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Kentucky Innovation Network UPIKE office hosts first Regional High School Entrepreneur Competition
Johnson Central students Emily Fairchild and Trey Caudill took home the top prize of $1,000 for Glow in the Dark Horseshoes.

PIKEVILLE - Eastern Kentucky is creating the next generation of entrepreneurs.
The Kentucky Innovation Network Pikeville office and the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative organized and sponsored a Regional High School Startup Challenge business pitch competition at the University of Pikeville Coleman College of Business. Teams of high school students from Breathitt, Johnson, Magoffin, and Pike counties developed concepts for new products and pitched those ideas to a panel of judges for cash prizes. This event was the finale of a ten-week entrepreneurship course taught by the UPIKE Kentucky Innovation Network staff for the students from these counties.
Johnson Central students Emily Fairchild and Trey Caudill took home the top prize of $1,000 for Glow in the Dark Horseshoes. The goal of this business is to prevent nighttime accidents among horse riders and automobiles. The product will have a chemical solution baked into the shoe to maintain a noticeable glow.
“Entrepreneurship has allowed us to grow more confident in speaking and to understand the business process steps more clearly,” the team said.
Team Shooting Star from Phelps High School earned second place and $600 for their custom shirts and gifts store serving the Phelps community. Team Shooting Star is comprised of Noelle Fields, Dalton Rife, Tyeisha Smith, and Madison Stiltner.
“It has been quite a learning process and we are sure, as our business grows, that we will continue to learn, make mistakes, and hopefully make gains,” Team Shooting Star stated.
The Preppy Panther from Pikeville High School earned third place and $400 with team members Olivia Davis and Austin Wright. The Preppy Panther delivers creative products through their school store to serve Pikeville Independent students, parents, and alumni.
The event was also sponsored by the University of Pikeville Coleman College of Business.
The competition was part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is the world’s largest celebration of innovators and small business creators. One of the goals of the Kentucky Innovation Network is to encourage the creativity of young people in eastern Kentucky and to help them develop entrepreneurial competencies. These will serve to enhance their career readiness and expose them to the opportunity of starting their own businesses.
“This competition has generated tremendous excitement for young entrepreneurs in Eastern Kentucky,” said David Snow, director of the Kentucky Innovation Network Pikeville Office. “The students and teachers involved worked diligently on their business models, and we are all pleased with the results.”
From assisting startups in assessing an idea, to developing a business plan, to finding grants, loans and capital, the Kentucky Innovation Network helps local companies discover the resources needed to be successful. The Pikeville office operates in UPIKE’s Community Technology Center and serves nine counties, including Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Perry, and Pike.
For more information about the Kentucky Innovation Network, visit

Area Briefs
Annual Toy and Coat Drive
Cash Express is having their annual toy and coat drive for the local community and they need your help. If you hve any new or gently used toys, coats, or clothing items please don’t hesitate dropping them off at the Cash Express office at 229 S. Mayo Trl. or the follwoing drop box places in Paintsville. They are also taking non-perishiable food items such as box foods and can foods to give to Johnson Central for their holiday baskets.
Drop box places include: Short’s Farm Supply, Springleaf Financial, Rue 21, Ramada Inn, TNT Gas Station, Grandview Weekend Outlet, Fannin’s Grocery, Camp Pizza, Phillips Heat and Hardware, Save-a-Lot, Johnson County Senior Citizens Center, DJ’s Pizza, Webb’s Grocery, Medzone Pharmacy, Appalachian Insurance, Hill Top Market, Zip Zone in Staffordsville, Johnson County Christian School, Mudpyz-n-Butterflyz, Paintsville Fire Stations 1 and 2, Morehead Small Business Development Center on Main St., Amadeo Pizza, Tropical Isle Tanning Salon.

Flu Shots Available at Health Department
The Johnson County Health Department is giving flu shots. Call for an appointment on the day you wish to be seen. The charge is $25 for self-pay patients and most insurances are accepted. Call the health department at (606) 789-2590 for more information.

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.

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!

