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Students from Highland Elementary gathered alongside their grandparents at the Mountain Homeplace farm at Paintsville Lake State Park on Sept. 7 to honor grandparents for their contributions to Johnson County students’ lives, according to a statement from HES Principal Brenton Dials.

The Johnson County Board of Education has set a date for a public hearing on a proposed general fund tax levy of 50.4 cents on both real and personal property, according to a statement from the board.

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Paintsville Elementary’s fourth, fifth and sixth graders joined city officials, first responders and other guests in attending a Patriot Day ceremony held at Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s Mayo Campus on Tuesday. 

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This week the Mountain Homeplace Farm welcomed school groups and visitors for the second Appalachian Craft Days, which include all-day tours of everything the living museum and farm has to offer.

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Paintsville welcomed September with the first-ever Market 606 Saturday evening, with downtown stores open late and vendors lining the sides of Main Street.

A Johnson County mother and her son were convicted this week of beating an elderly Johnson County man and robbing him in an incident last year.

Kentucky State Police Post 9 in Pikeville has released the name and photos of a man for whom an arrest warrant has been issued in connection with the suspected murder of a Volga man Monday.

Kentucky State Police is investigating a possible murder in the Dixon Branch area of Volga.

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Johnson County Middle School and Johnson Central High School students have started the first week of “Eagle Enrichment,” a program aimed at improving student success and providing an outlet for numerous creative endeavors.

In a special meeting Monday, the Paintsville Tourism Commission heard updates from Executive Director Josh Johnson on the past two months’ successes and what is planned for the coming months.

A Johnson County grand jury issued 23 indictments last Friday, among them were separate indictments against a Paintsville man and woman who were indicted on multiple charges including theft, burglary and receiving stolen property.

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Each of the seven schools in the Johnson County School District received an automated external defibrillator, or AED, Wednesday, according to Superintendent Thom Cochran, who said that the first of the AEDs was an anonymous donation.

Kentucky State Police is investigating after a single-vehicle fatal collision in Johnson County.

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In addition to the Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy who recently received the Governor’s Award for Occupant Protection Enforcement, the Paintsville Police Department had one of their own honored as well, according to PPD Chief Mike Roe.

A Johnson County grand jury handed down 23 indictments Friday, among them an indictment against a Wittensville man in connection to a December arrest involving allegations of meth trafficking, fleeing or evading and possession of a firearm and possession of morphine. Many of the other indict…

For years, debate and litigation swirled over the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan (CPP),” enacted under the administration of Barack Obama, leading to the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately issuing a stay in 2016 preventing the imposition of the rules.

A Hagerhill man was arrested Tuesday after  Paintsville Police Department officers responded to two separate complaints about a man operating a green Dodge Challenger who had, according to one complaint, brandished and fired a weapon while pulled over on the side of a roadway and, another co…

A Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy received the Governor’s Award for occupant protection enforcement for 2018 in Lexington for outstanding achievements in enforcing seatbelt and child restraint laws Wednesday, Aug. 8, according to a statement released by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

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With the last filing deadline for 2018 elections on Tuesday and drawings for position on Thursday, the ballots are now set for November’s general election. 

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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.


The 33rd annual Van Lear Town Celebration is in the books.

The yearly commemoration of the historic coal mining town and the country music royalty that call it home came after recent passing of Van Lear’s Herman Webb, for whom a memorial gathering was held Saturday at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg.

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The owners of the formerly Paintsville-based TLC Child Development Center receieved a pretrial diversion in Johnson Circuit Court Friday  in connection with felony theft by deception charges related to employees not receiving paychecks for approximately six months.

Masons came together Saturday to help fellow Paintsville Mason Willie Owens, who was badly burned in an accident in June, and with the help of the community raised more than $12,000.

A public memorial service is being held Saturday after one of Johnson County’s most tireless ambassadors passed away last week at the age of 83.

Herman Webb, of Van Lear, is survived by four sisters, including Grammy-winning  country singers Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle, three daughters, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 

Webb frequently directed tours of the family’s famous “Butcher Holler” homestead, and managed the family-owned Webb’s Grocery.

