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Owner sentenced to federal prison

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Jarrod Breeding, owner of the 201 Speedway in Sitka, was sentenced on Tuesday, March 14, at the Federal Courthouse in Pikeville, to 30 months imprisonment and to pay $285,210 of restitution after he pled guilty to one count of filing a false return for tax year 2013.
Breeding was originally indicted in May 2016 on three charges of tax evasion, for under-reporting his income from 2012 through 2014, one charge of evading reporting requirements, and one charge of attempting to impede a grand jury investigation by providing false documents, however only pled guilty to the one charge.

Staffordsville woman arrested for abusing her granddaughter
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

A Staffordsville woman was arrested by Kentucky State Police on Monday, March 20, after being accused of abusing her granddaughter.
Karen S. Stanley, 56, of Stafford-sville, is charged with assault, 4th degree (child abuse); alcohol intoxication in a public place, 1st and 2nd offense; and disorderly conduct, 2nd degree.

Former police officer pleads guilty to theft
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Daren Estep, 37, of Oil Springs, pled guilty in the Johnson County Circuit Court on Friday, March 17 to 10 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the 2nd degree for writing $4,608 worth of Paintsville Funeral Home checks in May and June of 2016 to himself while employed there and one count of using Stella Preston’s, owner of Paintsville Funeral Home, credit card.
The charges can result in a penalty of one to five years in jail and a fine of no more than $10,000. Estep was also charged with fraudulent use of credit card less than $500 with a penalty of up to 12 months in the county jail and a fine less than $500.

Johnson County schools rack up awards during Governor’s Cup
Johnson County Middle School won its 14th state title, taking overall first place in the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition, Governor’s Cup during the competition on March 11 in Louisville at the Galt House.

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Johnson County Middle School achieved their 14th title on Saturday, March 11 at the Galt House in Louisville for the 2017 Kentucky Association for Academic Competition Governor’s Cup.
The competition was broken down into three categories, high school and middle school competitions counted toward the Governor’s Cup while the junior division of future problem solvers (FPS) and community problem solvers (CmPS) division does not. Winners in FPS and CmPS will go on to compete at the Future Problem Solving Program International conference at the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse on June 7 through June 11.

City Council approves compromise on utility rate increases
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

The Paintsville City council met for their monthly meeting in the atrium of the Paintsville Recreation Center on Monday, March 13. Councilman Tim Hall and city attorney Jeff Baldwin were not in attendance.
Mayor Bill Mike Runyon opened the session by lauding the Paintsville High School girl’s basketball team for their regional championship win on Saturday, March 4, for the first time since 1932. The team was presented with a pin to commemorate their accomplishments and remind them of what they were able to achieve. “You may not realize now, how big a deal this is, but 20 to 30 years from now, you’ll understand,” said Runyon.

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