Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com.

Anyone who felt left out during the inaugural Second Thursday Market last well, well, this comes around once on month. Businesses are invited to set up booths at the next market on November 14. Also welcome are vendors of handmade products, including art, décor, vintage and collectables, stationery and paper goods, bath and body, woodcrafts, repurposed items, locally grown produce, and food trucks. CLICK HERE for more information about the market.

We complained a couple of weeks ago about the cloudiness of our Magnolia tap water, but we continued to drink it and use it for all other purposes without any ill effect. So, we were pleasantly surprised to draw our water for the teapot on Monday afternoon to discover that the water was clear. Don’t know what happened but we appreciate it.

We enjoyed taking a little break on Monday night to visit the Magnolia Arts Center. The improv comedy team from Rhodes College, Contents Under Pressure, performed for almost an hour. Improv comedy is challenging because of the demand to think on one’s feet. We were impressed by the Rhodes troupe.

There was a kitchen fire reported on Monday night at the Community Compassion Center – that’s what all of the fire trucks were about.

The new McDonalds restaurant on East Main will have its grand opening all day on Wednesday. A ribbon cutting will be held at 2 p.m. The new Wade’s Burgers will have its grand opening and ribbon cutting at 2 p.m. Saturday.

New members of the Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce are Jimmy John’s restaurant, 50 Highway 79 North; and Linda Anders, real estate agent with The Magnolia Group. We encourage membership in the Chamber as a way to develop our county’s business community and for the promotion of a better quality of life.

There’s an outbreak of horses getting loose. Just saying, we’ve seen or heard reports from several agencies in recent days, including the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Make sure your horses are secure and safe.

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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