|City of Paintsville|
|— City —|
|Nickname(s): "City Between the Lakes"|
|Established||February 24, 1834|
|Incorporated||February 5, 1843|
|• Mayor||Bob Porter|
|• Total||5.3 sq mi (13.6 km2)|
|• Land||5.3 sq mi (13.6 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||614 ft (187 m)|
|• Density||786.1/sq mi (303.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0500128|
Paintsville serves as the county seat of Johnson County. It is located along the mouth of Paint Creek at the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River. Originally called Paint Lick Station, the town was established in 1834, after being laid out in 1826. Paint Lick Station was referred to in military dispatches as early as 1780. Paint Creek and Paintsville were named in reference to drawings found on trees, believed to be drawn by Native Americans. It is believed that the post office was originally known as Paint Creek, but was renamed Paintsville before 1843. The founder of the town is acknowledged to be Dalton Ray Chandler II. The Civil War found Johnson County Fiscal Court passing an ordinance barring both Union and Confederate flags from being flown. This was quickly repealed when then Col. James A. Garfield marched his brigade on the city of Paintsville.
During the early twentieth century, Paintsville began to transform into a modern American city. In 1902, the First National Bank opened as Paintsville's first bank. In 1906, the city received telephone service and two years later, all of the streets were paved. In 1912, Paintsville received electricity and natural gas services. Then in 1926, Paintsville residents received public water and the city's fire department was established.
Since the late 1990s, Paintsville has been growing rapidly. This is due in part to some business developments in the past few years, as well as growing tourist interest. Paintsville has also been in the process of revitalizing the downtown area in order to rejuvenate its original business district.
Paintsville is located at . According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (14 km2), all of it land. The city is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Cumberland Plateau. Most of the city is located in a valley formed by both the Levisa Fork and Paint Creek.(37.811324, -82.806780)
Beginning in 1976, Paintsville's main shopping district has gradually moved from Main Street to Mayo Plaza, which is northwest of downtown. Stores such as Wal-Mart and Lowe's opened in the plaza during the early 1990s. This proved to be too much competition for the small family owned businesses in downtown causing them to close. Today, downtown mostly serves as Paintsville's financial district. But, in May 2009 Paintsville received a grant to redevelop Main Street in hopes of making it one of the city's popular shopping districts again. In recent years, Mayo Plaza has rapidly expanded. In the early 2000s a new Wal-Mart Supercenter, a new Lowe's, and multiple restaurants have opened.
Paintsville is located in a transition area between a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Dfa) and a humid continental climate (Köppen Cfa). Summers are hot and humid with frequent severe storms. July is the warmest month, with an average high 89 °F (32 °C) and an average low of 66 °F (19 °C). Winters are cold with occasional mild periods. January is the coldest month with an average high of 44 °F (7 °C) and an average low of 24 °F (-4 °C). The highest recorded temperature was 105 °F (41 °C) in 1988 and the lowest recorded temperature was -26 °F (-13 °C) in 1994. May has the highest average rainfall (4.54 inches) and October has the lowest average rainfall (2.97 inches).
|Climate data for Paintsville, Kentucky|
|Record high °F (°C)||80
|Average high °F (°C)||44
|Average low °F (°C)||24
|Record low °F (°C)||−26
|Precipitation inches (mm)||3.31
|Source: The Weather Channel.|
|U.S. Census Bureau|
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,132 people, 1,681 households, and 1,079 families residing in the city. The population density was 786.1 people per square mile (303.3/km²). There were 1,901 housing units at an average density of 361.7 per square mile (139.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.48% White, 0.65% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 0.75% of the population.
There were 1,681 households out of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.8% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.81.
The age distribution was 21.2% under 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,259, and the median income for a family was $30,575. Males had a median income of $30,478 versus $25,640 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,876. About 21.0% of families and 29.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.9% of those under age 18 and 22.0% of those age 65 or over.
|Motor vehicle theft||11||141||259|
Paintsville's current mayor/city executive is Bob Porter, who was elected in 2007.
Representative body 
The city mayor oversees the following departments:
- Community Planning and Zoning Services
- Human Resources
- Public Works
- Parks and Recreation
Schools located within the city of Paintsville include:
Elementary schools 
Middle schools 
High schools 
- Our Lady of the Mountains School (kindergarten-eighth grade)
- Big Sandy Community and Technical College (Mayo Campus)
Kentucky Apple Festival
The Kentucky Apple Festival has been held in Paintsville annually since 1962. Events include live music, carnival rides, a pageant, various competitions, a parade, and a car show. The festival is always on the first full weekend in October.
Paintsville also holds a Spring Fling on Main Street in April.
Museums and historical sites 
U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum
This museum gives information on the country music entertainers who grew up near U.S. 23 in Eastern Kentucky. Country music entertainers profiled in the museum include Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, and Hylo Brown, just to name a few. The museum is located at 120 Staves Branch, just off U.S. 23.
The historic Mayo Mansion was built for John C. C. Mayo between 1905 and 1912. It now serves as Our Lady of the Mountains School. Located at 405 Third Street.
