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August 7, 2018




August 7, 2018




  1. Call to Order
  2. Hear customer Issues (if any)
  3. Approve Minutes from June and July 2018 Meeting
  4. Review Financials
  5. Update on Water Main Replacement project
  6. Approve Resolution to Apply for KIA loan for Sewer I & I project
  7. Approve extending Purchase Agreement for Big Sandy Water
  8. Discuss Truck Purchases
  9. Board Comments
  10. Audience comments
  11. Adjourn


July 16, 2018

Lawrence County Fiscal Court

July 17, 2018

Regular Meeting Agenda

10:00 a.m.



  1. Opening Prayer
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3. Call Meeting to Order
  4. Approve minutes of the June 26, 2018 Regular Meeting
  5. Approve 1st Reading of Budget Amendment # 1
  6. Accept Treasurer’s Settlement
  7. Approve Bills
  8. Approve Treasurer’s Request
  9. Approve Treasurer’s Report
  10. Authorize Clerk to Advertise for Bid on 2 Bridges              
  11. Approve Lawrence County Fair Donation
  12. Public Comments
  13. Adjourn



July 11, 2018



Philip McCoy wanted a motorcycle since his buddies had them when they were teenagers and finally, just as he was getting ready to retire nine years ago, he bought himself a Royal Enfield.

Within two years, he had graduated from the small India-made bike to a Hog, a made-in-America Harley-Davidson, the iconic brand that was known as much for its thunderous gurgling sound as its classic lines that recall movies like Easy Rider.

“I wanted to be a bad boy,” he said, sitting on a wooden bench outside Two Lane Tavern way out Old Bardstown Road near the Bullitt County line. He was wearing a Harley-Davidson cap and a plaid shirt with a Harley-Davidson logo on his left breast. “I wanted to hear that rumble and feel the breeze in my hair.

He’s 70 now and he’s been thinking of switching to a "sissy bike" for a smoother and quieter ride. Harley’s recent announcements — first last year that it was building a plant in Thailand, then that it was closing its plant in Kansas City and idling 800 workers, and more recently that it was moving more of its production overseas to avoid higher costs from President Donald Trump’s trade war with Europe — make his decision that much easier.

“If they want to go overseas, get out of here period,” he said.

McCoy spent 42 years as a union sheet metal worker and was a yellow-dog Democrat throughout, but in recent years his allegiance has been changing as he has looked around and seen what he thinks are too many people with their hands out.

He said he doesn’t consider himself a Democrat or a Republican now — “I’m a fence-sitter” — but he voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election.

He’s exactly the kind of voter that the Democrats have lost in recent years that have helped Republicans gain a firm grip on both houses of Congress and pushed Donald Trump to the White House.

He thinks corporations like Harley-Davidson have had their hands out too much, too, and that if Harley-Davidson really wanted to keep jobs here, it could find a way to do it despite higher tariffs on motorcycles.

The European Union two weeks ago raised tariffs from 6 percent up to 31 percent to punish the United States for President Donald Trump’s 25 percent levies on foreign steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum.

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That would add about $2,200 to the cost of the average American-made Harley shipped to Europe. Harleys already are pretty pricey motorcycles.

The EU also slammed us with a 25 percent duty on American whisky, including Kentucky Bourbon.

It was in response to those tariffs by the EU that Harley-Davidson officials announced that they were shifting more production to their plants in foreign countries. It also has assembly at overseas plants in Brazil and India.

Trump has since threatened Harley-Davidson with a massive tax increase and predicted that this would be “the beginning of the end” for the iconic brand.

This isn't the first time that Harley has moved production offshore in response to Trump's moves.

The company announced it would build in Thailand last year after Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Trans Pacific Partnership, which would have created a massive free trade zone and removed existing tariffs on motorcycles in 40 percent of the world.

In this battle between Trump and Harley, McCoy sides more with Trump than the manufacturer.

Even though he for years bought Harley parts that were made overseas, and even though he’s considering buying a Honda Goldwing, which is now built in Japan, he just sees something fundamentally wrong with the American company’s decision to close the Kansas City plant and cost so many workers their livelihoods.

And if more bikers agree with him and start looking to buy from other companies, well so be it, he said.

“They’re getting what they deserve,” he said of Harley-Davidson. “They made their bed so they can lie in it.”


By Joseph Gerth, Columnist
Louisville Courier Journal

July 6, 2018

LAWRENCE COUNTY – Friday, July 6, 2018  -- KY 3 North at the 21 mile marker will be closed for several hours starting at 8:30 this morning.

Highway District 12's contractor, GSI, has been repairing an embankment failure along this stretch of highway, using the soil nail process which involves drilling rebar underneath the roadway. In the process, Superintendent Todd Moran said the crew discovered a failed cross drain.

"We decided to replace the cross drain while we are working at this site instead of waiting until the embankment repair is finished," he said.

The work zone site will be closed to all traffic for two or three hours while the maintenance crew opens the pavement, removes the damaged cross drain, and installs a new one.

