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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 can help you take steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for free screenings or referrals. 1-800-431-1754

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!

February 6:
- 2016 Chili Cook-Off: The 7th Annual Van Lear Chili Cook-Off will be held on Saturday, February 6 at the Van Lear Coal Miners Museum. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. There will be a regular category and a wild game category. Each entry is $10. You must bring at least two quarts of your chili. Sign-up will be 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Judging starts at 4:15 p.m. Chili Dinners will be sold for $5. For more information, call (606) 789-8540.

February 8:
- Respiratory Therapy Pre-Admission Conference: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold a pre-admission conference for its Respiratory Therapy program on Monday, February 8, noon, Mayo campus, Building D (Room 202). For more information, contact Pam Jarrell at (606) 889-4790 or email pjarrell0004@kctcs.edu.

February 9:
- “Rosemary Clooney: A Sentimental Journey”: Johnson County Public Library, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, will present Rosemary Clooney: A Sentimental Journey, on Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m. at the Johnson County Public Library. Bet Stewart, artistic director of Intuition Theatre in Cincinnati, will portray Rosemary Clooney. Clooney was born in Maysville, Ky. in 1928 and became an internationally known singer of pop, big band and jazz music. She recorded with big-name labels and some of the greatest musicians of her time. This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please stop by the library at 444 Main Street in Paintsville or call (606) 789-4355 for additional information.

February 11:
- Create Your Own Painting: The Oil Springs Cultural Arts & Recreation Center will host a Create Your Own Painting class on Thursday, February 11 at 10 a.m. The cost for the class is $15. You must pre-register for the class by calling (606) 297-7775 or (606) 789-8108 or messaging the OSCAR on Facebook at facebook.com/OSCARcenter.

- Sack Lunch Book Talk: The Johnson County Public Library will be discussing the book The Most They Ever Had by Rick Bragg on Thursday, February 11, 12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Please bring your own sack lunch and drink. To reserve a book or for more information, call the library at (606) 789-4355.

February 12:
- “Becoming Good”: The Johnson County Public Library will host Dr. Mike Austin in his presentation of “Becoming Good” on Friday, February 12 at 12:00 p.m.
“Becoming Good” will focus on the recent renewal of interest concerning character. Austin shares how companies and colleges are not just concerned with the credentials of prospective employees and students, but with their character. Professor Austin will share what psychology, philosophy, and many of world’s great wisdom traditions have to say about building character. The presentation is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please stop by the library at 444 Main Street in Paintsville or call (606) 789-4355 for more information.

- “Share the Love” Valentine Dinner: The Valentine Dinner, a fundraiser for Missions at Mountain Community Fellowship Church, will be held on Friday, February 12, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Spaghetti dinner with salad, dessert, and drink. $5 per person. $3 for kids under 12. $20 for a family of five or more. For more information or to make a reservation, email mcffaithfamily@gmail.com or call (606) 297-1156.

February 17:
- Health Fair: Big Sandy Community and Technical College and Passport Health Plan will host a Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, February 17 in the Student Center on the Prestonsburg campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kelly Adam at (606) 886-7356 or email kelly.adam@kctcs.edu.

- Dental Hygiene Pre-Admission Conference: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold a pre-admission conference for its Dental Hygiene program on Wednesday, February 17, 4 p.m., on the Prestonsburg campus in the Johnson building in Room J117. For more information, contact Linda Daniel at (606) 886-7352 or email ldaniel0010@kctcs.edu.

February 18:
- Basic Sewing: The Oil Springs Cultural Arts & Recreation Center will host a Basic Sewing class on Thursday, February 18 at 10 a.m. The cost for the class is $10. You must pre-register for the class by calling (606) 297-7775 or (606) 789-8108 or messaging the OSCAR on Facebook at facebook.com/OSCARcenter.

- Book Talk: The Johnson County Public Library will be discussing the book The Great Chocolate Scam by Sally Berneathy on Thursday, February 18 at 6 p.m. To reserve a book or for more information, call the library at (606) 789-4355.

February 19:
- Father-Daughter Dance: A Father-Daughter Dance will be held at the Paintsville Country Club on Friday, February 19, 6 p.m. to 9p.m. Tickets are $35 for each father/daughter couple and $10 for each additional child. The dance will be hosted by the Johnson Central Lady Eagles Softball Team. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis research.

February 20:
- Ceramic Painting: The Oil Springs Cultural Arts & Recreation Center will host a Ceramic Painting class on Thursday, February 20 at 10 a.m. The cost for the class is $15. You must pre-register for the class by calling (606) 297-7775 or (606) 789-8108 or messaging the OSCAR on Facebook at facebook.com/OSCARcenter.

February 23:
- Martin Luther King Day Ceremony: Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Office of Cultural and Regional Diversity will hold a Martin Luther King Day ceremony at 12:25 p.m., Tuesday, February 23 in the Gearheart Auditorium on its Prestonsburg campus. The event will feature a concert by the gospel group Witness. For more information, contact Tina Terry at (606) 886-7374 or email tterry0025@kctcs.edu.

