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Who’s the next Big Sandy Idol Wildcard? Text your vote today for your favorite contestant

PRESTONSBURG– The fans now have a voice to move someone into the finals of the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition presented by Gearheart Communication.
Voting is currently underway for the Appalachian Wireless Wildcard winner, who will advance to the finals of the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition on March 14 at the Mountain Arts Center.
Wildcard winners were selected at school competitions held throughout Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin and Magoffin counties.  The Wildcard winner will be announced during the opening night of the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition on March 13 at the Mountain Arts Center. 
“We want to take this opportunity to thank Appalachian Wireless for their help in getting the wildcard project off the ground,” said Clayton Case, director of fine arts. “We’ve always looked at innovative and creative ways to involve students and fans of the competition, and we’ve had a great response so far.”
Voting for the Appalachian Wireless Wildcard will run through March 11.  Voting is simple: Simply text the first name of your favorite contestant to IDOL on your Appalachian Wireless phone.
Wildcard contestants are: Thomas Case and Taylor Moore, Allen Central; Kiana Holbrook, Prestonsburg; Laken Compton, Betsy Layne; Hannah Charles, Belfry; Maddie Willard, Pikeville; Whitley Bartley and Andre Faria, Paintsville; Rylea Salyer, Johnson Central; Shyanna Jude, Sheldon Clark; Abraham Onyebuchi, Wesley Christian.
Tickets are on sale now for the Big Sandy Idol Regional Competition. For more information, call 1-888-MAC-ARTS or visit

Area Briefs
Friday, March 6
- “The Death of Floyd Collins” will play Friday, March 6, at the historic Sipp Theatre in downtown Paintsville, at 8 p.m. The documentary explores the death of Kentucky cave explorer Floyd Collins, following his entrapment in a cavern in Mammoth Cave National Park in 1925. The incident gained national attention as Collins waited for 14 days for a rescue team to reach him underground. For tickets, call 789-2600 or email to: Tickets are $8.

Strawberry plant orders
- The Johnson County Ag Advancement Council is now taking orders for strawberry plants. Deadline to order is March 6. Call 789-8108 for more information.

Medicare questions?
- The Big Sandy Area Development District (Big Sandy ADD) is offering assistance to those with questions about Medicare plans. Help is available for Medicare LIS applications, Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Savings Programs, and more. Call 606-886-2374 or 1-800-737-2723, or visit the Big Sandy ADD office at 110 Resource Court, Prestonsburg, Mon. thru Fri., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Foster Parent Orientation
- Interested in becoming a foster parent? Learn how! Benchmark Family Services will conduct foster parent orientation classes daily. Classes are free. Those interested may call 606-886-0163 to schedule an appointment. Benchmark Family Services is located at 91 Oak Ridge Court, in Prestonsburg. Open your heart and home to a child in need today!

Seeking volunteers
- The Big Sandy Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is seeking volunteers to serve as certified ombudsman volunteers. An ombudsman is an advocate for residents of nursing homes, personal care homes, and family care homes. Ombudsmen also provide information and resolve complaints on behalf of residents. Those who are interested in being involved in improving the quality of care and life of residents of long-term care facilities or would like more information may contact Jaime Welch at 1-800-737-2723, extension 335, or send an e-mail to 

Karate students
- For those who would like to achieve certification for “Hands as Deadly Weapons,” send $10 to 36 Circle Spur, Thelma, Ky 41260. Include return address and your card will be mailed to you. All proceeds will be used to purchase karate class materials,
March 5:
- A “Birthday Celebration for Dr. Seuss” will be held Thur., March 5, at the Johnson County Public Library, from 4-6 p.m. “The Cat in the Hat” will attend and there will be carnival games, prizes and birthday cake. Members of the JCHS Drama Club will help with games and will read Dr. Seuss books. All ages welcome. Pre-registration requested to ensure enough materials are available for all. Call 789-4355, or stop by the library at 444 Main Street to pre-register.

March 12:
- “Darkness to Light” child abuse prevention training program to be held Thur., March 12, at 5:30 p.m., at Johnson County Public Library. Sponsored in partnership with Judi’s Place for Kids, Johnson County Community of Hope, and Johnson County Public Library. Free, open to the public and all materials will be provided. Childcare and snacks also provided. Seating limited to 25. Call 789-4355 to preregister.

