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July 31, 2018

The 8th annual Lawrence County Fair is in the books and fair board members say it was a success.  “Anytime you have kids showing animals and the community supporting them, it is a success,”  Fair Board member Rick Blackburn said.

RODEO CROWD 2018 (Fair board photo)RODEO CROWD 2018 (Fair board photo)

The fair kicked off on Tuesday, July 24, participants dropped off their cultural arts exhibits at the extension office to be judged.  At 6pm the Lawrence County Fair Pageant got under way at the Lawrence County Extension Office. 

Cashton Stepp won Prettiest Baby Boy and most Photogenic baby boy. 

Harlee Dotson won Prettiest Baby Girl and

Jaqueline Jackson won prettiest baby girl 1st runner up. 

Paislee Aldridge won most photogenic girl. 

Breanna Robinette won Jr. Miss Lawrence County Fair.


On Wednesday, vendors arrived and started setting up.

Opening Ceremonies occurred on Thursday at 5pm John Osborne, County Judge/ Executive opened up the fair.  Chris Jobe, County Clerk, opened in prayer and Makayla Sparks, Lawrence county High School Junior and  FFA Secretary, sang the National Anthem.  The VFW led the flag salute.

At 5:30 the first part of the livestock show got underway in the livestock arena.  There were 35 exhibitions of rabbits, poultry, and goats. They were shown in 3 age divisions for the youth: Clover bud (under 9 years of age), JR (9-12), SR (13-18) ages are as of Jan 1. 

The following are the placings for the livestock show:


Open Class:  Clover bud Division: 1. Sara Grace Brewer.   Jr Division: 1. Aliza Kendrick 2. Haleigh Hay 3. Kennedy Mills.   SR Divisions:  1. Caleb Martin 2. Caity Sammons 3. Breana Robinette

Market Class:  Jr. 1. Breanna Robinette 2. Aaron Mills SR: 1. Rylie St. Clair 2. Breanna Buckner 3. Caleb Martin

Showmanship: Sr. 1. Caleb Martin 2. Rylie St. Clair 3.  Caity Sammons


Open Class: Clover bud: 1. Sara Brewer SR: 1. Caity Sammons 2.  Rylie St. Clair 3. Breanna Buckner

Market Class: Jr. 1. Wyatt Branham SR. 1. Caity Sammons 2.  Breanna Buckner


Open Class: Clover bud: 1. Sara Brewer SR 1. Citori Branham

Market Class: Clover bud: 1. Sara Brewer  JR: 1. Wyatt Branham  SR. 1. Caity Sammons  2. Michael Blackburn 3. Caleb Martin

Showmanship: Cloverbud: 1. Sara Brewer  JR: Wyatt Branham SR: Caity Sammons  2. Citori Branham 3. Caleb Martin.

These classes were judged by Gary Selby Agriculture Educator at Elliot County High School.


At 7pm Cowboy Church started under the Farmers Market Paviliion.  Michael Horn, from New Friendship Church preached and special singers included the Blanton Sisters, Rodney and Rita Parker, Warnie Pinson, and Brittany Horn.


On Friday the fair opened at 4pm with Free Inflatables courtesy of the Fair and sponsors.  Inflatables were provided by Inflatation Station which included a double slide, monster truck, and large dog bounce house. 

The livestock arena opened with Swine Open Class: Cloverbud 1. Kenslee Shannon  Jr. 1. Wyatt Branham   SR.: 1. Citori Branham 2. Belle Gee  3. Michael Blackburn

Market: JR: 1. Wyatt Branham  SR: 1. Belle Gee  2. Caity Sammons  3. Citori Branham 4. Michael Blackburn

Also exhibiting were Whitney Moore and Ethan Salyer


JR: 1. Weston Vanhorn  SR: 1. Hailey Vanhorn


Market Jr: 1. Breanna Robinette  2. Wyatt Branham SR: 1. Caity Sammons  2. Michael Blackburn 3. Citori Branham

Breeding:  JR: 1. Breanna Robinette  2.  Wyatt Branham  SR: 1. Caity Sammons 2. Citori Branham  3. Michael Blackburn


Darin McCoy on Horse 'Nacho' took 1st place in Open Pleasure Championship. LAZER PHOTO BY TAMMY NAPIER.  See lots more photos in today's Lazer. Darin McCoy on Horse 'Nacho' took 1st place in Open Pleasure Championship. LAZER PHOTO BY TAMMY NAPIER. See lots more photos in today's Lazer.



In the horse arena the 2nd annual horse show started at 7pm. There were 25 classes for competitors to show in.  Classes included pleasure classes, fun classes like Baby bottle and toilet paper race, and Barrel Racing.



