Some Say School Rivalry Has Gone To Far

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Some are questioning if a sports rivalry has gone too far. An anonymous flyer in Johnson County is heating up the rivalry between Paintsville and Johnson Central and some say it crossed the line.

It's a tale of two schools two miles apart. They may be close but when it comes to sports, they're not friends.

"It was bad. Didn't like each other and constantly burning each others fields," said Johnson Central Graduate Bobbi Thompson.

Residents say Johnson County Schools and Paintsville City Schools have been rivals as long as the school districts have been around. But some say one side took it too far. After the Paintsville-Johnson Central basketball game, someone put a flyer on Johnson Central fans cars and all around town.

"It's apparently angered a lot of people with some of the statements made," said Paintsville Police Chief Lowell Ward.

The flyer has a list of negative accusations against the Johnson County School District and the board. No one knows where it came from, but even Paintsville fans think it's too much.

Police are looking into it, trying to find out who made it, but there may not be any laws broken.

"It just sort of fuels an old controversy that's been around for a very long time," Ward said.

Johnson County School parents aren't worried about what's in the flyer but everyone we talked to just wants to forget about it and move on.

Both the Johnson County and Paintsville superintendents are out of town and not available for comment.

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