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February 9, 1978 Around Adair with Ed Waggener

The article below first appeared in the February 9, 1978 issue of the Daily Statesman. Topics included an update on the Dogwood Project, a new writer at the Statesman, the Miss Lake Cumberland Pageant, debate on the color of new street lights, and the slyest fellow at the council meetings. --Pen

By Ed Waggener

Dogwood Expedition tomorrow
Mayor Squaredeal Downey, County Agent Wayne Livesay, Mr. McNeil, a representative of the University of Kentucky; J.U. Rogers and Ralph Waggener are going to McMinnville, Tennessee, today at noon, to visit nurseries to make a deal on dogwoods for the Dogwoodification Project.

The group will board Shot Rogers' travel home on the Square in downtown Columbia, to be escorted to the City limits on Burkesville Street by Columbia Police.

They will not be bringing any dogwoods back, but will be shopping.

Right now, the total number of dogwoods pledged are 877.

The latest pledges are from the following:


  • Bonnie And Eldon Trubee, five trees, in honor of Dr. and Mrs. F.L. Trubee and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Cox, with two to be planted at the Columbia- Union Presbyterian Church and three at any other location.

  • Ottie Wheeler, Wall Street, has asked for eight large trees for his home.

  • Rev. John L. Coomer, five trees.

  • Pleas Grimley has asked for two trees for his home.

  • Mrs. Phillip Keltner is taking 15 trees in honor of her mother, Beatrice Caldwell. Ten will be planted at Bethany Baptist Church, and five will go at the Keltner home.

  • Tom Roy wants 25 trees for his own home and for children's homes.


That leaves us a little short of our goal of 10,000 dogwood trees, unless Gaylon Yarberry actually plants the Dogwood Forest on the property he recently bought from J.D. Harper.

It's not long until planting time
Today is the 9th day of February. It's hard to believe that planting time is just around the corner, but it is.

The dogwood planting will take place in early March. The Dogwood Committee will only be shopping this trip, but after they return we should be able to contact every person who has pledged to plant dogwoods to let them select the dogwoods they will want.

New writer at Daily Statesman
You probably noticed a new byline in yesterday's newspaper. Gerald Reliford has joined the staff of Waggener-Walker Newspapers as a traveling editor. This means that he will be the traveling managing editor at another company newspaper - in this case the Patriot Statesman at Campbellsburg - in addition to working with the Daily Statesman.

Mr. Reliford, an ordained minister, has been doing evangelistic work for the past two years. He will continue that work while also employed at the newspapers.

He is a graduate of Adair County High School, Campbellsville College, and Asbury Seminary.

He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Columbia.

Mr. Reliford is the son of Mr. and Mrs. LaRue Reliford of the Rocky Hills Community. Mr. Reliford is married to the former Laverne Draper of Garlin. They have two children, Scott, 5, and Miriam, 15 months.

He will be contributing articles to the Daily Statesman from time to time.

Tourism can count for more here
It's just a few weeks off: The 1978 Miss Lake Cumberland Pageant. It will be held April 1 at the Adair County High School. This thing has been growing since it began a few years ago.

This year, Sue Stivers, the Director of the Pageant, says it will be bigger than ever, because Miss America will be in Columbia for the pageant.

"I got a call last week," Mrs. Stivers said. "A lady in Lexington wanted 40 tickets and lodging for her party." The tickets are just now being printed at the newspaper office. And Mrs. Stivers told the woman about the local motels, but the Lexington lady wanted to keep her entire party together. Mrs. Stivers finally arranged for rooms at Lure Lodge.

This thing is big. It was big last year, when local people who were late making up their minds to attend found that there were no tickets to be bought.

This year, the sell-out will come earlier, I predict.

It will be the second local sell-out of a major event in Columbia in a year. The Madrigal Dinner at Lindsey Wilson was limited to only 100, and the sell-out occurred four or five days before the event. Mike Glasgow is in charge of the tickets this year.

As big as Inauguration?
Could the Pageant this year mean as much as the Inauguration did? Probably so, if a good bit of planning goes into peripheral events.

It's an annual affair. It has had an increase in interest each year. And now, it could have added impact on the community if we want it to. Every time we get another person to Columbia, that means more dollars to spiral through the Columbia economy. The promoters have, heretofore, done the job pretty much by themselves. And they've succeeded admirably. With added community input, the success should be greater.

Should our lights be amber or blue?
Larry Russell Bryant wants amber lights in Columbia. And he told the City Council that Monday night, after Edgar Troutman of the Kentucky Utilities Company brought up the subject of new street lights. Mayor Downey told Bryant he ought to get up a committee to go, and that he, Downey, would go along in Bryant's big, black Cadillac. Bryant told him that they would be going in his Jeep if they had to go right after the meeting and Downey maorily declined.

Councilman Dan Royse, a man of independent mind, said he didn't get around much and wasn't sure about these amber lights. "I want blue ones," Royse said, "at least on a couple of streets."

I don't know how I feel about amber lights. They look up-town in Lexington, but they are an eerie sight at the LaGrange Reformatory, where they cast a copper glow over a big part of Oldham County.

But if Larry Russell Bryant has his heart set on amber lights, I want Columbia to have them. Royse can keep his Christmas tree up all year if blue lights are his thing.

Slyest fellow at the council
Also at Monday night's meeting, I hear first hand, was the incident where Elvin Corbin yawned real big right in the middle of a council discussion. Corbin, the City Works Director, apparently frightened Mayor Squaredeal Downey, who sternly warned him he would have him arrested for breach of peace and removed from the meeting if he were to yawn like that again. Now I've gone to more Council Meetings than Mayor Squaredeal has ever gone to, and I am an old Elvin Corbin observer. He looks like he is asleep. But he isn't. He'll lean back in that chair, puts his hands behind his head, close his eyes, and for all intents and purposes, he looks asleep. But if you watch the Works Director closely, you'll see his lips moving, commenting on every item before the council. And when a Councilman, even under his breath, mentions "street," "landfill," "blacktop," or "snow removal," it's like yelling "Fire" to an ordinary man. Corbin is up on his feet commenting when he hears those words. He ain't sleeping. He's playing possum. Squaredeal just don't know him the way the rest of us City Council watchers do.


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