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Rotary wishes everyone a Happy Spring! meeting during Holy Week, upcoming projects discussed...

Nice looking crowd at Louisa Rotary rhis weekNice looking crowd at Louisa Rotary rhis week

By Catrina Vargo

Louisa, KY -- The Louisa Rotary Club met Thursday, March 20.  With the 1st day of spring being on the same day, Rotary Secretary, Bill England opened the meeting by wishing everyone a happy spring season.  England presided over the meeting in the absence of President Aaron Sink. 

Guests at Thursday's meeting were Attorney, Brad Derifield, with Hogan, Derifield and Perdue, who accompanied Steve Montgomery of Kentucky Farm Bureau, and Jessica Barker, with Inez Deposit Bank, who accompanied Ginger Copley of Inez Deposit Bank.

Attorney Brad Derefield accompanied Steve Montgomery as a guest at Thursday's meeting.Attorney Brad Derefield accompanied Steve Montgomery as a guest at Thursday's meeting.Jessica Barker was a guest of Ginger Copley at the meeting.Jessica Barker was a guest of Ginger Copley at the meeting.There was no official guest speaker, but club news and announcements were updated.  England announced that there would be no meeting during Holy Week, which is April 13-19.  Concerning officers, England announced that the president-elect will be Steve  Montgomery, and said that he (England) has asked someone to take over as secretary because he will be stepping down due to family health problems.

The club meeting on April 24, will be held at LCHS,  where students who are participating in the newly formed Jr. Rotary Club, headed by member, Lindsey Case, will interact with the Louisa Rotary.  "This is the kick off of this program" said England.

Farmer's night at the Lawrence County Extension Office has been set for April 10. Since most Rotary members will be in attendance, there will be no regular meeting that day. 

There will be more information at a later date concerning the After Prom Program, in which the Rotary Club donates.  England asked for input from LCHS for the citizenship/leadership scholarships that the Rotary awards each year.  Another project mentioned was the putt-putt course at Lawrence County Park. England said it is becoming more expensive, and they need to get more information on it.

A flyer on the upcoming golf course was handed out to everyone and members were asked to pass the word about one of the Rotary's largest fundraisers of the year.  The 2014 Annual Golf Tournament will be held at the Eagle Ridge Golf Course on Saturday, May 17.  Registration begins at 8:30 am, and the tournament starts at 9:30 am. For more information, contact  606-638-4203.

Other announcements included an economic development meeting on Thursday, March 27, at 10:30 am prior to the regular Rotary meeting at 12:00 at the Louisa First Baptist Church.  Member, Cheryl Gowan, Food City HR Director, announced that Food City of Louisa will hold a grand re-opening Saturday, March 22 from 4-7 pm.

No other news was reported, and the meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be held Thursday, April 3, at 12:00 at the Louisa First Baptist Church.

Lawrence Co. bridge safe only for passenger cars, state says;

Walbridge weight limit drops from 15 tons to 3;

Walbridge, Ky. -- District 12 KYDC public Information Officer Sara George confirmed Wednesday that the weight limit on a small bridge on the Cherryville road at Walbridge has been dropped from 15 tons to three tons after deficiencies were discovered by a Lawrence County Road crew manager.

The move means only passenger cars and light trucks can cross the bridge, George said.

"We did an in-depth inspection of the bridge and found some deficiencies. It is safe for passenger vehicles only," George told The Lazer.  "However, to prevent further deterioration/damage, our bridge engineer, Robin Justice, determined that it would be appropriate to lower the weight limit from 15 tons to 3 tons."

The change went into effect March 18.

Lawrence Judge/Executive John Osborne said this morning that nobody knew about the problem until yesterday.

"This means there won't be any trucks on the road but I don't believe that will be too much of a problem because very few trucks travel the highway in that area, anyway," Osborne said.

He did not say anything about fire trucks and other emergency vehicles or garbage trucks, which could be a problem.

One resident said she travels the road to get to Louisa, but not in a big truck.

"It still scares me a little because I don't know how safe the bridge is even for cars, Connie Moore said.


House panel advances bill to save power plant

Updated: Thu 3:24 PM, Mar 20, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A House panel has approved a bill designed to save about 80 jobs at a coal-fired power plant in eastern Kentucky.

But the president of Kentucky Power said if the plant stays open, the company would have to raise power rates by 30 percent.

Democratic Rep. Rocky Adkins of Sandy Hook sponsored the bill that would force the Kentucky Public Service Commission to reconsider its decision to allow Kentucky Power to close the Big Sandy Power Plant in Louisa.

Kentucky Power President Greg Pauley told lawmakers it would cost $1 billion to retrofit the power plant - a cost the company would pass on to its customers.

The committee approved the bill Thursday on a 12-2 vote, with five lawmakers voting "pass."

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