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Columbia-Adair County Chamber Insights: Complete August 2006 issue

Welcome to Chamber Insights, the monthly newsletter of the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce. Editor: Sue Stivers; Feature writers: Darrell Overstreet, Stephen Keen, Katy Davis and Lois Bault
In this issue: President's Message, Barger Insurance Corporate Sponsor of the Month, Welcome New Members, August Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies, Wares Fair at Lindsey, Looking ahead, what's on the Chamber Calendar; Critter Corner, and a wonderful essay, "Columbia, A good place to call home," and a poem by Lois Bault.

Thought for the Month: "The greatest service to yourself is service to others."
Chamber President's Message
By Darrell Overstreet

This year continues to offer exciting happenings for the Chamber. We celebrate with Richard Phelps and Sue Stivers on submitting and receiving the Roadside Park Grant for Walking Trails from the Recreational Trails Programs, Governor's Office for Local Government. We congratulate Richard and Sue for this accomplishment. This will be a big plus for the Park.
Also coming up August 21st is the Wares Fair sponsored by Lindsey Wilson College and the Chamber. That will take place at Lindsey Wilson College. Many businesses have already been contacted to participate. If your business has not received a letter please contact the chamber office for details. This will give Columbia and Adair County an opportunity to show off what we offer for students and faculty. This is a first for us so let's make this a big success.

We continue to have great attendance at the monthly meetings and we encourage all members to attend. We appreciate all the businesses who have been "Corporate Sponsors" this year.

We want to encourage new memberships so all of us can be a part of the "happenings" in Columbia and Adair County. COLUMBIA, KY, A Good Place to Call Home.

Thank You: Barger Insurance Agency

A "Special Thank You" to Barger Insurance for being the Corporate Sponsor of the Month. Owners are Stephen Keen and Susan Loy. Door prize winner at the monthly meeting was Anita Tucker, an employee at United Citizens Bank.

The "Sponsor of the Month" is a fairly new feature of the Chamber. In fact this is the fourth month for the "Corporate Sponsor." Other sponsors have been United Citizens Bank of Southern Kentucky- Dave Johnston, CEO; Bank of Columbia - Robert Flowers, President of the Board and CEO, Key Mortgage Company- Darrell Overstreet and Barry Corbin, owners.

If you are a Chamber member and would like to showcase your business as a Corporate Sponsor, contact Sue Stivers, Executive Director at 384-6020.

Barger Insurance Agency- Corporate Sponsor of the Month
The following presentation was given by Stephen Keen at the July monthly meeting of the Chamber of Commerce held at Lindsey Wilson College Dining Center.

Barger Insurance Agency, Inc. is an independent insurance agency that represents a variety of insurance companies. The agency sells auto, home, farm, commercial, life and health insurance.

Barger Insurance was founded by Chelsie Barger in 1928. Other past owners of the agency are Peggy Phelps, Nancy Day and Vince Pfefferman. Today the Agency is owned and operated by Susan Loy and Stephen Keen.

Barger Insurance Agency, Inc. is focused on Columbia/Adair County and the surrounding area. Service is very important to Barger Insurance's Staff. "We feel satisfied customers helps us sell more insurance policies.

The Agency has recently moved their location to 326 Public Square, Ste. 100 in Columbia. Please stop by and see our staff, Barbara Brummett, Rita Neat, Mike Glasgow, Susan Loy and Stephen Keen at our new location. Thank You Chamber for giving me the opportunity to briefly talk about Barger Insurance Agency.

Welcome New Members
We are happy to welcome the following new members to the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce.
  • A Plus Computers is a new business located at 1004 Jamestown St. #95 A in Columbia. Their specialty is computer service, repair and sales. Owner is Thomas Wilson. He can be reached at 270-3845-9705 or email :

  • Mite-As-Well Shoppe is owned by Charlotte Chandler. She has two locations. One is located at 5147 Campbellsville Road, Columbia, Ky. phone 270-384-0900. The other shop is located at the Adair-Russell County line, 10233 W. Highway 80, Russell Springs, KY. Phone: 270-866-6676., e-mail:

  • Gail L. Williams, P.S.C. is an attorney and is located at 306 Public Square, Columbia, KY. His phone number is 270-385-9501.

