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Guns star in Kentucky-based reality show


The new reality show Guntucky features the Sumner family of Bullitt County. Among them are Biff, center; Steven, third from right; Stephanie, second from right; and Payton, right.The new reality show Guntucky features the Sumner family of Bullitt County. Among them are Biff, center; Steven, third from right; Stephanie, second from right; and Payton, right.

When you think Kentucky, what do you think of? Horses? Bourbon? Rolling hills and limestone cliffs? Bluegrass music?

Country Music Television hopes to change your way of thinking to also include unlimited guns and blowing up big things.

The network launched a new series, Guntucky, on Sunday. Guntucky follows the family that runs Knob Creek Gun Range in Bullitt County.

The title Guntucky is courtesy of CMT, although it is apt. The show features the Sumner family, which runs the range, and follows much the same format that made Pawn Stars successful on History channel. Steven is the mohawk-sporting family leader; his dad, Biff, is the old salt comparable to Pawn Stars' "Old Man"; and Steven's wide-eyed son Payton fills the part of Chumlee, the comic foil who veers between lack of understanding and being secretly smarter than his colleagues.

Steven Sumner says in his voice-over intro that Knob Creek isn't just a shooting range, "It's more like a theme park for gun lovers," featuring "some of the wildest weapons on earth."

"In Kentucky, family comes first, but guns sure as heck are a close second," Steven Sumner says.

Family vignettes alternate with appraisals of unusual firearms (one in which a female store clerk notes, "My, what a big gun you have!") and gun dream dates that feature customers asking to shoot up something special, like a boat or a Civil War cabin. The SKS assault rifle is deemed the "perfect" weapon to blow up the boat, which is rigged with explosives.

The visitors who want to blow up their boat express their glee with the well-known gun-introducing line from Scarface: "Say hello to my little friend."

Viewers follow Steven Sumner and company to Abraham Lincoln's birthplace cabin in Hodgenville as they record its dimensions to best replicate a cabin they plan to build that will be blown to toothpicks.

For after-dinner activity, the Sumner family treats itself to a group shooting of appliances, including a water heater and a washing machine.

In the second episode, which will be broadcast at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, young Payton Sumner asks his father if Lincoln killed vampires.

"Is that a sci-fi thing," asks Stephanie Sumner, Steven's daughter.

"Nah," replies Payton Sumner. "History."

And then the Sumners help answer the question that has troubled mankind for years: Which blows up better, a watermelon or a bowling ball? (Well, OK: watermelon.)

The show is prefaced with a statement that the activities contained therein "should never be attempted or imitated in any way." Ahem.

"Our whole family are jokers," Steven Sumner said during a telephone interview. "We have business that has to be taken care of, but we do it in a fun fashion and we have a good time doing it."

In an early scene, Steven Sumner, 54, comes upon Payton and two teen friends shooting at a water tank. "What the hell did you blow that up for?" he asks the youngsters, explaining that the water tank is used for emergency firefighting.

"Kids these days," he mutters in a studio commentary.

Payton, nonplussed, replies: "Put some duct tape on it, it'll be fine."

"I'm so through with him, I could just run my foot up his butt," Steven Sumner complains to Grandpa Sumner, who reminds Steven that the boy is just like his father.

To make up the slight, Steven Sumner collects the boys' cellphones and shoots each of the phones into oblivion. But there's a twist, which you will have to watch to the end to catch. (Well, OK: The cellphones that were shot up were fakes.)

Knob Creek has a unique location in which to ply its trade, Steven said.

"Here at Knob Creek, we have 600 acres and we border the Fort Knox reservation, and we really don't have any neighbors," he said. "We can do different things. This particular place ... was an old naval proving ground. ... My grandpa and dad bought it, and my dad made a gun range out of it."

Some people, he said, are so dedicated to the Second Amendment right to bear arms that they have their ashes scattered at Knob Creek, a process he describes as "kind of like a land mine going off."

Although several newspaper articles have been published in the area about the new series, area leaders had not heard about its making beforehand.

