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Law enforcement and firefighters honored at local church

By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

Church members gathered on Sunday morning to celebrate and honor local law enforcement officers and firefighters at the First United Methodist Church in Paintsville where they were presented with prayer coins and a fulfilling dinner.
Esta Penix, who was over the event hopes that the event shows all those who risk their lives for our safety, the gratitude that the community has for them. In the world today law enforcement and firefights face harsh realities. Penix said that many face a struggle in “doing what is right and doing what is politically correct”.
Penix hopes that the prayer coins will stand as a reminder of the thankfulness, love, and support that stands behind them. “It’s a way to reach out to let them know that God loves them and to let them know how appreciated they are” said Penix.
“I felt honored for a church to take the time to thank us and to present a prayer coin to us” said Matthew Bowling who is a firefighter at the Paintsville Fire Department.
The idea of the prayer coins came to Penix after her son, who is a volunteer fire fighter, was given a prayer marble several years back that encouraged and reminded him of the support behind him while he serves the community.
This previous Sunday was the first time that the church has had a service to honor those in law enforcement and fire fighters, but hope to continue the event in the years to come. The First United Methodist Church has already planned to invite county officers and fire fighters out for the service and dinner in the next month or two.
“Hopefully it will inspire other churches to help and support our law enforcement and firefighters” said Penix.
The prayer coins will serve as a reminder to service members that even during the hard times, their community continues to stand behind them.


Cruiz’n on Main Street makes for a night of entertainment

By Amber Wilcox/Staff Writer

Cars from old to new rolled onto Main Street Saturday afternoon for a night of entertainment. Cruisers could be spotted up and down the road engines proudly on display as car enthusiasts strolled by.
The Cruiz’n, put on by the Paintsville Gearheads Car Club is a non-profit organization that was founded on promoting and preserving the vintage car hobby.
This year will make the 10th anniversary for the club as they continue to have Cruiz’n once a month starting in April and ending in September. The Cruiz’n are social events and are free with the exception of concessions and merchandise available at the Cruiz’n.
Michelle Ratliff, treasurer of the Gearheads, said that they “usually have around 75 to 150 cars that come and up to around 500 or more people” that attend the monthly Cruiz’n.
Offering more than just vintage cars, the Gearheads also provide entertainment through bands, games, door prizes, and movie nights as well. Saturday’s Cruiz’n participants were able to register to win free items as well as the opportunity to watch an outdoor movie showing of the Flintstones.
“We really try to give back to the community”, Ratliff said when asked about the work that the Gearheads do. Ratliff stated that one of the biggest ways they give back is by using the funds they raise to “help buy accessible play ground equipment for disabled children”.
Ratliff said the Gearheads organization sponsors events such as Ride with a Pal, where they have a cook out, Cruiz’n at the park and allow disabled children the opportunity to ride in a hot rod.
Having successfully placed the playground equipment in Auxier Park, Ratliff stated that their next goal would be to have accessible playground equipment placed at the Paintsville Rec Center.
The Gearheads meet on the first Friday night of the month during summer at the Paintsville Hardee’s and a Cruiz’n on the third of the month on Main Street of Paintsville beginning at 5 p.m.


Area Briefs
Addiction Counseling
Narconon reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. 800-431-1754 or Prescription-abuse.org.

Foster Parent Orientation
Interested in becoming a foster parent? Learn how. Benchmark Family Services will be conducting foster parent orientation classes daily. Classes are FREE. Please contact us at (606) 886-0163 to schedule an appointment. Our location is 91 Oak Ridge Court, Prestonsburg. Open your heart and your home to a child who needs them today!

Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Field Representative
Brian Bowman, Veterans Benefits Field Representative is located at the Pike County courthouse in Pikeville. Veterans and their dependants can receive assistance filing for federal and state veteran’s benefits. This service is free and available Monday through Fridays by appointment. To apply, veterans need to furnish copies of pertinent documentation to verify eligibility. For more information, call (866) 647-2926.

