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2004-01-14 communities
Paintsville Main Street
by Selene Blanton | Paintsville Main Street Director

PAINTSVILLE The city of Paintsville and Paintsville Main Street are sponsoring an essay contest about the G.C. Murphy store in downtown Paintsville.

Through the Renaissance Kentucky program, Main Street has applied for a grant to try and renovate and restore the Murphy building. In order to bring attention to the project, Main Street is asking for residents' help.

The contest is open to all students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades in Johnson County Schools, Our Lady of the Mountains, Johnson County Christian School and Paintsville Elementary. The following rules apply:

Students are to interview grandparents, parents, family members, friends or neighbors and ask them their fondest memories of G.C. Murphy's.

In 350 typed words (or less), they are to write an essay, "Memories of Murphy's," describing the person they interviewed. Students should explain why saving the Murphy Building is important for the future of downtown Paintsville.

The deadline is Thursday, Jan. 15.

Essays will be picked up at the schools on Friday, Jan. 16.

Winners will be announced on Friday, Feb. 1, in time for Valentines Day. Savings Bonds will be given to winners totaling $525.

Judges will be retired teachers who don't have relatives participating in the contest.

Prizes awarded to each first-, second- and third-place winner in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades: $100 dollar Savings Bond to all first-place winners, $50 dollar Savings Bond to all second-place winners and $25 dollar Savings Bond to all third-place winners.

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