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West Van Lear man road rages in Prestonsburg
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

A West Van Lear man was arrested Nov. 30 after repeatedly ramming his vehicle into another vehicle in the Prestonsburg City Hall parking lot.
According to Lt. George Tussey, Prestonsburg Police, Donovan Mullins, 25, of West Van Lear first encountered a woman in a local shopping center parking lot in Prestonsburg where he proceeded to ram repeatedly into her vehicle. Fearing for herself and two children in the vehicle with her, she fled to the Prestonsburg City Hall parking lot next to the police station.


State Champs
The Johnson Central Eagles delivered with a 2016 State Football Championship Sunday in Bowling Green. The Eagles demolished Franklin-Simpson 48-0 to win the crown under a running clock. The team outscored opponents 259-15 during the post season and shutout teams in the Region-4 Championship Game, the semi-final game and the championship game. For a full story on the state championship game go to page B1.

Community celebration held for gridiron heroes

By Tim Pelphrey
Sports Editor

The Johnson Central Eagles Football Team was celebrated after returning from winning the Class 4A State Championship Monday evening at the Johnson Central Eagle Field House.
Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Tommy McKenzie opened the ceremony by taking the time to explain the importance of what the team had accomplished this season.


Johnson County burn ban lifted
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Johnson County Judge Executive Tucker Daniel rescinded the burn ban on Wednesday, Nov. 30 after extensive rain showers saturated eastern Kentucky.
“November 2016 has marked one of the worst forest fire seasons in eastern Kentucky in recent memory,” said Daniel in his statement. “We were more fortunate than a lot of our surrounding counties with regards to damages to homes and properties, and our prayers go out to those families who lost homes, properties, or lives during this time.”


Assisting those in need
Sandy Valley Fasteners collected supplies and donations to deliver to Gatlinburg on Friday morning to aid recovery from the wildfires that ravaged the tourism destination in Tennessee. John Blevins and John Music organize the collection for delivery.

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

The employees at Sandy Valley Fasteners on Broadway in Paintsville have been watching the news as wildfires consume the forested mountains surrounding Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
“My daughter and sister live down there,” said Christy Henry, owner of Sandy Valley Fasteners. “We were just there and came back on Sunday.”


Firefighters alerted to burn ban violator
By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

Deputy Brad Caldwell with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to an anonymous caller who reported that there was large fire burning at 411 Airport Road on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 7:02 p.m.
“There was a man standing by a car drinking coffee and watching the fire when I arrived,” said Caldwell. “The man said that it was not his fire and that it reignited from some matches and hot coals left over from a previous fire that took place around a month and half ago.”



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