Film crew visits Johnson County
|The Mountain HomePlace was once again the site for film production as the crew of the upcoming documentary “The Death of Floyd Collins” shot several scenes there Saturday morning before moving on to a location in the Barn Rock area.|
Already familiar with the eastern Kentucky region through his work on the film “The Very Worst Thing,” which tells the story of Floyd County’s 1958 school bus disaster; as well as his book “Murder in the Mountains: The Muriel Baldridge Story,” which relates the tale of the unsolved mystery of a Prestonsburg teen’s death, filmmaker and author Michael Crisp, of Georgetown, was back in eastern Kentucky this past weekend. This time, his work brought him to Johnson County.
Having made the acquaintance of local filmmaker Wade Smith (Red v. Blue: The Rivalry, Toxic Soup) and Paintsville actor Rick Roberts, Crisp learned of the Mountain HomePlace and the site of a Johnson County cave that he felt would serve as perfect backdrops for the filming of his newest endeavor, “The Death of Floyd Collins.”
Winter Storm Titan hits Johnson
Old man winter is back at it again with another winter storm hitting the area. This bout of weather brought with it ice along with several inches of snow, but officials are saying they haven’t experienced many problems with Winter Storm Titan.
Sam Auxier, Johnson County Road Department, said that they have had crews out working to clear the roads since Monday.
Auxier said they have had eight crews, which is their entire fleet, working all day. They have been scraping and putting down salt. He said that with the cold temperatures the salt hasn’t really been working.
Johnson native will share story of retracing father’s WWII route
A Johnson County native will return home this weekend to share his story of retracing his father’s footsteps through the Pacific Islands during World War II.
Dan Bailey, a professor at Ashland Community and Technical College, grew up in Flat Gap. His father, Lowell Bailey, was a former Marine who had landed on the sands of the beaches of the Pacific Islands with the 10th Regiment, Second Marine Division of the U.S. Marine Corps on June 15, 1944.
Week highlighted by auto accidents
|John Trimble, of Little Mud Lick, waits inside his vehicle as rescue workers work to free him after losing control of his car and crashing into a building near Steve’s Body Shop on Wednesday.|
Several single vehicle accidents occurred in Johnson County this week causing extensive damage to vehicles and property but little to drivers and passengers.
On Wednesday, local firefighters and EMT’s were called out to an accident that occurred on Little Mud Lick Road, near Steve’s Body Shop. Owner of the auto repair shop, Steve Lemaster, said he heard a loud crash and looked outside to see a blue Cavalier with its front end wedged into a storage building on an adjoining property, also owned by Lemaster.
The vehicle, which had been traveling toward Rt. 40, had crashed into Lemaster’s trash bin and across a drive before striking the storage building.
The driver, according to Lemaster, said he thought he had hit a pothole. Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Tussey said the driver, John D. Trimble, 57, of Little Mud Lick, had actually driven off the edge of the road.
Feb 28, 2014, 07:36
Meth lab discovery results in arrest in Hagerhill community
|Sheriff Dwayne Price says several active meth labs, such as the one pictured, were found at Lowe’s residence last week.|
While assisting the Kentucky Department of Probation and Parole last Thursday, Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies discovered a rather large amount of methamphetamine.
According to Sheriff Dwayne Price, several active meth labs were found in a residence located in Rabbit Hollow, in the Hager Hill community. “We found approximately 2.5 grams of meth, that’s quite a large amount,” he said. Price said that amount of the illegal drug would bring approximately $1,000 on the street.
Price said deputies were assisting probation officers in conducting a home visit on Henry Lowe, 29, when they approached Lowe outside the residence. Upon questioning, Lowe broke away from the officers and ran. Officers report that even after Lowe was caught, he continued to resist, causing officers to have to use pepper spray in order to bring him under control.