Mountain HomePlace sees 30 percent increase in tours, says farm manager
By Rachael Hill
The Paintsville Tourism Commission conducted their monthly business at a special called meeting held Wednesday, May 22.
The meeting started with an approval of the Paintsville Lake Historical Society minutes from the previous meeting, financial report and payment of the bills.
Russell Honeycutt, farm manager at the Mountain HomePlace, informed the commission that the gardens were coming along nicely and that they should have produce to sell around the first of June.
Honeycutt also informed the commission that foot traffic was up at the HomePlace. He said that they have given around 400 tours since the beginning of the season, he believes this is a 30 percent increase from last season.
Downed tree closes road
|A Martin County woman rounded a bend on Rt. 1428 Wednesday night to find a downed tree in her path. Unable to stop, her vehicle collided with the tree, creating a chain reaction for a vehicle following behind. Photo submitted|
Thunderstorms hit Johnson County Wednesday night, contributing to an accident on Ky. Rt. 1428 near F. S. VanHoose Lumber.
As a result of high winds and heavy rains associated with the storm, a tree along a curved section of roadway along Ky. Rt. 1428 fell, blocking both lanes of traffic along the roadway and downing power lines and damaging a guardrail in the process.
Unaware of the dangerous conditions, Beverly Maynard, of Tomahawk, suddenly came upon the fallen tree as she rounded the bend while traveling along Rt. 1428, and was unable to avoid striking the tree with her vehicle.
Moments later, another vehicle, operated by John E. Pelphrey, of Hager Hill, traveling in the same direction as Maynard, came upon Maynard’s stopped vehicle, striking it in the rear.
Enjoy a day of music at the HomePlace; Fun begins Sunday morning
Memorial Day weekend is typically set aside for family fun and relaxation -- and you can find both this upcoming Sunday on the grounds of the Mountain HomePlace.
Beginning at 10:00 Sunday morning, “BobFest 2013” will take the stage at “The Pines” Amphitheater with a “Traveling Artists Concert” featuring a dozen amazingly talented and energetic bands/artists performing a variety of musical styles -- from rock to blues, country to folk, soul, and more!
Musical artists traveling from six states across the nation -- from New Jersey, Tennessee, Ohio, Texas, California and Mississippi. These artists will meet up with local host bands/artists from Louisa, Paintsville, Van Lear, and Prestonsburg for a day filled with music and memory-making.
The weekend will begin on Saturday, when the various musical artists will visit the small town of Dwale, in Floyd County, before their early morning arrival to the Paintsville Lake area on Sunday.
Fannin appears in court, hearing reset
|Amanda Fannin listens intently to her attorney, public defender Will Collins, during a hearing in Johnson Circuit Court Friday morning. Photo by Kathy J. Prater/Staff|
The girlfriend of a man accused of killing his parents last September was in court Friday. Currently jailed on charges unrelated to the murders, police now say they have evidence that Amanda Fannin was involved in the murders of Larry and Sandra Blanton though she has attested that she was not.
Larry Blanton, 60, and Sandra Blanton, 53, went missing last September. With the help of Fannin, their bodies were discovered buried underneath several feet of horse manure on their own property in late February.
The Blantons, according to state medical examiner reports, were killed by blunt force trauma to the head and body.
Pit bull ordered put down
A pit bull that waged a vicious attack on a young girl in the Nippa community will be euthanized, as decided in Johnson County District Court Wednesday.
The owner of the animal, as ordered by Judge Susan Johnson, will be responsible for payment of the procedure.
The order also prohibits the dog’s owner, Donnie J. Castle, 36, of Shelton Lane, to “possess or own another dog” within the next 24 months. Should the court discover, the order states, that Castle has taken possession of another dog within the 24-month time period, a case against him will be set for trial.
Castle, who was charged with one count of harboring a vicious animal, could have been sentenced to up to 90 days in jail.
Police officers say Castle showed little remorse after the dog attacked eight-year-old Arissa Kestner, causing severe injuries that required treatment at Cabell-Huntington Hospital.