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JANUARY 2, 2018


Lawrence Co. BOE invitation to bidLawrence Co. BOE invitation to bid


01/10/18- INVITATION TO BID; Lawrence County Board of Education will accept bids for a milling machine. Two opportunities for viewing item: Tuesday, January 16, 2018; 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 – 4:45 p.m. at Louisa East Elementary School (Maintenance Building), 235 Powhaton Street, Louisa, KY. Bids will be accepted from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on January 16 and 17, 2018 in the office of the Superintendent at Lawrence County Board of Education, 50 Bulldog Lane, Louisa, KY 41230.


For more information, please call (606) 638-9671. The Board of Education reserves the right to reject any or all bids, or to accept any bid that may be deemed to be in its favor. Dr. Robbie Fletcher, Superintendent, Lawrence County Schools.


January 1, 2018


Bring pets in the house!

Cold temperatures have hit Kentucky, and below zero conditions are not just too extreme for humans.

It’s too cold outside for pets, too.

Pet Safe: safety dog freezingPet Safe: safety dog freezing

“Bring them in the house,” said Judy Drake, co-owner of Sam Russell’s Pet Provisions in Hardin Co.

When temperatures are in the teens and lower, it’s too cold for pets to be outside for long periods of time, Drake said.

Heated kennels are better but indoors where it’s warm is always best, she said.

Some animals such a huskies, Alaskan malamutes and great Pyrenees that are herding and working dogs can stay out longer because they are moving, which keeps them warmer, she said. Despite their natural fur coats, most pets are not active enough to stay outside for long stretches and certainly not overnight, Drake said.

For pets who are used to being outside or might be more feral, it’s often difficult to coax them indoors. Drake suggests purchasing heated water bowls and heated pads to place in a sheltered area such as a garage that can be warm or covered away from the elements. Don’t use a regular heating pad intended for use in a house. There are special pet heating pads that get warmer as an animal lays on it, she said.

At Sam Russell’s, employees don’t take the dogs out to play for long when it’s frigid outside, she said. They stay outside 15 to 20 minutes maximum for time to run and go to the bathroom. This is true for dogs accustomed to the cold such as huskies that stay at the facility.

“Find a place to bring your animals in,” Drake said.

By Becca Owsley
News Enterprise


December 28, 2017

Deadline is April 9, 2018 for recycling, composting, and household hazardous waste grants


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 28, 2017) - The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management is accepting grant applications for projects that develop an integrated infrastructure, offer public education programs on recycling and composting, and for household hazardous waste (HHW) collection events.

Grant funding comes from the Kentucky Pride Fund and is underwritten by a $1.75 per-ton fee on municipal solid waste disposed of in Kentucky’s contained landfills.

Local governments, solid waste management districts, public schools, universities and colleges are eligible to apply.

Priority is given to applicants who propose regional projects.

Applications must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 6, 2018, or hand-delivered to Division of Waste Management, Recycling and Local Assistance Branch by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018. The original application and any supporting documentation must be submitted in order for an application to be complete. Each grant requires a 25% local match.

For more information, please contact J.R. Holt by phone at 502-782-6385 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You also may visit the division’s website at


DECEMBER 20, 2017

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 18, 2017) – Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding registered voters who wish to vote in another party's May 2018 Primary Election or be a candidate as a member of another political party in the 2018 elections that they must change their registration no later than Dec. 31, 2017.

UPDATE:  January 30, 2018 is the deadline to register to run for office in the May 22, 2018 primary election.

"2018 is a major election year in the Commonwealth. Kentuckians will elect officials at every level – from Congress to the General Assembly to all county offices," said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. "Kentucky has closed primaries, and we want to make sure all eligible Kentuckians are qualified to vote in the primary election of their choice."

Voters can change or update their registration at Kentucky's one-stop online voter portal,

Under Kentucky law, to be qualified to vote in a partisan primary election, a voter must have been a member of that party on Dec. 31 of the year prior or a new voter who has not changed their affiliation. Voters who change party affiliation after the Dec. 31 deadline are not eligible to vote in partisan races in the Primary Election, but they may vote in nonpartisan races on the Primary ballot.

The Dec. 31 deadline also affects prospective candidates in the 2018 elections. To be qualified as a party or independent candidate in a regular election, a candidate's registration status generally must be established by Dec. 31 of the prior year, per Kentucky law.

Voters can verify their current registration status at To change party affiliation, voters may make the change on the online portal, or complete a voter registration card and return it to the county clerk in their county of residence. Registration forms are available at county clerks' offices.

Registration forms submitted by mail, in person, or electronically must be received by the county clerk by the deadline. Individuals who prefer to make the change in person should check with their county clerks' offices regarding hours of operation during the holiday season.


December 13, 2017

The Louisa Fire and Police Toys for Tots Give-a-Way date is set for 9:00am Thursday December 21, 2017 at the Louisa Fire Department Station #2 (by the high school).

Verification Forms and Rules are:

*  Valid Kentucky ID showing that you are a resident of Lawrence County

*  Tax forms or SNAP assistance forms that show number of dependents under the age of 16

*  Number of toys per child is solely based on amount of donations received.

