Hello Logan County and beyond! It is a great day to be alive. I am feeling good and hope you are as well.
I had to travel to Aniston, Alabama last Friday morning. Due to the snow storm it took four and a half hours to get to Nashville. It took another two hours to get through Nashville and a total of 17 hours to get to my destination in North West, Alabama. Along the way I counted 126 vehicles that had wrecked. Over half were 18 wheeler trucks. Many of the cars wrecked due to the speed they were going. They would go speeding by and you would know they were going to wreck and they would. Just a short distance down the road they would be in a ditch. The next day the return trip took only six hours.
A big cheer for Logan County’s Road Department. When I was returning home on Saturday evening I got off the Interstate Highway north of Nashville and got on Dickerson Pike/Hwy. 41. The road was terrible. Ice and snow was all I saw and more cars off the road. Robertson County, Tenn. was no better. I was dreading my approach to the state line and Hwy 431. When I crossed over the line and was in Logan County I was shocked that the road was clear. I drove all the way to Russellville with a clear safe road.
In just two days I drove hundreds of miles through two states and at least 25 counties. Logan County was the only county that had cleared and clean safe roads! Somebody did a fantastic job! I believe in praise when praise is due and our County Roads Department deserves three cheers and a lot more.
Just a side note. Last year I was snowed in for two weeks in January and again in February. I said then if I ever got the chance I was going to buy a vehicle with a four wheel drive. Well in August I went out and bought a Dodge Durango – four wheel drive. To me it paid for itself this past weekend. What a difference it made in the bad weather.
Hardly a week goes by that I don’t pick up one of my copies of Through My Father’s Eyes – The Story of Logan County Kentucky by Edward Coffman and Edward I Coffman, Jr. Every time I read portions of the book things become clearer about our county history, the people and how things evolved. I can look out my bed room window and see the site of Bethel Shopping Center which was once the home of Bethel College. When the book mentions that the college dorm was named after N. Long I know that was Nimrod Long the local banker and builder of my home Peach Blossom Hall. I also know that Nimrod Long was the largest benefactor of Bethel College and without his help and influence the college would probably never have been built in Russellville. I also know from reading the book that the bank that Frank & Jesse James Gang robbed in Russellville was Long’s bank as well. The more you read the more our local history makes sense.
Copies of the Coffman book can be purchased in the lobby of the News Democrat- Leader. Call for pricing.
Keeping Them Honest – A couple of weeks ago several friends and I were having lunch at Slappyz Family Diner across from the Russellville High School. The subject of good service came up. We all agreed that the service at Slappyz was excellent and the food was good. Then one of the people I was having lunch with mentioned how bad the pharmacy drive in window service was at Walgreens in Russellville. They were very slow, unfriendly and very indifferent to the customers. I had occasion to drive through a few times and thought the service was a bit slow but had not really paid much attention to the subject.
Then a few days ago my doctor had called a prescription in to Walgreens. I drove up to the window and waited and waited. I could see several employees and they could see me but nothing happened. I rang the bell and a lady approached the window but went to a machine instead and started doing paper work. No hello or welcome to Walgreens or I will be right with you. It was more like I did not even exist. I waited and waited and then the lady started a private conversation with another employee still not paying any attention to me or the line of cars building up behind me. I drove off. My friends were right.
I circled the building and drove up to the window again. I told the lady what I had heard about their window service and that I had to agree. I inquired about my prescription and when I heard the price which was four times what I had ever paid, I declined and drove off. I did tell the lady I thought I would write about Walgreens’ window service and so I have.
Time To Go – Goodnight good friends and good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.
To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email [email protected]