When the new cross drain is covered and the pavement replaced, the road will re-open to one-lane traffic.

The site is north of Hester Gap Hill, two miles south of Fallsburg. The site is at the 21 mile marker and Fallsburg is at the 23 mile marker.

"So if you are going from Fallsburg toward Louisa," Moran said. "You will need to take another route this morning. We are sorry for the last-minute notice, but we didn't realize what bad shape the  cross drain is in until the GSI crew got to that point in their work."



June 21, 2018

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July 29, 2018

If your vehicle is damaged by paint, call 'Wet Paint Hotline'

HIGHWAY DISTRICT 12 – June 29, 2018 – Three crews from Central Striping Company are painting yellow centerlines on various state-maintained highways in Floyd, Lawrence, and Pike counties. Since this work is weather dependent, people will probably see these “moving work zones” for the next several weeks.

When they finish in Lawrence, Floyd, and Pike counties, they will move to roads in Johnson, Martin, Knott, and Letcher counties. Mike Blevins, Engineer Technologist with Highway District 12, said that eventually two more crews will be added to stripe white edge lines.

“This constitutes a moving work zone,” Blevins said. “Motorists should stay well behind the striping equipment and avoid changing lanes and driving over the fresh paint. Not only does that cause paint tracking, it may also cause paint to get on people’s tires.”

If you end up with paint on your tires or vehicle, and you feel you did everything you could to avoid it (not changing lanes across wet paint, for example), you may want to call the Wet Paint Hotline at 855-865-3200. Before calling, you should have ready your name, phone number, address, the route number of the road where you were driving, the color of paint you drove onto, and the date and time of the incident.



June 26, 2018

Fair Board asks to 'borrow' soccer bleachers for county fair...

Lawrence Co. Board of Education

Special Meeting

June 27, 2018 5:00 p.m.

Lawrence County High School

Louisa, Kentucky




Mission:  Every Child College and Career Ready; A Community Involved and Informed

The Pledge to the United States Flag


2.A. Approve Claims and Orders of the Treasurer

2.B. Approve Consent Agenda items:

2.B.1. Per diem and expenses for members present

2.B.2. Contracts and services:

2.B.2.a. Renewal of annual Renaissance Place subscriptions (Accelerated Reader, Star Early Literacy, Star Reading, and Star Math) and hosting services fees: Total: $36,396.76

2.B.2.b. Renewal of Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) for Measures of Academic (MAP): $29,425.00

2.B.2.c. Lenovo Chromebooks payment: $60,270.61

2.B.2.d. Letter of Agreement between Lawrence County Board of Education and Tri-State Rehab Services, Ironton, Ohio; athletic training services and physical therapy for high school 2018/19 sports season: $3,750.00 (same as last year)

2.B.2.e. Renewal: PSST AESOP BDIA Annual Subscription: $3,733.80

2.B.2.f. Renewal: PSST Custom Check Template Annual Service: $395.00

2.B.2.g. 2018-2019 Memorandum of Agreement with Ashland Community and Technical College (ACTC) for dual credit program

2.B.2.h. Memorandum of Agreement with Morehead State University for dual credit program for the 2018-19 academic year

2.B.2.i. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Lawrence County Schools and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) sponsored by Morehead State University (Drug Prevention/Education Curriculum Initiative 2nd Year for Grades 3-8)

2.B.2.j. Health/Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) ETR HealthSmart Curriculum; K, 1, 2: $873.53 and high school: $639.99

2.B.2.k. Naviance (College and Career Readiness Platform for middle and high school); July 2, 2018 to July 1, 2021: $27,635.20

2.B.2.l. STRIV>ENMEDIA for VJS Junior Site Licenses for four elementary schools; one year: $4,203.75

2.B.2.m. KDE Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Lawrence County Schools for Family Resource/Youth Service Centers (FRYSC) SFY19: $233,600

2.B.3. 18-19 Fundraiser Requests:

2.B.3.a. Louisa Middle School

2.B.3.b. Lawrence County High School

2.B.4. Request: Lawrence County FFA and Fair Board requests use of bleachers from the soccer field for the Lawrence County Fair in July; bleachers will be returned by August 1, 2018; Rick and Melissa Blackburn

2.C. Approve district and student insurances for 2018-2019

2.D. Discuss Vision Statement for Lawrence County Schools

2.E. Discuss/Approve Next Steps in the Nickel Tax Process

2.F. Approve 2018-2019 Preschool Tuition of $200 per month (same as last year)

