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BSCTC now managing the Mountain Arts Center
Staff Report

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) signed an agreement on May 4 to manage the Mountain Arts Center (MAC) in Prestonsburg.
“This agreement defines true and effective community development, “ said Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of BSCTC. “All of us want to expand the MAC’s capacity and raise awareness of the facility as the premier performing arts venue in the southeastern United States.”

Casting for Kids raises the bar for shriners
The 2nd Annual Casting For Kids fishing competition, sponsored by the Big Sandy Shrine Club, was held on May 1 at Paintsville Lake. The competition raised $20,000 to go toward transportation for area children in need to Shriner’s Hospital in Lexington and Cincinnati.

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Cloudy skies did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of 242 fishermen as they competed in the 2nd Annual Casting for Kids! Open Bass Tournament on May 1 at Paintsville Lake raised an estimated $20,000 according to Tony Skeans, president of the Big Sandy Shrine Club.
The contest raised the funds for the Big Sandy Shrine Club, which provides area families with children in need, transportation to Shriner’s Hospital in Lexington and Cincinnati.

Health Department cancer screenings result in free gas cards
Staff Report

One of the most silent and deadly killers of women is also the most preventable. Johnson County Health Department officials report that the number of women getting annual cancer screenings is lower than the state average. “Only an average of 36 percent of women in Johnson County are getting their annual cancer screening,” said Jennifer Wilson, JCHD Educator.
Thanks to a grant from the Kentucky Cancer Screening Program, a Pink Counties Initiative, the Johnson County Health Department will be offering women a free $25 gas coupon when they complete their annual cancer screening at the Johnson County Health Department.

Black bear captured
Jayson Plaxico, along with two other Kentucky Wildlife employees, load the container carrying the 226 lb. bear to be relocated back into the wild.

Nancy Daniels
Staff Writer

Friday morning in the Keaton area, a landowner reported a black bear had been captured on his property.
Jayson Plaxico, Wildlife Biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources had placed a live container earlier on the property in order to capture and contain the bear.

DAV asks younger veterans for help
The Honor Guard of the Disable American Veterans, Chapter 18 performed the 21-gun salute during a flag lowering ceremony. The DAV also offers the services of the honor guard at funerals for veterans and they are in need of new members.

Staff Report

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) needs veterans willing to give back to the community and carry on this tradition by being part of the Honor Guard. A common sight at the funeral of veteran, the DAV provide a color guard, a 21-gun salute and present an American flag to gently to a grieving spouse while Taps plays in the background.
However, this tradition may be drawing to an end soon if the tradition cannot be carried by a younger generation of veterans.

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