Commissioners approve the use of square for Limestone Heritage Festival June 25-26

BEDFORD. – The Lawrence County Commissioners gave Sarah Turpin, of Bedford Revitalization Inc., permission to use the courthouse square for the Limestone Heritage Festival on June 25-26.

Turpin requested permission to use the west side of the square for festival events.

The Farmers Market will move to the east side of the square that weekend.

A variety of food vendors will be featured on the J Street section of the downtown square. There will be live entertainment on the Harp Commons Stage, plus many other attractions. Limestone Heritage Festival Parade steps off Saturday, June 26th at 6 p.m. followed by a fireworks display at dusk.

Chad Shew Director of Community Corrections reported they are applying for a $2,000 Community Foundation grant for the Juvenile Problem Solving Court.

The money will be used to allow teens to complete community service projects at Hope Resource Center, the Men’s Warming Center and Becky’s Place, conduct a food drive, and collect winter items for Coats for Kids.

Travis Norman of SWS Development presented the commissioners with plat plans and a profile sheet for roads for a subdivision in Stone Crest Golf Community. The area will be subdivided into 33 lots and have 1,000 lineal feet of paved roads with a cul-de-sac.

Dustin Gabhart

Commissioners Dustin Gabhart requested time to review the plans before voting on the subdivision. Commissioners Wally Branham and Rodney Fish agreed.

Wally Branham

“It is great to see this kind of development going on,” said Commissioner Rodney Fish.

Rodney Fish

The commissioners also granted Trisha Skillman, director of the Department of Child Services, permission to build a Pinwheels for Prevention garden at the entrance of the Lawrence County Courthouse in April. The garden, which brings awareness to child abuse and neglect, will be in place from April 1 – April 30.

“The research shows, and what our experiences since then have reinforced, is that people respond positively to pinwheels, which represent childlike whimsy and lightheartedness and our vision for a world where all children grow up happy, healthy, and prepared to succeed in supportive families and communities,” Skillman added.

The commissioners appointed Cindy Epson to the South Central Regional Sewer District.

Highway Superintendent David Holmes updated the commissioners on bridge projects.

David Holmes

Work continues on bridge 172 on Cement Plant/Slaughterhouse Road. The bridge is a federal aid project. The total cost for that project is estimated at $1.6 million. Letters of interest to replace the bridge are due on March 28.

Work continues on the Bridge 150 on Mill Creek Road.

“We are on a tight time frame now due to delays, but we are on schedule for completion,” said Holmes.

Construction will begin at the end of March on bridges 124 on Huron Williams Road and bridge 64 on Stonington Road.

Chief Deputy Gregg Taylor

Chief Deputy Gregg Taylor told the commissioners there were 160 inmates in the Lawrence County Jail this morning. Of those 134 were males, 26 females, 6 Department of Correction holds and there were no Level 6 offenders or parole holds.