The Info List - Greenup County, Kentucky

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Greenup County is a county located along the Ohio River
Ohio River
in the northeastern part of the U.S. state
U.S. state
of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,910.[1] The county was founded in 1803 and named in honor of Christopher Greenup.[2] Its county seat is Greenup.[3] Greenup County is part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area.


1 History 2 Law and government 3 Geography

3.1 Features 3.2 Major highways 3.3 Adjacent counties

4 Demographics 5 Politics 6 Education

6.1 Public school districts

7 Places of interest 8 Alcohol sales 9 Communities 10 Notable residents 11 See also 12 References 13 External links

History[edit] Located with its northern border formed by the Ohio River, Greenup County was organized by an act of the General Assembly of Kentucky
on December 12, 1803 from Mason County, which included the majority of eastern Kentucky
at the time. Three courthouses have served Greenup County.[4] The first courthouse, built of logs, was replaced by a brick structure in 1811.[5] Law and government[edit] The current officials of Greenup County are:[6]

County Judge/Executive: Robert W. Carpenter County Commissioner: Tony Quillen County Commissioner: Ernest Duty County Commissioner: Michael Hieneman County Attorney: Michael Wilson County Coroner: Neil Wright County Jailer: Mike Worthington County Treasurer: Carol Vinson County Sheriff: Keith Cooper County Surveyor: Anthony Keibler Property Valuation Administrator: Bobby Hall County Clerk: Patricia Hieneman Circuit Court Clerk: Allen Reed

Greenup County is a part of the 20th Judicial Circuit (general jurisdiction) and the 20th Judicial District (limited jurisdiction) of the Kentucky
Court of Justice (the state's unified court system), which includes neighboring Lewis County. The officials in the 20th Judicial Circuit are:[7][8]

Circuit Court, Division 1 (General/Felony Division): Robert B. Conley Circuit Court, Division 2 (Family Court Division): Jeffrey L. Preston Commonwealth's Attorney (felony prosecutor): Melvin C. Leonhart

The judge in the 20th Judicial District is:

District Court: Brian C. McCloud

Misdemeanor criminal cases brought in District Court are prosecuted by the County Attorney's office. Geography[edit] According to the U.S. Census
Bureau, the county has a total area of 354 square miles (920 km2), of which 344 square miles (890 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (2.8%) is water.[9] Features[edit] Like most eastern Kentucky
counties, Greenup County is predominantly made up of rolling hills and valleys. The land in the Ohio River valley is generally flat and mostly populated by industry, commerce and residential development. Beyond this the land gives way to a series of hills and valleys that are representative of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. It is relatively sparsely inhabited by farmers. Among these hills, popular fishing spots can be found among the Little Sandy River, Greenbo Lake, and Tygarts Creek. Greenup County's land is still predominantly covered by forest with minimal clear cutting of the old forests. The soil has long supported a healthy agriculture and livestock industry. Traditionally, this has meant a sizeable tobacco base and cattle ranching. Since the late 20th century, as traditional agriculture products have been dominated by industrial-scale agri-corporations, growth has been seen in non-traditional products such as American Quarter Horses, ostriches, and marijuana. Major highways[edit]

A view of the intersection of U.S. 23, KY 10, & Ohio SR 253 just after crossing the Jesse Stuart Memorial Bridge
Jesse Stuart Memorial Bridge
in Greenup

