Main Street Players Host Johnson County Animal Shelter Night of Cinderella Production

The Main Street Players will present a Johnson County Animal Shelter Night of their production of Cinderella on Friday, November 16, 2018. Attendees can bring a 3lb or larger pet food item or any size scoopable cat litter to get half off admission. The production will begin at 7pm at the Historic Sipp Theatre in Paintsville.

Floyd County Schools Accepting Nominations for Local Planning Committee

The Floyd County Board of Education is accepting nominations for business-community leaders to serve on the Floyd County School’s Local Planning Committee until Monday, November 26, 2018 at 1pm.  Members of the Local Planning Committee will be responsible for the development of a District Facility Plan for the Floyd County Schools that will assist in determining future school facility construction priorities and major renovation needs. The Floyd County School Board will select three members from nominations received to serve on the Local Planning Committee. Residence is the school district is required. The address to submit Nominations, including a letter of agreement to serve on the committee, can be sent to:

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Kentucky State Treasury Has Unclaimed Military Items

Kentucky State Treasurer Alison Ball has announced that the Ky State Treasury Unclaimed Property Division has several military items waiting to be claimed. Among the items include purple hearts and other military medals, discharge papers, and more. Military items held at the Treasury often come from lockboxes that have been abandoned or whose owners have been unable to be reached by the institution holding them. In her first two years in office, Treasurer Ball has returned over $67 million to Kentuckians in unclaimed property. To search for unclaimed property, visit

Knox County Man Arrested on Drug and Firearm Charges

On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search at the residence of 39-year-old Jason Hughes on Cornett Lane in Barbourville. During the search, a plastic bag containing suspected methamphetamine was discovered, along with a sawed off 12-gauge shotgun and .22 caliber rifle. Hughes was arrested on charges of trafficking in controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was lodge din the Knox County Detention Center.

Floyd Central Place First Overall at JV Academic Challenge

Photo: Floyd County Schools

Floyd County Schools students competed in the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition’s JV Challenge on Saturday, November 10, 2018. This competition included students from Betsy Layne, Floyd Central, Prestonsburg, Belfry, East Ridge, Letcher County Central, Pikeville, and Shelby Valley High. The JV Challenge is a competition for 9th and 10th grade students. For Floyd County school teams, the final standings placed Floyd Central High School 1st, as well as 1st place in Quick Recall. Prestonsburg High placed 5th in Final Standings, followed by Betsy Layne High in 6th place, with both schools tying for 5th place in Quick Recall.

Council on Postsecondary Education Announces New Resources for Military Students

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education announced on Friday, November 9, 2018, the launch of a new initiative to support military students’ transition to campus. The new centralized resource is the first phase of a long-term plan recently outlined by CPE President Aaron Thompson. The first phase of the state’s effort focuses on getting soldiers quickly to the local, state and national resource information needed to make informed educational decisions. The second phase of the project will outline how each institution assess educational credits based on unique military experiences, and the third phase will allow potential students the opportunity to compare institutional resources, supports, and policies from campus to campus. The new resource can be found at

Laurel County Woman Arrested in Parking Lot Following Domestic Violence Complaint

On Sunday, November 11, 2018, the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a physical domestic violence complaint at a business parking lot off KY 770. When deputies arrived, they located a female subject who was physically fighting with her boyfriend. An investigation as conducted and it was learned that the subject had apparently slashed the tires of the rental car the two were in, as well as attempted to break the window with a rock. The subject, identified as 27-year-old Crystal Howard, was charged with assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief, as well as a probation violation. She was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Leslie County Murder Suspect Arrested

On Saturday, November 10, 2018, Kentucky State Police Post 13 arrested a Leslie County murder suspect. Dustin Stidham, the man wanted in connection with the murder of Paige Murphy, was arrested after police received information advising that Stidham was at a residence on Lower McIntosh Road in Leslie County.  Trooper Ethan Lewis located Dustin Stidham in a wooded area near the residence on Lower McIntosh Road, and he was taken into custody without incident.  Stidham was lodged in the Leslie County Detention Center.

Betsy Layne High School Students Participate in Paint the Plow Project

Photo: KYTC District 12

Three Betsy Layne High School art students participated in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 12’s first ever Paint the Plow project. The students, senior Renea Pinion, and junior Mayson Young and Sophia Ratliff, painted one of District 12’s snow plows. The design they chose shows a huge Bobcat peering out with Betsy Layne High School painted across the top of the plow. Allen Maintenance snowplow operators Mark Jervis and Jake Prater picked up their plow the afternoon of Friday, November 9, 208, and mounted it on the truck they share. The truck’s regular route during a snow event is from the KY 80 overpass at Water Gap to the Pike County Line. Seven other high schools in District 12 counties are also participating, which are Lawrence County High School, Sheldon Clark, Johnson Central, Northpoint, Pike Central, Shelby Valley, and Jenkins Independent.

Master Distiller Dinner and Tasting hosted by Friends of Jenny Wiley Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Friends of Jenny Wiley will be hosting a Master Distiller Dinner and Tasting with Mark Coffman on Thursday, November 15, 2018. The event will begin with cocktails at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm. The price is $50 per ticket, or $350 for a table of 8. The price does include dinner and drink samples. Dinner will include a duet of Kentucky Proud Prime Rib, Bourbon Glazed Chicken Breast, Smoked Gouda Au Gratin Potatoes, Moonshine Bread Pudding with Caramel Glaze. The dinner and tasting will be at the Jenny Wiley Convention Center. All proceeds go to the non-profit Friends of Jenny Wiley for Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. If you have any questions, email