May 23, 2013

Hello from historic Adairville and South Logan County. Home of the Cardinals, one of the top schools in Kentucky, very good people and lots of wonderful history. If you are not familiar with the “big island” then you need to come down and spend a day.

The 67 Annual Adairville Strawberry Festival was a big success! Last Thursday and Friday witnessed some rain but Saturday was outstanding. The daily entertainment was great and the rides some of the best ever. The crowd on Saturday was one of the largest in memory.

Much thanks goes out to everyone who helped and there were several. Even though she was under the weather and just out of the hospital, Nannette Starks King was a real trooper and came for a couple of hours daily. Mayor Donna Blake lost her brother-in-law last week but made two round trips to Atlanta and was back for all her duties. Danny Finch, chamber president, filled in for both Nannette and Donna when they were not present and carried a heavy load. Both of the ladies at city hall put in more than their share as did other city employees. There were lots of volunteers and they all came through for the good of the festival. All in all it was one of the smoothest running festivals in years.

I had a food booth again this year and want to thank all the readers who stopped by to say hello. I had a blast! I will say I was axhausted when it was all over and stayed in bed for two days afterwards nursing my broken ribs. I think I am still tired.

I was particularly pleased that the rides for the kids of all ages was back to par and even better. I think there were at least 14 rides this year and some were the best in the market. All the kids that stopped by expressed their satisfaction with the rides. Hooray for that improvement!

FEATURE - Several months ago Vernon Law retired as a long time city employee. He has been replace by another fine man who is named James “Jimmy” Laurent II.

Jimmy was born in Russellville, Kentucky June 23, 1962. His parents are James Laurent, Sr. and Gloria Jane Burchett. He attended Olmstead Elementary School and Russellville High. His wife is Jan Stevenson Laurent who is a science teacher at Adairville Elementary School. He and his wife have two children, Caleb who is 21 and Kaleigh who is 11.

Jimmy worked at Auburn Hosiery Mills #2 in Adairville from 1982 till 1988. He served in the US Army as a combat engineer from 1988 till 1992 and Kentucky National Guard from 1992 till 1996 in Russellvillee and Bowling Green.

He has a background in industrial/mechanical, retail and construction. He started with the City of Adairville in July 2012. He is a member of the Adairville Volunteer Fire Department. Say hello to Jimmy the next time you see him.

PAT ON THE BACK - this week goes to 23 year old Johnathan Noe. A very nice young fellow that I saw at Trimble’s Service Station today. We were there while the staff were all out on and emergency call. No one was at the station and I was out of gas so I pumped and left a note with my name and the amount I pumped. Two other customers stopped in and said they would watch the store. In a little while the gentleman from the Napa Auto Parts store came over to check on things. Only in Adairville!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK - “Just grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to remember the ones I do and the eyesight to tell the difference.”

Time to go. Good night sweet people, good night “sweet Berdie Angel” whom I saw at the festival and good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.