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University of Kentucky’s Johnson County FCS Extension Office hosts “Preserving the Harvest” class

By Waylon Whitson
Staff Writer

The University of Kentucky’s Johnson County Family and Consumer Science Extension Office (FCS) held a class Thursday afternoon to teach prospective gardeners how to save their harvest by canning and other preservation techniques in order to avoid wasting any of the vegetables they worked to grow, according to Brenda Cockerham, Johnson County Family and Consumer Sciences agent.
The class featured canning, freezing and drying instructions, as well as preparation and cooking ideas. Along with the best practices for the preservation methods, Cockerham also detailed guidelines to ensure the safe consumption of the vegetables, including where and how long to store them to prevent broken seals or spoiling.
“The harvesting season is an awesome time of the year! There is just nothing like fresh corn from the garden, the zest of sun-ripened tomatoes, and crispy, tasty apples picked straight from the tree! Each week brings a new delightful array of opportunities for the taste buds,” said Cockerham, “So how does one make these flavors and fresh foods last throughout the year?
“Granted, you just can’t compete with fresh from the garden flavor, but armed with a few ABC’s of how to preserve foods, one can lengthen the use of produce from summer and fall’s bountiful harvest. There are even winter and spring possibilities for the most savvy of gardeners.”
This year’s class saw participation from two community members, and Cockerham said that the FCS Extension Office intends to continue hosting these classes yearly, to educate gardeners on how to maximize their financial savings and enjoyment of fresh garden-raised produce.
For more information, contact the Johnson County FCS Extension Office at, (606) 789-8108, or visit them at 826 FM Stafford Avenue in Paintsville. More information and detailed instructions on food preservation can be found at,

Education and Common Sense
Year number 91 was exciting

August 13, 2016, my 91st birthday, was a wonderful day. Cathy, Marvin, Patti and I went to Bardstown to see “The Stephen Foster Story.” The girls and I remembered seeing it once when they were small. We think it was before Steve was born.
The next week I went to the hospital for four days with a UTI that ran into sepsis. I was in danger of dying. All of my children and grandchildren came to see me. I got out of the hospital for a week or so and then had to go back for four more days. When I got out, my G.P. Dr. Wright, told me, “Keep drinking LOTS of water.” I have been doing that all year and so far the UTI has not recurred.
I had a lovely Christmas, with Cathy, Steve, and Steve’s daughter, Shelby, spending the week after Christmas with Patti at her cabin on Barren River Lake. We did not know that Steve was having heart pains from a defective heart valve during his and his sisters’ nature walks. I shudder to think of what could have happened at that time if his condition had got any worse!
By February, Steve’s cardiologist said he did not have time to wait until school was out to get an aortic heart valve replacement.  He had a bovine valve replacement the middle of February. That helped my prayer life considerably. We all prayed for a successful valve replacement: our family, my friends who read my column, my church family-both here and east Kentucky, my Facebook friends, his West Potomac band parents, and who knows who else prayed. The operation was successful.
Daughter Patti, who had retired from teaching the previous year, was able to go spend two weeks with her brother in order to help him get better. She walked with him, walked the dog, Boo, and encouraged Steve as his heart began to go “thump, thump” rather than the previous “whoosh, whoosh” it had been saying for a very long time.
Our family is rejoicing that Steve’s heart is doing fine and he was able to go back to his high school band director position in two months. He is still doing his daily walking and looks the picture of health! I praise God that I did not have to bury my son last year!
Cathy, Patti, and I got to go back to Alexandria, Va., and see Steve’s daughter, Shelby, graduate from high school in June. I remember when she was born and had a cleft lip and cleft palate, we were afraid that the doctors could not repair that, but she is a beautiful 18-year-old, with not a vestige of a scar on her face; she can sing, speak clearly, and play the flute. She will be joining the marching band at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, right away. She plans to become a nurse. I am so proud of the beautiful, diligent worker she has become. She has been a lifeguard and a nurse’s aid (worked two jobs) all summer.
Last week, Patti, my daughter who has always found something wrong with every boy she ever dated, came up with an announcement that astounded everybody. I won’t say how old she is, but the students who were in her class are telling on Facebook that they have been married 41 years!
When she retired last year she joshed that if the love of her life was going to appear, he would have to come to Scottsville!
Not long after she got back from Steve’s, a friend she had served with at Hillvue Heights Baptist Church in Bowling Green, where they were both in college, whose wife had died, came fishing in Allen County. He remembered that Patti lived near there and asked her to dinner. She went, and they talked for hours. He has been a pastor and is a retired Denominational Executive in a neighboring state. They have found so many beliefs and likes and dislikes in common, and she says she has found the love of her life!
They are planning a small private wedding in November at Hillvue Heights Baptist Church with the man who was their pastor when they served together officiating. If they didn’t make it very small they would be sure to leave out someone who would be hurt. Their friends and relative are all over the United States, and logistics would be impossible. Also, both of them have so many friends that are preachers, the preacher that was the one they had in common is the diplomatic choice.
I am sure that Patti will be a wonderful preacher’s wife, as she loves Jesus, loves people, and does personal witnessing. I am sure God has a job for both of them in the coming years.
Her sweetie gave her some waders, a hat and a fishing rod for her birthday last week. She’s looking forward to learning to fly fish!
She is happier than I have ever seen her, though she seemed happy enough as a single.
So my ninety-first year was full of blessings. I am going Sarah, Abraham’s wife, one better. At ninety-two, I am getting a new son, and he is already grown and educated! Looking forward to year Ninety-Two!

