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Day trip to Burkesville with good friend Sue Stivers

By Linda Waggener

You know the friends you develop over the years, those you come together with at meetings and events but rarely have one on one time with?

Sue Stivers is one of those good friends. Each passing one of us is apt to say, "Let's get together for lunch soon!" Soon rarely happens in our busy lives so we catch ourselves saying it again next passing and laughing, knowing we probably won't again.

We actually made an appointment with each other recently and made that one on one time happen last Friday, April 28, 2017. It turned out to be a perfect spring day.


Of all the places we could've gone in the area, we settled on Burkesville where she had spent a decade in the beginning of her career as an extension agent and where my husband Ed and I travel frequently for his favorite barbecue and for the scenic drive to and from it.

Sue grew up in Russell County and I grew up in Metcalfe County and we both wound up in Adair County, spending the better part of our lives and career years in Adair County. We share a deep love of, and devotion to, people, landscape, and folklore of this region.

In retirement, she is Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and of the Adair County Tourism Commission and never forgets her happy days as a new UK Extension Agent in Cumberland County and so that was our choice for the outing.

We made two stops after lunch before returning home -- one to view the peaceful Cumberland River at the edge of Burkesville, and one to see the mural she worked on with the late Phyllis Smith on the south side of Burkesville. The massive mural by local artists is a popular inspiration for all those passing by. It was initiated when the two women worked together in the tourism commission to get federal grants for both counties. Their work resulted in the mural and in information stops in both Adair in Cumberland Counties among other things.

There is no end to Sue's enthusiasm for this region and she is widely known as one of the most positive minded people you can hope to meet. She knew the background of the artists, the organizational folks, the history leaders, the building owners and even the little boy with his fishing pole. More of these details will be included with photos to be added below this story as time allows.


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How high's the water, Sue Stivers?



2017-04-30 - Bank Street, Burkesville, Cumberland County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Took this photo while enjoying a beautiful Friday lunch in Cumberland County with one of Kentucky's genuine experts on the area, Sue Cravens Stivers. We both feel a trip to Burkesville is not complete until we've checked on the beautiful Cumberland River at the edge of town. On this day it was out of its banks, covering much of the boat ramp, high enough to flood Carl Carey's favorite fishing spot (See: Fishing for trout from a chair by the Cumberland River).

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Revisiting the mural she helped initiate



2017-05-01 - Cumberland County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
One might mistake the lady in the center of the photo as one of the characters in the mural, but Sue Stivers was just stopping by to remember how she enjoyed working on its original organization with the late Phyllis Smith. The massive mural by local artists is a popular inspiration for all passing by. It was initiated when the two women worked together in the tourism commission to get federal grants for both counties. Their work resulted in the mural and in information stops in both Adair in Cumberland Counties, among other things.

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Pretty pink roses growing near the Cumberland River



2017-05-03 - Cumberland County, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, columbiamagazine.com.
The story said Sue Stivers and I made two stops after lunch before returning home - however, this made the third stop, a quick one, but necessary to admire these beautiful pink roses growing on Lower River Road in Burkesville, KY. - Linda Waggener

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