We welcome Joe Inscore back to the Banner-News staff after a 27 year hiatus. He previously worked at the Banner-News as a reporter and managing editor. After a long career at the U.S. Postal Service, from which he recently retired, Inscore has returned to the Banner-News as a staff reporter. He is a long-time resident of Columbia County, is married to the former Debbie Gass. They have three children and one grandchild.


Caller says the Magnolia High School electronic sign at the corner of Dudney Road and Greene Street "never stays updated or programmed." Caller says if tax dollars were used to purchase the sign, then tax dollars should be used to keep the sign updated.


On November 9, the Banner-News will honor our nation's veterans with a special section for Veterans Day, with stories and other information on local veterans. We are working on a "Letters From Home" section featuring letters and telegrams sent to or received from a serviceman. For inclusion in this section, please bring a copy of the letter to the Banner-News at 130 S. Washington Ave. between 1-5 p.m.

Families and individuals may also honor veterans in our feature section with a photograph, including the individual's name, service years, and military branch of service, for $25. Call our office at (870) 234-5130 or stop by for more information.


The Columbia County Independent Living Center will hold a drive-through fundraiser from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Magnolia Junior High School cafeteria. Grilled chicken, green beans, a roll, and dessert will be available for $10. Tickets are available at Peoples Bank, Summit Bank, Farmers Bank and Trust, and BancorpSouth, or by calling Jean Polk at (870) 904-2256.


The city of Waldo will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. at the Waldo City Hall for the purpose of identifying and prioritizing the community needs of the city.


Caller comments on the new iPhone 5, saying, "Every time they come out with a new cell phone, to me it doesn’t make any sense. People are spending millions of dollars for nothing. It just doesn’t make any sense."

Published: 10/02/2012