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Courthouse News
Tyler K. Sprouse, 21, of Jackson, Ohio was arrested by Paintsville Police on Oct. 12 on charges of alcohol intoxication in a public place, first and second offense; resisting arrest; first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer.
Officers were dispatched to a Staffordsville residence to investigate reports of a fight and a person covered in blood, according to the citation. A Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy and a Paintsville Police officer went to the scene and located Sprouse covered in blood, and according to the citation Sprouse started yelling at a woman and pushing her. According to the Paintsville Police officer in the citation, Sprouse had an open penknife in his right hand and was pushing the knife against the woman’s neck.
Sprouse continued to refuse the deputy’s commands and was tased twice, according to the citiation, after which Sprouse admitted to drinking beer and whiskey when he cut his hand. Sprouse was transported to Paul B. Hall and medically cleared before being lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. He is currently released on a $5,000 cash bail bond pending his court appearance.
Also charged were:
Bobbie J. Billiter, 40, of East Point, theft by unlawful taking by shoplifting more than $500 but less than $10,000 of merchandise; third-degree possession of an unspecified controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; third-degree terroristic threatening; public intoxication by controlled substance and second-degree disorderly conduct.
Kenneth R. Wells, 41, of Van Lear, flagrant non-support.
Anthony S. Hall, 29, of Paintsville, first-degree possession of a controlled substance identified as methamphetamine, first offense; possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree criminal mischief
Kayla Blackburn-Prater, 27, of Prestonsburg, first-degree possession of a controlled substance identified as methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia and third-degree criminal mischief
Odell Dixon, 46, of Flat Gap, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance identified as methamphetamine; possession of marijuana; third-degree possession of an unspecified controlled substance and traffic charges.
Paula Charlene Gamble, 36, of Paintsville, second-degree disorderly conduct; resisting arrest; possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree possession of an unspecified controlled substance, first offense.
Shirley Vincell, 29, of Louisa, first-degree possession of a controlled substance identified as methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; first-degree promoting contraband and public intoxication by controlled substance
Hannah Jeweline Ball, 23, of Pilgrim, fugitive from another state
Paul Douglas Brooks, 41, of Paintsville, first-degree possession of a controlled substance identified as methamphetamine; possession of drug paraphernalia; and two counts of second-degree possession of an unspecified controlled substance
Clesta Jackson, 33, of Wittensville, theft by all others over $500 but under $10,000
Malena L. Fields, 42, of Paintsville, receiving stolen property under $10,000
Blake Tyler Poe, 24, of Hagerhill, theft by all others more than $500 but under $10,000 and flagrant non-support
Christina K. Fairchild, 31, of Lowmansville, disorderly conduct
Bradley A. Mullins, 23, of Red Bush, fourth-degree assault with minor injury
Paul Brian Fairchild, 42, of Meally, third-degree possession of an unspecified controlled substance and prescription controlled substance not in proper container.
Devon O. Baldwin, 24, of East Point, fourth-degree domestic violence assault with no visible injury; resisting arrest and third-degree criminal mischief
Justin Tyler Morman, 22, of Paintsville, fourth-degree domestic violence assault with minor injury
Tyler W. Runnels, 25, of Hagerhill, public intoxication by controlled substance and second-degree fleeing or evading police on foot
Charles F. Perkins, 48, of Ezel, theft by unlawful taking by shoplifting under $500
Lewis S. Reed, 36, of Paintsville, theft by unlawful taking by shoplifting under $500
Cody Wallace, 19, of Flat Gap, theft by unlawful taking by shoplifting under $500
Homer Dale Castle, 36, of Boons Camp, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, first offense and traffic charges

CIVIL CASES
OCWEN Loan Servicing, LLC vs. Kevin Copley, et al, foreclosure
Bank of America, National Association vs. Dian Marlene Daniels, foreclosure
Judy Ratliff vs. Prestonsburg City Utilities Commission, personal injury
Tina Bowens vs. James Staten, personal injury
Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC, A Deleware L, vs. Jason Pelphrey, as heir, et al, foreclosure
Midland Funding, LLC vs. Thomas Callahan, contract

MARRIAGES
Laura Lee Lewis to Jacob Knight Cyrus
Bethany Daryl Runyon to Breanen Michael Meek
Larry Conley to Mary Lou Hall
Paul Johanan Morris to Lori Ann Smith
Dustin Wade Harris to Brittany Faye Cornwell

