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Generosity of time, funds, and spirit
Sundy Best headlined the Johnson County Flood Relief Benefit Concert and rocked out for a cheering crowd at JCHS on Wednesday evening to raise money for flood victims.

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

It has proven difficult to tally up the large amounts of time, money, supplies, and spirit of goodwill and comradery that has poured into Johnson Co. in the last two weeks.
It is even more difficult at this point in time to place a number on the losses that have occurred and the needs of those affect that must be met moving forward, as FEMA, the Johnson County Long-Term Recovery Committee, and other organizations are in the planning stages of dealing with the large amount of damage that occurred as a result of the flash flooding.

Police seize large amounts of cash, drugs, paraphernalia
By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

After keeping a rental unit at Elite Apartments in Paintsville under surveillance for approximately a month, Paintsville Police, in coordination with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, were able to execute a search warrant for illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, and four individuals were arrested on Wednesday afternoon.
PPD Detective Jon Holbrook stated that he had received several complaints from concerned citizens regarding the activities of the inhabitants. Additionally, Holbrook intercepted a message wherein one of the inhabitants was attempting to sell methamphetamine to a female subject.

Body of fourth flood victim recovered
Scott Johnson

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

“There is an empty spot in my heart for him and my mother. If it wasn’t for God, I couldn’t make it,” said Kevin Johnson, the father of Scott Johnson and son of Willa Mae Pennington who both perished in flood waters last week.
Family members and law enforcement were holding out hope that the man described as a hero would be found alive, but the body of Scott Johnson, 34, was recovered on Friday evening by a Search and Rescue Team along the creek on KY Rt. 172.

Sheriff warns of scammers, legitimate organizations out to help
By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

Though the county has seen a tremendous outpouring of support from organizations and individuals wanting to give what they are able to by helping those who have lost so much, the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning against “unscrupulous people” who are trying “to collect money from someone else’s tragedy.”
In a prepared statement from JCSO, Sheriff Dwayne Price warned the public against scams. He warns “There have been multiple “GoFundMe” accounts set up on the social networking site, asking for donations to help individuals rebuild their homes and lives” and that the scams “are appearing on Facebook.”

Grand Jury issues eight indictments for drugs, robbery and wanton endangerment
By Bridget Slone
Staff Writer

A Johnson County grand jury handed down eight indictments on Wednesday for six individuals, most of whom are wanted on drug-related charges.
Kristie Johnson, 35, of Hager Hill, was indicted on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to court records, upon entering Johnson’s place of residence, authorities found a clear plastic baggie and glass pipe containing a white powdery substance believed to be meth.

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