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Housing Fair connects community with options

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

As part of the ongoing effort to help families get back on their feet after the harsh weather and flooding experienced in the area this year, a Housing Fair was held on Tuesday evening at the Disaster Recovery Center located on Teays Branch Road on KY Rt. 40 in Paintsville.
Brenda Weaver, Assistant Deputy Executive Director of the Kentucky Housing Corporation, said the goal of the housing fair was to bring together as many of the potential resources available to disaster survivors as possible.
Manufactured home retailers, loan providers, nonprofit organizations, FEMA, and the Small Business Administration were on hand to guide visitors to the information they needed and speak with them in-person about their recovery options.
Weaver said, “If you have been granted FEMA assistance, there is a wide variety of resources available to you.”
Please see page B2 for a list of resources provided to visitors at the Housing Fair.


Area Briefs
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.

Addiction Counseling
Narconon reminds families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on the rise. Learn to recognize the signs of drug abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all types of drugs. Narconon also offers free screenings and referrals. 1-800-431-1754 or prescription-abuse.org.

Story Patch Play Series
The Route 23 Cultural Heritage Network along with the OSCAR is continuing their cultural preservation project, “The Story Patch.” Each production is based on the true stories of individuals who grew up here in the mountains. The plays will be performed at the OSCAR on Sept. 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20. If you or your organization would like to sponsor the series and be recognized at the performances and in all promotional materials or for more information, contact Vicki Rice at (606) 789-8108 or look for The Story Patch on Facebook.

Business of the Year Nominations
The Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce is now taking nominations for Small Business of the Year, Business of the Year, and Business Person of the Year. Send your nominations to franjarrell@pjcchamber.com. The Annual Awards Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on September 28 at the Ramada Inn.

September 4:
- Church Yard Sale: The WCG Little Paint Church of God will be having a yard sale on Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Christmas items and collectables will be available for sale.

- Church Yard Sale: Huge indoor yard sale to be held at St. Michael’s Church Hall, 720 Washington Ave., Paintsville on Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Air conditioned building.

September 6:
- The Annual Daniel Family Reunion will he held at Dewey Lake State Park, below Spillway, Shelter #1 on Sunday, September 6. Please bring a covered dish and beverage. Lunch will be at noon. For more information, call (606) 297-4261 or (606) 789-4209.

- 2015 Wells Reunion: The descendants of Revolutionary War veteran Richard Wells and his wife Susannah Hutchinson, will meet on Sunday, September 6 at Johnson Central High School starting at 9 a.m. JCHS is next to McDonald’s on KY Rt. 321 in Paintsville. 
Richard Wells was born in Penn. in 1760 and died in 1838 in Ky. A large reunion of his family was held at Daniel’s Creek, KY Rt. 3, in 1915 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his coming to KY. Over 800 family members from several states attended and left us with a panoramic photo of the event. Come out to celebrate the 100th anniversary of that original reunion and be in the 2015 panoramic family picture.
For the potluck dinner, bring enough food for your family as well as a little extra. Also bring an item for the family auction.
John B. Wells III will travel from GA to present a genealogical workshop. T-shirts bearing the original 1915 photo will be for sale.
For questions, call Kim Howard at (606) 875-7304. See you there.

- The Deal Pelphrey and Laura Trimble Pelphrey Annual Family Reunion will be held on Sunday, September 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Little Mud Lick Youth Center, 1391 Little Mud Lick Rd., Staffordsville. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch being served at 12:30 p.m. Members and friends are encouraged to bring their favorite dish and beverage of their choice, with paper products provided. For more information, please call Chris Estepp at (606) 789-5693; Edith Haley at (606) 788-9006; Andrea Hall at (606) 297-5180 or (606) 792-1442; Sally Ann Conley Holbrook at (606) 789-2557 or (606) 297-3503.

- The Parsons Family Reunion will be held on Sunday, September 6 for the descendants of Isaac and Louisa Parsons. The reunion will be held at the Isaac Parsons Cemetery on Parsons Branch Rd., just off KY Rt. 979, from 12 p.m. until everyone leaves. Family, friends, and covered dishes are welcome. If you need further info call Bonnie (Parsons) Coleman at (606) 791-8488, email at dk_parsons@yahoo.com, or contact her on Facebook at Parsons Reunion.

- The Milt and Lena Meade Family Reunion will be held on Sunday, September 6 at Thealka Park, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Bring covered dishes, pop, and water. For further information or directions, call (606) 297-8764, (606) 297-4230, or (606) 297-6016.

