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These pictures were taken today. This is Leather Branch Road which you ran a story on February 7, 2014. Mr. Boggs is correct in that it washes out every time it rains a lot.  Not fixing it correctly is just washing money down the stream. Also the bus cannot get past this point. We need this fixed! 

--Joe Halfhill

 

Fallen Louisa Police officers names to be added to National Law Enforcement Memorial
 

Louisa Police Chief Greg Fugitt has received conformation that the names of three fallen officers will be added during the 26th Annual Candlelight Vigil on May 13th during National Police Week in Washington D.C.
 
 “Louisa has had four officers die or be killed during the line of duty, one officer, Russell Estep's name is already on the memorial and now the other three will be honored in the same manner.” stated Chief Fugitt. 
 
The officers who will be added are Patrolman Bert Hampton (6/28/37), Patrolman Fred Pack (5/16/46) and Chief Lazarus Arthur Vinson (10/13/30).

“Paying honor to these officers is past due and even though I only had a small part in helping this be completed, I am proud to know that the children, grandchildren or great grandchildren of these fine men can have a place to give tribute to the work they have done to protect the citizens of Louisa," Fugitt said.
 
Now that these officers have been approved for the national memorial, they also will be added to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial in Richmond Kentucky.
 
For more information about the National Law Enforcement Memorial you can go to www.nleomf.org

Judge/Executive Osborne visits with Governor

Lawrence Co. judge/executive John Osborne visited with Governor Steve Beshear in Frankfort conference

 

Lawrence County Judge/Executive John Osborne & Magistrate John J. Lemaster attended the 29th Annual KCJEA Winter Conference, held last week in Lexington.

Judge Osborne spoke with Governor Steve Beshear (pictured above), and a number of Kentucky officials and leaders on a host of topics plaguing Lawrence County. Some of the major issues discussed during open forum and round table were: economic development opportunities, updates were given by the Kentucky Department of Transportation - regarding the upcoming flex funding for the next fiscal year, solid waste and water issues were talked over, and major discussion was heard on the current jail woes across the state.



Bear Creek problems

 

County roads have taken a beating during this extra cold month. Traffic on State Road 1937 Bear Creek Road in Lawrence county is closed today due to damage that had to be repaired. Todd Moran Supt. of Lawrence County State Highway Department explained, "We've been having some trouble here. The tiles washed out underneath letting the road drop down. We're digging it up and putting some stones back in it and repairing it." Moran also stated that they were going to have it finished and reopened around 3 pm so that the buses could get through.

 

Traffic on State Road 1937 Bear Creek Road in Lawrence county is closed today due to damage that had to be repaired.
 

Todd Moran Supt. of Lawrence County State Highway Department explained.

"We've been having some trouble here. The tiles washed out underneath letting the road drop down. We're digging it up and putting some stones back in it and repairing it."
 

Moran also stated that they were going to have it finished and reopened around 3 pm today so that the buses could get through.


The problem is deep at Bear Creek. Lazer photo by Elizabeth Moore.

City council passes resolution to ask state for 4th class  status; City attorney says much more has to be done...

Schaeffer, Dixon and Parsons (Lazer file photo)LOUISA, Ky. -- City Attorney Eldred "Bud" Adams said this morning that a resolution was passed at last night's city council meeting to ask the state legislature to deem Louisa a 4th class city. The issue was brought up at the January meeting but was tabled when member Brad Stark said more information was needed.

The vote was 3-1 last night with member Raymond Dixon not present. Council member Rita Rose cast the only dissenting vote, Adams said. Lisa Schaeffer, Rose, Tom Parsons and Gloria Johnson were present. Ms. Johnson abstained from voting on the issue. were present.

Rose could not be reached for comment.

Adams said last week that it appears that council members want to become a 4th class city which, he said, will make the city eligible for larger state and federal grants and would permit the city to ask to be reclassified. It would also mean there can be a wet-dry vote.

"The next stepis to ask the state legislature to vote on the change in classification," Adams said. "The city has to show we have the required 3,000 population and there are several ways to do that including a house to house canvas, checking census figures and more."

Adams, who said the city is responsible for coming up with proof, said the census figures from 2010 show the city with 2,467, just below the needed number.

But Louisa businessman Gene Wilson disagrees and has said the city has well over the required 3,000 population using census figures. Wilson wants to build a franchise restaurant near his Best Western Plus Motel on U.S. 23 which after an annexation was added last year, is in the city limits. He said Louisa is the only one on the U.S. 23 portion called the 'Country Music Highway' and many customers inquire where they can get a good meal with an alcoholic beverage.

State law does not allow wet-dry elections in cities of the 5th and 6th classifications. 

Adams said the state legislature is required to vote on the issue of raising the city from a 5th to a 4th class city.