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January 25, 2018


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 25, 2018) - Unemployment rates fell in 117 Kentucky counties, stayed the same in two (Estill and Hickman counties) and rose in one county (Bath County) between December 2016 and December 2017, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 2.6 percent. It was followed by Monroe County, 2.7 percent; Campbell, Fayette, Oldham and Scott counties, 2.8 percent each; and Allen, Jessamine, Marion and Shelby counties, 2.9 percent each.

Magoffin County recorded the state’s highest unemployment rate at 12.4 percent. It was followed by Elliot County, 8.7 percent; Carter County, 8.6 percent; Menifee County, 8 percent; Lewis County, 7.9 percent; Wolfe County, 7.8 percent; Lawrence County, 7.1 percent; Bath County, 6.9 percent; Leslie County, 6.8 percent; and Harlan County, 6.7 percent.

Kentucky’s county unemployment rates and employment levels are not seasonally adjusted because of small sample sizes.

Employment statistics undergo sharp fluctuations due to seasonal events such as weather changes, harvests, holidays and school openings and closings. Seasonal adjustments eliminate these influences and make it easier to observe statistical trends. The comparable, unadjusted unemployment rate for the state was 3.7 percent for December 2017, and 3.9 percent for the nation.

Unemployment statistics are based on estimates and are compiled to measure trends rather than actually to count people working. Civilian labor force statistics include non-military workers and unemployed Kentuckians who are actively seeking work. They do not include unemployed Kentuckians who have not looked for employment within the past four weeks. The data should only be compared to the same month in previous years.

Learn more about Kentucky labor market information at



January 23, 2018


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DLG Accepting 2018 Applications for the Recreational Trails Program

FRANKFORT, Ky. (January 22, 2017) - The Department for Local Government (DLG) is currently accepting 2018 grant applications for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), a federal assistance program funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

“Each year cities and counties have the opportunity to apply for this important federal assistance program that provides ongoing maintenance, restoration and development of trail systems and trail related facilities,” said DLG Commissioner Sandra Dunahoo. “At DLG we’re doing our part to ensure that the investment in these projects will create further opportunities to enhance the quality of life for all Kentuckians.”

The grant application deadline is April 30, 2018. The application template can be downloaded from the DLG website following this link:

The Recreational Trails Program is funded by the FHWA and provides assistance for acquisition of trail easements, development and maintenance of recreational trails, trailhead and trailside facilities for both motorized and non-motorized use. Eligible applicants are city and county governments, state and federal agencies.

All trails that have received FHWA funding must remain open to the public and maintained in perpetuity.


January 19, 2018

Good morning!

We have a great opportunity to partner with People Advocating Recovery (PAR) to participate in a Narcan Giveaway tomorrow (Saturday) at the Lawrence County Health Department at 4pm.

As you already know, NARCAN SAVES LIVES. We hope that you can be a part of this monumental day! Each kit dispersed has the potential to keep someone alive until they can experience the wonderful life of recovery. Narcan is also used to save the lives of someone in the general public who is accidentally exposed to high powered opioids.

Also - Charlotte Wethington (the mother of Casey Wethington - as in Casey from Casey's Law) will be one of the guest speakers.

This is a public event so feel free to SHARE AWAY!

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Matt Brown

Call our treatment helpline at (888) 815-4330.


Narcan Giveaway Saturday...Narcan Giveaway Saturday...

January 9, 2018


The regular January meeting of the Lawrence Fiscal Court has been rescheduled for January 23 at 10:00am according to a message from Judge/Exec. John Osborne.

A conflict with the Martin Luther King Day observance prompted the rescheduling Osborne said in a message to the media today (Jan. 9, 2018).


January 8, 2018


LOUISA, Ky. -- The regular January meeting of Louisa City Council has been rescheduled for January 23, city clerk Kathy Compton said today in a message to The Lazer.

"...There will be no agenda sent today as the meeting has been rescheduled for Jan. 23, 2018.


Thank You,

Kathryn Compton, City Clerk


January 5, 2018



Jason Goble and Ramble On set for opening act


Prestonsburg, Ky. – Dressed To Kill, an eastern Kentucky based KISS tribute act, will play the Willard & Lucy Kinzer Theater in the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) on Saturday, January 20. This will make their return trip, as they last played the local venue during Halloween weekend of 2016.


The group bills the show as “The Ultimate Tribute to the Hottest Band in the World.” Dressed To Kill offers energetic, high quality, and family friendly entertainment with all of the attention to the details. You can expect all of the grease paint, fire breathing, and smoking guitars. And even the seven inch high-heels. They are a fan favorite throughout the southeastern Unites States for arts centers, clubs, festivals, and private parties.

MAC Executive Director Clayton Case says he is looking forward to their return.

“These guys are the real deal! There are many tribute acts and nostalgic rock and roll bands touring now, but I put this show at the top of the list,” he states.

Bass player and vocalist Mike Collins (Gene Simmons) is ready to get the New Year started at the MAC.

“This will be a special show”, he says. “2018 marks our tenth year together as a band and I can’t think of a better place to start our ten year celebration run than at an amazing venue like the MAC!”

Collins also beams about the show.   

“We take what we present on stage very seriously and try our best to deliver as authentic of a KISS experience as we possibly can for everyone in attendance, young and old. We want you to walk away feeling like you just saw KISS.”

The special guests and opening act for the evening will be Jason Goble and Ramble On. Goble is a local singer/songwriter, but will be delving back into his roots, as he has put together a new band to debut to the rock crowd.

Dressed To Kill will be Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, Ky. Tickets are $14 and can be purchased by visiting, calling 1-888-MAC-ARTS, or stopping by the box office.


The Mountain Arts Center is the premier performing arts venue in eastern Kentucky.  Located in the heart of the bloodline of the Country Music Highway, the facility features a 1,050-seat auditorium, conference/meeting facilities, instruction rooms and a state-of-the-art recording studio.  For more information, call 1-888-MAC-ARTS or visit


January 4, 2018


We will be having FREE DUMP AT THE COUNTY GARAGE this weekend, JAN. 5TH AND 6TH, 2018





John Osborne

LAWRENCE CO. Judge/Exec.


UPDATE: Lawrence Co. Clerk Chris Jobe says the state has switched back to its old system and it is up and running for motor vehicle business. (1:00 pm Wednesday)


January 3, 2018



LOUISA, Ky. -- Lawrence Clerk Chris Jobe said this morning that state computer systems are down in the motor vehicles division and he cannot accept payment or transact those services.

The problems began last Friday as a new system to transact payments and register vehicles of all types, pay taxes on them, etc. was being installed.

Jobe said the issue is expected to be resolved soon -- in the next day or so -- and he will advise the public when the state clears up the problem. 

Here is his message:


"...The County Clerk's Office is currently unable to do Motor Vehicle Transactions due to statewide issues with Kavis, the system that runs the motor vehicle taxing for the state.The state has installed a new Point of Sale System and they are working on the problem.We have no estimated time of repair. Please call the clerk's office to check on the updates at - 638-4108 or 638-0504.We will keep you updated on any changes. We apologize for any inconvenience..."

Thank You,

Chris Jobe Lawrence Co. Clerk...