Each year, the News-Democrat & Leader highlights headlines from a selected year in our community’s history as seen through the pages of your newspaper. This year, 1973’s Logan Leader was chosen.

Forty-seven years ago Logan County was a different place. The economy was up, grocery stores were being built, plans for building classrooms were pushed, revitalizing the courthouse was under way, as well as the newspaper office, and deciding if the county seat would go “wet” held some controversy.

So take some time, take a seat, and travel back with us to a time less chaotic and enjoy the memories made.


A petition for legal liquor was brought to the courthouse Thursday, and by Friday representatives of the county “dry forces” were scanning the document for evidence of fraud.

There were 750 signatures on the petition which asks for a referendum on the sale of alcoholic beverages on March 3.

The election would be to determine whether package liquor stores and retail beer outlets can be legalized in the city of Russellville.

The law requires that the petition bear the signature of a significant number of Russellville voters to equal one-fourth of the number who voted in Russellville in the last general election.

There were 2,842 votes cast in the seven Russellville precincts in the November general election. One-fourth of this would be 750, but since the city voting precincts extend beyond the city limits, there is a question as to whether 2842 is the correct number for which one-fourth is required or whether the base should be smaller.

Later on in the year, the petition calling for a liquor referendum was rejected by Logan County Judge Robert Brown. He said the petition did not contain the sufficient number of legally qualified signatures necessary to call the referendum.

Later on in the year, residents of Russellville went to the polls to consider the legalization of package liquor inside the city limits. The vote was to stay “dry.”


Logan’s first baby in 1973 was a baby boy named Christopher Lee. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Bond of Russellville. He weighed 9 lbs. 2 oz. and was born at 10:53 a.m. on January 3 at the Logan County Hospital.


The front of the Logan County Courthouse takes a new look as workmen make progress in the renovation of the building.


Just how much the Logan County economy has moved forward in the last few years, despite the nation’s domestic problems, may be gathered from a look at the record books. They show that the volume of retail business done in the local area, a principal indicator of the state of the economy, rose significantly in the last five years ending January 1, 1972.

The gain was made in the face of general apprehension about unemployment, crime conditions, racial strife, swelling welfare rolls, inflation, the war, and higher taxes.

The progress made in the local area in the period is revealed in figures compiled by the standard rate and date of service.

They show that retail sales in Logan County stores, as of the beginning of this year, the recent annual rate of over $34,077,000. Five years previously they totaled $28,124,000.


The Logan County Civil Defense unit received five pieces of Army surplus equipment from Fort Campbell last week.

Received by the Logan County Civil Defense Unit were two half-ton, 10 wheel trucks, and three jeeps.


Construction of a 48-unit apartment complex to be called Northfield Manor is expected to begin on a 10-acre tract of land on U.S. 79 behind the Tasty Treat.

The property was purchased last week by a Bowling Green development firm. The apartment complex will be constructed partially with Federal funds supplied under the provisions of FHA-236 program.

Later in the year, a group of residents living in the U.S. 79 south area planned to seek an injunction on the project. However, those seeking the injunction abandon plans. A spokesman for the residents said they had decided not to seek an injunction because of the cash bond the residents would have to put with the injunction because each would be liable for the damages caused the contractor if any occurred while construction of the project was halted.


Hubert Mays of Bowling Green and John Ewing of Madisonville have announced plans to open a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant near east end in Russellville the spring.


The old Felts Hotel building on E. 4th Street, Russellville will be undergoing some major changes in the next few months as a structure is converted into an apartment complex for older people.


The second attempt by the city of Russellville to rid the town and especially Longview Subdivision of starlings other “black birds” had just about the same results as the first.

One week ago Saturday night, 1900 feet of series E-primer cord, similar to rope explosive, was strung through the trees and general area used by the birds for roosting. It was shot at 8 p.m. after the birds have been at roost for a couple of hours. It was hope that by catching the birds on roost like this, the explosion would scare them enough that they would not be back. However, when roosting time came Sunday afternoon, they were back just as thick as before.

Saturday, February 17, at 8 p.m. another blast was tried. This time 4000 feet of cord was used and it did produce a somewhat louder blast. But people who have been participating in the attempts to relocate the bird said this try failed also.


Construction of a $1 million resort complex has started near the northern entrance of Lake Malone.

The 55-unit resort lodge and 10 additional recreational facilities will be owned by Rae Ryan, an Evansville, Indiana, businessman and George MacLean a Los Angeles architect.


This issue of the Logan Leader is the first of any newspaper to be printed on a news press that we have installed in Russellville. With the press five years to the week after the first issue of the Logan Leader was printed. Since the summer of 1968, The Logan Leader and News-Democrat has been printed on the press of the Franklin Favorite and returned it to Russellville for distribution.


The proposed eight classroom edition for Auburn school has been rejected by the Kentucky Department of education. However, the state office has given the Logan County School Board permission to construct four elementary classrooms there.

