Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com .

We welcome Heritage House Gifts as the latest Magnolia retailer to join magnoliareporter.com as an advertiser. Carla Machen and Laurie Burks own the gift shop, across North Jackson Street from Magnolia Regional Medical Center. They want everyone to know that Heritage House Gifts is the local headquarters for Vera Bradley accessories and Merle Norman cosmetics. People who click on the Heritage House Gifts ad will be re-directed to the store’s Facebook page, which is regularly updated with photos of merchandise and other information. magnoliareporter.com appreciates the opportunity to help Heritage House Gifts become better known in our community.

This is Magnolia’s big pre-Christmas week. The SAU Festival of Lights and the Magnolia Christmas Parade will be on Thursday. Merrytime in Magnolia is Friday and Saturday.

You may have noticed that light poles around the Magnolia Square have received special attention. It’s part of the Winter Wonderland Light Pole Decorating Contest sponsored by the Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. Prizes will be awarded and will be announced during the Festival of Lights.

Do you love or loathe the Christmas season? Vote in our current online poll on this website. At present, about two-thirds of our readers are expressing positive answers on the question, “Are you looking forward to Christmas?”

Amfuel plans a ceremony at 11 a.m. next Monday to break ground for spray rooms.

Ivan Smith Furniture is doing some remodeling.

Next week is fall finals week at SAU, with commencement on Friday the 13th.

We had a great Thanksgiving and hope you did, too. Family, food and four-wheelin'.

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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