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Laurel: Paintsville Tourism announced Sept. 13 that country music star Lorrie Morgan will perform at Paintsville High School on Friday, Oct. 6. Having such a high-profile performance is sure to draw in a large enough crowd to fill the estimated 1,100 seats available and be a positive tourism event for the county.

Dart: Last Monday, the Paintsville City Council took the step to raise the 2017 property tax rate by 0.196 percent and other public agencies are considering the same option. We understand that budgets are tight across the county, however we would ask that any organization considering raising their taxes take a hard look at their own budgets and expenditures before taking that step.

Laurel: Big Sandy Community and Technical College held Patriot Day activities to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We would like to thank the college for taking a moment to remember the first responders, victims and their families whose lives were changed in this pivotal moment in American history.

Dart: The Equifax data breach means 143 million people, including Johnson County residents, now have to be even more alert and aware of identity theft. Beware strange mail or messages claiming new accounts or debts taken out in your name, because you may be held accountable for someone else’s illegal conduct.

Laurel: Kudos to Kentucky Power and Big Sandy RECC employees who traveled to Texas and Florida this week to assist in restoring power to the thousands affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. These skilled workers volunteered to leave their families and to labor in dangerous conditions to help rebuild these communities.

Appalachian Craft Days at Mountain HomePlace Farm

By Elaine Belcher
News Editor

More than 600 visitors from local and area elementary schools attended the Appalachian Craft Days held at Mountain HomePlace Farm in Staffordsville Thursday and Friday.
Mullins and Valley Elementary Schools in Pike County made the hour and a half bus trip to the farm, as did as Highland and Porter Elementary Schools in Johnson County.
“It’s one thing to read about history in a book,” said Judy Owens of Flat Gap, HomePlace volunteer. “It’s another to come here and see where they lived and how they got by.”
The HomePlace Farm, a living history museum located in Paintsville Lake State Park, in Staffordsville, is a re-creation of a mid-nineteenth-century farming community and includes a blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse, church, cabin, and barn with farm grounds.
Tour guides and park workers wearing traditional period attire demonstrate old skills and crafts, such as forging horseshoes, quilting, and tending to farm animals. Volunteers cooked apple butter and soup over an open fire and ran the sorghum mill as well as split wooden shingles for roof repair, brushed and spun wool yarn sheared from sheep and much more.
“It was a really good turnout,” said Russell Honeycutt, HomePlace manager. “We’ve been hosting Appalachian Craft Days for at least the past eight years, and each year gets better and better.”

Johnson County Grand Jury indicts 20
By Elaine Belcher
News Editor

A Johnson County Circuit Court Grand Jury returned indictments on a couple arrested by Paintsville Police for trafficking in methamphetamine and endangering their two children.
James Stanley, 32, and Sara Stambaugh, 24, both of Paintsville were arrested on May 20 after officers received an anonymous tip that the couple had crystal meth in their Mill Street residence, according to the arrest citation. Paintsville Police Officer Zach Mitchell wrote that he found two syringes loaded with what Stanley identified as methamphetamine, a clear baggie with crystal-like substance 62 Suboxone strips and other drug paraphernalia, all in reach of two children in the residence.

Paintsville girls’ and boys’ soccer advances to All ‘A’ Classic quarters

By Randy White
Regional Sports Editor

The All “A” Classic state tournament will kickoff this weekend in Frankfort at Capital View Park.
Both Paintsville’s girls’ and boys’ squad will be playing in the quarterfinals of the All “A” Classic.

Smile Awhile
Sara Blair

Directionally Challenged

How in the world did people used to travel from one place to another before the advent of the GPS (Global Positioning System)?  I know we had maps, but that required someone (the passenger) to look at the map and try to decipher the route to you (the driver).
Maps (in their day) were useful, but they were awkward to unfold and hard to lay flat while trying to determine the distance between Point A to Point B.  And I never saw a map refolded that looked as if had been accomplished correctly.
Today, anyone who has a cell phone can plan out a route from Portland, Maine, to San Diego, California, in a matter of seconds.  In fact, you can turn on a GPS or a smart phone and it will talk to you throughout your entire journey designating which highway to take, when to turn left or right, which exit to use, and how long it will take you to get there among other things.  My dad would have called it a communist plot to catch us off guard.
You would think that with this type of technology no one would ever get lost --- and most people don’t.  But for some reason Ronnie and I don’t have that much luck getting to our destinations while using these devices.  My telephone GPS voice speaks with a British accent.  You can program them to speak with an accent or you can also program them to speak in different languages. However, my British directional spokesperson doesn’t understand my speech pattern.
“That woman doesn’t understand a word you say,” Ronnie exclaimed.  ‘Reprogram it to speak in English.”
“She does speak in English,’ I say, “it just speaks with a British accent.”
“Well, she doesn’t understand your accent!” he yells.
“But I like the way she speaks,” I whined.
“Okay, but we’ll never get to where we’re going ever again if we go outside Johnson County,” he replied.
To be perfectly honest, Ronnie and I have disputes on the fastest way to get to West Van Lear.  We’ve been married 18 years and I still think he’ll take the farthest destination to get anywhere just to try and mess with me.  Either that or he’s more easily distracted than anyone I know.
I discussed this with my sisters, and our cousin, Jan (who is really our sister) the other day as we were navigating our way through downtown Charleston, S.C. We had accompanied Jan on her annual Continuing Education trip that has now become our annual sister trip because Jan has seminars in interesting venues each year.
Melinda and Amanda usually drive while Jan navigates via her phone.  I’m usually eating potato chips and talking through the directions thus causing us to miss turns.  Unlike my device Jan’s speaks with an Australian accent, which is eerily similar to mine except she’s a he.  Somehow Ronnie thinks a masculine voice is more easily understood so he’s suggesting I change to a masculine tone.
Ronnie has a friend whose GPS speech pattern sounds just like Billy Bob Thornton in “Sling Blade”.  When you miss an exit or turn in the wrong direction it says, “Now you’re just stupid.  Turn around and go back.”  But I think I’d get dang gum tired of that.
Have a great week and don’t forget to Smile Awhile!

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