The Johnson County community has rallied to make this time of social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis a little sweeter for youth. Community members have begun placing stuffed animals, namely bears, in windows and around the properties of their homes and businesses so that children can g…


With the ongoing COVID-19 crisis keeping communities across the state from being able to have church services in person, many are utilizing the internet and social media to continue worship as usual. Churches across Johnson County have been offering Sunday services online and innovating driv…

Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) announced in a statement March 27 that it is temporarily reducing staffing levels through staff furloughs in a number of departments across its 13-hospital healthcare system in Eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia to focus on essential services an…

As social distancing becomes even more critical during the pandemic, the Kentucky Judicial Branch continues to make changes that will ensure access to the courts while protecting the health and safety of court personnel and the public, according to a statement issued March 26.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced March 31 that the Johnson County Fiscal Court will receive $100,000 in County Road Aid emergency funds with which to replace a damaged bridge on Tiny Branch Road in the Staffordsville community.

Rachelle Osborne, liason for Mountain Manor in Paintsville, said this week that the community has come together to support residents of the facility while their doors are closed to the public as a precaution during the current COVID-19 pandemic.


A statement released by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has stated that Ky. 2381 (Johns Creek) in Johnson County will close to all traffic on Wednesday, March 25, at mile point 0.7 for up to three weeks for repair of an embankment failure. The shutdown hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Mond…

The Paintsville/ Johnson County Chamber of Commerce released a statement Thursday, March 19 encouraging the community to continue supporting small businesses in the area as many of them close or shift business models during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Johnson County Judge-Executive Mark McKenzie and City of Paintsville Mayor Bill Mike Runyon streamed live on Facebook Wednesday, March 18 from the WSIP-FM studio in Paintsville to give the public an update on the many changes that have been made in the community in response to the COVID-19 p…


Paintsville Elementary School’s community problem solving team, The Care Crusaders, traveled to the capital on Tuesday, March 10 to speak with legislators and Congress about the important work they’ve been doing. The team is comprised of fifth grader Annabelle Blankenship, and fourth graders…

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Paintsville Independent Schools and Johnson County Schools have released statements regarding school closures and non-traditional instruction days as the community begins to feel the disruptions to daily life that come with the approaching coronavirus pandemic.


Flooding hit Johnson County after thunderstorms moved into the region on the night of Thursday, March 12. Paintsville/ Johnson County Emergency Director Gary McClure noted that some of the worst flash flooding occurred at Little Lick Fork and near Franks Creek in Johnson County and that floo…

The Johnson County Senior Citizen Center released a statement on Friday, March 13 stating that, “Due to the Governor’s recommendation concerning the COVID-19 outbreak, the Johnson County Senior Citizens Center will be closing to the public starting Monday March 16, 2020 until further notice.”

A Floyd County doctor was sentenced in federal court to serve no further jail time, but pay a $10,000 fine and serve three years of supervised release in relation to a controlled substances distribution case.


On the evening of Saturday, March 7, Prime Diner & Grill held a benefit show in an effort to raise money for a local five-year-old boy fighting cancer. Local musicians Zach Mcglone, Bek and Tim Smallwood, Seth Ferguson and Sean Whiting performed during the two-hour event and several item…

A federal grand jury indicted two men and an undisclosed individual for alleged conspiring to distribute 500 or more grams of methamphetamine in Floyd County.

PRESTONSBURG — Thomas Stacy Jr., the former foster care program supervisor who was recently indicted alongside his wife for allegedly abusing children in his care since 2008, is dying, family members reported last week.

During a special meeting of the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center Board on Thursday, March 6 in the Johnson County Fiscal Courtroom, several agenda items were discussed, including the purchase of a Consew sewing machine, collection proposals for old booking machines and construction a deta…

A Flatgap man was arrested Thursday evening, after Kentucky State Police said, he became the target of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation.

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The Johnson County Fiscal Court and the City of Paintsville, along with The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), held a public meeting in the Johnson Central High School gymnasium during the evening of Tuesday, March 3 concerning the upcoming  Section 202 Johnson County Flood Risk Managemen…

Spring semester at The Piarist School means one very important thing for many students: Field Studies. Though there are many things about this small school that make it quite different from others in the area, one of the biggest differences is this on-the-road classroom program which takes e…

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park recently announced dates for one of the region’s newest attractions, the Moonshine Hideaway Dinner Tour.

PIKEVILLE — The Kentucky Democratic Party released a statement calling for Wheeler to resign for his “homophobic remarks,” made at a Republican Party event in Elliot County. However, according to Wheeler, his comments were taken out of of context, as he said he was discussing religious values.

Three inmates at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center celebrated on March 2 after graduating from the detention center’s Moral Reconation Therapy Program — a treatment program that aims to decrease the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend.

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Kentucky State Police arrested two men at approximately midnight on Sunday, March 1 as they were in the midst of a burglary in the Sitka area of Johnson County, officers said.

The Johnson County Health Department and Johnson County Emergency Management are both watching and readying for any response which would be required due to the 2019 Novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Gordmans held its Grand Opening Brand Bash event Mar. 3. Paintsville High School Principal Tiffany Austin was presented at the event with a check from Stage Stores for $1,000 for the high school. Gordmans also presented the first 100 guests with a tote bag and a scratch card for a chance to …


The Future Farmers of America of Johnson Central High School organization recently recognized National FFA week in several ways, according to a statement from Sheena Blair, agriculture education teacher.

On Feb. 24, Johnson County Judge-Executive Mark McKenzie and Paintsville Mayor Bill Mike Runyon introduced their new Community Strategic Plan, a community improvement initiative to identify issues affecting local residents, support economic development, and improve overall quality of life.

On Monday the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office released a statement to the public warning that a McCracken County inmate, Daniel Bell, Jr., had escaped from a work-release program the previous day and that the man may have ties to Paintsville, urging community to members to be on the lookout …

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Damien Whitson, a five-year-old boy from Johnson County, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer on Christmas of this past year after a tumor was discovered rapidly growing behind his right eye. While Damien and his family face challenges in their fight against the disease, natives o…

PRESTONSBURG — More details were released Thursday during a bond hearing for one of the Martin residents accused of abusing children in her care, with Kentucky State Police Det. Tiffany Bond testifying about some of the allegations against Jennifer Stacy, 43, and Thomas Stacy Jr., 46.

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