Mayo Memorial United Methodist Church
This church was designed by one-hundred Italian masons, hired by John C. C. Mayo. It has several stain glass windows and has a pipe organ donated by Andrew Carnegie. The first church service was in the fall of 1909. Located on Third Street.
Paintsville Country Club & Golf Course
This 18-hole golf course was established on September 27, 1929, making it one of the oldest golf courses in Eastern Kentucky. The country club was built in 1930 by the WPA and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Located on Kentucky Route 1107 in Paintsville.
Paintsville Recreation Center
This park contains a volleyball court, a basketball court, a walking track, and a playground. Located on Preston Street.
The Paintsville Herald is a bi-weekly newspaper printed on Wednesday and Friday with a circulation of about 5,200 copies. The newspaper serves Paintsville and the local area.
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Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center is a full-service hospital providing healthcare to the region. The hospital has a full-service emergency room with a pediatric trauma room, a hyperbariatic oxygen chamber, a special Birthing Room, and full service surgical services, including a daVinci Si robotic system providing state of the art laparoscopic surgery to the greater Paintsville region.
U.S. Route 23 serves as the bypass for Paintsville. The four-lane divided highway links Paintsville to Interstate 64 to the north and U.S. Route 119 and Kentucky Route 80 to the south. U.S. Route 460 links Paintsville to the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway in Salyersville. Kentucky Route 40 forms both Euclid Avenue and Third Street in Paintsville. It links the city to Inez and also serves as an alternative route to Salyersville. Kentucky Route 321, locally known as South Mayo Trail, serves as the city's main business route and passes through Mayo Plaza.
Located southeast of Paintsville in neighboring Martin County is Big Sandy Regional Airport. The publicly owned, private-use airport is used for general aviation. Its main runway is 5,000 ft (1,524 m) long.
Popular culture 
- The majority of the 1983 film, Kentucky Woman, was filmed in Paintsville.
- Paintsville was one of the three filming locations for the 2010 drama film, Passenger Pigeons.
- ESPN's "The Season: Bluegrass Basketball" featured Paintsville and Johnson Central as one of the states most heated rivalries where a basketball game is filmed at Paintsville when the two met in regular season match-up.
Notable residents 
- Crystal Gayle, country music singer.
- John Pelphrey, Known as "Dirt" in high school, 1987 Kentucky "Mr. Basketball", one of four University of Kentucky basketball players dubbed "The Unforgettables"; former head men's basketball coach of the University of South Alabama, formerly head men's basketball coach at the University of Arkansas.
- Venus Ramey, Miss America, 1944.
- Loretta Lynn, born at Butcher Holler, Van Lear (an unincorporated community just outside of Paintsville).
- Johnnie LeMaster, former major league baseball player (San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Pirates).
- John C. C. Mayo, entrepreneur
- Ovie Scurlock, born in Paintsville on November 11, 1918, former jockey in horse racing.
- Wendell H. Meade, Republican member of U.S. House of Representatives.
- Andrew Jackson Kirk, U.S. Representative from Kentucky.
- Benjamin F. Stapleton, Mayor of Denver, Colorado between (1923–1931) and (1935–1947).
- Willie Blair is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball.
- Jim Fyffe, sportscaster and radio talk-show host.
- Jim Ford, singer/songwriter, born in Paintsville on August 23, 1941.
- Joseph "JoeTed" Miller, Kentucky Colonel/Local Personality.
See also 
- Johnson County, Kentucky
- Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center
- Citizens National Bank
- Paintsville High School
- Johnson Central High School
- U.S. 23 Country Music Highway Museum
- Francis M. Stafford House
- Johnson County Public Library
- 2010 Census Data Retrieved 2012-11-06
- Johnson County History Retrieved on 2009-11-13
- Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Retrieved on 2009-06-11
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "MONTHLY AVERAGES for Paintsville, KY". The Weather Channel. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
- 2011 Population Estimates for Incorporated Places in Kentucky Retrieved on 2013-01-06
- Historical Census Data Retrieved on 2010-02-7
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Crime in the United States: Offenses Known to Law Enforcement". U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation. 2010-09. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
- Kentucky Secretary of State-Land Office Retrieved on 2009-11-21
- List of Mayors for the City of Paintsville Retrieved on 2010-08-10
- Johnson County History:1900-1950 Retrieved on 2010-2-26
- Powell, Helen National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form for Paintsville Country Club 26 January 1989. Retrieved on 2010-2-26
- Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center Retrieved 2012-11-06
- FAA Airport Master Record for K22 ( PDF) Retrieved 2013-01-06
- Kentucky Woman filming locations Retrieved on 2010-1-31
- Passenger Pigeons filming locations Retrieved on 2010-1-31
- City of Paintsville
- Weather Forecast for Paintsville
- K-lite 94.7
- WSIP radio
- Paintsville/Johnson County Chamber of Commerce
- Paintsville Tourism
- Paintsville Independent Schools
- Johnson County Public Schools
- The Paintsville Herald
- History of Johnson County
- Kentucky Apple Festival
- Paintsville, Kentucky
- Midway College School of Pharmacy
- Paintsville Utilities
- Johnson County Public Library
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