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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 Education’s recent vote to raise its tax collection percentage rate.

Breast cancer survivor receives royal treatment
Holly Davis got the supermodel treatment at a Hibbett’s Sports photo shoot in Birmingham, Ala. last week. Holly was the winner of the “Hibbett for Her” contest with her story of breast cancer survival. Holly is also pictured here with her husband, Ray, and daughters Madeline, Lauren and Kennedy. Holly received a mastectomy and chemotherapy while pregnant with Kennedy.

By Patrick Ross
Staff Writer

A Johnson County woman is turning her breast cancer tragedy into a fairytale with a happy ending.
During her pregnancy with her third child, Holly Davis became aware that she had a lump on her left breast. Only 25 years of age, Davis said this week that doctors were not willing to work with her during her pregnancy. She was 17 weeks pregnant when the cancer was diagnosed. “They had first told me I needed to terminate my pregnancy. And, of course I was like, no way,” she said. Davis’s husband, Ray, said during his wife’s pregnancy that Holly underwent a radical mastectomy and four rounds of chemotherapy, all under the the watchful eye of her oncologist.

JCHS teacher arrested
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Among those indicted Friday by a Johnson County grand jury was a Johnson Central High School teacher, accused of inappropriate conduct with a student.
Robert L. Cantrell, 25, of Prestonsburg, was indicted on charges of unlawful transaction with a minor, first degree; and two counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance.

Grand jury issues indictments, sheriff rounds up alleged traffickers

By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

A grand jury met last week in Johnson Circuit Court, handing out 35 indictments against 29 people on Friday morning.
As has come to be the norm, illegal drug offenses made for the majority of the indictments.
Those indicted on drug-related charges include: Michelle Davis, 27, of Thealka, trafficking in controlled substances, second degree/complicity (two counts); and, endangering the welfare of a minor (two counts). According to the indictment, Davis is accused of allegedly selling five units of suboxone, on Jan. 15, and an additional five units of suboxone on Feb. 5, in complicity with Keith Davis Jr., 33, also of Thealka, who faces the same charges as Michelle Davis.

Haunted events to take place throughout Halloween season
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

One of the most anticipated and highly attended events of the Halloween season is the “Haunted Trail,” held each year at the Mountain HomePlace.
This year, “The Mountain of Terror” Haunted Trail will open this evening, Friday, October 17, at dusk. As the evening approaches, mountain zombies, ghouls and ghosts will hide among the shadows of the trail to pounce upon unsuspecting walkers finding their way through the darkness of the autumn night.

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