Lawrence County

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March 12, 2019

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January 18, 2019

CHESAPEAKE — Lawrence County’s ‘Top Dog’ was named on Friday at Chesapeake Middle School, where fifth grader McKayla Burriss won the county auditor’s office’s essay contest for writing about her sister’s dog, Tyson “Chicken Nugget” Malone.

Lawrence County Auditor Jason Stephens presented the “Top Dog” trophy, along with a certificate, to Burriss on Friday at the school after reading her essay in front of all of the fifth graders, before her family surprised her by bringing the dog out. Stephens’ office also holds the No. 1 dog tag for the winning dog..

“My sister has a dog named Tyson. Tyson even has a middle name, so his full name is Tyson ‘Chicken Nugget’ Malone. He is a rescue and the shelter found him,” Burriss wrote in her essay. “… She got him from the Lawrence County pound, and now he lives a happy life. A couple weeks ago, she adopted a dog named ‘Bee’ and now Tyson has a sister and a happy family!” ”

Stephens said this is the sixth or seventh year that his office has conducted the contest, which is an effort to increase dog licensing in Lawrence County.

The contest was open to all third, fourth and fifth graders in the county to write about their dogs, and why they thought theirs should be named the county’s “Top Dog.”

“This contest is a fun way to increase dog tag sales in Lawrence County, and it also helps kids show pride in their pet by being responsible dog owners,” Stephens said. “I really appreciate the kids who took time to submit an essay. We have some great dogs in Lawrence County, and it is always fun to hear what young owners have to say about their dogs.”

Stephens said that 188 students took part in the essay this year, which is the most participation he has seen since the contest was started.

Those in the auditor’s office then judged all of the submitted essays.

“I didn’t know it was going to be me,” Burriss said of winning the contest. “It feels amazing.”

Dog tags for 2019 are on sale now through the end of January at the Lawrence County Auditor’s Office in the county courthouse; the Lawrence County Dog Shelter, located at 1302 Adams Lane, Ironton; Jim’s Gun Shop, located at 300 Front St., Proctorville; Dickess Market, located at 13629 State Route 141, Kitts Hill; Pine Tree Carryout, located at 9147 State Route 93, Pedro; and South Point Storage, located at 602 Solida Road, South Point.

Tags at the auditor’s office are $12 for the year, and $12.75 at the other locations. Tags may also be purchased online at the Lawrence County Auditor’s Office website,, for $14.


Lawrence County’s 2019 Top Dog:
  • McKayla Burriss, Chesapeake Middle School
Honorable Mention:
  • Annabella Weinsweig, Fairland West
  • Elijah Boyd, Rock Hill
  • Sophia Wagner, Dawson Bryant
  • Madison Beckett, Symmes Valley

Lawrence County 2019 Top Dog Winner


Mar 25, 2018

The real estate market in Lawrence County for 2017 was a record sales year; however, the Real Estate Market is ever changing and dynamic in our area.

History shows that in Lawrence County, we don’t typically see the booms and the busts that are portrayed on the national news.

Lawrence County does experience shifts in the volume of real estate transactions from year to year. Here is a breakdown of the annual sales in the county by year:

As you can see the volume of sales has fluctuated from year to year over the past decade. Here is the breakdown of sales from 2015 through 2017, into specific areas of the county over the last three years:

As these numbers show, the overall total sales in Lawrence County decreased from 2015 to 2016 by $5,999,028 (about 6%) and total sales rebounded significantly in 2017 over 2016 by $25,854,117 (about 28%).

In the unincorporated areas along the river, Fayette, Hamilton, Perry, Union, and Upper Townships saw an increase in the total sales from 2016 to 2017 while Rome Township saw a slight drop of sales volume from 2016 to 2017.

Even with the drop in volume in Rome Township, it is still the most active real estate market area in the county.

In the municipalities, Ironton and Athalia had an increase in sales, with all other municipalities showing less sales in 2017 than 2016. Noticeably, the real estate market in the City of Ironton nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017 with an increase of $9,976,464 or about 91%. Clearly, Ironton saw a very good year for the real estate market in 2017.

Also of note, most of the areas of the county that are not along the river showed an increase from 2016 to 2017. All but Aid Township saw significant increase in the volume of sales from 2016 to 2017.

As we continue to closely monitor the sales within our county, it is our ultimate goal in the Auditor’s Office to accurately value your property’s market value for the tax duplicate.

