What if …

Posted February 2, 2012 at 3:06 pm


What if we painted a mural on the side of the new Dollar General Market, depicting a mirror image of what stood before? As I continue to see progress made on the new store, I continue to remember what stood before: the houses, the water tower, the concrete wall and steps where so many people used to gather to watch parades. Our history of Clinton County is what I am trying to hold on to and with a mural we could tell our children and grand-children what was there before.

Do you remember Harvey’s Motel, Wisdom Oil Company, the old Clinton County High School or middle school?

Most of us getting older can remember these landmarks but if you mention this to the younger generation, they don’t know what you are talking about.

Some youngsters can’t remember when we didn’t have McDonald’s or Burger King.

I have driven through counties where buildings have nice paintings on the side and even painted monuments at libraries and government buildings.

The idea is a personal, hometown touch to keep the memory alive of our community past. It is a good way to bring art into the public sphere .

The location would get an enormous amount of viewing and the city would benefit by the beauty of a work of art.

This would be a great way to improve the daily lives of residents as we sit at the stoplight and wait to turn.

It may even be a way to create a tourist attraction to boost economic income, from a business and financial aspect.

So think about it, and just as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “ I have a dream” and my dream and vision are to put our wonderful city view and water tower back into view, so what if…

Tammy Waid McClellan

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