  • Ron & Brenda's Transportation is owned and operated by Ron and Brenda Babcock. They provide transportation to Medicaid/Medicare and private pay medical needs persons. Their phone number is 270-634-1104 and they are located at 4794 Burkesville Road.
A special thank you to each of you for placing your membership and becoming a part of the Chamber family. Your investment in the Chamber means an investment in your community. Monthly Chamber meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday each month at 11:45 AM at Lindsey Wilson College Dining Center, unless otherwise specified. You are invited to attend. Your membership shows that you believe in the mission of the Chamber.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies Scheduled for August
Three ribbon cuttings will take place this month:
  • A Plus Computers located at 1004 Jamestown St., Suite 95A in Columbia will hold its ribbon cutting Wednesday, August 9 at 11:00 AM. The owner is Tom Wilson and his phone number is 385-9705. All Chamber members and the public are invited to attend.

  • Saturday, August 12 beginning at 11:00 AM a ribbon cutting will be held in conjunction with the dedication of the memorial rock, plaque, new flag pole and landscaping of the Jackman School which has recently been placed at the original site of the school on Taylor Street. All Chamber members and the public are invited to attend.

  • Friday, August 18 beginning at 12:30pm CT, the ribbon cutting will be held at Bluegrass Cellular, 706 Russell Road. All chamber members are urged to attend.

1st Annual Wares Fair scheduled for August 21, 2006
The third week-end in August, in addition to returning students, Lindsey Wilson College will welcome more than 300 new students, faculty and staff to Adair County.

And most of these new community residents aren't familiar with many goods and services offered by the businesses.

In an effort to acquaint the campus community with what area businesses have to offer, Lindsey Wilson and the Columbia-Adair County Chamber of Commerce will conduct a "Columbia-Adair County Wares Fair" at the start of the new school year.

The Wares Fair is scheduled for Monday, August 21 from 6 - 8 pm at the Biggers Sports Center (the gymnasium) on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College.

If your business is looking for new customers, here's your opportunity. If you provide goods or services that appeal to the Lindsey Wilson community, this is your chance to showcase your business and have fun at the same time. The event may attract as many as 700 to 800 people from the Lindsey Wilson Community.

At the Wares Fair, businesses will have the opportunity to set up displays showing what they have to offer, Lindsey Wilson will provided each business with a 10-foot-by 10 foot space that will include a table and two chairs.

Because this is a service to businesses, there is no fee to participate in the event. Instead, each business is asked to donate a door prize with a retail value of $25.00 or more. Because the event's purpose is to show people what's available in our local community, nothing can be sold during the event. Businesses, however, can distribute coupons for discounts, hand out trinkets (pens, pencils, etc), hold drawings for prizes, or provide free samples.

For more information you may contact Sharon Burton at the Community Voice at 384-9454, Ron Heath at the Lindsey Wilson Advancement Office 384-8170 or Sue Stivers at the Chamber Office at 384-6020.

Let's make this "first time" event ever to be held in Columbia a big success!!!

Looking Ahead...
The monthly chamber meeting will be held August 15 beginning at 11:45 AM at the lower level of the Chamber Building. Guest speaker will be George C. "Lisle" Cheatham, II Mayor of the City of Greensburg. His topic will be Hidden Secrets in Tourism Development/Green River Paddle Trail. Corporate Sponsor of the month will be the Adair Progress, Inc., Donna Hancock, Publisher and Tiffany Hadley, Editor. All Chamber members are urged to attend.

The Critter Corner
The Green River Animal Shelter is located at 455 Jim Blair Road behind the Adair County Youth Development Center on South 55 in Columbia.

The shelter is home to many wonderful dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. As you may know, the animals that are not adopted are euthanized by lethal injection. You can prevent this from happening. When your animals are not spayed or neutered they are contributing to the surplus animal population. One animal can be the source of hundreds of thousands of unwanted animals. Adair County is known for its generosity when it comes to the Relay for Life, the State Championship Band, or other ventures.

Let's become known as a county that cares for our animals by taking this overpopulation problem seriously. Spay or neuter your own pets and encourage friends and relatives to do the same.

If you are a licensed breeder, consider finding other ways to make money that do not involve bringing many animals into a world that is already overpopulated. Even though some breeders feel that they are preserving the breed or only bringing pure animals into the world, please realize that many of these expensive pets end up being euthanized right next to "mutts."

If a person is looking for a pure bred dog, please check the shelter first. Your name will be added to the "wish list" and when that breed of dog comes in, and given time, it will, you will be the first to know. You may also check and click on the Green River Animal Shelter and Adoptable Pets to see pictures of the animals they have daily. Many animals come in with registration papers. Once adopted, the animal will need to be spayed or neutered at the veterinarian of your choice and you will have done a great deed!

