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Kmart closings a sad thing for Corbin, London

As a kid, I can remember my mom dragging me to the Corbin Kmart when it first opened in October 1978. At the time, it was kind of a big deal. Wal-Mart didn’t exist in these parts at the time. The Corbin Kmart was huge or at least it seemed that way to a seven-year-old,...
Posted On 04 Jan 2017

Merry’s Flowers to close after 40 years

A business that has been an institution in downtown Williamsburg for more than 40 years will soon be no more. Merry’s Flower Shop, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, will be closing its doors no later than Jan. 13 and possibly sooner if the merchandise gets...
Posted On 04 Jan 2017

Missing teenage girls found safe

Two missing 15-year-old girls from the Lily and Corbin areas have been located safe in the Knox County area following a joint effort by the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s Department. Verticia Brownlee, 15, of Braxton Lane, Lily, was last seen...
Posted On 01 Jan 2017

W’burg caregiver arrested for abuse/neglect

A Williamsburg caregiver is behind bars in the Whitley County Detention Center for allegedly taking and using the pain medication of her patient. Whitley County Sheriff’s K-9 Deputy Brian Hensley arrested Jessie Collins, 59, of 3662 Craig Road, about 9:54 p.m. on Dec. 28...
Posted On 29 Dec 2016

I-75 crash near Corbin injures one

A tractor-trailer accident Thursday morning in northern Whitley County snarled traffic on I-75 for a few hours. About 9 a.m., Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Chris McQueen responded to a single vehicle crash near the 28-mile marker. Police determined...
Posted On 29 Dec 2016

Whitley Co. Health Dept. needle exchange starts Jan. 13

The Whitley County Health Department has set a Jan. 13 start date for its needle exchange program. The needle exchange will take place from 2 – 4 p.m. every Friday at the Whitley County Health Department’s main office in Williamsburg, which is located off Penny Lane...
Posted On 28 Dec 2016

Christmas Day fire destroys home

A Christmas afternoon fire gutted an eastern Whitley County home despite the efforts of volunteer firefighters from five departments. The fire was reported about 1 p.m. Sunday at the 10807 Highway 92E home of Tommy Gambrel. Patterson Creek Volunteer Fire Chief Robert “Pee...
Posted On 28 Dec 2016

Shelter needs your help to save animals

As much as the workers and volunteers at the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter would like to save the lives of all the 17 cats or dogs that are taken to the shelter on average each day, they can’t. The save rate for dogs varied monthly from 35 – 83 percent in 2015 while the...
Posted On 28 Dec 2016

Cumberlands answers lawsuit, denies wrongdoing

The University of the Cumberlands is denying any wrongdoing in its answer to a lawsuit that was filed against the school on Nov. 9 by a former U of C football player, who was allegedly assaulted last year by another football player and an ex-football player, who had been kicked...
Posted On 28 Dec 2016

Poplar Creek Road repairs underway

Poplar Creek residents, who have been dealing with a recurring slide problem on their road, are about to get some relief. During its regularly scheduled meeting Dec. 20, the Whitley County Fiscal Court reviewed five bids ranging from $22,200 to $68,400, to stabilize a portion of...
Posted On 28 Dec 2016