The Paintsville Tourism Commission is working closely with other agencies to plan a summer packed with events.

At Paintsville’s Town Hall, Tourism Executive Director Josh Johnson reminded attendees of the regular events that tourism helps plan and sponsor. 

Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m. will be a showing of “Jaws” as the monthly movie night at the Historic SIPP Theatre, where $5 buys admission as well as popcorn and a drink. Next month, “Top Gun” will play July 21. Every week there is Front Porch Pickin’ at the Country Music Highway Museum at 7 p.m., and there is a dinner club at the museum every second Friday of the month with rotating themes, including “Kahoot Night” July 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Following the success of the first such meeting in March, the City of Paintsville hosted its second town hall-style meeting with various city departments and agencies Tuesday evening at the Historic SIPP Theatre.

Mayor Bill Mike Runyon welcomed audience members and introduced city department heads, including Paintsville Tourism Commission Executive Director Josh Johnson, Mark McKenzie with the Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, Paintsville Recreation Director Scott “Shoes” Hale and Catherine Castle and Lara Pack with the Paintsville/Johnson County Trail Town Committee.


According to Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Jesse Mullins, two vehicles — a Chevrolet pickup and a Honda Accord — collided in a curve on Ky. 1107 near the intersection with Ky. 321. All three occupants of the vehicles, including two in the pickup and one in the sedan, were transported from the scene for apparent non-life-threatening injuries, Deputy Mullins said. The wreck remains under investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

A Paintsville man was arrested Wednesday, June 13 on charges including indecent exposure and DUI after Paintsville Police Department officers were approached by a female subject stating that the individual had exposed himself while urinating in Preston Park, between Broadway Street and Ky. 321, according to court documents.

PPD Officer Zach Mitchell wrote, in the citation, that he and PPD Captain Holbrook were performing stationary observation on Broadway Street and were approached by the woman, who advised them that Michael Jennings, 53, of Paintsville, had exposed himself in Preston Park while urinating. According to the citation, Mitchell then observed Jennings as he crossed Ky. 321 on his bicycle and stated that he observed Jennings “almost fall off (of) the bicycle and fall into traffic” on the roadway. 


The Paintsville Food City held its third annual charity car show on Saturday to raise money for the Johnson County Animal Shelter.

Paintsville Food City Human Relations Coordinator Nikka Shell said that hosting the show is a win-win for car enthusiasts to support a good cause. Even with attendance down from last year, the show was still able to raise around $500.

Shell said using a car show to raise funds for the local animal shelter was a no-brainer.

The Johnson County Salvation Army operates five days a week, but most customers may only be aware of the work going on up front in the thrift store. Behind the scenes, the staff there work to improve the lives of the people of Johnson and Martin counties in myriad other ways.

Director Susan Gannon said that in an office space in the back, the local service unit exists to help those in need.


LEXINGTON — Scott County capturing the 2018 Owensboro Health/KHSAA State Softball Championship earlier in the month marked the last state title in the event’s double-elimination format as the softball tournament will transition to single elimination in 2019. The 2018 championship also marked the final year of the Association’s contract with the city of Owensboro, leaving the future site of the tournament up for consideration. The KHSAA will begin the RFP process this summer for a future site with the matter to be reviewed by the Board of Control during its September meeting in conjunction with championship discussions in other spring sports.

“Since I became Commissioner, I have been working with the Board of Control on various changes and improvements to tournament formats and new offerings," said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. "Softball has presented continual challenges during that time, largely due to its format. he overwhelming majority of our softball schools had long favored our sixteen team, double elimination format. While this format allowed for a great level of participation, it certainly placed restrictions on many aspects of the tournament including schedule, format and location.

University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart speaks at the Billy Johnson Stage in downtown Pikeville outside of the East Kentucky Expo Center during the Big Blue Caravan Friday afternoon. Players, coaches, cheerleaders and dance team members showed up to sign autographs and meet …

Paintsville head coach Landon Slone talks things over with the Tigers during a timeout Monday during the UPike summer basketball team camp where the Tigers faced off against Richlands.

LEXINGTON — The challenge doesn’t get any bigger than what Hazard faced Friday evening in the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament semifinals.

St. Xavier came into the game ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 8 nationally.

Hazard fought hard, but fell to the Tigers 3-0.

One mistake in the top of the sixth led to St. X grabbing the lead.

Allie Wells just recently made school history at Johnson Central.

Wells finished as the 15th Region single runner-up in tennis and qualified of KHSAA Tennis State Tournament. 

Wells won her opening game match over South Oldham’s Molly Dean 6-7, 6-4, 11-9. The win at the state tournament was the first for Johnson Central for the girls’ program.

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