Hello again from my home in beautiful and friendly Logan County. What a great place to live and raise a family or live in retirement. Housing is very affordable, the cost of living fairly low, jobs are increasing, there are two good school systems, there are plenty of good churches, crime is low, tax rates are fairly low compared to the big cities and I think we generally have good public officials. I do know that our water rates are too high and meat at the groceries has gotten too expensive for me. I am eating more salads, fruits and vegetables and have lost 20 pounds in the process.
I believe we have an outstanding County Sheriff and Russellville City Police Chief. I also believe that we have quality sheriff deputies and city police officers. I feel very safe knowing these men and women are here and are protecting you and me. I have traveled all over the world and I can tell you that Logan County is one of the safest places I have ever been.
It is no secret that I admire County Executive Logan Chick. He is bright, a hard worker and I believe a fair man. He works every day for the betterment of our county. Most years I work In the Logan County Tourism Booth at the state Fair. Each day county executives from other counties continually come to the booth asking if Logan Chick is coming. They want to see him. They say he is one of the most respected county executives in the state. It makes me proud to hear that our county has a leader that is so respected.
For lunch today I took two guest to Slappyz Family Diner on West 9 Street across from the Russellville High School. What good food! They have some of the best vegetables in town and I really like their fried green tomatoes. There were a good many folks from south Logan County in the restaurant and it was like old home week. W.L. Moore, prominent farmer and businessman, was there with his beautiful daughter. I learned that W.L will be celebrating his 88 birthday on Friday, Give him a call and wish him a great birthday. I know him to be a wonderful and kind man respected far and wide.
Recently I met a wonderful couple named Fred and Sharon Atkinson. They told me they had been married 45 years. They have a nice family including James, Gayle Carrie and Clayton. They told me they have a business and have owned the building for the past 19 years. They start their business at 5:45 a.m. daily and work six days a week. (I am not sure what the business is but they sure work hard so it must be a success.) Congratulations to these nice people.
100 Years Ago – November 11, 1915. Britain: A survey shows that women war workers have enabled factories to increase production by up to two and a half times. Actor Douglas Fairbanks stars in his first silent picture, “X – Past”. Actress Mary Pickford stars in “Madame Butterfly” to sell out crowds. Paris: Sarah Bernhardt returns to the stage at age 70 and shortly after a leg amputation to rave reviews. She came out of retirement to help raise funds for the war effort. Former President Teddy Roosevelt endorses women’s right to vote. Ship owners come out against Seaman’s Bill saying workers were happy with their $10 per month pay. (Times haven’t changed much.) Poncho Villa leads an attack on the Mexican town of Agua Prieta, Sonora but is repulsed by Carranza loyalists. Film director Cecil B DeMille releases the new movie “Carmen.”
The annual Christmas Party/Luncheon for this paper’s correspondents will be at my home on Tuesday December 1 at 12 Noon. It should be a fun time as we might get to finally meet our writer from the Lake Malone area. She has been a mystery to all of her fellow writers. As far as I know only the paper’s editor knows who the mystery woman truly is.
WITH A SMILE – A lady wanted to go fishing. She’d seen many books on the subject, and finally getting all the necessary tools together, she made for the ice. After positioning her comfy footstool, she started to make a circular cut in the ice. Suddenly, from the sky, a voice boomed, “THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE!”
Startled, the lady moved down the ice, poured a thermos of cappuccino, and began to cut yet another hole. Again from the heavens the voice bellowed, “THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE.”
The lady, now worried, moved away, clear down to the opposite end of the ice. She set up her stool once more and tried to cut her hole. The voice came once more, “THERE ARE NO FISH UNDER THE ICE!”
She stopped, looked skyward, and trembling, she asked, “IS THAT YOU LORD?”
The voice replied … “No this is the Manager of the HOCKEY RINK!”
TIME TO GO – Good night sweet ladies of the county and all the highly intelligent men who read this article. Thank you! And good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are!
To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.