2.G. Approve Second Reading of Annual KSBA Policy Updates, as follows: 01.0 Definitions; 01.11 General Powers and Duties of the Board; 01.111 District Planning; 01.2 Board Member Qualifications; 01.42 Regular Meetings; 01.43 Closed Sessions; 01.83 In-Service Training; 01.91 Authorization of Charter Schools; 01.911 Charter School Application Process; 01.9111 Charter School Contract; 01.912 Charter School Monitoring, Assessment, and Annual Reports; 01.913 Charter School Renewal, Non-Renewal, Revocation, and Closure; 01.914 Conversion to Charter Schools; 02.421 Election of School Council Members (SBDM); 02.442 Comprehensive School Improvement Plan; 03.11 Hiring (Certified Personnel); 03.121 Salaries (Certified Personnel); 03.1235 Educational/Professional Leave (Certified Personnel); 03.18 Evaluation (Certified Personnel); 03.21 Hiring (Classified Personnel); 03.221 Salaries (Classified Personnel); 03.27 Discipline, Suspension and Dismissal of Classified Employees (Classified Personnel); 03.4 Substitute Teachers; 03.6 Volunteers; 04.1 Budget Planning and Adoption; 04.32 Procurement; 04.91 Financial Statements and Reports; 05.5 Security; 06.33 Regular Bus Stops; 06.34 Conduct on Bus; 08.1341 Essential Workplace Programs; 08.1345 Federal Programs; 08.13451 Title I – Parent and Family Engagement Policy; 08.3 School Calendar; 09.11 School Attendance Areas; 09.12 Admissions and Attendance; 09.1231 Dismissal from School; 09.211 Health Care Examination; 09.22 Student Health and Safety; 09.224 Emergency Medical Treatment; 09.227 Child Abuse; 09.313 Eligibility (Athletics)


3.A. Approve updates to Lawrence County Schools 2018-2019 Salary Schedule

3.B. Approve KEDC Contract regarding Assignment of Personnel for 2018-2019: $18,000

3.C. Approve to acknowledge Superintendent’s Personnel Action/Update

3.D. Superintendent Professional Growth and Evaluation System (SPGES)

3.D.1. Annual Evaluation: Dr. Robbie Fletcher, Superintendent

3.D.1.a. Capstone Presentation

3.D.1.b. Review of Professional Growth Plan

3.D.2. Approve to enter Executive Session for preliminary discussions relating to evaluation of the superintendent pursuant to KRS 61.810(1)(k) and KRS 156.557(6)(c)

3.D.3. Approve return to Open Session

3.D.4. Discuss and approve adoption of Dr. Robbie Fletcher’s Superintendent Summative Evaluation for 2017-18




June 26, 2018

Larry and Stacey Freels with their new daughter, Magdalene Marie, four days old, on Monday in their home. Photo by Alan WarrenLarry and Stacey Freels with their new daughter, Magdalene Marie, four days old, on Monday in their home. Photo by Alan Warren


Baby delivered in front seat of Honda van 


Magdalene Marie Freels sure knows how to make an entrance.

The 8-pound 7-ounce baby girl arrived Friday just before 5:30 p.m. in the front seat of her parents' 2014 Honda Odyssey van as they rushed to Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.

Luckily, her dad is Lt. Larry Freels of the Owensboro Fire Department.

Magdalene's mom? She's Superwoman, he said.

Superwoman Stacey Freels, that is.

"It was surreal," Larry Freels said. "It was like something you think about in the back of your mind, but you think it will never happen to you."

After 13 years as a firefighter, he had never delivered a baby. He watched once as another firefighter delivered one, but Magdalene was his first.

"It's like straight out of a movie," Stacey Freels said. "I would never think that would happen to me."

Magdalene was supposed to arrive Thursday. She decided to come one day later — with a whole lot of drama.

"I kept praying (Magdalene) would come soon because I am going to be the maid of honor at my best friend's wedding on the Fourth of July," Stacey Freels said.

Prayers answered.

Magdalene joins her siblings, Caleb, 8, Ella Grace, 7, and Lucas, 3.

With the other three children, Stacey Freels endured 10 hours and more of labor, so she never expected Magdalene's hurried approach.

"She wasn't going to wait," said grandma Shirley Freels of Owensboro. "You can't tell me God's plan wasn't on this whole thing."

At 4:30 p.m. Friday, Superwoman — er, Stacey Freels — took a bath. At that time, her contractions were still 10 minutes apart, but she texted her mom that she believed they were the "real thing."

Her water broke as she and her husband put their three kids in the van to head for grandma Shirley Freels' home in Trinity Hills.

After leaving grandma's house, the Freelses drove only a block or two when Stacey Freels said, "Larry, I feel the head coming."

Larry Freels didn't want to believe it. He told her it was just contractions. "I told her, 'Don't push! Don't push!' "

He stopped the car and ran around to her side to take a look for himself. Sure enough, Magdalene wasn't waiting for anyone, so Larry Freels called 911.

As soon as the baby was born, he saw "my brothers (OFD firefighters from Station II) coming down the road."

They had no idea the call was for one of their own. They only knew a baby was being born in a car.

Firefighter Ted Johnston clamped Magdalene's umbilical cord and gave Larry Freels the honor of snipping it.

"It was very rewarding," Johnston said of the medical run.

For the most part, firefighters respond to tragedies — vehicle accidents, medical calls and burning homes. Magdalene's birth was a welcome change of pace, he said.

