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Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com.

This past week’s Arkansas Children’s Radiothon on KZHE-FM in Magnolia raised a minimum of $33,575 for the hospital, with more money expected that will boost the total to more than $34,000. The local Circle of Friends, which is a support group for the hospital, joined forces with the radio station to produce the two-day event. That’s a great job and demonstrates the commitment of Columbia County residents to support a first-class children’s hospital in Arkansas.

Burger King has reopened its dining area following a $500,000 remodeling project. We dropped in late last week. The customer entrance has been rebuilt and the dining area has been redone. The layout is similar to the new Wendy’s in Magnolia, but without the industrial look. People either like the food of a particular fast food restaurant or they don’t. If you like Burger King, you will probably like the changes.

We attended a performance last week of “Wiley and the Hairy Man” at Southern Arkansas University. It was amazing. We especially appreciated the use of a giant puppet that took five actors to manipulate body, hands and feet. We don’t get to as many performances as we’d like, but we always enjoy the ones that we attend. SAU Theater students will stage “Barefoot in the Park” at the Magnolia Arts Center March 11-15. The next show on the SAU stage will be “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” in April.

Office Depot has announced plans to close its El Dorado location on North West Avenue in April. We’re mildly surprised it took the company this long to close it. We’ve been there a few times and usually saw few customers. It’s a boost for El Dorado Printing, which also owns Magnolia Printing and other locations in Camden and Monticello. Too bad WEHCO didn't let Office Outfitters hang in just a little while longer.

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

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