Monday, June 12
5:27 a.m. – Caller from U.S. 460 advising of a reckless driver
6:09 a.m. – Caller from U.S. 23 advising of a reckless driver
11:22 a.m. – Caller from U.S. 23 advising of a road hazard
1:01 p.m. – Call from Wildcat Tire in reference to a trespassing complaint
2:08 p.m. – Call from Ky. Rt. 302 in reference to an animal complaint
4:00 p.m. – Call from Buckingham Ave. in reference to a trespassing complaint
5:09 p.m. – Caller from S. Mayo Trail advising of an assault
5:48 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 172 advising of a reckless driver
9:41 p.m. – Caller from U.S. 23 advising of a domestic disturbance
10:18 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 172 advising of a suspicious person or vehicle
10:43 p.m. – Caller from Washington Ave. advising of a fire
10:59 p.m. – Call from Nippa in reference to a juvenile complaint
11:51 p.m. – Caller from Ashley Dr., Van Lear advising of a public drunk
Tuesday, June 13
4:59 a.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 201 advising of a fire
9:48 a.m. – Caller from U.S. 23 advising of a reckless driver
10:12 a.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 172 advising of a reckless driver
11:48 a.m. – Call from Ky. Rt. 40 in reference to an ATV complaint
12:14 p.m. – Call from E Dorton Blvd. in reference to a DSS referral
1:34 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 321 advising of a fight in progress
1:54 p.m. – Caller from Depot Rd. advising of a road hazard
2:29 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 201 advising of a reckless driver
3:12 p.m. – Caller from Depot Rd. requesting motorist assistance
3:24 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 321 advising of a reckless driver
3:27 p.m. – Caller from Airport Rd. requesting a welfare check
4:49 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 321 requesting motorist assistance
4:53 p.m. – Call from Ky. Rt. 1559 in reference to a theft complaint
6:31 p.m. – Call from Ky. Rt. 1559 in reference to an animal complaint
7:41 p.m. – Caller from Walmart advising of shoplifting
8:33 p.m. – Call from Ky. Rt. 993 in reference to an animal complaint
9:16 p.m. – Caller from Mayo Plaza requesting motorist assistance
10:23 p.m. – Call from Main St. in reference to a noise complaint
Wednesday, June 14
12:46 a.m. – Caller from Rocky Hill Rd. advising of an assault
12:50 a.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 1559 advising of a fire
1:25 a.m. – Call from Broadway Ave. in reference to a noise complaint
1:59 a.m. – Call from Airport Rd. in reference to a DUI complaint
2:50 a.m. – Call from Goble Br., Hagerhill in reference to a prowler complaint
5:45 a.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 201 advising of road hazard
8:18 a.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 1428 requesting motorist assistance
8:34 a.m. – Caller from Thelma advising of a burglary at an unknown time
11:23 a.m. – Caller from U.S. 460 advising of a reckless driver
11:34 a.m. – Caller from Grandview Outlet advising of a suspicious person or vehicle
11:49 a.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 172 advising of a reckless driver
12:12 p.m. – Caller from Big Sandy Regional Detention Center advising of an assault
1:18 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 321 advising of a reckless driver
4:31 p.m. – Call from Woodland Court in reference to a theft complaint
5:00 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 1559 advising of a fire
5:25 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 1559 advising of a fire
5:50 p.m. – Caller from Jefferson Ave. advising of a fire/other
6:37 p.m. – Call from Main St. in reference to a custody dispute
9:43 p.m. – Caller from Third St. requesting warrant service
9:44 p.m. – Caller from Collins Dr. advising of a vehicle fire
10:25 p.m. – Caller from Riceville Rd. advising of a road hazard
Thursday, June 15
2:24 a.m. – Call from Paul B. Hall in reference to a DUI complaint
3:55 a.m. – Caller from James Bayes Rd., Oil Springs advising of a suspicious person or vehicle
6:40 a.m. – Caller from U.S. 23 advising of a reckless driver
11:48 a.m. – Call from Walnut Ave. in reference to an EPO violation
3:01 p.m. – Call from Webb Hollow, Van Lear in reference to a theft complaint
4:36 p.m. – Call from Castle Fork, Lowmansville in reference to a theft complaint
4:46 p.m. – Caller from Keaton advising of a domestic disturbance
5:23 p.m. – Caller from Walmart advising of a hit and run
6:04 p.m. – Call from Paintsville Police Department in reference to a juvenile complaint
6:58 p.m. – Caller from U.S. 23 advising of an accident with injuries
7:22 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 172 advising of a road hazard
7:35 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 201 advising of a road hazard
7:36 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 201 advising of a road hazard
7:41 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 321 advising of a road hazard
7:50 p.m. – Caller from Mill St. advising of a road hazard
8:18 p.m. – Caller from FM Stafford Ave. requesting a welfare check
8:41 p.m. – Call from Sixth St. in reference to a DUI complaint
9:00 p.m. – Caller from Broadway Ave. advising of a suspicious person or vehicle
9:11 p.m. – Caller from Lower Twin Branch advising of a road hazard
Friday, June 16
12:28 a.m. – Caller from Lowes advising of a suspicious person or vehicle