For Larry Freels, it was the first time he'd been on the other end of an emergency. He and his wife are grateful for the care they received from OFD and the ambulance crew.

"At the moment (of Magdalene's birth), it was really kinda scary," he said. "But everything turned out awesome. It was something else. God was there."

By Renee Beasley Jones
The Messenger-Inquirer



June 26, 2018

Small towns across the U.S. are losing population to urban areas... 

Small towns across the U.S. are losing population to urban areas, and the trend is likely to continue. Kimberly Zarecor, associate professor of architecture at Iowa State University, offers an offbeat solution for shrinking towns: instead of spending money trying to lure new residents, focus on making life better for residents so they'll stay put, Frank Morris reports for NPR.

Eva Spackova, an architecture professor at the Technical University of Ostrava, commented on how her city successfully followed the "shrink smart" plan: the town clean up pollution and revitalized older neighborhoods, reinventing itself as a cultural hot-spot with popular arts events.Eva Spackova, an architecture professor at the Technical University of Ostrava, commented on how her city successfully followed the "shrink smart" plan: the town clean up pollution and revitalized older neighborhoods, reinventing itself as a cultural hot-spot with popular arts events.Zarecor first conceived of the "Shrink Smart Project" when she studied in a small city in the Czech Republic that had suffered with the collapse of the coal and steel industries. "Ostrava is a place that's shrinking, losing people, but it's still a place that people love to live in, are very loyal to," Zarecor told Morris. "And it's also a place that outsiders look at and think, I don't want to be there."

Eva Spackova, an architecture professor at the Technical University of Ostrava, commented on how her city successfully followed the "shrink smart" plan: the town clean up pollution and revitalized older neighborhoods, reinventing itself as a cultural hot-spot with popular arts events.

Zarecor and her Iowa State colleague Dave Peters are trying to bring that thinking to America, and are currently conducting surveys to figure out how some remote small towns can make residents' lives better as they lose population. They point to Sac City, Iowa, population 2,105, as an example of success in smart shrinking. The thriving town boasts a hospital, a library, a recreational center, two pools, good daycares, and an involved local government.

Sac City Community Foundation board member Steve Irwin said the town is doing well because of its highly involved citizens. "We always seem to have a champion for a project, somebody or some group that kind of takes the lead," Irwin told Morris.

Written by Heather Chapman Posted at 6/26/2018 


June 4, 2018


An unknown male body was found on the railroad tracks close to the exit ramps on US 23 to Interstate 64.

The Boyd County Coroner Mark Hammond put this statement out to the public:


The Boyd County Coroner‘s Office needs the public‘s help in identifying a decedent from earlier today.

We need help identifying :

1. A white male that is 5’9 to 5’11
2. He weighs approximately 145 - 150 pounds
3. Very short blonde reddish hair
4. Hazel eyes
5. He was wearing blue jeans, a white t shirt under a gray t shirt, an Under Armour black baseball hat, and slip on brown work boots.
6. His right arm is sleeved with skulls throughout.
7. He has the following distinctive tattoos:
A. KOTTON MOUTH on his right forearm Green Ink
B. a black spade tattoo on his inner right forearm
C. A woman looking over her shoulder that is on the outside of his right upper forearm.
D. A pot leaf tattoo in green on his right lower forearm
E. The word KINGS tattooed in green on his lower inner left forearm.
8. The age of the decedent is 25-35 years of age.

If anyone has any information, please contact Mark Hammond, Boyd County Coroner, at 606-923.8309


May 23, 2018

FBI warned, 'Hoax threats are not a joke, so think before you post'

The FBI is warning that people who post hoax threats against schools and other public places may face felony charges, stiff fines and up to five years in prison.

The agency began a public education campaign Wednesday, saying that after public shootings, such as Santa Fe, Texas this month, law enforcement agencies often see a spike in threats made against schools and other public forums.

Lawrence County schools had at least three threats during the 2017-18 school year but it has not been announced how the students who make the calls were punished.Lawrence County schools had at least three threats during the 2017-18 school year but it has not been announced how the students who make the calls were punished.

“Hoax threats drain law enforcement resources and hoax threat investigations are expensive (and) cost taxpayers a lot of money,” FBI Louisville spokesman David Habich said.

The agency estimates that “thousands” of such hoax threats are made annually, he said, though no agency collects national statistics. Many of the threats are reported to and handled by local law enforcement agencies, not the FBI.

“However, the FBI often provides resources and guidance in these investigations, and cases can result in federal prosecution,” Habich said.

The agency in March arrested two Nicholasville men, aged 18 and 19, who were indicted on felony charges related to making hoax threats. The FBI said the indictment alleged that the men in February “used Snapchat to spread false information that a third individual would attack Jessamine County schools with firearms.”

In a news release Wednesday the agency asked the public for help in curbing hoax threats — but also asked that people continue to reach out to law enforcement if they see potential threats or suspicious activity.

