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Louisa Fire Department part of 3 county-2 state team of units respond to blaze; W.Va. Fire Marshall to investigate suspicious blaze


A huge fire broke out in a church that was over 100 years old near Fort Gay early Thursday morning, destroying it in the process.

Wayne County 911 dispatchers stated that the fire started around 1 a.m. (this morning) Thursday on Old Mill Creek Road. Neighbors in the area say the fire destroyed Bartram Chapel, leaving it a total loss.

No no one was inside the church and no one was injured.

Firefighting units from Kermit, Prichard, and Louisa, Kentucky all responded to the fire to give mutual aid assistance to the Fort Gay fire department.

However, a call for additional assistance to the Wayne Fire Department by Fort Gay and Louisa Fire Departments went unanswered and eventually went as a refusal, causing the multiple fire crews on the scene fighting the church fire to be 'deeply ticked-off' at the "unprofessional and unbecoming behavior" of the Wayne Fire Department, a firefighter said.

The lack of response of the Wayne FD caused the commanding fire officials at the fire scene to request assistance from the Kermit Fire Department in neighboring Mingo County, who were well over twice the distance from Old Mill Creek Road as was from Wayne to the church area.

The Louisa Fire Department units ran out of water and left from the scene when the Prichard Fire Department responded with a tanker and the Kermit Fire Department had two units responding.

There is no word on what caused the fire. West Virginia fire marshals were en route the scene to begin an investigation.

Drug charges dominate Lawrence Court session

Most all cases were drug related this court session, with some charges of theft and tampering mixed in.

Johnny WattsJohnny Watts, 28, pled guilty to an amended charge from Complicity Manufacture Meth and sentenced to 8 years. On a charge of Complicity Drug Paraphernalia/Possession, Defendant was sentenced to 90 days. Sentences to run concurrent.

In other circuit court news:

Nathaniel Pack, 32, pled guilty to multiple charges including Theft Of Legend Drug - 1 year, Illegal Possession of Legend Drug - 30 days, Possession of Controlled Substance 3rd Degree -12 months, Theft By Unlawful Taking Or Disposition Shoplifting Under $500-12 months, Tampering With Physical Evidence -1 year, Persistent Felony Offender-dismissed. All supervised probation, 2 years. Final sentencing June 26.

David C. Daniels, 39, was sentenced to 2 years supervised pre-trial diversion on charges of Trafficking In Legend Drug and Complicity Tampering With Physical Evidence, with 90 days jail credit.

Mason T. Foster, 24, was arraigned and pled not guilty to charges Trafficking In Controlled Substance Within 1,000 ft. Of School. Pre-trial conference set for June 26. Defendant remains incarcerated.

Lacy Hall Jr, 26, pled guilty to charges of Complicity Trafficking In Controlled Substance 2nd Degree, which was amended to a misdemeanor, and sentenced to 12 months. On the charge of Complicity Trafficking In Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, Defendant was sentenced to 6 months supervised probation, 24 months to run concurrent with other sentence. Jail credit of 13 days was applied.

Jason L. Pack, 40, pled guilty to charge of Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking and sentenced to 12 months supervised probation, 24 months in house rehabilitation, with 148 days jail credit.

Curtis Dale Rowe, 40, was sentenced to 3 years for Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking/Disposition Shoplifting, 12 months for Criminal Trespassing 3rd Degree. Sentences to run concurrent. The charge of Persistent Felony Offender was dismissed. A total of 128 days jail credit was applied.

Sandra K. Hatfield, 35, was sentenced to 12 months for Illegal Possession of Legend Drug and 1 year to serve, probation supervised 2 years for Complicity Tampering With Physical Evidence. Sentences to run concurrent, with 74 days jail credit applied.

Lori Hall, 42, pled guilty to charge of Complicity Trafficking In Controlled Substance 2nd Degree and sentenced to 12 months. On the charge of Complicity Trafficking In controlled Substance 3rd Degree, Defendant was sentenced to 6 months probation, supervised 24 months. Sentences to run concurrent with 13 days jail credit.

Information taken directly from Lawrence Co. Circuit Court Docket

Event draws 350 or more on Memorial Day weekend event

Recent revamping of the city pool was brought to life Saturday during a grand reopening event.

