The Paintsville Board of Education held a special called meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21 to approve a resolution set forth by the Paintsville Independent Finance Corporation, comprised by board members. Developed with the assistance of Ross, Sinclaire & Associates (RSA), an investment bankin…

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PRESTONSBURG — Lifeguard Ambulance hosted a graduation ceremony for students in its Earn to Learn program on Jan. 22 at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.

Johnson County’s new Appalachian Makers Club, a division of the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association (KEHA), met for the second time on the evening of  Jan. 23 to elect officers and kick off their efforts. According to their Facebook page, the club is for paid members of KEHA who want t…

PIKEVILLE — Dozens of people from around Pikeville braved snow and freezing temperatures on Monday to come together and march downtown as part of the fifth annual Unity March, held in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.

During the regularly scheduled meeting of the Paintsville City Council on Monday, Jan. 13, the council was presented with an audit report performed by certified public accountants from Wells & Company, P.S.C.

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Former Kentucky Wildcats football player and Johnson County native, Kash Daniel, made rounds touring the state of Kentucky over the weekend, meeting fans and signing autographs.

A statement released by Annhall Norris, Extension Specialist with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, discussed a hallmark of Appalachian living- cleaning and caring for a cast iron skillet.


A Johnson County man and Martin County woman were arrested as a part of an ongoing investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office into drug trafficking.

KIMPER — Several unpaid Pikeville miners blocked coal from being moved at the Blackburn Bottom railroad intersection near Kimper on Monday afternoon. After not receiving all of their pay on Tuesday, the miners continued their protest until Wednesday evening, when they and their fellow miners…

The deadline to file candidacy papers for the state’s primary elections passed on Jan. 10 and the candidates that will appear on Johnson County’s ballots in the Kentucky primary election on May 19 are now known.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office assisted Kentucky State Police in serving an indictment warrant to Jared K. Bartley, age 31 of Staffordsville, which led to various other charges.

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There was loud applause and a few “Amens” in the Johnson County Fiscal Courtroom on Monday, as county leaders approved a resolution declaring the county as a “Second Amendment Sanctuary.”

Kentucky Skills U, an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, has made it easier for Kentuckians to earn a General Education Diploma (GED).

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is looking for individuals who would be interested in volunteering at Paintsville Lake this year.

On Tuesday, Jan. 7, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department attempted to serve two indictment warrants to Kimberly Ann Kelly, age 44 of Flat Gap, and William Charles Rudd, age 55 of Hager Hill, on charges of second degree burglary. Deputies found the pair hiding in the crawl space under a mo…

The property of Our Lady of the Mountain School, located in the historic Mayo Mansion in Paintsville, is covered in snowfall on the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 7. Johnson County residents awoke to a blanket of snow covering the region. The snowfall was responsible for the cancellation of all th…

The Paintsville Utilities Commission held its regularly scheduled meeting on the evening of Monday, Jan. 6 and discussed several agenda items.

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During the second Community Listening Session held last month in partnership by the Johnson County Fiscal Court and the City of Paintsville, Judge/ Executive Mark McKenzie discussed, among other issues, county cleanup efforts.

Kentucky Skills U, an agency within the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, has made it easier for Kentuckians to earn a General Education Diploma (GED).


The Paintsville/ Johnson County Trail Town Committee hosted a first day hike event on New Year’s Day, welcoming the new year out on the Dawkins Line Rail Trail. More than 15 hikers gathered at the Jenny’s Creek Trailhead at noon on the first of January, kicking off 2020 with a short hike in …


A dangerous situation broke loose during the Johnson County Circuit Court on Friday, Jan. 3 involving an inmate, two bailiffs, a probation and parole officer and the commonwealth’s attorney.

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PIKEVILLE — Appalachian Wireless Arena saw a successful weekend with country singer-songwriter Tyler Childers’s three shows all selling out, a first for the arena.

Dennis Trigg “Denny” Dorton, Paintsville native and former president of Citizens National Bank, passed away in his home in Lexington on Friday, Dec. 27 at the age of 72, leaving behind his wife, Jean, and other family members.

The Johnson County Fiscal Court held a special called meeting on the morning of Monday, Dec. 30 to discuss several agenda items.

The Paintsville Independent Schools Board of Education held a special called meeting on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 19.

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This was a year – 2019 — that changed the face of the community, in which failures and missteps were tempered with slow, deliberate successes, leading Johnson County into a future which looks markedly different than its past.

Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center is expanding with the addition of outpatient behavioral health services to support the Big Sandy area.

The staff of Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center got into the holiday spirit and spread the gift of food to 41 families in Johnson and Magoffin Counties with their annual Christmas Food Basket Drive. Every year PBHRMC associates donate Christmas food baskets to the Kentucky Cabinet of Famil…

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According to a statement from the Route 23 Cultural Heritage Network, the Johnson Central Family and Consumer Sciences Culinary Arts students worked recently to prepare more than 400 cookies for the area’s youth to enjoy decorating through the holidays.

The Kentucky Geological Survey at the University of Kentucky recently began work on a research project to investigate the unconventional oil and gas potential of the Rogersville Shale formation in Eastern Kentucky and other related formations.

The investigation into the slaying of horses on a Floyd County strip mines continued through the holiday, with officials reporting the number of horses killed and the reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible have both increased

The Johnson County Schools Board of Education continued its monthly tradition of recognizing two staff members with its Golden Eagle Award, which Superintendent Thom Cochran said was meant to show the board’s appreciation for one certified and one classified employee each month for their con…


The Paintsville Police Department held its final “Shop with a Cop” event of the year Saturday as it presented dinner, pantry food and gifts to local children and families in need.

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The Disabled American Veterans Chapter 18 Auxier made rounds last Thursday delivering gifts and food to two assisted living facilities in Paintsville, continuing to spend money made from roadblock fundraising this year on giving back to our community.


PRESTONSBURG — The Mountain Arts Center and Big Sandy Community and Technical College announced a new arts and entertainment awards program for the Appalachian region last week.

The 10th Annual Kentucky State Police “Cram the Cruiser” food drive is in the books and raised over 236 tons (473,235 pounds) of food to help Kentucky families.

Nearly 70 elementary school students from several Eastern Kentucky counties celebrated the holiday season with the Kentucky State Police Friday morning during the annual “Shop with a Trooper” event.

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The Johnson County Fiscal Court and the City of Paintsville held a second Community Listening Session on the evening of Monday, Dec. 16 at the Country Music Highway Museum. The listening session offered the public yet another opportunity to voice their opinions on ways to improve the Johnson…