Local News 3-20-2013

Local Schools Compete Well in State Governor's Cup Competition

Congratulations to all the local Elementary, Middle and High School teams that competed Monday at the 2013 Governor's Cup in Louisville. Over the past decade, Johnson Co has been represented very well by the Paintsville School system and the Johnson Co. School system and this year was no different. The following is a list of how well our schools and individuals did.

* Middle School -


Johnson Co Middle School won their 10th State title, the most titles in the history of the competition.

Future Problem Solving
1 Heath Middle     
2 Johnson County Middle     
3 Paintsville

Quick Recall
1 Johnson County Middle
Social Studies

4 Dillon Conley * - Johnson County Middle
6 Jed Riego * - Paintsville
8 Tyler Ratliff * - Johnson County Middle

Language Arts

1 Andrew Chapman - Johnson County Middle
5 Carrie Jo Cecil * - Louisa Middle
6 Kenzi Butcher - Johnson County Middle
7 Leah Blair - Johnson County Middle


8 Lauren Endicott * - Johnson County Middle

* High School -

Quick Recall
1 Pikeville

Future Problem Solving

6 Johnson Central

Arts and Humanities -

8 Noor Ali * - Pikeville

Science -
11 Clay Davenport * - Johnson Central

Social Studies -

10 Ammad Mansoor - Pikeville

Language Arts -

7 Iman Ali * - Pikeville

Elementary - (JR FPS Component Event)

Paintsville finished in 1st place (2nd yr in a row)
W.R. Castle finished in 2nd Place
Meade Memorial finished in 5th Place

Central Elementary - Jonathan Holbrook (1st Jr. writing), Peyton Duncan (2nd Jr. writing), Megan Owens (3rd Jr. writing),
Paintsville - Alex Fowler (2nd Scenario), Emma Plaxico (4th Scenario)
Again Congratulations on ALL your hard work, you have certainly reprsented Johnson Co and Paintsville Schools systems well and have proven that these 2 school are the best in the State.

North Carolina Man Charged in the Murder of Former Pike County Residents

According to WYMT-TV, a North Carolina man is behind bars in that State, accused in the murder of a Pike County woman and her son. Reports say Police in North Wilkesboro, N.C.  arrested 33 year old Jason Pardue over the weekend. The arrest comes after officers found Kelly Pruitt, 33 (a former resident of Phelps) and her son Kevin Hurley, 8 dead at their home Friday. The mother and son had been missing for several days before police found them and officers say Pardue continued to live in the home for days after the two were killed. Reports also indicated that Pruitt was stabbed multiple times and evidence suggests Hurley was suffocated. Pardue was charged with two counts of murder, two counts of first-degree sex offense with a minor under 13 and one count of incest.

One Injured in Accident on US 23 in Floyd Co.

Reports from Floyd Co. indicate that weather conditions are to blame for a two-vehicle accident that occurred on Monday, on U.S. 23 near Prestonsburg that sent one person to the hospital. According to Prestonsburg Fire Chief Bobby Carpenter, a Ford Mustang driven by female (whose identity has not yet been released) was traveling north on U.S. 23 Monday around 2:00 p.m. when the vehicle hydroplaned across the road and collided with a box truck which was traveling south. After the Mustang hydroplaned across the road, it struck the box truck between the front and rear wheels and was severely impacted. The driver of the vehicle was safely extricated from the vehicle and transported to Highlands Regional Medical Center by ambulance. According to Carpenter, the driver could not be airlifted due to poor visibility and storm conditions. The driver of the other vehicle was said to not be injured. The Prestonsburg Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Prestonsburg Police Department, Floyd County Rescue Squad, the Kentucky State Police, and Transtar Ambulance Service.

Seven Die On Kentucky Roadways Last Week 

Preliminary statistics* indicate that seven people died in seven separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, Mar. 11 through Sunday, Mar. 17. One single-fatality, motor vehicle crash occurred in each of the following counties: Allen, Bell, Casey, Christian, Pulaski and Trigg.  The victims in Allen and Christian counties were not wearing seat belts. The crash in Pulaski County involved the suspected use of alcohol. One pedestrian was killed in Jefferson County in a crash that involved the suspected use of alcohol. Through Mar. 17, preliminary statistics* indicate that 107 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013. This is 31 less than reported for this time period in 2012. As of Mar. 17, Kentucky has had 21 days with zero highway fatalities reported during 2013. Citizens can contribute to highway safety by reporting erratic drivers to the Kentucky State Police toll-free at 1-800-222-5555. Callers will remain anonymous and should give a description of the vehicle, location, direction of travel and license number if possible.