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March 14, 1978 Around Adair with Ed Waggener

The article below appeared in the March 14, 1978 issue of the Adair County News. Topics included the 1978 NCAA tournament, a potential Governor Mosely, a local construction boom, starving groundhogs, and memories of the perils of traveling the toll road to Campbellsville. --Pen

By Ed Waggener

The Richards Triumph - All Burton Ridge is proud
A.L. Sinclair of Christine put it most appropriately Sunday morning after former Garlinian Jim Richards' Western Hilltoppers surprised the basketball world with an 87-86 victory over 18th ranked Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA playoffs at Knoxville. "All Burton Ridge is proud of Jim Richards," Sinclair said.

Of course that's true, and all Columbia and all Adair County are proud of the coach who's held the the high principles he learned under the super-straight coaching great, John Burr, and from his parents, Mary and Demaree Richards of Columbia.

They say nice guys don't win.

But in his final season at Western, Jim Richards has already proven that saying wrong, whether he wins in Dayton and St. Louis or not.

The Reverend Senator And The Governorship
Senator Moseley has a problem

Senator Doug Moseley was back in Columbia this past weekend, as he has been every weekend during the legislative session. This time, he had to handle the publicity he received from former Daily Statesman writer Jim Shepherd, who is now the Frankfort correspondent for WBKY-TV in Bowling Green.

Shepherd interviewed Moseley, and those who saw the Friday night telecast which resulted from the interview interpreted it as meaning that Senator Moseley has decided to run for Governor in 1978.

There was a lot of ribbing, and a lot of questioning what the senator's "definite maybe's" really meant, when he came back to town.

Senator Moseley tried to put the matter in proper perspective. "It's always flattering when a guy is asked to make the race for governor," he said, adding, "if the Republican Party really wants me to run, I would."

That definite maybe means that if no really strong Republican candidate, say no one of the proven strength of Representative Tim Lee Carter, runs for governor, Senator Moseley would run. He's a Republican Party man, and he doesn't want to see a repeat of the freebie Julian Carroll got in 1975.

He's a minister first
Moseley says he dislikes the governor talk because of what it does with his relationship with the members of his Trinity United Methodist Church congregation. "I don't want them to get the idea that I'm about to leave the church to run for governor."

Still, it is flattering to the Senator. More and more, the press covering Frankfort is doing just what Jim Shepherd is doing, projecting Senator Moseley as one of the leading potential GOP gubernatorial candidates.

It's flattering to Columbia and Adair County, too. And it should be flattering to the remarkable congregation at Trinity Church.

It shouldn't hurt a thing for a Governor Moseley to commute from the Governor's Mansion to WAIN Street to serve as pastor of Trinity. Or, Governor Moseley would likely serve be as unorthodox a Governor as Governor Edmund Brown of California, who eschews the imperial trappings of the governorship and lives simply in his apartment. Governor Moseley might continue to live in his home in Green Hills, with "us folks."

That may be Moseley's biggest appeal

The fact that Senator Moseley holds a position of great responsibility and great honor, and remains as genuine a one of us, as ever, may be his great strength. Barbers Rollen Coomer, Bobby Loy, and Hugh Thomas were telling that Saturday, when he visited their shop in Columbia. "We can talk to you," Coomer said. "Your style is a lot like the style Jimmy Carter used during the campaign," Loy said, "it will go over well with the people."

Moseley continues to say that the Governor talk is all premature.

But it isn't impossible to get him involved in a conversation by asking him, "Senator, if you were Governor, what would you do on...?"

He'll give you an answer, I promise.

Starving Groundhogs - The critters have had it hard
Dairy farmer Murvin Grant of Glens Fork says that he noticed something this winter that he's never seen in his 25 years of farming. Last week, when there was still a foot of snow on part of the land, he saw a groundhog on top of the snow. "Gosh, he was thin," Grant said. "I knew he must have been looking for something to eat. I think that Wayne (Wayne Livesay, the County agent) ought to give us some kind of supplement to feed them to fatten them up. A little magnesium additive might do the trick," Grant says.

Another Harbinger Of Spring - Cotton Durham is walking again
Beanpole says that it is a sure sign of spring. Cotton Durham is walking again. "He gets 15 miles per bottle of Geritol," Beanpole quips. The Honorable O.A. "Cotton" Durham was unavailable for comment.

It'll Be A Good Year - Builders say it will be
I saw Joe McLean of McLean Construction Company on Saturday. He says that the library project is coming along on schedule. The only problem, he says, is that construction materials prices keep escalating. "I thought two years ago that the prices would start leveling out, but they seem to keep going up about 10 per cent a year." McLean sees another good year for builders in Adair County.

It's the same with Jeffries Hardware Company, one of Southern Kentucky's largest electrical suppliers. Owner Rollin Pyles says it will be a good year. "I've already gotten a really big order from a customer in Russell County." It's for a motel expansion, Pyles says.

Besides that, he says, his nephew, Joseph Pyles, who is in the excavation and construction business, is already being tightly booked for the summer.

The signs are for yet another boom year for Adair County construction.

From Here To Campbellsville - It's a whole lot easier now
Earl Conover and Howard Cheatham, Wall Street neighbors, say they can't remember all that far back, but they can remember knowing about when a trip to Campbellsville was an all day affair. As recently as 1925, they told me, there were tolls to pay on the privately maintained Campbellsville Pike. You paid toll three times, Conover says. And Cheatham says that one of the standard things to remember was that you'd expect three to four flat tires on the trip. "It wasn't a question of whether you'd have flats," Conover said, "it was when and how many." Cheatham, a Columbia tire dealer, says that the difference in the old tires and the new ones is that the old tires, in those days, had cotton fiber. Today's tires have much greater strength, he says, because of modern materials and construction techniques, he says.

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