After months of preparation and working behind the scenes with the mayor’s office, it seems that the landscape on the north side of Eads is about to change in a very significant way. Love’s is coming to Eads, and construction is set to begin in the spring, perhaps as early as March, with late summer slated for completion. One thing is known for certain: it will be no small arrival.
Kiowa County Commissioner Cindy McLoud was in Denver last week attending a conference titled “Saving Places” and sponsored by Colorado Preservation Incorporated. While there, McLoud received a check on behalf of the county for $170,171.00 awarded by the Colorado State Historical Fund. The funds are earmarked for completing the last phase of restoring the exterior of the Murdock Building, located on Maine Street in Eads.
Rialto. It’s a name that has graced the fronts of hotels from Venice to Victoria, Barcelona to Warsaw, and, for a time, a hotel in Eads. Aside from referencing an ancient island in Venice, the word itself means “a place of trade or exchange, a theater district”. It’s difficult to believe that such a worldly, almost timeless name would be attached to the modest two story building on Maine Street. But what The Rialto is now is not what it once was when graceful porches looked down on the street below, and its halls were filled with the conversations of oil men and cowboys, lawyers and teachers and a variety of travelers caught by dust storms or snow storms or both.
I’ve always believed newspapers play a crucial role in society. Whether it’s a publication with millions of readers or a periodical with a thousand readers in a sparsely populated county, the function is the same: to serve the community, to provide the public with information that is unbiased and without agenda, to challenge people to examine their opinions and the opinions of others toward a greater understanding of who we are, and to support a healthy economy because a community cannot prosper in the absence of a dynamic marketplace.
For several years, there was a consensus among Kiowa County Commissioners that economic development is best left to the private sector. Decisions were guided by the principle that the role of county government is to reduce spending and free market principles should determine the local economy.