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PRESTONSBURG — The Big Sandy Area Development District hired Floyd County Judge-Executive Ben Hale as the agency’s new executive director this week.

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The Johnson County Public Library hosted a “Come-and-Go Tie Dye” event at the Paintsville Recreation Center Thursday.

Johnson County Schools students had their first days of the 2018-2019 school year Tuesday, picking back up where they left off for a transition that Superintendent Thom Cochran called “seamless.”

A Paintsville woman was arrested last week after Paintsville Police Department officers served a warrant at the Budget Inn in Paintsville and discovered more than seven grams of methamphetamine and scales, according to court documents.

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SALYERSVILLE — Coach Joe Chirico and his Paintsville Tigers made the trip to Salyersville Saturday evening to take on the Magoffin County Hornets in scrimmage action. This was the first time this season teams have been able to put on the pads and play in a competitive nature against other teams.

The community is rallying together in support of a Mingo Central High School football player who collapsed during the opening day of practice on Monday, July 30th. 

Football officially got under way for area schools as most teams held their first practice signifying the start of the upcoming season. The Miners of Mingo Central hadn’t been on the field very long when during routine sprints, sophomore Dustin Ferguson, 15, started complaining of numbness in his legs. 

PAINTSVILLE — The Johnson Central High School football program is preparing to host media day and its annual Black/Gold scrimmage.

Under the direction of head coach Jim Matney, Johnson Central has advanced to three straight Class 4A state title games. The Golden Eagles finished runner-up to Franklin-Simpson in 2017. One of the state's top high school football programs, Johnson Central captured the 2016 Class 4A championship. 

LEXINGTON — The Kentucky Volleyball Coaches Association (KVCA) has announced the 2018 KVCA Team Academic Award winners. Paintsville, under the tutelage of head coach Dawn Kinner, is among the honorees. 

Through a Signature Affiliate Partnership with the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), the teams being recognized were able maintain academic excellence for the entire 2017/18 academic school year. To qualify, teams must maintain at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Nominations for the award took place throughout the month of June and were accepted by the AVCA.

More than 100 professional and amateur golfers took to the links in Paintsville over the weekend for the annual Paintsville Invitational Tournament.

Adam Crum, with the Paintsville Golf Course said this marks the 78th year of the tournament, with 114 participants gathering to play in a two-day tournament following a Friday Pro-Am.

Crum said participants this year came not just from Johnson and surrounding counties, but other six states including Ohio, Maryland, Florida, Indiana, West Virginia and South Carolina.

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