Small town dreams, big screen scenes
|Actors in the docu-drama “The Death of Floyd Collins” played a scene on the grounds of the Mountain HomePlace on Saturday. The true story of Floyd Collins’s entrapment and death occurred in 1925.|
Johnson County, with its many historically accurate locales and local talent, has come to attract several filmmakers in recent years. And that was just the case this past weekend when film director Michael Crisp (“The Very Worst Thing”) brought his production crew to the Mountain HomePlace, Van Lear, Barn Rock, and the Ramada Inn to film scenes of his newest endeavor, “The Death of Floyd Collins.” To learn more about the film, visit www.facebook.com/ TheDeathOfFloydCollins.
Tour Bus Directors visit Paintsville/Johnson County
|Photo By Rachael Hill/Staff|
Paintsville Tourism welcomed a group of tour bus directors from all across the U.S. Trips like these are meant to show the directors what the area has to offer in hopes that they will schedule future tour bus groups to visit the area.
The first stop for the group was the Tourism Office. At the office they were introduced to Mayor Bob Porter, Main Street Director Bonnie Porter, Tourism Chairman Todd Meade, and Tourism Commission member Lyda Ward. The group was given a tour of the museum.
The next stop was Mayo Methodist Church, where John CC Mayo (Ronnie Blair) entertained the group with the story of his family and the area. They also heard about the architecture of the church and mansion. They also got to hear the organ played by the church’s current organist.
The group also went to the Ramada Inn of Paintsville to see the facility and watch a video on the history of Paintsville. Then they went to the Oil Springs Cultural Arts Center where they got to learn about the folk art in the area.
Lastly, the group visited the Loretta Lynn Homeplace.
Highlands Health System celebrates Ladies in Red
PAINTSVILLE - The 52-year old woman who came to Highlands’ After Hours Clinic thought she simply had a virus. Throughout the day, she’d had pain in her back, shortness of breath, and an upset stomach. However, as the clinician examined her, it became clear that her symptoms were something else entirely: this woman was having a heart attack.
Heart health issues can occur without warning, and are often mistaken as affecting men more than women. However, heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women, and is the cause of one out of every four deaths in the United States. Because heart attack symptoms can often be different in a woman versus a man, Highlands has made it their mission to educate women about their risks by hosting the annual Ladies in Red luncheons.
This year’s luncheons were held in Prestonsburg and Paintsville on the campuses of Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Both events were well attended, with nearly 250 participants total. Speakers included Dr. James Schmidt, a cardiologist at Highlands Heart and Vascular, as well as Rich Pinson, Director of Highlands Emergency Services. Both spoke not only about their personal experiences with patients, but also about the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. Participants were treated to a heart-healthy lunch, as well as additional community education through the Johnson and Floyd County health departments.
For more information about upcoming Highlands’ events, visit HRMC.org and click on ‘Events.’
Women’s Business Symposium to be held February 25
PRESTONSBURG - The 15th annual Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the Wilkinson-Stumbo Convention Center.
The theme of the conference is “See, Believe, Do” and will feature two keynote speakers. The morning address, “Pursuing a Dream” will be delivered by for Miss Kentucky 2012 Jessica Casebolt, and motivational speaker Kelly Swanson will present the afternoon address, “See, Believe, Do.”
The cost of the event is $25, which includes all workshops and meals. All women are invited to attend the symposium, presented by Morehead State University’s East Kentucky Small Business Development Center.
From the stage to the classroom and beyond, Jessica serves as a volunteer, a performer, a student, and a leader. Jessica’s heart lies in helping others, and her aspirations keep her active in our communities.
Jessica is working across the Commonwealth of Kentucky as Miss Kentucky 2012. She is working to change the medical landscape of heart disease and is working to provide opportunities and assistance to others. Yet, all the while, she is mentoring your schools, performing in your theatres, and volunteering right in your back yards.
Her experience as Miss Kentucky 2012 and the years preceding it have been characterized by service. These years have been full of school visits, free clinics, charity, runway shows, concerts, sports tournaments, toy drives, and much more. Throughout her term, Jessica was able to reach out to over 55,000 students along with numerous adult service groups, legislators, underprivileged and hospitalized individuals, business leaders and peers. Casebolt graduated from Pikeville High School in 2011 and is currently an undergraduate student at Eastern Kentucky University.
Swanson is an award winning storyteller, comedian, motivational speaker, and author of “Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale?” Our State Magazine calls her one of North Carolina’s funniest women. Her shows have charmed audiences from coast to coast, from convention halls to cruise ships. Her hilarious stories about life as a business woman, wife, and mother will make you laugh yourself silly.
You will fall in love with her southern town and the wacky cast of characters who show up when you least expect it. Her “take off the face and get real” approach is refreshing and honest, and her “See, Believe, Do” method will help you get from where you are stuck to where you want to be.
She just might be the dose of humor and truth that you need right now to reach your dreams and rewrite your fairy tale.
Entertainment for this year’s symposium will be provided by 2013 Country Music Highway Road to Fame Winner, Holly Vival Thompson. Thompson is the 19-year-old daughter of Neal and Gina Thompson from Wayland. Holly’s dream of stardom was evident from childhood. Her parents recognized her talent and love for music at a very early age. Since age 13, she has taken classical voice training, participated in choirs, sung at fairs, and festivals, and had won countless singing awards. Blessed beyond measure, Holly treasures her Road to Fame win and hopes to follow in the footsteps of Loretta Lynn, the Judd’s, and other Eastern Kentucky artists. Holly is currently a student at Big Sandy Community and Technical College.
Registration, breakfast and exhibits will run from 8:30-9:15 a.m. Welcoming remarks from Emcee Jill Fraley Dotson will follow. Casebolt will begin her morning keynote at 9:30 a.m.
A breakout session will be held from 10:15-11:15 a.m. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. and entertainment will begin at noon.
The afternoon address by Swanson will begin at 12:45 p.m. The symposium will conclude at 2:30 p.m., following closing remarks and door prize drawings.
This event is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance.
Additional information and registration is available by calling the East Kentucky Small Business Development Center at 606-788-7272, 606-432-5848, or online at www.moreheadstate.edu/sbdc or ksbdc.org.
4-H students learn about natural resources
|Dianna Reed, Johnson County 4-H extension agent, conducted a wind power workshop for Paintsville Elementary students on Jan. 9.|
Students participating in the Johnson County 4-H program have been busy learning about natural resources and career awareness. The 4-H Teen Club recently visited Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Kentucky Coal Academy. Members met with Director Harold Burton, who gave an overview of Kentucky Coal, our coal country history and possible careers in the industry. Members were then able to utilize career simulators, which allowed them to be in the driver’s seat of various pieces of equipment used in the coal industry. Students also operated simulators for rock trucks and mining equipment.
Continuing with natural resource exploration offerings, Paintsville Elementary students recently attended a Wind Power 101 Workshop at the Johnson County Extension Office where they learned about turbines and renewable energy resources. After an informative presentation, students constructed their own turbines, tested their designs and recorded energy outputs.