Mike McNeill

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com.

We officially welcome the Magnolia Public Schools Foundation advertisement to our website. The foundation was created last year to raise money for the support of projects above and beyond the funding that is available to the district. This includes grants to teachers, and college scholarships to students. People who click on the ad will read more about the plans of the foundation, and see a “Donate” button. The foundation encourages donations in memory or honor of classmates, teachers and staff.

Many businesses and organizations have announced “Back to School” events where they are giving away school supplies, backpacks and other school-related items. It would be interesting to see if Magnolia school patrons and parents could organize a community back-to-school rally, concluding with every K-12 child present receiving a big bag of grade appropriate, school-related goodies, coupons, informational brochures and more.

The El Dorado Promise has become well known and people sometimes ask, “What about a Magnolia Promise?” Well, there was no Magnolia-based Fortune 500 corporation available to create a fund to pay for the college education of Magnolia High graduates. But we do have the Magnolia Public Schools Foundation, and that’s a start.

A lot of work happening along East Main Street. Spittler’s Tire Center is getting a new roof. More concrete was being poured this morning outside the new Rocketfast Car Wash. The new McDonalds is under roof and contractors are hard at work on the interior – the prospective mid-September opening looms large. Lots of progress has been made on the second Magnolia location of Wade’s Burgers & More. We also noticed piles of fill dirt at a location on East Main – dirt piles don’t show up randomly unless someone is planning to build something.

Wondering when, or if, Chick-a-Dilly plans to reopen its fire-damaged location on East Main. There are lots of Dilly fans on the east side Magnolia.

Our current online poll question comes back to an issue we first asked about in 2014. Have you ever purchased an Arkansas Scholarship Lottery ticket? Five years ago, the result was basically a draw. It will be interesting to see if more people, or fewer, claim to have purchased lottery tickets.

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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