Mike McNeill

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has another COVID-19 press conference scheduled for this afternoon. Perhaps we’ll see less motion posing as action. From last Monday to yesterday, Columbia County had an additional 122 COVID-19 cases to an even 1,000. The number of active cases rose by 49 to 130. The number of deaths rose by two, to 24. We expect all of those numbers to double by mid-January in the absence of more voluntary or mandated compliance with public health measures to slow down the spread of the virus. Wash your hands. Watch your distance. Clean surfaces. Limit your exposure to others.

Yes, we’ve noticed the negative reaction whenever we post in this column the phrase, “President-elect Joe Biden.” We can only imagine the reaction when that becomes “President Biden” in January.

Winter is coming. Now’s the time to buy that electrical generator or chain saw that you’ve been putting off. We're overdue for an ice storm.

The paint job on North Pine Street looks great.

Here’s a public service job that needs to be done: Power wash all public sidewalks. That would give our town an incredibly fresh look.

Raisins in the sun.

It’s always sad to see the SAU campus cleared out of students, especially when it’s come two weeks earlier than normal.

A fairly hefty bequest may be on its way to a local charitable organization. We’ll let you know more if it comes to pass.

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

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