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Elementary school turned art gallery
Camryn Helton, 4th grader, points to her painting of Van Gogh’s Starry Night at the very top on the right. Camryn said she likes art because “It’s colorful and you can do what you feel like.”

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

Paintsville Elementary’s student art show held on Wednesday evening gave kids the chance to display the thoughtful and diligent work they have done over the course of the year in art class.
Ms. Doris Haney, Art Teacher, said, “The students have really displayed a lot of talent in art this year. We’re very proud of all the work they have done.”
Ms. Haney used the work of famous artists and storybooks to help her students learn about art. Kindergarten students learned about Van Gogh’s Sunflowers painting and read the story Papa Please Get the Moon for Me. Students created paintings inspired by both works.
First grade students read books about nature and ladybugs and created artworks of “snow bears” and ladybugs.
Second grade was encouraged to get outside and play by creating paintings of cardinals in winter and bicycles in the spring.
Third grade studied Georgia O’Keefe’s flower paintings. Fourth grade created Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night while learning about the artist. Fifth grade got colorful by creating self-portraits in the style of Picasso and Cubism. Sixth grade learned about the Impressionists and studied Monet’s Water Lilies.
The art show was a great success and an opportunity for the community to see how the arts are working for Paintsville Elementary. Principal Katie Webb said, “We really believe in the value of the arts here and we’re so proud of our students.”

Spring Fling

Area Briefs
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 veterans’ benefits. This service is provided FREE of charge by the KY Dept. of Veterans Affairs. To apply, veterans need to furnish copies of pertinent documentation to verify eligibility. For further information, please call toll free 1-888-647-2926.

4-H Camp is Coming Up Soon
4-H Camp is June 1-4 at JM Feltner in London. Applications are available at the Johnson Co. Extension Office. Camp fee is $150, limited number of spots available. Filled first come, first serve. For more information, call (606) 789-8108. Hope to see you soon!

Healthcare Career Craze Camp
Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Workforce Solutions Division will sponsor a FREE Healthcare Career Craze Camp June 9-12 on the Mayo Campus. The camp is open to children in seventh and eighth grades and will run 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily. For more information, contact Sally Porter at (606) 788-2944 or email

Camp Lewis Christian Camp
Camp Lewis is celebrating its 80th year of sharing God’s love with children. The camp is located on KY Rt. 30 in Breathitt Co. Camp fee is $55 and you can register at There are three weeks of camp: June 9-12 is Teen Week for 13-18 year-olds; June 15-19 is for 10-12 year-olds; June 22-25 is for 7-9 year-olds; camp reunion will be June 13. For more information, call (859) 516-2909.

Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program to Begin
The Johnson County Extension Service is currently taking applications for Senior Vouchers for this year’s Farmer’s Market. Applicants must be age 60 or over, a Johnson Co. resident, and meet the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. Applicants must bring proof of age and proof of income. For more information, contact Brian Jeffiers, Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent, at (606)789-8108.

May 21:
- Support Good Neighbors at Pizza Hut: Tell the staff at Pizza Hut that you would like to support Good Neighbors when you order and a portion of the proceeds will go to Good Neighbors to help them carry on helping families in the area. The fundraiser will be held all day on May 21 and 28.

May 22:
- Shooting Sports Meeting: The Shooting Sports Meeting will be held Friday, May 22 at 6 p.m. on KY Rt. 460 beside the Rockhouse Fire Dept. For more information, contact Dianna Reed, County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, at (606) 789-8108.

May 23:
- Class of 1980 Reunion: The Johnson Central High School Graduating Class of 1980 has scheduled their 35th Reunion for May 23, 11 a.m. Reunion is to be held at Shelter #1, Paintsville Lake. The food is Pot Luck so bring a covered dish. Friends, family & children are all invited. Bring extra chairs and cash to purchase reunion t-shirts.

