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History Monday: Big News in June 1952

By Mike Watson

There was no lack of news for the week preceding 11 June 1952 and the Adair County News had a jam-packed front page that included:

Public schools generally ran on much different schedules than today, perhaps due to the recent consolidation of city and county schools, as illustrated by the first items below.

The county schools were slated to open their doors on Monday, July 7th, said Superintendent of Adair Schools, Mr. Harbert Walker. The Columbia High and Grade Schools and Jackman High would not open until September 1st.

Superintendent Walker also stated the State had approved the preliminary plans for the new Adair County High School building.

Weldon Hall, Superintendent of the Columbia City Schools since December of 1950, was released from his contract by the Board at his request. He also resigned as principal of the Columbia High School for the coming year, having been employed in that capacity following the merger of the City and County Boards of Education.

Charles Barnes makes big news as a young farming expert:

Charles M. Barnes, a member of the Columbia Chapter of Future Farmers, was awarded the Kentucky Farmer Degree at the State Future Farmers Convention in Louisville. He was chosen "for doing an outstanding job in farming during the year and after completing his High School Agricultural work." Charles was the fourth Future Farmer from Columbia, since the chapter was established in 1940, to receive this recognition. He was accompanied to the convention by James Woody, Vocational Agriculture teacher.

A Fulbright Scholarship and a Doctorate for Adair natives.
James M. Cravens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Cravens, formerly of Columbia, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, June 1st. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Vienna, Austria, and expects to sail for Europe in July or August. He also received honors in his major subjects, Spanish and German.

James D. Kemp, of Adair County, will be awarded a Ph.D. degree at the University of Illinois, Urbana, when the annual commencement exercises are held on Sunday, June 15th. He is one of ten Kentuckians who will receive degrees at that time. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he received many honors. His wife, the former Miss Helen Walker, is also of this county.

Adair County planned to celebrate 150 years, on the air.
The Sesqui-Centennial of Adair County will be honored by Jane Lampton Chapter, D.A.R. On Friday, June 13, over WAIN radio. A brief sketch of the organization of the county will be given by Miss Mary Lucy Lowe, historian; Mrs. A.P. White, Flag chairman, will honor the flag; and Mrs. Ray Flowers will preside at the piano. Miss Katherine Murrell, radio chairman Lindsey Wilson College, has arranged the program.

Paving of city street and Plans to mark every street in Columbia!
The City Council has made much needed improvements to streets in Columbia this past week. Fraz[i]er Avenue has been black-topped and the street at the side and in the rear of the Columbia High School has been repaired and it will be resurfaced. Plans are also underway to mark every street in Columbia and designate certain streets for one-way traffic only.

Each of these news features might have easily been 2020, minus the pandemic, that is.

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