A man convicted of rape and sodomy involving a minor in Johnson County will become eligible for parole this October.

According to a 2007 Kentucky Supreme Court decision, Timothy Dwayne Morman was initially indicted by a grand jury on twelve counts of second-degree rape, twelve counts of second-degree sodomy, one count of using a minor in a sexual performance and one count of first-degree being a persistent felony offender after “Morman’s admitted sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.”


Staff at Johnson Central High School and Flat Gap Elementary School came together Wednesday at the JCHS campus to take part in the Kentucky State Police’s Safe Schools Active Shooter Survival Program’s “level four” training, where staff sat in on a seminar and also took part in drills simulating what it would be like if they were caught off guard by a shooter in the halls of the school. 

According to Post 9 Squad Sgt. and Safe Schools Coordinator Jason Joseph, KSP troopers Sheldon Thomas, Jarrett Fields, Joe Weddington, Colt Stumbo and Jamie Rose were on-site to assist with the training. The program began with a seminar delivered by Joseph, which outlined likely scenarios and the responses that would be appropriate if a staff member found themselves in a situation where they heard gunfire while at the school. 

The 12 Baskets Food Pantry at the Paintsville First Church of God added an extra day to its usual distribution schedule to give away a truckload of fresh produce on Tuesday.

Pastor Dan Heaberlin said the pantry is usually only open on Tuesdays, but the produce arrived on Wednesday. The food was organized, bagged and given away with the help of HOPE, an American Legion Youth Group that operates from Paintsville’s Veterans Center.


Local singer and songwriter Waylon Nelson held a release party for his new album, ‘Appalachian Sound,’ Friday at the Historic SIPP Theatre in downtown Paintsville.

Appalachian Sound released in June, according to Nelson, and has been steadily gaining momentum. Nelson, of Pikeville, said many of the songs have been written for years, but the hard work and gracious contributions of several musicians since August in the studio at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg made it possible.

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.

The Paintsville High School Alumni Association announced a new format for its annual All-Alumni Weekend event and also announced a Hall of Fame wall at the Paintsville Independent Schools’ central office building in a statement Monday.

According to the statement, three new PHS alumni will be inducted into the association’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame during the All-Alumni Weekend event, including Jayme Runyon, class of 1975, Marty Preston and Scott Bradley, both of the class of 1992. The event will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 1 in the ballroom of the Ramada Inn in Paintsville.

When Johnson County Middle School and Johnson Central High School return to classes next week, students will be hearing about a new program available to them to bolster their academic and personal success.

The Johnson County School District is launching “Eagle Enrichment” Aug. 27, a before-school and after-school program open to them to focus on ways they can improve in classes, work on student success skills or just find new enrichment opportunities.


The Paintsville Rotary Club’s first Trivia Night is in the books after Kim O’Bryan’s team, Les Quizerables, took home a victory over 16 other teams registered for the event, earning themselves $170 and bragging rights until next month’s event.

The event brought in a much larger turnout than originally anticipated, according to Rotary Club President Brandon May, who said they had originally told the staff at JB’s Sports Lounge to prepare for 15-20 patrons for the night and thanked them for seeing to an actual attendance of nearly 70 competitiors.

Kentucky State Police reports that a Johnson County man died in a motorcycle crash in Floyd County Thursday.

KSP spokesperson Trooper William Petry said that Dakota Hampton, 24, of Wittensville, died in a crash that occurred on U.S. 23 in Ivel at approximately 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Hampton was not wearing a helmet, Petry said, and was traveling northbound toward Prestonsburg when he fell off the motorcycle. 

The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy has released its 2017 Overdose Fatality Report, including county-by-county statistics on drug overdose deaths as well as statewide numbers.

According to the report, 1,468 residents nearly 97 nonresidents died from overdoses in the state in 2017, an increase from 2016.

Financial statements obtained by The Paintsville Herald for the City of Paintsville’s actual revenues and expenses for the 2017-2018 fiscal year show multiple city departments operating under budget and over $1 million in grants.

Despite that, however, the Paintsville Tourism Commission did not see a similar financial result, something officials said came despite tourism growth.