Unaware of the series until recently, Bullitt County Judge-Executive Melanie Roberts said she supported the concepts behind it:

"Bullitt Countians love our freedom," she said, "and I think this series portrays how important our constitutional rights are and that we want to continue to be a free people."


When: 9:30 p.m. Sundays on CMT; repeats throughout the week.

By Cheryl Truman 
Lexington Herald-Leader


Public Health Promotes National Infant Immunization



Kentucky ranks second in the nation for compliance in childhood immunizations criteria...

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 19, 2013) – As part of National Infant Immunization Week April 20-27, the Kentucky Department for Public Health is reminding parents and caregivers of the importance of vaccinating infants and young children under the age of two. Gov. Steve Beshear has signed a proclamation declaring the week “Infant Immunization Week” in Kentucky to further emphasize this important means of protecting health and preventing the spread of infectious diseases.

“We are proud of the success of our vaccine program in Kentucky and commend our local health departments, health care providers, parents and caregivers who’ve supported efforts and made sure children received the vaccines they need to keep them healthy,” said Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Stephanie Mayfield, M.D. “Immunizations are a fundamental piece of the American public health system and absolutely vital to ensuring a healthier society. National Infant Immunization Week gives us an opportunity to remind the public of this and continue to promote the importance of vaccines – particularly for children under the age of two.”

National Infant Immunization Week is an annual observance, created in 1994, to promote the benefits of immunizations and to improve the health of children two years old or younger. Since it began, public health officials across the country have worked together to highlight the positive impact of vaccination on the lives of infants and children and to call attention to immunization achievements.

Kentucky, according to comparisons of state vaccination rates, is leading the way in terms of vaccinating its infants and young children.

In the National Immunization Survey for 2011(the most recent data available), Kentucky ranked number two in the nation for compliance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s criteria for the routine series of childhood immunizations, with 77.6 percent of children 19-35 months meeting guidelines for recommended vaccines.  Only North Dakota exceeded the performance of Kentucky. The national results were 68.5 percent.

“Our success should be celebrated, but our Kentucky Immunization Program continues to strive for a 100 percent vaccination rate among our children,” said Dr. Robert Brawley, communicable diseases chief. “We continue to stress the importance of immunizations in preventing the spread of dangerous diseases, which can – and do – return if populations are not appropriately vaccinated. If you have questions about vaccines, we strongly encourage you to speak with your health care provider for the most accurate, up-to-date information.”

Immunizations are widely available at various health care facilities, including provider practices, pharmacies, community health centers and local health departments. Meanwhile, the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program provides free vaccines for administration by healthcare providers who serve eligible children. Routine immunizations are provided through the VFC program to patients through the age of 18 with little or no out-of-pocket costs.

In 2012, 622 healthcare providers participated in the Kentucky VFC program.  Of those 622, 138 were local health departments, 132 were Federally Qualified or Rural Health Centers, 89 were public clinics and community clinics and 263 were private practices.  There were 42 new providers in 2012. As a result of continued cooperation between providers and the VFC program, more than 1.1 million doses were sent to providers in 2012 for administration to Kentucky children.

The Kentucky Immunization Program works to provide services aimed at preventing and reducing the risk and incidence of vaccine-preventable diseases for all Kentuckians. Additional information about the program, including the recommended vaccine schedule, where to obtain vaccinations, and school entry requirements, can be found on the program’s website at or by calling (502) 564-4478.

Kiddies dates for registration for school next year are



                       Lawrence County Schools                                   

Pre-school / Kindergarten / Head Start

Registration & Screening Dates and Guidelines

 LC pre-school teachers Left to Right: Sherrironica Thomas (pink top), Janet Dale (red jacket), Teresa Prince  (black framed glasses, white top), Rebecca McCoy (scarf), Melissa Ross (striped top), Kelly Walker (blue polka dot top), Katrina Maynard (tan jacket) and Yolanda Puig.LC pre-school teachers Left to Right: Sherrironica Thomas (pink top), Janet Dale (red jacket), Teresa Prince (black framed glasses, white top), Rebecca McCoy (scarf), Melissa Ross (striped top), Kelly Walker (blue polka dot top), Katrina Maynard (tan jacket) and Yolanda Puig.