September 9:
- BLISS Workshop: The Business Leadership Innovation Service & Style Workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 9 at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. All business leaders in Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike Counties who are seeking to find more customers through better customer service are welcome to attend the FREE two hour training hosted by EKU’s Michelle Allen. The workshop will be presented 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and again at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Stephanie at (606) 792-1465 or p.tourism15@gmail.com.

September 10:
- The Johnson County Public Library will be discussing the book Twelve Years a Slave, on Thursday, September 10 from 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.

- Patriot Day Ceremonies: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold Patriot Day ceremonies on Thursday, September 10 on its Prestonsburg and Pikeville campuses. The Prestonsburg ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. and the Pikeville campus ceremony will be at noon. Both ceremonies will be at the flagpole. For more information, contact Jennifer Little (606) 889-4734 or email jennifer.little@kctcs.edu.

September 11:
-Patriot Day Ceremonies: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold Patriot Day ceremonies. The Mayo campus ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, September 11 in the Mayo Auditorium. For more information, contact Jennifer Little (606) 889-4734 or email jennifer.little@kctcs.edu.

September 12:
- Highland Church of Christ is hosting the Living Proof Live Simulcast with Beth Moore on Saturday, September 12th from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.  Tickets are now available for $10.00. Lunch will be provided. Come by the church to purchase your ticket or call (606) 789-6433 to reserve your ticket.

September 15:
- 4-H Adult Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 15 at 6 p.m. at the Johnson County Extension Office. For more information, contact Dianna Reed at (606) 789-8108.

September 17:
- The Johnson County Public Library will be discussing the book The Next Time You See Me, on Thursday, September 17 at 6 p.m. To reserve a book or for more information, call the library at (606) 789-4355.

September 18:
- Historic Cemetery Preservation in Kentucky: A presentation by Kary Stackelbeck asking the question “Does Sacred Space Ever Stop Being Sacred?” will be held at the Johnson County Public Library at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 18. For more information, contact the library at (606) 789-4355.

September 19:
- Bank Mule Long Haul Half-Marathon and 5K: The Van Lear Historical Society will be hosting their annual Bank Mule Long Haul marathons on Saturday, September 19, starting at 8 a.m. Registration fee for the 5K is $25 and the fee for the half-marathon is $50. Checks may be mailed to the Van Lear Historical Society, PO Box 396, Van Lear, KY 41265. For more information, call (606) 789-8540 or visit www.vanlearkentucky.com.

- Run for the Son 5K: The New Bethel Riceville Freewill Baptist Youth Group will be hosting a 5K Run/Walk event on Saturday, September 19 at 10 a.m. on the Dawkins Trail. The race will begin at the church near the Swamp Branch Trail Head. Participants who enter by Sept. 12 will receive a free t-shirt and the fee will be $25. Race day entry fee is $30. Entry fee for kids 7-13 is $15. Kids 6 and under enter for free. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category.

September 24:
- Recycled Jewelry Art: The OSCAR will host a Recycled Jewelry Art class with Paula Blair on Thursday, September 24 at 10 a.m. You must pre-register for classes at the OSCAR. To register, call (606) 789-8018 or (606) 297-3915 or message the OSCAR on Facebook at facebook.com/OSCARcenter.

- Blood Drive: Big Sandy Community and Technical College and the Kentucky Blood Center will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, September 24 in the Student Center on the Prestonsburg campus. For more information, contact Kelly Adam at (606) 886-7356 or email Kelly.adam@kctcs.edu.

- The Johnson County Public Library will be discussing the book Gray Mountain, on Thursday, September 10 from 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.

September 25:
- First Lady’s Brunch: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will hold a First Lady’s Brunch at 11 a.m., Friday, September 25 in the Student Center on its Prestonsburg campus. Brunch is $10 and all proceeds benefit the BSCTC Alumni scholarship. For more information or to RSVP, contact Kelli Ayers at (606) 886-7358 or email kayers0006@kctcs.edu.

- Alumni Homecoming and Taste of the Big Sandy: Big Sandy Community and Technical College will host its Alumni Homecoming and Taste of the Big Sandy on Friday, September 25 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on its Prestonsburg campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, contact Kelli Ayers at (606) 886-7358 or email kayers0006@kctcs.edu.

September 26:
- “Hats Off to Science” Family Fun Day: The Johnson County Public Library will host Part Two of their “Hats Off to Science” event on Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at (606) 789-4355.

September 28:
- Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 28 at the Ramada Inn. Awards will be given for Small Business of the Year, Business of the Year, and Business Person of the Year.

