"It's Time To Say Goodbye"
By J. C. Blevins,
Class of 1960
President of PHSAA (1999 - 2015)

After fifteen years of promoting, protecting and preserving the Paintsville Independent Schools System, it is time for me to say goodbye. Age has called me to say I need to retire and let others take over the task of safeguarding our beloved school system.
Thanks to everyone for supporting this effort.
I will always love PHS and the folks who have gone the extra mile to establish PHSAA and keep it going these many years.
 PHSAA will continue to accept donations until June 30.
Afterward, a check for the balance of our funds will be
sent to the Paintsville Independent Schools.

The only other thing to say is...

"Go Tigers"

to the
Paintsville High School Class of 2015
Paintsville High School Alumni

Sweet Memories : Tiger Drive - In by Gordon Haney in 1999

Located at the corner of Third and College Streets, Paintsville, KY

Marcus C. Whitt, Class of 1978, Named EKU Distinguished Alumni

The Eastern Kentucky University Department of Communications has named Marcus C. Whitt as it 2015 Distinguished Alumnus.

Whitt earned a bachelor's degree in speech communication and human relations from EKU in 1982 and a master's degree in sociology in 1985.  Most recently Whitt served 12 years as EKU's associate vice-president and chief communications offficer.  Currently, he is the public relations and marketing columnist for the University Business Magazine.

Whitt's work has garnered more than 40 national, regional and state honors.  In 2005, he received CASE Kentucky's prestigious Beth K. Fields Lifetime Service Award and in 2012 was ranked among the top half of moninees for the Educational Marketing Group's "International Brand Master Award," for which his professional work was judged by a panel of international marketing and public relations professionals. 

A native of Paintsville, KY, Marcus is a graduate of  Paintsville High School, 1978.

Congratulations, Marc.
"Go Tiger" !

John Mark Cooper, Class of 1967, Passes Away
John Mark Cooper, 66, passed away May 7, 2015 in St. Augustine Florida after an extended illness. He was a 1967 graduate of Paintsville High School, attended Transylvania University in Lexington and graduated from Morehead State University where he served as editor of school newspaper, The Trail Blazer. He resided in St. Augustine, Fla. where he owned and operated several businesses over the years. He was the son of Faye M. Cooper of Lexington and the late John E. Cooper. He is survived by his wife Sarah Kaye Powers Cooper; one son John Mark Cooper, Jr.; a daughter Elizabeth Vanessti and a granddaughter Alexandria Vanessti. Two brothers, Robin Cooper and Greg Cooper both of Lexington and a sister Mary Julia (Jill) Cooper Sawyer also of Lexington. A family celebration of life reception will be held at a later date.

PHS Class of 2015 Continues To Make Headlines.....

College-bound: All members of Paintsville High's graduating class accepted to at least one college

By Valarie Honeycutt Spears

For the second consecutive year, every student in Paintsville High School's graduating class was accepted to at least one college for the upcoming fall semester.

For the second year in a row, all members of the Paintsville High School graduating class have been accepted to at least one college in the fall, said guidance counselor Ann Samons.

There are 47 students in the class of 2015.

One of them, Reece Trimble, 18, has been accepted to Eastern Kentucky University where she plans to study communication disorders and then get her master's degree in speech pathology.

"Our teachers just really care about getting us ready for college and see us succeed to the best of our ability," said Trimble.

Azure Bartley, 17, said she plans to attend the University of Kentucky and study nursing. Bartley said she transferred to Paintsville High her junior year.

Other schools don't compare with Paintsville High, she said. The staff, she said, "care more about you than just what work you are able to do."

Bartley said her peers in the senior class are competitive, "which pushes you to do even better."

Kelsey Bolen, 18, plans to study biomedical sciences in Morehead State University's honors program.

"We're a very small-knit school and that allows us all to get really close to each other and get to know our teachers on a more personal level," said Bolen. "It allows them to push us harder."

Paintsville is the only high school in the small Paintsville Independent Schools district in Eastern Kentucky.

Samons said that by Oct. 1, 2014, all of the seniors had applied to at least one college. "We do those applications early and then spend the rest of the year trying to get scholarships."

In terms of the 2013-14 class, she thought only one of the 52 graduating seniors who had been accepted to college did not go to college. He went into military service, she said, and will be taking college classes there.

Samons attributed the district's focus on college to "school culture and climate."

The district holds a college sweatshirt day and encourages students in kindergarten through 12th grade and teachers and staff to wear college sweatshirts, which encourages conversation about postsecondary decisions.

"Our teachers make connections with students,' said Paintsville Independent Superintendent Coy Samons, who is married to Ann Samons.

The superintendent noted that about 50 percent of students are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch. "Our approach here ... is not are you going to college, but where are you going to college."

(Article Courtesy Lexington Herald-Leader, Lexington, KY
Photo Provided By Paintsville High School)

Dr. James "Jim" Butler, Class of 1948, Passes Away
Dr. James "Jim" Edward Butler, Class of 1948, passed on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at his home in Lexington, KY. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Fulks Butler and his children, Holly Butler Long, Leland, NC, Rebecca Butler Martin and husband Frank, Naples, FL, James Edward Butler, Jr., Dublin, OH, Thomas Matthew Butler and wife Debbie, Murrieta, CA, Sara Evridge, Lexington, KY and granddaughter Cori Rae Butler, whom he raised.

