Lewis County Courthouse Annex Security Guard James Lough has been a fixture for three years, but has now gone on to new pursue new things. He will begin working at the Jane Lew Home Center Tuesday.
Lough is a Lewis County native who wanted to help in the community in some way, which is also why he wanted to be part of the LC Deputy Reserves. He has been on the Reserves for roughly six years. The Deputy Reserves have been active for 16 years, after being brought back into action under former Sheriff Michael Gissy. The Reserves assist law enforcement with festivals, events, and other occasions that may require extra eyes and ears.
Lough spent several years working at Buther and Layfield as a salesperson before they closed their doors, but he said he always enjoyed it, and the Home Center offered him another opportunity to be back in that environment.
“It’s a bittersweet time,” Lough said of leaving the annex. He commended his co-workers, saying they are a great bunch of people.
Lough also drives the van for Community Corrections participants, who need to complete requirements for the program. He has been driving for one year. He said, “That has its moments, but there’s good that comes out of that, too.”
Fellow guard Lester Bleigh will miss working with Lough, as they have worked together since Lough started. “He’s going to be missed. He has been a great asset, and we’ll miss him.”
James McAtee, who is head of security, echoed Bleigh’s statement. He said Lough always shows up for work and never causes any problems. McAtee also remarked on the devotion Lough has for his family. He has been married to Crystal for 15 years, and they have one son, Dakota, who is 15 years old.
“If he doesn’t like the hardware business I’d take him back in a heartbeat,” McAtee said.
Lough, who will be working full-time at the Home Center, said the opportunity allows him more room to grow. What he will remember most about his time at the courthouse, however, is the people he worked with throughout the annex. He said, “They’re supportive. We’re one huge family based out of this building.”