The event, scheduled for 4 pm, offered free swimming and a look at the upgrades for visitors. “When 4pm arrived there was a line at the gate waiting to get in” said Jessica Crittendon, the newly appointed parks and recreation director for the city. The attendance was well over 350 people during the event.

Special events are scheduled for the pool throughout the summer and posted on the Louisa City Pool Facebook page. The pool received a visit from Jill York, State Representative and Mayor Harold Slone.

“As I walked down the street toward the pool I could see the parking lot was full and children and families were carrying towels and things on their way to the pool and I knew then we have made the right decision, Slone said. "Sounds of joy and laughter filled the air.”  

"Many cities are struggling with opening their city pools this year and many in the area will remained closed. Our children don’t have much to do during the summer and I didn’t wanna to see something else disappear. I’m proud the of the work the city has accomplished here,” the mayor added.

According to Crittendonr practically every weekend during the summer is already booked for pool parties but many week nights are still open. 

For more information on the pool and scheduled events click here to visit our facebook page. 


Veterans honor those who served

Ben Hopson presents Joe Robinette with a flag as he retires from Commander of VFW position

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Louisa, KY -- The annual Lawrence County Memorial Day Celebration was held Saturday, March 23, at the Yatesville Lake Marina at the Veterans Memorial.  The event honored all Veterans, remembering all those who have served in our military, and officially kicked off the beginning of summer.

The program was sponsored by the VFW and American Legion of Lawrence County, KY, and Wayne County, WV, and began with Veteran, Martin Hay, welcoming all those in attendance.  

First Baptist Church Pastor, Chuck Price, led the opening prayer, then the Pledge of Allegiance was said.  Kate Dilly sang the Star-Spangled Banner as the flag was raised.

Local Veterans official Martin Hay introduced the speakers at Saturday's Vets memorial at Yatesville ParkVeteran Ben Hopson, Commander of the American Legion, presented Joe Robinette, Commander of the VFW for the past 14 years, a flag.  Robinette is retiring as commander and Don Wolfe will take over the position.

Lawrence Co. Judge/Exec. John Osborne spoke at the event.County Judge Executive John Osborne welcomed everyone and spoke about how important it is that we never forget our veterans.  "We need to always remember those who have fought for our freedom" he said.

Yatesville Lake Park Manager, Missy Kennedy,was present for the service, and said how happy she was to be there.  "I'm a daughter of a Korean War Veteran and this touches my heart" she said.

Chris Jobe, County Court Clerk, also spoke, saying that so often we get caught up in our daily lives, that sometimes we forget about the importance of those who protect our freedom.  "I just want to thank all our veterans for laying down their lives so we can enjoy the privileges that we have everyday," he said.

The memorial wreath was then placed and a 21 gun salute was given. Pastor Chuck Price concluded the service with a closing prayer, then everyone enjoyed a cookout.

Taud Comption and Cameron Thompson provided entertainment...Taud Compton and Cameron Thompson provided the entertainment.

Martin Hay said the VFW and American Legion is recruiting new members.  If a  veteran is interested in joining, or if anyone would like more information about what all they do, call 606-673-3941.  If anyone would like to have a memorial brick laid at the Veterans Memorial at Yatesville Lake Marina, they may also call.

UPDATE- Company proposes plan for jail expenses

 Sheriff turns over $11,248 in excess fees to county

County Attorney Mike Hogan sits with Lawrence Sheriff Garrett Roberts at the May Fiscal Court meeting yesterday.


 LOUISA, Ky. -- Local officials heard all about a new Jail Health program that could save tax payers thousands of dollars per year and also from former chief economic development director of the FIVCO corporation.

Mike Coffey, from Advanced Correctional Health Care showed magistrates and judge John Osborne how the county can save $35,000 - $40,000 by allowing his company to manage the Big Sandy Regional jail. He said Lawrence County's part would be $49,203 when last year the expenses for healthcare were in excess of $70,000, Osborne said.

