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Paintsville Elementary Kindergarten University

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

At Kindergarten University on Wednesday, Paintsville Elementary welcomed their new crew of little Tigers with a “Pirate Power” themed day of activities.
Incoming Kindergarten students and their parents were welcomed by Principal Katie Webb who thanked them for choosing Paintsville Elementary and said, “We hope the next seven years are a wonderful experience for you.”
Webb then introduced the Kindergarten staff saying, “You can search the state of Kentucky and you will not find a better group of ladies.”
The children were divided into groups and visited the three Kindergarten classrooms with Ms. Pugh, Ms. Blankenship, and Ms. Schmitt.
The staff helped their incoming students become comfortable with their new school experience by introducing them to all the fun Kindergarten has in-store for them.
Singing, dancing, art projects, story time, pirate pictures, and, everyone’s favorite, playground time were all part of a fun-filled morning that helped students and their parents acclimate to school life.
For more information about Paintsville Elementary, you may call the school at (606) 789-2651.

Flat Gap Elementary bounces back

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

The children of Flat Gap Elementary proved that a little bit of fun can go a long way at a special event held this past Saturday at the school. Flat Gap Elementary serves the children of Flat Gap and the surrounding communities that were devastated during this month’s flash flooding event.
Mayor Mike Taylor of Elkhorn City, assisted by Ann Damron and Aimee Norman, arranged a “Bounce Back” event for the children in coordination with the United Steelworkers Local #14581 and the Texas Roadhouse of Pikeville.
There were inflatable bounce houses, face painting, hot dogs, watermelon, snow cones, and other fun for the kids. Mayor Taylor said, “We want the kids to have fun. It’s great to see these smiling kids and these happy faces, especially after knowing what they went through.”
The United Steelworkers generously donated $500 worth of school supplies and Taylor said, “There is more to come.”
Taylor emphasized that the Texas Roadhouse of Pikeville “has been tremendous. They have been so wonderful to help us.” Volunteers from the Texas Roadhouse were on hand to help with face painting and assisting with the event.
In addition to the school supplies and the afternoon of fun, volunteers listed the students’ clothing sizes and plan to purchase new school clothes for the kids. Taylor said that he reached out to his community to gather monetary donations for the kids. “We want them to have something new. They deserve something new,” he said.
Taylor said he was inspired to make the “Bounce Back” event happen after going door-to-door with the Red Cross to distribute items in the affected area and was struck by how one neighbor would refer them to another and another, each feeling that “so-and-so needs it more than I do.”
“We want them to have a fun day and have the things they need,” Taylor said.

Area Briefs
Carl D. Perkins Enrollment
Are you interested in earning extra money, clothing allowance, bi-weekly paycheck, and assistance with childcare? Carl D. Perkins offers all this to students who have enrolled in college as incoming freshman, between the ages of 17 through 24 and enrolled in the courses listed: CNA, Medical Assistant, Nursing Assistant, Pharmacy Tech, Phlebotomy Tech, welding, Diesel, Auto Mechanic, and Auto Body. You will receive a bi-weekly pay check, meal money for every day you attend college, clothing allotments and upon completion from our program, you will receive up to $500. All OCT students will receive basic health care, dental, vision, and career development.
If you are interested in enrolling, you can contact the following staff at the center: Cynthia Bohon at (606) 433-5336 or call or text her at (606) 224-1722, Barbara Hatfield at (606) 433-5337, or Jimmie Slone at (606) 433-2265 or text him at (606) 226-1501.

Medicare Plans and Open Enrollment
Big Sandy Area Development district has staff available to assist with Medicare questions and plans. Open enrollment is going to be here soon, but we can help now if you are new to Medicare or just need to check on a different plan. Stop in our office at 110 Resource Court in Prestonsburg, or give us a call at (606) 886-2374 or 1-800-737-2723 between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Beefin’ it Up! Rescheduled
The Beefin’ it Up program with the Johnson Co. Extension Office is rescheduled for the fall on October 24. More information will be available as soon as possible. For more information, contact the Johnson County Extension Office at (606) 789-8108.

July 29:
- Kindergarten University: Paintsville Elementary will hold Kindergarten University on Wednesday, July 29 from 10 a.m. until noon. The morning will begin in the cafeteria with introductions. Children will then get to meet the teachers and Kindergarten assistants, see the classroom, meet other students in their grade, and do fun learning activities. If you have not yet enrolled your Kindergarten-age child, be sure to call or stop by the office this week. For more information, call (606) 789-2651.

July 31:
- Van Lear Town Celebration: The Van Lear Town Celebration will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Music, dinners, square dancing, old fashioned games, turkey shoot, hot dog eating contest, and haunted museum tours are all in store. Gospel Sing on Sunday.

