Hello from sunny and hot Adairville - the most historic town in southern Kentucky. I also think it is one of the prettiest as well.
Sad economic news for the town. The wonderful Hide Away restaurant and youth center is closing at the end of the month. The building and it’s contents are all being sold. The food and especially the salads were all so good. It has been a great place for our young people to hang out, play games, visit with friends and to get a snack after school. It also has become a great place for adults to eat and visit. Probably the prices were too low. The Hide Away will be greatly missed as will the owners.
It looks like Kay Kay’s, Adairville’s only consignment store, has closed it’s doors.. This was a nice business for the town and had the store been supported by the town would still be opened. Wake up my friends. If we do not support our stores they can not afford to stay!
One by one our stores have closed. The town square is beginning to look like a ghost town. How much longer does the lose go on? We once had some 14 businesses facing the town square and now we are down to only a handfull. Wake up my friends we still have time to do something.
Our town needs to wake up and do something to save our businesses. At least the ones we still have! We need a plan of action to bring our town back. Other towns have done it and Adairville could also. It will not happen if there is no plan of action.
We need a grocery, a clinic, probably a laundry, a pharmacy, an assisted living center, a youth center and more. These would all create jobs and put money back into the town. We need to develop our industrial park. (Supposedly we have one across from the Dollar General Store out on the north side of town near the closed truck stop.) An incentive plan needs to be developed to bring some new small businesses to the park. So far there has not been one taker. There must be something wrong that not one single small business has come. Where is the plan and the incentive package?
Readers, I am not being critical, I am just stating facts. I want Adairville to come back. I truely believe it can. We have all the ingrediants to help the town do so. There are hundreds of small towns throughout out America that have made recoveries. Some right here in Kentucky. They all had plans of action they followed and it payed off with great results! We could do it also.
Try Adairville’s new Mexican Restaurant -on the town square. They are open seven days a week now and have and are adding more regular American foods. Fish is coming for Fridays. Lots of sandwiches and fries. The salads are great the portions are good and the price very fair. Try their chicken tortilla soup. I highly recommend that treat.
Things are quiet on the drug front in Adairville. The known drug pushers are still out on the streets plying their trade. So are the criminals who did a home invasion, in town, about six weeks ago. Again, if about 10 or 12 well know trouble makers/criminals/repeat offenders were sent to jail or were run out of town what a great town we would have !
It is not up to the citizens to do the detective work. It is up to law enforcement officers. Where is the drug task force we hear about? How long does it take to get some action? Why have there been no indictments?
Adairville was and is a good place to live but could be a much better place. The churches need to get involved in fighting the drug and criminal problems. They need to have youth programs. Possibly the ministers could meet with law enforcement officers and see what they can do. Separately they may be too small to have an after school youth program but collectively they could run a great program. The city now owns the old hosiery mill. Wouldn’t part of that building make a great youth building with a good after school and summer program?
I am very interest in starting and after school part time job program for youth.. They could be of great help to our senior citizens like mowing yards, sweeping sidewalks and porches, light house cleaning, washing dishes, changing light bulbs and the like. I think the Adairville School will help in this program.
With A Smile - I have now lost 80 lbs. What a great feeling. I can bend and stoop again. I can actually put on socks easily. Hooray! I can go up steps easily and normally after two years. I hope Big Daddy Bobaloo reads this. I love the man and want him to be with us a long time to come. I actually had a call from a reader in Michigan this week. She told me she was trying to lose weight and wanted to know what I was doing. We had a great conversation and I hope she will call back with some positive results. Life is so good and I want to be here a while to do good deeds and tasks. I like to smile and see things at their best.
Till next time. Go to your house of worship this weekend, do a good deed for another, smile and be nice. Good night Adairville, Sweet Bertie Angel and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.