Mike McNeill

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com.

Some of the trees in the Magnolia City Cemetery have been damaged by recent storms. A large section of a cedar tree fell at the front of the cemetery off South Washington Street. A city crew was at the cemetery on Thursday performing clean-up work. The cemetery, aside from its active use for that purpose, remains one of our city’s most important historical sites and we always appreciate steps involving its protection and preservation.

Jimmy’s Italian Restaurant, 426 E. Main, had a soft opening on Wednesday night. Jetmir Nikshiqi is the owner of the restaurant, which follows a long succession of eateries in the space at the Magnuson Inn. We wish the new venture well. CLICK HERE to see the Facebook page of the new restaurant, including a menu.

Our neighbors across Jefferson Street have reopened SAU Beyond the Campus. It’s the place to get all of your Southern Arkansas University gear if you don’t feel like hiking through the Reynolds Center. CLICK HERE to see the Facebook page.

Simply an observation. The level of support Tyson Foods has shown to Southern Arkansas University’s agriculture program is notable by its absence. SAU has churned out numerous Tyson employees through the decades, and has provided the region with educators who promote high standards in ag education.

Yeah. We’ll say it. U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton’s campaign for the presidency in 2024 while he still has an election back in Arkansas should, at a minimum, cost him thousands of protest votes. We saw photos on Twitter of Cotton stumping for a candidate in Georgia this week. This treats Arkansans with contempt. Cotton's sole opponent is Libertarian Ricky Dale Harrington Jr., who might consider adopting the campaign slogan, "Remember Monroe Schwarzlose."

Visited briefly with our old friend Gracie, who is still purring along in her retirement home at Magnolia Printing. She still welcomes friends for pets and ear scratching.

We’ve read several interesting accounts in the media about the new girls’ basketball coach at North Webster High School in Springhill. It seems Louisiana-Lafayette point guard Jasmine Thomas, a native of Vivian, is giving up her fifth year of eligibility to take over the Springhill program. She graduated last spring. Thomas played in 71 games at Louisiana-Lafayette and started in 56 of them.

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

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