Hello Logan County! What a great place to be from. When I was about ten years old I use to ride around the county with my dad while he called on his many customers. He was a wholesale food broker and he called on literally every grocery in the county. No store was too small or too large. He called on them all. Back then there were groceries in every town, village or cross roads in the county. I think there were up to five grocery stores in little Adairville. Auburn had even more. Russellville even more. What I liked about going with dad each summer was that there were movie theaters all around the county and lots of little restaurants and they all seemed good to me. (When I was at home with mom and my little sister, we always ate at home.) Everywhere we went the people were all nice to us. I guess that is when I fell in love with Logan County.
It is hard to believe but 45 years ago this week America put a man on the moon. That is still such an important event in history that I still remember where I was. My sister, Diane, and a cousin named Lois Kilgrow were in southern France on the famous French Riviera. (The French Riviera is not what it is made out to be. No sand just big sharp rocks.) We were driving all around Europe that summer and camping out as we went. That is when the news hit. It was very exciting. Everyone was glued to TV sets watching and imagining. We were in a camp ground next to a settlement of gypsies. They were just as excited as everyone else and we shared a TV with an entire family of gypsies. It was exciting just meeting a family of Gypsies and hearing them speak Romanie. We even shared food with them. That is also the place where my sister accidentally blew my eye brows and lashes off with a gas water heater. What I particularly remember is how the world seemed just as excited as we were. At that time in history Americans were highly respected worldwide and people even applauded Americans and seemed very pleased to meet us. Everyone congratulated us on America’s great feat.
Wayne Brown of Adairville died a few days ago. He was a very special person who was mentally challenged. I knew Wayne for almost 20 years and called him my friend. He always invited me to sit with him at the local restaurants. I think Wayne was about 73 years old. He had a problem remembering. Wayne attended every event, club meeting, fund raiser and the like held in Adairville. You could find him most days sitting on the town square waving and greeting people as they past by. Wayne loved to eat and could usually be found at the local restaurant in town. He considered the waitresses to be his “girl friends.” I heard Wayne sing a couple of times at karaoke events and was very surprised at how pretty his voice was. Wayne was a special person who loved life and being with people. He will be missed by ever so many people. I know I will still look for him every time that I stop at the stop sign in Adairville.
I received a sweet card from my friend and wonderful artist Peggy Brewer yesterday. I dearly love this sweet lady and her husband Ralph. I owe them a nice lunch very soon. Peggy has shared two of her wonderful clown paintings with me. I treasure the paintings greatly. Hopefully they will hang on the walls of Peach Blossom Hall for many years. I hope Peggy will continue to paint for many more years. She is still young and I believe has a number of great paintings to do.
One of my favorite politicians is Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. He is neither a Democrat or a Republican. He gives both political parties heck. He makes more since than most in the Congress. Sometimes I wish he was one of our senators. Some of his recent pronouncements and or actions have been: Corporate Deserters: “The pharmaceutical giant AbbVie agreed on Friday to buy its European rival, Shire, and reincorporate in Britain in order to cut taxes.” Senator Bernie Sanders proposed legislation to bar companies that leave America from receiving federal contracts. “The U.S. House of Representatives worked just 126 days in 2013. Members made $174,000. These same people cut food and unemployment assistance for millions of people. They said the benefits make those people lazy.” (Senator Mitch McConnell voted six times to raise his pay and 15 times against raising the minimum wage.) “Here’s what income and wealth inequality is about. Last year the top 25 hedge fund managers made more than 24 billion, enough to pay 425,000 public school teachers. This level of inequality is neither moral or sustainable.”
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Aaron C. Ashby upon their wedding last weekend. They live in Russellville. Aaron is an EMT person who helps save lives in our county every week. He is young and still maturing and will probably make a very good law enforcement officer one day. He is on the right track and will make us all proud one day.
Congratulations to Ashlee Morris and Keith Hurt on their new daughter Gracie. Ashlee works at the Houtchen’s Shell Station across from the city cemetery. Keith is looking for a little extra work.
The Logan County Fair starts Saturday evening with a great horse show. I think there is a large entry. There is no fee for admission to the fairgrounds. The price for the horse show is only $3, That is right – only $3 per person. If you are a horse lover you should attend and bring the entire family. Even if you have never attended a horse show I would highly recommend attending. It is a great activity and I believe you will really enjoy it this year. Parking is free. The event is in the new arena at the county extension service on the bi-pass just outside of Russellville and across from the Marathon Truck Stop. It is also just a few blocks from Wal-Mart.
Monday August 28 starting in the morning will be the goat, rabbit and swine judging. In the evening the cattle weigh in followed by the judging will be held. Admission to the grounds and judging is free. Come out and bring the kids to see all the animals. Tuesday through Friday the gates open at 5 p.m. There is no admission fee and parking is free. The midway rides will run from 5:30 p.m. till late evening. There will be exhibits and vendors. Wednesday is “car load day.” For those wanting to ride it is only $30 per car load and everyone gets an armband to gain unlimited rides for the night. There will be free entertainment, food booths, exhibits and vendors. Thursday rides, exhibits, vendors, karaoke contest at 5 p.m. and followed by the beauty pageants. Friday rides, exhibits, vendors, free entertainment including the Scottish Dancers and a big Truck Pull in the arena. There is a big entry for the Truck Pull and the entry fee is $8 per person for 12 years and up. This event promises to be very exciting. Saturday August 2 will be the biggest day of all. Gates open at 10. No charge for admission or parking. The rides start. There will be a big BBQ Cook Off Contest and tasting event in the pavilion. The Farmers Market will be near the pavilion. The exhibits, vendors and free entertainment will go on all day and into the evening. That evening the biggest event of the week will be a great concert in the arena. Marty Brown’s Band will play and a highly popular signing group out of Florida will appear. Two great acts for the price of one. Advance tickets are $6 (on sale at The Logan County Chamber of Commerce on the Russellville Square, The Logan County Tourism Commission in the old court house and Daymar College on the bypass next to Wal-Mart.) Tickets at the door are $8. Parking is free. Starting time is 6 p.m. There will be light refreshments on sale in the arena. Food will also be on sale on the fair grounds.
The fair board and tourism commission have worked hard bringing back a real county fair to Logan County. It won’t be perfect but it will grow and get better every year. Come out and help us have a good beginning.
WITH A SMILE – World Cup Refund – After Nigeria was eliminated from the world cup the Nigerian team captain personally offered to refund all the expenses of fans that travelled to Brazil. He said he just needed their bank details and pin numbers to complete the transaction.
Time to go. Good evening to all the ladies who went to church last Sunday and their highly intelligent husbands, Chris Cooper, Alberta Sanders, Virginia Lloyd and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.