11:28 a.m. – Call from Rebel Way in reference to a trespassing complaint
1:20 p.m. - Call from Dixon Branch in reference to an animal complaint
1:25 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 201 advising of a suspicious person or vehicle
1:41 p.m. – Caller from Valero advising of a hit and run
5:56 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 581 advising of a reckless driver
8:58 p.m. – Call from Ky. Rt. 201 in reference to an animal complaint
8:16 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 172 advising of a reckless driver
Saturday, June 17
2:52 a.m. – Call from Ky. Rt. 581 in reference to a prowler complaint
6:41 a.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 2381 advising of a road hazard
11:46 a.m. – Caller from Lucy Castle Hollow advising of a domestic disturbance
12:02 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 321 advising of an accident with injuries
4:16 p.m. – Caller from Sixth St. advising of a domestic disturbance
6:54 p.m. – Caller from Third St. advising of a suspicious person or vehicle
7:08 p.m. – Call from Second St. in reference to a juvenile complaint
7:15 p.m. – Caller from Walmart advising of shoplifting
8:43 p.m. – Caller from Walmart advising of shoplifting
9:24 p.m. – Call from Boyd Br. in reference to a noise complaint
10:27 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 321 advising of a vehicle fire
11:56 p.m. – Caller from Rose St. advising of a suspicious person or vehicle
Sunday, June 18
9:22 a.m. – Caller from South Buckingham Ave. advising of criminal mischief
3:56 p.m. – Call from Main St., Thelma in reference to a theft complaint
4:09 p.m. – Caller from Whipporwill Rd. advising of a road hazard
4:32 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 1559 advising of a reckless driver
5:59 p.m. – Caller from Millers Creek advising of a reckless driver
6:10 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 825 advising of a reckless driver
6:24 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 302 requesting a welfare check
8:33 p.m. – Caller from Third St. advising of a reckless driver
10:07 p.m. – Caller from Ky. Rt. 302 advising of a suspicious person or vehicle
10:19 p.m. – Call from Ky. Rt. 581 in reference to a prowler complaint.
About swimming, baptisms, and funerals
With all the foolishness going on in Washington -- as well as the rest of the world -- I much prefer thinking and writing about those times in my younger days when life seemed to be a bit more laid back.
When we were kids, our main concern might have been whether or not we’d be able to get enough boys together for a baseball game in the schoolhouse bottom (providing, of course, we could first gather up a ball and bat), or whether we’d just go down to the company store, sit on the steps and count coal trucks and eat a chilly imp. (For those who might be coal-camp challenged, a chilly-imp is ice cream on a stick: vanilla on the inside, covered with chocolate).
Anyway, when I was in college, my creative writing professor preached daily (well, at least three times a week since that’s how often the class met) to always write about what you know. That’s why, I suppose, that yesterday dominates my writing for this column more than today and tomorrow, and I make no apologies for it.
Ergo, I’ll keep remembering -- and writing about -- my growing-up years, like the time when a bunch of us went swimming on a sweltering summer afternoon. Problem was, on this particular day, we found a dead mule in our swimming hole. We jumped right in anyway, and kept a safe distance from the bloated animal, and any dead-mule germs that might have floated in our direction.
Then, there was the time a bunch of us dammed up the creek and baptized my cousin who was visiting us for a day or two. Just because we held him under a tad longer than he figured we should have, he got mad. He immediately lost what religion the dunking might have given him and started fighting the ones he could reach and cussin’ the ones he couldn’t.
I suppose that since the only place there was to go was either the show or church, it seems a lot of our made-up games were based on church-going experiences. That’s, no doubt, the reason we decided to hold a heartfelt, genuine, Free Will Baptist funeral for a little butterscotch colored stray kitten that nobody claimed that showed up one morning in the neighborhood. We took a roll of black miners’ tape, which was always in great abundance, and sealed him tightly in the shoebox coffin (thank you, Montgomery Ward) before we planted him. He (or she) must have been a righteous little feller because that cat resurrected itself and beat us all home. A couple of us were rather spooked by the whole thing.
Although I’ve never seen the Golden Gate Bridge, Big Ben in London, or stood on some far away tropical isle and watched the sun drop into ocean, I’ll leave it to others to write about stuff like that. But I wouldn’t want to ever swap for anything else, the memories of things I experienced with those people, places and things that, over the years, became part of my growing-up years.
Venus in blue jeans
I really don’t know if she ever wore blue jeans, but Venus Ramey sure left quite a colorful legacy when she passed away this week at the age of 92.
A native Kentuckian born in Ashland, she became the first red-headed Miss America when she won the crown in 1944. (She was also the first Miss America to be photographed in color).
