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December 1, 1977 Around Adair with Ed Waggener

The article below first appeared in the December 1, 1977 issue of the Daily Statesman. Topics included an appreciation of Nolen Roberts, an appreciation of the Lindsey Wilson College basketball team, inauguration plans, Christmas decorations, and a call for papers on the science of moustachery. --Pen

By Ed Waggener

To help his fellow man
Up until six or seven years ago, Robert Gentry of Gentry's General Store at Goodin's Crossroads says folks who lived down Bryant's Creek Road used to risk life and conveyance when they ventured onto Highway 206 at the intersection beside his business.

But that was before a good man, Nolen Roberts, took care of the situation with a mirror.

You see, the road curves leftward above the intersection, and the families who used Bryant's Creek Road to come from Pyles Hollow or even Little Cake can't see up the road toward Pellyton.

Roberts, who lives in the intersection and is well known to hundreds of Adair County school students - he drives a bus - erected a rectangular mirror some eight-to-ten feet off the ground. The mirror measures about three feet by two feet.

Now, when a Bryant's Creek Road driver approaches the intersection, he needs only to check the mirror to see how traffic conditions are toward the north.

Gentry says that there were some traffic accidents at the intersection but that there haven't been any since Roberts erected the mirror.

"Folks ought to know about what Nolen Roberts did," neighbor Gentry said. "It isn't everybody who would have done what he did. He did it out of the goodness of his heart, to help his fellow man."

Christmas season is with us
Christmas season is here for sure. The Christmas lights are up, thanks to the Kentucky Utilities crew and Bill Beard. And the residences and businesses are looking more like the season every day. Nathan Hale's snowy windows at Ben Franklin were so realistic that my son, Pen Waggener, an expert on Ben Franklin, thought the snow had stuck to them Sunday morning.

Out at the Dillon Dinner House, Shirley Grant and Maxine Wade have two very Christmasy wreaths hung at the door.

So far, I haven't noticed very many Christmas doors yet, but I have a private committee checking them for quality, so we can pass out awards.

Inaugural invitations will be done right
The Inaugural invitations will be done up right. Monday, Chairman Dan Ellis appointed N.M. Berley and Mary Allender to be in charge of sending the invitations. Protocol will be important in sending the invitations to the high and mighty in surrounding counties and across the Commonwealth, and even to Washington and foreign states. But with Mrs. Berley and Mary Allender in charge, it's sure to be done right. If you have any suggestions to make to them about famous people to formally invite, better tell them this week, because they plan to have the invitations mailed by another ten days.

Respect for science low here
I am sure glad Cal Tech and M.I.T. aren't located here! Pure science is held in such low esteem that it is embarrassing to let it be widely known that one is any kind of 'ologist. I refer to the derisive comments I received after offering ways to rid one's house or business of vermin. The story was in the Adair County News, because that erudite journal is the first publication issued in this county so early after the article was written. Those who read it learned that Seven Up is reputed to be a fine rodent killer because mice can neither burp nor pass wind, and subsequently die of acute gasification after imbibing the drink.

Now I appear before readers to ask, not give, scientific information on another subject, the manly art of growing a mustache. I glanced around a local coffee house one morning and noticed that the most distinguished gentlemen in the establishment had mustaches or were growing them. There was Mayor (soon to be ex-cumbent Mayor) W.R. Murphy, Wholesale Groceryman James Hood, and Forester A.L. Sinclair all with full mustaches in some state of growth. I thought, "these are the kind of leaders I want to be like when I grow up," so I began growing one myself. Sinclair, before his wife made him shave off his facial adornment, would deprecate my efforts by asking me if I had had Wayne Livesay do a test before I started it.

Frankly, it ain't looking too good. Mike Murrell, himself a great writer and a mustached individual, told me that a mustache must have "three years and three cases of shoe polish," to grow to a proper bushiness.

I would much prefer an accelerated program. I will listen to any advice given in good faith. Such is my desire to advance the state of science in Adair County.

Happy birthday, Mr. Flowers
November 30 was the 90th birthday of one of my favorite people, Mr. Ray Flowers, a former Columbia postmaster. Flowers was to have been the guest of honor at a dinner at the Dillon Dinner House last night, but a small illness forced the postponement of the event his nephew, Alfred Flowers, had planned.

Happy birthday, Walt and Anne
Some people, even in the newspaper business, have it all together. Walt Gorin's wife Anne planned their baby daughter's birth to exactly coincide with the father's. Little Anne Michelle Gorin will celebrate her first birthday on December 8, the same day as daddy Walt Gorin celebrates his birthday. Gorin is the editor and publisher of the Greensburg Record-Herald.

A great team deserves more support
Parole Officer Pat Curry thinks that Adair County sports fans are missing out on a lot when they don't go to the Lindsey Wilson College basketball games.

Curry says that Coach David Farrar is offering one of the best exhibitions of college basketball anywhere. "They're 6-1 for the season," he said, "and they haven't lost any games at home. I think local sports fans ought to be told what they're missing." His sentiments were echoed by L.T. Bradshaw and by Tommy Grider, who commented, "I saw the St. Catherine game (Lindsey won 93-90) and it was very enjoyable."

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