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Special election for school board tax approved by Board of Education
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

The Johnson County School Board approved May 23 for the date of a recall election for the property tax increase set in September of 2014 during a monthly board meeting on Monday, April 24.
The cost of the election to the school district is an estimated $50,000. However, the impact if the “recallable nickel” school board tax is revoked is an estimated $800,000 of county tax funds and considerably more in matching state education funds according to the Tom Salyer, Johnson County School District Superintendent.

Jury finds Bowen guilty of Martin County triple murder
A JOHNSON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JURY found Amanda Bowen, 29, of Inez, guilty of three counts complicity to murder, two counts of robbery and one count of tampering with physical evidence on Monday, April 23. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday, April 26.

By Elaine Belcher and Waylon Whitson
Staff Writers

A 12-person jury found Amanda Bowen, 29, of Inez, guilty on three counts of complicity to murder, two counts of robbery and tampering with physical evidence for the deaths of three Martin County residents in August of 2014. Sentencing has been set for April 26, 2017.
Bowen and her boyfriend, Jack David Smith, 43, of Inez, have both been convicted of shooting and then stabbing Tina Goble, 42, Cannie Johnson, Jr., 47, and Trinity Maynard, 8, at the victim’s home in Upper James Lane in Inez before starting a fire to hide the evidence.

Special election scheduled
Tax recall election could cost $50,000 to Johnson County School District

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

Judge John David Preston handed down a court order on Monday, April 17 telling Johnson County Clerk Sallee Holbrook to schedule a recall election for the property tax increase set by the Johnson County School Board in September 2014.
“The said election shall be scheduled for a date not fewer than 35 days not more than 45 days from the entry of this judgment.” The order also states, “The Johnson County School board shall pay the costs to hold the recall election.” Holbrook reports that the cost of the last general election was approximately $50,000, and that the cost of a special election would run about the same.

Johnson County Grand Jury returns indictments against 14

By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

A grand jury returned indictments against 14 people at the Johnson County Court House on Wednesday, April 19.
Phillip McFaddin, 60, of Paintsville was indicted on charges of adult exploitation, a class “C” felony which if convicted faces a penalty of five to ten years imprisonment and a fine of not more than $10,000; and theft by unlawful taking over $500 but under $10,000, a class “D” felony which holds a penalty of one to five years imprisonment and a fine of not more than $10,000. McFaddin is accused to exploiting a David Conley of Paintsville of $300 and taking several of his firearms, with a value in excess of $5,000 in January.

Johnson County School Board calls special board meeting to approve renovation plans
By Elaine Belcher
Staff Writer

The Johnson County Board of Education met in a special meeting to approve and submit the plans to renovate several projects throughout the high school.
The first item was to review and approve the Johnson Central High School Home economics classroom renovation. Representatives from Sherman, Carter and Barnheart Architects Firm presented the board with their plans to proceed with the renovation during the summer months while school is out of session.

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