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The rest of the slogans: A Good Place to call home, and more

A good Sunday read: The list, below, of slogan entries
By Ed Waggener

What do people really think about Columbia?

The slogans entered in the recent Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce contest are, in many ways, one-line editorials which show the diverse observations, special interests, and aspirations; in many ways, they show the pluralistic nature of the community.

Sue Stivers, Director of the Chamber, and highest profile ambassador for the community, shared all the entries with us, and they are included below.

She did so after we requested permission to use the slogan which won second place, Denise Adamson's Columbia: A Caring Community of Committed Citizens (Number 37 in the list below) with stories we run with the Heart of Adair logo. Mrs. Stivers thought this would be an excellent idea. "Any way we can promote Columbia in a positive manner will be great."

The official Chamber slogan, Number 88 below, Paula Propes' winning Columbia, KY - A Good Place to Call Home is the consensus choice to evoke a worldwide impression of the community, and it is the one which will emblazon all Chamber printings.

The slogans submitted make a good Sunday read. Many of them fit occasions perfectly. One Mayor Pat Bell cited as appealing was No. 34, Near Lakes, Near Lindsey, Nearly Perfect!. It would seem to have a definite place in a lot of promotional literature.

Many of the submissions are go for poetry or rhyming, and several draw on the community's rich literary history, with references to Janice Holt Giles and Mark Twain, but without doing a detailed analysis, it appears as many are as enamored with the Jesse James connection. Number 70 combined Jesse James and rhyming, with tourism: Visit the hills and hollers see where Jesse James stole his dollars!

Several of the entries used the exclamation mark, and one, Number 65 trumped the others by having two: Lakes and rivers and hills. Oh my!!

Some are slightly risque, as is No. 60, The Best Little Horse Town in the Atlas!, which seems a certain play on the movie title, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." That may be a bit harsh, since this slogan was one of the few which pays tribute to what is becoming the most important farm industry.

Some are esoteric, and a bit enigmatic, but nonetheless Googlable. Number 74, Lean Six Sigma Community is one of those maximizer quests for the near ideal, or "near perfection."Only one played on an acronym, Number 66, Adventurous Discoveries Are In Reach
The entries:

