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Larry Cordle to headline Louisa 4th of July celebration; fireworks and music slated...

The annual Louisa Fourth of July Celebration activities have been announced. The activities will all be on Wednesday July 4th starting with a parade at 11 a.m. with parade lineup being at 10 a.m. in the Louisa Plaza.

Afterwards, Teddy Preston, Mayor of Louisa invites everyone to the Louisa Park located next to the Lawrence County Public Library for an afternoon of music, inflatables and the Cruise Inn car show.

The stage will be set up in front of the Lawrence County Courthouse.

Taking the stage starting at 1 p.m. is the group Providence followed by the Tommy Webb Band, Drivin' Rain, Heritage Hoedowners and then a performance by Larry Cordle. At 6 p.m. all band will come together for a performance on stage.

Fireworks will begin at 10 p.m.

There will also be a pool party for the public at the Louisa Pool starting at 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. with admission being $3 there will be live music, and pool games with prizes and a view of the fireworks. The band that will be playing during the Louisa Pool party is Luna and the Mountain Jets.


NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway next week has new traffic control plan; KSP;  Waltrip will wear "Kentucky Blue" in honor of championship

SPARTA — Kentucky State Police will take the lead under the overhauled parking and traffic management plan that will be in place for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and two support races next week at Kentucky Speedway.

The new plan aims to avoid a repeat of last July 9.

Parking problems on the day of the inaugural Quaker State 400 led to gridlock on area roadways leading to the speedway. Tens of thousands of race fans got caught in the traffic. Some gave up and turned around while others were turned away once they reached the track.

“I’ve seen the document the Kentucky State Police has prepared as the traffic management plan,” Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger said. “It looks like Bill Belichick’s playbook. It’s extensive.

“I’m very, very confident. I don’t even worry about it, to be honest. I know that sound strange after what happened last year. But I’ve seen it so many times through the computer simulation modeling and in all of the dealings we’ve had as a team.”

The new traffic plan was a collaboration between Kentucky State Police, the state Transportation Cabinet, the Governor’s office, Kentucky Speedway officials and its new parking vendor.

It takes lessons learned from last year’s race and incorporates the more than $11 million spent by the state and speedway since last summer on infrastructure improvements around the venue. Those improvements are designed to improve vehicle access and expand parking.

Kentucky State Police will be in charge of traffic and parking. The speedway is paying for the state manpower, Simendinger said.

“Both (parking and traffic) have to work in concert together,” said Capt. Dean Hayes, commander of the state police post that covers Gallatin County. “As was discovered last year, they are not two independent details. Command, control and communication are imperative between the two for the whole plan to operate successfully.”

The Quaker State 400 on June 30 concludes a race weekend that also features a Camping World Truck Series race June 28 and a Nationwide Series race June 29.

Michael Waltrip's No 55 UK themed race car will be in action this week at Kentucky SpeedwayMichael Waltrip's No 55 UK themed race car will be in action this week at Kentucky SpeedwayOn those days, fans traveling to the track on southbound Interstate 71 from Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will be directed by message boards and other signage to take Exit 57. From there traffic will be funneled onto Ky. 35 where cones and signs will direct traffic into parking areas.

The state spent $3.7 million to widen Ky. 35 north of the interstate to five lanes with two full-width shoulders and widened the southbound exit ramp to Ky. 35. It also built a 42-foot-wide pedestrian tunnel underneath Ky. 35 that links the speedway to a new 171-acre parking area across the state highway.

“The additional lanes on Ky. 35 will allow us to run six lanes of traffic in and out of the track,” Hayes said. “Last year, we used three lanes. With the addition of the (new) parking lot, we’ll now be able to funnel traffic off of those six lanes into three new entrances.”

Speedway traffic on northbound I-71 will be directed to take Exit 55. Motorists will be directed onto Ky. 1039 and into parking lots off Speedway Boulevard on the western side of the speedway’s property.

There will be a lane on northbound I-71 for southbound motorists who want to avoid speedway traffic altogether. State police also will be advising commercial traffic to avoid the area around the speedway on June 29-30 and instead utilize Interstate 75 and Interstate 64.

Since last July, Kentucky Speedway has increased its parking capacity substantially by adding and re-purposing land. It bought 171 acres across Ky. 35 from neighboring landowners and re-purposed an additional 55 acres that it already owned to expand parking.

Officials have said the extra space will allow for 20,000 more cars to be parked on site. Last year, the speedway had 10 parking areas capable of holding 33,000 cars. Parking lots will open at 7 a.m. all three days.

“The aerial photographs clearly show many more vehicles could have been parked than were parked,” Hayes said. “In reality the failed parking plan never allowed us to implement our traffic plan. The vehicles were stopped or moving at a snail’s pace.”

Kentucky State Police will supervise the estimated 300 attendants provided by the speedway’s new parking vendor, Veterans Security and Patrol Co.

State troopers also will be stationed in each of the 19 parking lots at the speedway to assure cars are being parked according to plan. Multiple lots and rows will be parked at the same time, and each car will be directed to an individual spot.

Along with Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Speedway will provide traffic updates every 30 minutes on June 30 via Facebook and Twitter (@kystatepolice, @KySpeedway). Updates also will be broadcast via radio on 1620-AM.

“Our goal is to keep a constant vehicular movement in each open parking lot,” Hayes said. “The traffic simulation models used show that if this goal is obtained that only very limited backups will occur. Our team believes that these changes will prevent a replay of last year’s traffic issue.”

State police were encouraged by the exit plan that was in place last year. Hayes said traffic was cleared within 3-1/2 hours of the end of the race.

One change to note this year: Traffic after the races will be held 30 minutes for lots outside the track, and 90 minutes for the infield, to allow fans to reach their cars safely.

“We don’t have many professional, major events held in Kentucky,” Hayes said. “This is big league stuff. It’s got the Kentucky name attached to it. So we want to make sure it’s something that represents Kentucky in a positive way.”

By Kevin Kelly
The Kentucky Enquirer


Lawrence County Men's Golf league
June 19, 2012



The Lawence County Men's Golf League at Yatesville State Park's Eagle Ridge completed its twelveth week of play on Tuesday June 19th and Dan Preece shot the low gross round of the event with a two over par score of 37 on the front nine holes.  Joey Stepp finished in second place by shooting a four over par 39.  Bobby Preece claimed third place in low gross scoring with a 40.

 In low net scoring, that is your gross score minus your league handicap, there was a three-way tie for first and second place.  Tom Copley, L. C. Hinkle and Jay Lynn See tied for first place in low net by shooting a two under par net 33.  Rick Gabbert, Bill Jackson and Bobby Preece tied for second place at a one under par net 34.

 In the skills competition Dan Preece was a double winner as he had the shot closest to the pin on hole # 17 and sank the longest putt on hole # 18.  Jim Cooksey made the shot closest to the pin on hole # 3.  Joe Warf had the longest and most accurate drive on hole # 4.




The Men's League will continue play each Tuesday evening at Yatesville's Eagle Ridge through August 14, 2012.  The League's annual awards banquet will be on Monday August 20th at the Lawrence County Community Center beginning at 6:00 p.m.


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