Greetings from the “Independent State of Logan.” Home to 27,000 individuals. The county seat of Russellville has approximately 7,000 people. 24% of the population, of the county, is under 18 years of age. 70% of the county population live on small farms and in the rural areas of this large county. 51% of the population is female. Unemployment is below the state and national average. There are so many good things to tell about our county and a few things that we need to improve upon.
Housing is very affordable and the cost of living is pretty good. Taxes are nothing like the big cities. Water is too high! That is one thing our water districts are going to have to do something about. They are trying to build a whole new system for the county in a short period of time and put the burden on the property owners and renters. One of the things potential business looks at, before locating, is the cost of utilities. Our water is too high!
Another problem is the loss of our youth to the big cities and surrounding counties. Our county population does not grow very much over a ten year period. This is due in large part to our young people going where the colleges are, where jobs are and where the entertainment is. I wish we could obtain a new state college here, ten new factories, possibly a military base and more entertainment. Then the young people would stay and our county would grow. We could then qualify for a nice mall and not be so dependent on Wal-Mart.
I do wish some of the rich people of the county would pull together and build a multi-plex movie theater. That would do so much to keep more money in the county and keep our folks from having to travel so far to see the latest movies. Just completing the 4th Street Theater could give us a performing arts center and movie theater.
THREE CHEERS for the Rotary Club for its very successful efforts to buy shoes and coats for needy children in the county. Those folks have big hearts and do so much good!
The big annual Adairville Yard Sale is this Saturday September 6 from 8 a.m. till 2 p.m. on the Adairville Square and around town. Come join in the fun. If you like you can set up a booth. I hope to be there and come home with an arm full of treasures.
The big annual Red River Fish & Game Club Fish Fry, (in Adairville),is set for Saturday September 20 at the James Lake Road facility. This is probably the largest fish fry in the county each year. There will be a live band, door prizes, entertainment for the kids, a big auction and lots of cash prizes. There will be 15 $100 bills and $500 won by 16 lucky winners. You could be one of the winners. The event is open to the public and tickets will be available at the door. (Other food will be available for any who do not like fish.) Children 12 and under will eat free. Please try to attend and support this great charitable cause.
A GRAND PERSONALITY Judge Sue Carol Browning is a very special person. She was the guest speaker at the Russellville Rotary last week. There was no doubt she was among many friends and admirers. (I being one of them.) I learned a lot about her in the glowing introduction and later as she spoke.
I learned that she graduated from high school at the young age of 16 and from college at age 19. (She graduated 3rd in her class.) She became a practicing attorney at the age of 22. She was elected to the bench at the age of 31 and has served the citizens of the county for 19 years. She is a very young 51 years of age. (She looks like she is in her 20s or early 30s.) She has a young son who I have met on two occasions along with her father.
Judge Browning cares very much about our young people and the lack of a work ethic in so many of our citizens. She cares about the illegal alien problem our country and our county has. She is concerned about the repeat offenders that continue to appear in her court. She is known as a tough judge. I would add that it might be tough love trying to show young people the right way they should go. Things, as she said, the parents should have been doing.
Judge Browning has three months left on the bench and then a newly elected judge will take over. We will miss Judge Sue Carol Browning, her smile, her pronouncements and her caring. We also wish her the best in her future endeavors.
SPECIAL PEOPLE IN THE COUNTY Drusella Jones who works at the new Five Star Service Center. Friendly and very helpful. A real asset to the business. Cassidy Price, who helped me in the parking lot of Wal-Mart with my groceries. She graduated 7-14-14 with a major in Medical Administration. Her grand dad is Micheal Graham and her parents are Brent and Toya Price..
Time to go. Best wishes to all! Good night Mrs. Callabash where ever you are