Hello again from Peach Blossom Hall, my old house with high ceilings, gun shots in the wall, a hidden room and burial site and its’ own ghost that plays music and sings, sitting right in the middle of the county since 1830. Yes, I do sleep well at night and hope to do so for a good while yet.
100 years ago today the Panama Canal opened for its’ first ships. (It took 33 years to dig and connected the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans) *100 years ago traffic cones were invented, made of concrete and first used in New York City. *Safety glass was invented and first used in gas masks for the soldiers in World War I. *The first fighter planes were built. They were two seaters so that the occupants could fire each way. *Blood transfusions were perfected and used in the war. *70 million military were mobilized around the world. 17 million were killed and 20 million wounded during the war. The top songs of 100 years ago were: #1 & #9 By the Beautiful Sea (two different artists), #2 Its’ A Long Way to Tippeary, #6 The Aba Daba Honeymoon, #11 The Song That Stole My Heart Away, #40 When You Where a Tulip & I Wore a Big Red Rose. (It just shows that some songs have lasting power.)
The county fair has ended. This year was the fair board and tourism commissions first attempt at bringing back a good quality county fair. The old county fair of by gone days in Logan County came to an end about 15 or so years ago. I commend both the fair board and tourism commissions hard work, successes and good efforts!
There were many successes and a few misses. There was no admission to the fair grounds. Parking was free and plentiful. The horse show was a big success. All of the other animal events had increased entries and a lot of young people participating. The free entertainment was well received. The karaoke and beauty pageants were good and had big turn outs. The truck “Pull of War” was a huge success as was the BBQ Cook Off. On the downside was a lack of support for the final night’s country music concert and the carnival rides. The fair board signed a contract for 16 rides and the carnival owner provided six that were mostly small children rides. The teenagers and young adults got left out.
WRUS Radio was a big supporter as were many county businesses. Posters went out all over the county and there were some banners. I tried to write about the fair every Friday but wish there had been more articles that appeared in the paper. Probably school just starting and the fair over in Bowling Green hurt as well.
If you have suggestions for next year’s county fair please leave a message for Lonnie Epley, Logan County Fair Board Chairman, c/o of the Logan County Extension Service Office in Russellville. You can also leave messages at the Logan County Tourism office at the old county court house or the county chamber of commerce.
News Of The Day – County Judge Logan Chick and lovely wife Judy have been married 42 years. I hope to be around and throw them a big party on their 50th. I expect the “Judge” will still be the “Judge” then. One of the powers and an old tradition (a good one) that county judges have is the power to marry people. Judge Chick has married 885 couples during his tenure. (This has been spread out over a good many years.) I have stood up as a witness several times. It is definitely one of the nice things the Judge gets to do. If I were to ever remarry I think Judge Chick would be my choice to officiate.
I am speculating on the next pieces of information since the county government does not meet until after I get this article in to the editor. It looks like free Saturdays at the county land fill are gone. The county may purchase a much needed heart monitor for one more of its ambulances. County tax rates will probably stay the same. Stacey Road is currently closed. With certain improvements it may be reopened.
Chris Milam is the new head of Champion Pet Foods’ local plant. The plant is in Auburn. Hopefully the product will become very popular in our region and the plant and number of employees will grow.
One of my favorite restaurants is Federal Grove located in Auburn. It is less than a 30 minute ride for most people in the county and just 15 minutes if you live in Russellville. Some of the best home cooking you will ever get. The prices are right as well. It is well worth the trip.
Colonial Furniture in Auburn is a very special jewel in our midst. The number one builder of quality handmade furniture in Kentucky and one of the best in all of the nation. Every new bride should put on her wish list a piece of furniture from Colonial. A piece of Colonial furniture would also be a great 25th or 50th anniversary gift. The factory is open for group tours but you should call in advance to set up the tour. The show room is open Monday through Friday. There is also a second show room on Hwy. 68-80 near Auburn.
Lewisburg Banking Company keeps me up-to-date on what they are doing. They have now instituted mobile banking and you can use your ip phone. They have also added face book. For more information call any local branch of the bank or stop in.
The Logan County Tourism & Convention Bureau is located on the first floor of the old court house in downtown Russellville. It is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m. The phone number is 726-1678. There are many helpful brochures, pamphlets and magazines available for sites to see and things to do in Logan and other counties in the state.
Congratulations to the Logan County Fair Board and Tourism Commission for their work in putting on the first newly expanded Logan County Fair. This was a beginning with lots of hard work. Next year it will be even better. Thanks to all who supported the fair.
The train is whistling as it passes by outside and the town dinner bell just went off so I think it is time to close out.
WITH A SMILE – I guess we can all forget what time it is or what day it is but last week I lost a day. I had leg surgery early in the week and slept a lot afterwords. I lost track of what day it was and thought I got my article in to the editor, O.J., on Thursday morning. Then I got ready and drove to the Rotary Club meeting. I could already taste Roy’s BBQ which I knew would be on the menu. When I arrived there were no cars in the parking lot and no catering truck outside. I thought the meeting had been moved. It took a call to Adairville Mayor Donna Blake to realize that is was Friday and not Thursday. I missed my deadline at the paper and Rotary Club. I apologize for both of those slip ups. I hope it is not old age but because I have been so busy.
Till next time. Good by members of Rotary, the Auburn and Lewisburg City Halls, the ladies at the flower shop in Lewisburg, the new owners of the building that formally housed the flower shop in Adairville, Virginia Lloyd, Alberta Sanders, the Dickerson Brothers and their wives that live in Adairville, all the Weavers in Russellville the Mayor of Spa, The Don Neagles and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are!