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October 19, 1977 Around Adair with Ed Waggener

This article first appeared in the October 19, 1977 edition of the Daily Statesman. Topics included an appreciation for Scenic Byways, election news, agriculture advice from A.L. Sinclair, the minimum amount of squirrel that needed to actually be served at the Democratic Party Squirrel Supper, and the connection between the World Series, Davis Hardware, and Paull Drug Company. --Pen

By Ed Waggener

There comes a point, I guess, when people quit thinking of you as a boy, and start thinking of you as a man. I guess I've reached that stage. I was called by a representative of the Kentucky Press Association who invited me to attend a district meeting of the KPA in Lexington. "Oh yes," she added, "why don't you bring your daughter, Linda, along. She's the editor of the Lincoln County Post, isn't she?"

She is that. But Linda is not my daughter. The only thing I could think of to save the day was to lie hard. "She's my wife," I said, and then fibbed, "and she's older than me."

"That's nothing to worry about," the lady said, "I'm older than my husband, too."

Oh well, at least they've quit coming by the office and asking it my father is in.

A good project for Moseley
I've always thought it well that Kentucky has the Wild Rivers Act. But there is a more important area which ought to be preserved, besides rivers and old landmark houses. And that is Scenic Roads.

The new road to Campbellsville is nice to have, but it isn't nearly so pretty as the old 55 which wound through Harmon Hollow, Cane Valley (proper), downtown Coburg, and up over the Green River Bluffs to look on Tibbs Bend in Taylor County, before descending past High Point onto the Green River Bridge and then rising to the uplands in Taylor County.

I guess that the new road could be better. But there are places where straighter roads lose more in scenery than it ever gains in other benefits.

Highway 704 south through Gadberry, Fairplay, Inroad, Bakerton, and Amandaville is perhaps the most scenic road anywhere. Each hill, each curve, each farm scene, is a little gem. Crocus Creek, as it meanders along the roadside is deliciously refreshing. The view of the Chad Chowning farmplace, seen from the north approach, is majestic, with hundreds of acres of bottom grasslands stretching in the distance, stopping at the edge of the Cumberland foothills.

Every form of wildlife is seen along the road. Snakes, toads, terrapins, and every kind of bird. I know I saw an eagle there once, the only place I've seen an eagle that wasn't stuffed.

The roadside is a botanical garden. You don't need to know trillium from sweet william to know that it is a natural floral paradise along the hills above Crocus Creek.

At Amandaville, the Amandaville Christian Church, with its black belfry and moderate carpenter's gothic trim, imprints the memory of its outline indelibly and unforgettably in one's mind: You think this is a good place.

That road should never be changed.
Some remember, today, how much prettier the old road to Lebanon was, when most went to the Oasis by way of Finley, crossing Muldraugh Hill on Highway 55. Today, they go to the Marion-Taylor County Line. I've heard that lamented. "It's taken all the pleasure out of getting drunk," one Old Road fan said.

Adair County is filled with other roads like 704 which ought to be preserved, and marked, "Scenic Byway."

He's for Brooklyn
Russell Holmes asked Allen Phelps who he was for in the Series. "I'm for Brooklyn," Phelps said. Apparently, he has never acknowledged that the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958, or so says Daily Statesman sports editor Mike Murrell.

My dad was that way. He would never acknowledge that Paull Drug Company could ever be called Young Drugs. And I guess that, were he alive today, he would be calling Young & Wilson "Paull Drug Company."

When Jeffries Hardware was "Davis Hardware," some people refused to call it anything but "Jeffries Hardware." When Lynn Jeffries bought the business from the Davis family and the name reverted to "Jeffries," some people would only call it "Davis Hardware," the first name they had known the business by. Maybe Rollin Pyles, the present owner, with Elbert Burton, of Jeffries Hardware, has the right idea. Just leave the name as it is.

A Republican Gene Young is running for jailer
There's a Republican named Eugene Young running for jailer - but he's running for jailer in Whitley County. Democrat Gene Young is running for jailer in Adair County. That's far enough away that they won't get mixed up.

A story from the olden days
There is a story about a heavy drinker in Columbia which goes like this: The fellow drank an awful lot. A group here decided that they would teach him a lesson. When he got down dog drunk, they carried him to the coffin display room at the funeral home and laid him out. When the drunk woke up, he saw he was in a casket and that there were others all around. "Well, what do you know," he said, "it's Resurrection Day and I'm the first one on the ground."

The pepper farmer should have sprayed
The green pepper crop didn't do so well this year as last, and Tri-County Receiving Station representative A.L. Sinclair is afraid that it will cost the county growers next year. That's a shame. Adair County farmers are beginning to get some expertise in this crop, and there was one major lesson they should have learned. Many didn't heed the warning to treat the soil with Furadan for corn borer, and sure enough, Mr. Corn Borer got to many of the crops. It's almost like a replay of the effort to get rid of brucellosis in Adair County. When the "bangs" program first started, many dairy farmers got homicidal when the testers came around. Now they're that way about farmers who don't have their cows tested. Next year pepper growers will give a second shot of Furadan to their fields, if it's needed.

Democrats to have squirrel supper
The Adair County Democratic Party really is going to have a squirrel supper. It will be held Thursday evening, October 20, at 5:30 p.m., at the Conover Woods State Park just south of the Highway 55-Highway 704 intersection on South 55. The affair is open to the public. And it's free, John D. Lowe III, Democratic Party treasurer, says. Besides the squirrel, there will be fish, coleslaw, drinks, and baked beans. Lynn Tucker will officiate at the squirrel burgoo making. The Democrats guarantee that there will be at least one squirrel in the burgoo.

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