I always enjoy trying to find a new feature to introduce when we do one of these free editions, and this time around has been no exception.
On page B7, you’ll find a new column that we’ll be featuring every other week for the forseeable future. It comes from the Cadiz-Trigg County Historical Society, and this week’s was written by Bob Brame. The idea for the column is to bring back some fond memories of days gone by in Cadiz and Trigg County. I think this week’s first entry accomplishes that goal quite nicely.
At the very least, reading the column got me thinking about how much things have changed around here in my 34 years.
One of those changes has been quite apparent in recent weeks – the new Dollar General in Canton. Now, I completely understand how “small town” it might sound to point out how big of a change it is to have a new store like that, but I know it’s a big deal to a lot of folks here. As a resident of the small town of Hardin, I can attest to how much more convenient it is to drive two minutes to buy a few essential items rather than 10 or more.
At the very least, it changes the aesthetic of Canton, which is significant considering how little there is near Lake Barkley’s east bank on U.S. 68/Ky. 80.
Dollar General is responsible for another change in appearance on Main Street in Cadiz, and this one has been a long time coming. It’s been nearly impossible to find a parking spot at the current store for quite a while, and the building itself isn’t in the best shape on the inside. I’d imagine the amount of business done there justifies the larger store that’s being built right across the street.
Of course, we’re talking about memories. I remember when the two buildings that were previously on those lots weren’t empty. I go back to the smaller brick building being a Radio Shack and the building that used to headquarter The Way being a Family Dollar. I have no memory of what those building were before that.
I remember Druther’s being where Minit Mart is now. I vaguely remember that lot being Port O’ Call Restaurant.
On the other side of that coin, I have trouble remembering what the back part of the school property looked like when it had stacked levels of parking along with tennis and outdoor basketball courts and the old football field house. And I spent so much time in that area that it seems ridiculous that I don’t have a more vivid memory of what it looked like.
Still, as they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Cadiz Restaurant looks now much the way it does in my childhood memories. The Complex has a few more fields, but it’s still the Complex.
And most importantly, the people are largely the same caring next-door neighbors they’ve always been.
Justin McGill is the general manager of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.