We not only had our Youth Group participate, we also had several other folks from our church that wanted to help with the project. We thank them for their support and assistance.
We thank the Fiscal Court and Solid Waste Commission for the funds to help clean up our Lincoln County byways. And we ask our fellow citizens to think before you throw out trash. Please help to keep Kentucky beautiful!
Sincerely, Mary Lemons, St. Sylvester's, Ottenheim
We the following members and family members of the McKinney Masonic Lodge F & AM No. 631 would like to thank June Bastin of the Lincoln County Recycle Center and the Lincoln County Fiscal Court for the opportunity to pick up roadside litter from the Lincoln County Roads.
Among the things that we picked up were aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles, cans, various kinds of paper, boxes, and other types of trash too numerous to mention. The following people participated in the cleanup program: Billy Phillips, Casey Phillips, Cole Toombs, Rodney Johnson, Jimmy Sims, Gary Peavyhouse, Ernest Cornett, Darrell McDonald, Shawn Hines, James McGinnis, and James Williams.
This is an important year in Lincoln County history.
It's when our county seat fully turns the corner from what was once a crumbling certainty to that of a vibrant future.
At a cost of several million dollars, look at what going on in Stanford from US 27 to the Danville Avenue railroad bed:
- A major new facility for our lumber yard (itself a signal of healthy construction trends) that should ensure more construction dollars stay local.
- An extensive renovation of the old dry cleaner building that comes complete with the relocation of new eye care specialists to our county (other businesses are also in the works at other locations, including a unique barbecue restaurant).
- Amazing work to restore the exterior of First Southern. This is imperative to downtown development but very expensive (everyone should thank Jess and Angela Correll for their commitment).
- Fundraising for a wonderful new library that will be built in a location that will ensure optimum use.
- Continued renovation of the strategically located Willis-Overland garage that will create attractive parking and a small museum of interest to antique car enthusiasts. Just last week, a second grant in the amount of 150k was awarded to ensure project completion.
- Possible exterior improvements (including benches and a fountain) that will make the Main Street and creek area more inviting. State approval to make the request was granted and the actual 150k funding application was taken to Frankfort last week.
- Restoration of the former library, a historically significant structure partially built with logs, that will house a museum and become home to the Historical Society. This is with about half a million in grant money alone.
- There's even movement and important dialogue with residents to finally build a park at the end of Martin Luther King Boulevard (similar to the Perryville Battlefield park) in the area where Logan's Fort battles were fought and pioneers banded together to found our county, city, state and help open the west.
With all this going on, it's also important that additional Main Street property owners lend a hand and spruce up the exteriors of their businesses and buildings.
As always, the city and county should lead the way: On our police station, more appropriate round wood columns should replace the improper and ugly iron ones. An inexpensive picket fence would add loads of charm.
The Walker Building would be greatly enhanced if the entire building was painted to blend with neighboring historic structures. A modest appropriate sign should replace the old and window tint should be removed.
Our Methodist Church is investing in attractive, new signs. More modest church buildings should also receive a coat of paint and an inexpensive professionally lettered sign. If necessary, donations and other help could be made.
Other businesses that have contemplated exterior revamping should commit to completing the task this season.
Now is the time to make that very modest investment to replace an old lighted sign or to do away with the awful shade of blue trim that even a UK fan would call ugly.
We're all lucky so many dedicated persons work so hard on Stanford's downtown, the importance of which can't be understated. A renovated and reinvented downtown is absolutely vital to Lincoln County's survival.