Dr. Butler is also survived by his brother, David Lee Butler and wife Janet, Lubbock, TX. He was predeceased by a daughter, Suzanne Butler, Lexington, KY and his brother, CT Butler. Dr. Butler practiced family medicine in Lexington for 41 years and was on the staff at Central Baptist Hospital.

He was employed at Proscan Imaging, Nicholasville Road, for the past 10 years.

He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Dr. Butler will be fondly remembered for his devoted service to his family, patients and Church. He loved his dogs, golf, yard and the Kentucky Wildcats.

Dr. Butler was the proud grandfather of Rachel Offutt Rose and husband Billy, Leland, NC, John Woods Davis, II and wife Whitney, Chandler, AZ, Daniel Butler, Queens, NY, Jennifer Butler Young, and husband Cody, Pleasant Grove, UT, Mark Butler, Columbus, OH, Justin Butler, Murrieta, CA, Cody Evridge and McKenzie Evridge, Lexington, KY, Brandon Staggs, and wife Katie, Independence, KY, Tiffany McMichael and husband Steve, Elizabethtown, KY, Jonathan Briggs and wife Alicia, Menifee, CA and Jacqueline Brigg, Murrieta, CA. His great- grandchildren are Lorrin Offutt Cook and husband Marshall, Enterprise, AL, Kyle Offutt, Leland, NC, Blair and Anna Davis, Chandler, AZ, Abilene Young, Pleasant Grove, UT, Addison and Aubree McMichael, Elizabethtown, KY, Lydia Staggs, Independence, KY, Aiden, Jaxon and Lyla Briggs, Menifee, CA, and Mia Izzi, Murrieta, CA. He had one great-great-granddaughter, Lexie Cook of Enterprise, AL.

A Memorial Service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Tates Creek Road on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Hospice. www.clarklegacycenter.com

100% of the PHS Class of 2015 Is College & Career Ready
And the Tradition Continues
Congratulations !!!

"Go Tigers"
"Mr. Conley would be so proud"

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A Tribute to Robert M. Conley '38, " A Giant of a Tiger"!

Note: The following is the introduction of Robert M. Conley, Class of 1938, into the 2005 Hall of Distinguished Alumni:

Bob Conley was born in a house on Second Street in Paintsville, KY on April 24th, 1920.
He attended Mayo College in 1st & second grade and Paintsville Grade and High School until graduation in 1938. He ranked second in a class of 35 students.

Bob attended Berea College for two years and Eastern Kentucky University for two years graduating in 1942 with a degree in English and History.

Bob met his wife Barbara the first day of college at Berea and they married in December of 1942.

Bob joined the military after graduating from college and served until 1945, the year World War II ended. Bob was a radar technician in the Signal Corps, serving with the First Army attached to the Ninth Air Force. He took part in the Invasion of Europe and after the Treaty was signed, Bob returned to the States and was discharged in November, 1945.

Returning to Paintsville, Bob went to Prestonsburg to the Unemployment Office to sign up for benefits. Instead, he was given a job. After a year Bob became a teacher with his Alma Meter, Paintsville Independent, teaching History and Math.

Because of low pay ($130 per month for nine months) Bob quit teaching and began working for First National Bank, making $150 per month for twelve months. He started as a cashier and ended his banking career as executive vice-president and a member of the board of directors. While serving in the banking industry, Bob attended Louisiana State University earning a degree in Banking and Finance in 1961. Bob retired from First National in 1980.

After being in real estate for one year, Bob became finance officer for the Johnson County Fiscal Court for 4 years, serving under Judge Frank Johnson. In 1986, Bob became finance officer for the City of Paintsville, retiring in 2004. In both cases, Bob improved the financial standing of each government, leaving surpluses when departing.

During Bob’s service in local government he oversaw the construction of numerous buildings that are still being used today: the Johnson County Courthouse Annex, used by the State of Kentucky for circuit and district court offices, the Regional Detention Center. the new Paintsville Fire Station and training facilities, renovation of City Hall, the Paintsville-Johnson County Public Library and renovation of that facility, the education building for Mayo Methodist Church; Bob designed and built the first drive-in banking facility in the Big Sandy Valley, upgraded the Main Street Office of First National Bank, designed the Suburban Branch of First National Bank, recently torn down.

Besides being a ‘builder” Bob has served on numerous boards: served on the Paintsville Board of Education for 12 years, chairman for 10; Administrative Board of PCC for 30 years, Johnson County Library Board for several years, Johnson County Extension Council for 35 years, Mayo Church Board for 60 years and treasurer for 45 years, organized and was a member of the Toastmasters International for 20 years, member of the Paintsville Johnson County Chamber of Commerce for several years serving as President in 1965-66, 13 years on the Methodist Retirement Home Board and 12 years as a member of the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System Board of Trustees and charter board member of the Paintsville High School Alumni Association, Inc.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to introduce to you Robert M. Conley, Class of 1938, new member of the Paintsville High School Alumni Association Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

Robert M. Conley '38 passed away on Friday, April 24th, 2015 at  age 96. He will be greatly missed. RIP "Go Tiger" !

