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Spacious facility has 20 restrooms; 4 security officers named...

Sneak Peek inside new $20 million judicial center

Final coat of paint goes on new judicial Center interior set to open Dec. 9Final coat of paint goes on new judicial Center interior set to open Dec. 9




Building Construction Superintendent Jack Reed and Circuit Court Clerk, Jodi ParsleyBuilding Construction Superintendent Jack Reed and Circuit Court Clerk, Jodi ParsleyLouisa, KY -- Circuit Court Clerk, Jodi Parsley and Building Superintendent, Jack Reed took Fiscal Court members and others on a tour of the new Lawrence County Judicial Center Monday, November 25 to preview the new building.

The two story building, constructed by Codell Construction in Wincester, KY, beside U.S. 23 south of the "Bird House" intersection, features cherry finish wood and office furniture throughout, a staircase with a rotunda style balcony on second floor, 20 bathrooms, state of the art technology such as an electronic drop down projection screen in courtrooms and digital podiums, arched windows, and a Commonwealth of Kentucky emblem in lobby floor.

The new building, which will house the Circuit and District courtrooms, Judges' offices, the Circuit Clerk's Office, holding cells, conference rooms and more, will be open Sat. Dec. 7 for driver's licenses only, then open officially on Monday, Dec. 9.  An official grand opening will be held sometime after the first of the year.

One of the holding cells for prisoners awaiting a hearingOne of the holding cells for prisoners awaiting a hearingView of ceiling and round 2nd floor balconyView of ceiling and round 2nd floor balcony

Circuit courtroomCircuit courtroomelevatorselevators

arched windows arched windows grand stairwaygrand stairway

Lawrence Co. Solid Waste committee chairperson Coleen Stone at one of the digital podiumsLawrence Co. Solid Waste committee chairperson Coleen Stone at one of the digital podiums

Garage where prisoners will be brought into buildingGarage where prisoners will be brought into buildingFormer Lawrence State Rep. Rocky Adkins shows off the state's "brand" on the building.Former Lawrence State Rep. Rocky Adkins shows off the state's "brand" on the building.

Security

{corrected version 11/29/13}

Sheriff Garrett Roberts hired four security officers for the facility including Dave Wallen,  Charley Curnette,  Bill Copley,  Rodney Lykins, after going through a back ground check and attending an 80 hour course from the Dept. of Criminal Justice Training at EKU and will make $9 per hour.

The Lazer staff regrets the errors in the previous story.

 

Here is information on entering the New Judicial Center and items which
are not allowed:

Everyone entering the Judicial Center SHALL enter through the main
entrance and will be required to pass through a walk through metal
detector and remove all contents from their pockets and are subject to
have any bags, briefcases, purses, and packages of any type physically
searched. They shall also be subject to a hand held wand once they have
passed through the walk through metal detector.  If there is reason to
believe that someone is carrying contraband into the Justice Center
there is a possibility of a “pat down” of the person.

The following list are items prohibited in the Judicial Center:

1-  Any type of knife, edged weapon or sharp object capable of
inflicting injury
2-  Artificial knuckles made from metal, plastic or other similar hard
material.
3-  Weapons of any type
4-  Skates
5-  Skateboards
6-  Bicycles (Authorized areas only)
7-  Animals ( other than services animals )
8-  Alcoholic beverages of any type
9-  Any item which is illegal to possess
10- Any item that poses a threat to security

Also while in any Courtroom cellphones are required to be turned off or
on silent and food or drinks are NOT allowed in any Courtrooms.

Chief Deputy Mark Wheeler
Lawrence County Sheriff's Office
310 East Main Street
Louisa, KY 41230
Phone - 606-638-4368

The court has appointed four security officers for the facility, Dave Wallen,  Charley Curnette,  Bill Copley  Rodney Lykins as security officers. The pay will be around minimum wage level. No information on other utility staff.

Thanksgiving 'turkey stuffers' 2013; Fallsburg has 'Old Time Thanksgiving'...

Rotary, Walmart, Food City and LC Schools lend a helping hand; 140 families to get turkeys from Rotary effort...

Back row L to R: Deana West, Luanne Kelly, Barbara Hall, Brenda Curry, Chris Jobe.  Front Row L to R:  Valerie Smith, Noel Goble, Bill EnglandBack row L to R: Deana West, Luanne Kelly, Barbara Hall, Brenda Curry, Chris Jobe. Front Row L to R: Valerie Smith, Noel Goble, Bill England

Louisa, KY -- (Friday, Nov. 22) 140 turkeys were purchased from Louisa Walmart by the Louisa Rotary Club, loaded into vehicles, and taken to each Lawrence County School Family Resource Centers to be distributed to families in the county who need them.

Each year, Walmart partners with the Rotary to make this happen by selling the turkeys at cost, to the the Louisa Rotary Club who also donates to the project. Food City also helped out by discounting canned food items necessary for all the trimmings to prepare a Thanksgiving meal. 