“If there is any reason to believe the safety of others is at risk, we ask that the public immediately reach out to their local police department by calling 911, or contact the FBI via or at 800-CALL-FBI.

“Early intervention can prevent a situation from escalating by identifying, assessing and managing the threat,” the agency said.

But, the FBI warned, “Hoax threats are not a joke, so think before you post.”

By Boris Ladwig
Insider Louisville

MAY 17, 2018



APRIL 24, 2018

Ky 3390 in Johnson County closes road at work zone site

JOHNSON COUNTY – Tuesday, April 24, 2018 – Drilling started at 7 o’clock this morning to repair an embankment failure on KY 3390 in Johnson County between mile points 0 and 2. Due to the severity of the break, the road will be closed at this site most of the day. The drill will have to sit in the one lane that is open.

“We apologize for this late notice,” said Sara George, D12 Information Officer. “It is sometimes difficult to estimate when work will be finished at one site so that the contractor can move to another site. We got very late notice that this work would start this morning. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused during the early morning commute. For the rest of the day, people should take an alternate route as traffic will be blocked at the work zone site.”


Spring and summer maintenance and construction season started the first of this month. Work zones will appear more often on D12’s roadways throughout the coming months. Motorists are advised to slow down and follow directional signs and flaggers as soon as they realize they are coming upon a work zone. “We depend on drivers to help us make sure everyone travels safely through the work zones,” George said. “Highway safety is a partnership. Remember: buckle up, phone down. Be safe out there!”


March 31, 2018



March 23, 2018


Needle Exchange/Harm Reduction program will come to a vote, agenda says


Lawrence County Fiscal Court

Regular meeting agenda

March 27, 2018


  1.   Opening Prayer
  2.   Pledge of Allegiance
  3.   Call Meeting to Order
  4.   Approve minutes of the February 20, 2018 Meeting
  5.   Approve 1st Reading of Budget Amendment # 5
  6.   Approve Treasurer’s Request
  7.   Approve Bills
  8.   Approve Treasurer’s Report
  9.   Approve April as Child Abuse Prevention Month
  10.   Approve Ky. Transportation Rural Secondary Road       Program 2018-19 FY
  11.   Approve the Jail Fund Budget FY 18-19
  12.   Adopt Resolution and Approve the Execution of MOA Between LC Fiscal Court and Commonwealth of Ky. Transportation Cabinet
  13.   Open Bids on Lawn Service for County Mowing
  14.   Accept Viewing Report on Closure of a Portion of West Clayton Lane
  15.   Approve to Recognize April as Fair Housing Month in LC
  16.   Approve Planning and Zoning Ordinance Typo Corrections
  17.   Approve Resolution for Truck Lease
  18.   Approve Resolution to Make Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River as a Designated Blue Water Trail
  19.   Re-appoint Member to the LC Housing Authority
  20.   Accept Clerk’s 2017 Financial Report pending audit – (Clerk)
  21.   Accept Clerk’s Excess Fees
  22.   Accept Sheriff’s 2017 Fee Settlement pending audit-(Sheriff)
  23.   Accept LC Conservation District Annual Budget FY 18-19
  24.   Approve Proclamation Making April Pride Spring Clean-Up Month
  25.   Open Tabled Needle Exchange/Harm Reduction and Bring to a Vote
  26. Public comments
  27. Adjourn

March 10, 2018

Change will take place @ 2:00am Sunday


Spring ForwardSpring Forward

Kentucky Press News Service

Standard Time will soon give way to Daylight Saving Time. The change will occur at 2 a.m. on Sunday. The change means the loss of an hour of sleep but the days will seem longer since sunset will occur an hour later.

As an example, when you go to bed on Saturday night, set your clocks ahead one hour. For instance, if you go to bed at 11 p.m. on Saturday, set your clocks ahead one hour to midnight. They will have the correct time when you awaken Sunday morning.

Sunrise and sunset will each be an hour later on Sunday than they did just the day before. It will be dark longer in the morning but the light will last longer in the evening.

By the way, Daylight Saving Time will end and we will return to Standard Time on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. That's when you will get your lost hour of sleep back from the spring time change.



February 27, 2018

LAWRENCE COUNTY (February 27, 2018) – Highway District 12 Engineer Tim Spencer announced that road repairs start tomorrow, Wednesday, February 28, at two location on KY 1690 in Lawrence County.


The first site is at mile point 10.7, the second at milepoint 0.7. Each of the projects should be finished within five working days. Spencer said there will be long traffic delays in each work zone.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding,” he said. “Please drive more slowly in these work zones and pay attention to the signs and people who are flagging traffic. The work is somewhat weather dependent, which means repairs could take longer than five working days if interrupted by bad weather.”

February 15, 2018


Valentine’s Day might consist of flowers or chocolates but for one man from Louisa, it was a million dollars. 

Yesterday morning around 6:30 a.m., the Lawrence County man tentatively identified as Rick Cyrus stopped at the Louisa BP #17 to check his Mega Millions ticket from the February 13, 2018 drawing. 

