Louise is dead, her fire is out
I could not agree more with your editorial opinion concerning keeping industrial skeletons dominating the skyline after they are abandoned.
You mentioned the old coke plant at New Boston, Ohio. But it wasn’t just the old coke plant, it was an entire steel mill that had to be razed, and the site cleaned up. For many years, Louise, the largest of three blast furnaces that had helped win at least one war, stood near the highway, an ambiguous eyesore for passersby.
I had always thought that she should be buried with the dignity she had earned. It took a long time, but finally it was done. As you said in the editorial, there is little positive about the rotting remains of something that once meant so much, to so many, for so long.
Throughout childhood, I watched billowing red open hearth smoke rise above surrounding hills. The following poem is my way of remembering.
“Louise is Dead”
Once she was a lady proud standing tall and straight/ Presiding over a better time when everything was great.
Twenty tuyeres around her hearth to bring the firey blast/ She ate the coke, and ore, and lime ‘till time arrived for cast.
Then open up her bosom and ran the liquid fire/ To feed the hungry open hearths for rod and rail and wire.
Many a family she had raised; many a home she’d bought/ Many a dollar paid in tax with never a second thought.
Now she slumps in rusting shame, a victim of the times/ Her cast house filled with rubble and her instruments with grime.
Never again to cast a heat of molten iron so red/ The fire upon her hearth is cold, and proud Louise is dead.
Charles M. Whitt, South Shore
Louise is dead, her fire is out
PAUL CHITWOOD: Ruling on same-sex marriage defies state constitution
News that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn once again usurped the will of Kentucky voters is tragic and disappointing. By declaring gay marriage legal in the commonwealth, Heyburn defied the essential, foundational governing document that ensures order and justice, the Constitution of Kentucky.
In a state like Kentucky with the number of adults who have not graduated from high school is much higher than the national average, undereducated adults have been encouraged to earn high-school equivalency degrees by studying for, taking and passing the General Educational Development (GED) test.
Primary election sends messages
The voters — or at least the minority who took the time to go to the polls Tuesday — have spoken, with Boyd County voters sending mixed messages in the county-wide races that gathered the most attention.
Click it or Ticket
"Click it or Ticket” is a phrase used so often in recent years most of us hardly give it a thought.
Thumbs up to Trooper First Class Shane Goodall of Flatwoods for being named 2013 Trooper of the Year for Kentucky.
05/18/2014 — This Week in the Tri-State
Magolene S. Fraley 1929-2014
Magolene Spears Fraley, 84, of Wurtland, died Saturday in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
Morehead State graduate student Kayla Keeton, who received her undergraduate degree from MSU last spring and is now studying for her MBA at the school, has received a $5,111 grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to help her start Belles of the Bluegrass, a high-tech wedding planning business.
Recovery Fest celebrates kicking addiction
The wet weather no doubt impacted the size of the crowd at Saturday’s Recovery Fest 2014 at Veterans Riverfront Park in Ashland, but there were plenty of reasons for addicts who are now drug free to celebrate and for speakers like State Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, and others to talk about the impact the prescription drug epidemic has had on this region and for others to distribute literature and offer words of encouragement that could convince some to seek help in their battle with their drug addictions.
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