U.S. Highway 23
U.S. Highway 23
is the primary route for travel through Greenup County. It enters Greenup County at the southeastern most point and follows the Ohio River
Ohio River
north along the eastern border passing through Russell, Flatwoods, Raceland, Wurtland, Greenup and South Shore. It then exits just west of South Shore crossing the Ohio River
Ohio River
via the U.S. Grant Bridge
U.S. Grant Bridge
into Portsmouth, Ohio
Portsmouth, Ohio
and continuing north towards Columbus, Ohio. The AA Highway
AA Highway
begins at U.S. Highway 23
U.S. Highway 23
and connects to U.S. Highway 52 in Ohio via the Jesse Stuart
Jesse Stuart
Memorial Bridge. The AA Highway
AA Highway
(also known as Route 10) runs west intersecting Route 7 and eventually exiting west into Lewis County. Since its completion in 1995, the AA Highway has allowed Northeastern Kentucky
residents to more easily travel to Maysville, Kentucky
as well as Northern Kentucky
and Cincinnati, Ohio. The northern terminus of the Industrial Parkway ( Kentucky
Route 67) ends at U.S. Highway 23
U.S. Highway 23
at Wurtland. This highway serves to connect Wurtland and the surrounding towns of Greenup, Flatwoods and the unincorporated area of Argillite to the EastPark industrial park and Interstate 64
Interstate 64
in Carter County. Adjacent counties[edit]

Boyd County (southeast) Carter County (southwest) Lewis County (west) Scioto County, Ohio
Scioto County, Ohio
(north) Lawrence County, Ohio
Lawrence County, Ohio


Historical population

Census Pop.

1810 2,369

1820 4,311


1830 5,852


1840 6,297


1850 9,654


1860 8,760


1870 11,463


1880 13,371


1890 11,911


1900 15,432


1910 18,475


1920 20,062


1930 24,554


1940 24,971


1950 24,887


1960 29,238


1970 33,192


1980 39,132


1990 36,742


2000 36,891


2010 36,910


Est. 2016 35,893 [10] −2.8%

U.S. Decennial Census[11] 1790-1960[12] 1900-1990[13] 1990-2000[14] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 36,891 people, 14,536 households, and 11,032 families residing in the county. The population density was 107 per square mile (41/km2). There were 15,977 housing units at an average density of 46 per square mile (18/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.07% White, 0.57% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 14,536 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.30% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.10% were non-families. 21.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.91. In the county, the population was spread out with 23.60% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 14.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.30 males. The median income for a household in the county was $32,142, and the median income for a family was $38,928. Males had a median income of $35,475 versus $21,198 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,137. About 11.60% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.60% of those under age 18 and 9.90% of those age 65 or over. Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[16]

Year Republican Democratic Third Parties

2016 70.9% 11,546 25.5% 4,146 3.6% 585

2012 58.4% 8,855 39.7% 6,027 1.9% 286

2008 56.0% 8,849 41.9% 6,621 2.1% 328

2004 52.9% 8,696 46.4% 7,630 0.7% 109

2000 49.3% 7,233 48.9% 7,164 1.8% 266

1996 38.5% 5,370 49.3% 6,883 12.2% 1,703

1992 34.5% 4,975 50.1% 7,214 15.4% 2,225

1988 48.4% 6,559 51.3% 6,956 0.3% 43

1984 51.5% 7,451 47.9% 6,923 0.6% 88

1980 48.0% 6,857 49.9% 7,126 2.0% 292

1976 42.1% 5,062 57.3% 6,880 0.6% 71

1972 59.7% 6,828 39.3% 4,491 1.0% 118

1968 43.7% 4,698 43.6% 4,689 12.7% 1,368

1964 37.6% 6,680 62.1% 4,045 0.4% 39

1960 53.8% 6,101 46.2% 5,245 0.0% 0

1956 51.9% 5,464 47.9% 5,045 0.3% 29

1952 48.0% 4,354 52.0% 4,716 0.1% 8

1948 42.5% 3,168 56.1% 4,186 1.4% 104

1944 49.3% 3,718 50.7% 3,821 0.0% 3

1940 46.0% 4,059 53.7% 4,742 0.3% 24

1936 45.9% 3,973 54.1% 4,686 0.0% 0

1932 40.3% 3,422 58.4% 4,963 1.3% 107

1928 64.4% 4,410 35.6% 2,435 0.0% 0

1924 47.3% 2,510 36.4% 1,932 16.3% 864

1920 52.2% 3,111 46.2% 2,754 1.6% 98

1916 48.4% 1,821 48.3% 1,820 3.3% 124

1912 28.6% 923 36.3% 1,172 35.1% 1,132

Education[edit] Public school districts[edit]

Greenup County School District serves the cities of Greenup, Wurtland, South Shore and rural Greenup County. Russell Independent School District serves the cities of Russell, Flatwoods and Bellefonte. Raceland-Worthington Independent School District serves the cities of Raceland and Worthington.

