Speaking og People: Eric Wilson to play BG; Silveys support JD researchl Richardson ancestor to do ghostly things
By Jim Turner

Posted on January 1, 0001 12:00 AM

Eric Wilson, a 2001 graduate of Logan County High School, is doing big things in music. He is seeing the United States, at least the eastern part of it.
Already in October, he has performed in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia (Penn.), New York City, Ithaca (N.Y.), Cambridge (Mass.), Keene (N.H.), Youngstown (Ohio) and Ashville (N.C.). Soon the band will be in Knoxville (Tenn.). That's seven states.
Make it eight. This Friday, Oct. 16, Eric will be in Kentucky at Spencer's, which is located at 915 College Street in Bowling Green. The show will last from 8-11 p.m. and the band he has been touring with, Steven and the Ghosts, will also perform.
Wilson graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2006. His official home is now the Germantown section of Nashville.
His younger brother Matt-- also an alumnus of LCHS and WKU-- is one of the Empty Hearts. Actually he’s part of the band, Eric Wilson and Empty Hearts. He plays bass guitar. Other band members supporting guitarist/vocalist Eric are drummer Jacob Wetsell, steel player Drew Belk, and Paul Redel on guitar and keys. Their first CD is entitled Quarterbuse.
An interesting commentary comes from Eric bout one of his songs: "The most important love song on the album is Kentucky, You’re My Lover. It’s disguised as a period piece but it is somewhat autobiographical. It is more or less juxtaposes where I grew up verses where I am now, and being caught in between that. It personifies Kentucky and Tennessee as lovers sort of competing over the affection of the character. As we grow we move on to pursue the passions of our heart, which is not a common thing where I am from. It’s seems like everyone just sticks around and tries to survive.” Hmmm!
Eric and Matt are the sons of Randy and Sheila Wilson of Auburn. If you would like to hear their work but can’t make the concert, you might just be able to buy a CD from Sheila at 542-7221.
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One of the most active fund-raising groups during the Tobacco & Heritage Festival Saturday was seeking financial support for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by selling chances on a 1952 truck or $20,000. The Silvey family, which has many Olmstead ties, was deeply involved in the "Cruisin' for a Cure" campaign.. A young member of the Silvey clan uses an insulin pump.
"JDRF is doing wonderful things for these children," says Angela George Silvey.
Judi Sanders Silvey , "we are at the point where we have left the sadness, then anger, then letting diabetes take control of our lives, to now us taking control of diabetes. We are all there for one reason - we all love diabetics, they are the sweetest children in the world!!"
Another family member, Shannon Silvey Williamson, notes, "This is a year-long project, ending with a huge event in Bowling Green at the Corvette Museum. Our goal is to raise $100,000 for JDRF! We are barely into this, and well on our way to meeting the goal...And we are raising awareness in the process! JDRF is an amazing organization and their contributions to research are really making a difference. I just pray that one day I can say, "My niece used to be a diabetic!""
Judi reports that over $2,000 was raised here for the cause this weekend. "Logan County people are the greatest!" she says.
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Nancy Suhling Carlson, who owns Piggly Wiggly in Russellville along with her husband Chris, says plans are for the store to reopen on Nov. 15. The store was closed because of fire almost four months ago, and the Carlsons have worked at a major remodeling ever since.
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When the Daviess County Public Library, the Owensboro Museum of Science and History, and the Theatre Workshop of Owensboro present "Voices of Elmwood" on Oct. 23-24 and Oct. 30-31, one of the ghostly voices will feature a native Logan Countian.
Joseph Franklin Richardson was born in Lewisburg, joined the Confederacy during the Civil War and lost his arm at Shiloh.
Following the war he taught school in Muhlenburg County and Daviess County.  He was an outstanding citizen.
One of his relatives, Nell McCarley Jordan, says, "At the age of 72 he had moved back to Muhlenburg County and became dispondent because he could not find employment. He jumped into a well and died from the injuries. He was buried in his Confederate uniform in Elmwood Cemetery in Owensboro."
He was the son of George Richardson, who was the great-great-great-grandfather of a number of present and former Logan Countians, including Pam Jones, Jan Seay, David Taylor, Henrietta Bouldin, Sarah Montgomery, J.T. Richardson, Suzanne Coles, Georgeanne Mills, Celia Haynes, Lynn Burchett, Henry McCarley, John McCarley, Steve McCarley, Nell Jordanm and the late Maryl Higgins. Joseph Franklin Richardson was also a great-great uncle of the McCarleys on their father's side.
A promotional brochure for the event says, "Voices of Elmwood, a historical tour of Elmwood Cemetery, features stories from some of the interesting people who are resting there! Come and take the hour-long tour aboard a straw-covered wagon, making stops along the way to see and hear local actors bringing the past to life. Tickets are $10 each, and can be purchased by calling or visiting the Owensboro Museum of Science and History."
                                                  Each of us has a story to tell; so do they….

He survived a horrific shipwreck, but to what end?
                                               Could she save her shop from the fortunes of war?
                                         The Senator always tried to do right. Where did it get him?
                                      They were both healers, they each thought their cause was just.
                          His restless wanderlust led him to great adventure. What was it that he sought?
               She was a Missionary to China, when the Boxer Rebellion made that a dangerous prospect.


Wagons leave every 20 minutes on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23-24 from 6-10:40 daily with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday.
You can call Todd Reynolds at 270-687-2732 or visit www.owensboromuseum.com for the schedule the following weekend.

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