PROPERTY TRANSFERS
Michael Rawlins and Sandra Rawlins to Millers Creek Land Corporation
James A. Williams to James A. Williams and Billy Lee Williams
Prudence A. Williams Smith Estate, David G. Smith and Linda Blackburn to Michael Clell Smith
Prudence A. Williams Smith Estate, David G. Smith, Michael Smith and Susan Smith to Linda Blackburn
Anthony S. Niece and Kimberly Niece to Benjamin B. Mullins
Kelton J. Howard and Misty Renee Howard to Kelton J. Howard and Misty Renee Howard
Wells Fargo Bank to Gregory Fletcher and Yolanda K. Fletcher
PNC Bank National Association to Jeremy J. Hatflield
James Conley and Christine R. Conley to Anthony Skeans, Mary G. Skeans, Floyd Skeans.
George Quillen to Jeremiah J. Back and Kimberly Back
Mary F. Reedy to Howard J. Blair and Linda Newberry
Phillip Eugene Murray and Kathleen Murray to Kenneth Murray, DBA and KENCO Investment
Wayne T. Vanhoose and Nora Sue Vanhoose to Dekota Castle, Jr. and Merle Castle.
Bradeline P. Mollette to Hammond Free Will Baptist Church, Isaac Rowland, James Meek, Carl Preece, Randy Madan, Stoney Rowland, Martin Ramy and Alvin Blackburn, property on Hammond Road.
Troy Jarrell and Frieda Ray Jarrell to Randall O’Bryan, II and Stephanie O’Bryan.


Playoff Preview Week 2: Road to Lexington

By Randy White
Regional Sports Editor

Class A playoff preview:
Who: Bracken County (9-2) at Paintsville (10-1)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Memorial Field, Paintsville.
Coaches: Bracken County; Dave Brausch. Paintsville; Joe Chirico.
Notes: Bracken County knocked off Fairview 36-6 last week, while Paintsville opened the playoffs last Thursday night with a 41-21 win over Nicholas County.
Bracken County only has two losses on the season. The Polar Bears fell to Ludlow 27-24 in the second game of the season and 34-14 to Paris.


Education and Common Sense
A true fairy tale

Once upon a time in Eastern Kentucky there lived a family that spent most of their free time in some kind of church work at two different churches, they attended a small country church on Sunday mornings and the bigger church in the county seat town where they lived. The parents had two little girls and ten years later, a little boy.
Our heroine is the younger girl. She was a beautiful child who, at two years old, learned all the little songs her mother was teaching her older sister, and could carry a tune equally as well as her sister. She was full of questions, mostly about God. “Who is God’s daddy?” was one that stymied her mother.
She gave her life to Jesus when she was not quite six years old, and was baptized in Jenny’s Creek, a stream that flowed past the country church the family attended in the mornings. When she was in high school she sometimes was allowed to teach Vacation Bible School. She was a youth leader in the town church group. She was hired by Enterprise Association to go to small churches and find teachers and do V.B.S. for churches that weren’t going to have V.B.S. during the summer. She did that two years.
When she went to college at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, She joined Hillvue Heights Baptist Church, the church that her older sister had already joined three years before. Our heroine loved the church.  It was very student-friendly. She was a Vacation Bible School Director there, and worked with a the Youth Pastor, another Western student, who was married, and had two babies born while he and his wife lived in Bowling Green. All this happened over forty years ago.
After college, the young preacher went to seminary, earned his doctorate, and reared the two sons, one is now an engineer in a hospital whose job is to see that all the machines are running properly, and the other is an International Southern Baptist Missionary in Southeast Asia. Their father became a successful pastor in Louisiana, his home state, and became Executive Director of the Arkansas Baptist Convention, retiring from that position after 17 years. He cared for his wife at home in her losing battle with cancer. He is now an Interim pastor of a church in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Our heroine graduated college, majoring in Art Education.  While teaching in Russellville for 10 years, she also worked for and received her M.A. Degree in that subject.  She moved to Seattle Washington and taught art in three different schools.  She came back to Kentucky to teach five more years so she would be eligible to retire in Kentucky as well as Seattle. So she retired from the Kentucky school system last school year.
In various years, there had been men who were interested in her and interesting, but she was very picky, and always found something wrong with the relationship.
Last spring, our hero, Emil, the lonely widower, decided to come to west Kentucky for the fly-fishing. Patti had bought a house on Barren River Lake with her mentor, who was her favorite college professor’s widow. Emil called his college friend to see if she would like to go out to dinner with him. Of course, she would!
They found out that meal that they laughed at the same jokes, liked the same foods, and it was almost uncanny that they used the same brands of toothpaste and soap! Furthermore, their favorite apple is the Honey Crisp!  They had a long supper that night; they walked miles together in Mammoth Cave the next day, and the road between Scottsville and Little Rock, Arkansas, has been traveled extensively this summer and fall. I believe the telephone has also seen heavy service.
Last Friday at 11:00 a.m. they got married in the chapel at Hillvue Heights Church in Bowling Green, with their college pastor, Gary Watkins, who has remained in touch with Emil through the years, officiating.
Patti wore a simple white lace knee-length dress. Her one attendant, her friend and mentor was Brenda Lane, who wore a navy blue dress. The men, Emil and his two sons, all wore navy blue suits. Two professional videographers made a video of the ceremony so the couple’s friends in Seattle, Washington, Houston, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Indianapolis, and east and west Kentucky can all watch it in their pajamas! Cathy and I came back to Louisville after a luncheon for the bridal party and had no chores to do afterward.
The couple are on their honeymoon in North Carolina as I write this, but they plan to be at home in Little Rock, Arkansas, by this Sunday.
As mother of the bride, and long –time reader of fairy tales, I know a Beautiful Princess and a Handsome Prince  when I see one, and I am convinced that they will live happily ever after. They will be a good team with many years left to serve their Lord.


