It cooled off yesterday — fast. The temperature dropped from 74 degrees to 58 degrees in less than 10 minutes yesterday afternoon as the first wave of thunderstorms moved through the area. Our low temperature overnight at the Banner-News: 42 degrees.

The Columbia County Animal Protection Society extends its thanks to the unknown person who mowed the yard at the dog shelter. CCAPS says its lawn mower is broken, and they appreciate the help.

The Magnolia Police Department is making preparations to begin neighborhood watch programs across the city. Any interested citizens are encouraged to contact Lt. Cory Sanders at (870) 234-2323 to schedule an initial meeting.

Magnolia Water Utilities is still in the process of completing its annual distribution system flushing program. Area 11 (east of Lelia Street, north of Calhoun Road, south of East Main Street, and west of U.S. Highway 79) and Area 12 (east of Verda Street and East North Street, north of East Main Street, west of U.S. Highway 79, and south of Pittman Street) are being flushed this week. The program is designed to remove sediments and buildup from the city's water lines, and also allows the utility to test the operation of fire hydrants.

Residents are asked to keep water usage to a minimum as the lines are being flushed to prevent discolored water from entering home water lines. If discolored water is noticed after 3 p.m., call (870) 234-2022 to make a report.

Published: 04/11/2013