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Board proposes tax increase
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

The Johnson County Board of Education is proposing an increase in taxes on real estate and personal property. A meeting will be held on Monday, September 22, in order to address public comments on the matter.
According to Supt. Tom Salyer, board members are in agreement to the proposed raise in taxes, primarily because “in going forward, it’s what’s best for students,” he said.

Conservation Day held at Thealka Park
An educator from the Kentucky Reptile Zoo showed off a black Kingsnake to county students attending a Johnson County Conservation District field event Tuesday morning. Snakes, the representative explained to the children, are best left alone and will usually do no harm if not provoked.

By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

The Johnson County Conservation District held its annual “Conservation Day” event for area students on Tuesday, at Thealka Park. Students visiting the field day event were introduced to a few snakes and other reptiles from the Kentucky Reptile Zoo, learned to make a soil profile showing the different layers of soil, constructed a birdhouse, learned about the weather and the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) system, theonstruction of the Paintsville Lake Dam, and more. Students rotated through a series of presentations and enjoyed lunch on site. The event was sponsored by the Johnson County Conservation District and organized by Erica Taylor-Reynolds, district environmental educator.

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.

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