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Febuary 23, 2018

Lawrence County schools not alone in safety problems

USING UNTRAINED CONSTABLES IS AT ISSUE

In a dramatic move by the Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates lent unanimous approval to require constables to take out a bond of $1 million each before taking office.

Lawrence Co. District 1 Constable Paul Wells with Sheriff Garrett Roberts. Wells is a trained deputy having served in that capacity on numerous occasions. He may be the only Lawrence Co. Constable who has such training. Roberts, up to now has not been in favor in granting more police power to the Constables, some of which are serving as guards in Lawrence County Schools as a safety precaution after the school shooting in Florida last week.Lawrence Co. District 1 Constable Paul Wells with Sheriff Garrett Roberts. Wells is a trained deputy having served in that capacity on numerous occasions. He may be the only Lawrence Co. Constable who has such training. Roberts, up to now has not been in favor in granting more police power to the Constables, some of which are serving as guards in Lawrence County Schools as a safety precaution after the school shooting in Florida last week.

Shelby County Judge-Executive Dan Ison said he suggested the increase, from a $10,000 to a $1 million bond because he believes that anytime a person without police training is allow to carry a gun, there is a great potential for trouble.

"That [higher bond] is to protect the county, because as a constable, you have the right to carry arms without any police training, and I am concerned it they got involved in any type of legal situation that we wouldn’t have adequate protection for the county," he said.

 

“They’re not like Barney Fife with just one bullet in his pocket – they have their bullets in their guns,” he said. “The sheriff and his people are highly trained and constables have no training whatsoever.”

This means if elected, a constable would be required to pay from 1 to 10 percent of the bond, which, at $1 million, would range between $10,000 and $100,000 per year, an increase from $100.

Insurance officials said the cost varies because the cost of the bond depends somewhat on the constable’s credit rating.

How did Ison come up with his million-dollar figure?

"The typical homeowner today is looking at having a million dollar umbrella policy to supplement their insurance; what I’m looking at is a protective action by the magistrates," he said.

Magistrates at Tuesday's meeting of the Shelby County Fiscal Court didn’t comment much on the issue, although Tony Carriss observed that no constables were present at the meeting to give their input on the matter.

By Lisa King
The Sentinel-News

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February 22, 2018

Lawrence Co. Democratic women will hold their monthly meeting on March 1 on the second floor of the downtown courthouse.

We will have a light meal at 5:30. Our program for the meeting will be Sara Kise Bowen, Fallsburg Elementary Principal, speaking on budget cuts and changes facing our local schools.

These are issues that will effect all of us. Our meeting will begin at 6:30.

January 30, 2018

3 sign up to run for Coroner, Wilson not one of them; Hinkle running for state rep

LOUISA, Ky. -- The clock has run out on registering to run for public office in the May 22, 2018 Primary and after a slow start several new candidates have signed up.

In the 96th District State Representative's race four candidates, two on the last day, have filed to seek the position now held by Jill York (R-Grayson).

The lone Lawrence County candidate is Louisa Democrat Women's Club officer Kathy Hinkle, a state employee. Her husband, Lafe is the chairman of the Lawrence County Democrat party. He is a Louisa banker.

Other candidates include Brandon Music, a Democrat attorney from Grayson, Ky. and Charles "Chuck" Clark, a Grayson Republican. That's two in each party which always makes for a lively Primary election in Ky.

A race has cropped up for the 2nd division District Judge's position being vacated the retiring John Holbrook. Howe Baker, of Hagerhill, Ky will face off against David Brett Butcher of Paintsville in the three county (Lawrence, Martin, Johnson) non partisan race.

Division 1 District Judge John T. Chafin of River, Ky. has no opposition.

Anthony "Tony" Skeans, longtime assistant to Anna Melvin in the 24th district Commonwealth's Attorney office is the main man now after no attorney stepped up to register. 

In the 5th District U.S. Representative election there are four candidates including veteran Harold "Hal" Rogers who has served multiple terms in the position. In addition to Rogers (R-Somerset) are Republican - Gerardo Serrano, South Tyner, Ky. and Democrats Kenneth Stepp, of Manchester, Ky. and Scott Sykes, of Elkhorn, Ky.

Lawrence County ballot grows on final day

In Lawrence County, several new candidates have signed up on the last day especially for magistrate positions. 

Four Lawrence County officials have no opposition including PVA Chris Rose, County Clerk Chris Jobe, Circuit Clerk Jodi Webb Parsley and County Attorney Michael Hogan. Also District 1 Constable Paul Wells has no opposition.

Three candidates signed up to run for Coroner on the last day to register but Mike Wilson, who has been at the job for five terms was not one of them. Two Republicans, Jessica Perry and Jarrett Jay Hammond and Democrat Wesley Heston all signed up to run today (Tuesday) which was the last day to file.

 

The complete final list compiled by Crystal Osborne below.

 Ballot courtesy County Clerk Chris Jobe