• By Aaron K. Nelson Editor

Voter turnout down compared to last local primaries

Though Johnson County’s 2018 primary is in the books, at least one of the races may not be finalized until the end of the month.

According to a statement from the office of Johnson County Clerk and Chair of the Board of Elections Sallee Holbrook, Bruce Ritz, Democrat candidate in a race for District 2 Constable, has requested a recanvass of that race. Of 484 ballots cast in that race, unofficial election night results show him losing to challenger Bryan Castle by 12 votes.

  • By Waylon Whitson Staff Writer

Friday marked the first day of the annual U.S. 23 Yard Sale, which is one of many similar events across the United States set for Memorial Day weekend, according to a statement from Paintsville Tourism.

Johnson County residents can set up to peddle their wares all along U.S. 23, according to the statement, but Paintsville Tourism is also offering rental space in the Country Music Highway Museum parking lot, with rates varying based on one-day or three-day use. 

  • By Aaron K. Nelson Editor

As Memorial Day is just around the corner, the Paintsville City Pool is set to open for another summer. 

Paintsville Recreation Director Scott “Shoes” Hale said the pool will open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 at 1 p.m. with free admission. After Monday, regular admission rates will apply: $3 for those 16 and up, $2 for those 15 and under, and free for kids 3 and under. 

  • By Aaron K. Nelson Editor

Firefighters with the Van Lear Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a structure fire midday Thursday that Chief Chuck Wetzel described as a “total loss.”

The home, near Hyden Branch, was engulfed in minutes, and Wetzel said firefighters spent the entire afternoon just working to keep it contained. No injuries were reported.

  • By Aaron K. Nelson Editor

The Paintsville Tourism Commission did not vote on its annual budget at its regular May meeting Monday, but instead, opted to convene a committee to continue taking in public opinion and reevaluate the budget before approving it. 

Monday’s meeting, commission chairperson Bobby McCool said, was opened for public comment, much of which surrounded the large portion of the tourism budget being turned over to the City of Paintsville for tourism-related enterprises, including the golf course and recreation center. 

  • By Aaron K. Nelson Editor

Johnson County voters largely aligned with voters from surrounding counties in electing candidates to state and national races on Tuesday. 

The 97th State House District includes Johnson, Wolfe and Morgan counties. With incumbent Rep. Scott Wells not seeking reelection, Johnson County’s own Bobby McCool and Russell Halsey of Pine Ridge in Wolfe County faced off for the Republican nomination, while Craig Lindon of Campton and Isaac Allen of Grassy Creek squared off for the Democratic ticket.


  • By Mike Muncy Sports Writer

Johnson Central and Paintsville bested 57th District rivals Sheldon Clark and Magoffin County to place themselves in the 57th District championship game Thursday night at Charlie Adkins Field. Paintsville proved that they were the top team in the 57th District by dismantling the Golden Eagles in an 8-1 game that never saw Johnson Central make a threat after the first inning.

The Tigers made their way to the championship after knocking off Magoffin County 12-2 Wednesday evening in the opening round of the 57th District Tournament.

  • By Mike Muncy Sports Writer

Johnson Central was able to score early and often pulling away to a 15-6 win over Paintsville for the 57th District championship Wednesday night.

Abby Fannin got the ball rolling early for the Lady Golden Eagles hitting a home run in the first inning helping elevate Johnson Central to an early 2-0 lead.

  • By Randy White Regional Sports Editor

If you can’t make your way to one of the UPike summer basketball camps, they’ll come to you.

Kelly Wells and the Bears have announced their summer basketball camps.

Wells and the Bears will kickoff the summer with their satellite camps. Those camps are coming to Mingo County.

The first of the three events will be held at the Williamson Fieldhouse June 5. The camp will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until noon and there will be a $30 tuition fee. The camp is for boys and girls ages six through 14.

  • By Mike Muncy Sports Writer

The 57th district baseball and softball tournaments kicked off Monday evening and concluded with Johnson County having much to smile about as both Paintsville and Johnson Central’s softball teams won their respective games, as well as Johnson Central’s baseball team coming home with a big win after an exciting game.

Paintsville Lady Tigers 11, 

Sheldon Clark 1

  • Special To The Paintsville Herald

MOREHEAD — The Morehead State University men’s basketball program will host three camps during the upcoming summer. The Morehead State basketball camp schedule will include a father/child camp, a day camp and a team camp.

The MSU men’s basketball program is under the direction of head coach Preston Spradlin, a Betsy Layne High School graduate. 

  • By Mike Muncy Sports Writer

Johnson Central was able to score first and hang with Boyd County, tying things up at 2-2 in the third inning, but the Lady Lions were too strong, pulling away to a 6-2 win against the Lady Golden Eagles

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