By Catrina VargoWhether you like springing forward with Daylight Savings Time or not, it means spring is definitely right around the corner, and after the winter that we've had, I think everyone is ready to leave the winter scene behind.Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 9. Even though we lose an hour of sleep, we gain an hour of daylight which will be very much appreciated for tending those gardens, taking walks, yard work, and basking in the sun just a little longer. Enjoy it while you can, cause by the time we get used to this, the time will change back on Nov. 2. The official first day of spring is March 20. Happy end of winter to you all!
Kentucky Press News Service
This is the first of two annual weekends for the so-called time change. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday and will run until 2 a.m. Nov. 2 when DST ends for the year.
This means when you go to bed Saturday night, move your clocks ahead one hour.
For example, if you go to bed at 11 o'clock Saturday night, move your clocks ahead one hour to midnight. They will then have the correct time when you awaken Sunday morning.
And, yes, that means we all lose one hour of sleep this weekend but get it back on Sunday, Nov. 2 when clocks go back one hour.
Implementing DST will appear to make the day longer although it really just shifts one hour of daylight from the beginning of the day to the end of the day. For example, it will be about 6:45 p.m. EST Saturday when the sun sets. But it will appear to set about 7:45 EDT on Sunday evening.
You've undoubtedly noticed that the days are already getting longer. That's because we get 2 minutes of additional daylight each day - sunrise is one minute earlier and sunset is one minute later. This pattern continues until 6:51 a.m. EDT on June 21. That's the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It's also known as the summer solstice - the longest day of the year.
After that point, the process reverses and the amount of daylight decreases slightly each day until the first day of winter in December.
If you seem to recall that the annual time changes were in April and October, you're right.
Those were the months of change from 1987 to 2006.
Beginning in 2007, the federal government changed the time change months to March and November. That was part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Kentucky Press News ServiceFrankfort – The Kentucky state fire marshal reminds Kentuckians to change the batteries in each of their home’s smoke alarms when spring your clocks forward this weekend to Daylight Saving Time.“Early warning is the first line of defense in escaping a fire,” William Swope, director of the Public Protection Cabinet’s Division of Fire Prevention and the state’s fire marshal said in a news release. “Without a working smoke detector to issue an early warning, occupants can become trapped by deadly smoke and heat as the fire spreads quickly throughout a home, blocking escape routes.”Smoke detectors should be on every floor of your home, including the basement and in each sleeping area. “The bottom line is smoke detectors can save the lives of your family and pets,” said Swope. “It’s simple: When you set your clocks forward, change the batteries in your smoke alarms.”Swope said education is the key to preventing fires in your home.“Make sure that everyone in your home knows about fire prevention and what to do in case of a fire in your residence,” he said. “And pay particular attention to family members with disabilities to ensure everyone escapes a home fire successfully. Have a fire escape plan that includes two ways out for everyone.”For additional information on fire prevention, visit the National Fire Protection Association website at http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information. There, you can find fact sheets on several fire prevention topics.
By Catrina VargoLouisa, KY -- A case that made headlines in October of last year will go to court on May 9 at 10:00 am. Joshua A. Fitzpatrick, 34, of Paintsville is charged with murder along with other offenses.
According to Kentucky State Police, Fitzpatrick was traveling on U. S. 23 in a reckless manner, and after being pulled over, accelerated at a high rate of speed with police in pursuit. Fitzpatrick lost control of the vehicle on Rt. 644 near Three Rivers Medical Center, where he hit an oncoming motorcycle driven by Johnny K. Maynard, 40 of Catlettsburg, KY who later died at the hospital.The President and CEO of Louisa Community Bank, Edgar N. Purdom Jr. who was indicted on child pornography charges, was scheduled for a pre-trial conference on March 14 at 11:00 am. The charges stem from a cyber crimes investigation beginning in Feb. of last year. An undercover lead led to a warrant of Purdom's home in October, and he was placed on administrative leave. Purdom was formerly the Vice President of Farmer National Bank in Cynthiana, KY. Following is a list of Circuit Court activity for Feb. 28, 2014
Circuit Court News Feb. 28FitzpatrickJoshua A. Fitzpatrick, 34, was scheduled to report for court on May 9 at 10:00 am. Fitzpatrick is charged with Murder, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence of Alcohol/Drugs, Fleeing or Evading Police, Operating on Suspended/Revoked License in an incident near TRMC just before the start of a high school football game.
