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Great day for Wayside Exhibits dedication
A dozen or so photographs accompany this article
By Ed Waggener
It was a great day for for the dedication of the Wayside Exhibits at Gradyville on Saturday, August 13, 2007.
The weather was pleasant, for a change, after the withering heat earlier in the week, for the 50 or so people who gathered to dedicate the Wayside Exhibits at Gradyville commemorating the Gradyville Flood and Adair County native E.A. Diddle.
Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sue Stivers presided, opening the event with a moment of silent prayer to remember the victims of the Gradyville Flood of June 7, 2007, and to remember a very special citizen who loved the Gradyville community so very much, Hooty Gist.
Adair County Judge Ann Melton gave greetings on the occasion, and shared a moving story from her knowledge of the tragic events of one hundred years ago about an eye-witness who had seen people fighting for their lives while being washed away in the flood waters in one flash of lightning. In the next the next, she recalled, "They were gone, not to be seen until their bodies were found much later."
Two featured speakers were former Western Kentucky University Coach Jim Richards, an Adair County native who played baseball under Coach Diddle; and J.W. Keltner, who shared memories of the Gradyville Flood told to him when he was a child.
Several individuals and groups were recognized by Sue Stivers, including the following:
This story was posted on 2007-08-13 06:21:45
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