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Planned Water Outage for Portion of Paintsville on Thursday

Due to construction activity, water service will be interrupted for the Starfire Hill area in Paintsville beginning about 6:00 am, Thursday, June 30, 2022. This will affect customers from Jones & Preston Funeral Home to the top of Starfire Hill, including all side streets in between. This will affect Pointview, Pineview and Forest Park Lane. Service is expected to be restored by 9:00 am, Thursday. A boil water advisory will be in effect when service is restored.
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Weekly arrests report: 6/29/22

The following individuals were arrested and booked into the Carter County Detention Center over the past week. This list includes local arrests only. It does not include federal inmates being housed at or transported through the detention center. Joseph Elam, 34, of Ashland, held by Carter County Circuit Court, arrested...
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Two roads now bypass my little town, but once upon a time US23 ran right through it. Greyhound buses brought people and small freight. Farm vehicles crowded the town on Saturdays. The streets were lined with tall, old trees, and church bells rang loud and clear on Sunday mornings calling...

New businesses open in Olive Hill

The Olive Hill Chamber of Commerce had a busy weekend, with five ribbon cuttings for three new businesses and two new amenities for recreational cyclists and other visitors. The Olive Hill Trail Town bike repair station was funded with donations from a Carter County Community Fund Grant and Carter County Tourism, with Tourism also contributing to the new visitor’s kiosk.


On Monday June 27, 2022 from 6-7PM the LC Tourism Commission Chairman, Wes Kingsmore planned a Pop-Up walk for the evening celebrating The 1st Bridge Day in Louisa, KY and Fort Gay, WV area by calling a meeting at the Fred M. Vinson Museum and taking a brief walk from Louisa to Fort Gay to commemorate our bridge being built this day in 1906.

Fourth of July in Olive Hill

It’s Homecoming time again in Olive Hill, and – yes – that means the parade and fireworks. But it also means talent shows, live music, free pool day, and more. Events actually kicked off a few weekends back when the Homecoming Pageant was held at West Carter High School. Lexi Bond was selected by judges to represent the community as Miss Olive Hill. Her court includes Teen Miss Independence Taylor Maschke and runner-up Shelby Suttles, Pre-Teen Miss Independence Camryn Varney and runner-up Piper Rayburn, Junior Miss Independence Londyn Lykins and runner-up Raylynn Stevens, Small Miss Firecracker Kayleigh McDavid and runner-up Aubree Judd, Little Miss Firecracker Nevaeh Bush and runner-up Sophia Villasenor, Little Mr. Firecracker Kingston Swanigan, Mini Miss Sparkler Abbie Barker and runner-up Kennedi Lawson, Mini Mr. Sparkler Easton Wilburn and runner-up Lucas Bradley, Tiny Miss Sparkler Bristol Covie Jordan and runner-up Harper Walker, Wee Miss Sparkler Haisley Cook and runner-up Remi Irick, Wee Mr. Sparkler Liam Tackett, and Baby Miss Sparkler Ivy Roe and runner-up River Rae Walker.

Two Arrested In Connection To Jewelry Theft

Two people were arrested in connection to a jewelry theft that occurred in Pikeville last week. 50-year-old Aaron Hall, of Pikeville, and 44-year-old Shawna Maynard, of Banner, have each been charged with receiving stolen property. According to officials, the couple is said to have pawned the jewelry that was taken from Kay Jewelers last week.

Earl Scott Wright, II, 80, of Louisa, KY

Earl Scott Wright, II, 80, of Louisa, KY went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 24, 2022 at his home. Earl was born November 6, 1941 in Floyd County, KY to the late Earl Scott and Elizabeth (Skeens) Wright. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Myrtle Marie Sturgill Wright, daughter Pamela Sue Wright, five sisters, and four brothers.

Olive Hill moves forward with new tax ordinance

Olive Hill City Council entered into the first reading of a new city occupational tax ordinance in their regular meeting last week. That ordinance would set a two percent tax on, “all employees, whether or not residents of the City of Olive Hill, for the privilege of engaging in occupations… businesses or other undertakings for compensation within the city.” The new tax would be, “equal to 2% of the taxable gross salaries, wages, commissions, and other compensations earned by employees for work done or services performed within the city.”

