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Area children lacking in oral health
By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

A recent report on oral health and the access to health care in Kentucky was co-released by Delta Dental of Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates on Oct. 19.
The report, Making Smiles Happen: 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky’s Youth, is the first oral health study of Kentucky children in over 15 years.

Truck collides with school bus on Ky. Rt. 321
A Johnson County School District bus took minor damage from the collision with the above Ford pickup truck. The school bus will be taken out of operation until repairs are made. A preliminary estimate by Ron Fairchild, Johnson County School District Transportation Director, puts the cost at $3,000.

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

A school bus of children heading toward Porter Elementary on Thursday morning was struck by a Ford pick-up truck turning off of Ky. Rt. 1107.
“The bus was fully loaded with students ranging from elementary to high school. No one was injured during the collision,” said Deputy Terry Tussey, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Home birth death under investigation
By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

West Van Lear Fire Department and Paintsville EMS responded to a 911 call at 2:59 p.m. Saturday Oct. 15 in reference to a 33-year-old woman who had reportedly given birth at her residence in West Van Lear.
According to a representative with the Paintsville Fire and Rescue Station, the mother refused to be transported for medical attention.

Crace pleads guilty to bribery
Eulas Crace left the federal courthouse in Pikeville on Monday, Oct. 17 with his attorney Brent Caldwell after pleading guilty to bribery charges in exchange for a plea deal with the U.S. District Attorney’s office.

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Eulas Crace, retired owner of Crace Wrecker Service and Crace Construction Co. pled guilty to one charge of bribery of a public official on Monday, Oct. 17 in at the federal courthouse in Pikeville.
Crace, supported by his wife and children, submitted a waiver of indictment and guilty plea to the court as part of a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney’s office in exchange for no further charges filed on this matter on either himself or his son, Chet Crace, manager of Crace Wrecker Service.

School lockdowns What to know
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

The soft lockdown at Johnson Central Schools on Tuesday afternoon brought attention to what the schools are doing to protect students during threats of violence. In Johnson County, the two biggest districts both have the same goal in mind – protection and safety of their students.
According to Johnson Central High School, a vague threat was issued over social media to two high schools in Kentucky and one in Ohio. The school went into a soft lockdown as a precaution according to Tom Salyer, Johnson County School District Superintendent. “A soft lockdown involves securing all entrances and exits, and closing and locking windows, but we allow students to move from room to room to continue with their school day,” said Salyer.

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