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8-16-2017 Obituaries
Sally D. Castle

Sally D. Castle, age 82 of Mount Gilead, Ohio, died Thursday, August 13, 2017 at Marion General Hospital.
She was born on October 3, 1934 in Kentucky to the late Gus Hayes Sr. and Jessie Virginia (Daniels) Hayes. Sally worked for I.T.T. in the repair department for 25 years. She collected baby dolls and enjoyed going to garage sales. On June 19, 1957 Sally married Elmer “Sonny” Castle in Paintsville, who preceded her in death on April 27, 2009.
Sally is survived by a son, Elmer D. Castle of Mt. Gilead; siblings, Mabel (Denzel) Young of Ashtabula, Ohio, John (Pamela) Hayes and Glen “Brock” (Betty) Hayes both of Cincinnati, Ohio.
In addition to her husband and parents, Sally was preceded in death by a son, David B. Castle; three sisters, Christian Lafferty, Margarite Cantrell, and Lucille “Tootsie” McFaden; three brothers, South G. Hayes, Claude E. Hayes and Gus Hayes Jr.
Friends may call on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Edison Enterprise Baptist Church, 3055 State Route 95 W., Edison, OH 43320. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at the church with Pastor Ed Colegrove officiating.
Another visitation in Kentucky will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. at Phelps & Son Funeral Home, 3804 State Highway 321, Hager Hill. The funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. and the burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Edison Enterprise Baptist Church, 3055 State Route 95 W., Edison, OH 43320.
Those wishing to share a memory of Sally or to express a condolence to the Castle family may do so by visiting
Arrangements are by the Gompf Funeral Service of Cardington, Ohio and Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Anna Ruth Butcher
1931 – 2017

Funeral services were held Sunday, Aug. 13 in the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Anna Ruth Butcher, 86, of Van Lear, who passed away Thursday, August 10 at the Greg and Noreen Hospice Care Center in Hazard.
Burial followed at Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville.
Arrangements under the care of Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville.

Don Elmond Ramey

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 16, 1 p.m. at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Don Elmond Ramey, 64, of Thelma, who passed away Friday, Aug. 11 at Pikeville Medical Center.
Burial will be in the Sparks Cemetery at Flat Gap.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Ethel Colvin
1920 – 2017

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 12 at the Paintsville Funeral Home Chapel for Ethel Colvin, 97, of Oil Springs, who passed away Wednesday, August 9 in her home.
Burial will follow in the Colvin Family Cemetery in Oil Springs.
Arrangements are under the care of the Paintsville Funeral Home.

Marvin Daniels
1969 – 2017

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 13 at the Hurricane United Baptish Church for Marvin Daniels, 48, of Boons Camp, who passed away at his residence.
Burial followed at the Earl Preston Cemetery in Boons Camp.
Arrangements under the care of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Randy Dale Wray
1962 – 2017

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Jones-Preston Funeral Home Chapel for Randy Dale Wray, 55, of Hagerhill, who passed away Wednesday, Aug. 9 at his residence.
Burial followed at the family cemetery in Hagerhill.
Arrangements under the care of Jones-Preston Funeral Home in Paintsville.

Robbie D. Lemaster
1968 – 2017

Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 15 at the Cannon Chapel Enterprise Baptist Church in Flat Gap for Robbie D. Lemaster, 49, of Paintsville, who passed away Sunday, August 13 at his son’s residence.
Burial followed at the family cemetery in Oil Springs.
Arrangements were under the care of Preston Funeral Home of Paintsville.

Lady Eagles start season with 11-1 victory over Pikeville
By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Johnson Central Lady Eagles Soccer Team opened the 2017 season with an 11-1 victory over the Pikeville Lady Panthers Monday night at Eagles Stadium.
The Lady Eagles got started when Molly Davis ran down a loose ball and found the back-left corner of the net to take a 1-0 lead with 25:53 left to play in the first half.