The Family Resource Center Director from each of the Lawrence County Schools transported the turkeys to the centers where they will be put together with a basket of additional food items that will complete a nice holiday meal for families who might not otherwise be able to enjoy one.

Turkeys are loaded and transported to Resource Centers by Family Resource Center directorsTurkeys are loaded and transported to Resource Centers by Family Resource Center directors

 

Those present Friday morning for the turkey purchase were: Louisa Rotary Club members Bill England and Chris Jobe, Lawrence County Family Resource Directors Barbara Hall (Blaine), Brenda Curry (Fallsburg), Noel Goble (LES East and West), Deana West and Luanne McCoy ( LCHS and LMS), and Walmart Representative, Valerie Smith.

All those who participated said they hope this effort will make the Thanksgiving holiday a little brighter for those families involved in this program.

 

Old time Thanksgiving at Fallsburg

by Wanda M. Cassady

Nov 23, 2013, at 8:00 PM

Today, was a most enjoyable day at the center in Fallsburg. Chris Jobe, members of Fallsburg Tabernacle, and other volunteers in our community brought food and helped with setting up and cleaning up. Many neighbors got together for a fun and filling dinner while the children ate, played and had a great time. The playground has sure been an asset to our little center. Older volunteers were not able to do it anymore so the younger generation has stepped up to start it up again. It was free to anyone who wanted to stop by.  It does my heart good to see people get together.

Things are getting so bad in our country now, I believe Churches are going to have to get together with each other and start more Christian Schools in our county. The things in our texbooks and not being allowed to say the pledge or pray in school is going to have to be addressed.

Kenny Chaney and others are planning a Fallsburg Christmas on December 7th at Creekside Cabins and RV Park. There will be Christmas Caroling, Hay Rides, Christmas Tree Decorating and much more. Danny Davis, who used to play with Ralph Stanley and the Bluegrass Boys will be there to sing some great bluegrass Gospel. Look for more information from Kenny Chaney in the paper and The Lazer.

Thanks to everyone who came out for the dinner and tell everyone about the Christmas Event at Creekside Cabins


Fatal car crash claims life of one, two flown out...

Lazer UPDATE:

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office just released more information concerning the fatal car accident that claimed one life and injured two others yesterday evening at the intersection of Rt.1690 and Hwy. 645. In Lawrence County at Nats Creek.

(11/26/ 2013) Ms. Edwards is out of hospital and Jude is still in ICU.

Lawrence Co. Sheriff's latest report - Vehicle being driven by Kaitlyn Jude, 20, Inez, Ky and with passenger Hannah
 Tackett, 15 Johnson Co. was traveling South on Hwy 1690, Jude’s vehicle
 failed to stop for stop sign at the intersection of Hwy 1690 and Hwy 645 
and while crossing Hwy 645 collided with a vehicle driven by Dorothy
 Edwards, 42, Blaine Ky. which was traveling East on Hwy 645. Both Jude and
 Tackett were not wearing a seat belt and were ejected from the vehicle. 
Tackett was pronounced deceased at the scene. Jude and Edwards were flown 
to Cabell-Huntington Hospital. Assisting at the scene was Lowmansville
 Fire Dept, Cherryville Fire Dept and Netcare Ambulance. The collision is
 still under investigation.

--Lawrence County Sheriff Garrett Roberts

Lawrence Co. Coroner Mike Wilson confirmed that he pronounced the victim dead at 8:00 pm. at the scene.

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UPDATE: (Friday, Nov. 22): The victim in the accident reported below has been unofficially identified as Hannah Tackett, 15, a freshman at Johnson Central High school. Hannah is the granddaughter of J R Frisby the Johnson County Coroner. Also involved were Katie Jude, who was a passenger in the car with Hannah Tackett. Dorothy Edwards (age and address unknown) was the driver of the second car. More details as we get them in.


This fatal accident last night also required Medi-Vac to transport passengers The view is unique as the wiper blade creates a didderent slant.This fatal accident last night also required Medi-Vac to transport passengers The view is unique as the wiper blade creates a didderent slant.Louisa, KY -- Information was released this evening (Thursday) by Lawrence County Deputy Mark Wheeler on a fatal car accident that happened at Hwy. 645 and Rt. 1690 in Lawrence County at Nats Creek.  

Two vehicles were involved and one person is dead.Lawrence County Coroner Mike Wilson said he pronounced the victim dead at 8:00 pm at the scene.

Updates will be posted as more information is received.

Following is the first official statement from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office:


'On November 21, 2013 at approxmately 6:10 pm the Lawrence County Sheriff's
Office responded to a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Hwy 1690
and Hwy 645.

There were two females in one vehicle with one being flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital and one being pronounced deceased at the scene.

The other vehicle was driven by a female who was also flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital.

More information will be released upon notification
of family.'

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