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Calls McConnell 'Guardian of Gridlock'

Secretary of State visits Louisa; draws several supporters for senate race vs McConnell...

Local Democrat including Sheriff Garrett Roberts, Judge/Executive John Osborne, Jailer Phillip Triplett, local party officers Betty Shannon and Colleeen Stone, and local party chairman Lafe Hinkle were in attendance at the campaign stop for Senate candidate Allison Grimes last week.  Local Democrat including Sheriff Garrett Roberts, Judge/Executive John Osborne, Jailer Phillip Triplett, local party officers Betty Shannon and Colleeen Stone, and local party chairman Lafe Hinkle were in attendance at the campaign stop for Senate candidate Allison Grimes last week.

Louisa, KY -- Kentucky Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Democrat who is seeking the U.S Senate Seat against longtime Republican Senator, Mitch McConnell, stopped by for a brief visit in Louisa, Monday, Dec. 2.

Grimes introduced herself and spoke to folks about her mission to oust McConnell in the upcoming 2014 election.  

"Kentuckians say they want a Senator to represent them instead of his own interests, I say it's time to send Mitch McConnell back to Alabama!  (where he is from originally)

Grimes stayed after her short speech for a 'meet and greet' with crowdGrimes stayed after her short speech for a 'meet and greet' with crowdSharing a story with the crowd, Grimes said she is fighting on behalf of people like Mary Jackson, the first African American in Kentucky to be elected as head of the teacher's association for military schools. Jackson, who traveled to Washington D.C. to speak with Senator McConnell, only to be hold that he didn't have time for her, Grimes said.  

"Some have said the Senate race is an uphill battle, but we are already where no one expected us to be," alluding to her rising popularity since the campaign kicked off back in July.  She referred to Mitch McConnell as the "Doctor of No, and the Guardian of Gridlock, pointing out his 28 years in the Senate.

"People are tired of someone who votes no to raising the minimum wage, but every year increases his net pay."

Grimes says McConnell is not fighting for our jobs here in Kentucky.  "The only job he cares about is his own." She said, and went on to say that we need someone who will set partisanship aside.  She said McConnell is missing in action when it comes to the war on coal.

“I am the pro-coal candidate and at the end of this I will be the pro-coal senator.” She called for a national energy policy that includes coal. “It does keep the lights on in Kentucky. It’s not just an energy issue but an economic issue.”

Grimes describes Washington as "dysfunctional."  As Secretary of State, Grimes helped create the first confidentiality for domestic violence victims, she said.  Her vision as U.S. Senator includes fighting to create good paying jobs, raising the minimum wage, and closing the gender wage gap.

Grimes said she intends to launch a jobs plan early in 2014 that preserves Kentucky jobs.

Grimes is also in favor raising the minimum wage. She said she sat down with a man earlier, who had been laid off from his job, who told her that he had been able to ask his wife to marry him, build a house, and grow a family on the Big Sandy Plant, but now he doesn't know what the future holds.  "Help me get Kentucky back where it needs to be." she said.

Grimes is a native of Maysville, KY, received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, and a law degree from American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C.  She worked as a business attorney in Lexington where she now resides, before she became Kentucky's Secretary of State. Grimes thanked everyone for coming, and took time to speak with individuals after her speech.

She asked that Lawrence County support her in "team switch."

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


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