Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Gives Deadline for Tax Receipt Request

Due to the high volume of requests for receipts in reference to the Johnson County School Tax Refund, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is asking that everyone needing copies of 2014 through 2016 property tax receipts request them before October 31, 2017. The request is being made to allow tax computers and tellers to be free when collecting 2017 Property Taxes in November, and avoid long wait times when paying bills. If you have any questions about your taxes, contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411.

Prestonsburg Citizens Recognized at Open Forum Meeting

At the Prestonsburg Open Forum Meeting held on September 18 at the Mountain Arts Center, Mayor Les Stapleton honored four individuals for their contributions to the city. Prestonsburg Police Officer Ross Shurtleff was presented with the Governor’s Award for 2017 Occupant Protection.

Steve Russo with the East Kentucky Science Center on the campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical college was recognized for his contribution with the historic solar eclipse coverage, which saw nearly 5,000 in attendance at the college.

Robert Moore and Gary Wright were both recognized as important parts of Small Town America for their contributions to the community.

Prestonsburg Police Looking for Information on Bicycle Thefts

On the evening of Thursday, September 21, Prestonsburg 911 center received two reports of bicycles being stolen from two residences on Riverside Drive in Prestonsburg. At one home, a white 24-inch Huffy with black wheels was stolen, and a pink child’s bike was left, indicating that it had also been stolen. At another residence, less than 100 yards down the street, a 27-inch dark colored mountain bike was stolen. If you have any information regarding these thefts or the owner of the recovered pink bicycle, contact Prestonsburg Police at 886-1010.

Floyd County School to Form Superintendent Search Committee

Floyd County Schools are forming a search committee for the next superintendent. Steve Trimble is currently the interim superintendent for the school district. The committee will be made up of a board member, a principal, two teachers, a classified employee and a parent. The committee will review applications, interview candidates, and give a recommendation list to the Board of Education. Any parent with a child in the Floyd County School district may be eligible to serve and must be able to maintain confidentiality and have the entire district as a priority. If you would like to be considered for this position, email by 3pm Thursday, September 28.

UK Fan Sign Seen as Insensitive

A UK fan’s sign has caused a stir with its insensitive message to Florida in anticipation of the September 23 football game. A photo of the sign was shared on Twitter. The sign reads “If Hurricane Irma didn’t [mess] you up, Cats will.” A Florida fan going by Christaan Barrette shared the photo on Twitter with Florida defensive back Chauncey Gardner Jr. and Coach Jim McElwain with the hashtag #shutthemup. The identity of the UK fan who created the sign is not known at this time.

Bevin Proclaims September Preparedness Month in Kentucky

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Governor Matt Bevin has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky. Kentucky Emergency Management urges Kentuckians to “BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN – MAKE A KIT.” Michael Dossett, director of Kentucky Emergency Management, said now is a great opportunity to remind family, friends, and neighbors of the importance of planning ahead. For additional preparedness information, visit and

DUI Arrest in Johnson County

On Wednesday, September 20, around 1pm, Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputies were conducting a traffic safety checkpoint on KY 201 when a black 2004 Hyundai approached, driven by Rebecca Clark of Louisa. Upon first contact, deputies reported Clark appeared to be highly under the influence behind the wheel. Standard field sobriety tests were conducted, and multiple needle marks were found on Clark’s arms and she was arrested. She gave consent for a search of the vehicle and was asked several times if there were any needles inside the car which may stick the deputies. Clark advised deputies there were no needles. A search uncovered a hypodermic needle without a cap, facing outward, inside a compartment of the vehicle. Additional needles were found, along with a light bulb that had been turned into a meth pipe. 38-year-old Rebecca Clark was charged with DUI, wanton endangerment, menacing, possession of drug paraphernalia, and multiple traffic violations.

ACT Deadlines Approaching to Qualify for Governor’s Scholar and Floyd County Early College Academy

Floyd County students looking to apply for either Floyd County Early College Academy or the Governor’s Scholar Program must take the ACT on October 28 or December 9 if they do not have an ACT that qualifies them for the programs. The October 28 registration deadline is Friday, September 22, with late registration until October 6. ACT score requirements for the Early College Academy are 18 English, 22 Math, and 20 Reading.