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Accident sends couple over hill at Yellow Creek


No serious injuries were reported after a couple, formerly from Stambaugh, Ky. wrecked in their SUV on Yellow Creek Road around noon Tuesday. David Thompson, 48 and Mary Thompson, 33, were traveling North on Yellow Creek Road. Mr. Thompson reported hearing a pop and then lost control going off the roadway, striking a tree and rolling over an embankment coming to rest on it's wheels. Responding to the scene was the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office, Cherryville Vol Fire Dept, Netcare ambulance and a Martin County Rescue unit.

Osborne appoints Colleen Stone to Housing Authority; PRIDE Cleanup successful, judge says...

From left, magistrate Earl Boggs, Judge/Executive John Osborne and magistrate John J. LemasterFrom left, magistrate Earl Boggs, Judge/Executive John Osborne and magistrate John J. Lemaster

LOUISA, Ky. --  Monday's Lawrence County Fiscal Court regular meeting was not one for the ages as the group took less than 20 minutes to tackle a 14 item agenda.

Perhaps the most interesting item was the appointment of activist Colleen Stone to the Lawrence Co. Housing Authority Board by Osborne. Ms. Stone was not present as she usually is at court meetings. Osborne has also appointed her to the Solid Waste Board, where she is chairperson.

The court also voted to approve a resolution and contract with the state for the first 60% of the 2013-14 state road funding amounting to $854,223.

Funds from this source are used for resurfacing county roads as well as pulling ditch-lines and other road services. County Treasurer Sabrina Cantrell told the court that another $427,111 would be coming from the state in late January, 2014 and $142,705 at the end of next July for a total of $1,423,705The court also voted to accept the Lawrence Co. Soil Conservation District FYI budget as a routine matter and to appoint Denver Chaffin and James Wilkerson to view a portion of Aspen Drive to see if it meets the criteria for removal from the county roads list.

Voting was unanimous on each issue.

Also the court voted unanimously to take the high bid on several surplus items such as older model trucks and a bulldozer. Bidders included Big Sandy Stone and Lynn Spillman for the most part. Both won the bid on some of the items. The most the county got was $19,051 from Randy Hinkle for a DC bulldozer. Big Sandy Stone was next with a $1,005 bid for a 1996 GMC 8500 truck. The rest were less than $500.

Osborne said there were over 300 bags of trash cleaned up by more than 100 volunteers in this year's PRIDE Cleanup campaign last Saturday and good partipation in the free dumping at the county garage, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. He said the county is pleased with the effort and wants to thank all the churches and other groups and individuals who participated.

PRIDE will have an official announcement at a later date, he said.

In a related matter Osborne said there is currently no place in Lawrence County to recycle trash since the Wal-Mart station was closed due to a nationwide company policy. A new facility has been bid out that will include a large metal building along with recycling bins that Osborne said he hopes to have complete by this fall. He said until then there is no recycling in Lawrence County.





Lawrence man to have last pretrial conference Friday in Circuit court on abuse of 2 month old son;  No plea bargain yet...


BallouBallouLOUISA, Ky. --  In August of 2011 Nicholas "Nick" Ballou, 24, of Louisa, Ky., was arrested in Elliot County after being on the run from police for several months. He is to have his final pre-trial hearing this Friday In Lawrence Circuit Court.

Ballou is being charged with assault and abuse of his son Landyn Ballou, who at the time was only 2 months old. Nicholas Ballou is charged with assault and abuse of Landyn. A trial has been set for May 20 in the case.

In November of 2012 Nicholas Ballou was arraigned in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges. Circuit Judge John D. Preston denied his request for a reduction in his bond.

Now almost 2 years later, Nicholas Ballou will be appearing in Lawrence County Circuit Court again this Friday April 2013, Landyn is now 20 months old and has appeared to be a Shaken Baby Syndrome Survivor, a young child with Cerebral Palsy from the brain injury and Abusive Head Trauma by someone who he should have been the safest with.

There have been reports that Ballou will plead guilty Friday in exchange for a reduced sentence but that could not be confirmed.


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