November 1, 2012
Hello again from the great little town of Adairville, Kentucky and surrounding areas in South Logan County A town of great history, home to many famous and near famous people and great and memorable events for nearly 250 years. Home to one of the great caves in America, beautiful homes, gardens and good churches. It is the town that hundreds of people love and call home. It is a very special place and I am so happy I can call it home also.
Tonight is Halloween and I have given out candy and treats to a good number of spooks. They were all little ones and thankfully all were accompanied by their parents. I think First Baptist had their “drive through” and many adults drove the kids around the back parking lot of the church and got their treats. I thought the event was a good idea and glad the church provided that safe environment for the kids.
Last week I invited the nine candidates for Adairville City Council an opportunity to get their messages out to the voters. As of 9:00 P.M. this evening seven of the candidates have responded. I have left reminder messages for the remaining two candidates to respond and possibly they will prior to press time. Listed below and in the order they came in are the responses that I have received.
Brent Johnson - I am Brent Johnson and I am a candidate for Adairville City Council. I am married to Melissa (Roberts) Johnson and have lived in and around Adairville for the past 25 years. We have two children, Elizabeth and Clay, both of whom graduated from Adairville Middle and Logan County High School. I have been employed at Unarco in Springfield for 24 years and have been the pastor at Calvary Baptist Church for the past 16 years.
I don’t promise to have all the answers, but I can promise to do my best to help the city of Adairville as a council member. I would appreciate your vote.
Patricia (Patty) Arnold Mayes - Adairville is my home town and I want to do everything I can to make this wonderful community a vital, growing and progressive city. Most citizens, including me want to have a grocery, a clinic, drug store and new businesses. I want to encourage the city to actively promote the development of an assisted living facility and services that will assist our senior citizens. We also need a facility and sports equipment for our young people. The city needs to organize it’s efforts to attract new businesses and employment opportunities. We must be loyal and support new existing businesses and must work as a united community to develop a top rated community. Patty Mayes
Patty Eller Costello - I am the wife of the late Bobby Costello. I have five children. Two step sons and three younger ones. The twins are in high school. I live on Franklyn Hills Drive. I am currently working at the Baptist Homes Inc. (BHI) in Russellville just behind WRUS Radio. (I love my work.) I have served one term on the council 2004 - 2008.
If elected I will work to have a factory or plant come back to Adairville and provide jobs. I will work to bring a grocery back to town and fill the empty buildings around the square. Thank you for you support.
Bill Steen - I have been married to Lee Ann Rogers Steen for the past 35 years. We have two wonderful children and several grand children. I have served several terms on the council. In 2001, following the resignation of Curtis Ramsey, the council elected me mayor. I was elected back to the council two years ago.
If elected I will work to bring more businesses to Adairville. I want to see a good grocery come to town, an active farmers market on the square each weekend, use the hosiery mill building for something or get rid of it, affordable housing and a good assisted living complex for the senior citizens. I would appreciate your vote.
Becky Tinch - I am 54 years old and have my entire life on South Main Street in Adairville. I have never moved away. I am also a life long member of Living Word Church in Adairville. I graduated from Adairville High and was Co-Salutatorian of the class of 1076. I graduated from Austin Peay College in 1080 with a B.A. in Business Administration.
While in college I work in the summers for Auburn Mills, Odom Sausage and Barnes Insurance. When I graduated from college I worked in Springfield for 10 months.
I became the Adairville City Clerk - Treasurer May 10, 1982 and worked for the city 27 years. I retired June 30, 2009. I was elected to the city council in 2010. I believe that my experience working with the city makes the job as a city council member a perfect fit.
If elected I will continue to do the right thing. I would like to see improvements to the infrastructure of our town be addressed. Fire hydrant replacements, water meter replacements and sewer and water line improvements. These must be addressed before we can seek any large businesses or factories.
I want to bring back a grocery to the square, sponsor business appreciation days for our current businesses and work to obtain grants for a new fire hall and municipal building.
I would appreciate your vote and consideration. God bless every one!
Art Violette - “For the future of Adairville I would love to see growth, jobs and opportunities for everyone. As a member of the council, I will work with the other elected officials to voice the concerns of Adairville citizens! All in all, I want people to be proud of Adairville!” Danielle Violette, Adairville School
Dick Dickerson - I graduated from the Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University. My major field was history and government. I went on to graduate schools and studied languages, city and state government and grant writing. I taught high school history and government for eight years.
I went to work for the National Education Association in Washington, D.C. and was a liaison to the White house for a number of years. I worked with southern congressmen and senators for much of the time. I also worked as deputy director for the state school employees in both Mississippi and Florida. I finished my career as the Executive Director for the Kentucky Education Support Personnel Association representing more than 50,000 school employees in our state.
I have served as an officer and President of the Adairville/South Logan Chamber, Strawberry Festival Chairman, Adairville Historical Society, Chair of the Logan County Tourism Commission and President of the Red River Fish & Game Club. During my four years in Frankfort I was able to help Adairville receive much needed money from the state.
If elected to the Adairville City Council I will work for the following: 1) Training of our council by professional people who know their business and will help us set goals and make plans for the city’s development.(Both short and long term goals.) We have to be pro active and not re active. 2) Return of a city grocery, 3) Improvements in the streets, safe side walks, sewers and water systems. 4) Job creation for our unemployed. 5) A work program for students helping older citizens. 6) An assisted living facility for those in need who do not want to leave Adairville. 7) Addition to the “Manor” to relieve the long waiting list. (Federal grant money is available if we will take advantage.) 8) Restore our empty town square shops with thriving businesses such as a drug store, clinic, clothing washer mat, 9) Develop our potential tourist business as have other towns in both Kentucky and near by Tennessee. The great cave, the Hite House, a one room school, the Peter Cartwright House, a reproduction of an early fort for school kids all over Western Kentucky and the site of the Jackson & Dickinson Duel. 10) Organized after school and summer programs for our youth.
I have a history as a peace maker and consensus builder with a strong back ground of training, planning, administration and tourism. I know where the money can be found without additional taxes. I wpould appreciate it if you would give me one of your six votes for council.
WITH A SMILE - “A Pumpkin” A woman was asked by a coworker, “What is like to be a Christian?” The coworker replied, “It is like being a pumpkin.” God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Then he cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate and greed. Then he carves you a new smiling face and puts his light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.” This was passed on to me by another pumpkin.
Time to go. Good night Raymond Armistead, Joe Angel, Marie Hester, Bettye Finch, the members of Selectman Chapel, Judy Tanner, Billy & Cindy Taylor, Jasmine Tharpe, the folks at the 431 Cafe, “Sweet Bertie Angel” and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.