Students compete for Big Sandy Idol crown this weekend
The 2013 title went to Johnson County native Jerica Faith Grim and hopefuls around the region want to see themselves win the title this weekend when the Big Sandy Idol competition comes to the Mountain Arts Center.
This year’s show will highlight Grim’s album debut, a compilation of favorite tunes including “House of the Rising Sun,” the song that won Grim the Big Sandy Idol crown last year.
Big Sandy Idol, sponsored by Gearheart Communications, will be held Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m., at the Mountain Arts Center. The regional competition will feature 34 of the region’s most talented vocalists and musicians — all competing for a full vocal scholarship to Big Sandy Community and Technical College, a full album recording (courtesy of TubeFi Studios), a spot on the Big Sandy Singers and more.
JCSO seeks man wanted for drug trafficking
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help locating a man indicted last month on drug trafficking charges.
Tyler Runnels, 21, of Hager Hill, is wanted on charges of trafficking in controlled substances, less than 10 dosage units, first degree, first offense, for allegedly selling Oxycodone on three separate occasions last year.
Runnels is the last person still being sought in the department’s “Operation Broken Heart” drug roundup, conducted Thursday, February 20.
Anyone with information regarding Runnels and his whereabouts is asked to call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411. Callers may remain anonymous. “We need your information, not your name,” Sheriff Dwayne Price said.
Film crew visits Johnson County
|The Mountain HomePlace was once again the site for film production as the crew of the upcoming documentary “The Death of Floyd Collins” shot several scenes there Saturday morning before moving on to a location in the Barn Rock area.|
Already familiar with the eastern Kentucky region through his work on the film “The Very Worst Thing,” which tells the story of Floyd County’s 1958 school bus disaster; as well as his book “Murder in the Mountains: The Muriel Baldridge Story,” which relates the tale of the unsolved mystery of a Prestonsburg teen’s death, filmmaker and author Michael Crisp, of Georgetown, was back in eastern Kentucky this past weekend. This time, his work brought him to Johnson County.
Having made the acquaintance of local filmmaker Wade Smith (Red v. Blue: The Rivalry, Toxic Soup) and Paintsville actor Rick Roberts, Crisp learned of the Mountain HomePlace and the site of a Johnson County cave that he felt would serve as perfect backdrops for the filming of his newest endeavor, “The Death of Floyd Collins.”
Winter Storm Titan hits Johnson
Old man winter is back at it again with another winter storm hitting the area. This bout of weather brought with it ice along with several inches of snow, but officials are saying they haven’t experienced many problems with Winter Storm Titan.
Sam Auxier, Johnson County Road Department, said that they have had crews out working to clear the roads since Monday.
Auxier said they have had eight crews, which is their entire fleet, working all day. They have been scraping and putting down salt. He said that with the cold temperatures the salt hasn’t really been working.
Johnson native will share story of retracing father’s WWII route
A Johnson County native will return home this weekend to share his story of retracing his father’s footsteps through the Pacific Islands during World War II.
Dan Bailey, a professor at Ashland Community and Technical College, grew up in Flat Gap. His father, Lowell Bailey, was a former Marine who had landed on the sands of the beaches of the Pacific Islands with the 10th Regiment, Second Marine Division of the U.S. Marine Corps on June 15, 1944.