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Special election scheduled
Tax recall election could cost $50,000 to Johnson County School District

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Judge John David Preston handed down a court order on Monday, April 17 telling Johnson County Clerk Sallee Holbrook to schedule a recall election for the property tax increase set by the Johnson County School Board in September 2014.
“The said election shall be scheduled for a date not fewer than 35 days not more than 45 days from the entry of this judgment.” The order also states, “The Johnson County School board shall pay the costs to hold the recall election.” Holbrook reports that the cost of the last general election was approximately $50,000, and that the cost of a special election would run about the same.


Johnson County Grand Jury returns indictments against 14

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

A grand jury returned indictments against 14 people at the Johnson County Court House on Wednesday, April 19.
Phillip McFaddin, 60, of Paintsville was indicted on charges of adult exploitation, a class “C” felony which if convicted faces a penalty of five to ten years imprisonment and a fine of not more than $10,000; and theft by unlawful taking over $500 but under $10,000, a class “D” felony which holds a penalty of one to five years imprisonment and a fine of not more than $10,000. McFaddin is accused to exploiting a David Conley of Paintsville of $300 and taking several of his firearms, with a value in excess of $5,000 in January.


Johnson County School Board calls special board meeting to approve renovation plans
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

The Johnson County Board of Education met in a special meeting to approve and submit the plans to renovate several projects throughout the high school.
The first item was to review and approve the Johnson Central High School Home economics classroom renovation. Representatives from Sherman, Carter and Barnheart Architects Firm presented the board with their plans to proceed with the renovation during the summer months while school is out of session.


Triple murder trial begins
Amanda Bowen, 29, of Inez (center) and her defense team listen to testimony presented by the prosecution on Tuesday. Bowen is accused of three counts of murder, robbery, arson and tampering with physical evidence in the deaths of a Martin County family.

By Elaine Belcher and Waylon Whitson
Staff Writers

The trial of Amanda Bowen, 29, of Inez for the murder of three Martin County residents began on Monday, April 17 in Johnson County Circuit Court.
Bowen and her boyfriend, Jack David Smith, 43, of Inez, are accused of shooting and then stabbing Tina Goble, 42, Cannie Johnson, Jr., 47, and Trinity Maynard, 8, at the victim’s home in Upper James Lane in Inez before starting a fire to hide the evidence on August 14, 2014. Bowen and Smith were indicted in August of 2014 in Martin County.


Missing petition returned, KSP investigation continues
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

The individual responsible for taking the RECC petition calling for the resignation of RECC President and General Manager David Estepp and RECC Board Chairman Danny Wallen on display at Wildcat Grocery in Flat Gap, came into the Johnson Count Sheriff’s Office to work with deputies to return it, stated Sheriff Dwayne Price. The identity of the individual has not yet been released. Price stated that the matter had been submitted to the Kentucky State Police for investigation.
According to J.C. Fyffe, owner of Wildcat Grocery, Deputy Kevin Pelphrey returned the document to his store early on Wednesday morning. When asked to confirm the return, Pelphrey said “I’ve been asked by KSP not to make any statements at this time.” No charges have been filed as of press time.



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