- Bear Hunter Preston Family Reunion: The Bear Preston Family Reunion will be held Saturday, May 23 at 11 a.m. at Shelter #2 in Thealka Park. Bring lawn chairs and food to share. There will be pictures of family and past reunions, and lots of good memories and stories to tell. There will also be an auction to help raise funds to keep the reunions going. Bring an old or new item. Plan to eat at 12 p.m. Drinks and tables will be furnished. Bring your family and friends.

- Estep-Handsford Family Reunion: A reunion for the descendents of Lilburn H. and Rachel LeMaster Estep and Richard Handsford and Lourania Ramey Estep will be held Saturday, May 23 at the home of Mrs. Gusta June Estep at 1966 KY Rt. 689 at Flat Gap. We will begin gathering at 4 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. Everyone please come and bring a covered dish and a warm hug!

- Paintsville City Pool Opens today! The pool will be open Monday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. for parties. Sundays will be open for parties only. Swimming classes begin in June for children ages four and up. $10 per child per day. For more information, call (606) 789-2597 or visit the Paintsville Recreation Center Facebook page.

- School Night at the Races at 201 Speedway. All middle, high school, and college students (with valid school ID) admitted FREE with paying adult. Regular show with weekly racing in all divisions.

May 24:
- The 28th Annual Hyden DeLong Reunion will be held May 24th in the Pines Building at Jenny Wiley State Park, starting at 11 a.m. All family and friends are welcome. For more information, call Donald Hyden at (606) 789-5024, Amma Vaugh at (606) 226-2299, or Otto Hyden at (606) 789-4069.

- The Bartley and Alwilda Pack Family Reunion will be held Sunday, May 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Pack Family Farm at Williamsport. Family and friends are welcome. Bring a food dish.

May 28:
- Support Good Neighbors at Pizza Hut: Tell the staff at Pizza Hut that you would like to support Good Neighbors when you order and a portion of the proceeds will go to Good Neighbors to help them carry on helping families in the area. The fundraiser will be held all day today.

- “Recycled Egg Carton Floral Wreath”: The OSCAR class “Recycled Egg Carton Floral Wreath” will be offered on Thursday, May 28 at 1 p.m. To sign up for the class, call (606) 789-8108 or (606) 297-3615, or check out the OSCAR online at

May 29:
- Paintsville High School Graduation: Graduation Reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria and the Graduation Ceremony will commence at 8 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

June 6:
- Flat Gap School Reunion: The annual Flat Gap School Reunion will be held on Saturday, June 6. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Admission will be $6. Some desserts are needed. For more information, call (606) 297-2456.

June 12:
- Church Yard Sale: The Wesleyan Guild of the First United Methodist Church will host a yard sale on Friday, June 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on KY Rt. 49 at the entrance of the Paintsville Lake Spillway at 2729 Bridge Rd. Proceeds go to Christmas for Children, Mayo School Lunch Program, and the Methodist Children’s Home.

June 13:
- Eastern Kentucky Cosplay Group will be hosting its first Comic Book and Toy Convention, Otaku-Con, Saturday, June 13 at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. Otaku-Con will host several Star Wars cosplay groups such as the 501st Midsouth Garrison, the Mandalorian Mercs and The Rebel Legion. If you are interested in selling comic books or comic related toys at Otaku-Con or would like to purchase tickets for this event you may do so through the Mountain Arts Center at For more information, please contact Mike Williamson at (606) 886-6734 or

June 26:
- Veteran’s Expo: Veterans, service members, and their families are invited to attend the Veterans Expo on Friday, June 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Boyd Co. High School in Ashland. Career fair, VA medical screenings, veteran’s benefits, community resources, free lunch, entertainment, and prizes. For more information, visit or call (606) 783-5081.

July 2:
- Inaugural Bob Miller Memorial Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at 201 Speedway. $10,000 to win. Open Wheel Modified.

August 1:
- 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 7:
- Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Scramble

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.