Our conveyance records (sales information) are always open for your inspection. You are invited to the County Auditor's Office in the Lawrence County Courthouse to see for yourself the details of our local real estate market. You can also search a variety of detailed sales information on our Web site at

Jason C. Stephens, CFP
Lawrence County Auditor


January 11, 2018

ROME TOWNSHIP-Liberty, the lab mix service dog owned by Fairland West Elementary 5th Grader, Madison Rummel, has been named Lawrence County’s Top Dog for 2018 in a contest sponsored by the Lawrence County Auditor’s Office.

Lawrence County Auditor, Jason Stephens presented the Top Dog trophy and the “Top Dog” 2018 dog tag at a ceremony on Thursday, January 11 at Fairland West Elementary School.

In an effort to increase participation in dog licensing in Lawrence County, the Auditor’s Office sponsored a contest for Lawrence County children in the 3rd, 4th or 5th Grade to nominate a special dog to be named “LAWRENCE COUNTY’S TOP DOG for 2018.”

Over 80 children throughout the county entered the contest by submitting a brief hand-written essay explaining why their dog should be considered the “TOP DOG” in Lawrence County. The Auditor’s Office then judged the entries submitted.

In Madison’s essay she wrote, “Liberty is my dad’s service dog. She helps my dad so he can go places with us.” Madison also wrote, “Liberty goes to Cleveland every Friday. At training she learns special commands. She uses them when she is out with my dad.”

Lawrence County Auditor, Jason Stephens, said “This contest is a fun way to increase dog tag sales in Lawrence County, and it also helps kids show pride in their pet by being responsible dog owners.”

“I really appreciate the kids who took time to submit an essay. We have some great dogs in Lawrence County. It is fun to hear what young owners have to say about their dogs.”

2018 Dog Tags are on sale now through the end of January at the Auditor’s Office. Tags are also available at our remote vendors listed HERE

Tags at the auditor’s office cost $12 for the year. At the other locations, the cost is $12.75.

Tags may also be purchased online at this website:


Lawrence County’s 2018 Top Dog:
  • Madison Rummel, Fairland
Lawrence County’s 2017 Top Dog Runner Up:
  • Marley Ferguson, Symmes Valley
Honorable Mention:
  • Gracie Carmon, Burlington
  • Cecilia Harrison, Dawson Bryant

New Accounting Software Streamlines Efficiency for Lawrence County

When you see the words: “new accounting software” sometimes your eyes tend to glaze over; however, an easy to use computer financial system is the engine of efficiency for any organization, especially a county government.

After much planning and cooperation with every office in Lawrence County, the auditor’s office launched a new financial system last month. This “new accounting software” dramatically improves efficiency in the accounting processes of every department and office in Lawrence County government.

You will be happy to know that each officeholder and department leader whose budgets are tracked by the county auditor’s office was extremely cooperative in the implementation of this new software. As the implementation continues, we will also continue to improve our financial processes and reporting.

Foremost, officeholders and department leaders will have 24/7 electronic access to their budget and expense information with our new financial system. This helps better manage expenses as well as better enable decision makers in key positions to truly know where they stand at all times when it comes to each line item within their respective budgets.

In addition to the readily available budget information, processing payroll is now exponentially more efficient under this new system. For example, one department alone required almost four hours to manually input the information on the old system, now it only takes five minutes to electronically upload the same information into the new system.

Also, the purchase order process under the old finance system was very paper intensive and redundant. Under the old system, each purchase order was often hand written. It also required that each invoice be copied in duplicate for record retention.

Now, with our new process, purchase orders are input and tracked electronically, and that same invoice that was copied twice on a copier and filed away, is now simply scanned into a “pdf” file and is forever electronically attached to the purchase order, eliminating extra work and redundancy.

Under the old system, our office would have to go digging into boxes to physically find one of the copies to answer what should be an easy question on an invoice, whereas in the future, if there is ever a need to find an older invoice that was paid, an easy electronic search will quickly determine an answer in seconds instead of hours or even days.

Imagine this savings of time throughout the county for each one of these improved financial processes. Whether it is purchase order processing, payroll entry, or just having accurate real time information about budget line items and historic payments, this new accounting system will make a difference--a huge difference in time and accuracy for all county departments.

I believe that we must always take advantage of new technology to improve our efficiency at every opportunity in Lawrence County. This new financial system establishes a much stronger financial foundation to enable each department in the county to deliver services to the residents of Lawrence County in a well-organized, professional, and fiscally responsible manner.

Jason C. Stephens, CFP®
Lawrence County Auditor

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