Police warn of fake money scheme

OLIVE HILL, Ky. (WSAZ) - Investigators are warning businesses to be aware of a counterfeit money scam. Olive Hill police say three suspects are involved in a scam where they’ve gone into businesses and used $500 worth of fake 20-dollar-bills to purchase pre-paid credit cards. Police say the secret...


Johnson County Fiscal Court is hosting, in coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District,an informational in-person and virtual public meeting on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) for the Section 202 City of Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky Flood Risk Management Project. USACE has developed an Engineering Document Report (EDR) to supplement the approved Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the proposed flood risk management improvements for the City of Paintsville and Johnson County, Kentucky. The EDR includes design revisions to the authorized DPR Recommended Plan and provides an integrated Supplemental Environmental Analysis (SEA), which describes the potential environmental effects resulting from the proposed changes. The EDR with integrated SEA can be viewed by visiting the meeting,USACE will provide a project update and presentation on the proposed supplement to the DPR Recommended Plan as described in the EDR. USACE will also explain the potential impacts as documented in the SEA and facilitate public comments on the proposed action.Louisville District staff will also be available to answer any questions about the project following the presentation.Public input is critical for this process.

Eastern Kentucky ambulance service closes down

BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - One Eastern Kentucky ambulance service has announced that it is closing its doors. In a Monday afternoon Facebook post, Watts-Caney Fire & Rescue officials announced that the Watts-Caney Ambulance service is closing down. Officials with the department say that they are closing down because the...

Olive Hill advances with new tax legislation

In their regularly scheduled meeting last week, the Olive Hill City Council started the first reading of a new city occupational tax code. For the privilege of engaging in vocations, companies, or other endeavours for compensation within the city, the ordinance would impose a two percent tax on “all employees, whether or not inhabitants of the City of Olive Hill.” “Equal to 2 percent of the taxable gross salaries, wages, commissions, and other compensations earned by employees for work done or services rendered within the city,” would be the new tax’s stated amount.

How to assist Davidson Police by walking your dog

DAVIDSON – The Davidson Police Department invites residents to Dog Walker Watch training on July 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the town hall board room. Dog Walker Watch encourages neighbors to assist local law enforcement by acting as extra eyes and ears while out walking their dogs. The program enhances the partnership between police and the community while providing resources for neighbors to be more aware of their surroundings and how to effectively observe and report suspicious activity.

Two charged in connection to jewelry theft

BANNER, Ky. — Two people were arrested in Floyd County Saturday, in connection with a jewelry theft in Pikeville last week. Aaron Hall, 50, of Pikeville, and Shawnna Maynard, 44, of Banner, are each charged with receiving stolen property. Police say the couple pawned jewelry stolen from Kay Jewelers...

Pike man now charged with stealing jewelry

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — One of the two people who were arrested for allegedly trying to pawn jewelry stolen from Kay Jewelers in Pikeville last week has now been charged with stealing it. Aaron Hall, 50, of Pikeville, and Shawnna Maynard, 44, of Banner, were arrested in Floyd County Sunday...

Wesley Christian School resurrects basketball program

ALLEN, Ky. (WYMT) - After a two season layoff, the Wesley Christian School is bringing back their basketball program. No longer financed by Nike, the Circuit Riders will be starting from scratch. Even with the challenges, Shawn Ward is not backing down from competing against the best. “This year, everyone...

KSP investigating car vs. train accident in eastern Ky.

Kentucky State Police is investigating a car vs. train crash in eastern Kentucky. The accident happened Monday morning at approximately 11:15 in the Allen community in Floyd County. The man occupying the passenger car that was struck by the CSX train was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening...

East Carter students announced as Craft Academy Class of 2024

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University is proud to announce the members of the Class of 2024. Seventy-four students from across the Commonwealth were chosen to attend the Craft Academy, located on the campus of Morehead State University. Two of those students, Jennifer Nguyen and Mary Sherrard, both of Grayson, are students of East Carter High School. The students live in Craft Academy residence halls and earn dual credit as they complete their final two years of high school at the Academy while also taking college-level courses.