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Denver man confesses to rape of juvenile
Johnny Blair

By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

A Denver man has been arrested by Kentucky State Police on charges of sexual abuse after a Johnson County Middle School student informed authorities that she had been molested.
According to police records, KSP Officer Joshua Neace was informed of the juvenileís complaint by workers from the Department of Social Services who accompanied him to the middle school to speak with the victim.


Heated races should bring voters to the election polls
By Patrick Ross
Staff Writer

As excitement builds and the days narrow down to only four left until voters get their say, candidates hope for a good turnout this Nov. 4.
Of a total 3,147,157 Kentuckians registered to vote, 17,542 of those voters reside in Johnson County. Of that number, 9,678 are registered Republicans with 7,119 registered as Democrats.


Lawsuit alleges murder, arson in local manís death
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

A lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court, Pikeville, alleges that a man who died in a house fire in January 2012 died as the result of a pre-meditated murder plot.
Mark Girard, 59, was alone when he died in his State Street home. Girard is identified as a quadriplegic in the lawsuit but neighbors say he was a paraplegic suffering from paralysis of his lower extremities only.
The lawsuit was filed by Victoria Laudien, of Toms River, New Jersey, Girardís natural heir and administratrix of Girardís estate. The suit claims defendants Donna Caudill, Tracy Blair (aka Tracy Spears), Lacy Crothers (aka Lacy Grim, aka Lacy Spears), William Thomas Crothers (aka Bill Tom Crothers), and John Does 1-10 conspired to defraud and ultimately, murder Girard in order to profit from Girardís assets.


County office seekers take part in forum

By Patrick Ross
Staff Writer

The Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce hosted a political forum on the Mayo campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College on Monday evening.
Candidates for mayor, sheriff, and district judge and state representative were each allotted five minutes to speak and outline their platforms while candidates for county commissioner and city council were given three minutes to speak.
In one of the more watched races in the county, incumbent Sheriff Dwayne Price and former sheriff Bill Witten both took the opportunity to speak.


Property tax bills delayed
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Property owners expecting to see tax bills arrive in the mail will likely not see those bills for several more weeks, according to Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price.
Price says the earliest the property tax bills could be issued would be Nov. 15 but he anticipates a date later than that.
Tax bills have been put on delay due to the call for a special election in regard to the Johnson County Board of Educationís recent vote to raise its tax collection percentage rate.



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