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Flat Gap Elementary School renovations underway


Students go back in time at BSCTC’s Appalachian Days
Students from Betsy Layne and W.R. Castle elementary schools talked with a Civil War soldier who demonstrated the different types of bugle sounds used during battle during Appalachian Days on Friday, April 29 at Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Prestonsburg campus.

By Jennifer Little
 
Students from Betsy Layne and W. R. Castle elementary schools spent the day learning about the past during the fifth-annual Appalachian Days held at Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Prestonsburg campus on Friday, April 29.
Students were treated to a laser show and exhibit at the East Kentucky Science Center and Varia Planetarium and then traveled back in time as they toured the historic Samuel May house, watched a civil war re-enactment and spent time at a Civil War encampment. 
“Appalachian Days was a concept first derived by the President’s Diversity Advisory Council to help students understand and be proud of their heritage in the area,” said Tina Terry, director of cultural diversity at BSCTC. “Our students live in an area that is so rich with history. What better way than to spend a day fully immersed in history”. 
During their tours, students listened to a presentation by the maiden of the Samuel May House.  They also had the chance to speak to soldiers at the civil war encampment.  
For more information on cultural diversity at BSCTC, contact Terry at (606) 886-7374 or by email tterry0025@kctcs.edu.


Van Lear shows community PRIDE with cleanup

Staff Report

The Van Lear PRIDE Community Cleanup volunteers met at the Van Lear Historical Museum Saturday, April 30 to begin their spring clean up of several roadsides in their community.
A total of 97 bags of trash were picked up along St. Rt. 1107 from St. Rt. 321 to St. Rt. 302, Hayden Branch, Wolfpen Loop, Silk Stocking Road and Miller’s Creek Road, a total of 7.887 miles.
The Van Lear PRIDE Community Cleanup started about 18 years ago. Coordinating efforts with Lillian Wheeler, Johnson County PRIDE Coordinator, members of the McCoart family and many other dedicated community members come together to clean up roadside trash twice a year, spring and fall.
Young and old work side by side in the ditch lines picking up litter that had been tossed out of vehicles or wind blown.
Teresa McCoart said “We start letting our children help us at a young age and they have continued helping throughout the years and are now bringing their own children”.
Along with the community volunteers, there were four inmates from the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center and Jailor Doug Saylor, who also helped with the project.
Johnson County Fiscal Court, Apple Valley Sanitation and several of the county jailors have also been instrumental in the success of the cleanups.
McCoart said, “Our hope for the future is in teaching our children how important it is to take care of our environment and not throw trash out for others to clean up”.


Dolly Parton Imagination Library Comes To Johnson County
Pictured: Tom Salyer, Noel Crum, Karen Daniels, Pete the Cat (Brent Bartley), The Cat in the Hat (Ethan McCune) , Christy Terry, Sandy Hogg, Bryan Auxier, Coy Samons

Staff Report

The Dolly Parton Imagination Library debuted in Johnson County on April 19, 2016.  Children who attended were registered to receive a free book by mail every month until he or she reaches age five.  All children who registered received their first book, “The “Little Engine that Could.”
This Johnson County event was sponsored by a multitude of community partners, including the Johnson County Public Library, Johnson County Schools, Paintsville Independent Schools, Johnson County Health Department, KIDS NOW.


Area Briefs
Grief Support Group Meetings
Appalachian Hospice Care will host Grief Support Group Meetings every first Thursday, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. at two locations. The Hager Hill Office is located at 1520 KY Rt. 1428, phone (606) 789-3841. The Pikeville Office is located at 1414 S. Mayo Trl., phone (606) 432-2112. Light refreshments will be served. Open to everyone.

Caregiver Support Program
National Family Caregiver Support Program helps people who are taking care of loved ones who are 60 years or older or grandparents who are raising grandchildren. Services include: Educational information on various topics, free training for caregivers, support groups, temporary respite services to “give caregivers a break,” and other types of assistance. The program links caregivers with any community resource that may be available to them and helps some caregivers with supplemental services like: building a handicap ramp, buying supplies or providing transportation. For more information, contact Tara Little at 1-800-737-2723 or tara.little@bigsandy.org.

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.

Attention Veterans
Brian Bowman, Veterans Benefits Field Representative is located at the Pike County Courthouse in Pikeville on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays by appointment. Veterans and their dependents will receive assistance filing for federal and state veteran’s benefits. This service is provided free of charge by the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. To apply, veterans need to furnish copies of pertinent documentation to verify eligibility. For further information, please call toll free 1-866-647-2926 to speak with Brian Bowman.

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!

Line Dancing
Line dancing classes are held every Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at 101 W. Pike St. in Louisa.

