Pit bull ordered put down
A pit bull that waged a vicious attack on a young girl in the Nippa community will be euthanized, as decided in Johnson County District Court Wednesday.
The owner of the animal, as ordered by Judge Susan Johnson, will be responsible for payment of the procedure.
The order also prohibits the dog’s owner, Donnie J. Castle, 36, of Shelton Lane, to “possess or own another dog” within the next 24 months. Should the court discover, the order states, that Castle has taken possession of another dog within the 24-month time period, a case against him will be set for trial.
Castle, who was charged with one count of harboring a vicious animal, could have been sentenced to up to 90 days in jail.
Police officers say Castle showed little remorse after the dog attacked eight-year-old Arissa Kestner, causing severe injuries that required treatment at Cabell-Huntington Hospital.
City Council discusses ambulance service and budget
The Paintsville City Council discussed the new billing company for the ambulance service and the 2013-2014 budget at their regularly scheduled meeting held Tuesday, May 14.
Council was informed that the reason the amount of money collected by the ambulance service was lower than usual was because they were waiting on Medicare and Medicaid to release funds.
There were issues with revalidation. It should have been done in November, but the old billing company didn’t do it. They had to back up and file the paper work. The ambulance service was told that in 30-60 days they would be releasing the money to them once everything was approved.
Mayor Bob Porter said that since March the new billing company had done around $533,000 in billing before adjustments.
Porter said they expect to get around 30 percent of what is billed to Medicare, Medicaid a little less, and from private insurance would be more than Medicare.
One treated at hospital after collision
One man was transported to Paul B. Hall after an accident in Leander on the evening of Thursday, May 9.
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a collision on Mill Branch road in the community of Leander.
A red Chevrolet Camaro driven by Paul Baldwin, of Leander, collided with a gold Toyota pick-up driven by Mikie Spears, of Hager Hill.
Spears was transported to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the collision, and later released.
This incident remains under investigation by Deputy David Pridemore.
New school library dedicated longtime librarian honored
At an age when most are on the threshold of graduation, Eileen Ramey began her teaching career at the age of 17. It was 1942 and her students congregated in a one-room schoolhouse in Greenup.
Eileen went on to attend Morehead State Teachers’ College where she met a young man from Johnson County. She later married Howard Ramey and the couple settled in Johnson County where they both began careers in education.
Howard began his career as a teacher at Van Lear while Eileen began hers teaching at Asa Creek. Both eventually came to be teachers at Van Lear, however, where Eileen taught until 1963, when she took a position as librarian at the then-new W. R. Castle Memorial Elementary School.
In 1985, Mrs. Ramey was named supervisor of the school district’s librarians by Hershel Conley. While in this position, Mrs. Ramey continued to serve as W.R.’s librarian until her retirement.
Following retirement, she soon returned to her beloved field of education as a substitute teacher, finally entering a second retirement in 1992 after having served 44 years in the Johnson County School System.
Mrs. Ramey was honored this past Thursday evening by fellow educators, administrative personnel, former students, principals and co-workers, and members of the W.R. Castle community when a formal ceremony was held naming the school’s new library in her honor.
Approximately 75 individuals attended the library dedication, including Johnson County Schools Superintendent Steve Trimble, and Johnson County Schools Board of Education members Melvin Vanhoose and William Fraley.
A longtime member and past president of the Johnson County Education Association, as well as the Eastern Kentucky Education Association, of which she was president, Mrs. Ramey shared one daughter, two grandsons, and several great-grandchildren with her husband, who passed away in 2010.
The new Eileen Ramey Library, located within the halls of W.R. Castle Memorial Elementary School is now being enjoyed by a generation of new students. A plaque bearing Mrs. Ramey’s portrait, name and a brief history hangs in the new facility.
‘Road to Fame’ the journey continues
The qualifying rounds for this years ‘Road to Fame’ competition were held this past weekend in Paintsville and Ashland and earlier in the month for Pikeville and Prestonsburg. During these rounds the judges narrowed down the number of competitors from 20 at each location to 10.
The top 10 from the Paintsville audition is: Michael Ash, Kori Breeding, Benji Carroll, Brandon Click, Johnny Day, Dan Deel, Tim Elkins, Chelsee Jarrell, Timothy Lykins and Amanda Robertson.
The top 10 from the Ashland audition is: Karis Blanton, Ashley Campbell, Brent Christian, Maranda Finney, Arron Haney, Ciara James, Justin Ratcliff, Chris Taylor, Holly Thompson and Wakita Young.
The top 10 from the Pikeville audition is: Lindsey Branson, John Clay Burchett, Abby Epling, Deric Jeffers, Brittany Lauren Lyons, Kristen Brooke Mosley, Caitlyn Jade Puckett, Abigail Stanley, Haley Sullivan and Shelly Young.