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Juvenile 12 and under class was won by Owen Pack.  13-18 youth class was won by Michael Blackburn.  Speed Racking Championship class was won by Wilson Cyrus.  Jason Marcum won Trail Pleasure Racking.  Pleasure Championship class was won by Darren McCoy.  Cole Chaffins won Open Spotted Pleasure. Brandi Blackburn won Open Ladies Pleasure.  Shelby Taylor won bareback pleasure.  Jenn Wilson won speed racking. Open Pole Bending was won by Alysha Carver.  Youth Barrel Racing was won by Citori Branham. Open Barrel Racing was won by Melissa Blackburn. Other Blue Ribbon winners include: Drew Williamson, Caleb Martin, Caity Sammons, Sara Brewer, Aliza Kendrick, Cole Williamson, Brandon Sparks, and many others.  Thank you to the Sponsors of the horse show and Tractor Supply which allowed each winner to receive a 5-gallon water bucket, nice bag, halter, and trophy , some championship classes also won additional gifts.

The fair concluded on Saturday the longest day of the fair.  Fair goers could start early morning with a pancake breakfast fundraiser for the Lawrence County high school Dawgs football team.  The farmer's market opened at 9 am at the farmer’s market pavilion.  Local farmers had farm fresh produce for purchase.  Extension Services offered homemade goodies including tomato/watermelon salad, smoothies, and ice cream to sample.  

The car show and tractor show started at 10am in the Extension parking lot.  There were several nice older cars, trucks, and tractors as well as newer ones. The winner of the Tractor show includes a farmall and reserve went to a John Deere owned by Mathieu.  The car show winner was county judge candidate Phil Carter.

At noon, the fun began with 30 Mutton Busting entries.  The cowboys and cowgirls had a blast while riding sheep.  Top 10 riders got to ride during intermission of the Rodeo.  Unfortunately, we were unable to get the list of riders.

In the outside arena, the Backwoods pulls began.  The lawnmower and tractor pulls were awesome!  We are looking forward to seeing some locals compete next year.

At 3pm the livestock auction began.  Youth can sell their animal as market meaning the buyer takes the animal or as premium meaning the youth retains ownership of the animal.  The high selling market animal was over $600 for Weston Vanhorn’s cow by Bluegrass Stockyards.  Other buyers included Bridgeport Equipment, Representative Jill York, Representative Candidate Kathy Hinkle, Wes Vanhorn, and other local businesses.

As soon as the livestock sale was over the arena was prepared for the Greasy Pig Contest that featured pig wrestlers as young as 2 and classes up to Adult.  Fun was had by competitors, and spectators.

Buckin' bronco Buckin' bronco Lazer photos by Tammy Napier (To See Rodeo pics Click HERE)


At the conclusion of the greasy pig classes the livestock area of the fairgrounds was cleared of anyone not wearing an armband to prepare for the most exciting event the KING Brother’s Rodeo.  Riders had to call in the Tuesday before the event to participate and several local riders did.  This year the fair not only featured bull riding and barrel racing but this year they added Broncos also! The rodeo concluded with 3 completed bull rides.  Congratulations to all who competed in any aspect of the fair.


The fair board would like to thank our Gold Buckle Sponsors this year:

Lawrence County Tourism, Lawrence County Extension, Riverside Generating, Dumb and Dumber Auto Sales, KY Farm Bureau Louisa Office Steve Montgomery, Rotary Club of Louisa, Inez Deposit Bank, Lawrence County Fiscal Court, Burke Trucking, Rick Blackburn Magistrate District 4.

Silver Buckle Sponsors: Tractor Supply, Young Funeral Home, Mike Hogan County Attorney, Kathy Hinkle Candidate for Representative, Members Choice Credit Union, Rent to Own, Lycom, Don Hillman State Farm, and Representative Jill York.

There were many more sponsors listed in the fair book, if you would like your business listed, set up a vendor booth, or to aid in supporting the fair next year in any way feel free to call Donnie Parsons ((606) 615-5423 or Rick Blackburn (606/371-6446). We thank everyone came by and strolled through our fair.



July 29, 2018

Emergency departments from entire area joined local citizens in the search last night

At approximately 11:45 PM on Saturday July 28th Lawrence County E-911 received a report of an 18 year old male, Chase Heitzmann had gone out looking for firewood just prior to dark but had failed to return.

Friends spent the next few hours looking for Chase prior to contacting 911 for assistance.

Heitzmann Heitzmann The Cherryville Fire Department along with Lawrence County EMA and Search and Rescue were notified of the situation. When units arrived on scene they requested additional assistance from Louisa Fire Department and Inez Fire and Rescue.

Crews from Cherryville FD, Lawrence County SAR, Louisa FD and Inez FD spent the next several hours searching the area for the individual.

Crews from Lawrence County SAR were able to find fresh tracks believed to be from the missing subject and began tracking the individual on foot. One crew from Louisa Fire Department searched an additional section on foot while a second LFD crew and a crew from Inez FD utilized ATV’s to search ATV trails in the area.

Crews from Lawrence County SAR were able to find fresh tracks believed to be from the missing subject and began tracking the individual on foot. Crews from Lawrence County SAR were able to find fresh tracks believed to be from the missing subject and began tracking the individual on foot.

Additional resources through the assistance of Kentucky Emergency Management were being gathered from other areas of the state. This consisted of dog teams and additional ground search teams that we were requesting to arrive early Sunday morning for a second operational period in case we hadn’t located the subject by that time. We also utilized resources from the United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center located at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida.

Additionally, we had several citizens in the area volunteer to assist in the search effort. Several took their personal ATV’s and checked additional trails out ahead of the expected path of the individual in an effort to help us provide containment and locate him.

