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Stewart/Mayo House completely destroyed by afternoon fire

LVFD members fought the blaze today for several hours

Louisa Fire Department responded Sunday afternoon to a fire call on East Main Street, where a fire destroyed what was likely Louisa’s oldest standing structure. 

The house was not occupied when it caught fire today around 2:00pmThe fire department was called to the scene across from the downtown Inez Deposit bank around 2pm Sunday afternoon after reports that the unoccupied home, commonly known as the Stewart house or Mayo The home was commonly known as the Stewart House in Louisa. Photo by Marlitta H. PerkinsHouse, was on fire.

Crews worked for several hours to control the blaze to prevent it from spreading to neighboring houses. 

The Historic Stewart/Mayo house was built between 1846 and 1847 by Zattu Cushing, making it one of, if not the oldest structure in Louisa. The house had been unoccupied and in poor shape for several decades. 

Research online detailing the houses' long history includes a period in which it was commandeered by the Union Army during the civil war for use as a hospital and place to retain prisoners.

After the war, the house went through a long list of owners, ending up with present owners, the Clevenger family of Louisa. 

At this time, the fire department is unavailable for comment as they are still on the scene containing the blaze, no word on the cause of the fire, however, it can be noted that the home was unoccupied with no electricity service attached to the home. 

Official fire report from Chief Eddie Preston coming later. (Lazer photos by Jason Helton)

The LVFD used its high tech equipment and plenty of manpower but could not save the Civil War era structure The 170 year old house burned completely to the ground

 

See more historical information on the Stewart home HERE

 16 year-old last seen with two male subjects

 Chassidy Noel Jennings

Juvenile has been located. We want to thank everyone for sharing.

 

 

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in locating a runaway juvenile.

On February 27, 2016 just after midnight the Sheriff'sOffice received a complaint that Chassidy Noel Jennings , 16 had failed to return home after school on Friday February 26, 2016. The juvenile was last seen in the area of Stella Moore Ballfield just before 7:00 pm with two male subjects.

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Ms. Jennings they are asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 606-638-4368, Lawrence County E911 at 606-638-4851 or their local law enforcement.


Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler
Lawrence County Sheriff's Office
Phone - 606-638-4368

 

Attention: FIVCO area is experiencing a flu outbreak. Kentucky Department for Public Health is urging you to keep your children home if sick. Kids need to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Use anti-fever medication

-- Lawrence County EMS director Michael Woods.

Lawrence Health Dept director says area is beginning to see widespread flu acticity

Lawrence Co. Health Dept. director Debbie Miller“The FIVCO region is beginning to see widespread flu activity in our communities,” said Debbie Miller, Lawrence County Health Department Director. The majority of the confirmed cases have been in Boyd and Greenup counties. “Lawrence County has been fortunate to have only a few confirmed cases, but we still need to be diligent about prevention practices to help stop the spread of flu,” Miller said. 

The illness typically comes on quickly with a fever of 100.5 or higher and continues for three to five days. Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. 

How can you protect you and your family? 

Get vaccinated.

90% of the confirmed cases had not been vaccinated. Lawrence County Health Department has a limited supply of flu vaccine available and it is not too late to be vaccinated for this flu season. It takes up to two weeks for the vaccine to become effective, so don’t delay. Please call the Health Department at 606-638-4389 to see if the appropriate vaccine is available for you.

It is just as important to take everyday steps to help prevent the spread of germs – stay away from others who are sick, cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands often with soap and water. If you become sick, stay home. Use acetaminophen and ibuprofen to reduce fever, get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Consult your doctor if needed. You should not return to school or work until your fever has been gone for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. 

For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/flu or call Lawrence County Health Department at 606-638-4389.

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Curve on Rt. 32 flooded again, more flooding around Lawrence County

This photo was taken about 2:00pm today by Randy Hall.

 The curve on Rt. 32 just before Cyrus Contracting is again covered with flood water as it has been much of the weekend, according to EMS officer Randy Hall.

Scanner traffic was warning motorists about the dangerous situation both Friday and Saturday nights. At least some of the problem is being caused by the new construction on Rt. 32 that will straighten the curvy highway on up to the Eagle Ridge Golf Course entrance.

The water could be already drained off the road by now (4:21 pm) but please be careful just in case.

