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JULY 4, 2018

242 YEARS AGO AMERICA'S COLONIAL LEADERS DECLARED THEIR 'INDEPENDENCE'

It was 242 years ago when America’s colonial leaders declared their independence from a tyrant who trampled their rights and usurped their self-rule. They outlined 27 specific violations citing a “long train of abuses” reaching back a decade to the Stamp Act and decided the relationship was irretrievably broken. So on July 4, 1776, the Founders formally separated from Great Britain and declared us a new nation.

Richard Nelson Richard Nelson They fought for God-endowed human rights, “government by the consent of the governed,” and appealed to “the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions.” So as we watch the fireworks stream across the night sky to celebrate our independence, it’s worth asking: what are we fighting for today?

Social indicators say we are at war with ourselves.

According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control 19,362 Americans were murdered in 2016. Nearly twice as many— 44,965 people — took their own lives that same year, making suicide the second leading cause of death for 10-34-year-olds. Not all death is immediate. Some are killing themselves slowly through opioids and other deadly drugs.

Illicit drug overdoses claimed 63,632 American lives in 2016. Nearly two-thirds were opioid-related. In comparison, between 6000-8000 American Patriots were killed during the Revolutionary War. An additional 17,000 died from disease.

While Redcoats are no longer quartered in private homes and their muskets no longer threaten us, the battle over rights is fought on the domestic front. Today’s hottest controversies revolve around Constitutional issues of Second Amendment gun rights; Fifth Amendment rights to life and due process; and Article 4 Section 3 border security. So the storm clouds gather over Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Supreme Court replacement.

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has become a catalyst for social change. Some of it good like Brown v. Board of Education which integrated our public schools. Some rulings not so good, like Plessy v. Ferguson and the separate but equal doctrine which necessitated Brown in the first place. Without doubt, much of what the court has achieved in recent decades has been highly controversial.

SCOTUS struck down every state anti-abortion law in its Roe v. Wade ruling (1973); Ten Commandment’s displays in public school classrooms in Stone v. Graham (1980); Student-led prayer in Santa Fe v. Doe (2000); state marriage laws in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015). The Court has become a super-legislature and successfully launched a Second American Revolution in our understanding of rights and freedom.

In his 1992 opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Justice Kennedy said: “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” That rationale kept abortion in place while appealing to post-modern desires which paved the way for same-sex marriage and gender-identity rights.

Of course, there needs to be a final arbiter in disputes rising to the federal level. But are modern Court rulings in line with the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and all its grand pronouncements?

The Founders relied upon “the laws of nature and of nature’s God” and understood that the Creator must be central to a healthy political and social order. Their gift was to weave into our political fabric God as the giver of our rights and fixer of moral boundaries without establishing a church or mandating religious belief.

This radical social philosophy was the proverbial political shot heard ’round the world. And it’s worth celebrating this Fourth of July.

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Richard Nelson is the executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy organization. He and his family reside in Cadiz, Kentucky.

June 30, 2018

…to educating boaters about boating under the influence

 

LOUISA, KY – As part of a nationally coordinated effort to educate boaters about the dangers of boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Lawrence County Emergency Management will be participating in Operation Dry Water.

Operation Dry Water is a year-round national campaign focused on raising awareness about boating under the influence. Alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in recreational boater deaths and a leading contributor in boating accidents.

“Our goal is to educate boaters, not only about the laws regarding boating under the influence, but to help boaters understand the danger of boating impaired. Certain factors on the water such as wind, sun, noise and the rocking of the boat all impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time on the water,” says Michael Woods Lawrence County Emergency Management Director. “At any given moment there are individuals in the water, on paddleboards or in other boats that depend on boat operators to be alert and in control of their vessel. People’s lives depend on it.”

Lawrence County Emergency Management is asking boaters to enjoy this boating season and help keep everyone safe by not drinking alcohol while on the water, or operating a boat after you have consumed alcohol. Use of both legal and illegal drugs also impairs judgment and reaction time and makes it dangerous to operate a boat.

In addition to the year-round campaign, the annual Operation Dry Water heightened awareness and enforcement weekend will take place June 29-July 1. This three-day weekend is a national weekend of increased enforcement of boating under the influence laws and recreational boater outreach. In 2017, 518 impaired operators were removed by law enforcement across the country during Operation Dry Water Weekend.

As part of Operation Dry Water, law enforcement and recreational boating safety educators and volunteers will be out on the water informing boaters about safe boating practices and removing impaired operators from the water.

Boaters can learn more about boating under the influence by visiting operationdrywater.org.

 

 

NOVEMBER 9, 2017

 

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Oct. 2, 2017

KENTUCKY STONEHENGE

One would have to travel thousands of miles from Hardin County to encounter the mysterious Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire, England, but a brief drive to Hart County can yield a similar sight.

