Mike McNeill

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com.

Amfuel is applying new siding to its building on North Vine Street. The replacement siding was sorely needed for appearance sake and dresses up the building nicely. Amfuel recently installed some big air conditioning units for employee comfort where possible. Investments in the quality of the existing facility are a good sign.

Dr. David Rankin, chairman of the Magnolia Airport Commission, and Brad Ham, manager of the Magnolia Municipal Airport, presented the program on Thursday to the Rotary Club of Magnolia. Much progress has been made repairing the ancient community hangar. Dr. Rankin also reviewed recent renovations that have been accomplished, and one major renovation that will take place in a couple of years. That’s the $1.2 million overlay of the airport’s 5,000-foot by 100-foot runway. Rankin also noted creation of the Friends of Ralph C. Weiser Charitable Fund. This is an endowment that has been created through the Arkansas Community Foundation for the benefit of airport enhancements. The late Mr. Weiser was an aviation supporter and longtime Airport Commission member.

When we first began writing a (mostly) daily column years ago during our dead tree days, it was our intent to bring a little attention to the small changes that take place in our community day-by-day. Another goal was to provide a place to mention things that are noteworthy, but not necessarily ready for or meriting a full-fledged story. We’re always interested to learn about large or small improvement projects happening at businesses, churches and other locations in the area. Let us know about them. Send an email to news@magnoliareporter.com .

The Cruisin’ Against Brusin’ Car Show – a benefit for the Compassion’s Foundation women’s shelter, starts Saturday morning. Family Day at SAU is all day Saturday, with the SAU-Harding football game at 6 p.m. The Columbia County Fair runs through Saturday night. Magnolia Arts is staging its season-opening play, “Southern Fried Funeral,” through Sunday. Bowhunters are busily scouting for deer sign ahead of the opening of the archery season next weekend. There’s plenty to do in Magnolia and Columbia County.

Magnolia kindergarten students enjoyed a trip to the Columbia County Fairgrounds on Thursday.

Students across the county have benefited this week by touring the fire safety “smokehouse.” They learned the basics of saving themselves from a burning house. Such training has been directly credited in past years with saving lives in Magnolia.

We received a few sprinkles from an outer band of Tropical Depression Imelda on Thursday. It helped cool things off a little. Thursday night was pleasant.

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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