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From: Lawrence County 'Relay for Life' coordinator Sherry Burchett


(Ross Rutt, Director of Operations for Blackboard Student Services, presented a ceremonial check for the company’s sponsorship of the PRIDE Spring Cleanup to PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson.)

SOMERSET, KY — Blackboard Student Services has donated $5,000 to support PRIDE Spring Cleanup Month, becoming a Silver-Level Sponsor of this annual community service event in southern and eastern Kentucky. A team of employees from the company’s Somerset office also will volunteer to pick up litter during the PRIDE Clean Sweep of U.S. 27 on April 1.

“Blackboard Student Services in very excited to be a sponsor of the PRIDE Spring Cleanup,” said Ross D. Rutt, Director of Operations for Blackboard Student Services. “Our partnership with the community is very important to us and we are happy to have the opportunity to support such a worthy community cause.”

“We are grateful to Blackboard Student Services for this investment in our region’s environment and overall quality of life,” said PRIDE’s Tammie Wilson. “Sponsoring the Spring Cleanup supports tens of thousands of volunteers who want to make their communities the best they can be. Our sponsors make sure volunteers have the tools they need, such as trash bags, and incentives, such as door prizes.”

Blackboard Student Services brings virtualized support and technology enabled solutions to the world’s most progressive institutions. The company provides eLearning, IT Help Desk and comprehensive Student Lifecycle Management services that improve student engagement and accelerate learning. Its platform gives institutions an efficient, financially sustainable way to deliver services through the enrollment and learning process. The company’s goal is to build a better education experience for everyone by extending institutional resources to meet the growing demands of learners.

PRIDE, a nonprofit organization, promotes “Personal Responsibility In a Desirable Environment” in 38 counties by encouraging and assisting communities with environmental cleanup and education projects.

During Spring Cleanup Month, PRIDE works with communities to pick up roadside litter, clean up dumps and offer free trash drop-off events. Local governments organize Spring Cleanup activities, and PRIDE provides volunteer T-shirts, cleanup supplies and funding assistance.

The Spring Cleanup begins the region’s 2011 “Get Five for PRIDE” campaign. Each city and county is trying to increase its volunteer numbers by five percent over last year. Citizens are asked to bring at least five people to volunteer with them at PRIDE cleanups.

To volunteer for the PRIDE Spring Cleanup, please call your local PRIDE Coordinator. That phone number can be found by clicking your county on the map at



 LC Housing Authority pushing for improvements; 


LOUISA -- The Lawrence County Housing Authority will be receiving a 5% increase in grant money due to its passing all audits and inspections.

Friday, March 18, 2011 the Housing Authority held a meeting for tennants to advise them on a few changes and future plans. Present were Cheri Preston Director, Allen Kelly Chairman along with several tenants. 

Board Members include Ruth Colvin, Alan Kelly, Rick Miller, Doug Adams and Sue Maynard. 

“Our main goal for the 2011-2012 fiscal year is to make improvements with bathroom upgrades, security cameras and I would like to see a community center at Byrd Hayes,” Ms. Preston said. “Parking is also a problem there.”

The Housing Authority receives it’s funding through government allocations and capital grants allowing them to help low income, elderly and disabled to affordable housing, Ms. Preston noted.

The LC Housing Authority currently owns 88 units and has 103 Section 8 Voucher units. According to Mrs. Preston, “All units are occupied at this time.”

“Section 8 is a voucher program or housing choice. The federal government's major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments,” according to HUD.GOV. Taxpayers foot the bill for the actual rental price of the apartments and the low income scale that allows the needy to stay on a nearly free basis.

Ms. Preston has worked for the Housing Authority since 1995 and she became Director in 2007. She is a 1989 Lawrence County High School graduate. Her and her husband have been married for almost 22 years and have two kids. Ben is a freshman at Morehead State University and Megan is a senior at Lawrence County High School.