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City Council appoints utility commissioners
By Patrick Ross
Staff Writer

A special-called city council meeting was held Friday, November 21 at City Hall to appoint new utility commissioners.
Mayor Bob Porter mentioned that he did not want to fill utility commissioner Dana Collett’s spot at this time, but rather go ahead and appoint the other four commissioners so they can continue with utility business. Porter said he wanted to speak with Collett before moving on with the appointments. “We need to get a working board, working again,” Porter added.
“It (utilities commission) has been run efficiently for a change, I think we need a full commission,” council member Jim Meek said.

Home for the holidays
U.S. Army Cpl. Lonald D. Skeens

By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Not yet 18 years of age, Lonald D. Skeens, the eldest child of the now late Stewart and Ida Skeens, was ready to leave his family’s Flat Gap home and join the nation’s military at 17 -- during a time when the country was engaged in the Korean War. But, according to his younger sister, Sylvia Cantrell, his mother wouldn’t sign the necessary papers.
Prior to coming to Johnson County, the family had lived in Arnett, West Virginia, where Stewart was killed while working in the coal mines. Knowing his widowed mother needed help supporting his younger siblings, Lonald, or Darrell, as his family called him, wanted to join the military to earn a paycheck to send home.

Get ready, get set -- GoNoodle!
By Patrick Ross
Staff Writer

Helping to increase energy and focus while improving classroom behavior, a new interactive program -- GoNoodle -- has been implemented into the Johnson County school system.
Representatives from Highlands Regional Medical Center and Passport Health Plan visited Highland Elementary School on Wednesday to introduce the GoNoodle program to the public.


By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

After presenting evidence to a grand jury on Wednesday and procuring indictments on 12 individuals wanted on drug charges, Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price and deputies conducted “Operation November to Remember” drug round-up Thursday morning.
Price said Thursday afternoon his deputies had located four of the 12 wanted individuals and were continuing to search for the remaining eight, as well as others named in the indictments handed down on Wednesday.

Searching for EMT impostors
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

“Hide nor hair” has been seen of three women posing as emergency medical technicians in the Staffordsville area over the weekend, said Sheriff Dwayne Price on Tuesday.
Price’s office received a call on Saturday from a resident of the Rocky Knob community informing that the women, driving a 2000 silver-colored minivan, were traveling around the neighborhood, saying they were EMT’s and asking for entry into homes. The women, the caller informed, were asking to see what medications were present in the homes.
Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Clark said he has seen many tricks attempted to procure drugs, but none quite like posing as EMT’s.

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