September 20, 2012
Hello from Adairville, Kentucky the historic land between the Red Rivers. The wonderful place I call home.
Did you know that South Logan has a natural land bridge located at Keysburg. (A quaint little settlement west of town.) The land bridge is back off the road and requires a little walking but is worth it to say you have seen the rare site.
I use to take my school groups on an annual trip to Washington, D.C. and along the way we always stopped at Natural Bridge, Virginia to see the land bridge there. It was a big tourist attraction. I know my students were always fascinated by it. I wish we could develop our “natural bridge” for tourists and school kids to see.
It looks like we have lost another restaurant and possibly two. The Hide Away is definitely closed and the owners are selling the contents. (Tables, chairs, equipment and the like.) El Zarape Mexican Restaurant looks like it is closed as well. What a shame. That is two more businesses on the square to go. That leaves only a beauty shop on the north side of the square.
Sonny Panjabi has called it quits on the south side of the square and on South Main. He tried a number of businesses during the 11 years he was here. His Adairville Lotto Store and short lived grocery/cafe did not make it. The property has now been leased by Howard Petel who recently took over the lease on the BP Service Station next door. (Petel also runs the BP south of Adairville at Hwy 431 and Hwy 25 near Springfield.) The change took place last week.
The 431 Cafe (old truck stop) just north of town opened three weeks ago. I do hope this restaurant will make it. The food is pretty good and the menu is growing. They have a different special each day. Their success will depend in large part on community support.
It looks like a lot of our folks go to Russellville or Springfield for their outside meals. It could be that with our smaller population our town is just not large enough to support a local restaurant. I hope that is not the case.
Our population has declined from a previous high of over 1,200 to about 850 now. That is a loss of almost a third of our total population. The closing of the hosiery mill a few years back meant the loss of several hundred jobs and was a main reason for our population decline.
We do have a number of houses for rent and/or for sale as a result of the population decline. Still I am frequently hearing people saying they would like to move back to Adairville but with not enough housing and no grocery they are reluctant to do so.
Small towns all over the state are suffering due to a loss of businesses and jobs. I hope lightning hits and a factory, large business or something will come that will give employment to our people and bring people back to Adairville. The chances of this happening are very slim. Most of these type companies are locating near the big towns where they have major highways, tax breaks and other incentives.
The small towns around the state that have made a come back have had to recreate their selves. They have built back using the local strengths, developing what they have and firing up the local pride and desire to make things better. We have enough people to do this.
Our town does need more jobs, we need a grocery, we need to develop our potential tourist attractions, we need more affordable houses that could attract people who have jobs or good retirements and who want to live in a nice little town. The same old same old is not working. Waiting for something to change does not get it. We have to be smart and dare to develop a plan to bring our town back. We need to seek some outside help that have experience in bringing towns back. We can do it! Planning, training, setting goals and working at it makes a difference.
NEWS FOR NOW The Adairville Office of the Lewisburg Banking Company is sponsoring “Customer Appreciation Day” today, Friday September 21. I think they are going to give us some nice things and something to eat. Hooray! Better come see.
The big annual Red River Fish & Game Habitat Fish Fry and fun raiser is this Saturday evening. It begins at 5 P.M. with live music, lots of food, door prizes, auction and the drawing for ten $50 cash prizes and the big $2,000 cash prize. Tickets are $25 and feed two, give you a month’s free fishing and a chance to win the cash prizes. Children’s tickets are $10. The public is encouraged to attend. We always have a big crowd and lots of fun. The event will be at the big club house at James Lake only three blocks east of the town stop sign on the square. Tickets are available at city hall, with club directors or you can call me at 539-2007. (I live on the square next door to the hardware store.) Please bring a nice item for the auction.
Harold Prince is still in a hospital in Nashville. He has a sister there as well. I think they both have been very ill. Keep them in your prayers.
I am cutting back on my wonderful chicken flock out at my farm. Can not have them at my home here in Adairville. (I live on the square.) I am again making the offer of some very rare french marans chickens to good homes. Anyone who will give them good safe housing can contact me and I will give them some outstanding breeding stock. I would particularly like to help any young people who are into FFA or 4 H at school. Still anyone and any age is welcome to contact me and to obtain some very nice poultry at no charge. Call me at home 539-2007 or my cell at 615-389-5495.
Time to go. Good night to the lovely receptionist at the ND&L, the guys at the Precision Auto Repair on the Bowling Green Road, Mr. & Mrs. Darel Enscoe, Don Neagle and the staff at WRUS Radio, the Barnes Insurance Staff, the Trimble family, members of Living Word Church, “Sweet Bertie Angel”, Virginia Lloyd, Della Jackson, Alberta Sanders, Mama Tinch, Mama Finch, the ladies at city hall, Mama Law and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.