MILD TO MODERATE LOCAL FLOODING AND RECORD WARMTH COMING IN NEXT 10 DAYS 

After a weekend that brought record warm weather for February for Lawrence County, which led to unusual mid winter thunderstorms that caused mild to moderate flooding of several local roadways, along with a rock slide on Route 3 between Save-A-Lot and Food City that briefly closed the road in both directions for few hours, is a foretaste of the wide swings of weather across the spectrum for our region in the next 10 to 14 days.

Lawrence County was actually lucky to only get light flooding, as we were on the southern tail end of a rain system that came through on Friday night and Saturday morning that caused more extensive flooding north of I-64, with those areas receiving over 2 inches of rain.

Our localized flooding came via a combination of about a half- to three-quarters of an inch of rain and the remaining snow melt from several light snowfalls through the past week and ground thawing. We went from near zero degrees the night of Saturday February 13 to almost 70 degrees Saturday February 20.

The El Nino system that is in the Pacific off the Western US coast is apparently getting weaker sooner than expected as it was at beginning of the year. Had the air temperature been about 5 degrees colder when two earlier rain systems passed through early to middle last week, the Lawrence County would likely had gotten at least a foot and a half of of heavy wet snow from each system.

The future ahead is however is what matters now, and US government weather forecasts for the next ten days are showing a full spectrum of weather conditions to unfurl in our local area. More thunderstorms followed by 2 to 4 inches of snow mid week with similar conditions for the middle to end of the next week

The current forecasts is as follows:


Monday
02/22
54 | 39 °F
Monday 0 % Precip. / 0 in
Partly to mostly cloudy. High 54F. Winds light and variable.
Monday Night 20 % Precip. / 0 in
Cloudy. Low 39F. Winds light and variable.
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Tuesday
02/23
60 | 47 °F
Tuesday 20 % Precip. / 0 in
Cloudy. High near 60F. Winds light and variable.
Tuesday Night 90 % Precip. / 0.19 in
Cloudy with rain developing after midnight. Thunder possible. Low 47F. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
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Wednesday
02/24
64 | 35 °F
Wednesday 90 % Precip. / 0.39 in
Thunderstorms likely. High 64F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Wednesday Night 70 % Precip. / < 1 in
Evening light rain followed by a mix of rain and snow late. Low around 35F. Winds SW at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of precip 70%.
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Thursday
02/25
38 | 25 °F
Thursday 70 % Precip. / ~ 1 in
Cloudy and windy with snow showers early and steady snow likely later in the day. High 38F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 70%. Snowfall around one inch.
Thursday Night 60 % Precip. / < 1 in
Mainly cloudy with snow showers around before midnight. Low around 25F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
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Friday
02/26
37 | 25 °F
Friday 30 % Precip. / < 1 in
Flurries and a few snow showers throughout the day. High 37F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%.
Friday Night 10 % Precip. / 0 in
Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later at night. Low near 25F. Winds light and variable.
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Saturday
02/27
46 | 31 °F
Saturday 10 % Precip. / 0 in
Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 46F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Saturday Night 10 % Precip. / 0 in
Clear. Low 31F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
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Sunday
02/28
55 | 36 °F
Sunday 10 % Precip. / 0 in
Except for a few afternoon clouds, mainly sunny. High around 55F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday Night 20 % Precip. / 0 in
Partly cloudy skies during the evening will give way to cloudy skies overnight. Low 36F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Monday
02/29
49 | 30 °F
Monday 60 % Precip. / 0.13 in
Cloudy in the morning, then off and on rain showers during the afternoon hours. High 49F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Monday Night 60 % Precip. / < 1 in
Rain showers early will change to a mixture of wintry precipitation later at night. Low around 30F. Winds light and variable. Chance of precip 60%.
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Tuesday
03/01
46 | 27 °F
Tuesday 20 % Precip. / 0 in
Mostly sunny skies. High 46F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night 20 % Precip. / 0 in
Mostly clear skies. Low 27F. Winds light and variable.
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Wednesday
03/02
55 | 32 °F
Wednesday 60 % Precip. / 0.08 in
Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will give way to occasional showers in the afternoon. High around 55F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Wednesday Night 60 % Precip. / 0.08 in
Mostly cloudy with some showers late. Low 32F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 60%.


ANY FURTHER MAJOR WEATHER CHANGES OR SEVERE WEATHER THREATS DEVELOP IN THE DAYS AHEAD, THE LEVISA LAZER WILL PROVIDE THAT NEW INFORMATION.

This is Blevins fork off of Meads Branch.  Creek is washing out some under blacktop. Also Tulip Lane off left fork Little Blaine is washed out. --Randy Hall