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Lawsuit alleges murder, arson in local man’s 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, Girard’s natural heir and administratrix of Girard’s 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 Girard’s 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 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.

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