Wellmans Hardware building in Louisa
by Catrina Vargo
Louisa, KY -- One of the oldest businesses and buildings in Louisa, Wellman Hardware, now has a new owner. Joel and Rachel Thacker who have owned the business since 1989, recently sold it to Steve and Sherry Waggoner of Huntington, WV, where they also own General Building Supply.
New owner, Steve Waggoner with former owner, Rachel Thacker, who still works thereRachel Thacker, who still works at Wellman's, said she and her husband decided to sell it after he started having health problems. "It just got to be too much" she said.
Wellman Hardware was built in 1876 by Augustus Schneider. According to Thacker, who has a complete history on the building, the business originated as a wagon factory. They also sold caskets, horse equipment, seeds and farming implements.
The original owner sold the business to E.E. Shannon, who sold it to Leif Wellman in 1919.
"When Leif passed away, his daughter, Maxine, took it over until 1967 when Georgemary and R.C. Wells bought and operated it until 1989 when Joel and Rachel Thacker purchased it.
The new owner, Steve Waggoner, is very familiar with the hardware business. He has owned General Building Supply since 1989, which is located on 7th Avenue in Huntington, a business that has been around since 1953.
Waggoner said he is looking forward to serving Wellman's customers and carrying on the longstanding tradition the business has brought to Louisa over the last 138 years.
"We offer unique services" he said, including custom fabric and aluminum awnings, one of which, was just installed at Louisa Drug Store.
Getting ready for fall...in show windowThey also carry Case knives, with certain models on sale every month. They sell American made grills, and also offer Gray Seal Paint with custom color mixing and matching.
"We offer services the big box stores can't" said Waggoner.
The store sells a wide variety of power tools and also services them. "We will also service other tools as well," he said. From parts to chain sharpening, to locks systems, cut glass, seeds in bulk, and hard to find items, Wellman's provides quality customer service as well as quality products.
Thacker said, "You also get personal help here. We are still a family hometown store. We don't want to give that up. People go where they are appreciated, and we appreciate our customers."
Wellman's has started a sales circular and is currently working on a website where purchases can be made online.
Hours of operation are Monday-Friday 8-5, Saturday 8-4, closed on Sunday.
You may contact them at 606-638-4185.
By Catrina Vargo
Lawrence Circuit Court News...
Information taken directly from Circuit Court Docket
Harold Keith ShannonHarold Keith Shannon, 67, was denied a Motion To Reduce Bond on five counts of sex related charges that include Sodomy 1st Degree, Victim Under 12 Years of Age,
Use of a Minor Under 16 in a Sex Performance, Promoting Sex Performance By a Minor Undef 16 Years of Age, Possess Matter Portraying Sex Performance By Minor, and Unlawful Transaction With Minor 1st Degree Illegal Sex Act Under Age of 16.
Shannon's bond is set at $25,000 cash.
Thurman J. Caudill, 36, entered a guilty plea per offer of the Commonwealth on charges of Theft By Unlawful Taking and Persistent Felony Offender. Sentencing on Sept. 26 at 10:00 am.
DiamondHodgeTracy L. Diamond, 39, was ordered to report for court on Oct. 10, and a jury trial was scheduled for Feb. 9 on charge of Complicity/Manufacture Methamphetamine.
Robert Evans, 42, entered a guilty plea per offer of the Commonwealth on an amended charge from Complicity Traffick In Controlled Substance and will be sentenced on Sept. 26 at 10:00 am. Unsupervised probation.
Andrew Hodge, 45, was sentenced per judgement of the Commonwealth with 99 days jail credit on charge of Complicity Robbery 2nd Degree.
James Z. Howard,19, was sentenced per judgement of the Commonwealth with 52 days jail credit on charge of Complicity Receiving Stolen Property (firearm) under $500.
Hope Hundley, 27, was sentenced per judgement of the Commonwealth, is ordered to enroll in rehab program 30 days from today for a 90 day term. Is to be released when judgement is entered. Charge was Complicity Robbery 2nd Degree.
Pamela Laney, 48, entered a guilty plea per Commonwealth's offer on charge of Complicity Traffick In Controlled Substance and will be sentenced on Sept. 26 at 10:00 am.
