A Johnson County grand jury returned 42 indictments Wednesday, among them was an indictment against a Staffordsville man arrested in September 2017 for a “large marijuana grow,” according to court documents.

According to Johnson County Extension Agent Brenda Cockerham, she and other employees of the Cooperative Extension office have noticed articles of clothing, sleeping bags and trash outside of their office on FM Stafford Avenue that have led them to believing that there is a rising number of …

The new sheriff Johnson County voters chose in November’s election is acclimating to his new office and its myriad of challenges with a tried-and-true approach: Optimism, dedication and cooperation.

The Johnson County Fiscal Court has had a busy first week in office, with a second special meeting convened Wednesday and its regular meeting still slated for Monday, making a total of three meetings in one week. 

With approval last month from the Paintsville City Council, Paintsville Utilities is moving on this month with a Kentucky Infrastructure Authority loan that will fund water system improvements around the county. 

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Johnson Judge-Executive Mark McKenzie hopes to leverage his business experience in commercial, farm and mineral property management to help the county grow and stand out in the region as the best place to live and work, he told the Paintsville Herald this week.

A Hagerhill man entered into a plea deal with Johnson County prosecutors Friday after being arrested in August on charges including wanton endangerment and assault after a high-speed chase with law enforcement that culminated in an arrest outside the man’s home, according to court documents. 

Vehicle collisions on Johnson County roads are on the decline, according to data from Kentucky State Police, but the wrecks that are happening are producing more injuries and fatalities.

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County officials were sworn in together at a special ceremony held in the Johnson County Fiscal Courtroom on Friday.

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Following a two hour executive session, the Paintsville Tourism Commission elected Thursday to lay off Mountain Homeplace farm manager Russell Honeycutt, effective immediately.

A Prestonsburg woman was arrested in Paintsville on Dec. 15 on drug possession charges after Walmart asset protection personnel made a complaint that she had shoplifted inside the store and was sitting outside of the building in a truck, according to court documents.

The Big Sandy Regional Detention Center board recently voted against a motion to file a lawsuit against Martin County for the approximately $200,000 the county owes the jail for boarding fees.

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Johnson County Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent Brenda Cockerham received four first-place state awards during the recent Kentucky Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Meeting held in Louisville. 

A Johnson County grand jury handed down indictments last Wednesday, and among them were indictments against three Johnson County men who were arrested in February on drug charges after a visit by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office  to their hotel room, according to court documents.

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The Paintsville Police Department hosted its annual Shop with a Cop event on Saturday, throwing a party for 23 local children before taking them each shopping.

A Johnson County woman was aided by community members and the Central Elementary School 4-H club to assemble gifts, which she and the children delivered to the residents at the Mountain Manor nursing home in Paintsville on Dec. 14.

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The Cryptic Knights chapter of the Widows Sons Riders Association held its annual Christmas party for Johnson County’s special needs children at the Paintsville Recreation Center on Thursday. 

The Paintsville Independent Schools Board of Education approved a motion to provide a one-percent raise to all classified and certified employees within the district, with Superintendent David Gibson saying the school system is in “good shape” financially.

A Johnson County grand jury handed down 33 indictments Wednesday, including indictments against the nine individuals accused of attempting to dig through a wall  of the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in October. 

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is closed for regular business until next year, Sheriff Dwayne Price has said, but the reasoning behind the shutdown may not be what many people expect. 

The Paintsville Independent Schools Board of Education honored retiring Finance Officer David Lemaster at its regular meeting Dec. 10.

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The Williamsport Volunteer Fire Department hosted its annual Christmas appreciation dinner Saturday and presented plaques to three couples for their service to the department, in addition to hosting a meeting with Santa and helping kids get gifts through the Toys for Tots program.

The Kentucky Public Service Commission announced this week it is moving forward with a plan to streamline the rate adjustment process for rural electric cooperatives such as Paintsville’s Big Sandy Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation.

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The Auxier post of the Disabled American Veterans has used funds raised throughout the year to help stock the shelves at Family Resource Youth Service Centers around Johnson County.

In the last regular meeting of the Johnson County Fiscal Court for longtime Judge-Executive R. T. “Tucker” Daniel, Commissioner Paul Daniel and Commissioner Darren Gamble, the court took care of regular monthly business and joined numerous other local counties in signing onto the Kentuckians…

The Staffordsville-based Hands and Feet Ministry works year-round to help fill the needs of local schools’ youth service centers, but twice a year, they are able to put on a special all-day event for the kids themselves. 

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In preparation for this weekend’s Winter Joyfest event, Hands and Feet Ministry accepted coupons donated by McDonald’s of East Kentucky for food and desserts to make Christmas even better for the county’s schoolchildren in need.

Paintsville Utilities’ ongoing inflow and infiltration project is proceeding on schedule, with project engineers Bocook Engineering, together with contractors Akins Excavating and Thomas Environmental Contracting Corp., on track for its completion in spring 2019.

PRESTONSBURG — If a request by the Big Sandy Community and Technical College Board of Directors is approved and funded, the college’s dental program could move from Prestonsburg to the Mayo campus in Johnson County in a few years. 

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The Johnson Central Players will be continuing their Christmas production of “Elf: The Musical” this year at the Historic SIPP Theater, beginning on Thursday and lasting through Saturday, according to JCHS Players Director Emily Warne.

The Big Sandy Area Community Action Program Board of Directors announced Wanda Thacker has been hired as the new executive director of the agency. Thacker took the helm Monday following the retirement of longtime executive director Mike Howell.

Waylon Bayes, of Johnson County, performed before a live audience during the Nov. 30 general session of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s (KFB) 99th annual meeting in Louisville, according to a statement from KFB.

Several individuals convicted in Johnson County are becoming eligible for parole in the coming months, including some convicted only months ago.

Tuesday marked the recent trend of charitable donation drives at the start of the Christmas season, a social media campaign commonly known as #GivingTuesday, with several Johnson County agencies participating.

Paintsville Police Department officers arrested a Paintsville man on Nov. 16 after officers responded to a call that the man had assaulted his pregnant girlfriend in a Jefferson Avenue apartment, according to court documents.

Paintsville Utilities was among 10 water utilities throughout the state nominated for the Kentucky Rural Water Association’s Wooden Bucket Award on Aug. 31, according to a statement from the KRWA.

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After a successful first class of 12 graduates in July, the second cohort of Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s partnership with SilverLiner crossed the stage at the Mayo Campus in Paintsville on Monday.

Traditionally, the 40th anniversary gift is supposed to be ruby, and few retailers are as well-prepared for it as Castle’s Jewelry in the Mayo Plaza. As of Saturday, that shop has been open for 40 years.

A Hagerhill man indicted alongside three others in connection with a drug investigation was arrested last Tuesday by Kentucky State Police troopers, according to Big Sandy Regional Detention Center records.