*  First come first serve basis, parents can line up on side walk next to fire station, dress for the weather, rain/cold as for we do not have room in fire station for everyone to wait in line.

*  Please do not bring your child, this makes it hard if toys are limited to tell them no.

*  Most workers are volunteers so treat them with respect, any cussing, line jumping, or other disturbance you will be asked to leave and will not be allowed to participate in the event.




December 11, 2017


OLIVE HILL, Ky. – (Dec. 11, 2017) -- Carter Caves State Resort Park will present a weekend of outdoor adventure with its ninth annual Winter Adventure Weekend Jan. 25-28, 2018.

Guests will be able to enjoy hiking, paddling trips, recreational tree climbing, cave tours including wild cave trips, winter survival, rappelling, ice climbing a zip line and other adventures.

A list of trips is available for beginners and advanced winter adventurers alike. All of the trips and events are led by guides. The list of the trips, along with registration information and other details for the 2018 event are available at All participants must register online at this site.

Each trip level is based on the difficulty and skills required. The higher the level, the more skills and special equipment are needed. Guests will be responsible for appropriate dress, water, snacks and other items.

The nonrefundable fee for adults (age 18 and older) is $50, teenagers (age 13-17) is $35, and the nonrefundable fee for children ages 6-12 is $25. These prices are good until 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 25, 2018. Some of the trips have additional fees. There is an additional charge for on-sight registration during the event. (All participants must be at least 6 years old. Some trips have additional age requirements.)

New trips added for this year's event include a beginner and advanced mountain biking, canoe camping 101, the Hot Chocolate 5K, a girls only caving adventure, and many others.

The weekend will start with programs and workshops on Thursday afternoon.

Evening programs and entertainment each night includes a presentation on Thru-Hiking the Buckeye Trail Thursday night. On Friday night, 10 Days, 5 Volcanoes, the Trek to 1,700 Feet: Keynote presentation by Colin Gatland. On Saturday night, there will be a silent and live auction by the Friends of Carter Caves, a squeezebox competition and Kentucky’s own Heath & Molly will perform.

Participants will be able to submit photos in the W.A.W. Photo Salon competition. Categories include winter adventure, caving and local nature-adventure photos. The images will be shown during the Saturday night program, and winners will be awarded ribbons.

Carter Caves State Resort Park is located at 344 Caveland Drive in Olive Hill. The park has a lodge with a restaurant, cottages and campground. Besides cave tours, activities include hiking, swimming, boating and fishing.

The park is off Interstate 64 at exit 161. Take U.S. 60 east. Go approximately two miles and turn left on KY 182 north. The park entrance is three miles from the left turn onto KY 182 north.

For more information, call the park at 606-286-4411.


DECEMBER 8, 2017



Tis The Season…

Calendar of Festive Events around the area to get you in the Christmas Spirit

Saturday December 9, 2017

9am -- Louisa United Methodist Church, Breakfast with Santa! $5. a person proceeds go for the churches mission team.

12pm – Meet Santa @ Make a Friend 206 E. Madison Street Louisa, Ky $3 dollars per person to meet Santa and $3 per printed picture. All proceeds will go towards helping provide Christmas gifts for Families in need.

 1pm -- A two-day Christmas event for kids will be held at the First United Methodist Church (across from Young's Funeral Home) from 1-3 on December 9 and 16.

5pm – Wayne County West Virginia Christmas Parade.

7pm – Louisa, Ky Christmas Parade. And Santa in the Park Directly After the Parade – Bring your camera for those pictures with Santa.

Sunday December 10, 2017

6pm – Louisa United Methodist Church Youth Christmas Program.

Tuesday December 12, 2017

8:30am – Fort Gay, Wv --- FGPK8 Christmas Programs at the School

Sunday December 17, 2017

5pm – Community Christmas Cantata -- Lavalette , Wv @ United Methodist Church

6pm – Christmas Play @ New Beginnings Church on Rt. 37

7pm – Louisa, Ky Community Fellowship Church Youth Christmas Program and Singing

Tuesday December 19, 2017

1pm and 1:45pm -- Louisa West Elementary Christmas Plays


Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and Safe and Happy Holidays!!


Tammy S. Napier ☺ ( if anyone has an event to add to the calendar please let us know, with date, time, and location)

See other events on our Lazer calendar


Christmas Calendar of EventsChristmas Calendar of Events                             

December 4, 2017


A two-day Christmas event for kids will be held at the First United Methodist Church (across from Young's Funeral Home) from 1-3 on December 9 and 16.



Kids from 4 yrs through 5th grade are invited.

Travel with us as we go back in time to explore the birth of Jesus through stories and songs and crafts. All are invited to come back on Sunday, December 17, at 4 pm and help us tell the Christmas story as we sing "Away in the Manger" in the Christmas Cantata and enjoy fellowship and food afterwards.

Space is limited. Please let us know if your child will attend by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the church at 638-4435.

Scot Hoeksema,
Pastor First UMC