A nearly half-page obituary in the Lexington Herald-Leader said she was the granddaughter of a state senator and the daughter of a state representative, but she left Kentucky to work in Washington, D.C. during Word War II; that’s how she ended up representing the nation’s capitol in the Miss America pageant.
And she must have been multi-talented because they say she used her singing, dancing, and comedic talents to secure the crown. (As a red-headed comedian winning the Miss America contest I’ll bet she was an inspiration to Lucille Ball!).
She later preformed in Vaudeville shows and helped sell war bonds, which earned her a citation from the U. S. Treasury. Her portrait was even painted on the nose of a WWII B-17 bomber that flew missions over Germany.
Being beautiful, talented, and red haired (which also describes Rita Hayworth to a tee!) you’d think her future in the world of entertainment was fully secured. Yet, when Hollywood came calling with a movie deal in 1947 she said, “No thanks,” and headed back to Kentucky where she lived on a farm, got married, and had two sons.
She also dabbled in political causes having worked for her fellow D.C. residents’ right to vote, and successfully helped in efforts to preserve Cincinnati’s historic Over the Rhine district.
But a Kentucky farm in Lincoln County would be her home until she moved into a nursing facility just before her death.
However, the most famous story about Venus (one which would land her in a guest spot on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno) was when she captured a thief on her farm by shooting his tire out and holding him at bay until the police came. When asked by Leno how she had learned to shoot like that she replied, “I’m from Kentucky!”
Now the reason I’m writing about Venus Ramey this week is because the Herald-Leader left out the following tidbit of information: during at least part of her teenage years Venus lived in Paintsville. My Dad said she lived in the big white home at the corner of Third and College, the present site of the First Baptist Church.
And how would my father know? Well, my daddy was Charles O. “Buzzy” Wheeler, and he once went out on a date with Venus. I don’t know where they went or what they did but a budding romance it wasn’t. Their first date was also their last, although he still kept a photo of her in his scrapbook. Within a short time she would be living in Washington, D.C. And Dad would be hitting the beaches with his fellow Marines in the Pacific.
I tried to find more info on Venus in Paintsville but a lot of sources I once could rely on like Ed Hazelett and Bob Marsh are no longer with us. But just think --- my Daddy had bragging rights about dating a Miss America! Now what other boy on Paint Creek could say that?
Have a great week and don’t forget to Smile Awhile!
Jun 21, 2017, 08:13
Food City’s second annual Car Show, Whiskers or Wags
By Waylon Whitson
Saturday, June 17 was a day for car shows, as Food City’s Second Annual Car Show followed by the East Kentucky Gearhead’s Cruiz’n in downtown Paintsville.
The Food City show was a fundraiser for Johnson County Animal Shelter’s Whiskers or Wags organization, with $1,255 raised to support veterinary bills, housing costs, and operational costs for the non-profit, no-kill designated shelter.
The show included live music from Mandy Conn, smoked meats courtesy of Food City’s own smoker, kettle corn popped and sold by Paintsville’s Kiwanis Club, and most importantly, approximately 40 cars ranging from 40’s classics and rat rods to modern rally-spirited compacts.
Visitors and competitors in attendance at Food City’s gathering moved downtown for the Cruiz’n and were joined by many more leading to a total of 135 cars on display at the Gearhead’s event.
Cars weren’t the only thing on display on Court Street, however, as musical entertainment was provided by Sweet Run, a country band from Louisa. Concessions were provided by local non-profit organizations.
When asked what the goal of the group was, Michell Ratliff, an officer of the East Ky. Gearheads, said, “The mission statement is simple, to promote and protect the vintage car hobby. We have a lot of fun doing that promoting and protecting.”
The Cruiz’n is free to attend, and happens every third Saturday from April to September. Live entertainment and concessions are provided.
Darts & Laurels
Laurel: A laurel to all the volunteers who came to paint the back of Paintsville City Hall as part of the Paintsville Trail-Town Certification Committee’s effort to clean up the city. Between volunteer efforts and businesses stepping up to clean up their property, the city is looking good!
Dart: The search for former social security lawyer Eric C. Conn has now involved the FBI. In a news conference on Friday, it was hinted that co-conspirator charges would be filed against those who may have assisted his escape after searching his office in Stanville and Conn’s mother’s car. Still a $20,000 reward is not bad, so keep your eyes open.
Laurel: Kudos to the city for allowing alcohol sales on Sundays. This decision for the economic health of the city is not so much a moral issue, as a business decision. It shows that we are willing to make necessary changes to support business development.
Dart: When it comes down to the Johnson County Attorney’s Office having to publish the names and addresses of those owing child support to recoup those funds for their children, these people need to step up and act like an adult. These kids have little or nothing to do with any arguments between parents; don’t make them suffer for your feuds.
Laurel: Congratulations to Paintsville High School alumni Claria Horn-Boom for being nominated by Pres. Donald Trump to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge here in Kentucky.