Hello my friends from throughout Logan County and beyond. It is so good to be alive, to feel good and to have hope and plans for the future. I have so many things I want to do to help others and hope I have time. I have a big birthday coming up the 19th of July and will celebrate out at the Logan County Fair.
Check this newspaper and/or on line to view the latest schedule for the fair. The county fair dates are July 18 – 23 and the fair opens at 4 p.m. each day. There is no entrance fee for the fair. There are some very good things coming up and many are free and the others have a very small entrance fee. There is going to be a Little Mr. & Miss Logan County Contest which always brings a lot of interest. The deadline for entering the contest is today in the Tourism Office on the main floor of the Old Courthouse in Russellville. For more info contact Dee Dee at 270-726-1678. The fair location is the Logan county Agriculture Complex located on the bi-pass in Russellville.
Upcoming – August 6, Emancipation Day/Celebration in Logan County. August 6, Fancy Farm Day in Fancy Farm, Kentucky near Mayfield. (Oldest annual joint Democratic/Republican day in Kentucky. 125 plus years.)
Happy Birthday – To Logan Chick, Judge/Executive of Logan County. “A man of great integrity and honor.” Thank you for all the hard work and love you have for this county and all of its’ people.
The Logan County Democratic Party had a big summer picnic this past Tuesday evening with a record turnout for the event. They are opening a party headquarters in downtown Russellville in the next couple of weeks. They are also planning multiple events during the coming weeks and months.
The Logan County Republican Party held a meeting this past Tuesday evening at their offices on the Russellville town square. They held a meeting for students to read essays on patriotism as part of a speech contest.
The Future of America – As many of you know I was a teacher for many years. I taught both in the classroom and on educational T.V. I loved teaching. I loved my students. Although I was known as a strong disciplinarian I was also known for having kids learning in my classroom and having fun at the same time. The kids honored me repeatedly with teacher of the week and teacher of the year at my school. The parents honored me as well by pushing to get their kids put into my classes. They knew I was tough, fair and their kids came out of my classes having learned. To this day I have both students and parents calling me to thank me for what I did.
When I first began my teaching career the schools were still segregated. Integration then came and I had some of the first integrated classes in the Metro Nashville Public School System. One of the most important things I learned was that we are much more alike than we are different. We love our families, we want to secede in life and we want our kids to have better than we did.
I found that my black kids were the same as my white kids. They responded to love, respect, fairness and caring. Good teaching and making learning interesting and fun has so much to do with success in learning. I think being the best one can at whatever profession one chooses is a key to real success. I know that so many calls and visits that I get from former students and parents tell me this is true.
Segregation is an evil of the past that should have gone much sooner. Now we have to learn to love, respect and care for each other. I think we as southerners can do it better than any other Americans. The care and loving is there. It just has to be for all not just some.
I am a staunch supporter of good police officers. Most are young when hired. They have to run, be strong of body and mind, have the wisdom of Job and do far more than should be expected of them. They are not supposed to ever make a mistake. Plus they are not paid nearly enough money or benefits. Most are good people. Unfortunately there are a few bad apples and they need to go. There is no room left for bigoted, biased and mean spirited police officers. There needs to be more minority officers hired. More black and Hispanic officers to start with and dare I say it even a gay officer. Good and meaningful training on a continuing bases is a must.
If I can change then I know anyone can change. Life is too short to be a bad and bigoted person. Preachers in the county can do a lot to help build a better and loving community. Sunday school teachers and you can help build a better and loving community. Help us make Logan County an even better place to live.
For us to continue to live in the best country in the world we must strive to keep our country the best in the world. Remember what we learned in Sunday School as children. I always think of the song Jesus Loves Me and what it tries to teach. We need to practice its’ teachings.
Time to go. 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]