Logan County School Supt. R.B. Piper told the county school board Friday night he has received a letter from the Department of Education informing the county it could build the four elementary classrooms. In the letter, no mention was made of the request for eight classrooms.

The new classrooms are being sought by the school board to move classes now being held in substandard rooms, to modern facilities.

However, the state, in line with its 1971 facility survey of Logan County schools, contains the county needs to build a consolidated county high school. After this is complete, the state has contended the overcrowding and substandard conditions existing at the community schools could be corrected to take care of elementary and junior high school requirements.


The 27th annual Adairville Strawberry Festival got under way this past weekend with a large turnout at the festival horse show and the volunteer fireman‘s auction, both held Saturday. The climax of the festival will be this next weekend.

Activities will begin Thursday night with athletic events starting at 6 p.m. and a talent show following at 7 p.m.

On Friday, the events include a flower show, a pet show, a series of plays, and a teen dance.

On Saturday, the Snoopy‘s Kiddy Parade begins at 1 p.m. and the festival parade begins at 3 p.m.


William Carter of Route 2, Russellville, was admitted to Logan County Hospital Saturday afternoon after lightning struck a silage wagon under which he had taken cover from a rainstorm.

South of Russellville, however, was where the storms unleashed most of their damaging winds Saturday afternoon and again early Sunday morning. Some two inches of rain added to the already abundant supply of moisture which have been slowing farm work for weeks in Logan.

Affected in the windstorm was an area around Oakville extending from on the road to the Nashville road and onto the current neighborhood and the area around Spring Valley Baptist Church.

High winds took the roof off a porch in Oakville. Barns were damaged as well.


The newspaper plant is under construction and the remodeling of a century-old structure is about five weeks from completion. The Logan Leader and News-Democrat’s new press is already in operation in the building formally occupied by Flower’s Hardware. New millwork doors and other trim on the exterior will be a brown color, although the building now has a gray primer coat of paint.


The first million-dollar budget for Logan county has received tentative approval by the fiscal court.

The fiscal 1973-74 budget for Logan County amounted to $1,089,169, which was nearly $400,000 more than the $683,594 budget adopted for the current fiscal year which ends June 30.

Of that $400,000 increase, $383,000 represents revenue sharing funds the county expects to receive this year and next year.

Included in the budget is $290,115 for the general administration of various county offices. This includes salaries, supplies, and expenses.

$2,100 for health and sanitation services such as livestock inspection and the county dog patrol.

$4170 for charities.

$11,995 for other government services such as soil conservation, parks and recreation, city-county airport, the Barren River Area Development District, and the County Planning Commission.

$42,095 for unclassified expenses from the general fund.

$21,000 has been provided from the state for a public defender fund for the county.

$100,000 for the construction of a new jail. $10,000 for the road department for new equipment.

$15,000 in architects on the courthouse and $258,000 for the remainder of the courthouse renovation project.


Officials overseeing the development of Spa Lake in North Logan County are hopeful the project will be completed by next July.

Construction of the 260-acre lake and dam is being done by Ernest Simpson Construction Company of Glasgow under the supervision of the United States Soil Conservation Service.

The cost of the project is expected to be $615,000.

Recreation on the lake may be limited to fishing, but no restrictions have as yet been established.


Market Square’s second phase of development began last week. Once complete it will provide 15,000 square feet of building space for seven businesses.

In the second phase, buildings have been allotted for a restaurant, laundromat, a beauty shop, barbershop, a cosmetic shop, a dentist’s office, and a drugstore.

Phase one of the half-million-dollar development is near completion. The Houchens store building was constructed in phase one. It contains 16000 square feet and will be ready for occupancy in the next few weeks.


In the six months since Russellville voters rejected the legalization of package liquor and beer sales in the city, 12 arrests for bootlegging have been made.

Of the 12 persons arrested, one person has been found guilty. He was fined $100 and given a 30 day probated sentence after he pled guilty. It was his second offense.

Of the remaining 11 persons charge formally with possession of alcoholic beverages in a dry territory for the purpose of sale, three had charges dismissed against them on legal technicalities.

According to the best estimates available from individuals familiar with liquor sales — either from legal or illegal sources — Logan Countians spend about $12,000-$15,000 weekly on alcoholic beverages including beer.

Most of that money is spent at Bowling Green liquor stores and distributorships, it is either purchase by individuals for their own consumption or by Logan County bootleggers.

The legalization effort in Russellville failed by 359 votes.


For the Kentucky State police, Friday was to be a day-long finale to several months search for the notorious “100-acre patch of marijuana growing in Kentucky just crossed the Tennessee line.”

“We have been looking for this field is marijuana for about three months,” said G.C. McMillen of Russellville who is chief of detectives for Kentucky State Police operations in most of Southern Kentucky. “ We had received information from local sources and from sources out of the state that there were 100 acres of marijuana growing near the Tennessee line just inside Kentucky.”

