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Citizens National to merge with Peoples Security
Staff Report

An agreement to merge two local banks was recently announced by the holding companies for Citizens National Bank and The Peoples Security Bank of Louisa.
Peoples Security will be acquired by Citizens for approximately $663.15 per share as agreed by holding companies Citizens National Corporation and Peoples Security Bancorp Inc. The merger is expected to be complete before the end of the first quarter of 2015.

Lightning cause of fire

By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

The life of an elderly Van Lear woman was saved when lightning struck her home while she was away.
According to Van Lear Assistant Fire Chief Terry Bowling, the home of Stella Bowling was struck by lightning during early morning thunderstorms Wednesday. The fire chief said his department was called out at approximately 6:30 a.m. to respond to a structure fire on Miller’s Creek.

Paintsville Tourism Commission discusses new billboard
The Paintsville Tourism Commission met for their monthly meeting on Monday, August 18, to discuss several new funding projects.
The meeting started by approving the minutes and finances of the Paintsville Lake Historical Society. Russell Honeycutt gave an update on several upcoming events of goings on at The Mountain HomePlace. The garden has seen a major improvement this year. “This year it is a good success,” Honeycutt stated. They have made around $2,000 in produce sales this year, and hopes this trend will continue for the rest of the summer.

Sheriff conducts roundup

A Johnson County grand jury issued 26 indictments this month, the majority of which were drug-related.
Continuing his mission to clear the county of illegal drug activity, Sheriff Dwayne Price and his deputies engaged in an early morning roundup on Friday arresting several of those indicted.

Mayor defends office, council tables Arm Drop Drag proposal
y Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

When the subject of an outstanding electrical bill was brought up for a second time mere minutes into Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Paintsville City Council, the city’s mayor got a little testy.
Inquiring of councilman Jim Meek if he was attempting to engage in some “political grandstanding,” Mayor Bob Porter said the city’s power bill had not been paid in full “for the last ten years” and also said he was confident that councilmembers — present and former — had been aware of the situation for that same number of years.

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