The clerk scanned his ticket and informed him that he’d won too much for the store to pay. 

“We checked the winning numbers against my ticket and I was like, okay.  At first I figured it was probably $1,000 but after researching further, I found out it was much more,” Cyrus said. 

The Louisa resident is looking ahead to retirement and says his winnings will help.  After taxes, he received a check for $700,000.   

The winner would not consent to posing for a picture for Ky. Lottery officials who would not reveal his name at his request although the information is public record, and store clerks have been reluctant to give out his name, either.  

BY Jennifer Cunningham | Communications Specialist




February 14, 2018

Cashier who sold ticket said 'he is a good customer of ours'

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 2/14/18 @ 11:30 a.m.

Officials with the Kentucky Lottery say the retail location that sold last night's $1 million Mega Millions ticket is Louisa BP #17 at 206 W. Madison Street.

 MICHELLE LEEDY of Louisa BP was the cashier who sold the winning ticket. “ it’s so exciting and we are just getting started, she said. "He is s good customer of ours.” She did not name the winner, however. MICHELLE LEEDY of Louisa BP was the cashier who sold the winning ticket. “ it’s so exciting and we are just getting started, she said. "He is s good customer of ours.” She did not name the winner, however.

The winning ticket holder has not yet come forward but store owners and employees know his identity. They can't name him until he comes forward with the winning ticket.

A winning ticket for last night’s Mega Millions drawing worth $1 million was purchased in Louisa.

Officials with the Kentucky Lottery say the ticket matched five white ball numbers, but not the Mega Ball to win the game’s second prize. The winning numbers for the February 13, 2018 drawing were 5, 12, 15, 46, 49, with Mega Ball 1.

The retailer that sold the winning ticket will receive a selling bonus of $10,000.

Officials say the winner has not yet come forward. So far, the name of the winning retailer has not been released.


February 13, 2018

Prestonsburg City’s Utilities Commission creates new apprenticeship program

Kentucky Press News Service

Prestonsburg – Labor Cabinet Deputy Secretary Mike Nemes joined officials from Prestonsburg City’s Utilities Commission and Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg to announce the creation of a new apprenticeship program.

The three-year registered apprenticeship specializes in the occupations of water treatment plant and wastewater treatment operators. Apprentices will receive 2,000 on-the-job and 144 classroom training hours per year and will earn a nationally recognized journeyman certificate upon completion of the program.

“The Labor Cabinet is thrilled to register this innovative apprenticeship program today, and it’s encouraging to see the city of Prestonsburg take this step in order to strengthen its utilities for generations to come,” Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey said in a statement. “My hope is that more cities throughout the Commonwealth will emulate the unique partnership that exists between Prestonsburg and Big Sandy CTC in order to tackle today’s important workforce challenges.”

Since 1956, Prestonsburg City’s Utilities Commission has extended, improved, and maintained the waterworks, sewer system, and natural gas distribution operations for the city of Prestonsburg. The commission is a regional provider of utility services with approximately 9,000 retail water customers, nearly 3,000 retail wastewater customers, and approximately 1,100 gas customers, a news release said.

“The current workforce of certified operators is an aging one that will most likely face critical shortages of certified operators in the future,” said Prestonsburg City’s Utilities Commission Superintendent and CEO Turner E. Campbell. “This is why today’s announcement is so important for us. This program will shorten the time it takes to become a certified water or wastewater treatment operator while giving utility entities an opportunity to replace retiring operators more quickly. Today’s announcement is a win for the citizens of Prestonsburg and the long-term outlook of our workforce, and we look forward to being a true partner in this program with Big Sandy Community and Technical College.”

“Big Sandy Community & Technical College is proud to enter into an agreement with Prestonsburg Utilities for an apprenticeship program related to water plant training,” Big Sandy CTC President and CEO Sherry Zylka said. “We are working together to develop the skills needed to create a pipeline of new workers in the future. It’s a win-win situation.”

The ‘Kentucky Trained. Kentucky Built.’ initiative signals Kentucky’s recommitment of new energy and resources toward strengthening apprenticeships across Kentucky. Since November of last year, over 1,000 new apprentices statewide have been registered, bringing the total number of registered apprentices to 3,088 in 206 programs throughout Kentucky.

State Sen. Johnny Turner and state Rep. Larry Brown, both of Prestonsburg, also offered praise.

“This apprenticeship program is a positive step toward providing another tool to prepare and strengthen the workforce,” said Sen. Turner. “I look forward to the implementation of this inventive partnership and its success.”

“This partnership is exactly what Prestonsburg and the Floyd County area need,” said Rep. Brown. “This vital partnership will give future Kentucky workers an advantage in the job market as they will be equipped with prior work experience to go along with their college education.”

For more information on Registered Apprenticeships, visit 


January 30, 2018

See who has signed up statewide... 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 30, 2018) – Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds potential candidates for Kentucky's May Primary that today, Jan. 30, is the final day to file paperwork with the appropriate filing official. The deadline is 4 p.m. local time.

