Diary of Mike McNeill for Monday, July 25, 2022: A house in the trees | Diary of Mike McNeill


An unfulfilled childhood dream was a tree house. What a treat to have a kids getaway, especially in the trees. We had to settle for climbing a magnolia tree and later a crawl space above the carport storage room. We are therefore rather satisfied with the announced plan of Piney Woods Resort and RV Park will have treehouses on his property. We noted Friday that the newly incorporated resort on the northeast side of Taylor plans to have 37 RV spaces around a pond, along with other amenities. The owner tells us that plans are still underway, but six treehouses are being set up for the north side of the property. Each treehouse will be approximately 200 square feet and will be elevated approximately 15-20 feet off the ground. We wish Piney Woods Resort good luck with this plan. Treehouses as vacation spots are a growing trend and it’s nice to see this concept may soon be available in Columbia County.

We learned here of the death of Robert Hasley in Plano, TX, at the age of 70. He is remembered as a Magnolia High School graduate and star athlete, and son of Superintendent Carlton Halsey. He was the founding pastor of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Plano. He grew to over 6,500 members during his 36 years as a pastor. CLICK HERE to read a profile published in Perspective Online, a publication of the Perkins Schools of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

Our latest guilty pleasure on YouTube is watching guys attack houses, patios, driveways and old vehicles with high pressure cleaners.

Brave Shakespeare.

Ten years ago, we reported that Ann Reeves Eddy made the first donation for a welcome center in the new Story Arena. CLICK HERE to see the story.

The start of the school year at Magnolia is Monday, August 22 – four weeks from today. Our online survey in progress asks readers if they’re ready for back to school or if it’s too early.

It’s not often that we rediscover an opinion piece we wrote that bears repeating. But we really liked our Journal column of Thursday, July 26, 2012, titled “Cameo Theater Redux.” It recaps this week’s reaction 10 years ago as the Magnolians considered the Cameo Theater’s upcoming closure. This particular column stands the test of time and reads like a piece we could have written yesterday. Click here to see it.

Too many to mention are the media stories in recent weeks that have to do with HIMARS built in Camden systems as used in Ukraine against Russia. Newsweek, the Washington Post, Defense News and Business Insider are among the most recent. It is the star military equipment of the Russian-Ukrainian war, much like the A-10 Thunderbolt “Warthog” of the Gulf War.

We invited readers of our Facebook page this weekend to list the vacation spots they most want to visit. Among the most popular destinations: Alaska, Ireland, Israel, Florida, Hawaii, Italy, Greece. CLICK HERE to see what our readers have said.

Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 870-904-3865. The opinions expressed in this column are his own. A movie theater in Magnolia may not be very profitable, but it would stem a huge flow of dollars that now goes to other towns in the form of tickets, fuel, restaurants and retail sales.


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