March 13:
- “Darkness to Light” child abuse prevention training program to be held Fri., March 13, at 12 p.m., at Johnson County Public Library. Sponsored in partnership with Judi’s Place for Kids, Johnson County Community of Hope, and Johnson County Public Library. Free, open to the public and all materials will be provided. Childcare and snacks also provided. Seating limited to 25. Call 789-4355 to preregister.

March 21:
- “Penguin Plunge” fundraising event for the Johnson County Special Olympics. Sat., March 21, 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., breakfast at the Mountain HomePlace; 9 a.m., “the plunge” at the Paintsville Lake Launch Ramp. T-shirts, medals for participants. Donation of $25. “A good reason for freezin’!” For more info, contact Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.  

March 24:
- The Johnson County Extension District Board will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 24, at 5 p.m., in the Johnson County Extension Office, located at 826 F.M. Stafford Ave., in Paintsville. Open meeting rules apply.

March 26:
- Diabetes Support Group will meet on Thur., March 26, from 5-6 p.m., in the Highlands Medical Office Building, Meeting Rooms A & B. Meet others, learn tips on controlling your diabetes, enjoy a diabetes-friendly snack, and receive a door prize.

March 27:
- Women’s History Conference will be held Fri., March 27, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the BSCTC Prestonsburg campus. For more information, call Judy K. Howell at (606) 889-4750 or email to:

Mt. Manor residents blast the blizzard away with fun themes

Winter snowstorms didn’t stop residents of Mountain Manor from celebrating Mardi Gras on Tuesday, Feb. 17. This “krewe” is ready for fun with their feathered masks and beaded necklaces — “hands up!” if you want to have a fun day!

‘An Evening with Family & Friends’ Dr. Ralph Stanley

March 21, at the Mountain Arts Center

Those coming out to the Mountain Arts Center on March 21 will be treated to “a very special show,” according to young Bluegrass musician Nathan Stanley, the grandson of Bluegrass icon Dr. Ralph Stanley.
“There’s something just very special about Stanley fans in eastern Kentucky and we want to give something special back to them,” Stanley, 22, said.
“An Evening with Family & Friends” featuring Dr. Ralph Stanley, Nathan Stanley, The Clinch Mountain Boys, T. Graham Brown and Ben “Cooter” Jones of Dukes of Hazzard fame will all appear at the MAC on March 21, showtime at 7 p.m.
In addition, the “General Lee” automobile featured in Dukes of Hazzard episodes will be on site.
“But what’s going to make this show most important is that one person in the audience will win an autographed guitar, signed by Dr. Ralph, Nathan, Brown and Jones. “All you have to do in order to be eligible to win is to purchase our new CD — ‘Dr. Ralph and Nathan Stanley Gospel Favorites,’” said Nathan Stanley in a telephone interview with the Herald on Monday.
Nathan Stanley said he is looking forward to another visit to eastern Kentucky and another performance on stage with his grandfather at the Mountain Arts Center. “It’s a special place and I enjoy sharing the stage with PaPaw,” he said.
Nathan Stanley said he has been sharing a part of the spotlight with his grandfather and the Clinch Mountain Boys since he was two years old. “I’ve never had stage fright. I never get nervous. It just feels natural to me to be on stage performing,” he said.
Dr. Ralph Stanley has been performing Bluegrass music for over 60 years. He was presented with an honorary doctorate of music from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., in 1976.
“Our family has been blessed by the good Lord. Blessed with music and with a way to provide for our families. We look forward to sharing those blessings with others and to having a really fun night of bluegrass and gospel on March 21,” Nathan Stanley said.
“An Evening with Family & Friends” will take place Sat., March 21, at 7 p.m., at the Mounain Arts Center. For tickets, call 889-9125.

Valentine’s Day fun at Mountain Manor
Valentine Royalty, front: Arnold Blair; from left, seated: Linda Runyon, Paul Wallace, Jerry Chenault, Joann Vanhoose; back, standing: Annie Lyons and Minnie Arnett.

Valentine’s Day was celebrated at Mountain Manor this year with a runway pageant, crowning of winners, red roses, chocolates, Valentine cards, a festive balloon arch, and snacks and refreshments. Residents and staff enjoyed visits from friends and relatives throughout the day of fun.

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