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November 18, 1977 Around Adair with Ed Waggener

The article below first appeared in the November 18, 1977 issue of the Daily Statesman. Topics included plans for an Inauguruation Day in Adair County, a DeLaval expansion, a proposed mushroom plant in eastern Adair County, and an update on the Dogwood Project. --Pen

By Ed Waggener

The idea of holding an Inauguration Day for Adair County is taking hold. A meeting is scheduled for noon Monday, November 21 at the Lindsey Wilson Cafeteria with a select planning committee to see that the event is a success.

At present, the plans call for Inauguration Day to be held on January 7 or January 6 and 7, instead of the previously announced January 1, 2, and 3.

The events planned for the day include a formal Inaugural Banquet, the Inauguration, with speeches and installations of new officials, a major parade, and Inaugural balls, plus several other side activities.

It's a great idea
Nearly everyone I've talked to thinks the idea is great. "A lot of people have laughed about it, Robert Flowers, co-owner of Flowers Ford said, "but I think we need something like this. The fire got the people's morale down and this ought to get it back up."

Already, outside newsmen have shown an interest in the event, so we should have no lack of publicity.

It may be a first
So far, no one has heard of a like celebration in any other Kentucky County. That, in itself the uniqueness of the celebration is drawing early attention.

Another thing which is drawing attention is that the celebration will be BIG. Dan Ellis, who coordinated the Homecoming festivities at Lindsey this year, has agreed to at least serve as an advisor on the project. and he knows how to put on a show.

We'll have more on this after the Monday meeting.

Expansion believed near
Watch for an announcement soon on an expansion at DeLaval's IMO Pump Division in Columbia. The speculation is that the plant may double within the next year. That would mean a major boost to Columbia's Housing Construction projects, which had seemed to soften in the past two months. The employees at DeLaval are high on the company. They think it is the greatest thing ever to happen to Columbia.

Mushroom plant not dead
Word out of Frankfort is that the mushroom plant which had been proposed for eastern Adair County is still a prospect, but the best bets are that it has a 50- 50 chance of becoming a reality. Columbia appears to be a sure bet for the site, if the company builds a new plant. But company management is reportedly divided as to whether to build a new plant or expand an existing one. Expected employment, if the plant is built: 175-200 jobs.

iii short of operating capital
Mike Murrell is handling the story on the indictment in Estill County of Robert Faulkner, head of the iii operation in Estill County and Adair. It will be left to the courts to decide the outcome of the situation there, but there is a fact that in Adair County, the co-op has a modern processing plant ready to open except for the need to secure operating capital. It will be a real shame for the investors and for the county if the co-op is unable to begin operations here because of the Estill County situation.

UK's agricultural economics
I attended the potato meeting at the Adair County Extension office Wednesday night. Dr. C. R. Roberts gave the local prospective growers what the university says is an objective view of profit potential. One set of figures showed that a farmer could make $167 on an acre of potatoes. That's after figuring investment costs, depreciation, cash cost for seed, fertilizer, and chemicals and gasoline; and pay for the farmer's labor.

Using the same set of figures, the UK ag economist can show that a farmer leasing tobacco at 40 cents a pound, is losing $600 an acre.

They say they figure in the land costs, interest costs, etc., so that the farmer will get an objective look at his business. Yet every project leaves out the farmer's most important "profit," the appreciation of his land. If the university is going to go beyond the farmer's gross profit to arrive at a net profit, then they should acknowledge that the depreciation of equipment and the interest on the investment is about equal to the value of the land increase each year.

Prime real estate to be sold
Master Commissioner David Heskamp will sell one of Columbia's prime parcels of real estate at the courthouse door on December 5. It is the lot on the corner of Tutt and Bomar Heights owned by Curtis Wilson and Coy Downey. The lot has many commercial as well as residential possibilities.

Dogwood count is now 699
One hundred one more dogwood trees have been added to the list we are keeping at the Daily Statesman office, bringing the local total now committed to 699.

The most recent, as yet unreported pledges are as follows:
  • -Steven Curry, 6 trees for his personal property.
  • -MR. AND MRS. JIM RANSON, 5 trees, for their home on Dillon Street.
  • -MR.AND MRS. JIM RANSON, 5 trees, in memory of Leighton Smythe, to be planted on the courthouse lawn, if permitted.
  • -RALPH WAGGENER, 25 trees for the Maple Avenue neighborhood, in honor of the late Ruth Richardson.
  • -BETTY DULWORTH, 25 trees, in honor of Phillip Keltner, Cane Valley; and Jessie Putteet, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Kellyville. There will be 10 trees for Cane Valley School, 10 trees for the church, and 5 for her home.
  • -LINDA WAGGENER, 25 trees, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Doc Walker, to be planted on the road leading from Columbia to Edmonton.
How to sign up
Persons wishing to pledge or give or set out Dogwood Trees should call Marie Finn at the Daily Statesman office. We'll take the number of trees you wish to buy or a dollar amount. In February, when the trees will be picked u at the nursery, we'll recontact you to tell you prices and sizes of the trees. Smaller trees are, of course, much cheaper, and we are estimating that some may cost $1 or less. Call 384-xxxx for more information.

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