Hello again and glad to be back with you. Thank you for reading this column. May we grow old together with me writing an article for the paper and you reading the words of wisdom!
Seems many in the county have heard about my house fire last Sunday. Seems my dryer caught fire in the utility room of my home. It quickly went from smoke to flames. Fortunately the Russellville Fire Department responded in almost record time. The old dryer now lies on the ground outside the house totally destroyed and with a burned load of my cloths. There was a lot of smoke, burned floor and burned smell. Fortunately the house was saved.
I want to thank my heroes from the fire department who saved my house. Jon Meyers, Nathan Belcher, Cpt. Dale Shields, Jerry Willis, Cpt. Scot Celsor, Harold Johns, Terry Milam, Cody Tatum and Conner Williams.
One thing for sure is that I will never leave the house or go to bed with the dryer running. That reminds me I have to go out and buy a replacement dryer.
The Lion’s Club is sponsoring a fund raiser Pork Chop Dinner Friday June 24 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. in front of the Archives Building (next to the old Court House in Russellville.)
The big 4th of July Celebration for Logan County is set for the Red River Fish and Game Habitat in Adairville. All of the county is invited. The gates open at 4 p.m. (No charge.) There will be music, prizes, a raffle and the biggest free fireworks display in the county’s history.
There will be a big BBQ Supper as well. The supper will include the BBQ and all the extras including a drink. The cost of the meal will be $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. For those not purchasing the dinner, snacks and soft drinks will be for sale. This is an event you should not miss.
The Logan County Fair is set for July 18 – 24. You can go on the internet for a full schedule. The big event will be at the Logan County Agriculture Center on the by-pass in Russellville. (One mile from Wal-Mart.) The Logan County Tourism Commission is assisting with three events. Tuesday July 19 at 6 p.m. will be the Little Mr. & Miss Logan County Fair Pageant. Admission for the public is free. Entry fee for contestants is $15. Refreshments will be available for a nominal fee.
Tourism will also be assisting with the annual Gospel Singing. This is set for Wednesday July 20 at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The annual Karaoke Contest with Clay Bilyou will be Thursday July 21 starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
Years ago when I was studying to become an archaeologist I attended school in several parts of the world. Mexico, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, England and Egypt. I received a Fulbright Grant to study in Egypt. While in school I learned how wonderful people could be regardless of where they lived or what nationality or religion they were. A case in point is Egypt. 10 million of the Egyptians are Christians. Most of the rest of the nation is made up of good people who happen to be Muslims. Everywhere I went in Egypt I was treated with respect and kindness. Even from the fundamentalist. I found we are all much more alike than we are different.
I cringe every time I hear an uneducated ignorant statement about Arabs or people from the Middle East. I looked up a list of Americans that are of Arab Heritage and the list will surprise you. Here are just a few: Jerry Seinfeld, Vincent Anthony, Paula Abdul, Michael Nours, Frank Zappa, Ralph Nadar, Marlo Thomas, Catherine Keener, Casey Casum, Shannon Elizabeth, the actor who played Monk on TV, Sam Ray, Sonny Hager, Tiffany Renee and many others of distinction in America. Don’t judge a people by what a very few do wrong. Most are good people who do good. There are some bad folks that have called themselves Christians as well. Their bad acts do not make all Christians bad.
Time to go. Love and happiness to all.
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]