Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of

The past year has been extraordinary for everyone, and no less so for We’re pleased to have made it through and to be able to celebrate today our 11th year in operation. This year has seen us move into a new office and a new home on the Magnolia Square. We marvel at the pace of change in technology we’ve witnessed just in the past year. Hundreds of millions of people have been forced to create and adapt to changes in the way they work and communicate with each other. Changes we imagined would have taken years to occur have instead meant that within months – really, weeks – a school teacher could interact with students spread across two dozen locations. Millions of people have found safety in isolation, but also mental salvation through the use of technology to connect with friends, family and business associates. People who would have never dreamed of ordering basic life necessities online have helped create new industries overnight. So, turning 11 years old seems like a small thing. One wonders what can happen in the next 11 months. We know this. We’ve made it this far. We’re going to adapt and change and be there with Magnolia and Columbia County whatever change may come.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that Easter Sunday attendance at Magnolia area churches was heartening. Maybe not pre-COVID level, but more than the usual attendance. Speaking of a social institution that’s had to make big changes in the past year.

It is simply unfathomable to us that the Arkansas General Assembly feels entitled or empowered to come between patients and physicians and the choices they make.

Someone reminded us that because of legislative redistricting, all Arkansas House and Senate seats will be on the ballot in 2022. If you don’t like what you’ve seen in the General Assembly or in our statewide leadership this past year – we join in that dismay – you will soon have the chance to do something about it.

The Rotary Club of Magnolia will have its first meeting noon Thursday at its new venue, the Cal Partee Room of BancorpSouth on North Jackson Street. Chris Wasson, regional customer service manager for Entergy Arkansas, will be the guest speaker.

The City of Magnolia needs to enact sterner measures regarding oversized trucks attempting to navigate the Magnolia Square. We see them at all hours.

It’s good news that the TexARKana regional campus of UAMS will offer kidney and liver transplant patients one-day-a-month clinics there. Presumably, it will save many people a trip to Little Rock or elsewhere. Perhaps there’s a demand for this service at UAMS South in Magnolia.

Making progress.

If the storm front passes through by early evening, and if the skies clear, the public can get a nice view of the International Space Station. Look to the northwest at 8 p.m. It should be nearly overhead between 8:03-8:04 p.m.

In other astronomical news, Thursday is the start of a three-year countdown for the 2024 total eclipse of the sun. The path of totality includes central and east Texas, and southwest Arkansas north of Interstate 30. CLICK HERE for more.

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

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