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Louisa, KY -- The long awaited ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Lawrence County Judicial Center took place today, Monday, Feb. 17 at 1:00 pm, with state legislators, court personnel, local residents, and a special appearance by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton in attendance.Courts building committee Eldred "Bud" Sdams, Toni Armstrong, Chief Justice John Minton and Rep. Rocky Adkins with back turned, cut the ribbon at Monday's ceremony. Lazer photo by Catrina Vargo.
County Judge Executive, John Osborne, welcomed everyone to the special event, and introduced the speakers, beginning with the invocation by Pastor Wayne Watts, of the Louisa United Methodist Church, and Robin Adkins, who sang the National Anthem.Judge Osborne then introduced Circuit Court Judge, John David Preston, who recognized other special guests in the audience from other counties as well as Lawrence County.State Representative Rocky Adkins, was the first Legislator to speak. He referred to the 16.3 million dollar facility as a building that "will serve the residents of Lawrence County for generations to come." He told a story of when he first began his career in politics, during the era of former County Judge Executive, Jake Jordan, who was in office when ground was broken for the downtown courthouse. "He called me 'Little Feller' and I can remember him in that dress hat he wore. That was a proud moment for him, and this is a proud moment for me." said Adkins. He went on to say that the people here in Lawrence County deserve as good of a court building as people in any part of the state, "and now you've got one." he said.Robin Adkins sang the National Anthem before the ceremony.State Representative, Jill York, whose District includes Lawrence County, said, "This is much more than a building of brick and mortar, it is just as importantly made by the people. She referred to a quote by Winston Churchill, "All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words:
Freedom, Honor, Duty, Justice, Mercy, Hope. She said that the Lawrence County Judicial Center exemplifies all of these.
State Senator Ray Jones II, said this is a "monumental day." He explained that the U.S. Court system sets us apart from other countries, and our facilities should reflect that fact. Old, outdated, dilapidated buildings doesn't send a good message about how we are perceived. "This is a facility second to none, and will be reflected as such through the people of Lawrence County."Family Court Judge, Janie McKenzie-Wells, is thrilled to have a Family Courtroom in the new Judicial Center.
"This is one of the nicest buildings across the state." she said. She noted the modern security system that is throughout the facility, explaining that Family Court is very controversial because you are dealing with people's children, their money, property, land, and so forth, and "things can get heated." Added security is a big plus, she said. Now, if you have a case in Family Court, you will know exactly where you are supposed to be.
"Before, we had to borrow a courtroom." said Wells. "I appreciate the citizens of Lawrence County. You deserve a court building like this, and you've got it." Judge John David Preston speaks during the ceremony.Chief Justice of Kentucky, John D. Minton Jr., began by saying he was "honored to be here." He congratulated the county on this significant milestone, and mentioned a reference in the book 'Night Comes to the Cumberlands', a book by Harry M. Caudill, that brings attention to Appalachian poverty. In one part of the book, it talks about crumbling, dilapidated, condemned public facilities that would be unheard of in the nation's large cities.
He said we should be proud of how far we have come as a region, with new public buildings being constructed across the state. Referring to the Judicial Center, he said, "This is 21st Lawrence County."
He said 'we would not be here if it weren't for our legislative delegation, and we can thank them for making this happen'. He also recognized the Project Development Board for their "decisions in the planning, design, and execution of this state of the art facility."
He said the shape of this building also shapes the culture, explaining that morale is higher when people work and interact in an around such an impressive structure. "It produces more efficient and effective operations." he said. The Chief Justice also said this is more than just a magnificent facility, "It symbolizes to all who pass by here on Rt. 23, that Lawrence County is a place of high value, with people who place a high value on the U.S. Justice System.Closing remarks were made by Judge Osborne, who said he was very proud of the new Judicial Center, and thanked everyone who attended the dedication ceremony. Elsie Jones lead the crowd in singing "My Old Kentucky Home." Pastor Watts gave the Benediction. Everyone then gathered outside in front of the building, where the Dignitaries cut the ribbon, officially dedicating the Lawrence County Judicial Center.
Afterward, appetizers and refreshments were served upstairs in the rotunda, provided by Rebel Barn Catering.
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Clerk says District 3 magistrate candidate too late to come off ballot
Lawrence County Clerk Chris Jobe said yesterday that District 3 magistrate candidate Tim Wheeler gave notice three days late to be able to get his name off the ballot for the May Primary. Jobe said Wheeler's name will remain on the machine but no votes cast for him will be counted.
