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New cafe offers specialty coffees, pleasant ambiance
Manager Brandy Bentley along with her friendly staff have brought smiles to customers faces. Espresso Cafe is located across from City Hall in downtown Paintsville.


By Patrick Ross
Staff Writer

A new coffee shop opened recently on Main Street, across from City Hall, in downtown Paintsville this summer. Espress-O Cafe offers an assortment of speciality coffees, smoothies, and pastries. The trendy cafe offers “something different and unique to Paintsville,” manager Brandy Bentley said.
Bentley said a number of people were traveling long distances to surrounding counties to get their speciality coffee. “People in this area were commenting that they were driving to places such as Ashland to get a latte,” Bentley said. “I love coffee and you cannot go anywhere around here to get anything like this,” she added.


Tourism discusses upcoming UK vs. Paintsville basketball game
By Patrick Ross
Staff Writer

The Paintsville Tourism Commission held a special-called meeting on Thursday, August 28 to discuss an update on the University of Kentucky vs. Paintsville Basketball game; discussions about the Dawkins Trail; and giving a face-lift to the current tourism brochures.
Todd Meade, commission chair, started the meeting by giving an update about the upcoming UK vs. Paintsville basketball game. This game will feature former Paintsville and UK basketball players going head-to-head. “They tried contacting Johnson County High school, but they had to decline due to a scheduling conflict,” Meade stated. Meade spoke with Jeff Shepherd this past Tuesday and said Shepherd “is sending about 500-1000 tickets, brochures, different stuff for us to handout,” he said.


Heroin discovered in county
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

The first reported case of the appearance of heroin in Johnson County occurred over the weekend when deputies from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office discovered what the office is referring to as “suspected black tar heroin” during a traffic stop Saturday evening.
Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price said his office is fairly sure what the officers found is, indeed, black tar heroin, but said they won’t know for sure until lab analysis results are returned.


Flash flood damage assessment continues
Photo by Kathy J. Prater/Staff Approximately four feet of flood water invaded this home on Caudill Fork on Friday evening. A pickup truck parked in the home’s driveway was also damaged by the high water as was an above-ground swimming pool and obvious outdoor property damage.

By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Heavy rainfall dumping approximately 3.01 inches of rain -- in an estimated time of less than two hours -- on Johnson County Friday evening caused severe flash flooding in sections of the county including Wittensville, Caudill Fork, Williamsport and other areas.
As of presstime Tuesday, emergency management workers from Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management, The Big Sandy Chapter of the American Red Cross, Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, and Christian Appalachian Project were still in the field assessing damage and speaking with those affected by the high water.


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.



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