August 26:
- Don’t Charge, Take Charge: This free “Lunch & Learn” session provided by the Johnson County Extension Office is geared toward helping people learn how to manage their money wisely during tough economic times. The session will be held 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 26. Each month of participation earns you a change to wind gas cards, gift certificates, and other helpful management tools. Come and go as you need. Must preregister. For more information, call (606) 789-8108.

- 4-H Shooting Club Meeting: The 4-H Shooting Sports Meeting will be held on Friday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. in the field off Hwy 460 beside Rockhouse Fire Dept. For more information, call Dianna Reed at (606) 789-8108.

August 27:
- Levisa Fork Paddle Fest: Paintsville and Prestonsburg Tourism invites everyone out to a kayak and canoe Paddle Fest on the Levisa Fork. Launch in the river behind Billy Ray’s in Prestonsburg and paddle up to the old water plant in Paintsville. Watercraft rentals will be available from Legends Outfitters or Jenny Wiley State Park Resort. Shuttle transportation back to your vehicle in Prestonsburg. $10 per person for meal and shuttle. Register in advance by calling (606) 886-1341. For more information, call (606) 297-1469.

September 2:
- Keys to Healthy Living: The “Stress Management” workshop will be held on Friday, September 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office. The Extension Office is hosting a comprehensive workshop series to explore key strategies to help everyone live fuller, more rewarding lives. Prize drawing at meeting. For more information, contact the Extension Office at (606) 789-8108.

September 4:
- Deal Pelphrey and Laura Trimble Pelphrey Annual Family Reunion: The Deal Pelphrey and Laura Trimble Pelphrey annual family reunion is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 4 at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Little Mud Lick Youth Center. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m., family and friends encouraged to bring their favorite dish and beverage of their choice. For more information, call Sallee Ann Conley Holbrook at (606)789-2557 or (606)297-3503.

September 9:
- OSCAR Story Patch: The Oil Springs Cultural Arts and Recreation Center is hosting Story Patch performances on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, children ages 12 and under are $5, and groups of 10 or more are $7 each. A special culinary performance will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. courtesy of the Appalachian Dessert Theater for an additional $5 for tickets. The OSCAR is locates on Route 40 in Oil Springs. For more information, call (606) 8789-8108.

September 16:
- OSCAR Story Patch: The Oil Springs Cultural Arts and Recreation Center is hosting Story Patch performances on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, children ages 12 and under are $5, and groups of 10 or more are $7 each. A special culinary performance will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m. for a dinner theater performance, and a show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for both. The OSCAR is locates on Route 40 in Oil Springs. For more information, call (606) 8789-8108.

- Ellen Bowling Benefit Show: Friends and family of Ellen Bowling are holding a benefit show at the Country Music Highway Museum on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. featuring the Tommy Webb Band, C.J. the D.J., Five Miles from Nowhere, The Highland Bluegrass Quartet, Stepping Out Faith and the Fairchild Sisters. Concessions will be available, drawings and dancing.

September 17:
- Bankmule Long Haul Half Marathon and 5K: The Van Lear Historical Society Coal Miners Museum is hosting the Bankmule Long Haul Half Marathon and 5K on Sept. 17 at 8 a.m. in Van Lear. Registration closes on Sept. 10. Costs are $50 for the half marathon and $25 for the 5K race. For more information, call (606) 789-8540.

- Eastern KY Military Strong Bond Group: The Eastern Military Strong Bond Group will be holding a viewing of ACRONYM: The Cross-Generational Battle with PSTD, a documentary covering veterans of all wars followed by a discussion of PSTD issues and finishing with a relaxation session. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lunch provided at the VA Referral Center in Paintsville. For more information, call (2700498-9577 OR (270) 498-8338.

- Get Moving Johnson County: The Johnson County Health Department is hosting a series of diabetes prevention community walks. The first 100 Johnson County residents to register are free and receive a free t-shirt. Adult bicycles and FitBit HRs will be given away at each walk. This is not a race and there is no mandatory distance. Registration for the walk along the Paintsville Lake-Kiwanis Trail on Saturday, Sept. 17 starts at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call Jennifer Wilson at (606) 789-2590.