- Back to School Bash: A Back to School Bash will be held at HLT Check Exchange in the Mayo Plaza, next to Appalachian Wireless, on July 31 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE school supply packs, door prizes, free food, and child ID kits with fingerprinting. Register to win a bookbag filled with supplies (drawing at 4 p.m.). For more information, call (606) 789-2274.

August 1:
- Clothing Give Away: The Thealka Volunteer Fire Department will be giving out clothes to all the flood victims on Saturday, August 1 starting at 9 a.m. There will be a cookout starting at 12 p.m. For more information, call Robert and Martha Fitchpatrick at (606) 789-1892.

- Childers Family Round-Up: Descendants of Abraham Childers and Elizabeth Preston are invited to “turn yourself in” to the Childers Family Round-Up on Saturday, August 1, at the Highlands Church of Christ Social Hall, 821 Euclid Ave, Paintsville. Registration starts at 11 a.m. Chow time is at “high noon.” Bring a covered dish and cold drinks. An item for auction will be appreciated. To claim your reward, contact Glen J. and Donna Childers at (606) 793-7221 or Donna Cox at All Childers lines and Preston cousins are welcome!

- 3rd Annual Hatfield & McCoy Feuding 50 at the 201 Speedway. $5,000 to win. Super Late Models.

- 2nd Annual Thunder in the Mountains at the 201 Speedway. $3,000 to win. Open wheel modified, bombers, and four cylinder stocks.

August 10:
- “Running Your Lip at the Sipp” Lip Synch Battle Entry Deadline: The entry deadline for the contest is Monday, August 10. The Lip Sync Battle will be held August 29 at 7:30 p.m. Contestants may enter for free by filling out an entry form that can be picked up at City Hall or you can email or for a copy. Contestants can return the entry form to the Paintsville Recreation Center, 232 Preston St., Paintsville, KY 41240, Attn. Scott Hale. Contestants will be chosen by a random draw. $500 prize for the winner! Must be 15 years or up. Parent or guardian must sign for any individual under the age of 18 and must accompany that child on the day of the performance.

August 13:
- The Johnson County Public Library will be discussing the book Appaloosa, on Thursday, August 13, 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.

August 15:
- Festival of Artists: The Festival of Artists has returned once again to the OSCAR Center in Oil Springs and it is bigger and better than ever! On August 15th from 10 a.m. –3 p.m., come out and participate in art contests, artist demonstrations and exhibits, live music, handmade goods, arts and crafts, antiques and vintage items, hands-on workshops, dance and acting competitions, a food court, and so much more! Plenty of entertainment for kids and adults both! For more information, please contact us by calling (606) 789-8108 or visiting us online at!

September 3:
- 6th Annual Roger Breeding Memorial Revolution Race Cars Iron Man Speedweek at 201 Speedway. $3,000 to win. Super late models. Iron Man Modified Speedweek presented by American Race Tires South. $1,000 to win. Open wheel modified, regular show bombers and four-cylinder stocks.

October 2:
- 4th Annual Halloween 50 at 201 Speedway. $3,000 to win. Super late models, open wheel modified, bombers, four-cylinder stocks.

Science and storytelling
Scienceteller, Shara, and volunteer, Mia, demonstrate what happens when you add diaper gel to water.

By Bridget Slone
Staff Writer

For the final event of the Johnson County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, they invited Scienceteller’s to entertain participants.
Sciencetellers is a New Jersey based organization that offers interactive programs using science experiments to tell stories. Shara explains that as a scienceteller, she is part scientist and part storyteller.
Tying in with the library’s superhero-themed program, Shara mesmerized the audience with stories of teachers with superpowers, one of which involved a Home Ec. teacher named Mrs. Baker, who could smell when something was wrong with a student’s dish. During her storytelling experience, she also would perform science projects with some help from the kids.
Participants hands shot up every time Shara announced she would be needing a volunteer, eager to get in on the scientific action. Experiments included everything from adding baking soda and vinegar to a film canister to what happend when water is combined with diaper gel.
Shara says her goal as a scienceteller is to make science “approachable and intuitive.” Sciencetellers offers programs for everything from school assemblies to birthday parties and serves the East Coast.
This year’s summer reading program consisted of three separate age groups: ages birth to children who finished kindergarten, first through sixth grades and youth entering seventh through ninth grades.
For a schedule of upcoming events at the Johnson County Public Library, you can visit their website at

Spring weight loss challenge success
he Paintsville Weight Watchers: (L-R) Gwen Risner, Doris Barnett, Vivian Barnett, Rose Music, Maggie Brackett, Lynn Hale, Debbie Meek, Mitzi Sizemore, Carolyn Beverly, Donna Castle, Debra Massengal, Roger Massengale.

Members of the Paintsville Weight Watchers celebrated a total weight loss of 125.4 pounds during a five week Spring Challenge.
Weight Watchers meets on Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Paintsville. Weigh-in begins at 5:30 p.m. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.
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