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Ward formerly sentenced in court
Staff Report

The Knott County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office confirmed that Gary Ward, 38, of Meally, who was arrested and charged with the murder of Christina Barnett, 34, of Sitka, in 2013, was formally sentenced to 10 years in prison for the lesser charge of second degree manslaughter on Thursday.
Barnett’s relatives say Barnett had met Ward on social media where Ward had presented himself under a false name. The two began dating, but by the time Barnett discovered Ward’s true identity, she had already fallen in love with him, said the victim’s mother, Donna Hale.

Main Street comes alive for Spring Fling
The ever popular Kiwanis Kettle Corn was popped fresh on site at Saturday’s Spring Fling event in downtown Paintsville.

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

The third annual Spring Fling was a great success in spite of the rain late in the afternoon on Saturday.
The Spring Fling is a free event for the public, sponsored by the Main Street Association. The association proudly announced on Saturday that the Paintsville Main Street Association is now, not only a state recognized Main Street, but a nationally recognized Main Street.

Disaster on Carter Lane
By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

At the monthly City Council meeting on Monday, citizens from Carter Ln. in Paintsville brought forward their concerns about the landslides affecting their homes and the surrounding roads. Heavy snow in February caused the land to begin to slip, and the heavy rains and flooding in March caused even more significant damage to the area.
At the home of Dale Daniel on Wednesday, Councilwoman Sara Blair stated “This community is in danger.”

Grand jury issues 21 indictments

By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

A Johnson County grand jury handed down 21 indictments on Wednesday, naming 20 individuals with the majority wanted on drug-related and theft charges.
Roy Keith Allen, 37, of Meally, Tammy Gipson, 37, of Salyersville, and Clyde Thomas Ward, 50, of Tomahawk, were each indicted on complicity charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to court records, the three individuals were allegedly found to be in possession of methamphetamine, used syringes and marijuana cigarette butts on April 6.
They face up to three years in prison, individually, if convicted.

Citizens plead for help from City Council
By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

Citizens from Carter Ln. and 5th St. on the Highland Roadway pleaded for help with the destruction of their homes cause by landslides that occurred during the March flooding this year.
Dale Daniel spoke as a representative of the citizens informing the council and the audience that seven homes are in severe jeopardy. Houses are sliding down the hill, foundations are cracked and crumbling, main water lines are exposed to the elements, and owners can only access their homes by foot because the road has been so severely damaged, meaning that emergency vehicles cannot access the homes.

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