State police detectives under McMillen’s direction Friday found the patch of marijuana.

The patch was estimated to be between 75 and 100 acres in size. The state police found three barns used by the marijuana growers for harvesting and preparing the marijuana crop for the market.

State Detective Paul Hankins discovered Saturday a second field of marijuana. He reported the field was about 10 acres and located about 300 yards from the larger field. Most of the marijuana from the second field has been harvested.

In all, about $5 million worth of marijuana was confiscated. State Police officials said this cache was the largest ever found in Kentucky.


Mrs. Ernestine Clark, who resides in Russellville and is the widow of the late N.A. Clark, rose around 4:45 a.m. in the morning of Friday, Oct. 19, and went to the kitchen sink to get a drink to wash down an aspirin tablet.

Mrs. Clark, who loves raising flowers and likes to fish, said she always looks out her kitchen window directly in front of the sink when she first gets up in the morning to see if it is clear or cloudy.

This morning was no exception as far as looking out the window goes. But this morning there was more to look at than the weather. Mrs. Clark was looking straight at what has been tagged for years as a UFO (unidentified flying object).

In an interview later Friday, she said the object was hovering between her house and that of her neighbors, low to the ground, and was “very pretty.“

She described it as looking like “three big stars that had come together with one star and the top and bottom points of the other two forming a general outline of a balloon. It was a bright, golden-colored, light object. Although it had moved slightly to the west while I watched it, I watched it for about 45 minutes before it finally moved on out of sight toward the west.”


Hall and Blythe Bestway Food Center is now open on the corner of Wilson Avenue and Main Street in Auburn.

The new Grocery, which opens Friday, is owned and operated as a family affair by Howard Hall, his wife Gladys Smith Hall and son-in-law, Wayne and Terry Blythe.

The food center contains nearly 5000 square feet of floor space, complete with a fresh and frozen meat department, a fresh vegetable department, a frozen food department, and other features.


Mr. and Mrs. Rayford Scales and their son, Sam, we’re preparing to eat at the noon hour Thursday when the family smelled smoke.

Upon investigation, they discovered a fire had started in the attic of the two-story house, located just off the Nashville Road about five miles south of Russellville.

Fire units from Adairville and Auburn were called out but by the time the units could reach the house, it was so consumed by the fire and could not be saved.

However, the firemen, neighbors, and others assisted Scales in removing most of their furniture and possessions.

Several hours later, cornbread muffins, part of the hot meal prepared for dinner, we’re still on the stove which had been removed from the burning house.

Mrs. Scales said her family moved into the house about a year ago, and have been renovating it.



A new Central Police Communication Center for Logan County is a good idea. But the political infighting amongst Russellville officials and Logan County officials concerning the proposed center is not beneficial and is definitely not in the best interests of all of the county residents.

Some compromise should be reached. All of the residence of the county, both inside Russellville and the remainder outside, would best be served by one central system.

Law-enforcement officials from Russellville, the county, and the Barren River Crime Council are recommending the establishment of a Central Communication System.

The new system is being sought by the city which is upgrading its communication system with new equipment through the prime counsel.

They should be heard by those who must make the decisions since the lawman have in the past, are now, and will be in the future, cooperating with each other in an effort to maintain law and order in Logan County.

Why should their hands be tied with a less efficient communication system simply because local politicians cannot compromise and come up with a workable solution?

The people of Logan County should not have to tolerate this political bickering when their best interests are not being served by our officials. And those who are being obstructionists in this matter should have to suffer the consequences at the polls.

The establishment of two systems cuts down on the cooperation between the various communities in the county. Until now, the rest of the police department has provided a communication service to the county and the outlying communities which literally has been the lifeblood of the law-enforcement in the rural areas during the darkness of night.

This type of service has fostered a good working relationship between the law officers. Why should this be jeopardized?

The proponents of two radio systems has proposed the installation of a radio at the county jail. The county Jailer has his hands full keeping his prisoners behind bars, and the addition of maintaining a radio after hours would create an unwise burden.

First, law-enforcement officials have stated the county’s communication system would be in serious jeopardy if a jailbreak occurred, and to have happened in the last two months.

What would keep one of the prisoners from knocking the radio operator over the head, or pounding the radio into uselessness? It would simply put the county law without radio communications just when they need this crucial link to track down the escapees.

Secondly, Chuck Bunch, executive director of the Barren River Crime Council, said he felt federal funds would not be made available to buy equipment to install in such a hazardous place.

Concerning the cost to operate a central system, the cost per unit may be too high for the communities of Adairville, Lewisburg, and Auburn as proposed by Russellville. The city of Russelville might consider the occupational tax paid by the county residents who work in city factories when city officials start assessing the cost of services it renders to the county. But at the same time, the county officials should consider the revenue it receives from property tax paid by Russellville residents and the services the county renters to city residents.

Each side in this matter should be willing to compromise to find a workable solution which is definitely not a duplication of a communication system and efforts.