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Appeal filed on school tax ruling
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Feeling the people of Johnson County have been denied a basic right, a group of local citizens have enlisted the aide of a Lawrence County attorney in filing an appeal to Circuit Court Judge John David Preston’s recent ruling on a move by the Johnson County Board of Education to raise taxes for county property owners.
The appeal, filed on behalf of Johnson County Court Clerk Sallee Holbrook, through a committee of individuals who earlier circulated a petition calling for a special election on the tax issue, was filed in Johnson Circuit Court Clerk Penny Adams’ office on Tuesday.

Business leaders prepare for upcoming tourism season
Michelle Allen, EKU’s Nationally Certified BLISS Trainer, and Tia Campbell, Executive Director of Paintsville/Johnson County Tourism, help Johnson County prepare to give great customer service.

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

Business leaders convened at the Route 23 Cultural Heritage Museum on Thursday to learn skills that can help them prepare for summer tourists.
Paintsville expects to be classified as one of America’s Trail Towns before the summer and, as a result, expects to see an uptick in tourism.
Tia Campbell, Executive Director of Paintsville/Johnson County Tourism said, “Tourism is the third largest growing industry in Kentucky and we want to look to the future and look at the jobs that could be created through tourism.”

Tax increase approved
By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Following some controversy in recent weeks among city councilmembers, the passing of an increase in the city’s occupational tax was approved Monday.
During a special-called meeting held at noon at the Paintsville Recreation Center, an increase of a quarter of a percent on the city’s current one percent occupational tax -- making for a total occupational tax of 1.25 percent -- was passed.

Back row (L-R): Coach Anita Sturgill, Rachel Greene, Haley Slone, Sarah Greene, Bailey Ward, Emily Ward, Samantha Bayes and Haley Robison. Middle row (L-R): Kenzie McCall, Haley Mills, Baileigh McKenzie, Brooke Hopson, Emily Simpson, Savannah Lowe, Makenna Adams. Front row (L-R): Megan Arrowood, Erica Osborne, Sara Roberts, Allie Tibbs, Alli Russell, Allie Fairchild, Savannah Penix.

Staff Report

The Johnson Central High School Cheerleaders have had a record breaking year and are the first sports team in school history to win a state championship title.
"After 27 years of coaching, this was definitely the highlight," said JCHS Cheerleading Coach Anita Sturgill. "It hasn't really sunk in that this is the first sports team in the history of Johnson Central High School to win a state title. I'm so proud of my team."

Middle school wins coveted Governors Cup...again
Photo submitted Johnson County Middle School students celebrate the school’s 12th first place victory at the state Governor’s Cup competition after spending all year studying and training their buzzer fingers.

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

The Johnson County Middle School Academic Team took their 12th first place title at the state Governor’s Cup competition. “We are thrilled. The students and faculty are so pleased,” said Academic Team Coach Pam Burton. The Quick Recall team took 2nd place overall. The FPS team took 8th place.

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