Mike McNeill

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com .

The filing period is open through noon Friday, August 17 for those people who wish to run for local municipal offices. Following our tradition, magnoliareporter.com welcomes announcements by candidates for area municipal offices subject to the November 6, 2018 general election. There are plenty of publications that charge candidates to run this information. Our view is that it’s still news, and not a free political advertisement, to provide the public with information that a particular person is running for political office. Candidates may mail a brief biographical sketch, their presumed qualifications for the office sought, a brief statement of beliefs and a color or black and white photograph of themselves. We will accept these announcements for free publication through 5 p.m. Friday, August 17. It may take us a few days to get last-minute announcements published. However, August 17 remains the deadline to email the announcements to news@magnoliareporter.com . We are happy to assist candidates who want to place advertisements on our website prior to the November general election. Our advice is that you start advertising around Labor Day, which is a little more than three weeks away. Call magnoliareporter.com at 870-904-3865 or email us at news@magnoliareporter.com for more information. Please don’t wait until the last minute. Turnaround time is involved from the time of the submission of an ad, to its construction, approval and posting.

Yes, we noticed the work taking place outside the former II Brothers Italian Restaurant on East Main. We look forward to whatever happens there.

The City of Magnolia is planning a groundbreaking ceremony for The Square Park, 117 N. Jefferson, at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 21. We know there are some naysayers about this project but we have a feeling that in five years, it will be a “what did we do before we had this” asset for Magnolia.

Next door to the pocket park, Southern Arkansas University physical plant workers have pulled out all the stops to prepare the former Buffaloe’s building as SAU’s “Beyond the Campus” facility. It will have a retail shop for SAU-branded apparel and gear, and meeting space in the heart of downtown. The plan is to have a grand opening at 4 p.m. on the same day as The Square Park groundbreaking, August 21. This is also Blue & Gold Day on the square, which starts at 5 p.m. Fall classes start the next day. The campus and the community will get much use out of Beyond the Campus as well.

A couple of suggestions for Beyond the Campus. Be sure to have demonstrations for business leaders and the general public of what SAU students and professors are doing, along with rotating, static displays of projects and artwork.

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

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