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By Catrina VargoLouisa, KY --Thursday, Feb. 20, the appropriately titled 'Interagency Meeting' was held at the Lawrence County Community Center at 9:00am. The monthly gathering, which is hosted by Bonnie Conn with the Kentucky Career Center, is a meeting in which various agencies and organizations get together to promote their services and interact with each other, learning what is new and available to be able to assist people in need...whatever the need might be.This month, 24 attendees were present, representing about 18 different groups. "This is one of the largest turnouts we've had" said Conn. As the round table session began, each person introduced themselves and described what their agency or organization had to offer. Cherisha Spears, Accelerating Opportunity Coordinator with ACTC was the first to speak. This program offers skills needed to compete in the workforce, stating that in less than a year, you can go further than you ever dreamed. Spears said students can receive "stackable credentials," allowing them to receive more instruction in less time. 606-326-2425Stephanie Derefield, with the LC Extension Office spoke about upcoming events including classes in cooking, gardening, farm start program, and more.606-673-9495Mary Roberts, represents Northeast KY Community Action Agency, as KYNECTOR In- Person Assister. This program offers free assistance to anyone interested in health care options now available through Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange since the National Health Care act was passed.606-286-4443Becky Adkins with the Adult Learning Center in Louisa said their services include GED classes, computer lab, workforce training, and more. 606-638-1176Representing Veterans Affairs were: Kathyrn Hamlin, Outreach Health Promotion 304-429-6755 ext. 2277, and Sue Yancy, Social Worker-Homeless Veterans Outreach Specialist. Candy Goldie, Project Case Manager representing Mountain Comprehensive Care Center was also on hand to speak about assistance for homeless veterans. 606-615-1489First Steps, a statewide program for children with disabilities from 0-3yrs and their families, was represented by Lisa Potter, Manager DCES. "Anyone can make a referral if they think there may be a health or developmental problem with a child" said Potter. 606-929-9155 ext. 27. Also representing First Steps, was Montie Markwell, and Debbie Mullins, Service Coordinators. 606-929-9155 ext. 32Kentucky Homeplace, an organization that assists people with glasses, dentures, diabetic shoes, and other such needs was represented by Angela McGuire, Coordinator. 606-638-1079Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center was represented by Catrina Vargo, Outreach Coordinator and Dominic Capria, Director of Operations.
The organization provides assistance with home repairs, clothing, furniture, electric/gas, drug/alcohol recovery, and spiritual needs, and helps find resources for needs not covered by the center. 606-638-0219Catrina Vargo, Writer/Reporter/Advertising Rep, also represented The Levisa Lazer, a comprehensive on-line news and advertising source in the area, to let the agencies and organizations know the publication is available to post events, programs, and announcements to reach as many people as possible.County Judge Executive, John Osborne was present to let groups know that Lawrence County has several facilities if any of the agencies or organizations may need to use them, and he offered his help in any way. 606-638-4102Sister Pat Cataldi sat in on the meeting to see if St. Jude Church of Louisa could be of any assistance for any of the groups. 606-638-3409The LC Health Department was represented by the new director, Debbie Miller and RN, Shirley Delong. The Health Dept. offers a wide variety of services, one of the newest being colon cancer screenings at no cost, if uninsured. 606-638-4389Bonnie Conn and Bridget James with the Kentucky Career Center spoke about the services at the center, commonly known as the Job Club, located in the LC Community Center. Services include: on-line application assistance, resumes and cover letter preparation, career advising and guidance, personal and employability skills development, and job club meetings that are held every Wednesday, beginning at 10:00 am. 606-638-4949Brenda Shumate, Workforce Investment Act Services Manager with Northeast KY Community Action Agency, assists those getting ready to join the workforce, dislocated workers, helping to make the community workready through a variety of services. 606-286-4443 ext. 2239Camilla Bear, with the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs was present to explain services this agency provides, from help with hospitalization, medication, speech, physical, and occupational therapy, hearing tests, medical equipment and more. 606-929-9155Expression Production Group, Stephanie Scragg, President/CEO and Pastor Kevin West, who have taken over 92.3 WZAQ Radio in Louisa, attended the meeting to learn about the community and to let them know they are available to assist in the way of communications concerning announcements and programming. "We want to partner with people in the community to compliment what we do" said West.Each group handed out flyers and business cards, so everyone left with a lot of information. After the meeting, attendees mingled, networking with each other on how they can correlate their services to assist those in need with the best possible service.
"It's great to have all of this information under one roof" said Conn. The next Interagency Meeting will be held Thursday, March 27, 9:00 am, at the Lawrence County Community Center.
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