LWES- Louisa West Elementary School –Preschool, Head Start & Kindergarten    Friday, May 10 (8:00-1:00)

BES- Blaine Elementary School –Preschool, Head Start & Kindergarten        Monday, May 20 (8:00-1:00)

FES- Fallsburg Elementary School –Preschool, Head Start & Kindergarten    Monday, May 20 (9:00-2:00)                   


Three and four year old children attend preschool under the following eligibility guidelines:

*   3 and 4 year olds with disabilities or developmental delays                                                                                                  

*   4 year olds who turn four by October 1st and whose family income is no more than 150% of poverty          

*   All 3 and 4 year old children that meet Federal Income Guidelines are eligible for enrollment in Head Start

Kindergarten Eligibility:

*   5 year olds who turn five by October 1st qualify to attend Kindergarten

Before your child may enter school for the first time, you must present:

* Birth Certificate -An official copy of the student’s birth certificate.  This must be the certified copy you received from Frankfort.  The billfold size is not acceptable.  A copy will be made to become part of your child’s permanent record and the official copy returned to you.  Applications for an official birth certificate can be obtained at the Health Department.

*    Shot Record -Kentucky Immunization Certificate listing all shots, expiration date and signed by a private physician or health department official. 

*    Health Physical -Medical examinations on the Kentucky Department of Education approved form and signed by a physician or ARNP. 

*   Vision Exam -Eye exam performed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist and on the approved form.

*    Dental Screening-Screening by dentist, doctor or nurse.

*    Income Verification - Proof of income 
Registration forms and required school health forms are available at your child’s school.   They will also be distributed the day of registration/screening. 

Inquiries should be directed to the following persons:

Preschool- Toni V. Armstrong at 638-0661/638-4726          

Northeast Head Start- Linda Sloas at 638-9060 or Melinda Rodgers at 606-286-4443

Please call the schools secretary if you have questions about Kindergarten-Louisa West (Tiffany) 638-4726
Fallsburg (Pam) 686-2351 OR
Blaine (Tracy) 652-3624

Please call if you have questions or concerns or cannot attend on the dates indicated above.  IF you cannot be at one school on the appointed date, please register at another school or call Toni Armstrong at the above number/s to get alternate dates.

     Thanks for helping us get your child’s education started on the

right foot!!!

2013 Heritage Harvest Driving Tour
gearing up for this year's event;


Applications are now available for participation in the 2013 Heritage Harvest Tour.  If you or your group/organization would like to participate please complete the Heritage Harvest Tour Application available at the Lawrence County Extension Office or they are available online at:   Application deadline is MAY 15, 2013.
The applications must be returned to:
Harvest Tour Committee
C/O Jerrie Cossett
9710 N Hwy 3
Louisa, KY 41230

The purpose of the Heritage Harvest Driving Tour is to display, depict or re-create our 18th, 19th, and early 20th century rural Appalachian traditions and heritage through:

* Agricultural methods/machinery/products
* Architecture
* Methods used in daily life preparation of food, cloth, and household items
* Arts, crafts, music and recreational activities
* Animals and their uses

Emphasis in all of the above is RURAL. We want to establish and maintain a standard that will rank our tour as a “must see and do” for immersion in “down in the country” years ago.

Tour stops must be located on the rural route in southern Boyd and northern Boyd Counties which will include Rt 3 and Rt 23 from Interstate 64 to Louisa including short drives on directly intersecting byways. This route will create a large scenic circle with no particular beginning or end for tour drivers. They can begin or end at Rt 3 near the Marathon Plant or the intersection of Rt 3 and 23 on the outskirts of Louisa.

To see a list of rules and get an application go HERE

"Friends of Yatesville Lake" follow- up meeting discusses what's next....

LOUISA, Ky.  -- A follow -up session from last month's "Friends of Yatesville Lake" meeting was held Thursday evening at the community center to discuss what's next for the "Friends" group.

