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Johnson County retired teachers — still at work building strong communities
KRTA officers for 2014 are, from left, Vice-President Cathy Gullett (Johnson County), President-Elect Patsy Rainey, President Faye Shehan, and Immediate Past President Carolyn Falin.

They may be retired but they’re not at home in their rocking chairs. Johnson County retired teachers, says retired teacher Cathy Gullett, are at work every day continuing the work they started from day one of their careers in helping make Johnson County a stronger community.
Among the association’s many community projects are partnering with AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) to help feed local families through donations to area food banks; holding an annual fall campaign to help students and families through donations to area youth service centers or other partnerships; partnering with AARP on back-to-school projects that collect school supplies for both county and city school students; the “Lend A Hand” project (Johnson County Health Department HANDS program Christmas project); the AARP/KRTA Grandparent Essay Contest that encourages fifth graders to write letters nominating their grandparents as Grandparent of the Year; and, maintaining five separate college scholarship programs that support deserving students through four years of college study.
Kentucky retired teachers turned in over 600,000 volunteer hours in 2013, valued at $10.7 million. Johnson County’s own June B. Rice was awarded the first ever KRTA Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009; followed by Emogene Burton Chandler being named the JCRTA/BSRTA Volunteer of the Year in 2010, with Johnson County retired teacher Nelson H. Gullett receiving the award in 2014.
Retired teachers help keep their communities thriving through active membership in churches, schools and civic organizations such as the Kentucky Apple Board, Kiwanis, Rotary, 4-H Council, Extension Council, Homemaker Clubs, Wags and Whiskers (W.O.W.), GUS, volunteer fire departments, scholarship committees, DAV, Read Across America, youth acvities and organizations, and others.
The Johnson County Retired Teachers Association (JCRTA) is a part of the Big Sandy Retired Teachers Association (BSRTA) of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA). JCRTA members have taught in the Paintsville Independent School System, Johnson County Schools, BSCTC Mayo campus, and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational System. These approximately 345 retirees, or their beneficiaries, bring an approximate $12,974,195 annually to the local community.
JCRTA members are active leaders in their local communities with many having held offices on both local, regional and state levels of the retired teachers associations. Current local officers include: President Connie Meek; Vice-President Carolyn Sue Williams; President-Elect Doris Chandler; Secretary Mary Rose Bailey; Treasurer Grayson Boyd; and, Membership Chair Neva Rowland.
JCRTA meetings are held quarterly at the Ramada Inn. The next scheduled meeting is December 17, at 11 a.m. Members are encouraged to attend as 2015 legislation will be discussed. Those interested in membership are also encouraged to attend.


Attack of the zombies!

Staff Report

It’s the time of year when goblins, ghosts and ghouls of all sorts begin to ready themselves for Halloween fun. Some of that fun began this past weekend when local zombies came out to participate in a Zombie Run and a Zombie Prom. The Zombie Run took place on Main Street on Saturday at dusk, as runners upped their game to avoid being caught by the walking dead roaming the streets and sidewalks. All proceeds from the event will benefit the local Salvation Army. Also on Saturday, a Zombie Prom was held at the Paintsville Recreation Center. Proceeds from that event will go toward support of the Whiskers or Wags (W.O.W.)/Johnson County Animal Shelter Project.


‘Bello Morte’ art exhibit examines the dark side
This young lady was having her hair sprayed blue before also getting a butterfly tattoo painted on her cheek.

By Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

In conjunction with the Halloween season, “Bello Morte,” an art exhibit featuring the macabre, is currently on display at the Mountain Arts Center, in Prestonsburg. The exhibit features the works of members of the regional art group Kentucky Art Tribe, founded by local artist Donna Williams. The art group has nearly 300 members throughout southeast Kentucky. The exhibit will remain on display through October 31. To learn more about the Kentucky Art Tribe, a non-profit linking rural Kentucky artists with opportunities in the arts, email Donna Williams at kentuckyarttribe@gmail.com. You may also find Kentucky Art Tribe on Facebook.


And a fine time was had by all!
The Queen of Hearts (Nancy Price) and Alice (Christina Lauterwasser ) oversee a lively game of croquet.

An “Alice in Wonderland” themed event was held Friday afternoon at the historic Stafford House. Those attending were treated to a tea party, a game of croquet, a card game, a painting activity, and were told the story of how the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” came to be. The event was sponsored by the Johnson County UK Extension Office and the Rt. 23 Cultural Heritage Network. To schedule a tea party, or a tour of the Stafford House, call Brenda Cockerham at 789-8108.


PES faculty ‘Kiss the Pig’ for Cystic Fibrosis

Paintsville Elementary Teacher, Bridgette McClure was voted by students to kiss the pig for cystic fibrosis awareness.



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