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Sept. 11 remembered at BSCTC
y Patrick Ross
Staff Writer

Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Mayo Campus took some time on Thursday, Sept. 11 to remember the misfortune our country suffered.
The campus honored our local veteran’s, members of the military, law enforcement, firefighters, and our emergency medical personnel. “9/11 is a time of reflection, it is also a time to cherish our freedom,” campus Vice President, Bobby McCool said.

Heavy rain causes early morning accident
Photo submitted Heavy rain caused the driver of this vehicle to lose control, hitting an embankment and overturning in the Riceville community on Thursday morning.

By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Rainfall occurring early Thursday morning contributed to an accident on Ky. Rt. 825 that left a vehicle upturned.
According to Chief Deputy Kevin Pelphrey of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Michelle Williams, 44, of Riceville, lost control of the vehicle she was operating because of heavy rainfall in the area, causing her vehicle to leave the roadway and travel approximately 124 feet along the shoulder before hitting an embankment.

County court awaits to hear of FEMA funding
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Those who have suffered property damage as a result of flash flooding in recent weeks will have to continue to wait a while longer to find out if emergency funding will be coming their way, according to Johnson County Judge/Executive Tucker Daniel.
Daniel made the announcement during Monday’s meeting of the Johnson County Fiscal Court.
Johnson County was one of three, along with Floyd and Pike counties, that suffered heavy rainfall and flash flooding Aug. 18-22. Additionally, several areas of Johnson County that were affected in August -- notably, Middle Fork, Rt. 1750, Bear Hollow and Hager Hill -- received additional damage this past Thursday evening.

Intense storms, flash flooding strike again
Buildings belonging to Conley’s Wrecker Service, including the business office, have suffered major damage as a result of flash flooding in both late August and early September.

By Patrick Ross
Staff Writer

Strong storms swept through Johnson County again last Thursday evening, causing major flash flood damage for the second time in two weeks. The storm left water damage on several properties as well as the roadways, leaving many local citizens and businesses dealing with the aftermath of flooding once again.
Speaking with the Herald on Friday, Kevin Conley, co-owner of Conley’s Wrecker Service, said the business suffered the consequences of the second flash flooding, as well as the first. “This is the second time in two weeks,” Conley said.

Local history comes to life during Heritage Days
he 14th Annual Heritage Days event got underway yesterday when area students arrived to learn about life in the 1800s. The event continues today, at the Mountain HomePlace. See inside for more photos.

By Patrick Ross
Staff Writer

Heritage Days is taking place this week at the Mountain HomePlace. Area school students came out Thursday to learn, visit, and get a taste of what it was like to live in the historical 1800s. People with historical knowledge and experience are brought in for the annual event. “We bring in professionals from all the counties around,” Brenda Cockerham, Johnson County extension agent, said.
“We have about six areas of focus, and we build it based on the actual community of the Mountain HomePlace,” Cockerham said. The event, Cockerham said, has grown over the last few years and includes many interactive activities and demonstrations for children to participate including letting them play with the animals, visit the blacksmith, and taste foods once commonly prepared for the 1800s family.

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