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Right off South Dixie Highway in Munfordville, a unique attraction known as Kentucky Stonehenge offers a homemade replica of the iconic landmark, along with several other rock formations.

Though ancient historians debate the origin of the actual Stonehenge, there’s no doubt Kentucky’s Stonehenge was built by Munfordville resident Chester Fryer. In fact, the replica is in his yard.

The attraction stands on private property, yet Fryer allows visitors to view his creations and take pictures for free from dawn until dusk, on the condition visitors do not climb rocks or vandalize.

“If I opened it to the public, I couldn’t afford the insurance,” Fryer said. “But you can go look or drive by.”

Working with and collecting rocks is a passion for Fryer. In addition to the Stonehenge replica, his property also contains several other rock displays such as The Garden of Gethsemane, Earth Mysteries, Rock Gardens, Rock Park and Twisted Rock.

In Fryer’s yard passersby will find an array of rock creations including a fountain, large cross, chair and several others. He also owns a large collection of smaller rocks in his home, including fossils and arrowheads.

Before retiring, Fryer work­ed in real estate and owned several different businesses. He also served on Mu­nford­ville City Council and as the city’s mayor. As he had more free time in retirement, Fryer began decorating his yard with various rock projects before undergoing his Stone­henge project.

“As long as you believe you can do something, you can do it,” Fryer said. “I don’t care what it is. If you believe you can’t then you can’t.”

Fryer said he began work on the Stonehenge replica around the turn of the millennium after researching the monument on his computer. He paid for and mostly built the attraction himself. He said he searched extensively around the Cave City area for large rocks to transport to his home.

“I hunted every rock I could find,” Fryer said. “At that time I could build it, today I couldn’t build it for $2 million dollars. I couldn’t find the rocks.”

The project includes several large sandstone rocks that form a circle. In the middle of the circle stands five rocks creations that include two vertical rocks with a horizontal rock on top.

Fryer said the replica doesn’t strictly follow the speci­fications of the original monument, saying it’s instead designed to replicate points on a compass rose. On days such as the summer solstice, the sun shines through the middle of the monument, casting precise shadows.

“It’s in line with all the planets,” Fryer said.

Coni Shepperd, executive director of Munfordville Tourism, said Kentucky’s Stone­­henge has become a major tourist draw for the town.

“We have calls about every week from people wanting to come here to visit Stonehenge,” Shepperd said. “It has become very popular.”

Fryer said he’s met visitors from all over the world on his property.

“There are probably 20 to 25 people that come here every day,” he said.

Shepperd said the attraction brings uniqueness to the Munfordville area.

“I think it is a great addition to the town,” Sheppard said. “When you tell people about it they can’t believe we have something like that in town.”

By Andrew Critchelow
The News-Enterprise

 

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Sept. 26, 2017

"I am so proud of our hospital today!!!! Last week our sleep disorders clinic received their national certification and today our facility was awarded the Joint Commission Stroke Ready Certification!!! This does not happen without dedication and lots of work. My thanks to all who worked on these achievements!!!!"

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Miss Grayson Lindsy Marcum, 16, performed in Dance, ETC's 2016 production of  'The Nutcracker Suite'  at Prestonsburgs' MAC Center. Lindsy has been on the stage for ten years with the group. She is also a Varsity member of the 15th Regional Champion SCHS Cardinal Cheerleaders and an A student.

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AUGUST 4, 2015

Construction, building debris pickup along flood routes in Johnson County set to begin August 10

Shows actual piles of debris from a road in Johnson County to show the proper way to prepare by putting the materials close to the roadway on the state right-of-way. Anything that a property owner does not want hauled away should be piled far away and not close to the pickup site.Shows actual piles of debris from a road in Johnson County to show the proper way to prepare by putting the materials close to the roadway on the state right-of-way. Anything that a property owner does not want hauled away should be piled far away and not close to the pickup site.

 

JOHNSON COUNTY – August 3, 2015 – Pickup and disposal of construction debris from destroyed or damaged homes and businesses along state routes affected by the July flash floods is set to begin Monday, August 10. The routes included are KY 172, KY 689, KY 1559, and KY 3214. Construction debris includes building materials such as drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, and plumbing items.

Mary Westfall-Holbrook, Chief District Engineer, Highway District 12, said the district is assisting the Johnson County Fiscal Court with this part of the cleanup. “We are taking care of construction debris only. Other items such as regular household garbage, vegetative debris – tree branches, leaves, log – large appliances, electronics, and hazardous waste must be separated from the construction debris to be eligible for pickup.” She said that the district is not equipped to deal with hazardous materials and other types of debris require different disposal methods.

