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JCHS teacher arrested
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Among those indicted Friday by a Johnson County grand jury was a Johnson Central High School teacher, accused of inappropriate conduct with a student.
Robert L. Cantrell, 25, of Prestonsburg, was indicted on charges of unlawful transaction with a minor, first degree; and two counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance.

Grand jury issues indictments, sheriff rounds up alleged traffickers

By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

A grand jury met last week in Johnson Circuit Court, handing out 35 indictments against 29 people on Friday morning.
As has come to be the norm, illegal drug offenses made for the majority of the indictments.
Those indicted on drug-related charges include: Michelle Davis, 27, of Thealka, trafficking in controlled substances, second degree/complicity (two counts); and, endangering the welfare of a minor (two counts). According to the indictment, Davis is accused of allegedly selling five units of suboxone, on Jan. 15, and an additional five units of suboxone on Feb. 5, in complicity with Keith Davis Jr., 33, also of Thealka, who faces the same charges as Michelle Davis.

Haunted events to take place throughout Halloween season
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

One of the most anticipated and highly attended events of the Halloween season is the “Haunted Trail,” held each year at the Mountain HomePlace.
This year, “The Mountain of Terror” Haunted Trail will open this evening, Friday, October 17, at dusk. As the evening approaches, mountain zombies, ghouls and ghosts will hide among the shadows of the trail to pounce upon unsuspecting walkers finding their way through the darkness of the autumn night.

Taxed to the max citizens cry
Local businessman and property owner Todd Meade was vocal in his protests of the increased tax during a meeting held in September at the county school board office. Photo by Paula Halm/Staff

By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Reacting to a move made by the Johnson County Board of Education in late September to raise property taxes, local citizens have formed a tax recall committee, as confirmed by the Johnson County Court Clerk’s office on Wednesday.
According to information on file in the clerk’s office, a petition committee affidavit has been filed that will allow a petition to be circulated in an effort to recall a portion of the new 45.3 cents (per $100 assessed property value) tax rate.

Virtual school on snow days
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Snow days typically mean no school work or assignments for students but that may not be the case this school year for students in the county school district.
“First, we hope we don’t have any snow days this year,” said Johnson County Schools Director of Pupil Personnel Thom Cochran. “There’s no substitute for face-to-face, teachers to students instruction in the classroom,” he said.

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