February 25:
- How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt: The Oil Springs Cultural Arts & Recreation Center will host a class on making t-shirt quilts on Thursday, February 25 at 10:30 a.m. The cost for the class is $10. You must pre-register for the class by calling (606) 297-7775 or (606) 789-8108 or messaging the OSCAR on Facebook at facebook.com/OSCARcenter.

- Sack Lunch Book Talk: The Johnson County Public Library will be discussing the book The Believers by Janice Holt Giles on Thursday, February 25, 12:10 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. Please bring your own sack lunch and drink. To reserve a book or for more information, call the library at (606) 789-4355.

March 5:
- How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt: The Oil Springs Cultural Arts & Recreation Center will host a class on making t-shirt quilts on Saturday, March 5 at 10 a.m. The cost for the class is $10. You must pre-register for the class by calling (606) 297-7775 or (606) 789-8108 or messaging the OSCAR on Facebook at facebook.com/OSCARcenter.

March 19:
- Painting on Canvas The Oil Springs Cultural Arts & Recreation Center will host a Painting on Canvas class on Saturday, March 19 at 10 a.m. The cost for the class is $15. You must pre-register for the class by calling (606) 297-7775 or (606) 789-8108 or messaging the OSCAR on Facebook at facebook.com/OSCARcenter.

March 31:
- Paintsville Spring Break Art Day: The Oil Springs Cultural Arts & Recreation Center will host Paintsville Spring Break Art Day on Thursday, March 31, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. The class is for ages 6 and up. The cost for the class is $20. You must pre-register for the class by calling (606) 297-7775 or (606) 789-8108 or messaging the OSCAR on Facebook at facebook.com/OSCARcenter.

April 7:
- Johnson County Spring Break Art Day: The Oil Springs Cultural Arts & Recreation Center will host Johnson County Spring Break Art Day on Thursday, March 31, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. The class is for ages 6 and up. The cost for the class is $20. You must pre-register for the class by calling (606) 297-7775 or (606) 789-8108 or messaging the OSCAR on Facebook at facebook.com/OSCARcenter.


Maynard, Fitch win Paintsville High School Big Sandy Idol Competition
Grace Maynard, left, was crowned winner of the Paintsville High School Big Sandy Idol competition on Wednesday, December 16.  Katelyn Fitch was runner up.  Both will advance to the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition on March 11-12 at the Mountain Arts Center.

PAINTSVILLE– Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) held its Big Sandy Idol Competition at Paintsville High School on Wednesday, December 16.  Big Sandy Idol is sponsored by Gearheart Communications.
Seven students participated for coveted spots for the annual Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition, which will be held in March at the Mountain Arts Center. Grace Maynard was crowned the winner, and Katelyn Fitch was crowned runner-up.  Both will advance to the Regional Competition and have a chance to earn a spot on the Big Sandy Singers, an album recording and other prizes. 
“The talent was unbelievable,” said Clayton Case, director of Fine Arts at BSCTC. “It seems like each year the talent increases throughout our region.” 
Students at Paintsville were also treated to a concert by the Big Sandy Singers and Band, an elite group of vocalists and musicians comprised of BSCTC students.
Big Sandy Idol is celebrating its 10th season.  More than 1,200 students have participated in Big Sandy Idol over the past nine years.  The Idol competition along with the Big Sandy Singers programs have awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships. 
For more information about Big Sandy Idol or the Big Sandy Singers and Band, contact Clayton Case at (606) 886-7388 or email ccase0005@kctcs.edu or Candace Kelly at (606) 886-7384 or email fkelly0004@kctcs.edu. 


Items honoring Dixie Hall added to Tom T. Hall exhibit

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

On Wednesday, the US 23 Country Music Highway Museum welcomed new additions to the Tom T. Hall exhibit, which honor the life and work of his song writing partner and wife, Dixie Hall.
Annette Kelly and Melissa Buck, representing the Hall Family, presented the museum with several awards presented to Tom T. and Miss Dixie by The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) and several memorial stories printed after Miss Dixie passed away in early 2015.


2016 KMEA District Nine All-District Band Concert

The Ramada Inn in Paintsville was host to the annual 2016 KMEA District Nine All-District Band Concert on January 17th. This band was comprised of students who auditioned from across the area from Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Perry, and Pike Counties. Sixty-five students were chosen for this distinguished ensemble, conducted by Dr. David Clemmer, Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Eastern Kentucky University. The students arrived at the Ramada Inn Friday morning to begin the weekend-long event, rehearsing up to 8 hours a day, and finishing the event with a concert on Sunday afternoon. Several District Awards were presented during the concert as well, including High School Teacher of the Year – Mark Hopkins, Shelby Valley HS; College/University Teacher of the Year – Janeen Freeman, University of Pikeville; Friend of Music – Soundhouse Music; Citation for Service - Pauletta Smith, Hazard HS; and Outstanding Administrator – Kevin Combs, Hazard MS Principal.


Operation Hometown Christmas a shot of holiday joy

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