At approximately 3:30 Tony Cole who volunteered from the area to help with this containment came across the individual walking at a trail intersection. The individual was transported to the command post and reunited with his family. The young man stated that he was tired but otherwise felt fine and had no injuries.

We also want to thank the Cherryville Missionary Baptist Church for opening their doors and allowing full access to their facilities to be used for a staging area and command post. Their assistance was extremely beneficial to the search effort and was truly appreciated. We also want to thank the citizens of Cherryville that volunteered to assist our crews in anyway possible during this incident.

Thanks to the efforts of everyone he was located and brought back home in good health.

11:45 PM


8000 block of KY 1690



July 28, 2018

Miriacle Mike!

 Michael Marcum, INSET, Inez Elementary principal and a minister at Meades Branch FWB Church in Lawrence County is recovering from a terrible crash that happened Monday.A prayer service was held for Marcum this morning at 10:00 am at Inez Elementary School.Michael Marcum, INSET, Inez Elementary principal and a minister at Meades Branch FWB Church in Lawrence County is recovering from a terrible crash that happened Monday.A prayer service was held for Marcum this morning at 10:00 am at Inez Elementary School.

For many anxious hours nearly everyone in Inez and part of Lawrence county was holding their breaths, but more importantly praying earnestly for a young brother in the church and leader of youth at his job as principal of Inez Elementary school.

The word spread like wildfire about an accident involving IES principal Michael Marcum, who crashed into the rear of a  logging truck about 3:30 pm Monday suffering extensive injuries that required him being flown by Medi-Vac to Pikeville Medical Center.

He is being treated for head trauma, broken ribs, a dislocated hip, bruised eye socket but no broken arms or legs. He remains in Intensive care at PMC. He is alert and responsive and physical and occupation therapy were to begin Friday.

Some estimates are that Marcum was traveling about 55 and that the truck was either slow moving or parked on the side of the road.

Mike and his wife Jenny and their three kids Blake, Brooke and Braden.Mike and his wife Jenny and their three kids Blake, Brooke and Braden.

Marcum is an integral part of both the Inez and the Ullysses areas because of his work and because of his winning spirit. He and his wife Jenny and their three children live in Lawrence county near the 645 exit of Rt. 23.

When the great host of prayers went up for Michael, who was airlifted from the scene near a logging operation off Rt. 645, something took place that amazed doctors and family members.

He survived.

Michael Marcum is now sitting up, eating applesauce and is conversing with staff and family members as this is being written. Miracle?  ...Look at the pics and you be the judge!


Here is what WYMT had to say:

{UPDATE:} Sunday morning July 29, 2018

A spokesperson for the KSP Post 9 in Pikeville said late Saturday the only information being released is in the report below. Trooper Petry, the publicity officer for Post 9, has not returned calls seeking the name of the driver of the logging truck and its owner.


MARTIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - One person was injured in a crash involving a log truck and a pickup truck on Monday.

State police said it happened around 3:30 Monday afternoon on KY route 645 in the Milo community of Martin County.

The local fire department, EMS, and Martin County police were dispatched to the scene. The crash was so severe that help from the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division was requested.


After investigating and reconstructing the scene, officers determined that the pickup truck had run into the back of the log truck while driving along the highway.

Michael Marcum was taken to Pikeville Medical Center for treatment.


An outpouring of love and support is coming from the community of Inez as its elementary School Principal was involved in a crash with a log truck Monday on route 645.

Michael Marcum is not only making an impact on his community but its future as he is helping shape the minds of young people in Martin County.

Lance Tackett credits Marcum for his ability to believe in himself.

"He taught me to be responsible and to do the things I needed to do," said Tackett. "When we were in Elementary School he just really pushed the fact to stay in school, do your work, and really chase your dreams. And do what you really want to do with your life and not waste time."

As a result, Tackett will soon be a college student.

"He played a big role in that he really did. He just pushed me to do whatever I needed to do and chase my dreams," said Tackett.

Marcum is not only influencing young minds but their spirits as well. Meades Branch Freewill Baptist Church member Kelsie May says Marcum impacts her and an entire congregation every Sunday.

"He is a mouthpiece for the Lord through and through. And this community and this world need someone like him," said May. "He has so much love in his heart."

But to be the hands and feet of Jesus is more than just preaching.

"You know I remember sitting in those church pews and I have believed in God my entire life, but until I set foot in his church and heard him really speak...not only speak but live out the actions of God in His word it really made the hugest impact on me," said May.

Even in his time of trial Marcum is able to be a vessel for the message he carries to the congregation on Sunday.

"What happened yesterday is a true testament to God's power. Because so many people have prayed for him and it's a true testament to the power of prayer," said May.

Loving one another is central in Christain faith and teaching. That love Marcum teaches about was evident in what transpired after the crash.

"When we went to the hospital it was such a fellowship there. So many people from the community went to the hospital. We gathered and we prayed and we cried, we hugged and we told each other we loved one another. Even though some of us had never met in our lives," May described.

Family members say Marcum is in stable condition but has a long road of recovery ahead.