Alison Fitzgearld, 26, was scheduled for re arraignment on March 14 at 10:00am. Fitzgearld is charged with 2nd Degree Burglarly, and 3rd Degree Criminal Mischief.
Billy Jack Hammond, 36, was scheduled for re arraignment for March 14 at 10:00 am. Hammond is charged with two counts of Complicity-Theft By Unlawful Taking-Shoplifting.Jeffery Allen Moore, 30, was scheduled for re arraignment on March 14 at 10:00 am. Moore is charged with two counts of Complicity-Theft By Unlawful Taking- Shoplifting and Persistent Felony Offender.PurdomEdgar N. Purdom Jr., 68, was set for pre-trial conference on March 14 at 11:00. Purdom is charged with four counts Distribution of Matter Portraying Sexual Peformance By Minor 1st Degree and one count of Possession of Matter Portraying Sex Performance By Minor.Benjamin Carlos Taylor, 20, was set for re arraignment on March 28 at 10:00 am. Taylor is charged with three counts of Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking-Firearm and 1st Degree Criminal Mischief.Brandon West, 27, was set for pre-trial conference on March 14 at 11:00am. West is charged with Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking -$500 or more, but under $10,000 and Complicity Theft By Unlawful Taking $10,000 or more but under $1,000,000
No school Wednesday
Virtual shut down after 8 inch snow.
Major snow storm shuts down Louisa and surrounding area....
A large portion of Louisa was shut down today, Monday, March 3, as the biggest snowstorm of the season dumped anywhere from 4-6 inches or more of the white stuff on the region. Other areas received more snow.
According to the Kentucky Weather Center, freezing sleet and rained began Sunday night, and wind gusts up to 30 mph will create blowing and drifting of the snow, creating treacherous road conditions. The snow is supposed to taper off this morning, but the temperature is not expected to rise above 20 degrees, and the lows may hit single digits by Tuesday morning.Michael Woods, Lawrence County Emergency Services Manager, said this morning about 10:00 am "It's been a couple of hours since I was out but at that time the roads were in bad shape. We've only had one reported power outage so far and that was on Mcintier Branch Road near the Boyd Co. line. Originally had 66 customers out and last contact with AEP they had restored everyone. We did have a rock slide on KY 3 yesterday on the Fallsburg side of Hester Gap and another on KY 201 near Needmore Br. Rd.". Woods said he would keep the Lazer updated with any changes.
(NEW) The Circuit Clerk's Office will be closed until noon on Tuesday, March 4th due to dangerous road conditions. Judge Kevin Holbrook has ordered that the cases he has scheduled for Tuesday, March 4th will be heard on Wednesday, March 5th.
Thank you, Jodi Parsley
All Lawrence County Schools will be closed on Tuesday, Wednesday March 4, and March 5, 2014. Vernon HallDirector of Pupil Personnel & District PersonnelLawrence County Schools
LC Senior Citizens Louisa Post Office only running on clear roads
Circuit Court Clerk
Tri-County Animal ClinicHometown Florist will open at noon
I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for all the help over the past few days. I received offers from many of you to assist in the EOC, move supplies, prepare equipment or establish shelters. I really appreciate all the offers and it is times like these that one is proud to be from small communities that comes together to help each other.
Even though we didn't open a shelter we were ready to do so because of each of you. The guidance that was given from the NWS offices from around the area proved to be right and I feel we made a good decision to just prepare and not actually establish a shelter at the time. I look forward to working with each of you in the future and if at anytime I can return the assistance please don't hesitate to ask.Thank you,Michael WoodsDirector,Lawrence County Emergency Management606-638-0334 Office606-624-5787 Mobile606-638-4582 Faxlawcokyem@gmail.comwww.lawcokyem.org
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