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November 25, 1977 Around Adair with Ed Waggener

The article below first appeared in the November 25, 1977 issue of the Daily Statesman. Topics included Sparksville School, the parade planned for inauguration, recruiting Charles Kuralt to come to town, and the Santa Claus at the Ben Franklin. --Pen

By Ed Waggener

Best view in the county?
Cousin Berniece Arnold must have the best job in Adair County. She's the librarian at Sparksville School. Sparksville School is situated high on a hill, and from our Cousin Berniece's window one can see for miles and miles, with broom sedge waving in the foreground, and little houses dotting the countryside; beyond, the wooded hills gently recede into a valley toward Flatwoods to Gradyville, then rise into blueness in the rimmed crest at the outer limits.

I was out there Thursday, and I told her she ought to take a thousand dollars a year less in pay for the scenery, besides the benefits she gets by teaching in one of the most enthusiastic communities in the county. She agreed the view is the best from any Adair County school library. But somehow she didn't think she was overpaid.

Sparksville is a neat school
Terry Farris, the new principal this year at Sparksville, says he really likes it there, despite the fact that he commutes 15 miles each way from his new home at Vester.


The exterior of the building needs some touch-up, but the interior is immaculate. There are twelve teachers at the eight grade school. They contribute to the esprit which makes the school a special place. The teachers are Darryl Fletcher, eighth grade; Loy Coomer, seventh grade; Billy Rogers, sixth grade; Louise Gowen, fifth grade; Ruby C. Keltner, fourth grade; Pam Stephens, third grade; Margie Coffey, second grade; Cynthia Walker, first grade; Marilyn Smith, kindergarten; Sue Lacy, remedial reading; and Cathy Cox, remedial math. Lois McKinley visits the school as migrant teacher and Marsha Harris is the visiting music teacher. Jessie Janes is the school's secretary.

Got a float idea?
I haven't heard yet what the prizes will be for the best float in the Inaugural Parade. We're going to have one at Waggener-Walker Newspapers unless something awful happens. The big thing will be selecting the "Miss-Print" to ride the float. There are several dozen beautiful females who work here, so the competition will be keen.

Other floats are being entered
Several other organizations are entering the float competition, I hear. Ronnie Chapman, president of the Columbia-Adair County Jaycees, said that his organization will enter, and, he vowed, "We're going to win it." George Neal, of Louisville News Service, says that his group will enter a float, as will Burger Queen. Bobby Morrison of Oshkosh B'Gosh is considering the idea, and DeLaval and Commonwealth Manufacturing are being asked to enter.

Clubs, churches, and retail businesses would find a float in the Inaugural Parade a great advertising idea.

This thing is big
There aren't many people in town I've talked to who aren't downright enthusiastic about the idea of the Inaugural Parade. It is going to happen!

Could get national coverage
I had a call from Bob Jordan of CBS News in Chicago about the condition of Wolf Creek Dam yesterday morning. Since the Tocoa, Georgia, disaster last week, greater interest is being shown in dam safety. He said that CBS will likely send a crew down to see the work going on to repair the dam which the Corps of Engineers said was safe right up until the time when they decided to spend $80 million to make it secure. Mr. Jordan said they might stop in the office when he comes. I invited him to take a few camera shots around Columbia, the only town in the world where Mark Twain was conceived, and he said they might do that. I told him about the Inauguration and he said that he would pass the word on to their man in charge of such affairs, Charles Kuralt, of CBS' "On the Road."

We'd make him Senator
I told the television man that we'd make Charles Kuralt a U.S. Senator if he would come to the Inauguration. That seems fair enough to me, and The Chairman agreed, even before he found out Charles Kuralt's political affiliation. "Besides," he said, "Kentucky ought to have three U.S. Senators."

Maybe he'll come, and maybe he won't, but at least the people at the leading news network are going to know that Columbia is here.

They ought to come. After all, when Columbia gets a television station, we'll likely go CBS. But NBC would be in the running, too, so it would be good business for them to be here.

Wee Wisdom
Cornelia Hughes says that her granddaughter, Sherry Ellis, is already onto the monetary situation. Mrs. Hughes found a penny on the floor at her home recently and was inspired to give it to the visiting Sherry. "Aw, grandmother," Sherry said, "a penny won't buy anything anymore," and refused it.

There is a great worry at the James and Kay Brock residence over whether Santa Claus will have a good memory when he reaches Ben Franklin this Christmas. Young Kevin Brock, a first grader at Colonel Casey, was reluctant to talk to a department store Santa at Rivergate Mall last week. After he was coaxed to talk to Santa, he confided his fear. "He'll forget what I tell him this early," Kevin said. And he assured them he would test Santa when he got to Ben Franklin. "Just tell him again," the Brocks urged Kevin, but Kevin insists Santa Claus should be able to remember. Time will tell whether Santa makes the grade. Kevin is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Ormal Turner of Columbia and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Brock of Milltown.


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