November 30:
- Blood Drive: Big Sandy Community and Technical College and the Kentucky Blood Center will hold a Blood Drive on Monday, November 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Mayo campus (auditorium).  For more information, call 1-800-775-2522.

December 1:
- Blood Drive: Big Sandy Community and Technical College and the Kentucky Blood Center will host a Blood Drive from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 1 in the Johnson Building on the Prestonsburg campus.  For more information, call 1-800-775-2522.

December 2:
- Christmas in the Park: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will host Christmas in the Mayo Park at 6 p.m., Wednesday, December 2 on the Mayo campus. There will be music by the Big Sandy Singers and Band, refreshments and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. For more information, contact Jennifer Little at (606) 889-4734 or email

December 3:
- Recycled Jewelry Christmas Ornaments: The OSCAR will host a Recycled Jewelry Christmas Ornaments class with Paula Blair on Thursday, December 3 at 10 a.m. $10 will provide you all needed materials. You must pre-register for classes at the OSCAR. To register, call (606) 789-8018 or (606) 297-3915 or message the OSCAR on Facebook at

- Artist Series: Big Sandy Community and Technical College and the Mountain Arts Center presents the Fall Artist Series featuring the Prestonsburg Songwriters Series (December 3, 7 p.m.) in the Gearheart Auditorium. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Mountain Arts Center, online at or by phone at 1-888-MAC-ARTS. All funds raised by the events will go to the Big Sandy Singers Scholarship Fund.

December 5:
- 16th Annual Clyde Bowling Christmas in the Highlands will be held on Saturday, December 5, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at the Country Music Highway Museum. There will be a live auction, cake walk, 50/50 drawing, Santa Claus, dancing and concessions, with live music from Salvation Rain, Bobby Maynard Band, Streamliner Bluegrass Band, Highland Bluegrass Quartet, and First Time Around. Admission is $10 or a new, unwrapped toy. For more information, call (606) 367-1056.

December 9:
- Christmas at the Gazebo: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will host a lighting of the gazebo on its Prestonsburg campus at 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 9. There will be music by the Big Sandy Singers and Band, refreshments and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. For more information, contact Jimmy Wright at (606) 886-7347 or email

December 12:
- Downtown Christmas Festival: Paintsville will hold their downtown Christmas Festival on Saturday, December 12. There will be a parade, activities, caroling, and more.

- Raffle Drawing for Old Fashioned Rocky Horse: The Marine Corps League will be hold a drawing to win an Old Fashioned Rocky Horse on Saturday, December 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the Ramada Inn. A $1 donation gets one ticket and once chance to win. A $5 donation get six tickets and six chances to win. For more information, contact any member of the Marine Corps League, Detachment 617, or call Irwin McHugh at (606) 652-9117.

December 18:
- Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Mountain HomePlace: The tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. at the Mountain HomePlace on Friday, December 18. The HomePlace will be open between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. and will feature carriage rides, a live nativity, caroling, refreshments, and lots of holiday fun.

December 19:
- Christmas at the Mountain HomePlace: The HomePlace will be open between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 19 and will feature carriage rides, a live nativity, caroling, refreshments, and lots of holiday fun.

January 22:
- Respiratory Therapy Pre-Admission Conferences: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold pre-admission conferences for its Respiratory Therapy program on the following dates: Friday, January 22, 2016, 10 a.m., Prestonsburg campus Postsecondary Building (Room 221); Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Pikeville campus, Conference Room (Room N215); and Monday, February 8, noon, Mayo campus, Building D (Room 202). For more information, contact Pam Jarrell at (606) 889-4790 or email

Harman Station Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution celebrate 90th birthday
Photo submitted Pictured L to R: Mary Preston, Ywan Skaggs, Ann Reynolds, Pamela Wohlford, Lynda Closson, Kristin Closson, Victoria Pack, Barbara Zink, Patty Reeves, Leisha Slone, Alisa Porter, and Alison Porter.

