Mike McNeill

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com.

There are always delays when it comes to opening a new restaurant, and that situation includes the experience of Tammy Johnson. She is the owner of Village One Stop. She had hopes of opening this weekend her second restaurant, Fins and Hooves, at the former South Arkansas Youth Services complex on Calhoun Road (County Road 11). Alas, she’s still awaiting one of her final state permits. She’ll let us know when Fins and Hooves is open, and we’ll let you know. Fins and Hooves will specialize in seafood. VOS, one of our favorite steak places, will remain open.

The awning in front of the former Capri Apartments on South Jackson (we old timers still think of it as the Magnolia Inn) partially failed last week and has been taken down. We wish we could say that this is a precursor to a renovation of the entire building, which would be a great place for downtown apartments and more restaurant and business space. Maybe some day. If there’s not real action at the Capri soon, this building could become a major headache for Magnolia.

There was activity this week at the old Columbia County Jail, Calhoun at Jefferson. That’s the location Gina Blann and Pamela Goodman propose to remodel as a 10-room “boutique” hotel with the LLC title of “La Bella Vita of Magnolia.” The prospect – not to mention the possible reality – of turning the century-old jail into a destination hotel is more exciting than we can say.

Remember the Magnolia Panthers football pep rally at 6 p.m. tonight in Panther Arena.

Our waitress on Wednesday at a local restaurant was also our grand-niece, who in addition to being our server had just completed her first day as a Southern Arkansas University freshman. Happy to report that she appeared eager to return to class today. That’s a good sign.

Southern Arkansas football coach Bill Keopple will be the speaker for the meeting of the Rotary Club of Magnolia at noon today at the LifeSmart Center.

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

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