Each year, 10 water and wastewater utilities are announced during Kentucky Rural Water Association’s Member Appreciation Breakfast as Wooden Bucket finalists and honored for their outstanding service during the past year, according to a statement from the KRWA.


Gov. Matt Bevin, in a stop at the Country Music Highway Museum Wednesday, announced that the City of Paintsville will receive more than $197,000 and Johnson County will receive more than $378,000 in discretionary road funding.

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Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Matt Runyon addresses a room full of students during a Patriot Day celebration on Sept. 11 at Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Paintsville. Runyon said, “It blows my mind that it’s been 18 years since the September 11 attacks on the World Trade C…

On Aug. 31, the Paintsville High School Alumni Association hosted their annual Alumni Weekend at the Ramada Inn in Paintsville. During the eventful weekend, the association recognized several lifelong Tigers spanning the course of fifty-three graduating classes. Of the many people honored at…

The Paintsville Independent Schools Board of Education has completed its annual evaluation of Superintendent David Gibson, giving him a rating of “exemplary,” according to a statement from the board.

A Paintsville man was arrested Wednesday morning after a traffic stop for non-functioning license plate lights that led to a DUI arrest and the discovery of half of a pound of marijuana in the vehicle, according to court documents.

People gathered on the evening Sept. 7 for the second Market 606 event in downtown Paintsville. The event included performances by local musicians, local vendors, food, and more. The next Market 606 event will be held Nov. 2.

The Paintsville Independent Schools District is enjoying improved attendance at both the elementary and high school levels, officials announced during Monday’s meeting of the Paintsville Board of Education.

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The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office said the efforts of 911 dispatch and four other agencies helped save the life of a 19-month-old Nicholas “Neko” LeCour last Thursday.

Several agenda items were discussed during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Johnson County Fiscal Court (JCFC) on Sept. 9. These announcements and approvals included:


The Johnson County Public Library, in conjunction with the Kentucky Science Center, kicked off its turn at the Science in Play2Go exhibit Thursday, allowing local children to interact with a multitude of educational activities.

A Paintsville man was arrested on several traffic charges after a traffic stop led to the discovery of an allegedly intoxicated driver and seven individuals in a pickup truck, two of whom were minors.

A West Van Lear man was arrested Saturday after a collision in the southbound lane of U.S. 23 which resulted in another man suffering injuries so severe he was airlifted from the scene via helicopter, according to court documents.


The Johnson County Animal Shelter has seen an influx of adoptions and donations after its Out Here with Animals event at Tractor Supply Co. last weekend, according to President Lisa Roberts-Trusty.

Thousands of people from across the country visited Breaks Interstate Park to take part in a weekend of gospel music, tradition and fellowship during the 69th annual Tri-State Gospel Sing.


On Thursday, Aug. 29, students of the East Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) in Paintsville, gathered amongst friends, family and instructors for the graduation ceremony of eight advanced course students.

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Johnson County Schools received a grant from Kentucky Power of approximately $45,000 for the creation of an educational pathway dedicated to economic development, according to Terry Salyer, coordinator for the pathway.


PRESTONSBURG — A Floyd County grand jury issued additional charges against a former pastor and Prestonsburg business owner this week.

Johnson County Schools students Gary Austin Cantrell, J.T. Dials, Lauren Hardin, Ryley Preece, Jaxson Ratliff, Nada Sofyan, Chrystalen Stambaugh, Drew Stumbo and Sarah Thompson stand alongside the JCS Board of Education Monday at its regular meeting as the students are honored for their sele…

PIKEVILLE — Gov. Matt Bevin’s re-election campaign rolled into Pikeville on Thursday with support from the family of President Donald Trump.

More than 110 people participated in the Johnson County Health Department’s diabetes prevention walk, also known as the Fall Into Fitness event, at the Paintsville Lake Kiwanis Trail on Saturday, Aug. 24. LEFT: The Johnson County Health Department, in partnership with Big Sandy Healthcare of…


A Staffordsville man was arrested last week in Magoffin County after allegedly being found in possession of approximately 2 grams of methamphetamine.

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The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced in a statement Aug. 23 that the long-awaited reopening of Ky. 1428, the road connecting downtown Paintsville to U.S. 23, may be happening soon.

Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center has announced a new partnership with the Johnson County School District that brings primary care directly to all seven schools in the district called telehealth. The school-based telehealth program allows students, staff and teachers to be examined, diagn…

Big Sandy Heating and Cooling is participating in Lennox International’s tenth annual Feel the Love program, this year opening up to nominations in Kentucky, which aims to provide complete heating and cooling systems to a family in need.

Members of the 57th Annual Kentucky Apple Festival board met on Thursday, Aug. 22 to continue planning the 2019 festival. This year’s festival will be held Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 and will include musical performances by Johnson County native Jamie Suttle and alternative country group The Josephin…


The Paintsville Independent Schools Board of Education met with representatives from Droneport USA, Hazard Community and Technical College and Big Sandy Community and Technical College Wednesday to officially sign an agreement to initiate the school’s new drone pilot and unmanned systems tec…

Members of the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center board voted Thursday to drop litigation against Martin County, after the county paid more than $295,047 in housing costs, healthcare costs and costs associated with an accident on the grounds of the BSRDC facility.

PRESTONSBURG — Floyd County Attorney Ned Pillersdorf told the Floyd County Fiscal Court this week that approximately $21 million will filter through the local economy soon, as the Social Security Administration starts releasing disability checks that have been withheld for more than three years.

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On Aug 22, Gov. Matt Bevin and state representatives visited Johnson County Middle School for the signing of House Bill 11, which encourages school systems in the bluegrass to ban tobacco and other nicotine-containing products from their campuses.

During the Aug. 19 meeting of The Paintsville Tourism Commission, held at the U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum, members focused on several successful happenings around Johnson County since June.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission issued $107,500 in fines for two gas companies that are based in Floyd County.


A new comic book and fandom store, Everything Nerdy, will be opening in Paintsville this Saturday at 10 a.m., according to business owners Oliver Melvin and Stephen Burchett.