A healthcare reform program for jails in the Big Sandy region was proposed May 18 at the Lawrence county fiscal court meeting by Advanced Correctional Healthcare consultant, Mike Coffey.  The deal will change the way inmates get medical attention. The proposal offers on-site medical services to the jails, which includes 24/7 on-call practitioner service with at least two backup doctors, a full nursing staff and more. The program is being proposed to Johnson, Lawrence, Magoffin and Martin counties.  If Lawrence county decides to approve, they will have an annual invoice amount over $49,000, which includes pool funds of $19,000 with 90% payback. The fiscal court chose to wait for other counties before a decision is made.County Attorney Mike Hogan has already researched the parts of the plan and made some minor changes before it was recommended to the court, he said.

The deal is precepted by the other counties in the four county regional jail system agree or not. Lawrence County magistrates, minus Moriss Howard who could not attend the meeting, decided to wait until they see what the other three counties do before they make a final decision.

"I think it sounds good but I believe we should see what these other counties are doing before we jump in," said Rick Blackburn. The court agreed.

Hogan then asked the court for $10,000 to pay for an extra person in his office to help with office and clerical work. "You wouldn't believe how much paper work and computer work there is to do," Hogan said. But magistrate John J. Lemaster asked that the court to wait a couple of months before spending the money. "We really don't know what we'll have after all the cuts and prices rising, I'd like to see if we can afford it first," Lemaster said.

But Hogan said he would rather have it voted up or down one way or the other at the meeting.

"I don't want to be jerked around anymore, if you don't want to do it, vote it down," Hogan said.

A motion was made by Rick Blackburn and seconded by Earl Boggs to give Hogan the extra $10,000, and passed 2-1.

FIVCO rep Gail Melvin"I'm glad you did this, I've been asking for a little help for the last five years and this is the first court to do it," Hogan said.

The lengthiest presentation came from a FIVCO grant planner, Gail Melvin, who explained the workings of FIVCO and how the best way to get ready for growth can be achieved. 

Hogan asked Melvin if she has anything to do with the East Park project in Greenup county that is a shared project among all FIVCO counties (Greenup, Boyd, Carter, Lawrence and Elliot) but has not produced the number of jobs for Lawrence county and some of the others.

"You guys are called FIVCO but it ought to be ONECO or TWOCO because you're interested in Boyd and Greenup county mostly," Hogan quipped.

Melvin's presentation for counties which are looking at expanding as is Lawrence especially since the announcement of the changeover at Kentucky Power to natural gas instead of coal.

Lawrence County Economic Development has covered nearly every suggestion that Ms. Melvin made. She admitted that the workup had not been done for Lawrence County as completely as is necessary to this point.

"We admit we're behind and a lot of this should have already done, but we're trying to double speed it now," Melvin explained.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and new programs will be available for Lawrence county including the new SOAR project coming from a bipartisan effort between Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers.


 Morris Howard was the only court member missing Monday.

The court also:


  1. Approved minutes of the April 21, 2015 Regular Meeting
  2. Approved 2nd Reading of Budget Amendment #5
  3. Approved 1st Reading of FY15/16 Budget
  4. Approved Treasurer’s Request
  5. Approved Bills
  6. Approved Treasurer’s Report
  7. Approved Recurring Expenses FY 15-16
  8. Set Salaries FY 15-16 
  9. Authorized Clerk to advertise for bids on gravel, blacktop, pipe, fuel, etc
  10. Adopted resolution and approve agreement between the Lawrence County Fiscal Court & the Commonwealth of KY, Transportation Cabinet, Department of Rural and Municipal Aid
  11. Authorized County Clerk to advertise for bids for breaks on Diamond Ridge, Donithon, Spankem, and Ab Creek
  12. Awarded bid on All Horn break -Low bid Steve Lemaster, $19,300
  13. Awarded bids on Left Fork Laurel break - Low bid E&E Construction $34,151.
  14. Approve Personnel Policy & Procedures and Administrative Code (no changes from previous year)
  15. Presentation from CDBG Planner from Fivco – Gail Melvin (see main story)
  16. Jail Program Overview – Mike Coffey (see main story)
  17. Public comments -- none

Lazer summer intern Trenton Meade contributed to this story


County salaries as set by fiscal court for 2015-16