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Sign up for health insurance; avoid penalty fees
- Uninsured individuals may still sign up for health insurance and avoid penalty fees if they enroll in a plan by the Feb. 15 deadline. Application counselors at Paul B. Hall Medical Center can help — call 789-3511 to inquire.

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 

Jan. 24:
- A free lunch will be served at The House of Refuge Community Kitchen, located at 416 Main St., on Sat., Jan. 24. Meal will include vegetable soup and peanut butter sandwiches and will be served from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone welcome! Call 789-9777 for more information.

Jan. 27:
- Kentucky Chautauqua Johnny Green: An Orphan’s Survival, will be presented Tues., Jan. 27, at 10:50 a.m., in the BSCTC Prestonsburg campus Gearheart Auditorium. Event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Judy K. Howell at 889-4750 or email to:

Jan. 29:
- A “United Marriage” class will be held at Highland Church of Christ beginning on Thur., Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. Call 789-6433 for more information.

Jan. 31:
- “Family Fun Day” at the Johnson County Public Library. Theme: “Lovely Winter Crafts and Games.” To be held Sat., Jan. 31, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn to make snow shooters, orange bird feeders, Valentine’s Day cards and play games such as Valentine Bingo and Minute to Win It marshamallow game. Free and open to public. Please call 789-4355 or stop by the library to pre-register to ensure enough supplies are available to those who attend.

Feb. 7:
- A special prayer service for parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends who have lost an unborn child through miscarriage, accident or abortion will be held on Sat., Feb. 7, at 11 a.m., at St. Martha Church, located on Rt. 302, near the entrance to Jenny Wiley Park in Prestonsburg. Call Gwen Hall at 874-9170 for more information.

Feb. 9:
- Kentucky Chautauqua John G. Fee: Abolition ... Amen! will be presented on Monday, Feb. 9, at 12:25 p.m., in the BSCTC Prestonsburg campus Gearheart Auditorium. For more information, call Judy K. Howell at 889-4750 or email to: 

Feb. 24:
- 16th Annual Big Sandy Women’s Business Symposium, “Energy to Succeed” will be held Tues., Feb. 24, at the Wilkinson-Stumbo Convention Center at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. For more information, call 788-7272 or 432-5848; or visit

Feb. 25:
- Black History Month Presentation on Wed., Feb. 25, in the Dr. Michael B. McCall and Carolyn S. McCall Art Gallery on the BSCTC Prestonsburg campus. Bianca Spriggs, an Affrilachian poet will perform, revealing relationships that link identity to familial roots, cultural development, socio-economic stratification and political influence. Spriggs will present at 1:50 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Judy K. Howell at 889-4750 or email to: 

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:

No place like 'Home' for Christmas

Christmas at the Mountain HomePlace this holiday season was an apparent success with Paintsville Tourism Executive Director Tia Campbell reporting the event was both well attended and well-received. Among the attractions were carriage rides with Santa Claus and ol’ Ted, refreshments, visits with Santa’s elves, Frosty the Snowman and the Grinch, and a live Nativity.

PES holds holiday open house

Paintsville Elementary students and teachers decked their halls with Christmas-themed classic stories in celebration of the holiday. An open house event was held in order for parents and community members to tour the newly renovated school. Children were able to get their pictures made with Santa, and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate.

‘Changing hearts through healthcare’‘Winter-Tainment’ movie marathon enjoyed by both young and old

The first “Winter-Tainment” Christmas movie marathon was held Friday, Dec. 9, at the U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum. Visitors enjoyed hot chocolate, snacks, Christmas movies and visits from both Santa Claus and Santa Paws. The winner of a new Tablet will be announced on Dec. 19 — vote for your favorite on the Paintsville Adventures Tourism Facebook page.

Annual Mistletoe and Magic tour of Homes

Todd and Lisa Meade opened their home for tours during the Mistletoe and Magic event that took place on Sunday, Nov. 30.

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  • Paintsville Independent Schools
  • Johnson County Schools
  • Our Lady of the Mountains

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