“The material that we will pick up is limited to construction debris from homes and other buildings that were damaged or destroyed during the recent flash floods,” Westfall-Holbrook explained. “There are guidelines that property owners and those who are assisting in the cleanup effort need to follow in order to take advantage of this service. These guidelines are important because they affect our ability to both properly dispose of the material and receive federal reimbursements in the event that a federal disaster is declared.”

Debris should be separated into six categories: Electronics, Large Appliances, Hazardous Waste, Vegetative Debris, Construction Debris, and Household Garbage. (See graphic from FEMA, attached.

Debris should also be safely placed adjacent to the road on state right-of-way. “We will not go on or across private property,” explained Darold Slone, the district’s engineering branch manager who supervises Johnson County.

Slone also cautioned people to put debris that they want to salvage themselves a safe distance away from roadside. “If it’s on state right of-way or right beside the road, we will assume you want it disposed of,” he said.

Flood victims who want to take advantage of this free service should have their construction debris piled up roadside no later than the last week of August. Pickups will occur periodically throughout the month. Anyone who has any questions regarding the debris pickup may call the Transportation Cabinet’s office in Staffordsville at 606-297-3124.

JUNE 22, 2015

Competitors are invited to pre-register for a chance to make the finals on Friday, August 21, at the State Fair of WV.Competitors are invited to pre-register for a chance to make the finals on Friday, August 21, at the State Fair of WV.

 

LEWISBURG, WV (06/22/2015)(readMedia)-- nTelos Wireless and the State Fair of West Virginia are teaming up once again for the Second Annual nTelos Wireless Talent Search. Competitors are invited to pre-register for a chance to make the finals on Friday, August 21, at the State Fair of WV.

"Last year the nTelos Wireless Talent Search provided some great and new acts to our Center Stage," State Fair CEO Kelly Collins stated. "We hope to see the same this year, as we continue this partnership with nTelos Wireless."

To enter, go to www.statefairofwv.com and visit the 2015 fair and attractions page. The entry form can be found on the Friday, August 21st 2nd Annual nTelos wireless Talent Search section in the Center Stage schedule. Important information is as follows:

1) Entry deadline is July 15, 2015.

2) All entry forms must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the words "Talent Search –Participants Name" in the subject line. The email must provide a link to You Tube, Facebook or other online site where the talent can be evaluated. Minimum age is 13 and this is a vocal competition only. Amateurs only.

3) All entries will be screened with ten selected to perform on Monday, August 11, 2014 at the State Fair!

4) Performers selected will perform 2 songs with the following prize packages awarded: First Place: $500, Second Place: $250 and Third Place: $100

The 91st State Fair is themed "IT FEELS LIKE FUN IT FEELS LIKE FAIR" and is scheduled August 14-23, 2015. The State Fair of West Virginia, with a $13.8 million dollar economic impact on the state of West Virginia, is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation committed to the traditions of agriculture, family entertainment, and education.

For more information, please visit www.statefairofwv.com, or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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2015 LCHS Prom 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Date: 04-22-2015

GribbonsGribbonsLoretto Foodland is known for its low meat prices, but apparently they weren’t low enough for a Raywick man who was caught stuffing steaks down his pants last week.

According to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements, on the afternoon of April 13, Shawn M. Gribbins, 28, of Clell Mattingly Road was observed putting steaks down his pants. When he was confronted by store management, the man started pulling the stolen merchandise out of his pants and throwing it on the ground, Clements said.

Gribbins fled the store, but deputies arrested him later that day, and he’s been charged with second-degree criminal trespassing, shoplifting under $500, alcohol intoxication in a public place and resisting arrest.

Clements said Loretto Foodland has filed a criminal complaint against Gribbins for theft of more than $40 worth of merchandise.

By Stevie Lowery
The Lebanon Enterprise

UPDATE: 4/13/15

Battle brewing for two liquor licenses, three have applied already

STATE BEVERAGE CONTROL spokesperson Holly Mullins sent the following information after a public records request from The Lazer staff, which, she said, is normal procedure.

Ms. Mullins would not say when the new licenses go into effect but she said the liquor stores will probably be about 30 days later than the beer licenses.

The list below includes both applicants for full liquor license (Louisa is allowed only two stores because of its small size) and beer and malt liquor licenses of which there is no limit.

The liquor quota sales are the new quota package and NQ listed below but only two of the three will be awarded licenses by the state. Others who are filing for a beer and malt beverage license are called NQ and for restaurants it is NQ2.

