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story.lead_photo.caption The cover of the new "Magnolia Living" community guidebook. - Photo by Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce

The Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce has officially released its Magnolia Living publication. The magazine project has been in the works since last year and is designed, according to a Wednesday news release, to be a go-to source for new and prospective residents, as well as visitors to the area.

“The guide is filled with local photography and profiles of Columbia County residents,” said Ellie Baker, executive director of the Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce. “It provides a wonderful overview of our community and represents the best we have to offer. Previously we gave visitors a handful of brochures to provide an insight to our area amenities. Now we have an 80-page community guide that tells our story in an amazing fashion.”

The magazine is available in both traditional print form and online. Aside from the numerous highlight pieces on local events and institutions such as the Magnolia Blossom Festival, Magnolia Arts, Emerson Purple Hull Pea Festival, Logoly State Park, Lake Columbia, Southern Arkansas University and more, the magazine also features information on Columbia County restaurants, professionals, and industries, as well as a 2019 events calendar, and “stories that allow for a unique glimpse into the culture of the community.” The publication features high-quality photos from advanced photography students at SAU and glossy pages.

Magnolia Living is scheduled to be published annually, according to the chamber of commerce, to “share stories about the thriving community of Magnolia.”

“From the must-sees of downtown to the unique beauty of the countryside, this magazine is not just a resource guide for visitors, but also a reminder to locals of the natural gem in which they live,” the news release added.

The Magnolia Advertising & Promotion Commission last year pitched in funding to help produce the magazine. The Diamond Agency of El Dorado published the guidebook.

Magnolia Living is distributed through the Magnolia-Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, located at 211 W. Main Street, and online at magnoliachamber.com. Guidebooks will also likely be placed around Magnolia at prominent area locations. In the past, hotels, banks, and restaurants were discussed as potential sites.

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