March 13, 2014
Hello and good morning to Logan County and Judge Chick! I have known many county executives throughout the state, particularly when I headed up the statewide Kentucky Educational Support Personnel Association representing 55,000 school employees. I can honestly say that Judge Chick is one of the best public officials I have met and worked with in the state. I am impressed by his honesty, fairness and hard work ethic. I also smile every time he has performed a side duty of marrying another couple. (As of yesterday he had married 844 couples or 1,688 individuals.) At this rate he may become the marryingest judge in the history of Logan County.) If you want to get married or renew your vows call his office and find out more. I do not know how Judge Chick’s Office gets so much done but they do. I think it has something to do with his small but top notch staff of Karen Taylor, Amanda Warren and Janice Cline.
Talk about good public servants just visit the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office in the new court house. They are a working machine in progress. From Sherry J. Wilkins, Circuit Court Clerk to all the staff that include Ronee Stratton, Cyndy Graham, Lucy Lockhart, Donna Stuart, Donna Bush, Kelly Orndorff, Christy Wilkins, Brenda Vincent, Mary Pat Helton, Debra Barry and Patricia Simpson. Just look through the front windows of their office and you will see everyone of those ladies working and I mean working. At the same time everyone of them who waits on the citizens has a smile and friendly greeting. They help thousands of citizens every day. They deserve a big pat on the back.
Following my article last week I received two e-mails from Marshall Kemp, Logan County Superintendent o f Schools. He informed me that there is a somewhat updated addition to Edward Coffman and Edward F. Coffman, Jr.’s book Through My Father’s Eyes – The Story of Logan County Kentucky. I believe he told me the addition covers 16 or so more years of county history. Marshall also let me know that copies of this book have been provided to every school in the county and more are to be ordered. Thanks to Marshall Kemp for understanding the importance of our county’s history and providing copies for every school student to read. Marshall is going to be sorely missed when he retires at the end of this school year.
I want to thank Don Neagle for having me back on his radio show on WRUS Radio. Two weeks in a row talking about early TV shows. Apparently the topic really hit the hearts of many listeners. There were lots of call ins who shared many of their experiences with the listening audience. We barely hit the 1950s. There was so much to talk about but time ran out. One thing is for sure. The listening audience did identify with the advent of early TV in Logan County and what it meant in their life’s.
For the past 10 years or so I have been a member of an old time radio club. I have a huge collection of old radio shows from the 30s, 40s and 50s. I usually keep some in my car and truck. I like to listen to them as I travel the highways. Everything from Superman, Fiber Magee and Molly, The Bickersons, Roy Rogers, Sherlock Homes the Great Gildersleave and many others. They bring back very good feelings and enjoyment from a golden era when life was more simple and the shows were clean and had good moral lessons.
I loved the years I taught in Middle and High School. I never missed a day in eight years. It was the hardest and most challenging work I ever did. Not only the teaching which I loved but the sense that I was in a position to help mold young lives for the better. We started the school day with a prayer. (I never stopped even after the Supreme Court’s ruling.) I had good discipline, sponsored school clubs, attended all the sports events, even rode a donkey in a fund raiser Donkey Basketball Game and sponsored the school trips to Washington, DC. It was the best of times for me and I still miss it.
I am rewarded by many phone calls and sometimes visits from former students. They even want me to attend the class reunions and have my picture made with them. Without exception they want to thank me for being a teacher who cared about them and helped them become a better citizen. Several have thanked me for having never given up on them and for pushing them to do better.
There are hundreds of teachers in Logan County that do much the same thing every day. They deserve a thank you, a call or a note telling them how you appreciate them and an invitation to a school reunion. Many of those teachers helped you in some way. A simple thank you will go a long way in making their day.
Since I was a young boy I have been blessed or cursed, depending on how you look at it, with a gift from god, of seeing some things to come. This thing has passed down in my mother’s family for many generations. My great great grandmother Susannah Lannom, great grandfather Robert T. Lannom, grandmother Gertie L. Mayfield, mother Evelyn M. Dickerson and I have all had this gift. I dream of things to come. Sometimes I dream of things that happen very soon and sometimes of things that happen in a year or two.
Since early December I have had a reoccurring dream of three young men from Adairville dying under different circumstances. So far two of them have passed. I am not quite sure why I am writing this other than to tell you to love those around you as hard as you can. Life is so precious and often far too short. Be forgiving and be loving. Remember the good times and do not dwell on the bad. Keep your faith and help others in time of need.
Till next time. Good by to you and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.