Ky. Sec. of State Allison Grimes sends out last reminderKy. Sec. of State Allison Grimes sends out last reminderThe Secretary of State's online Becoming a Candidate portal allows potential candidates to use a streamlined web application to fill out much of the paperwork required to become a candidate. At the end of the process, users may save and print a PDF of the required documents for filing with the appropriate filing official. Kentucky law does not currently allow candidates to submit filings electronically.



The 2018 ballot features the following offices:

* Kentucky's six seats in the U.S. House of Representatives

* All seats in the Kentucky House of Representatives

* Even district seats in the Kentucky Senate

* Kentucky Supreme Court – 3rd District

* District Judges

* Commonwealth's Attorneys

* Circuit Court Clerks

* All county officers will also be on the ballot in addition to city legislative bodies and mayors of some cities. Local office candidates file with the county clerk.

Independent, political group, or political organization candidates for offices that require a statement of candidacy must file by 4 p.m. local time on April 2, 2018.

A comprehensive list of candidates filed with the Secretary of State is available here.




Date: 01-29-2018

The Republican Party of Kentucky and U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell received thousands of dollars from Las Vegas casino tycoon Steve Wynn, who recently stepped down as the national GOP finance chairman over multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

In 2016, Wynn donated $10,000 to the Republican Party of Kentucky through a joint fundraising committee, according to Federal Election data. He also gave $1,000 to McConnell's 1996 Senate campaign. 

Tres Watson, a spokesman for the Republican Party of Kentucky, said the party doesn't plan to keep the money in the wake of the allegations. 

"We will be donating the money to a charity," Watson said. He did not give specifics as to when and where the money would be donated. 

A spokesman for McConnell's office did not respond to a request for comment. 

Wynn, 76, is accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with company employees over the decades, according to The Wall Street Journal. He has publicly denied the allegations but resigned his post as the party's finance chair in the following days. 

"Today I accepted Steve Wynn’s resignation as Republican National Committee Finance Chair," RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said Saturday in a statement to USA TODAY.

Wynn is the latest public figure accused of sexual misconduct in a movement that began with Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein last fall. 

At the time, the Republican Party pressured Democrats to return the Weinstein's donations over the years. 

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat, donated {to charity} Weinstein's $5,200 that he gave to her run for U.S. Senate in 2014, according to Murray State University Public Radio. 

Bradford Queen, a spokesman for Grimes, said he was unsure if the money had been donated yet.

In addition to the tens of thousands of dollars he's given to GOP candidates and causes, Wynn helped run President Donald Trump's inaugural committee, which raised a record $107 million, according to USA TODAY.

By Thomas Novelly
Louisville Courier Journal


Date: 12-14-2017

Louisville Public Media 'deeply sad' to hear of Dan Johnson death

 State Representative Dan Johnson has died, apparently of suicide," State Representative Dan Johnson has died, apparently of suicide,"

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting said in a statement that they were "deeply sad" to hear about Rep. Dan Johnson's death by suicide, just two days after an investigative article accused the politician and preacher of sexual abuse. 

"All of us at Louisville Public Media are deeply sad to hear that State Representative Dan Johnson has died, apparently of suicide," a statement from Michael Skoler, President of Louisville Public Media said. 

Johnson was accused by a woman of molesting her when she was 17 after a New Year’s party in 2012, according to a wide-ranging report published Monday by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting. 

The politician did not return multiple requests for comment from Louisville Public Media during their months-long investigation. 

"As part of the process, we reached out to Representative Johnson numerous times over the course of a seven-month investigation. He declined requests to talk about our findings," Skoler said in his statement. 

That was followed by calls for Johnson's resignation from both Republican and Democratic leaders. But at a press conference Tuesday morning, Johnson said that he wouldn't step down. 

Johnson said his wife and daughters were close to the young woman. He said the woman was a church member whom he claims was upset about how he spoke to the girls that night.

"I don't want to blast this girl, I have a lot of compassion for her," he said. "I'm very sorrowful that she's in this dark place in her life."

Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, Johnson wrote on Facebook that the allegations were false and sent a farewell to his church followers and family. Johnson's Facebook post was taken down later Wednesday evening.

"The accusations from NPR are false GOD and only GOD knows the truth. Nothing is the way they make it out to be ... GOD LOVES ALL PEOPLE NO MATTER WHAT," Johnson wrote.

Bullitt County Coroner David Billings told Courier Journal that Johnson was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Greenwell Ford Road in Mount Washington. The spot is called the River Bottoms.

By Thomas Novelly
Louisville Courier-Journal


December 5, 2017

ICE and CBP Release End of Fiscal Year 2017 Statistics

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its end-of-year immigration enforcement numbers, the results of a year-long return to enforcing the law, upholding the integrity of our lawful immigration system, and keeping America safe.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported 310,531 apprehensions nationwide, 303,916 of which were along the Southwest border, underscoring the need for a physical barrier at the border. Additionally, in FY 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Removal Operations (ERO) conducted 143,470 arrests and 226,119 removals.

