Former Mayor Expected to Appeal Prison Sentence

Former Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter’s attorneys are reportedly planning to appeal his prison sentence. Porter was sentenced earlier this month to four years in prison after being found guilty of theft of federal funds and bribery. He has less than a week remaining to appeal the sentence.


Marlana VanHoose to Perform at Presidential Inauguration

Johnson County’s Marlana VanHoose will again be in the national spotlight on Thursday as she performs at the presidential inauguration. In a Facebook post, VanHoose says she will be singing two songs on Thursday between 1:30 and 3:30 PM. VanHoose will also perform on Saturday morning at the National Prater Service at the Washington Cathedral.


Loretta Lynn to Receive Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Exhibit

Johnson Co. native Loretta Lynn has been named the subject of an upcoming exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN. The exhibit is scheduled to open on August 25, 2017 and continue through June 2018 and will feature costumes, heirlooms, personal material and other items spotlighting Loretta’s singing career through the years. Lynn said she was happy to be featured as one of the Hall of Fame’s main exhibits for the museum’s 50th anniversary.


No More Drivers License Expiration Reminders

The state will no longer be sending out reminders when your drivers license is about to expire. State officials say it’s part of an effort to reduce unnecessary spending. The transportation cabinet expects to save about a quarter-million dollars per year.


Shots Fired Into Johnson County Home

Deputies in Johnson County are investigating after shots were fired into a home and some vehicles last week. It happened this past Friday in the Stambaugh community. Several bullet holes were made on the victim’s home and windows were reportedly shot out of the victim’s vehicles. No one was hurt but the homeowner tells deputies the suspect is a man. No other information has been released but deputies continue to investigate.


Fatal Backhoe Accident in Floyd County

One man was killed in an accident involving a backhoe in Floyd County on Monday evening. It happened in the Prater Creek area. Officials say David Hamilton was killed when backhole overturned, pinning him beneath. Hamilton was 69 years old.


Knott County Will Remain “Dry”

Citizens of Knott County voted to remain “dry” on Tuesday. The decision was made by just over 400 votes. This is the second time Knott Countians have voted down the idea of going “wet.”


Perry County Home Destroyed in Fire

The cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Perry County is under investigation. WYMT-TV is reporting the fire happened at a home on Montgomery Creek Road in Vicco last night. The home was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The home’s owner believed someone started the fire. No injuries were reported.


Johnson Co Man Recovering following a Friday Assault. 2 People Arrested

A Johnson Co. man was assaulted and robbed at his home Friday night in the Leander community of Johnson Co. Police say Wallace Conley, the father of Johnson Co Clerk Sallee Holbrook and owner of Conley’s Tire at Staffordsville arrived at his home Friday night and located 2 people on or near his property (a man and woman). When Conley stopped and ask if everything was ok, reportedly the 2 individuals said they were just lost and then Conley went on to his residence. A short time later, Conley received a knock on his door and upon answering it, he was met by the female who ask to use his phone. When Conley stated “No, the woman allegedly pulled down a mask over her face and shoved Conley back into the house. The male that was with the female also barged into Conley’s residence and began attacking Conley with a pipe of some sort. Conley did fight back the best he could, but was eventually knocked unconscious. The male and female then allegedly ransacked the house and took some items and money, before leaving the scene, leaving Conley badly bleeding on the floor.

Somehow, Conley mustered up enough strength to walk/crawl to a nearby neighbor’s house for help. When law enforcement and emergency personnel arrived on scene they found Conley in very bad shape, but alert. Conley was transported to Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center where he was treated for his injuries and released a few hours later. Following up on some leads in the case, on Sunday afternoon, Johnson Co. Sheriff Dwayne Price, his Deputies and the KSP in Pikeville went to a residence on Flatwoods Branch of Van Lear and made contact with a Ronnie H. Webb, 49. According to Sheriff Price, himself and KSP investigators traveled to Prestonsburg and transported Webb’s son Arthur Shane Webb, 31 back to the Van Lear residence. After questioning the pair, both were arrested and charged with Assault 1st Degree, Burglary 1st Degree and Robbery 1st Degree. Both were then transported to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center. Additional charges could be forthcoming and the Johnson Co. Sheriff’s Office and KSP in Pikeville are continuing to investigate.

Former Paintsville Mayor Sentenced to 4 Years

Former Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter has been sentenced to four years in prison. Back in September, Porter was found guilty on three counts of theft of government property. In addition to the four years he is also fined $4,000 and must spend an additional two years under supervision.



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