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Grand Jury indicts 14
By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

A Johnson County grand jury handed down 20 indictments for 14 people last week on a number of charges ranging from trafficking in meth, assault, possession of controlled substance, burglary, fraudulent use of credit card, theft by unlawful taking and flagrant non-support.
Diana Gatewood, 25, of Paintsville and Brittany Music, 21, of Paintsville were each indicted on drug trafficking charges. According to court documents both Gatewood and Music were trafficking in two or less grams of methamphetamine in the 1st degree. Diana Hackworth, 44, of Staffordsville, along with Roy Keith Allen, 38, of Salyersville were indicted on complicity charges of trafficking in two or less grams of methamphetamine in the 1st degree.

U.S. vs. Robert Porter
Robert Porter, mayor of Paintsville, and his attorney Mark A. Wohlander depart the federal courthouse in London after the first day of his trial.

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

A 12-person jury heard opening remarks on Wednesday of the criminal trial of Robert Porter, mayor of Paintsville at the Federal Courthouse in London.
Overseen by Judge Danny C. Reeves, United States District Judge, seven women and six men listened as Ken Taylor, assistant U.S. attorney presented his opening remarks of the case, “Robert Porter as mayor of Paintsville misused his authority to use the perks and benefits of his office to which he was not entitled,” said Taylor.

Paintsville’s Interapt paves the way for eastern Kentucky’s future
BSCTC Mayo Campus in Paintsville hosted the ribbon cutting of the Interapt classrooms on Monday. Interapt is a Louisville-based technology company partnering with the college to provide technology training and jobs to eastern Kentucky.

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Mayo Campus in Paintsville was the location yesterday for the ribbon cutting of Interapt, a technology based firm out of Louisville.
Interapt is collaborating with the eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) and Shaping our Appalachian Region (SOAR) to launch the TechHire Eastern Kentucky Program at BSCTC. The company-based training program is starting with a class of 50 students to teach them computer coding and technology development. Once completed, these coders will be offered jobs with the company. They will be working on projects such as healthcare documentation consolidation and tracking, of app development for human resources, and Google Glass integration with manufacturing industries.

Mayor Porter’s federal trial begins today in London
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

After multiple rescheduling and a move of venue, today marks the start of the trial of the United States versus Robert Porter, mayor of Paintsville, in London on multiple charges.
Charged with Porter were former Paintsville Utilities Manager Larry Herald and Eulas Crace, owner of Crace Wrecker Service, however in the months that followed the original indictment, Herald and Crace filed motions to be separated to be tried on their own. Herald entered into a plea agreement with the prosecution in July and had his sentence reduced to two years probation, two months incarceration and a $5,000 fine. According to court documents, Crace has undergone a mental health evaluation last month at Federal Medical Center Lexington in preparation for his own trial, however the results of that evaluation or further details are not yet available.

Diabetes prevention walk to be held this Saturday
By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

The Johnson County Health Department has joined with Marshall University Research Corporation where they were able to receive a grant to create opportunities throughout the community to educate individuals about diabetes prevention.
Jennifer Wilson, a health educator at the Johnson County Health Department, stated that the goal of the program is to help educate members in the community about how Type 2 Diabetes can be prevented, how to delay it, and to bring awareness to the disease.

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