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Johnson Co. deputies on patrol, issuing tickets at Paintsville Lake
By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

The Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Army Corps of Engineers to keep Paintsville Lake safe and fun for all visitors.
County deputies will be patrolling the dam, downstream area, and parking lots. Deputies will also venture out onto the lake by boat with Park Rangers and issue tickets for violations of the law.
Johnson Co. Sheriff Dwayne Price said, “We will be providing, not only a law enforcement presence with the Corps of Engineers, but we will can also assist citizens in the area.”

US 23 Country Music Highway Yard Sale kicks off
Orange balloons mark yard sale sites along US 23 today and tomorrow to help travelers get in on the bargains.

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

The Annual US 23 Country Music Highway Yard Sale got off to a drizzly start yesterday, but that couldn’t stop some folks from making their way to the deals happening. The giant yard sale will be running today and tomorrow as well.
Lynnette Pruitt of the Paintsville Tourism Commission said, “Tourism offices along US 23 created the yard sale several years ago with the intent to draw tourists to eastern Kentucky. The annual yard sale has grown each year and is a highly anticipated event.” The yard sale is happening along US 23 between Greenup and Letcher Counties.

Ward formerly sentenced in court
Staff Report

The Knott County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office confirmed that Gary Ward, 38, of Meally, who was arrested and charged with the murder of Christina Barnett, 34, of Sitka, in 2013, was formally sentenced to 10 years in prison for the lesser charge of second degree manslaughter on Thursday.
Barnett’s relatives say Barnett had met Ward on social media where Ward had presented himself under a false name. The two began dating, but by the time Barnett discovered Ward’s true identity, she had already fallen in love with him, said the victim’s mother, Donna Hale.

Main Street comes alive for Spring Fling
The ever popular Kiwanis Kettle Corn was popped fresh on site at Saturday’s Spring Fling event in downtown Paintsville.

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

The third annual Spring Fling was a great success in spite of the rain late in the afternoon on Saturday.
The Spring Fling is a free event for the public, sponsored by the Main Street Association. The association proudly announced on Saturday that the Paintsville Main Street Association is now, not only a state recognized Main Street, but a nationally recognized Main Street.

Disaster on Carter Lane
By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

At the monthly City Council meeting on Monday, citizens from Carter Ln. in Paintsville brought forward their concerns about the landslides affecting their homes and the surrounding roads. Heavy snow in February caused the land to begin to slip, and the heavy rains and flooding in March caused even more significant damage to the area.
At the home of Dale Daniel on Wednesday, Councilwoman Sara Blair stated “This community is in danger.”

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