While 2017 marked a successful year in border security efforts, reducing illegal cross-border migration, increasing interior enforcement, and dismantling transnational criminal enterprises, multiple challenges still remain in providing immigration officials with the tools needed to keep criminals off the streets, eliminate the pull factors for illegal immigration, and remove aliens who have violated our immigration laws from the country. The previously announced Trump Administration’s immigration priorities would address these challenges by enhancing border security, implementing a merit-based immigration system, and closing loopholes that encourage illegal immigration.

“We have clearly seen the successful results of the President’s commitment to supporting the frontline officers and agents of DHS as they enforce the law and secure our borders,” said Acting Secretary Elaine Duke. “We have an obligation to uphold the integrity of our immigration system, but we must do more to step up and close loopholes to protect the American worker, our economy, and our communities.”

“We have seen historic low numbers this year - an almost 30 percent decline in apprehensions in FY17, but we are very concerned about the later month increases of unaccompanied minors and minors with a family member,” said Acting Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello. “We are also concerned about the significant uptick in the smuggling of opioids and other hard narcotics, including heroin and cocaine, which generally increase when illegal border crossings spike. The men and women of CBP, working along our borders and at the ports of entry protecting our great nation, are doing outstanding work. For us to truly have an operationally secure border, we must close loopholes in our laws that help fund the cartels.”

“These results are proof of what the men and women of ICE can accomplish when they are empowered to fulfill their mission,” said Thomas Homan, ICE Deputy Director. “We need to maintain this momentum by matching the dedication and drive of our personnel with the resources they need to perform at even higher levels. We need to confront and address misguided policies and loopholes that only serve as a pull factor for illegal immigration. We must continue to target violent gangs like MS-13, and prevent them from rebuilding what we have begun to dismantle. Finally, we need to find a solution to the dangerous sanctuary city policies and the politicians who needlessly risk innocent lives to protect criminals who are illegally present in the United States.”

Customs and Border Protection

In FY17, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recorded the lowest level of illegal cross-border migration on record, as measured by apprehensions along the border and inadmissible encounters at the U.S. ports of entry. However, in May CBP began to see a month-over-month increase in apprehensions and inadmissible cases along the Southwest border, most notably from children, either as part of a family unit or unaccompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
In addition to the 310,531 apprehensions by U.S. Border Patrol agents there were 216,370 inadmissible cases by CBP officers in FY17, representing a 23.7 percent decline over the previous year. Illegal migration along the Southwest border declined sharply from January 21 to April, which was the lowest month of border enforcement activity on record.

By the end of the year, family-unit apprehensions and inadmissible cases reached 104,997 along the Southwest border. Another 48,681 unaccompanied children were apprehended or determined to be inadmissible.

CBP continues to be concerned about steady increase in the flow of unaccompanied children and family units from Central America, as transnational criminal organizations continue to exploit legal and policy loopholes to help illegal aliens gain entry and facilitate their release into the interior of the country.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The most significant changes in immigration enforcement strategy can be found in the interior of the United States. The executive orders issued by President Trump in January 2017 strongly emphasized the role of interior enforcement in protecting national security and public safety, and upholding the rule of law. By making clear that no category of removable aliens would be exempt from enforcement, the directives also expanded enforcement priorities for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Overall, in FY 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) conducted 143,470 arrests and 226,119 removals. Notably, from the start of the Trump Administration on January 20, 2017 through the end of the fiscal year, ERO made 110,568 arrests compared to 77,806 in FY2016 - an increase of 40 percent. During the same timeframe, removals that resulted from an ICE arrest increased by 37 percent, nearly offsetting the historically low number of border apprehensions, a population that typically constitutes a significant portion of ICE removals. Total ICE removal numbers for FY17 (226,119) reflect a slight decline (6%) from FY2016 (240,255), largely attributed to the decline in border apprehensions.

ICE continued to prioritize its resources to enhance public safety and border security, which is demonstrated by the data, which reflects that 92 percent (101,722) of aliens ICE administratively arrested between January 20, 2017 and the end of FY2017, were removable aliens who had a criminal conviction or a pending criminal charge, were an ICE fugitive, or were an illegal re-entrant.

The executive orders also prioritized efforts to dismantle transnational gangs, with a specific focus on MS-13, one of the most violent gangs in the United States. In FY2017, ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested 796 MS-13 gang members and associates, compared to 434 in FY2016 – an 83 percent increase. Overall, HSI made 4,818 criminal arrests related to gang activity and 892 administrative arrests as a result of gang investigations. Additionally, ERO administratively arrested 5,225 gang members and associates.

Overall in FY17, HSI conducted 32,958 total criminal arrests and seized $524 million in illicit currency and assets over the course of investigations into human smuggling and trafficking, cybercrime, transnational gang activity, narcotics enforcement, human smuggling and other types of cross-border criminal activity.


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