Mike McNeill

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com.

If you want to see the Magnolia Panthers play their first home football game of the season, you’ll need to get to Panther Stadium well before the 7 p.m. Friday kickoff to be sure of a seat. Seating will be limited to the first 2,000 fans, with seating available on alternate rows. If the clickers hit 2,000 before the kickoff, you’re going to be out of luck. That 2,000 number includes people with passes. All of this is to keep the numbers within COVID-19 guidelines. Remember that you can watch the game live on Magnolia School District’s Panther TV – the broadcast quality last week from Little Rock Christian was excellent. Magnolia’s opponent on Friday is El Dorado, which is having a down year. If Magnolia can get past the Class 6A Wildcats, and through the challenge of Texarkana the following week, the Panthers may enjoy one of their best football seasons in years.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has gone to a weekly schedule of press conferences about the COVID-19 crisis. His press conference this week will be at 1:30 p.m. today.

We transposed numbers in a headline yesterday, initially reporting that the city had issued about $190,000 work of building permits when the actual number was about $109,000. We do that type of thing when sleepy and as proof that we shouldn’t write headlines at 2 a.m. Either way, it was a slow month for building permits but the pace is still ahead of 2019.

We appreciate the people who have asked us whether we like our new home on the Magnolia Square. We love it. We’ll have an open house after the COVID crisis has passed and after we’ve had the opportunity to add a few bells and whistles.

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

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