U.S. Census 2020 Jobs

The United States Census 2020 is now taking applications for Census Takers!

The City of London hopes to receive an accurate count of our citizens in 2020 to help improve our roads, schools, emergency services, local jobs, shopping choices, as well as state representation in Congress. Help improve your local community by becoming a Census Taker!

To apply online visit 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020.

The U.S. Census states that 2020 Census jobs provide great pay, flexible hours, weekly pay, and paid training.

Kohl’s is Coming to London

Kohl’s, one of the country’s premier department stores is coming to London. With about 1,200 locations, it is the largest department store chain in the United States and will be opening its newest location in the old Kmart building.

The announcement was made Monday evening by Paula Thompson, executive director of the London-Laurel Industrial Development Authority, Judge-Executive David Westerfield and Mayor Troy Rudder.

“I began working to get Kohl’s to come to London in 2009,” Thompson said. “Our community needs a department-type store for affordable family clothing along with a wide selection.”

“We are very excited to welcome Kohl’s to our London business family,” Mayor Rudder said. “They bring with them a history of great service to their customers. Kohl’s and London will be a winning combination.”

“We are pleased Kohl’s is coming to London,” Judge Westerfield said. “This will bring much-needed clothing options for families in Laurel County and surrounding counties who come here to work and shop.”

Kohl’s will be one of four new businesses located in the former Kmart building at the London Marketplace on Ky. 192. Planet Fitness has already been announced and the remaining two businesses will be announced at a later date.

Demolition is underway inside the building, and new entrances and facades will go up soon, with an early fall opening date, Thompson said.

Kohl’s will occupy 36,408 square feet of the 94,000 square feet Kmart building and Planet Fitness will occupy 22,306 square feet.

The department store placed advertisements for a London store manager and assistant managers on Indeed.com Monday evening.

Kohl’s is headquartered in the Milwaukee suburb of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, operating stores in every U.S. state except Hawaii. Kohl’s became the largest department store chain in the United States in May 2012, surpassing its biggest competitor J.C. Penney. The company had $19 billion in revenue in 2017.

A Successful Spring Clean-Up Day

The City is thankful for all of the volunteers who helped rid downtown London of unsightly trash this morning during SprinClean-Up Day.

Volunteers met at the Tourism Office at 9 a.m. and were given pickers, gloves, and high-visibility vests, as well as areas in downtown for them to patrol.

The Spring Clean-Up Day took place just in time to polish the downtown area, accentuating London’s beauty before thousands arrive for the annual Redbud Ride.

Treetop Adventure Now Open

Treetop Adventure at Levi Jackson State Park is now open for the season!

The weather couldn’t have been better for opening weekend with spectacular sunshine, blue skies and warm temperatures. People traveled from all over the country to seek their adventure in the trees!

They had climbers from Arizona, Ohio, Washington State, Utah, Tennessee, Indiana, Holland by way of Michigan and counties all over Kentucky.

Come and join the fun on weekends in April:

Saturday 10a.m.-8p.m.
Sunday 12p.m.-8p.m.
Ticket Sales end two hours prior to closing.

Your treetop adventure awaits!

Wilderness Warrior Inaugural Event

Wilderness Warrior will be recess for adults;
Inaugural event set for April 27th in London

The Wilderness Road was a steep, rough and narrow path that could only be traversed on foot or horseback after Daniel Boone and 35 axmen cut a route through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky in 1775.

In the spring of 2019, modern-day fitness warriors will encounter similar rugged conditions when they traverse 3.1 miles on and around the former Wilderness Road.

They will get tested, covered in mud and have a lot of fun, while supporting local family organizations.

The Wilderness Warrior Obstacle and Mud Run will be held Saturday, April 27 at Levi Jackson State Park and the Laurel County Fairgrounds located on Ky. 229, which incorporates a lot of Boone’s Wilderness Road.

“Wilderness Warrior is like recess for grown-ups, except our playground involves getting dirty and epic obstacles,” reads promotional materials for the event.

The inaugural run is the brainchild of two London fitness trainers, Susannah Zawko and Mike Lovitt, who participate in similar challenges across the South and believe it’s time for Laurel County to have its own.

Wilderness Warrior is a combination race and obstacle run that will challenge competitors’ strength and endurance along the 5K course.

“We’re drawing up all the obstacles now,” said Lovitt, who is health and wellness coordinator for PT Pros. “It will go all the way around the perimeter of the fairgrounds, along the power line, up past Conley Road and circle back.”

Participants will have to crawl through mud, jump over logs, work their way through nets and tires, jump over water and carry weight up a hill, Lovitt said.

“It’s a good test of fitness, but we also plan to make it very safe,” he said.

The main obstacle course will be for adults. There will be a smaller course for children and races where they can win prizes.

“I am interested in doing an event that gives back to our community and is something the entire family can come out and be involved in,” said Zawko, who is owner of Elevate Fitness Studio in London. “It’s not just a target age group, we want something that kids can do. We’ll have food trucks and live music and just band together for our community.”

Proceeds from Wilderness Warrior will support two agencies that work with families; Benchmark Family Services, a therapeutic foster care agency and Cumberland Valley Children’s Advocacy Center.

The event will be an individual test of strength and endurance, but will also be a good team-building exercise for participants who want to work together, Zawko said.

“Lots of times you’ll have a group from work that wants to band together, and they all have their team names,” she said. “They train together and wear costumes. It’s a lot of fun.”

Zawko and Lovitt hope to have 500 entrants in the inaugural year and grow Wilderness Warrior in succeeding years. Sponsorship opportunities are available to businesses and individuals who want to support the event.

Early-bird registrations for Wilderness Warrior are $35. For more information and to register, go to: http://wildernesswarriorky.com.

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