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November 16, 1977 Around Adair with Ed Waggener

The article below first appeared in the November 16, 1977 issue of the Daily Statesman. Topics included Homecoming, analysis of local results in the general election, National Emergency Medical Service Week, and the importance of CPR in rural areas. Mentions included Alan Reed, Presley Chelf, Sidney Grant, Mike Stephens, Cotton Phelps, Dennis Loy, Gerald Doss, and Wayne Livesay. --Pen

By Ed Waggener

The New Sound at WAIN is getting a lot of attention. Coach David Farrar of Lindsey Wilson says that now, whenever the family turns on the radio, seven-year old Nikki Farrar says, "Daddy, turn it to Alan Reed's station."

Homecoming was a good show
Everybody who attended the Lindsey Wilson Homecoming activities were complimentary of fast-pace of the affair. Everything happened on schedule and the schedule was full. Dr. L.R. McDonald, president of Lindsey Wilson, gives credit to Dan Ellis, the school's information director. "He really knows how to handle the problems of Homecoming," Dr. Mac said. "Sometimes I wonder how we would run the school without him."

Rivercrats are angry
The Green River Democrats are angry at the central organization in Columbia. There, Democrat Presley Chelf, running against a popular, progressive Republican Magistrate, Sidney Grant, almost pulled an upset. The feat was a major accomplishment because the Republicans in the First Magisterial District outnumber the Democrats almost 2 to 1.

Even more remarkable is the fact that Chelf beat Grant on Election Day. His machine vote count was one more than Grant's. But Grant polled 7 more absentee votes than the Democrat. The District One Democrats are seething because they think that the Adair County Democrat organization let Chelf get beat by not helping him.

The big push was in Hurt
An intensive look at the Democratic vote shows that the River country Democrats delivered on their own, some of the best votes for the Democratic ticket, but the biggest anomaly in the vote pattern was the strong showing of Democrat Milton Stephens in traditionally GOP Hurt precinct in the race for District 2 magistrate.

For the first time, I'm told, a Democrat carried Hurt. Stephens says that he carried Hurt because he lives there. "That was just my neighbors voting for me," he says, adding, "and Otha Beck's (Otha B. Bryant, the Republican winner) neighbors voted for him in White Oak and Ozark." The fact was that the traditional Republican majorities held in White Oak and Ozark, so that Democrat Stephens, even with his Hurt win, still lost District 2 by almost 2-to-1.

Phelps: No party help
Democratic Party Leader Cotton Phelps, the Carroll Administration's Contact in Adair County, says that Stephens didn't get special help from the party. "Mike (Mike Stephens, Milton Stephens' son) did some work in Hurt on his own," Phelps said, "but he didn't get any special party help."

Phelps did say that the County organization "sent word" to Chelf that they wanted to help, but, Phelps said, "Presley never did come down to see them."

The Rivercrats see it differently. They think that the Columbia organization ought to have had better intelligence in the field, that they should have known of the strong race Chelf was running and that the aid should have been delivered to Chelf.

Chelf will figure strongly
Whatever one determines as to the blame for the Democrats losing the race in District 1, there still remains the fact that Presley Chelf came out a very strong leader in the party, one who will be heard in the future party reorganizations which will inevitably occur with the next gubernatorial race.

It's National Emergency Medical week
This week is National Emergency Medical Service Week. In Adair County, we have an outstanding Emergency Medical Service. It is, in a way, costly. The service is one of the biggest items in the county budget. But in another way of looking at it, it is the biggest health bargain Adair County ever got. The total governmental contribution to support the system is around $50,000. Of that, only about 25 per cent comes directly from Adair County taxpayers. For it, we get round-the-clock ambulance service. I know that it is much better to have an accident or to suffer an acute medical problem today than it wa before the EMS.

CPR's reducing health hazards
It is a well-known fact that the death rate from heart attack has fallen significantly in the past two decades. A major reason is patient education. A second major reason is that we have much more sophisticated diagnostic and treatment equipment, and the medical profession has made tremendous advances in heart disorder care.

But in this rural county, the biggest force in the war on heart disease will be the advances made by the Emergency Medical Service.

We'll likely never have physicians in all corners of the county again. But, through the EMS, we can have trained CPR's (coronary-pulmonary rescusitation specialists) in every community.

Since the response time in heart attack is critically short, it is a must that CPR's be trained in Knifley, Breeding, Coburg, Millerfield, Ozark, Glens Fork and all the smaller communities.

I am impressed with the enthusiasm the Emergency Medical Technicians have for their jobs. I talked with EMTs Gerald Doss and Dennis Loy yesterday. They're scheduled to take a two-week CPR course and both are looking forward to it.

Two-fold justification
There is a two-fold justification for increasing the emphasis on the Emergency Medical Services.

First, it can be quickly expanded. We can quickly train more EMT's who will work here at home. This isn't so with physicians.

Secondly, the EMT approach is so much more economical. We have already seen this.

Should, do, work together
I hope it is never an either-or situation. I think Adair County can become a center for the most advanced, the most skilled medical services anywhere. At the same time, people can bleed to death for the wont of a Band-Aid. If we have the health care the people deserve, we will put proper emphasis on the entire spectrum of health care delivery systems. We need them all.

I will be just as proud for the day when Adair County has as many trained CPR's as Seattle, Washington, as I will be when the West Lake Cumberland Hospital is completed. And I would be very sad if we got the magnificent new medical center and ever neglected this everyday, vital, basic health service.

Expert will help with dogwoods
Wayne Livesay, Adair County Extension Agent, says that if the Dogwood Project continues to grow as successfully as it is now, he will book the UK Horticulture specialist, Luther Small, Somerset, to assist residents with the planting. A note: we anticipate getting aid for the planting of the donated dogwoods for the public grounds, but dogwoods planted on private land will be the responsibility of the owners.

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