8-18-2017 Obituaries
Robert W. “Bob” Witten
1950 - 2017

Robert “Bob” Witten, age 66 of Paintsville passed away Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 at Paul B. Hall Medical Center.
He was born October 18th, 1950 in Johnson County, son of the late James C. Witten and Dolores VanHoose Witten.
He is survived by his wife Debbie Trimble Witten; one son, Jordan Witten and wife Larissa of Paintsville, Kentucky; one brother William D. “Bill” Witten and wife Sharron of Sitka; one sister, Lisa Schaeffer of Louisa, Kentucky; two grandchildren, Allison Akers and Hattie Witten; and one uncle and one aunt.
Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 18th, 2017 in the First Baptist Church, College Street, Paintsville, with Seth Carter and Donnie Patrick officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Park, Staffordsville. Friends may visit the Jones-Preston Funeral Home from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17th, 2017 and after 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18th, 2017.
Mr. Witten will be taken to the church at 1 p.m. on Friday to lie in state one hour prior to funeral services at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to the First Baptist Church by contacting Jones-Preston Funeral Home at 606-789-3501.
Funeral services are under the direction of the Jones-Preston Funeral Home.
This is a paid obituary

Sally D. Castle

Sally D. Castle, age 82 of Mount Gilead, Ohio, died Thursday, August 13, 2017 at Marion General Hospital.
She was born on October 3, 1934 in Kentucky to the late Gus Hayes Sr. and Jessie Virginia (Daniels) Hayes. Sally worked for I.T.T. in the repair department for 25 years. She collected baby dolls and enjoyed going to garage sales. On June 19, 1957 Sally married Elmer “Sonny” Castle in Paintsville, who preceded her in death on April 27, 2009.
Sally is survived by a son, Elmer D. Castle of Mt. Gilead; siblings, Mabel (Denzel) Young of Ashtabula, Ohio, John (Pamela) Hayes and Glen “Brock” (Betty) Hayes both of Cincinnati, Ohio.
In addition to her husband and parents, Sally was preceded in death by a son, David B. Castle; three sisters, Christian Lafferty, Margarite Cantrell, and Lucille “Tootsie” McFaden; three brothers, South G. Hayes, Claude E. Hayes and Gus Hayes Jr.
Friends may call on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Edison Enterprise Baptist Church, 3055 State Route 95 W., Edison, OH 43320. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at the church with Pastor Ed Colegrove officiating.
Another visitation in Kentucky will be held on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. at Phelps & Son Funeral Home, 3804 State Highway 321, Hager Hill. The funeral service will begin at 3 p.m. and the burial will follow in the Highland Memorial Park in Staffordsville.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Edison Enterprise Baptist Church, 3055 State Route 95 W., Edison, OH 43320.
Those wishing to share a memory of Sally or to express a condolence to the Castle family may do so by visiting
Arrangements are by the Gompf Funeral Service of Cardington, Ohio and Phelps & Son Funeral Home of Paintsville.
This is a paid obituary.

Lady Tigers open with 3-0 win

The Paintsville Lady Tigers volleyball team opened the 2017 season with a 3-0 victory over Magoffin County on Tuesday night at the Paintsville High School Gymnasium. Paintsville won the first set 25-1, before taking the next two 25-10, 25-10 to earn the win. Megan Taylor paced the Lady Tigers with 17 kills to go with one block and served up four aces. Abby Meade recorded 30 assists and Anna James finished with 13 digs, while Allison Hall had eight kills and served up five aces in the win. Coach Dawn Kinner and the Lady Tigers were slated to host Sheldon Clark (1-0) Thursday night, before competing in the Champions of the Mountains Classic on Saturday in Pikeville.

Johnson County Grand Jury indicts 11
By Elaine Belcher
News Editor

A man captured by Kentucky State Police after allegedly escaping Magoffin County Jailer custody and 10 other people were indicted by a grand jury in Johnson County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Charges range from drug trafficking to resisting arrest and escape.
Thomas Price, 30, of Paintsville, was indicted on charges of first-degree evading police and first-degree wanton endangerment, both class D felonies which carry a potential prison sentence of one to five years and a fine of $10,000 for each charge. He was additionally charged with being a persistent felony offender in the second-degree, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance, 2nd offense or greater, and resisting arrest, both class A misdemeanors with penalties of 12 months imprisonment and a fine of $500 per charge.

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