Hello from the “Land of Logan.” One of the oldest and largest counties in square miles in the commonwealth. It is one of the most historic counties as well. It is one of the top ten counties in agricultural production. Unemployment is below the state and national average. The cost of living is well below the state average. It has two good school systems with students ranking very high in the state. Still, Logan County remains a rural county with pretty much a stagnant population growth. (Our young people keep moving to the metropolitan areas.) I like that we are still considered a rural county but I miss the young people.
Easter Sunday saw big turn outs at the churches. The little church in Adairville, that I attended, increased attendance from a normal average of 25 to about 75. From the huge number of cars out in front of the churches I drove by and what others told me attendance was up at all the churches. Yes, it was Easter Sunday and the folks turned out; but if they want some of the rural and small town churches to survive then they had better start attending more often. If the wives, mothers, grandmothers and a few men got all those extra people to attend Easter Sunday then they need to redouble their efforts to get them there every Sunday if possible! If they do not get more young people attending then Logan County is going to see many of our smaller churches closing their doors in the next ten years as the elder members die off. It is sad to think but too many of our churches are made up of 70 to 90 year old members. What happens when they are gone?
Well, I think most everyone in the county heard that a new nationally televised show, made in the Adairville area of the county, premiered a few days ago. The TV production company that filmed the series has a number of big time hits under their belt. I know I was looking forward to the show and hopefully a series that would go on all this year and be renewed for several more years. I am sure a popular nationally watched show from Logan County could help our tourism and bring new money to our folks. I was told it was going to be a very good show and would not embarrass us. I actually thought it was about the famous tobacco wars of years gone by.
Was I surprised! It was not as I expected. I think I know or know of everyone of the individuals that appeared in the first show. I like every one of those fellows. I am told that Scott Gainous was one of the smartest and most handsome young men in his high school graduating class. Wow has he changed! Nicky Riggins hardly looked like the famous rock star that tours the world every year. Papa Bud Riggins and the young Gainous son were probably the most natural. I personally have never seen one of those guys barefooted. In fact I thought that “Barefoot Richard” Taylor was about the last person in the county that still went barefoot. I also do not know what happened to their speaking voices. I never heard them talk that country. (It reminded me of the old Ma & Pa Kettle movies of decades ago.)
It appeared that whoever put the film together was not familiar with the different stages of tobacco growth. It had one family topping tobacco prior to the leaf spread and the other family cutting their tobacco at harvest time. All this was supposed to be going on at the same time.
Now if a future show has Mayor Donna Blake of Adairville wearing a flour sack dress and bonnet, dipping snuff and walking out of City Hall barefoot then I will have seen it all. On second thought maybe they will have Sheriff Wallace Whitaker playing the role of “Boss Hog.”
All I can say is that I sat there spell bound with my mouth wide open wondering what was coming next. I never did figure out the plot of the first show. Maybe the show is suppose to be like that show years ago where Boss Hog was a star or maybe a little like the show He Haw. I never would have thought those shows would have been long running hits. What do I know? I hope the show will be a hit and bring fame and fortune to a bunch of folks from Logan County and a lot of tourist dollars.
Now that spring time is upon us all the warm weather events are starting. It is also county election time. Signs and posters are popping up, newspaper stories and ads are gearing up and the radio ads have started. There will be plenty of activities for the political candidates and the public to attend.
Friday May 2 – Adairville Chamber Derby Dinner (Steak Dinner) 5:30 p.m. $20 each Auction & Music SaturdayMay 3 – Auburn Fire Fighters Fund Raiser – call Bobby Blackfort Saturday May 10 – 10th Annual Car & Tractor Show 1-4 p.m. Thurs., Fri. & Sat. May 15, 16 & 17 – 68th Annual Adairville Strawberry Festival Fri. & Sat. May 16 & 17 - 25th Annual Auburn Blue Grass Festival - for more info contact James Dulworth at 725-0812. Check the events section for the paper more dates.
With A Smile - Some years ago I was the Director of the Kentucky Education Support Personnel Association representing some 55,000 school employees. My state board of directors and several state staff were attending a national meeting in Palm Beach, Florida. It was late afternoon and someone came to get me saying two of the staff were having a heated discussion. There the two guys were standing under a palm tree and in deep disagreement. I went up to separate the two but they kept going at it. About that time a clap of thunder and bolt of lightning struck. About 100 birds had settled in the palm tree and they were startled. They let loose with droppings and the two guys were covered from head to toe. That stopped the disagreement and they headed for their rooms. Next day they had made up. Moral of the story. It is better to get along than argue or you might just get a bunch of crap dumped on you.
Time to go. Good night good people of Logan County and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.