Although Winchester native Graham Johns has not always called Clark County home, it ranks first on the list of the other cities around Kentucky he has lived.

“I have lived in Mason County (May’s Lick), Lexington and Louisville,” he said. “I only have fond memories of everywhere I’ve lived, but I like Winchester best.”

Johns returned to his hometown in 1979 and today he lives in the same home his family shared when he was born in 1951.

For Johns, remaining active in his community is important, and he takes pride in what the community has accomplished in recent years.

He talked about his favorite things to do in Winchester-Clark County and what makes his hometown great.

WL: In what ways are you involved in the community?

GJ: I am board president of Main Street Winchester, board secretary of Clark County Community Services, board treasurer of Hospice East and president of Kentucky Foothills Toastmasters Club. I am also a member of the adult choir and hand bell choir at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). And I broadcast George Rogers Clark High School basketball games on radio station WKYT, 107.7-FM

I worked as the Internal

Auditor and the Accounting Manager at East Kentucky Power Cooperative from March 1981 until January 2012.

WL: What is your favorite thing to do in Clark County? 

GJ: I enjoy playing golf at the Winchester Country Club. The course is in great shape. I like dining and socializing locally at the Engine House Deli + Pub, Winchester Country Club, DJs, Woody’s, Applebee’s and Halls on the River, among others. I also enjoy attending events at the Leeds Center for the Arts.

WL:  What is one of your favorite memories of Clark County? 

GJ: George Rogers Clark High School winning the Kentucky 4-A state football championship in 1991 beating Trinity and St. Xavier back-to-back. I had the honor of being the play-by-play announcer for radio station WHRS, 1380-AM.  

WL: What, in your opinion, makes Winchester-Clark County a unique or special place to live? 

GJ: I love the small-town atmosphere yet being close to major cities.  I believe it is easier to meet people in a smaller environment.  I am so proud of the accomplishments we have made to revitalize and preserve downtown Winchester. Ale-8-One and beer cheese make us unique. §