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SOAR health impact session to be held Tuesday at Ramada
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

United States Representative Hal Rogers, along with Dr. Thomas Frieden, director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will host a SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) Health Impact session in Paintsville on Tuesday.
The session will be one of three that will be held during a three-day tour of the region and will include discussions centering on the region’s high rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.


Bridge named in honor of missing war hero
Photos by Kathy J. Prater/Staff Members of Sgt. James E. Lemaster’s family pose for a photo with Rep. Hubert Collins and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Chief District Engineer Mary Westfall-Holbrook (far left) at a dedication ceremony held Thursday at the Paintsville Lake spillway prior to the unveiling of a sign that will be erected in Sgt. Lemaster’s honor on Ky. Rt. 40 W in Staffordsville. Collins presented Lemaster’s siblings with certificates honoring their deceased brother.


By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

With his remains still unidentified, family members of Sgt. James E. Lemaster have not been able to have the healing closure a funeral can give, but a ceremony honoring his memory on Thursday morning came close.
James E. Lemaster, the second eldest son of the late Plennie and Anna Tackett Lemaster, left his Johnson County home in 1948, at the age of 19, to defend his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He returned home for one visit with loved ones in January 1950 — that visit turned out to be the last time he would see his native eastern Kentucky hills.
Upon his return to active duty, Sgt. Lemaster became a prisoner of war in Pyoktong, North Korea, on Dec. 1, 1950, where Army records indicate he died of dysentery in February 1951.


Van Lear Town celebration to be held Aug. 1, 2
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

It barely seems like it should be that time again, but it is — time for the 29th Annual Van Lear Town Celebration.
The celebration will take place this weekend, Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday when the first soup bean dinner will be served up at the Coal Miner’s Museum. If that’s a little early for your appetite, no worries — the soup bean dinners will continue to be available until 3:30 p.m.
Throughout the day, Icky’s classic 1950s stop-in will be open serving its regular menu, in addition to sno-cones and popcorn, and carnival games and fun inflatables will be on site for the kids. Tours of Loretta Lynn’s and Crystal Gayle’s Butcher Hollow homeplace will be held and the Coal Miner’s Museum will also be open for tours throughout the day. And, for those not faint-hearted, the Coal Miner’s Museum will host Ghost Tours beginning at 9 p.m.


Wanted man, stolen vehicle discovered
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

With an outstanding warrant to serve and acting on a tip, sheriff’s deputies not only found their man but a stolen vehicle, as well.
According to Johnson County Sheriff Dwyane Price, he and Dep. David Pridemore located James Miller, 29, of Prestonsburg, at a residence he had been staying in at Point View Trailer Court, in Paintsville, thanks to receiving an anonymous tip as to his whereabouts.
Arresting Miller last Thursday on an outstanding indictment warrant for trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), the officers were also able to locate a vehicle allegedly stolen by Miller.
The vehicle, Price said, matched the description of one that had been stolen from Athens, Ohio.
A preliminary search of the stolen vehicle led to the discovery of various methamphetamine precursors which led to more charges against Miller — possession of methamphetamine precursors, receiving stolen property, and other various charges, according to Price.


‘Violent’ crash injures two
Two women were seriously injured in an accident that occurred early Monday evening on Ky. Rt. 172.


By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

What Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Tim Clark referred to as a “violent” collision took place early Monday evening on Ky. Rt. 172.
According to Clark, a Chevy Lumina operated by Canish Jaynes of Dixon Branch, was traveling on Rt. 172 in the vicinity of McKenzie Branch when Jaynes lost control of her vehicle, veered off the roadway, and, as Jaynes overcorrected in an attempt to regain control, crashed head-on into another vehicle, as reported to Clark by an eye witness.
Crossing into the path of the oncoming GMC SUV operated by Megan Keaton of Flat Gap, Jaynes crashed head-on into the GMC creating a “violent, solid impact” that Clark said caused extensive damage to both vehicles and severe injuries to the operators of both vehicles.



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