, which threw us. Actually, he heard us ask a question during Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s weekly COVID-19 press conference, which we join via Zoom. We wanted to know what adjustments he’ll make to his budget package for the upcoming legislative session due to COVID’s hit. He said there will be some, but he’s hoping for more federal aid. Guess our question would be more appropriately addressed to, well, you know who, the next guy in the White House since he’ll be the one with access to the Treasury’s printing press.

We didn’t understand the concept of bitcoin until a couple of nights ago. Someone explained that if Americans had access to a different type of currency, they may prefer to use it instead of U.S. dollars. That could happen, especially when the U.S. government runs the aforementioned printing presses to produce COVID relief money that’s not backed up by real value added to the economy through goods and services. In other words – the inflation headache that may follow COVID.

This column will not be published on Thursday and Friday as we relax a little during Thanksgiving.


The region was edging a little bit into drought status but the rainfall on Wednesday and Thursday will take that off the charts. Five years ago at this time, the region was concerned about a renewal of flooding along the Red River following the big flood of June 2015.

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of Email him at or call him at 870-904-3865.

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