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Date: 03-31-2015

Forest burning in Johnson County near the Blaine area Tuesday evening. Lazer photo by Jennifer Ferguson

Division of Forestry is reminding Kentuckians that it is spring forest fire hazard season

Kentucky Press News Service

Frankfort – The Division of Forestry is reminding Kentuckians that it is spring forest fire hazard season.

Since March 16, the division has battled more than 98 forest fires, damaging more than 1,320 acres. This week’s weather forecast is cause for concern.

"The forecast for warmer, dryer weather this week has the division concerned about the potential for an additional increase in forest fires,” Leah W. MacSwords, Kentucky’s state forester, said in a statement.

Arson is the cause of the majority of the forest fires in Kentucky, and the division actively investigates the cause of any wildfire. 

Through a partnership with the Bell County Forestry Camp, multiple bloodhounds and handlers are now available to assist KDF with arson investigations. But along with arson, many fires are caused by people burning debris (trash, leaves, yard waste, etc.) and not taking precautions.

State law prohibits burning in or within 150 feet of any woodland or brushland, except between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. 

Lazer photo by Jennifer FergusonResidents who cause a fire to spread may be held liable for fire suppression costs incurred by the state and county and for damage to property resulting from such fires. 

Reporting any unusual activity to local law enforcement can help put a stop to wildfires. For questions about local restrictions regarding burning, call the local fire department and the Division for Air Quality at 502-564-3999.

For more information about fire hazard seasons, outdoor burning laws and safe burning practices, contact the Kentucky Division of Forestry at 1-800-866-0555 or visit the division’s web site at

Not Lawrence County, but close to it. Kind of interesting though...

A fire in the Flat Gap area of Johnson County consumed approximately 350 acres of land Tuesday evening. Area residents say they think the fire was caused due to high winds which caused electrical lines to touch and spark. Though officials say high winds made it difficult, the flames were able to be controlled. Responding was the Forestry Department and local fire departments.

--Jennifer Ferguson

MARCH 30, 2015


Preston issues message to Lawrence County Historical and Genealogical Society members


A non official poll of opinions was taken by a standing vote to help the board make a decision. Lazer photo by Jennifer FergusonLOUISA, Ky. With little negotiations (except a full house crowd at Blaine Saturday morning the regular Society meeting). Citizens National Bank of Louisa agreed to issue a 'free and clear' simple deed when the out of business bank is donated to the Lawrence County H&R Society, a memo from Society leader and Circuit Judge John D. Preston said.

He told members bank has changed its mind, and the Society can have the building free and clear. Since what the memo calls 'a slight majority of those at meeting' were for accepting the property used for 100 years as the Bank of Blaine. The bank had at first wanted right of refusal on the building in case the group failed to be in existence in future yearsl (See the Lazer story by Jennifer Ferguson who reported on the meeting for The Lazer).


Here is the message Preston sent out.:


'...I have exciting news!

    Yesterday (Saturday) was our Society’s quarterly meeting. We had one of the largest turnouts we have had to date. We discussed the issue of whether to accept the Bank of Blaine from the Bank for about an hour.

Several very good opinions on both sides of the issue were expressed.  A poll of members showed a very slight majority in favor of acquisition of the property. The Board of Directors then voted to accept the property, but only on the condition that the Bank withdraw its request for a reversionary clause and that we receive a few simple deed. 

I communicated this to the Bank’s officer last night and received a reply today that the Bank had withdrawn the request for a reversion and the donation can go forward.  I understand that the closing will be near the end of June.

This presents our group with an array of possibilities for the use of the building and the mission of our Society. This also presents us with additional challenges and responsibilities.  We will be in touch with you again as we move toward completion of the acquisition and plan the best uses for the building.

John David Preston, Secretary'


MARCH 29, 2015


A Louisa, Ky man was arrested around sunrise Thursday morning on several charges after being accused of forced criminal sex acts involving an underage child.

Cecil Evans, 29, of Louisa, was arrested March 26 by the Johnson County Sherrif's Department.

Bond was denied for Evans.

Evans is facing four Felony charges; RAPE, 1ST DEGREE - VICTIM <12 YEARS OF AGE; a Class A felony, SODOMY, 1ST DEGREE - VICTIM <12 YRS OF AGE (2 counts); a Class A Felony, and SEXUAL ABUSE, 1ST DEGREE, VICTIM UNDER/12 YEARS OF AGE; a Class C Felony.

The Rape and Sodomy Charges each carry a sentence of 20-50 years while the Sexual Abuse charge carries a sentence of 5-10 years.

More information will be reported as soon as additional details can be learned.