Columbia County residents in the news

It’s time again to name the Columbia County residents who have appeared recently in the news elsewhere, beginning with Magnolia’s own Simpson brothers, Landon and Hayden. 

• Hayden, as you may recall, went early in the draft to the Chicago Cubs and is now the starting pitcher for the Peoria Chiefs. In a Peoria Journal Star article about the Chiefs’ Saturday game against the Clinton LumberKings, Hayden’s younger brother Landon also received a mention. The article referenced Landon’s pitching for the Magnolia High School Panthers in Saturday’s Arkansas Class 5A state championship. The article notes that Landon’s superb pitching led the Panthers to claim the state title.

• Micah McCartney, 21, of Magnolia, was mentioned in the Jack County Herald after being named the Jacksboro First Assembly of God’s summer youth intern. The article states that McCartney has worked as a youth pastor at Abundant Grace A/G in Mount Vernon and Kings Corner A/G in Sarepta, La. He will be a senior at Southern Arkansas University in the fall, where he is majoring in mass communications – print journalism and minoring in speech. His first service in Jacksboro was May 15.

• Ark. Rep. Lane Jean was referenced in an article in Bloomberg Businessweek earlier this month. The article states that Jean is one of four state representatives to sign a no-tax increase pledge, and that those four representatives are now “defending their votes on tax-related legislation that passed the State Legislature this year.” (Rep. Garry Smith, of Camden, also signed the pledge, the article says.) After signing the no tax pledge, the representatives went on to vote in favor of House Bill 1902, which would put a five-cent diesel fuel tax on the ballot for Arkansas’ voters. The article included quotes from three of the state reps who signed the pledge (including Smith), but noted that Jean did not respond to requests for comment left at his home and his business and sent to his e-mail by the newspaper.

• According to Arkansas News, Columbia County currently has the second highest average home sales price in the state at $184,833. The article, citing data from the Arkansas Realtors Association, notes that home sales in the state were 23 percent lower in April than a year ago – a drop the association attributes to bouts of bad weather and the end of the first-time homebuyers tax credit program. The data also indicates that Columbia County’s average home sales price was higher than Pulaski, Saline and Faulkner counties.

Do you know a Columbia County resident who has appeared in the news elsewhere? Tell us about it – call us at 234-5130, or e-mail us the information at

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