- “Religion in the Mountains of Antebellum Kentucky”: This presentation will be given by John Sparks on Monday, September 28 at 11 a.m. at the Johnson County Senior Citizens Center. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Johnson County Public Library at (606) 789-4355.

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

October 8:
- Quilt Block Murals: The OSCAR will host a Quilt Block Mural class and lunch on Thursday, October 8 at 10 a.m. You must pre-register for classes at the OSCAR. To register, call (606) 789-8018 or (606) 297-3915 or message the OSCAR on Facebook at facebook.com/OSCARcenter.

October 15:
- Autumn Holiday Wreaths: The OSCAR will host a Autumn Holiday Clothespin Wreaths class with Cindy Blair on Thursday, October 15 at 1 p.m. You must pre-register for classes at the OSCAR. To register, call (606) 789-8018 or (606) 297-3915 or message the OSCAR on Facebook at facebook.com/OSCARcenter.

October 22:
- Sawblade Painting: The OSCAR will host a Sawblade Painting class with lunch on Thursday, October 22 at 10 a.m. You must pre-register for classes at the OSCAR. To register, call (606) 789-8018 or (606) 297-3915 or message the OSCAR on Facebook at facebook.com/OSCARcenter.

November 12:
- Ceramic Holiday Decor: The OSCAR will host a Ceramic Holiday Decor class with lunch on Thursday, November 12 at 10 a.m. You must pre-register for classes at the OSCAR. To register, call (606) 789-8018 or (606) 297-3915 or message the OSCAR on Facebook at facebook.com/OSCARcenter.


Young scientists experiment with chemistry and crafts

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

There’s always something new to discover at the Johnson County Public Library and this weekend was no exception.
At the “Hats off to Science” Family Fun Day event held on Saturday, young scientists had some hands on fun with science experiments and crafts. The children made science notebooks that they used to take notes of their results and glue science experiment instruction worksheets to take home.
Using red cabbage juice, the scientists were able to test the pH of various household items to determine if they were acids or bases. They also had the opportunity to learn how food dyes can be swirled to make tie dye and how to pick up an ice cube with just some string and salt.
In addition to the science experiments, the children were able to experiment with their creativity by making superhero, aqua princess, and aqua prince hats.
Volunteers from Johnson Central High School and Paintsville High School were on hand to assist with all of the activities.
Part Two of the “Hats off to Science” program at the Johnson County Public Library will take place on Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
For more information about all of the activities for children and adults, visit the library’s website at www.johnsoncountypubliclibrary.org or call (606) 789-4355.


Community Health Fair serves and informs

By Sarah Hill
Staff Writer

At the Johnson and Magoffin County Community Health Fair held at the Paintsville Recreation Center on Wednesday, the room was buzzing with the exchange of health-related information.
The Health Fair, hosted by the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, visitors were treated to blood pressure checks, glucose and cholesterol screenings, vision screenings, and a whole host of information on personal health from tobacco cessation options to family planning to prescription medication assistance.
Representatives from Carl D. Perkins Vocational Rehabilitation, Appalachian Hospice Care, the Johnson and Magoffin Co. Cooperative Extension Services, Encounter Missions, Wal-Mart Vision Center, SNAP, Mountain Comprehensive Care’s Homeplace Clinic, the Johnson Co. Health Department, Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Highlands Center for Autism, and several health insurance providers, among others provided screenings and information to visitors.


From the Heart... A Bluegrass Story
Kelsie May from NBC’s The Voice, performed during the benefit concert Sunday night along with several other artists to help raise money for those affected by July’s deadly flash-flooding event.

By Bridget Slone
Staff Writer

Several bluegrass bands and performers gathered on Sunday in Johnson Central High School’s gymnasium to benefit those affected by July’s flash-flooding event, which claimed four lives and devastated parts of Johnson County.
Bluegrass star Melvin Goins, Kelsie May from NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ and Neal James from Animal Planet’s ‘Call of the Wildman,’ were among those performing.
Before the show began, City of Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter presented Melvin Goins with the key to the city. In return Goins gave Mayor Porter a check for $550 as a contribution from five of his sponsors for flood victims.
The concert, ‘From the Heart... A Bluegrass Story,’ had an impressive lineup of talented performers, some gospel, others country and most bluegrass. Tickets ran at $10 per person, while flood victims and those 12 and under were admitted free of charge. Concessions were also sold and monetary donations along with flood relief items were also accepted.
Around $9,000 was raised and all funds will go to benefit those who were affected during last month’s flooding.



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