Resident calls South Ironton nice home

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Night time temperatures may have sunk into the teens the night before, but with the sun shining and a warm coat to ward off a 35-degree chill, Friday afternoon was just right for a little late fall - or early winter -yard work.

Whichever season it was, the weather did not deter residents from getting outside.

Just ask Frank Taylor, who lives near the intersection of Seventh and Wyanoke streets in Ironton.

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&#8220It's kind of nippy but I wanted to rake these leaves, straighten things up” he said as he paused a moment, leaf rake in hand.

Soon, the &#8220welcome to fall” ornamental yard sign will be replaced by something Christmas-y.

&#8220We put up lights, put up a tree,” he said. But for now, the leaves have to be raked and touch-ups performed before the yard is tidy enough for Santa Claus. A bag of mulch waited by the steps.

Taylor has lived in the area for 12 years and Ironton for most of his life, save the 20 years he spent in the military working for Uncle Sam.

Once he retired, Taylor came back to Ironton and found peace and quiet on South Seventh Street near Wyanoke Street.

&#8220This is my home, Ironton is,” he said.

And the neighborhood suits him, he said.

A fellow Ironton Fighting Tigers fan lives next door and on Friday the Tiger flag hanging outside their home flapped a time or two in the wind.

One street over on South Sixth Street, a small group of people made their way down the sidewalk, one of them pushing a baby in a stroller. At another house, a child played in the front yard, bundled up in a heavy coat to fend off the chill.

&#8220It's nice, people are nice, everyone enjoys it here,” Taylor said. &#8220It's peaceful and quiet.”

And that is what he said he likes best.

The Dart is a weekly feature in which a reporter throws a dart at a map of Lawrence County and finds a story where it hits.