Editorial: Watts going on

No one can deny that AEP is a great community partner. Each year they give away millions of dollars to local charities, schools, non-profits and economic development programs. They hire veterans, they help consumers use less energy and have decreased carbon dioxide emissions greatly.
Each year the power giant makes billions of dollars and they have a solid financial performance. They donate to places in Eastern Kentucky on a regular basis. Recently AEP announced that they gave away $400,000 to 12 Eastern Kentucky economic development projects in addition to another big donation to area schools.
In May 2017, they put out a bid request for Powder River Basin coal to be used at some of their generation sites. That request was their second request this year, which tells you they are still burning coal somewhere for the generation of electricity.
They have many programs designed to help consumers save money and use less energy. And that they like to hire veterans shows their commitment to help American heroes.
This all is consistent with the words from their president in 1934, George Tidd who said, “We are citizens of each community we serve and take an active part in its affairs. Like any other citizen, we want our neighbors to think well of us. Besides, it makes good business sense. We prosper only as a community prospers; so, we help it thrive in every way we can.”
That statement was profound and is still relevant today as they have kept true to that statement ever since. However, in 1934 no one could have predicted what may happen 83 years down the road.
The EPA shut down the coal industry forcing companies like AEP to use alternate fuel stock for their power generation. They converted to natural gas, which cost hundreds of millions of dollars, which was passed along to their customers. And since they are a public company they have shareholders to answer to for profitability.
In Kentucky, we have enjoyed the cheapest energy rates. And that’s partly because cheap coal offered an abundant amount of power for the end user, in turn cheap coal offered good profit margins that didn’t require massive rate hikes.
I would encourage the company to revisit the words of Mr. Tidd. If they are truly committed to be great community partners and want to invest in communities they serve, they may consider sacrificing a portion of their profits to do so. The consumer was hit with a fee to remove the coal towers that we will be paying for until the mid- 2020’s. That expense should have been theirs.
Some of the added charges and fees are part of what goes to the economic development projects, which we are truly lucky to have. AEP should supply each customer with a donation receipt so the customer can claim their portion of the fees they paid to AEP on their taxes.
AEP has done very great things and has been challenged to do some not-so-popular things. Former President Greg Pauley was extremely transparent in their decisions. He apologized for the pinch we all had to feel but he said that was part of doing business. I respect that openness.
I hope the investments that AEP is making in the communities in which they serve have a lasting effect. And I hope the end-result of those investments materializes quickly as the consumer has been beat up and is in need to reenergize their assurance.
Thanks for reading the Paintsville Herald.


11-10-17 Obituaries
Shirley Ann Green
1938-2017

Funeral services were held Saturday Nov. 4, 2017, 1 p.m. at the Phelps & Son Funeral Home Chapel for Shirley Ann Green, 79, of Sitka, who passed away Thursday, Nov. 2 at Pikeville Medical Center.
Mrs. Green was born Oct. 11, 1938 in Johnson County, daughter of the late Charlie and Della Miller Simpson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harold Douglas Green.
Surviving are two sons, Tim (Kathy) Green of Sitka, and Mike (Rosemary) Green of Cynthiana; one daughter, Robin Shepherd of Sitka; one sister, Lora Shepherd of Richmond; seven grandchildren, Bryce Shepherd, Lauren Shepherd, Travis Green, Jason, Green, Jessica Green, Daniel and Ryne Green; and two great-grandchildren, Natalie Rose Green and Andrew Green.
The service was officiated by Keith Albright, with burial in the Green Family Cemetery at Sitka.
Arrangements under the direction of the Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Julia K. Ratliff
1932 – 2017

Funeral services will be conducted at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. Friday for Julia K. Ratliff, 85, of Paintsville, who passed away Wednesday, Nov. 8 at her residence.
Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville.
Arrangements are the under the care of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville.

Neva Jewell Rowe Vanhoose
1931 – 2017

Funeral services were held at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday for Neva Jewell Rowe Vanhoose, 86, of Paintsville, who passed away Monday, Nov. 6 at Mountain Manor in Paintsville.
Burial followed in the Lakeview Memorial Park in Staffordsville.
Arrangements are under the care of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home.

Roy T. Kimbler
1934 – 2017

Funeral services will be held at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Friday at noon for Roy T. Kimbler, 82, of Hagerhill, who passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7 at Highland Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg.
Burial will follow in the Lakeview Memorial Park in Staffordsville.
Arrangements are under the care of Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville.

Roberta McCarty (Lemaster)
1931 – 2017

Roberta McCarty (Lemaster), 86, of Hagerhill, passed away Thursday, Nov. 9 at King’s Daughters Medical Center in Ashland.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, but are under the care of Jones-Preston Funeral Home.



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