Thanks to a nice citizen
Dear Estill County Citizens,
Recently I made a trip back to Estill County for the death of my grandmother. My family is orginally from there and not being around there recently many things have changed. I went on a search for something special for my grandmothers funeral and I went to every florist in Estill county with no luck in finding what I was looking for. The last place I went to Irvine Florist on River Drive was closed and as I was getting ready to leave a lady pulled up to open the store.
Me and my mother went into the shop and told the lady what we was looking for and she searched her inventory and she wasn’t able to find what we needed.
I just felt so sad knowing that I wasn’t able to fulfill my last thing that would have made this complete. I went back to the funeral home and the vistation started. I was approached by a young woman and she asked me if I had been in her shop that morning looking for a red bird and I looked and in her hand she was holding what I had looked high and low for. See this item was something that my little 91-year-old grandmother loved very much. I was so shocked I cried and I was so moved that this total stranger had gone above and beyond in helping us find this. I don’t know this wonderful person but I feel that she was sent to me from a higher power. The reason I am writing this is because I just want to thank the lady at the Irvine Florist from the bottom of my heart. She went above and beyond this shows that there is still human compassion left in this world. I can never thank her enough for helping to make my grandmothers last day on this earth more memorable.
God Bless you all,
Ella M. Latham
Time for another wet/dry vote
The special election for the county in January showed that there is a strong demand for the legalization of alcohol sales in Estill County. Had the election only been in the city of Irvine, the measure would have passed. There is no point in waiting another 50 years or even another three years to try again, the time is now.
Many people are in favor of the city going wet because it would be convenient, but there is much more to be gained than mere convenience.
One of the most obvious benefits of the city going wet is the fact that it would help keep more money in the county. Contrary to what some people may think, people drink regardless of whether or not they can purchase alcohol close to home. So yes, people leave the county to get their alcohol.
Common sense should tell you that when people drive to the next county over to get alcohol they buy other things too, spending even more money that could have gone back to our community. The revenue from alcohol sales in our community could be reinvested through sponsorship of sports teams and through donations.
Additionally, taxes levied on alcohol could help fund the police force, potentially freeing up funds to work on local government projects for the community.
We also have a unique opportunity to fill a niche market with dry counties to the south and east of us. If we were to legalize the sale of alcohol, more people would come spend money here not only on alcohol, but other goods and services as well.
With an influx of new consumers, businesses might be able to expand or more businesses might need to move in. Estill County would be a more attractive investment for certain businesses and industries.
These things would not happen overnight with the legalization of alcohol sales, but they are all very realistic possibilities for the near future.
Legalizing the sale of alcohol could also help with the problems of Irvine’s lackluster and failing downtown area and the flight of the young adults from the county. There is a restaurant and there will soon be a café opening up downtown, but other than that, few options are available to do much of anything, especially after 5 p.m.
Being able to sell alcohol in a restaurant would go a long way in reinvigorating the downtown area. A tavern or pub would also help solve the problem of there being little to nothing for young adults in Estill County to do.
Ideally, people in their mid-20s have some disposable income, so why not have them spend it here having a little fun with some friends in our community?
If you are an Irvine resident, or just a concerned citizen that would like to see some progress in the county, pitch in or get the word out so we can give the city the boost it so desperately needs.