September 24:
- Levisa Fork Paddle Fest: Paintsville and Prestonsburg Tourism invites everyone out to a kayak and canoe Paddle Fest on the Levisa Fork. Launch in the river behind Billy Ray’s in Prestonsburg and paddle up to the old water plant in Paintsville. Watercraft rentals will be available from Legends Outfitters or Jenny Wiley State Park Resort. Shuttle transportation back to your vehicle in Prestonsburg. $10 per person for meal and shuttle. Register in advance by calling (606) 886-1341. For more information, call (606) 297-1469.

- Get Moving Johnson County: The Johnson County Health Department is hosting a series of diabetes prevention community walks. The first 100 Johnson County residents to register are free and receive a free t-shirt. Adult bicycles and FitBit HRs will be given away at each walk. This is not a race and there is no mandatory distance. Registration for the walk along the Dawkins Line Trail in Hagerhill on Saturday, Sept. 24 starts at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call Jennifer Wilson at (606) 789-2590.

September 30:
- Don’t Charge, Take Charge: This free “Lunch & Learn” session provided by the Johnson County Extension Office is geared toward helping people learn how to manage their money wisely during tough economic times. The session will be held 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30. Each month you attend, your name will be entered for a drawing for prizes. Come as you need, but you must preregister. For more information, call (606) 789-8108.

October 7:
- Holiday Sewing Smorgasbord: The Northeast Area Masters Clothing Volunteers is hosting a Holiday Sewing Smorgasbord on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 at the Lawrence County Extension Office. Learn how to make a pumpkin table runner, poinsettia quilted pillow and other projects. Registration is due by Oct. 7. To register, or for more information, call (606) 789-8108.

October 14:
- Keys to Healthy Living: The “Financial Affairs” workshop will be held on Friday, October 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office. The Extension Office is hosting a comprehensive workshop series to explore key strategies to help everyone live fuller, more rewarding lives. Prize drawing at meeting. For more information, contact the Extension Office at (606) 789-8108.

October 15:
- 2nd Annual Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Cure Kirsten 5K & 10K: The second annual Cure SMA Cure Kirsten 5K & 10K race is scheduled for Oct. 15 at 9 a.m. on the Paintsville Track located at 232 Preston St. in Paintsville. Registration is available up to July 15 for $20. Registration on the day of the race opens at 7:45 a.m. For more information, email wcornett3@aol.com.

- Get Moving Johnson County: The Johnson County Health Department is hosting a series of diabetes prevention community walks. The first 100 Johnson County residents to register are free and receive a free t-shirt. Adult bicycles and FitBit HRs will be given away at each walk. This is not a race and there is no mandatory distance. Registration for the walk along the Paintsville Lake-Kiwanis Trail on Saturday, Oct. 15 starts at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call Jennifer Wilson at (606) 789-2590.

October 22:
- Levisa Fork Paddle Fest: Paintsville and Prestonsburg Tourism invites everyone out to a kayak and canoe Paddle Fest on the Levisa Fork. Launch in the river behind Billy Ray’s in Prestonsburg and paddle up to the old water plant in Paintsville. Watercraft rentals will be available from Legends Outfitters or Jenny Wiley State Park Resort. Shuttle transportation back to your vehicle in Prestonsburg. $10 per person for meal and shuttle. Register in advance by calling (606) 886-1341. For more information, call (606) 297-1469.

- Get Moving Johnson County: The Johnson County Health Department is hosting a series of diabetes prevention community walks. The first 100 Johnson County residents to register are free and receive a free t-shirt. Adult bicycles and FitBit HRs will be given away at each walk. This is not a race and there is no mandatory distance. Registration for the walk along the Dawkins Line Trail in Hagerhill on Saturday, Oct. 22 starts at 8 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. For more information, call Jennifer Wilson at (606) 789-2590.

October 27:
- Holiday Sewing Smorgasbord: The Northeast Area Masters Clothing Volunteers is hosting a Holiday Sewing Smorgasbord on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 at the Lawrence County Extension Office. Learn how to make a pumpkin table runner, poinsettia quilted pillow and other projects. Registration is due by Oct. 7. To register, or for more information, call (606) 789-8108.

