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Council delays sewage rate hike
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

The Paintsville City Council held a special meeting on Monday night due to lack of quorum for the regular council meeting scheduled on the second Monday of the month.
Mayor Robert Porter opened the meeting with a call to approve the June 13 meeting minutes. The council approved the minutes without comment. The council then approved the monthly bills with no comments or discussions.

Taken in to custody

Leslie N. Whitaker, 30, of Thelma was taken into custody on Monday afternoon. Detective Jon Holbrook, Paintsville Police, tackled Whitaker as she fled after a short chase through Woodland Court housing development. Paintsville Chief of Police Bill Holbrook conducted a search and found an unnamed substance within her purse. Whitaker is charged with fleeing or evading police, on foot, 2nd degree; resisting arrest; giving an officer a false name or address; possession of controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense and serving a bench warrant for court.

Grand Jury indicts 16 on drug charges, theft and escape
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

A Johnson County Grand Jury handed down 16 indictments on May 13 ranging from a variety of drug charges to theft, to trying to escape the police.
Jarrod L. Nicely, 29, and Teri J. Lewis, 33 both of Salyersville were charged with possession of controlled substance, 1st degree which carries a penalty of 1-3 years in jail and a fine of no more than $10,000 and possession/use of drug paraphernalia and complicity, 12 months in jail and a fine of no more than $500.

Head-on collision injures three
A head-on collision occurred on Wednesday afternoon in Paintsville when the black sedan crossed into oncoming traffic on Hwy 321 and struck the grey SUV injuring three.

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

A two-car collision shut down Hwy 321 near downtown Paintsville on Wednesday mid-afternoon and sent three people to the hospital with serious injuries.
The black Ford sedan driven by Mark Fannin, was traveling south on Hwy 321 just past the James S. Trimble Bridge when it crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a grey Ford SUV head on. The impact forced the rear of the SUV up onto the guardrail where it came to a stop.

Fire destroys family home on Fishtrap Hill Drive
The Two-story home on Fishtrap Lake Drive was fully engulfed by flames by the time firefighters arrived on scene on Friday night. Crews from Oil Springs and W.R. Castle fought the blaze until 4 a.m. Saturday.

Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Oil Springs Fire and Rescue crews responded to reports of a fire at 11:30 p.m. Friday night to a home on Fishtrap Hill Drive in Staffordsville.
“The two-story home was engulfed in flames when we arrived and our efforts were mostly toward ensuring the fire did not spread,” said Justin Daniels, Captain of the Oil Springs Fire and Rescue.

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