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Chamber’s Business of the Year nominations being accepted
By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

The Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for their annual “Business of the Year” awards.
The categories for nominations are Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, and Business Person of the Year. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 11. Nominations must be submitted via email to Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, Fran Jarrell, at Only the name of the business or the person must be submitted.

Two injured in rock collision
A head-on collision with a rock on KY Rt. 40 caused injury to a driver and passenger on Tuesday afternoon.

Staff Report

Two people were injured when the vehicle they were traveling in went off the road and struck a rock head-on on Tuesday afternoon.
Roger Hackworth, 67, of Oil Springs, was driving a silver 2013 Dodge 4x4 pickup truck westbound on KY Rt. 40 when the vehicle left the roadway, traveled approximately 167 feet along the side of the road, then stuck a rock that was protruding from the hillside near Barnett’s Creek.

Don’t wait. Communicate. Disaster preparedness encouraged in September
By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

In a Presidential Proclamation, September was declared National Preparedness Month and the public is encouraged to take the time to review their emergency preparation plans.
The proclamation states: “Every year, communities across our country face emergencies -- from unforeseen natural disasters to deliberate acts -- that test our Nation's grit and challenge us to overcome tragedy. While my Administration is working to keep all Americans safe, each of us can do our part. Together, we can protect our families and help our communities by planning for emergencies and for the unexpected. Every September, we celebrate our Nation's spirit of resilience by rededicating ourselves to the important task of being prepared in the face of any crisis.

Paintsville hero fights fear with knowledge
Inspired by her experience of being one of the first responders to the Flat Gap flood, Mary Lemaster completed a Swift Water Technicians course in Floyd County to ensure that she can jump into the action and help others in the future.

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

“I don’t do well with not knowing. I don’t do well with feeling helpless, so I had to do something,” said Paintsville firefighter, paramedic, and first responder, Mary Lemaster who was inspired by her experience of the Flat Gap flood in July to complete a three-day swift water rescue training course over the weekend.
Lemaster’s crew was the first to respond to the flood, which devastated homes and families and turned a creek into a raging river in a matter of minutes. Remembering that night, Lemaster said, “There is a helpless feeling when you watch someone scream for their life and there’s nothing you can do. I knew one of the victims. He was up in a tree, hanging onto his wife’s arm. He was screaming for us to hurry, to help him. He kept saying that he didn’t know how much longer he could hold her. I could hear the fear and terror in his voice. I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t go out there. I didn’t have the training.”

Housing Fair to be held Tuesday
By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

For the many who have lost their homes and who have been displaced by the July flooding, there is another event aimed toward helping people find a way to return to normalcy.
The Johnson County Housing Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Disaster Recovery Center on Teays Branch Road on KY Rt. 40 in Paintsville.

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