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Fire destroys home in Charley area, details still unknown...

By Catrina Vargo

Charley, Ky -- The Lomansville Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call late last night, Monday, April 7, in the Lawrence County area of Charley on Rt. 1760. 

According to Lawrence Co. EMS Director, Michael Woods, the residence was occupied, but no one was inside at the time of the fire. 

It is believed that the fire was spotted by a neighbor, and the fire department was called, but the residence was engulfed in flames and completely destroyed.

Lomansville Fire Chief, Ray Dixon, said he was at work and did not go on the call and did not have any information at this time. As of now, no other details have been released. 

Information about this incident will be posted as it becomes available.

There was no answer to why no information is available about the fire.

Louisa City Council


April 8, 2014--7:00 PM

Louisa City Hall


  1. Call to order.
  2. Pledge of allegiance and prayer.
  3. Approve minutes for 03-11-14.
  4. Schooley Mitchell report.
  5. Mutual Aid Agreement.
  6. Louisa Police Department.
  7. Louisa Fire Department.
  8. Louisa Street & Sanitation Department.
  9. Louisa Water & Sewer Department.
  10. Audience comments.
  11. Executive session.
  12. Adjourn.



Fiscal Court awards lawn care bid for Pine Hill, lowest bidder must carry insurance if help is hired...


By Catrina Vargo

Louisa, KY -- The Lawrence County Fiscal Court met Monday, March 31 at 9:30 am in the upstairs courtroom at Lawrence County Courthouse. Magistrate John Lemaster opened the meeting with prayer, then the Pledge of Allegiance was said.

George WilliamsGeorge WilliamsThe meeting was then called to order by Lawrence County Judge Executive, John Osborne, with Magistrates John Lemaster, Morris Howard, and Earl Boggs in attendance, and and the agenda read. The first item of business was to approve the 2nd Reading of Budget Amendment Number 5. A motion was made by John Lemaster, Earl Boggs seconded it and the motion passed. 

The main focus of the meeting was to discuss lawn service bids for Pine Hill Cemetery. 

Two bids were presented, one from L.B. Maynard for $1,350 per month and one from George Williams for $1,500 per month.  The difference between the two bids is that Williams already has workers comp insurance because he has employees in his lawn care business.  Court officials said that Maynard had advised them that even though he did not currently have insurance, he could obtain it if he was awarded the bid.

Maynard has advised the Fiscal Court that if he was awarded the bid, he would do the work himself, thereby eliminating the need for workers comp insurance. The court determined that both lawn care businesses were equal and that there was no preference of one over the other.

George Williams, who was present, brought up the point that the grass is to be cut every ten days, and that he employs 11 people in the county, making it easier for his business to do the job.  He also added "I pay my insurance every month."

Magistrate Morris Howard expressed some concern about Maynard not having insurance.

Lemaster said "Why would he carry insurance if he didn't have the contract?"  Lemaster made the motion to accept the lowest bid of $1,350 and Earl Boggs seconded it. 

The lawn care bid was awarded to L.B. Maynard with the condition that if he should hire someone for the job, he must show proof of insurance. 

Judge Osborne asked County Attorney, Mike Hogan if he could draw up a contract with the workers comp insurance provision. Hogan said he could, and added that if Maynard hired someone without providing insurance, the violation would be more on him than the court, but that it could still come back on the county. 

Howard said "I doubt if anyone is going to be checking to see if he hires someone."  Although the court approved the bid from L.B. Maynard, it was stipulated that if he hired someone for the job and did not provide proof of workers comp insurance, the bid would be awarded to George Williams.

Other items on the agenda included approval of amendment to Executive Order Number 14-07, and an amendment to the Jail Fiscal Year 14-15 Budget.  The Fiscal Court also accepted the Sheriff's 2012 Unmined Coal Settlement pending audit.

The meeting was then adjourned.

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Absentee Voting in May 20, 2014, Primary Election Begins...


Eligible voters may begin casting mail-in absentee ballots in Kentucky’s May 20, 2014, Primary Election. Individuals who may be eligible to vote by mail-in absentee ballot include:

• Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens

• Students who temporarily reside outside the county

• Voters who temporarily reside outside Kentucky (e.g., vacationers)
• Voters who are incarcerated but have not yet been convicted

• Voters whose employment takes them outside the county for all days and hours the polling place is open
• Voters of advanced age or who suffer from disability or illness

• Voters who are participants in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program


Voters may request an absentee ballot application from their county clerk in person or via telephone, fax, or email. Applications for mail-in absentee ballots must be received by the clerk’s office by no later than May 13, 2014, and the completed absentee ballot must be received by the county clerk by 6:00 p.m. local time on Election Day.

“Voting is both a right and a responsibility,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. “I hope as many of Kentucky’s voters as possible will make their voices heard in our Primary Election.”

Under Grimes’ Address Confidentiality Program (ACP), the May 20, 2014, Primary Election is the first Kentucky election in which victims of domestic violence and sexual assault will be able to cast mail-in absentee ballots. In addition to allowing crime victims to vote by mail-in absentee ballot, the ACP also keeps their names and addresses out of publicly available voter records.

Pursuant to another new law championed by Grimes, the identities of absentee voters will not be disclosed until after the election. In the past, absentee ballot applications were subject to open records requests, making absentee voters particularly susceptible to attempts to purchase their votes.

“No voter should be discouraged from voting out of fear for their safety or subjected to any undue influence in casting his or her ballot,” said Grimes. “These new laws help protect the right of all voters to participate in our elections securely and privately and maintain the integrity of Kentucky elections.”


In-person absentee voting

Individuals who do not qualify to vote by mail-in absentee ballot may still be eligible to vote in person prior to Election Day. In-person absentee voting will begin in all counties no later than 12 working days prior to the election, although county boards of elections may permit in-person absentee voting to start earlier. In-person absentee voting is conducted during the county clerk’s regular business hours on voting machines similar to those used on Election Day.

Persons with questions about absentee voting should contact their county clerk or the State Board of Elections. Additional information is also available at For details about the ACP, please visit

Lawrence County Fiscal Court

Special Meeting Agenda

March 31, 2014

9:30 a.m.

1.   Opening Prayer

2.    Pledge of Allegianc

3.    Call Meeting to Order

4.    Approve 2nd Reading of Budget Amendment #5

5.    Approve Proclamation making April Child Abuse Prevention Month

6.    Approve amendment to executive order #14-07. (correction will read - appoint member to the Big Sandy Regional Jail Board)

7.   Approve amendment to the Jail FY 14-15 Budget

8.     Accept Sheriff’s 2012 Unmined Coal Settlement pending audit

9.     Award bids on lawn services for Pine Hill Cemetery

10. Adjourn

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