MincyWilliam M. Muncy, 40, was ordered to report for court on January 9, 2015. A trial date was scheduled for February 16, 2015 on charges of Complicity 1st Degree Possession of Cocaine and Complicity Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess.
Jessica L. Riffe, 31, entered d a guilty plea based on the Commonwealth's offer on amended charge fromComplicity Traffick In Controlled Substance and will be sentenced on Sept. 26 at 10:00 am. Unsupervised pre-trial diversion probation.
Ronnie Brett Shannon, 19, was sentenced per judgement of the Commonwealth, with 2 days jail credit on charges of Complicity Receiving Stolen Property (firearm) and Complicity Tampering With Physical Evidence. Supervised pre-trial diversion.
Johnny H. Watts, 45, entered a guilty plea per judgement of the Commonwealth. Sentencing on Sept. 26 at 10:00 am on amended charge from Complicity Traffick In controlled Substance. Pre-trial diversion.
WhittWilliam D. Whitt, 35, was denied a Motion For Shock Probation on two different cases.
Anthony C. Belcher, 43, entered plea of not guilty on charge of Intend Defraud/Scheme/Artifice to Obtain Benefits Greater Than $10,000. Pre-trial conference set for Sept. 26 at 11:00 am.
Michael Shawn Cordle, 40, entered a not guilty plea on 2 counts of Complicity Burglary 2nd Degree. Pre-trial conference set for Sept. 26 at 11:00 am. In home incarceration to be reviewed.
Rebecca WardRebecca Ward, 43, entered a not guilty plea on charges of Complicity Burglary 2nd Degree, Complicity Burglary 3rd Degree and Persistent Felony Offender. Pre-trial conference set for Sept. 26 at 11:00 am.
Was formerly owned by Roberta Blevins...
Former Lazer reporter Roberta Blevins was not living in this home when the fire broke out but had not finished moving out and lost mementos she cannot replace, one report said last night. Lazer photo by Elizabeth Moore
Louisa Volunteer Fire Dept. and Lawrence County Sheriff's Office responded to a structure fire early this (Saturday) morning. They arrived shortly before 4 am to a structure on the Point Section that was already engulfed.
Roberta BlevinsLVFD Chief Eddie Preston stated, "We tried hard to get it under control but the fire was ahead of us." He did not immediately know the cause of the three bedroom house that was unoccupied at the time and is reportedly owned by Gary Moore.
The LVFD worked several hours getting the fire out and have called for the Arson investigators to come out. They will be out sometime today, officials at the fire scene said. AEP also responded.
At this time we have been unable to contact homeowner Moore. Until recently it was owned and occupied by former Lazer reporter Roberta Blevins, who reportedly had not yet had time to remove all her belongings from the house. We will bring you more details as they become avaliable. Ms. Blevins now works for Louisa Community Bank.
This fire is still under investigation by LVFD and the KSP Arson Investigators.
Eye witness account...
"...Ok. husband woke me up a little before 4am and told me to hurry and grab my camera that Bert's house was on fire. So we get out there and the fire department had just arrived and was started to spray. The left side of the house where the fire had started was the side where there were just 2 bedrooms and a bath. One room was her deceased daughters Kristi's room, the other her daughter Shelby's.
The fire was mostly in Kristi's room. The LVFD tried to contain the fire as best as they could. AEP turned the electric off. When Bert arrived she was a mess. She kept screaming that someone had "killed her baby all over again". By then the FD had sent 3 guys in to fight it from within the house.
Bert explained that she had sold the house to Gary Moore that owns the Pawn shop. Since she had sold it she had not yet gotten everything out. All of Kristi's stuff and everything but her and Shelby's clothes was still there.
(Kristi was killed at the ago of 17 in a tragic auto accident in Louisa several years ago).
After the FD got the flames down Deputy Mack Wilhite and the LVFD men asked if she had ever pried the back door before. She told them no. Then the LVFD tried to give her what they saw that was not burnt up and she remembered that there was a fire proof safe in her bathroom on the other side of the house.
LVFD chief Eddie Preston told her it was not there. The floor was intact and he looked all over the bathroom for it, he said.
Also there were a few other things that were missing. So they called the KSP Arson Investigator to come and he told them that he couldn't come until later today.
As of now (1:00 pm Sat.) he has not showed up.
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