November 7, 2013
Hello friends in Logan County and beyond. This will be my second week writing a column for the county at large. Last week I listed five of my ten wishes for Logan County. This week I am listing the second five wishes for the county. With a little luck and a whole lot of work some of these wishes will happen in the next few years. In the meantime I will be writing about each of these wishes and what I see as inevitable.
I think a lot about the future and have given a number of speeches over the years about what I believe is coming. I have been called a futurist for more than 20 years and guess I will be for the remainder of my life. Without dreams and a vision for the future I expect little progress would have been accomplished in this old world over its many centuries.
Listed below is my second set of wishes for Logan County:
6) Logan County needs a convention center very badly. (Whether the politicians know it or not.) Such a center would bring thousands of people to town. Springfield, Tennessee built such a center for less than a million dollars a few years ago. It is booked constantly with over 300 bookings a year. Weddings, receptions, circuses, dog shows, lots of church events, home shows, holiday events and the like. Such a building generates into lots of people coming to our county and spending money on hotels, restaurants, gas, gifts and site seeing. It means a stronger economy with much more money coming into the county and more jobs. (Springfield’s parks commission operates their center at no additional cost to the city or county.)
7) Nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Lewisburg and Adairville are much needed. Older people do not want to leave their home towns, relatives and friends. There is a large enough population to justify the investment. The local governments in both towns could lead on this effort.
8) More tourist sites need to be developed throughout the county. The county is rich in caves, Indian sites, Amish country, Mennonite bakeries, historic homes and other places in need of development. The city and county governments can help greatly. The US Rural Development Office can be called on for help as well. Our own economic development office can be of great service. Development of the tourist industry means jobs, more money for our businesses and much more revenue for Logan County.
9) Support for the Rotary Clubs in the county. Since becoming a Rotarian I have discover what great work they do. Their programs help people in the best of ways. There are two very special programs that need very wide support. One program is to provide a pair of shoes for every needy child in the county. The other program is to provide coats for the winter for all needy children in the county. You can help in this wonderful effort by contacting any of the city offices in the county. They will see that the money gets to the Rotary Club for the two projects.
10) A grocery store for Adairville and some type of home delivery of groceries for shut-ins countywide. I am sure there could be a good delivery system set up where a delivery fee could be charged. Both are much needed.
WONDER WHY? I have been a fan of the little Bethel Dipper Restaurant in Russellville for years. When it comes to good food at fare prices the Bethel Dipper is hard to beat. It has out lasted a good many eating places not only in Russellville but throughout the county. Their milk shakes are high on my list. My question is why do they give out the tiniest straws in the county? I am so puckered out after drinking one of their shakes that my jaws are sore the rest of the day. A box of straws is cheap. Please get some bigger straws!
Also in Russellville the newly developed intersection in front of Walgreens and Farmers Hardware has been a very expensive project. Should I say again a very expensive project. It looks great and is certainly better than what was there before. Yet, it looks like a lot of money was squandered. A good bit of land was purchased from the hardware store I suppose to make a right hand turn safer. Part of the former parking area was bulldozed under, the street widened, new curbs, grass and the like put in place. The only problem is that the turn lines were put right back where they had been before all that money was spent. (I hear that one architect in Frankfort designed the project and another drew the traffic lanes. Seems like they should have conferred a little better or someone locally told them they screwed up.) The other costly screw up in the same project happened across the street in front of Walgreens. There has long been a need for the north bound traffic to have a right turn lane going towards the town square. There was already a paved lane there that had cross lines on it and was not used. It could easily have been turned into an excellent turn lane with little expense. But oh no, common sense did not prevail. Instead the paved lane was covered with dirt, curbs were built and sod put down at who knows what expense. Knock, knock! Is anybody there? What happened to common sense? It is one of the busiest intersections in the entire county and probably over $200,000 was spent and the project is very flawed to say the least.
See you next week and good night to Sweet Berdie Angel and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.