Great race day for great cause on the Dawkins Trail

Staff Report

A beautiful Spring morning is the perfect time to stretch your muscles in the sunshine, which is exactly what the runners of The Honeysuckle and Horse Patty Half-Marathons and the Mile with Mom did on Saturday.
The races began at the Swamp Branch trail head of the Dawkins Line Rail Trail and ran through Jenny’s Creek where racers were treated to great views and a little competition.
In the Honeysuckle Half-Marathon, Missy Taylor had the fastest time with 1:33:15. Shane Lawson came in second with 1:41:37. Rick O’Bryan finished third with a time of 1:54:32.
In the Horse Patty Half-Marathon, Joseph Harmon finished first with 2:39:20 and Richard E. Hayden followed with a time of 2:40:15.
Some truly adventurous folks ran the full Honeysuckle and Horse Patty Marathon. Roy Fugitt finished first with a time of 3:35:56. Dale Buettner followed, finishing in 4:26:27. Roy Shepherd finished third with a time of 4:55:15.
Amber Shepherd, Norma Hall, Skye Shepherd, and Starr Shepherd each finished the Mile with Mom one-mile race.
Proceeds from the races go to support the RiteCare Speech Therapy Program at the Highlands Autism Center.
The Honeysuckle and Horse Patty Half-Marathons will be held again next year on the Dawkins Trail on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, May 14, 2016.

The personal, the political, the history, the love

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

“The foremost reason I began writing at all was because of love. Love for the people and the land, the place where I came from,” said quilter, author, historian, and geneaologist Bobbie Smith Bryant.
Bryant is a Community Development Advisor for the Kentucky League of Cities and the author of two books, Forty Acres and a Red Belly Ford: The Smith Family of Calloway County and Passions of the Black Patch: Cooking and Quilting in Western Kentucky.
At her presentation on the history and tradition of quilting in Kentucky at the Johnson Co. Public Library on Tuesday, Bryant spoke about how her life growing up on a tobacco farm in western Kentucky has influenced her love of quilting.
“When I began searching through my family’s history, I thought, ‘We are the most boring people on Earth.’ It’s just farmer after farmer,” Bryant said. But then her brother, who had worked the land more than she had, pointed out that theirs was a 10-generation family of farmers. “That’s really quite a legacy,” Bryant said.
As she began to see the true value of her family history, Bryant thought about the 23 quilts in the family that had been passed down through the generations. “Quilts are really part of who you are,” said Bryant. “Quilts bring the stories to life, and many women see quilts as their voice, their mark, and a representation of themselves.”
Bryant quoted from the book Aunt Jane of Kentucky by Eliza Calvert Hall written in 1894 to explain her meaning:
“You see, some folks has albums to put folks’ pictures in to remember ‘em by, and some folks has a book and writes down the things that happen every day so they won’t forgit ‘em; but, honey, these quilts is my albums and my di’ries, and whenever the weather’s bad and I can’t git out to see folks, I jest spread out my quilts and look at ‘em and study over ‘em, and it’s jest like goin’ back fifty or sixty years and livin’ my life over agin” [sic].
Over time, as methods and tools improved the speed of sewing, the quilt also became a a way for women to voice their political opinions and stake their claim in family history.
Bryant drew attention to suffragist Frances Willard who said “The quilt deserves to be placed as an example of protest.” Quilting circles were used as gathering places for women and they created quilts to support the causes they believed in such as the suffragist movement, temperance, and support for organizations.
During wartime, many women also utilized star patterned quilt blocks to show their patriotism and often sold their quilts to support the war effort.
The rich and storied history of quilting as an American folk tradition is a source of pride for Bryant and all quilters.
Bobbie Smith Bryant’s books are available for purchase online and the documentary Farming in the Black Patch, about the family tobacco farm, will be airing on KET: May 13, 2 a.m.; June 4, 11 a.m.; June 13, 4 p.m.
For more information about upcoming events at the Johnson Co. Public Library, check out the calendar on their website at

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