The Piarist School Outreach
The Piarist School Outreach is taking applications for Emergency Home Repairs. Call Audrey Collins at (606) 789-1967 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. or stop by The Piarist School at Hager Hill for an application. Work is free for qualified applicants and cosmetic work will not be considered.

Veterans’ Service Needed
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) need men or women willing to give back to the community by being part of the Honor Guard. The Honor Guard provides the 21-gun salute at gravesites when a brother passes on. The DAV will furnish uniforms and transportation. All you need to provide is your commitment and DD 214. Your community needs you now. For more information, call Commander Ballard Shepherd at (606) 889-8629 or Adjutant Robert Trador at (606) 789-6124.

Flat Gap Elementary Registration
Flat Gap Elementary Kindergarten registration packets are now available to pick up. You will need to have a birth certificate, social security card and immunization certificate. For more information, call (606) 265-3110 or (606) 264-4110.

Highland Elementary Registration
Highland Elementary is now registering Kindergarten students for the 2016-2017 school year. Please stop by the main office Monday through Friday to pick up a registration packet between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information about registering your child, please call (606) 297-3674.

Our Lady of the Mountains Enrollment
Our Lady of the Mountains School is currently enrolling students for the 2016-2017 school year. OLM is accredited by the Commonwealth of Kentucky Non-Public School System and has certified teachers and a licensed pre-school. OLM is open to pre-K through 6th grade. Tuition assistance is available. For more information, contact the school at (606) 789-3661 or email Principal Sister Lillian Jordan at lillianjordan@hotmail.com

Paintsville Elementary Registration
Paintsville Elementary is currently registering new Kindergarten and new first-sixth grade students Please contact the school at (606) 789-2651 or stop by the elementary office from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on weekdays to get more information and enrollment packets.

Porter Elementary Registration
Porter Elementary School is currently registering new Kindergarten students and new first-sixth grade students for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year.
Kindergarten application packets and new student packets may be picked up at the main office of the school between 7:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. each day. For more information, call the school principal at (606) 789-4245.

May 4:
- Central Elementary Site-Based Decision Making Council Elections Deadline: Central Elementary’s SBDM Council elections for parent representatives will be held on Wednesday, May 11. Parents who will have a student attending Kindergarten through 6th grade in the 2016-2017 school year are invited to place their name on the ballot. Interested parties should contact Principal Stephen Young by May 4. The election will take place on Wednesday, May 11 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the main office. Teacher elections will be held on Thursday, May 12 after school.

May 5:
- 4-H Horse Club: There will be a Horse Club meeting on Thursday, May 5 at 6 p.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office. For more information, call (606) 789-8108.

May 6:
- Deadline for Spring Fest Inside Yard Sale: The Johnson County Senior Citizens Center will be hosting a Spring Fest Inside Yard Sale on Saturday, May 14. Local crafters and vendors are invited to set up a table. The cost is $20 per table. Tables must be reserved and paid for by Friday, May 6. For more information, call (606) 789-4830.

May 7:
- Derby Day 5K Run/Walk: Throw on your Derby hat and run for the roses with the Paintsville High School Volleyball team. The race will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Paintsville High School. Preregister by calling Dawn Kinner at (606) 789-2656 or email dawn.kinner@paintsville.kyschools.us. $25 for individuals, $40 for families, $10 for Kids Stick Horse Race. Bring your own stick horse to run for the roses. Awards will be given for Best Derby Hat, Top Finishers, and Stick Horse Race Winners.

- Van Lear Freewill Baptist Church Yard Sale: The Van Lear Freewill Baptist Church will be holding a multi-family yard sale on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Anyone wishing to join can rent space and one table available for a small fee of $25. Vendors can begin setting up at 7:00 a.m. the day of the sale. Participants are welcome to bring additional tables/racks to display items for sale. The sale will be held Van Lear Freewill Baptist Church parking lot, located at 2687 Kentucky Highway 302 in Van Lear. Call (606) 367-0290 or (606) 434-9531 for additional information.

May 9:
- JCHS Site-Based Council Election: Parent election for the Johnson Central High School Site-Based Council will be Friday, May 9 in the lobby from 5:00 -7:00 P.M. Candidates must have a child enrolled at JCHS during the 2016-1017 school year.

May 11:
- Central Elementary Site-Based Decision Making Council Elections: Central Elementary’s SBDM Council elections for parent representatives will be held on Wednesday, May 1 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the main office. Teacher elections will be held on Thursday, May 12 after school.

- Flat Gap Elementary Site Based Council Elections: Flat Gap Elementary School will be holding their first parent elections for site based decision-making council on May 11 from 3 -5 p.m. The site based decision-making council plays a key role in school administration. Two parents will be elected to serve on the council for the 2016-2017 school year. All parents, stepparents, foster parents or legal guardians of students who will be enrolled at Flat Gap Elementary during the 2016-2017 school year can vote. The school will be accepting nominations up to the day of the election. Any questions about the election can be directed to the Flat Gap Elementary School Office at (606) 265-3110.

