Mike McNeill

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com .

We almost killed someone on Wednesday. Or, more accurately, we narrowly averted being in a fatal vehicle accident. We were minding our own business, driving at a legal speed on the right side of a two-lane Columbia County road. As we were entering a blind right-hand curve, directly ahead was a man riding a four-wheeled ATV, barreling down the center of the road toward us. We saw each other at the same moment. We slammed our brakes and edged off the right shoulder of the road. He veered off to his right and continued down the road. We laid on our horn to express our irritation. We would have hated to have killed the man. But it would have been his fault. Driving an ATV on a public highway or county road is at all times and in all instances illegal. People have died in Columbia County during the illegal operation of ATVs on public highways. We’ll watch out for you, but you need to watch after yourself.

Bill Dailey, the Pea-R guy for the Emerson PurpleHull Pea Festival, will speak to the Rotary Club of Magnolia during its meeting at noon Thursday in the LifeSmart Center.

All civic organizations should have a website, or, at a minimum, a Facebook page. While Facebook pages are a good means to let your members and friends know what your organization is doing, they have limited reach unless you have A LOT of friends, and you post frequently enough to trigger Facebook’s programming to distribute your posts to large numbers of your friends. On the other hand, magnoliareporter.com receives thousands of visitors every day. If you need to get the word out about your event, send an email to news@magnoliareporter.com and tell us about it. Otherwise, you’re simply talking to yourself.

There have been no final divorce filings since our last report, and no report on recent marriage licenses in Columbia County was available due to the move of the County Clerk’s Office to the new Courthouse Annex on Boundary Street. Watch our website on Saturday for an updated marriage and divorce list.

Something in the works for West Main that may get your blood pumping. More as it develops.

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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