Places of interest[edit]

EastPark Greenbo Lake
Greenbo Lake
State Resort Park Raceland Race Course

Alcohol sales[edit] Greenup County is a moist county, meaning that sale of alcohol in the county is prohibited except in certain areas as voted on by the residents of the area, including at least one area where full retail sales are permitted. In the case of Greenup County, alcohol sales are permitted in two areas:

The city of Russell allows the full retail sale of alcohol after previously allowing by the drink alcohol sales at restaurants which seat at least 100 diners and derive at least 70% of their total sales from food. The city of Bellefonte allows the full retail sale of alcohol after previously allowing the Bellefonte Country Club to sell alcohol by the drink under a provision that allows voters of an otherwise dry precinct to allow alcohol sales at a specific, voter approved, USGA regulation golf course.[17] The status change had no practical effect within the city itself as restaurants (other than the Bellefonte Country Club), gas stations, grocery stores and other businesses that generally serve alcohol are, by local ordinance, prohibited within the city limits of Bellefonte. The change in status allowed the Bellefonte Country Club to receive a "caterer's license" to serve alcohol by the drink at offsite events, which was not permitted under the previous alcohol status.[18]


Bellefonte Flatwoods Greenup (county seat) Lloyd Raceland Russell South Portsmouth South Shore Worthington Wurtland

Notable residents[edit]

Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus
– singer/actor, son of Ron Cyrus and father of Miley Cyrus Ron Cyrus – politician Don Gullett
Don Gullett
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
pitcher Herb Roe
Herb Roe
– mural artist John Stephenson – Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball
player Jesse Stuart
Jesse Stuart
Poet Laureate Clint "Hawk" Thomas
Clint "Hawk" Thomas
– baseball player for the New York Black Yankees of the Negro League Richard Whitt - Newspaper journalist, (The Courier-Journal), 1978 Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for his reporting on the fire at the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in Southgate, Kentucky.[19][20][21]

See also[edit]


Dry counties National Register of Historic Places listings in Greenup County, Kentucky


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External links[edit]

Government website The Kentucky
Highlands Project Detailed Road Map of Greenup County Greenup County Tourism and Convention Commission

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Municipalities and communities of Greenup County, Kentucky, United States

County seat: Greenup


Bellefonte Flatwoods Greenup Raceland Russell South Shore Worthington Wurtland

Unincorporated communities

Hunnewell Load Lloyd Oldtown South Portsmouth Sunshine

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Huntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area

Principal cities

Ashland Huntington Ironton

Municipalities with population over 5,000

Flatwoods Hurricane Nitro Pea Ridge CDP Teays Valley CDP

Municipalities with population 1,000–5,000

Barboursville Buffalo Burlington Catlettsburg Ceredo Coal Grove Culloden CDP Eleanor Greenup Grayson Hamlin Kenova Lesage CDP Milton Olive Hill Raceland Russell Rush CDP South Point South Shore Wayne Westwood CDP Winfield Worthington Wurtland

Municipalities with population under 1,000

Athalia Bancroft Bellefonte Chesapeake Fort Gay Hanging Rock Lavalette CDP Poca Proctorville West Hamlin

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Corbin Flatwoods Hazard London Middlesboro Morehead Mount Sterling Pikeville Williamsburg

Cities and towns 1k-5k

Barbourville Beattyville Catlettsburg Clay City Coal Run Village Cumberland Grayson Greenup Harlan Jackson Jeffersonville Jenkins Louisa Manchester Olive Hill Paintsville Pineville Prestonsburg Raceland Russell Salyersville South Shore Stanton West Liberty Whitesburg Worthington Wurtland

Cities and towns under 1k

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