Trail Town leading the way

By Elaine Belcher
News Editor

The Paintsville/Johnson County Trail Town Certification Committee (Trail Town) took the lead this weekend to take advantage of the area’s natural resources.
On Saturday, the committee held their “Laid Back on the Lake” event at Paintsville Lake campground for approximately 115 people. Attendees were able to rent kayaks from Legend Outfitters and take a turn paddling around the lake and enjoying the natural splendor of the area. Live music from The Fairchild Sisters, Waylon Bayes, Donnie Bowen, Seth Ferguson, Brian Brown and campers at the lake was played. Hot dogs donated and prepared by Floater’s Waterfront Restaurant, alongside the music, contributed to a good turnout. Teeters and May Law Firm donated a kayak to be the prize in a drawing, won by Cindy Castle of Paintsville, who was camping at Paintsville Lake.
“After the last rain, we had a fantastic turnout of a great bunch of supportive people in the area and visitors in the campground,” said Brad Teeters, of Teeters and May Law Firm who attended the event.
On Sunday afternoon, more than 60 people gathered to hike out to the Auxier Flats Wildlife Management Area from Glade Branch, after convoying from the Paintsville Lake parking area. Hikers traveled down to the flats where a natural beach area allowed anyone who cared to chance a dip in the lake to refresh themselves.
“Great hike today with the trail town committee. Glad to see so many people coming out to enjoy the natural beauty of our community,” said Joe Castle, hike participant.
Anthony Skeans, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney and Trail Town volunteer, also announced to the group Sunday on Facebook that he had just been notified that Trail Town was officially a state-recognized non-profit program.
On Monday, Lara Pack, trail-town catalyst presented a request to the Johnson County Fiscal Court to allow volunteers permission to power-wash and repaint the old jail building in downtown Paintsville. The jail, made famous by the Tom T. Hall classic country song “A Week In A Country Jail” in 1969, is intended as a highlight on an urban walking trail of downtown Paintsville, according to Pack.
Pack said that work done by Regina McClure found a report that said that the interior of the jail was too dangerous to renovate, however the outside could be freshened up and repainted. She also said that they were working with volunteers from Olive Hill and Tom T. Hall’s management company towards getting a marble plaque with the history of the jail, including when Howard Sparks the local Salvation Army in the building.
Michael Endicott, Johnson County attorney, said there were concerns about county liability as no insurance for the volunteers could be provided. He suggested that only volunteers over 18-years-old sign waivers with witnesses be turned into the Fiscal Court. Pack agreed to the court’s suggestion, and the court agreed to the committee’s petition.
Additionally, the court named Pack as the Johnson County representative to the Kentucky Mountain Regional Recreation Authority (KMRRA)– an organization dedicated to the creation and promotion of a recreational trail system to increase the economic development, tourism and outdoor recreation for residents and visitors to Eastern Kentucky. KMRRA currently has participation from only nine of its 16 target counties.
“I feel KMRRA has been established to fill a need. We cannot rely on coal, or coal severance funds in particular, and adventure tourism is a viable method for economic development,” said Pack. “Kentucky had a $14 billion tourism market last year and we are going to take every opportunity to be a part of it. Trail Town, as well as the city and county governments, the extension office, and tourism commission are a team, we are making progress and it’s exciting to be a part of this plan for economic stability.”

Poison Oak
Clyde Pack

We’re all in our places with bright shining faces

Here we are, slap in the middle of August, and by now most of the area schools are back in session. The time-honored, much-loved summer vacation has come to an end. One would be hard pressed to decide who dreads this time of year the most: the students or the teachers. Having been on both sides of that particular fence, my feeling is that those who feel the most pain are the older participants.
I ran across an interesting little item in the July 31 issue of Time, regarding how we came to have the summer break in the first place. I’ve always sort of bought into the idea that the three months off from classroom work was because in the old days, the students were needed at home for farm work and such. I’m sure that’s true, at least to an extent, but when you think about it, they’re really needed more in the spring and fall for planting and harvesting. Once summer rolls around, about all you can do for your crops is pray for rain.
Anyway, Time enlightened me a bit on the subject. “Summer vacation was born in the city,” it said. The article explained that calls for a break began in the mid-19th century when many urban schools, like those in Cleveland and Detroit, met year-round. I’m sure there were dozens of other reasons, but one that was mentioned was that since air-conditioning was still a thing of the future, sitting in a classroom on a hot summer day would not be exactly conducive to learning. It was also mentioned that some members of the medical profession were convinced that “too steady an application to literary pursuits led to a debilitated body.” Therefore, year-round school was finally done away with and the summer break was born.
But, as they say, what goes around, comes around. It seems there’s a movement afoot to do away with the beloved three-month break. Year-round school is once again being considered.
Apparently, many top educators feel that year-round school would produce more globally competitive students. And, of course, anybody who’s been paying attention knows that today’s college graduates are indeed competing for jobs on a worldwide basis. Proponents of year-long schools maintain that doing away with the three months of fun and games would prevent having to re-teach skills after summer vacation.
On the other hand, there are an equal number of those who do extensive study about things like this who like things just as they are. For one thing, and it’s really a pretty big thing at that, they argue that school systems can’t afford year-round sessions. Budget and staffing issues are too complex to even think of change.  
Both sides likely have valid arguments, and no doubt will be discussing the pros and cons of many years to come. But regardless of how one feels about the issue, summer vacation of 2017 is history. As we used to do every morning when I was in second grade, I can just imagine students across the country this week sitting with their hands folded on top of their desks singing, “We’re all in all places, with bright shining faces, good morning to you, good morning to you.” Year-round or nine months at a time, some things will never change.

City Council amends alcohol ordinance
By Elaine Belcher
News Editor

The Paintsville City Council met for its regular monthly meeting on Monday night at the Paintsville Recreation Center and adjourned with one less member.
Paintsville Mayor Bill Mike Runyon opened the meeting with announcement that the Paintsville Main Street Association (PMSA) wished to thank the First Methodist Church, vendors and the gospel singers who participated in their Friday Night Live event this past Friday. He also said that PMSA its their first “Picnic on Paint” event on July 29 with a good turnout with 16 sponsored tables. He said that the PMSA hoped to hold the event on an annual basis.

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