  1. Columbia, Kentucky - Friendly Faces and Country Places
  2. Columbia - A Little Piece of Heaven on Earth
  3. Columbia! The Keystone of the Cumberland Valley<
  4. Make yourself at home
  5. I Adair County
  6. From Yesterday Looking Through Tomorrow
  7. Life's a Journey Let's Live On
  8. Columbia-Adair County "today's preparation . . . determine tomorrow's achievement
  9. Columbia: A Town You Will Always Call Home
  10. Round About Adair County or 100% Columbia Adair County
  11. "A New Generation, A New Time" Adair's Future
  12. Columbia, the little Town with the big heart
  13. Columbia Has A Hometown Heart
  14. Columbia - The Real Land Between the Lakes
  15. Columbia, The County Seat, "Come Sit a Spell"
  16. Welcome to Columbia - Warm and Friendly Southern Hospitality
  17. Green River Lake Side
  18. Columbia is the town of Hospitality - Friendliness
  19. The Crown of the Cumberland: Columbia, Kentucky, A Community of Culture
  20. Columbia, the Cornerstone to a successful future!
  21. Columbia . . . Where friends meet friends
  22. Your Home Place Between The Lakes
  23. Columbia: City for New Beginnings and Remembering Old Times
  24. Friendly, Historical Columbia, "Everyone's Hometown"
  25. The Scenic Centerpiece of Southern Kentucky
  26. Adair: The ideal place
  27. Columbia - Paradise of Kentucky
  28. "It's All Right Here!"
  29. "Hub of the Valley of Lakes"
  30. Columbia-Adair County Kentucky Land, Lakes, and Clean Air . . . Nothing can compare!
  31. "Enjoy the Good Life" Come Visit Columbia-Adair County Small Is better
  32. Welcome Friendship
  33. Columbia - "Best of the East and West"
  34. Near Lakes, Near Lindsey, Nearly Perfect!
  35. Love the South? Now you can see the Rest of the Glory!
  36. Columbia is a great little town to get into the mix; it's the best community around, stop in while traveling I-66
  37. Columbia: A Caring Community of Committed Citizens Welcomes You
    This is the second place winner, created by Denise Adams, who was presented a check of $300.
  38. 40,000 Acres and No Fools!
  39. Community of Love, unity, and Memories, blessed in Small Town America
  40. The Spirited New South With a Twist of the Old West
  41. Building dreams one family at a time
  42. Come for the lakes. Stay for the people
  43. Columbia a Community with character
  44. Columbia Where Hospitality and Generosity Run as Deep as the Green River
  45. Columbia - A Small town with a Big Heart
  46. Columbia Where History & Progress meet
  47. Savor the silvery lakes. Explore the enduring hills
  48. Adair County: A Quality Unmatched (Adair County has an unmatched quality).
  49. Gifted by nature. Guided by neighbors. Guarded by angels.
  50. Columbia "Centerpiece of the Cumberland" on Rt. 66
  51. Columbia! Where the past meets the present
  52. There's History all over the place!
  53. Adair: Dare to Realize Your Kentucky Dreams
  54. Adair County Come Grow with Us
  55. Smile! You're in Candid Columbia
  56. Our Charms are Open to You!
  57. Follow the Trail: Tamed by Trabue, touched by Twain, & Tracked to Jesse James!
  58. A delightful mix of history and scenery
  59. Moving forward-showing progress
  60. The best little horse town in the Atlas
  61. Columbia: a city of venture and unbridled opportunity
  62. "Unbridled opportunities that is our challenge"
  63. If it's History you're Cravin' Don't Bypass this Havin!
  64. Come One! Come All! Come on Over to our View!
  65. Lakes and rivers and hills. Oh my!!
  66. Adventurous Discoveries Are In Reach
  67. Columbia: Catch the Spirit!
  68. Columbia: A Story Book Town right out of a Janice Holt Giles Novel!
  69. Columbia - Good to the last stop!
  70. Visit beautiful hills and hollers see where Jesse James stole his dollars!
  71. Columbia - vital beat of the Heartland Waterways
  72. Columbia just keeps gettin' better
  73. Columbia the City of Promise
    This slogan won third place and a prize of $200. It was created by Ruby Bjalabok
  74. Lean Six Sigma Community
  75. Columbia, Striving for a Better Future!
  76. small town Columbia Big Possibilities
  77. Rising to the challenge
  78. Columbia - The Gem of Southern Kentucky
  79. Columbia-Adair County Places to see and things to do. Come visit us - we welcome you!
  80. Welcome to Columbia. A Town of Gratitude and Country Hospitality
  81. Caring enough to give: Giving enough to care. Columbia: A small town with a Lot to Give.
  82. Columbia-Adair County the Place to Come Home To
  83. Columbia-Adair County Big Hearts-Welcome Smiles
  84. Progress Defines Us Spirit Unites Us!
  85. Looks Like Adventure Feels Like Home
  86. Columbia: A city with historical past, progressive present, optimistic future
  87. "Columbia, the friendly city"
  88. Columbia, KY -A Good Place to Call Home
    This is first place winner and the new official slogan for the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. It was created by Paula Propes, who was awarded the $500 first place prize.
  89. Where Home Hospitality Comes Alive
  90. Columbia Home of People Who Care, Living Side by Side in Harmoney
  91. Mother Nature's Wonderland of Spectacular Beauty
  92. Nature's Spectacular Scenery Brings You Here. Warm Southern Hospitality Makes You Want to Stay
  93. Columbia-Home to Friends, Family & Fun!
  94. Come home to Southern Comfort!
  95. Welcome to Columbia! Quaint Shops . . . Bed and Breakfast . . . Easy Interstate Access . . . Roadside Parks . . . Good Food . . . Close to Lakes and Marinas . . . Hometown living at it's best! Where the people make the Difference!
  96. Discovering the Welcoming Comfort of Columbia! Friendly faces . . . Fishing and Golf . . . Quaint Shops . . . Good eats . . . Great location . . . Bed and Breakfast . . . Come as a friend . . . leave as a family!
  97. Columbia: A wonderful place to live & a great place to retire
  98. "Good, Better & Best"
  99. Columbia - Hometown Hospitality
  100. Columbia - Where Home Isn't Just Another Word
  101. Columbia: Cheerful, caring, Clean, and Cool!
  102. Downtown Home Hospitality with Big City Mentality
  103. Columbia, KY - A bit of the Unbridled Spirit
  104. An unbridled spirit of friendly caring people, recreational areas, historical places. Retirement living. Large Industrial development. Major road system and variety of Worship Services.
  105. Small town - Big Hearts - Good People
  106. "Columbia" where the past meets the future . . .
  107. "Welcome to Columbia" Community Driven, Growing in the right direction . . .
  108. Columbia-the Pulse of Tomorrow
  109. Discover Columbia! A small city with a big heart! Quaint shops . . . Bed & Breakfast . . . Easy Interstate access . . . Great restaurants . . . Roadside Parks . . . Close to Lakes ... Come and make yourself at home . . . You're not a visitor . . . You're family!
  110. Columbia-Where Tradition Meets Technology
  111. Columbia/Adair County, Kentucky Where our Mission is a commitment to continuous improvement, Where our Vision is to exceed the expectations of our families, and Where our Values include excellence and respect in our community
  112. Building A Better Community today for Our Future Tomorrow
  113. Columbia "The One of a Kind Find"
  114. "Small in size, Big at Heart"
  115. "Growing Together"
  116. "Expanding Horizons"
  117. Columbia "Welcome Home"
  118. "Your future begins here
  119. "A Place Where Dreams Come True"
  120. Columbia: Where Old Fashioned Values are not Old Fashioned
  121. Columbia, "Where Dreams Come True
  122. Columbia, "Where Lives are Forever Changed
  123. Columbia, "Growing for your future"
  124. "The Key to Unlock Your Dream"
  125. "Enhancing Your Dream"
  126. "Welcome Home"
  127. Columbia: If you don't stop smile on your way through
  128. Columbia Heart of Adair "Welcoming places" "Friendly Faces" and People who care
  129. United We Stand to Give a Helping Hand That's Columbia
  130. Stop in Columbia. Jesse James Did! Try our down home hospitality and visit our historical sites.
  131. Columbia-Adair County Come to Play . . . Come to Stay
  132. Columbia-Adair County Proud of our Past . . . Focused on our Future
  133. Columbia. "A Little Country Community, with Big City Opportunities"
  134. Columbia-Adair County: The Hub of South Central Kentucky
  135. A Foundation to Build Upon
  136. Opportunity Awaits
  137. Adair County-We Are That Friendly

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