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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.

Rescue training on Dawkins Trail
Photo submitted Pretending to be injured, a volunteer lies waiting as his peers consider how to safely move him to an emergency vehicle. Sixteen agencies and approximately 50 individuals participated in a six-hour training exercise of mock scenarios that took place on the Dawkins Trail on Sunday.

Staff Report

A regional training exercise focused on rescue operations was held Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Dawkins Line Rail Trail.
Rescue workers from agencies in both Johnson and Magoffin counties participated in the trainings and mock rescues. Rescue scenarios included how to safely handle and rescue an injured biker, hiker, walker or horseback rider, in addition to how to safely rescue a large animal.

City receives new ISO rating
Members of the Paintsville Fire Department undergo “overflash” training earlier this year. Ongoing training, the purchase of new equipment and quick response time has earned the city fire department a lowered ISO rating that will go into effect in January.

By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Some good news for the city was announced this week by Mayor Bob Porter.
Porter announced that the Paintsville Fire Department had received a revised ISO (Insurance Services Office) rating of 3. On a scale of 1 to 10, the lower an ISO rating, the better for local insurance rates.

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