Mike McNeill

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com .

Appearing on our doorstep a few days ago was a charming orange-and-yellow colored carved bird, sitting on its own branch. We had no idea how it got there. But the mystery has been solved. Our own friend Wesley Mason made a post on Facebook identifying himself as the woodcarver who had placed some of his work around the Magnolia Square free for the taking. We’ve taken our bird and put it in one of our windows. Feel free to take a look in our window, or to contact Wesley. CLICK HERE to see his Facebook page.

Pedals for Compassion is planning its next ride for the benefit of Compassion’s Foundation of Magnolia. Its third annual ride will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19 from our neighboring Square Park in Magnolia. CLICK HERE for more information.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge continues to do silly things, and so long as she does so, we will continue to point them out. Her latest proposal made during a Little Rock presser on Thursday was for the Arkansas Social Media Troll Protection Act. She calls it something else, but our title is more to the point. The basic point of her proposal is that people ought to be able to post whatever nonsense they like on social media sites they don’t own, such as Facebook and Twitter, with no consequences – such as being removed or placed in the social media equivalent of a “time out” corner. We posted elsewhere on social media websites that the Madam Attorney General should seek a refund of the expense of her law degree, as her ability to grasp the concepts of the First Amendment -- and to whom and what it applies – is inadequate.

There’s a new interest in nature trails in our area. More later.

No, we don’t know what’s happening with the old Western Sizzlin’. Maybe someone will tell us.

Rubbernecking.

People sometimes ask us to make posts about lost pets. This is not a service we provide. Lots of pets go missing and if we started running them, we’d soon be inundated with requests. We recommend that people who have lost or found pets contact the Missing Pets of Columbia County Arkansas page on Facebook. CLICK HERE to see it.

Mask mandates should remain in place at least until most Americans have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and we see big drops in new active cases. The governors of Texas and Mississippi are making huge mistakes that will result in much needless illness and thousands of unnecessary deaths.

We have no immediate plans to visit Mississippi, and for now we’re going to avoid Texas. Sad about Mississippi, though, as our friend Rex Nelson reminded us this week about some of the wonderful restaurants in Greenwood. This writer spent five years as managing editor of the Greenwood Commonwealth. The Crystal Grill, Lusco’s and Giardina’s are all local legends there. Magnolia has many fine restaurants and we enjoy walking out our front door daily to see several in eyesight.

We had to make a quick trip to Shreveport on Wednesday. There was substantially more damage to weak sheds and carports than we’d imagined as a result of the February snowstorms.

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

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