Corp Park Ranger for Yatesville Lake, Andrew Auxier, conducted the meeting, and began by reviewing the purpose for a "friends" group for Yatesville Lake. Auxier explained that funding has been cut for all state park systems, and because Yatesville Lake is funded by the state, other avenues need to be explored to raise money for projects at the lake and surrounding area.

AuxierAuxierBecause of government constraints, state parks do not have access to grants, but are able to work with the community to hold fundraisers to raise money for a variety of projects. Auxier said another good reason to form a "friends" group for the lake is to get input from the public as to what they would like to see added to the park.

At the last meeting, some ideas were tossed around such as constructing new hiking, biking, and horse trails, expanding the camping area, adding an additional bath house and more picnic shelters.

Thursday's meeting focused on what has to be done to legally form the group; how to form a non- profit organization. First, a name has to be chosen, which has been done. The next thing that has to be done is to create a mission statement for the group; the who, what, where, when, and why. Other things that will have to be done include finding an attorney, someone with non-profit experience, including 501-C-3, and willing to volunteer his or her time. All necessary documents will have to be filed, such as articles of incorporation, and official statements that the group is forming an organization, including a federal ID number. A financial structure will have to be developed dealing with budget, record keeping, and accounting. Application for federal, state, and local tax exemption status will have to be done, and then the group can "organize the organization," by stating by-laws, appointing board members, and obtaining non-profit organization permits. Auxier said they invite businesses, and people with business backgrounds to the meetings, so that we can all work together.

"Once the group is legally formed, we can start applying for grants." Auxier said. He explained that there are several types of grants, including educational, environmental, and recreational. "The better the proposal, the better chance of receiving the money."

Auxier went on to say that last week when he started his shift at 7:30 am, the marina parking lot was already full. The first week of April, at least four fishing tournaments took place.

"How many of those people stopped to get breakfast, fuel for their boats, and other things?" Auxier asked. Yatesville Lake has a great potential to positively impact this community."

Fundraising ideas that were mentioned were t-shirt sales, motorcycle rides, golf tournaments, and races. Other ideas included an obstacle course and a triathlon. "The state park can't do that, but a friends group can!" Auxier said.

The next meeting for the "Friends of Yatesville Lake" is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, at 6 pm, at the Lawrence County Park in the conference center.


Stand up for Children to be held by Extension Office

Baby Fest planned for Thursday, April 11 at Louisa East

Humane Society drawing for Jason Aldean tickets coming April 14; 'Walk for the Animals set for April 27...

The Lawrence County Humane Society is preparing for the sixth annual “Walk for the Animals,” to be held Saturday, April 27 at Main Street Park in downtown Louisa.  Preregistration for participants ends Friday, April 12.  Those registering by that date with at least $50 in pledges will be placed in a drawing for two tickets to the sold out Jason Aldean concert April 18 in Charleston, WV.  Due to the fact the concert takes place prior to the walk those participants who meet the requirements will be placed in a drawing to take place April 14.

Registration forms are available at the following Louisa locations:  Home Federal Savings and Loan, 119 N Main Cross St; Louisa Sporting Goods, 212 Madison St; and Louisa Community Bank, 4393 Hwy 2565. 

There are many activities planned including a timed obstacle run for the dogs, demonstrations by an agility team, a pet contest, silent auction, and vendors.  The Lawrence County Emergency Animal Rescue Trailer will also be set up at the park that day.  No walk participant will go home empty handed-each will receive a gift bag plus opportunities for many other prizes.  Plan now to come out and join the fun!

As part of the walk event the Lawrence County Humane Society is selling $1 raffle tickets for a 39” Samsung LED TV donated by Louisa Wal-Mart.  The winning ticket will be drawn the day of the walk, winner need not be present to win.

The Lawrence County Extension Office is sponsoring a benefit dinner Friday, April 12 from 11am-1pm for eat-in, take-out or delivery.  The $8 meal includes: Texas Roadhouse pork BBQ, chips, coleslaw, baked beans and dessert.

Proceeds benefit the Lawrence County Animal Shelter.  For more information contact Teresa Hillman 606-899-9055 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Sue Schutzberg 606-571-9641 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..