Star City Day Festival in Prestonsburg April 29


On Saturday, April 29, downtown Prestonsburg will be hosting the first ever “Star City Day” Festival in the municipal parking lot. Free concerts will be performed, with musical guests Sundy Best, Brother Smith, and Sean Whiting. Local craft artisans will be set up as well. The festival will be from 1pm until 7pm, with a drum circle beginning at 3pm.

Jenny Wiley Receives Recycling Bins for State Resort Park


Jenny Wiley State Resort Park will receive 30 recycling bins for its campground thanks to a grant made possible by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful. The grant, obtained by the Friends of Jenny Wiley, is aimed at keeping parks across the country free of litter. The program has placed 3,400 recycling bins at parks in 38 states over the last four years. Brittainy Branham, head of the Friends of Jenny Wiley, said they are excited for the opportunity to help make the park and campground cleaner and encourages campers and other park visitors to make every effort to use the bins and pick up litter.

Pound Mayor Says Kentucky Will Pay for New Police Cruiser


Mayor of Pound, Virginia, George Dean, was reported by The Coalfield Progress as saying Kentucky is paying for their new police cruiser. This brought up the issue that Pound Police were unfairly targeting Kentucky drivers in the area. The Pound Police Department released a statement saying their practice is not to target any driver or any particular geographical region. The statement said they are currently collaborating with Kentucky to bring recreational tourism to the region. In regard to issuing speeding tickets, the police said their policy is to not issue a citation unless a driver is dangerously exceeding the speed limit. No one at Pound City Hall could be reached for comment.

Checkpoint Leads to Drug Arrest in Johnson County

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On April 26, around 4:30pm, Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies were conducting a traffic safety checkpoint on KY Route 201 when they observed a motorcycle swerve to avoid the officers. The driver pulled into a driveway in an attempt to avoid the checkpoint. The driver, Gordon Dean Stapleton, age 62 of Sitka, appeared to be under the influence and driving on a suspended license. His passenger, Alicia Cox, 35, had an active warrant and was found to be in possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Both were arrested and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

Rally for Equality and American Values Postponed Due to Safety Concerns


The Rally for Equality and American Values, which was to take place Saturday, April 29 in Pikeville, has been postponed. The rally was to be a counter event to a gathering held at the Pikeville Courthouse by the Traditionalist Worker Party, which advertised their event as “Take a stand for white working families.” One of the organizers of the event, Ariana Velasquez, posted on the event page of The Rally for Equality, that after consulting with law enforcement, state and local officials, and University of Pikeville administration, it was decided to reschedule the rally for a later date. She cited “real and unforeseen credible threats to the safety of our attendees and our community” were the deciding factor. She said in her statement the “goal of a safe, family friendly celebration of equality and American values is no longer possible at this time.”

Kentucky Distillers Association PSA Encourages Responsible Drinking


Just in time for the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Distillers Association is rolling out the first in a series of public service announcements to encourage responsible drinking. A new PSA is hitting the airwaves that asks the question “How do Kentuckians enjoy their bourbon?” And answers “Responsibly.” The PSA is aimed at portraying responsible drinking as an essential element in Kentucky’s bourbon culture. Bourdon and distilled spirits is a signature industry in Kentucky and the KDA’s Ali Edelstein says distillers have a responsibility to help people enjoy bourbon and distilled spirits the right way. Edelstein says its quality and not quantity that’s important and urges people to plan ahead when consuming alcoholic beverages, like at a derby party, including non-alcoholic beverages to encourage hydration and arranging a safe ride home.

KY 699 in Leslie County Undergoing Maintenance


A portion of KY 699 in Leslie County will be reduced to one lane on Friday, April 28. KY 699 in Leslie County will be reduced to one lane at milepoints 3 through 4 beginning at 9am until 5pm. The lane closure is necessary to allow District 11 crews to perform maintenance operations. Milepoints 11 to 12 on KY 699 are also closed for maintenance work and is expected to conclude on Monday, May 15. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet asks motorists to be aware of the work zone, expect long delays and to utilize safe driving habits when traveling through the area.

KSP Charges Fayette County Man With Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses


On April 26, at approximately 8pm, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by KSP Post 12 Frankfort, arrested Timothy Poynter II, 32, for prohibited use of Electronic communication system to procure a minor/police officer for sex and possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Poynter was arrested as the result of an undercover internet crimes against Children investigation, after he was observed online seeking someone young. Poynter traveled to a Lexington hotel with plans to engage in illicit sexual contact with a minor. He was arrested and charged with one count of using an electronic communication system to procure a minor/police officer for sex and five counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, each punishable by up to five years in prison.

City of Prestonsburg 2nd Strategic Planning Meeting


On May 2, the 2nd public meeting to review the preliminary draft of the city’s strategic plan will take place. This plan will guide the city’s efforts for the next several years. Officials used comments citizens had at the first meeting to create the initial plan and are now looking for feedback. The purpose of the meeting is to make sure the comments were heard correctly and the city is on the right track. The meeting to review the preliminary strategic plan will be Tuesday, May 2 at 6pm at the Mountain Arts Center.

Johnson County Public Library to Host Historic Paintsville Walking Tour


The Johnson County Public Library will be hosting a Historic Paintsville Walking Tour. The walking tour is scheduled for 5:30pm Monday, May 1. The narrated tour group will leave the library and cover roughly 1 mile winding through the streets of downtown Paintsville before returning to the library around 7:30pm. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.