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Grand Jury indicts 17 in Johnson County
By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

Johnson County grand jury handed down indictments to 17 people last week on a number of charges ranging from drug trafficking, burglary, theft, assault and wanton endangerment.
No true bills and an order of dismissal was returned on Jamie Rowland and David Smallwood.

Three people charged with grand jury drug indictments taken into custody
Lee Hayden, 32, of Flat Gap, was taken into custody on drug charges by Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Terry Tussey on Monday, Oct. 24 after being indicted by a grand jury on drug charges.

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Deputies from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office took three people, indicted by a grand jury on drug charges, into custody on Monday morning.
“This is what we work on behind the scenes, “ said Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price. “What we’re seeing now is mostly meth cases, not heroin, and we’re good with that. We do round ups like this to keep a collar on things.”

Area children lacking in oral health
By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

A recent report on oral health and the access to health care in Kentucky was co-released by Delta Dental of Kentucky and Kentucky Youth Advocates on Oct. 19.
The report, Making Smiles Happen: 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky’s Youth, is the first oral health study of Kentucky children in over 15 years.

Truck collides with school bus on Ky. Rt. 321
A Johnson County School District bus took minor damage from the collision with the above Ford pickup truck. The school bus will be taken out of operation until repairs are made. A preliminary estimate by Ron Fairchild, Johnson County School District Transportation Director, puts the cost at $3,000.

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

A school bus of children heading toward Porter Elementary on Thursday morning was struck by a Ford pick-up truck turning off of Ky. Rt. 1107.
“The bus was fully loaded with students ranging from elementary to high school. No one was injured during the collision,” said Deputy Terry Tussey, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Home birth death under investigation
By Amber Wilcox
Staff Writer

West Van Lear Fire Department and Paintsville EMS responded to a 911 call at 2:59 p.m. Saturday Oct. 15 in reference to a 33-year-old woman who had reportedly given birth at her residence in West Van Lear.
According to a representative with the Paintsville Fire and Rescue Station, the mother refused to be transported for medical attention.

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