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Hello again from the “Land of Logan.” One of the best places in America to live. I am so glad to live here and know so many wonderful people. I wish I knew every one of you, the readers.

As a former history and government teacher I strongly believe that voting is not only a privilege and right but is also a responsibility. I voted yesterday along with 5,277t other citizens in the county. Where were the other 60% of the voters. They did not even bother to show up. Hooray for all of you who did vote. If I were still teaching I would give you a good grade! For those who did not vote shame on you.

Most countries in the world have very high voter turnout. In France there is a heavy fine if you do not vote. Guess what? France has a 90% voter turnout. What is wrong with you lazy people? I am probably preaching to the choir and the non voters do not even read the paper. Anyway I will keep preaching about how important it is to vote. Your vote can make the difference.

Last night I was at the old court house by the time the polls closed. I sat in front of the big screen that showed the election returns as they were recorded. To show how important every vote was it came down to the last ballot box to decide the winners in at least three different races. (Wouldn’t you know that the last ballot box was late getting there so the suspense hung on for quiet a while.)

Sheriff Wallace Whittaker led the vote with a land slide vote of 76.1%. Proving again that our county likes an active crime/drug fighting sheriff who gets out of his office and is in the field with his deputies. Mary Givens won handily with over 60% of the vote in a three way race for county coroner. Thus proving to be a formidable candidate with a good tract record. All of the incumbents who serve as county magistrates were re-elected, some in very close contests.

Two of the cliff hangers of the night were for jailer. Wendell Jackson winning the Democratic nomination and Phil Gregory getting the Republican nod. At one point there was just a two vote difference in the Gregory campaign. The last ballot box in made the decision.

Now that the Democrats and Republicans have picked their candidates the campaigning begins a new with the general election coming in November. That election will also include a congressional seat and a U.S. Senate seat.

-150 years ago Thomas Crapper, an British plumber, invented the toilet as we know it today. -The first underground transit system began in London. -The Civil War was in its’ fourth year. Kentucky was under Union control but Confederate troupes continued to raid the western part of the state. -100 years ago the top songs being played on the Edison Music Machine were “By the Beautiful Sea”, “It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary”, “The Aba Daba Honeymoon”, “I’m On My Way to Mandalay”& “When You Were A Tulip & I Was A Big Red Rose”. -500 million people around the World suffered from trachoma an eye blinding disease. -50 years ago the number one record was “My Guy” by Mary Wells” -The largest earth quake, in North American history, 9.2 magnitude hit Anchorage, Alaska. 139 died most from two tsunamis that came from the ocean.

More on the Logan County Fair set for the last week of July and the first two days August. The admission to the grounds will be free. Some events will charge a fee. -Saturday July 27 Horse Show in new Ag. Show Arena at Logan County Extension Service on the by-pass. -Monday July 28 MEGA Carnival Rides set up -Tuesday July 29 opens at 5 P.M. animal events, music, exhibits & big carnival rides. -Wednesday July 30 opens at 5 P.M. music, exhibits & carnival rides. Discount on arm bands for rides. -Thursday July 31 opens at 5 P.M. music, exhibits, beauty contests & carnival rides. -Friday August 1 opens at 5 P.M. music, exhibits, possibly a “big pull” & carnival rides. -Saturday August 2 opens at 10 a.m. music, exhibits, big BBQ Cook Off Contest, Evening two big name acts will appear in the Ag. Show Arena $8 advance ticket sales and $10 at the door.

There will be much more information coming. There will be some changes of time and scheduling. All the animal events will be announced after the next fair board meeting. For more information on contestant entry fees and general information contact the Logan County Extension Services on the by-pass.

Time to go. Good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are!

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