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Since December 2013 I have been hospitalized off and on with a series of ailments. One thought to be fatal at first. In fact for several months it was surmised by the doctors at two different hospitals that I had one to three years to live. Some type of early stages of leukemia. That was certainly a shocker for a fellow that never missed a day in secondary school, six years of university, eight years of teaching, 28 years in Washington, D.C. and three years in Frankfort. Wow! When you get that kind of news it sort of knocks the sails out of you. Then I was told that I had an enlarged liver, enlarged spleen, extremely low blood platelet count, heart trouble (they could hardly hear my heart beating), was extremely tired and went from sleeping 7 & ¼ hours per night to 12 to 14 hours per night, had a severe case of deep vein thromboses in both legs, cataracts on both eyes and failing vision. All this for a fellow who never drank, smoked, gambled, did any kind of drugs or said many bad words. Wow again!


It all began to come to light when I became ill traveling through Arkansas in early December. At first it was believed I had acute food poisoning but after a series of blood tests it turned out to be much more. Doctors from North Little Rock Baptist Hospital, Vanderbilt Hospital and North Crest Hospital have been great. I have given many blood samples for the hospitals over the past nine months. Even Boston Medical and Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas have played a role in my current road to recovery.


This is why I missed a number of Rotary Club, Adairville Chamber of Commerce, Logan County Tourism and other organizational meetings. I did get most of my news columns in because I could type from a bed when I felt up to it. I am sorry that I could not tell more people what was wrong. I shared with only a very few.


I can tell you there is no longer anything to indicate leukemia at this time, my liver is back to normal size, the spleen is working, blood platelets are increasing but still low, my heart is back to normal, I have been in and out of the hospital for the past three weeks having the bad veins removed from my legs and should finish up next week, and one cataract was removed last week and the other is scheduled for removal next week. (In fact I came out of the hospital to help at the renewed Logan County Fair and went right back in as soon as it was over.)


It is wonderful what modern medicine can do and I have thanked many times the doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who have been of such help. I apologize to my friends and committee members for not being my total self during this time.


100 years ago on this day was the deadliest day of World War II. More than 27,000 French soldiers lost their lives. There were over 100,000 additional casualties. (Most of these were actually from the French colonies.) Britain entered the fighting in Belgium. The U.S.A. declared neutrality.


Some of the famous movie actors born 100 years ago were: Danny Thomas, John Ireland,Marry Carlise, Arthur Kennedy, Zachary Scott, Robert Alda, Alex Guiness, Richard Coogan, John Hodiack, Tyrone Power, Lilli Palmer, Jackie Coogan, Ruth Hussey, Dorothy Lamar, Richard Widmark and Jo Van Fleet.


Logan County law enforcement officers are dear to my heart. We need them, we depend on them and we cannot do without them. They can be over worked and under paid. (No amount of pay would be enough for me to do what they have to do.) Every day that they go to work their lives are in danger. Their families worry about them. So many people depend on them.


The sheriff and police chief have to constantly hire new young recruits to replace retired officers and those who leave for better paying jobs, promotions and or leave the profession all together. Sometimes they have to hire a replacement for a fallen officer. The competition is great because the larger counties and cities have greater abilities to pay more and give greater benefits.


It is necessary to hire young recruits. They have to be able to run, stand up to physical attacks, drive their patrol cars fast in pursuit, make fast decisions and be King Solomon in judgment calls. A fat older man like me just could not do most of those things. With youth you get some young folk just out of their teens that have not had many years to mature. Some may arrive with some wrong concepts. They may be a little too swaggering and wanting to show the world how tough they are. They may want to pull lots of people over in their cars and trucks, give lots of tickets and make a lot of people mad. The best and the ones who make it use their brains and listen to the senior officers. In three years or so the sheriff and police chief pretty well know which young officers will make it and which will not. I have seen many of those young recruits turn into outstanding officers. I am really proud of the young men and women both black and white that have been recruited by the sheriff and chief. Give your support to them. They could be your child, grandchild, spouse or friend. Treat them with respect.


One of the great circuses in America is coming to Logan County in late October. Carson and Barnes Circus is the largest circus in the world under tent. Of the more than 100 circuses in America this circus continues to be ranked in the top five. This is a real treat for a smaller rural county like ours to have such a great circus come to town. The Byrd family is the third generation of their family to own this circus. (The family has owned the circus for 75 plus years.) There will be two performances on Friday October 24 at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Some of the top circus performers in the world will be performing. Special priced tickets will be on sale in the next few days.


It is my hope that every elementary school aged child will be able to see the circus. For many it may be the only opportunity in their lives. Advance tickets for children will be $4 each There will also be advance lower priced tickets for adults as well. Churches, civic groups, retirement homes and other groups can also purchase special priced tickets. For individuals willing to pay for a school class 25 tickets can be purchased for only $100. This will be an event of a lifetime for many individuals and children. For more information call the Logan County Tourism Office in the Old Court House at 726-1678 from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can reach me for tickets at 615/389-5495.


Till next time. Good day to each of you and to Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.


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