October 28:
- Don’t Charge, Take Charge: This free “Lunch & Learn” session provided by the Johnson County Extension Office is geared toward helping people learn how to manage their money wisely during tough economic times. The session will be held 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 28. Each month of participation earns you a change to wind gas cards, gift certificates, and other helpful management tools. Come and go as you need. Must preregister. For more information, call (606) 789-8108.

November 11:
- Keys to Healthy Living: The “Sleep” workshop will be held on Friday, November 11 at 11:30 a.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office. The Extension Office is hosting a comprehensive workshop series to explore key strategies to help everyone live fuller, more rewarding lives. Prize drawing at meeting. For more information, contact the Extension Office at (606) 789-8108.

November 18:
- Don’t Charge, Take Charge: This free “Lunch & Learn” session provided by the Johnson County Extension Office is geared toward helping people learn how to manage their money wisely during tough economic times. The session will be held 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18. Each month you attend, your name will be entered for a drawing for prizes. Come as you need, but you must preregister. For more information, call (606) 789-8108.

December 9:
- Keys to Healthy Living: The “Taking Time for Yourself” workshop will be held on Friday, December 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office. The Extension Office is hosting a comprehensive workshop series to explore key strategies to help everyone live fuller, more rewarding lives. Prize drawing at meeting. For more information, contact the Extension Office at (606) 789-8108.

December 16:
- Don’t Charge, Take Charge: This free “Lunch & Learn” session provided by the Johnson County Extension Office is geared toward helping people learn how to manage their money wisely during tough economic times. The session will be held 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Each month you attend, your name will be entered for a drawing for prizes. Come as you need, but you must preregister. For more information, call (606) 789-8108.


Paintsville Elementary Academic Tigers 3-Peat Champions of District 130
Jasmine Butcher and Clarissa Butcher at the farm learning about the freeze branding and the different techniques of cow identification.

By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

Community members came together last Friday for an evening of crafts and activities at Flat Gap Elementary School. Hosted by the Johnson County extension office. The Farm and Home Field Day was able to bring awareness to the community as well as something positive and exciting.
Along with other extension office agents throughout the region, organizations such as the 4-H Club and members of the Johnson Central Agricultural Science Department were also present at the event.
Booths were setup to provide information on canning food, information on maple production, green cleaning, making jams and jellies, housing solutions, school readiness and many others.
The event also provided the opportunity for members of the community to make their own wreaths, grow their own herbs through the 4-H department, and to travel to the farm in learning more about freeze branding and cow identification techniques.
Both young and old attended the event as individuals learned new techniques and had the opportunity to engage within their community.
They finished up the evening with grilled food and quest speaker, Warren Beeler, spoke on Agricultural Development in the area.
Brian Jeffiers, with the Johnson County extension office stated that he wanted the event to show what they do within the community and to bring recognition to how things are improving in the area.
Jeffiers also stated that they plan to continue working in the area and hope to help flood victims by helping in the landscaping process in hopes of “sprucing it up and making it feel more homey”.


Van Lear Days celebration reminds community about heritage

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

The 31th Annual Van Lear Days celebration to raise funds for the Van Lear Historical Society was held on Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 at the Coal Miner’s Museum in Van Lear.
“We had a good turnout,” said Tina Webb, vice-president of the Van Lear Historical Society and director of the Coal Miner’s Museum. “I just want to take a moment to thank all our volunteers for their hard work to make all of this happen. No one here gets paid to do this, so it means all the more to us,”
Music and corn hole tournaments started off the festivities on Friday night followed by a Turkey Shoot and Car Show on Saturday morning. The parade, led by Grand Marshal Iris Blair included the Van Lear Fire and Rescue crews, Police, classic cars and many others to the cheers of their audience along the route to Powell Addition. While family visited, kids were able to play at Rucker Park before the 8th Annual Van Lear Idol took place that evening.
All funds raised during this celebration go toward the Van Lear Historical Society to pay for renovations, repairs and day-to-day operations throughout the year.



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