Harman Station Chapter DAR, the oldest non-profit organization in Johnson County, celebrated its 90th Anniversary with an Anniversary Party on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the First United Methodist Church. The celebration featured several tables with displays of old scrapbooks, photographs, newspaper articles and other memorabilia of their 90 year history.
Ninety years ago, at the Hotel Rule, women with a patriotic connection and shared values for God, Home and Country came together to organize the non-profit organization known today as the Harman Station DAR Chapter. The organizing Regent was Mabelle Auxier Rice (Mrs. Garland Hurt Rice).
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), is a volunteer women’s organization dedicated to Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism was formed in 1890 and since then local chapters have formed across the country, with more than 85 in Kentucky alone.
One of those chapter’s is Harman Station Chapter, which was organized on November 7, 1925 and named for the earliest settlement in the Big Sandy Region. Located near the mouth of John’s Creek in what is now Johnson County. This settlement later came to be known as the Blockhouse Bottom, because of the large blockhouse which was built for protection against the Indians.
Guests from around the state and Paintsville, Johnson County area gathered to mark the chapter’s 90th anniversary. It was a large turnout for this milestone.
Chapter Regent, Victoria Pack, opened the meeting with a grand welcome and introductions of all the dignartiaries present which included Lynda Closson, Vice President General of the National Society and an Honorary State Regent of Kentucky; Barbara Zink, Kentucky State Regent; Ann Reynolds, KSDAR 6th District Director; and Sarah Hamilton, KSDAR 3rd District Director. Remarks were given by all and the members were showered with congratulations and accolades for their efforts to save their chapter from merging and worse disbandment.
Regent Pack gave a beautiful program of the history of the chapter which is very rich with accomplishments for the good of their community. To name a few: They placed a monument made of native boulders to the Revolutionary soldiers of Johnson County and it still stands today in the Courthouse Square; Marked the grave of Mrs. Mahala Wells Huff who was a Real Daughter of an American Revolutionary Soldier (who died in 1927 at the age of 108 years); Marked the trail of Jenny Wiley in her escape from the Indians with marker at the junction of the Flat Gap Highway, and U.S. 460; During WWII the chapter raised funds for the Blood Bank and 1,500 hours were spent on knitting surgical dressings; The chapter gave generously to the Bell Tower Fund at Valley Forge; The first Good Citizenship Awards ever presented by the chapter were to Miss Nancy Ward in 1947, and to Miss Patsy Salyer in 1948. They raised funds to purchased portable X-Ray units and loud speakers for the veteran’s hospital; They donated 25 dogwood trees to the community playground; The chapter gave 1,200 hours to community service to fight against polio and to the bloodmobile unit; They ordered a granite bench in commemoration of the Bicentennial of the United States in 1976 and presented it to the Johnson County Judge Executive and it was placed in front of the public library and it is still there; They sponsored the first Holiday Tour of Homes; The only State Regent from Harman Station Chapter was Barbara Castle Pugh (Mrs. Danny).
The Harman Station DAR Chapter is rich in history and accomplishments and the community is better served if they are a viable, strong chapter. The future is looking bright as long as women continue to join and support their service activities in the community. Congratulations Harman Station Chapter! Continue the Good Works!
Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible to join. If you are interested in joining the Harman Station Chapter DAR please contacted us at or call any of our members.

Safe Trick or Treat a success

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

Students from Johnson County and Paintsville Independent Schools took to the streets of downtown Paintsville on Friday morning to participate in the annual Safe Trick or Treat event.
Students, teachers, store owners, and police braved the chilly wind to have a safe Halloween experience.
The students visited downtown businesses and offices, in addition to receiving wonderful walk-though experiences from Citizen’s National Bank, who decorated the whole lobby to be Never-Never Land from Peter Pan, and BSCTC Mayo Campus, who decorated the halls with spooky spiderwebs and scary treats for their little visitors.

Food City Halloween Costume Contest
Winners of the 9-12 age group: Addison Hitchcock took third place as a wolfman, Olivia Ross took first place as a cupcake, and Xander Richardson took second place as a Sith Lord.

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