Oprah, come to Danville, my small town.
That's the mantra business owners and students here have repeated for a video that the Boyle County Community Development Council submitted for a special segment of the Oprah show, "Oprah Come to My Small Town!"
The show's Web site says that the afternoon talk show queen is looking for towns with "lots of charm and character." It asks, "What's your small town's claim to fame? What makes it a special place to live? If we paid you a visit what would we see or do? Who would we meet?"
CDC Executive Director Katie Jo Kirkpatrick thinks she has the answers. She wrote a script for the video that describes some of Danville's characters, like the late Eben Henson, founder of Pioneer Playhouse; Helen Fry, Centre's first African American student and historic preservationist and the late Nancy Caudill, who coined the phrase painted on the water tower, "Quite simply the nicest town."