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Tourism working with other groups for summer events

The Paintsville Tourism Commission is working closely with other agencies to plan a summer packed with events.

At Paintsville’s Town Hall, Tourism Executive Director Josh Johnson reminded attendees of the regular events that tourism helps plan and sponsor. 

Saturday, June 23 at 7 p.m. will be a showing of “Jaws” as the monthly movie night at the Historic SIPP Theatre, where $5 buys admission as well as popcorn and a drink. Next month, “Top Gun” will play July 21. Every week there is Front Porch Pickin’ at the Country Music Highway Museum at 7 p.m., and there is a dinner club at the museum every second Friday of the month with rotating themes, including “Kahoot Night” July 13 at 7:30 p.m. Read more

Paintsville Town Hall features updates on past, a look to the future

Following the success of the first such meeting in March, the City of Paintsville hosted its second town hall-style meeting with various city departments and agencies Tuesday evening at the Historic SIPP Theatre.

Mayor Bill Mike Runyon welcomed audience members and introduced city department heads, including Paintsville Tourism Commission Executive Director Josh Johnson, Mark McKenzie with the Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, Paintsville Recreation Director Scott “Shoes” Hale and Catherine Castle and Lara Pack with the Paintsville/Johnson County Trail Town Committee. Read more

Three injured in Thursday wreck

According to Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Jesse Mullins, two vehicles — a Chevrolet pickup and a Honda Accord — collided in a curve on Ky. 1107 near the intersection with Ky. 321. All three occupants of the vehicles, including two in the pickup and one in the sedan, were transported from the scene for apparent non-life-threatening injuries, Deputy Mullins said. The wreck remains under investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. Read more


Paintsville Funeral Home funeral director named FDAK president

Rusty Preston of the Paintsville Funeral Home was sworn in as president-elect of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky at their 136th Annual Convention held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville June 5-7, 2018, according to a statement from the FDAK.

During this three-day meeting, 50-year-old firms and 50-year Kentucky licensed funeral directors were honored, as well as over 40 funeral directors from across the state received continuing education awards. There were over 75 exhibiting companies displaying in the Exhibit Hall and over 300 attended a Kentucky Luau on Wednesday evening. Read more

Rep. Hal Rogers visits Paintsville, tours eKAMI and American Metal Works

U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers conducted tours of local advanced manufacturing endeavors during a visit to Paintsville Monday, praising both for their contributions to helping stimulate a recovering economy and workforce in the region.

Rogers’ first stop in Johnson County was at the Haas eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute, where director Kathy Walker introduced him to the current class of students learning computer-guided machining. Read more

‘Smokin’ Butts’ open for business

The doors are open and the meat is smokin’. Read more


Kentucky-Tennessee Future Stars

Kentucky 8, Tennessee 6 Read more

KHSAA state softball tournament moves to single-elimination format

LEXINGTON — Scott County capturing the 2018 Owensboro Health/KHSAA State Softball Championship earlier in the month marked the last state title in the event’s double-elimination format as the softball tournament will transition to single elimination in 2019. The 2018 championship also marked the final year of the Association’s contract with the city of Owensboro, leaving the future site of the tournament up for consideration. The KHSAA will begin the RFP process this summer for a future site with the matter to be reviewed by the Board of Control during its September meeting in conjunction with championship discussions in other spring sports.

“Since I became Commissioner, I have been working with the Board of Control on various changes and improvements to tournament formats and new offerings," said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. "Softball has presented continual challenges during that time, largely due to its format. he overwhelming majority of our softball schools had long favored our sixteen team, double elimination format. While this format allowed for a great level of participation, it certainly placed restrictions on many aspects of the tournament including schedule, format and location. Read more

Big Blue Caravan rolls through Eastern Kentucky

University of Kentucky athletics director Mitch Barnhart speaks at the Billy Johnson Stage in downtown Pikeville outside of the East Kentuc… Read more


Guest Editorial: Legislators should aim for transparency after SB 151 ruling

Rather than jumping to conclusions, legislators should aim for transparency after Judge Phillip Shepherd’s ruling on Wednesday.

Shepherd struck down the state’s recently passed pension bill — Senate Bill 151 — on the grounds that the process by which it became law violated the Constitution. Critics of the ruling raise the specter that Shepherd could cause “chaos” because other bills have cleared the legislature using the same process. Read more

Editorial: Town hall meeting series strikes the right chord

What’s black and white and blue all over?

A newspaper that’s blue in the face lecturing on the same few points every edition from the soapbox of the opinion page. 

Longtime readers will know these recurring themes: Governmental transparency and accountability. Judicious use of tax dollars. Local, interdepartmental and regional cooperation. Opening the floodgates of a revolution to Eastern Kentucky’s economy, while stemming the tide of the drug crisis. Stop littering, wear a seatbelt, and as Bob Barker would say, don’t forget to spay or neuter your pets. Read more

Editorial: Johnson County is here to help Johnson County

If you aren’t from around here but happened to pick up this edition of The Paintsville Herald, you might come away with the impression that this is an area that’s big on neighbors helping neighbors.

You’d be right.  Read more

Arts & Entertainment

‘The Bee Man’ dedicated to helping nature’s hardest workers

In the rolling hills of Williamsport, one man is doing everything he can to help some of nature’s most important creatures. 

Jason Conley did not wake up one day and decide to call himself “the Bee Man.” It’s a title he’s earned after making honeybees his life’s work, and spending decades studying them and helping them thrive in Eastern Kentucky. Read more

JCHS ‘tiny house’ going up for auction

Johnson Central High School carpentry students spent the year participating in a Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative project to build a tiny house.

The KVEC grant supplied the school $15,000, and school carpentry instructor Terry Bowling said his students were up to the challenge of building an entire home, even with a delay in obtaining the trailer foundation in the fall and with multiple snow days slowing the project in the spring.

The home features durable siding, a washer/dryer combination unit, full-size kitchen appliances and even a full bathroom with a bathtub. The unit is fully heated, cooled, wired and plumbed.  Read more

Rec Center hosts meeting with Belle

On Wednesday, kids in Paintsville had the opportunity to meet Belle as part of promotion for the upcoming summer production of “Beauty and the Beast.”

Producer Terry V. Salyer said the event, held at the Paintsville Recreation Center, was part fundraiser, part community engagement. 

“It’s a way to introduce Belle to everyone,” Salyer said. Read more