May 12:
- William G. Duke Golf Scramble: The Big Sandy College Educational Foundation, Inc. will host the William G. Duke Golf Scramble on Thursday, May 12 at StoneCrest Golf Course. For more information, contact Kelli Ayers at (606) 886-7358 or email kayers0006@kctcs.edu.

- Book Discussion: The Johnson County Public Library will be discussing the book The Stories of Jenny Wiley: Exploring the History and the Legends on Thursday, May 12 from 12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Please bring your own sack lunch and drink. To reserve a book or for more information, please call the library at (606) 789-4355.

May 13:
- 4-H Shooting Sports: There will be a Shooting Sports meeting on Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m. on KY Rt. 460 beside the Rockhouse Fire Dept. For more information call the Johnson County Extension Office at (606) 789-8108.

May 14:
- Spring Fest Inside Yard Sale: The Johnson County Senior Citizens Center will be hosting a Spring Fest Inside Yard Sale at the center on Route 40 East on Saturday, May 14. The event will feature local crafters and vendors. For more information, call (606) 789-4830.

May 16:
- Tiger Volleyball Camp: There will be a Volleyball Camp for 1st through 5th grade students May 16 – May 19, from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. at the Paintsville High School Gymnasium. The cost is $40. Fundamental skills instruction and game play Register with Coach Dawn Kinner at dawn.kinner@paintsville.kyschools..us. Make checks payable to PHS Volleyball.

May 21:
- 2nd Annual Awesome 80’s Glow Run 5K: The annual 5K to benefit the Floyd County Relay for Life will be held on Saturday, May 21 at US Bank in Prestonsburg. Registration at 6:30 p.m. Run at 8 p.m. T-shirts will be given to participants. Awards given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female, and fastest team. $1,000 scholarship awarded to one high school runner! Costume prizes will be awarded to the coolest child, most awesome adult, and best group costume/attire. $20 to register before May 20, age 17 or younger $15, groups of 10 or more $15 per person. Register at active.com, tristateracer.com or racesignup.com. For more information, call (606) 886-2924 or email Jamie.Hall3@usbank.com.

May 27:
- 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, May 27. 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.

- Deadline for Meade Memorial High School Reunion: There will be a reunion for all former students and staff of Meade Memorial High School on Saturday, June 18 starting at noon at the Elam Farm located next to the school. Cost is $10 per person. You may send this to Charles Hyden at 5138 KY Hwy 1559, Sitka, KY 41255. For additional information, you may call Charles Hyden at (606) 297-6252. Money must be received by May 27.

May 28:
- 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.

May 31:
- Keys to Healthy Living: The “Social Activity” workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 31 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.

June 1:
- Deadline for JCHS Class of 1971 Reunion: The 1971 JCHS Class Reunion will be held Saturday, August 13 at 6 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Paintsville. The cost is $30 per person. Please make checks payable to “JCHS Class of 1971” and mail to Edith Haley, 314 North Buckingham Ave., West Van Lear, KY 41268. Deadline is June 1. This will allow time to make all preparations. For additional information, please call (606) 788-9006 or (606) 789-8806.

June 18:
- Meade Memorial High School Reunion: There will be a reunion for all former students and staff of Meade Memorial High School on Saturday, June 18 starting at noon at the Elam Farm located next to the school. Cost is $10 per person. You may send this to Charles Hyden at 5138 KY Hwy 1559, Sitka, KY 41255. For additional information, you may call Charles Hyden at (606) 297-6252. Money was due on May 27.

June 24:
- 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, June 24. 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.

June 25:
- 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.

June 30:
- Keys to Healthy Living: The “Tuning into the Time workshop will be held on Thursday, June 30 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.

July 22:
- Keys to Healthy Living: The “Safety” workshop will be held on Friday, July 22 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.

July 23:
- 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.

July 29:
- 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, July 29. 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.

August 13:
- The 1971 JCHS Class Reunion will be held Saturday, August 13 at 6 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Paintsville. The cost is $30 per person. Please make checks payable to “JCHS Class of 1971” and mail to Edith Haley, 314 North Buckingham Ave., West Van Lear, KY 41268. Deadline is June 1. This will allow time to make all preparations. For additional information, please call (606) 788-9006 or (606) 789-8806.

August 19:
- Keys to Healthy Living: The “Know Your Health Numbers” workshop will be held on Friday, August 19 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.

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.

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 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.

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, September 30. 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.

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 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.

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, November 18. 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.

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.



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