 

Freedom Sales Corporation

Pending new quota package and NQ

 

Rite Aid of Kentucky Inc

Pending new quota package 

 

Gabriel Garcia

Pending NQ2

 

K-VA-T Food Stores Inc

Pending NQ

 

Clark's Pump N Shop Inc

Pending NQ

 

K-Q-T Food Stores Inc

Pending new quota package, NQ, sampling

 

Respectfully,

Holly Mullins, Staff Assistant

Office of the Commissioner, Public Information Officer

Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

502-782-1004

 

APRIL 9, 2015

LOUISA, Ky. No beer or liquor licenses have been awarded as of today according to William Leedy the city Alcohol Beverage Control officer in the city. Leddy said he is not responsible beyond passing he initial applications to the city whichere he looks at the building and collects other information. He then turns it in the the mayor's office.

"We have approved each one we have received (see list below) but we do not handle the liquor licenses," Mayor harold Slone said.

The City of Louisa approved all applicants after inspection and sent the rest to ABC offices in Frankfort. The business that have applied for alcoholic sale here is list and what they have applied for:

 

 

The Lazer will print the applicants as soon as the state sends a list of those approved and as it keeps going forward.

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March 4, 2015

 

 

Click on Fred and see a slideshow of Louisa through the years...

 

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February 17, 2015

 

Red female Cardinal coming in for a landing...

by Kathy Branham Phillips

Arts of Eastern Kentucky

 

 

February 7, 2015

 

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Granddaughter Grayson Lindsy Marcum,14, of Inez is a member of Dance Etc. Elite of Prestonsburg. All Dance Etc. teams won first place in a recent competition held in Richmond, Ky. Photo by Lori Marcum.

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January 16, 2015

 

Saved pics...not used 2014

 

Well known Louisa resident Mike Sullivan retired from his position (See Lazer Rotary story) as head of Yatesville Lake state Park at the first of the year. Like this pic of Mike at his reception party at the golf course. (submitted photo)Well known Louisa resident Mike Sullivan retired from his position (See Lazer Rotary story) as head of Yatesville Lake state Park at the first of the year. Like this pic of Mike at his reception party at the golf course. (submitted photo)

David McKenzie and the "Grinch" at one of the Jordan Center's many activities during the holiday season.David McKenzie and the "Grinch" at one of the Jordan Center's many activities during the holiday season. Long time Lawrence County Jailer Phil Triplett said farewell to the fiscal court at the regular December meeting, his last after three terms in the position. He said he is moving to Winchester farm.Long time Lawrence County Jailer Phil Triplett said farewell to the fiscal court at the regular December meeting, his last after three terms in the position. He said he is moving to Winchester farm.

Rev. Kate Dilley sent this pic from the combined choiir cantata this year.Rev. Kate Dilley sent this pic from the combined choiir cantata this year.

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FALL COMMENCEMENT AT MSU

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Morehead State University’s Fall Commencement exercises were held Dec. 13, with more than 600 degree candidates participating. Among those who took part in the ceremonies was Kara Danay Williams of Louisa, who was a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and Brandi R. Meek of Louisa, who was a candidate for a Bachelor of Science degree in equine science. Both were congratulated by MSU President Wayne D. Andrews.

Spring courses at MSU begin on Monday, Jan. 12. Additional information on enrolling is available by calling the Office of Enrollment Services at 606-783-2000 or 800-585-6781. (MSU photos by Tim Holbrook)

Dec. 5, 2014

 

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November 18, 2014

 

Native American Heritage Month presentation

 


 

Native American Researcher Doug Wood did a presentation on Tuesday, November 18, in the Gearheart Auditorium on the Prestonsburg campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College.  The event was part of Native American Heritage month and was sponsored by the college’s Office of Cultural Diversity.  Wood, a retired biologist, spoke about how cultures impact Appalachia and how those environments altered cultures during the 18th century frontier phase of history.

 

Joshua L. Ball

Director of College Relations

Big Sandy Community and Technical College

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Veterans Day at Camp Nelson 2014

The Camp Nelson Honor Guard led a caisson for a service for World War II Navy Veterans Argyle "Pop" Edgar Hayner and Harvey "Harbor" Jay Wills at Camp Nelson... Beverly Pack, of Louisa, Ky. was honored with a chance to ride in the parade.
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October 31, 2014

 

Spiderman helped pass out candy this year for the Louisa Police Department.

Chief Greg A. Fugitt

Louisa Police Department

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October 28, 2014

 

Just wondering, and especially in light of the recent decision, if instructions to precinct workers about the news media in and around the polling places have been given to them and if there's any change from previous years?

I think certainly Secretary Grimes would not mind a photographer or videographer from a TV station showing her going into the polling place. But we're trying to determine if it's another "don't show faces, identify people, and shoot from the knees down or backside only" instructions.


October 18, 2014

 

Jenna Grayson's first Halloween Dance

 

 

Sept. 30, 2014

 “Devils Tea Table” at Little Blaine

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