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December 19, 2017

For what is believed the first time in modern history a woman has registered to run for Sheriff in Lawrence County. And she is proud of that fact. 

Brittany Parsons  is no fluke. She is working on her Criminal Justice degree and has some ideas for "change" in how the office is operated.Brittany Parsons is no fluke. She is working on her Criminal Justice degree and has some ideas for "change" in how the office is operated.

Brittany Preston, 26, of Louisa signed up Monday to run on the Republican ticket in the May 22, 2018 Primary election. So far, she will face Louisa Police Chief Greg Fugitt and Sheriff's deputy Chuck Jackson for the GOP nomination.

Two Democrats have also filed to run including Sheriff's deputies Mark Wheeler and Mack Wilhite.

 (SEE THE BALLOT SO FAR HERE)

We asked Brittany for a statement about her decision to seek the office:

 

Why am I running for sheriff?

“I am running in this election for change! I want to be a light to the community. I want to bring a woman’s perspective to a position not usually held by a woman and I want all little girls to follow their dreams, especially if they want to be Sheriff one day!”“I am running in this election for change! I want to be a light to the community. I want to bring a woman’s perspective to a position not usually held by a woman and I want all little girls to follow their dreams, especially if they want to be Sheriff one day!”

"...I’m running for a number of reasons. Yes I am a woman & the first to run for sheriff in our county. It makes me feel both happy & sad to say that I’m the very first. It’s 2017 and this is just now happening. I’m sure I can’t be the only woman in history to have this passion for law enforcement & our community. I want to inspire my daughter and all little girls to follow their dreams & be fearless! The reward will be well worth the effort."

"...I’m proud to break this tradition & put my best foot forward! Since I was a little girl I have wanted to be Sheriff! My father would take me to the Martin Co. Sheriff’s office a few times a week to see his good friend and Sheriff at the time, Darriell Young. I was 4 years old when I received my first sheriff’s ID and badge.

"...In 2011, I became the mom of two beautiful twins, Sadie & Aiden.  Aiden passed away from NEC when he was only 9 days old. Losing him changed me & made me realize just how short life is. I started living every day like it could be my last and a few years later I landed a position at BSRDC. The years I worked at the jail I realized that I had finally found my passion & the thing that I am extremely good at!

"...In a few months I will have a Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement associates degree (BSCTS). I am dedicated to law enforcement, community, and family! If I am elected as Sheriff I promise to always do my best & to be respectful, strong & driven! I won’t make promises I can’t keep & I will do my best to stop the rampant drug problem the county is faced with now.

“...I am running in this election for change!

I want to be a light to the community. I want to bring a woman’s perspective to a position not usually held by a woman and I want all little girls to follow their dreams, especially if they want to be Sheriff one day!”

 

December 18, 2017


All Lawrence County Schools will be CLOSED on Tuesday, December 19 and Wednesday, December 20, 2017 due to illness in the schools. These will NOT be NTI or Flexible PD Days.

Classes will resume on regular schedule on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 following Christmas Break.

Vernon Hall
Director of Pupil Personnel & District Personnel
Lawrence County Schools

 

DECEMBER 16, 2017

HUNT WARNS SIX SLEEPING IN HOME TO 'GET OUT OF THAT HOUSE NOW!'

Teenager Matthew Hunt sid he didn't even think when he saw the smoke from the burning house, he just reacted to what he saw.Teenager Matthew Hunt sid he didn't even think when he saw the smoke from the burning house, he just reacted to what he saw.

SEE WSAZ.COM video HERE

The Shepherd home on Greenlawn Drive had exterior damage and the garage was a total loss but the interior reportedly did not have as much damage as expected.The Shepherd home on Greenlawn Drive had exterior damage and the garage was a total loss but the interior reportedly did not have as much damage as expected.

Shepherds garage was totally destroyedShepherds garage was totally destroyed

Without 16 year-old Matthew Hunt and his mom Andrea, one Lawrence County family's Christmas could have turned out to be a disaster. But with quick thinking, along with heroic action everyone is alive and well.

Hunt was with his mother on his way to take his driving permit test early Friday morning at about 9:30am, but God had other plans for him. As he was traveling down Route 2565 he saw smoke and fire which looked to be at Greenlawn Cemetery Road in Louisa.

Flames reached for the sky from the Shepherd garage as Matt Hunt warned the family and perhaps saved their lives.Flames reached for the sky from the Shepherd garage as Matt Hunt warned the family and perhaps saved their lives.

Hunt, who is a junior at Lawrence County High School, began to run up the driveway of the house and realized that the attached garage was fully engulfed by fire. He began pounding on the doors and windows, doing anything to wake the family that was asleep inside, he said later.

After not getting an answer the young man ran inside and upstairs just as the flames had began to spread across the yard closer to the Shepherd's house.

Shepherd said she and the others inside were unaware of the danger approaching.

"He ran through my upstairs and woke everybody up," Shepherd said.

Matthew and his mother quickly helped get the entire family including Cindy Shepherd, her husband, her daughter and her boyfriend as well as her son and his girlfriend, along with the family's fur babies outside to safety. Hunt found a water hose and began to spray water until the Louisa Fire Department arrived.

Members of the Shepherd family outside house with Matthew Hunt after the fire yesterday morning.Members of the Shepherd family outside house with Matthew Hunt after the fire yesterday morning.

Without Matthew Hunt and his mom Andrea, this family's Christmas could have turned out to be a tragedy. 

"God dropped those angels on my front porch this morning," Shepherd told WSAZ-TV. "That little boy saved my family."

"I am just so thankful to Matthew and Andrea, they are now a part of our family," Cindy Shepard said today.

Cindy Shepherd had the following posted on her Facebook page at noon today (Saturday).

Cindy's Facebook quote:

"...Hasn’t happened often in my lifetime that I have been at a loss for words but today I have found myself lost. The what if’s and did I’s and coulda’s that just don’t matter.

God dropped a Christmas angel on my doorstep. Simple as that. Matt Hunt and his sisters and his mother Andrea Tackett saved us. They saved my house and they basically saved us .

The infamous garage is gone and every single item that was in it. Brandon’s beautiful car is a mere frame. The front of our house is completely melted. And while I know the clean up and future rebuild lies before us, tonight my children, Jimmy and I, Brandon, Moriah, and ALL of our fur babies are safe with our roof still over our heads .

Our AMAZING family did what we do-they charged in like a brigade and took care of everything - my love for them is immeasurable and I pray they know that.

I don’t say it enough but tonight I’m shouting. GOD is good - ALL the time. And ALL the time-GOD is good.

Thank you God for Matt and his family. My faith in humanity has been restored."

 

Louisa's very own 2017 Christmas miracle.