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JCSO: Magoffin inmate recaptured after escape attempt
By Elaine Belcher
News Editor

An inmate who is accused of escaping the custody of the Magoffin County Jailer while being transported to the BSRDC last night on U.S. 460 in Johnson County has been caught, according to a statement from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Jeremy Arnett, 36, was arrested by Magoffin County Sheriff’s deputies on charges of fourth-degree assault after allegedly attacking his mother, according to a Magoffin County arrest citation.


Golden Eagles bound for state football championship

The Johnson Central High School Golden Eagles will be playing Franklin-Simpson at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at University of Kentucky’s Kroger Field in Lexington in hopes they will emerge the 2017 Class 4A state champions. JCHS Principal Noel Crum reported that the initial 500 tickets for sale to students and staff at a discounted price went quickly and an additional 1,000 tickets were available for sale until noon Friday. Tickets for the game will be available for sale through the University of Kentucky’s box office and online through Ticketmaster. For full coverage see SPORTS, page B1


Kentucky Power donates to eKAMI

By Elaine Belcher
News Editor

The East Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) opened its doors for its first class Monday, and Kentucky Power was on-hand to greet the school with a donation from the AEP Foundation.
“eKAMI is the perfect partner for what we need to diversify our economy here in Eastern Kentucky,” said Kentucky Power President Matt Satterwhite. “Thanks to Haas Automation Inc. locating their facility in Eastern Kentucky, it opens a million possibilities of jobs and industries to locate here. We’ve been telling others in the United States, that we have the best workforce in the country, and now eKAMI is capitalizing on those skills.”


JCSO receives highway safety grant
By Elaine Belcher
News Editor

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received an $11,000 grant from the Kentucky Department of Highway Safety (KDHS) as part of the annual and “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Monday.
“The funds will be used to pay overtime hours for deputies and the use of our vehicle,” said Johnson County Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Pelphrey. “It covers the Drive Sober” campaign from Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018.”


Candidates file for 2018 elections
By Waylon Whitson
Staff Writer

The Johnson County Clerk’s Office is now accepting candidate filings for the 2018 primary elections and several Johnson County residents have already filed, indicating their intent to campaign for local and state offices.
Several offices are open for election in Johnson County in 2018, including state representative, commonwealth’s attorney, district judge, county judge/executive, county commissioners, county and circuit clerk positions, property value administrator, sheriff, county attorney, constables, jailer, coroner, mayor, city council and school boards.



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