And remember, it's hot outside so take special care of your outdoor pets. Food, shade, vaccinations and plenty of fresh water are the top four needs of outside dogs. Remember, Don't Litter, Please Spay and Neuter!

In Case of Emergency- Speed Dial

Now would be a good time to store ICE in your cell phone. The acronym ICE- in case of emergency- can help paramedics decide who to call if you#re hurt. Type ICE into your phone's directory and include a name and phone number under the heading. Make sure to enter an area code with your number. If you have more than one person you would like to be contacted, save them as ICE1 or ICE2, etc. You can also designate next of kin such as ICEMom or ICEDad. You need to make sure that these contacts have medical information about you including blood type, allergies and prescriptions you take. This program is supported by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and can be a great help in time of an emergency.

Columbia, Kentucky: A Good Place to Call Home
Adair County is truly a great place to live. It is located in South Central Kentucky with beautiful scenery, gorgeous tracts of timber, nice homes with well-manicured lawns, fields of corn and tobacco patches both large and small make it a wonderful place to call home.

History has not recorded who the first white men were who walked the lands of Adair County but records show the Long Hunters were here in 1769 to 1772. They were a group of men who hunted animals for their fur and meat and shipped them down the Cumberland River to sell.

No one knows if Daniel Boone ever passed through Adair County but the name D. Boon and the date 1773 have been found on some trees in the county.

The first permanent residents of Adair County were led by Col. William Casey. He and a group of 30 men came from Lincoln County in 1789 and started a settlement. During the first year they suffered many attacks from the Indians and several of them were killed.

Col. Casey died in 1816. Due to advanced arthritis he was buried sitting in his rocking chair.

Adair County has always been blessed with many waterways with Green River being the largest. In the 1960s the Corps of Engineers bought thousands of acres of land in Adair and Taylor Counties. The Green River was dammed thus forming Green River Lake. Thousands of dollars are spent annually by tourists and local citizens who enjoy water recreation.

The first automobile was driven into Adair County in 1901. As you would expect this was an exciting day. By 1927 there were over 1000 licensed cars in the county. The speed limit in Columbia was set at 12 miles an hour.

The first newspaper to be printed in Adair County was The Register in 1825 or 1826 followed by The Spectator in 1869, The Columbia Herald in 1885, the Adair County News in 1897. The Columbia Statesman in 1970 and then the Adair Progress today.

Adair County is dotted with churches of all denominations. County churches abound as well as those in the city of Columbia.

The first school was established in 1793 and was taught by Col. William Casey.

After using one-room schools for many years, they became obsolete and new schools were constructed as the need arose. At this time a new elementary school is being constructed and scheduled to open in August 2006. The first buses were purchased by the School Board in 1946.

Lindsey Wilson College was constructed in the early 1900s on 9 acres of land. The first session opened in January 1904 with www students registered. It is now a four year college and continues to grow.

Much credit can be given to our medical community. The first hospital in Adair County was built and dedicated December 18, 1960. It was a 36 bed hospital and quickly became too small for our growing community. It was called the Adair Memorial Hospital and the building has now become Summit Manor Nursing Home.

A new hospital was constructed and opened its doors in 1980. We know it as Westlake Hospital.

In 1984 the Westlake Medical Office Building was constructed on a lot across the street from the hospital. This gives out of town doctors and specialists an opportunity to practice in Columbia on a weekly or monthly basis and keeps patients from having to travel long distances to seek medical treatment.

Adair County citizens are very proud of the old court house that stands in the middle of the public square and rightly so. It was built long before most of us can remember and has been renovated a few times. It has been the site of much activity such as itinerant preachers, weddings and whittling benches to name a few. Although still in use much of its business has been transferred to the courthouse annex across the street.

With the promise of a new by-pass around Columbia and a Super Wal-Mart still to come, Adair County will continue to grow and remain a good place to call home.

Our County

In south central Kentucky
Four hundred miles a square,
There's a beautiful County
We call Adair.

It was part of Green County,
Forty-fourth in the state,
Named for General Adair
Eighteen-one was the date.

The very next year
to make things complete
Columbia was chosen
As the county seat.

Abundant in beauty,
And blessed by God's bounty,
Who would want to live anywhere
But Adair County?

Written by Lois Bault
A citizen of Adair County since 1940

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