PHSAA Welcomes Frank Perry, Class of 1954, Our Newest Lifetime Member !
"Go Frank, Go Tiger" !

Frank '54 & Kathy Perry & Friends

PHSAA ALERT...AND REACT - It is said that you never miss something you love until you lose it. We never want to know what it feels like to lose Paintsville Independent Schools. We must stay vigilant. Small school districts are under attack in Kentucky. We must stay vigilant. "Go Tigers" !

In case you hadn't noticed, we are so proud of our school, grads and friends.
"Go Tigers" !

Some Things You May Not Know About PHSAA....
1) Started to promote, protect and preserve the Paintsville School System.
2) Contributions go to the Paintsville Independent Schools System and to support social and      fundraising events for PHS grads and friends.
3) Funds given PIS by PHSAA are to be spent for benefit of ALL students & staff.
4) No BUSINESS is asked to contribute to PHSAA although contributions from businesses are accepted.
5) All contributions are 100% US Tax deductible minus value of any services received by contributors
6) Office supplies, postage, equipment and labor are donated by members and friends.
7) Never had employees; volunteers only
8) PHSAA is 15 years old.

We are proud to be a "Transparent" organization. All contributions (income) and expenses (paid out funds) are posted on our website (phsaa.com) and on our Twitter and Facebook Accounts.

Thank you for your continued support of PHSAA and the Paintsville Independent Schools System, "One of America's Great School Systems".
"Go Tigers" !

2015 PHSAA Fundraising Balance

06/27/2015 - Contributions - $7757.30

Newest PHSAA Members
"Thank You For Your Support"

Dee Kennard 1956 
Kendrick Wells 1960
Mary Rose Bailey Retired Faculty
Thom Deskins 1974
Dorlas Lawson Retired Faculty
Janice L. Flannery 1996
Heather Walker Conley 1987
Frank Perry 1954 - Lifetime Member
Jane Wells Green 1956
Sara Kay Williams 1952
Supt. Leon Burchett 1962
Patty Burchett Retired Faculty
Rebecca Burchett Liebert 1986
Alice Preston Bourne 1948
Pat Preston 1952
State Representative Hubert Collins - "Friend of PHSAA"
Ernestine Trimble 1950
Roger T. Daniel 1980
Scott Daniel 1983
Judge Janie McKenzie Wells 1979

"Go Tigers" !

Recently Deceased Alumni

Bob Ford 1952
John Mark Cooper 1967
Dr. James "Jim" Butler 1948
Robert M. Conley 1938
Bobby Williams - Class of 1976
Gary L. Sublett - Class of 1989
Jane Siler Preston - Class of 1948
Jerry D. Price - Class of 1959
 James Walter Davis - Class of 1990
 Charles Cantrell - Class of 1962
"Go Tigers" ! RIP

Congratulations to Coach Keith Adkins, Class of 1988, 2008 PHSAA Sports Hall of Famer, named 2015 Mid-Conference Coach of the Year. "Go Keith", "Go Tigers" !

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Campbellsville University's Keith Adkins was named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year, conference officials announced Thursday evening at the annual Men's Basketball Banquet.

The honor is Adkins' second award, as he also was named Coach of the Year in 2005-06 — the same year the Tigers won their only MSC Tournament championship.

"Congratulations to Coach Keith Adkins on being named MSC Coach of the Year," said CU athletics director Rusty Hollingsworth. "Keith is very deserving of this award after building a championship team in this very competitive Mid-South Conference."

It is the fifth MSC Coach of the Year award for Campbellsville. Perry Thomas was named West Division Football Coach of the Year and Casey Smith picked up women's swimming Coach of the Year honors earlier this year. Ginger Colvin (women's basketball) and his wife Vanessa Adkins (cheerleading) both picked up the honor last night at their respective banquets.

Keith Adkins, who is in his 15th season at the helm of the Tigers, has accumulated a record of 293-192 (.604) during that time and 115-114 inside the MSC – including the conference tournament games where CU is 9-13 entering this year's championships.

"First and foremost, I appreiate the coaches for considering me for this award," said Adkins. "This award should be called the coaching staff of the year because it takes a total team effort. I am blessed to have great assistant caoches and they are more deserving of this award than I am."

Larry Gene Ward, Class of 1990, was named the Kentucky Section PGA "Teacher of the Year" for the third time in his career by the Kentucky PGA.  Ward, who won the award in 2011 and 2012, has taught over 20,000 golf lessons during his career with 3,600 of those coming in the last two years.  Ward has taught golfers who have competed at every level of competition, having over 30 golfers playing college golf with over 25 of them receiving Division I scholarships in the last two years.  When Ward was working at the Paintsville Country Club, he worked with PHSAA Sports Hall of Fame member Coach Charlie Adkins, deceased.  Coach Adkins would be so proud of Larry for his accomplishments 25 years later. "Go Tiger" Go "L (dot) G (dot)" !

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