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Monster Truck Nationals returns to The Arena

After taking a year away from Corbin, one of the most popular shows will be returning to The Arena for two nights of car crushing action. The Monster Truck Nationals will be in town Friday and Saturday.

“It was a joint decision with the promoter, but it felt good to skip a year,” said Arena Director Kristi Balla.

Among the trucks scheduled to appear are War Wizard, Tailgator, Kamikaze, Vendetta and Stomper.

While the main event will begin at 7:30 each night, festivities will begin with a pit party at 5 p.m.

At the pit party, you will be able to get up close to each of the trucks for pictures and get autographs from the drivers.

For an additional $10 per person, you will be able to take a ride in the Mighty Monster Bus Ride Truck.

Tickets are $30 for gold circle and $14 for price level two, in advance.

On the day of the show, tickets are $30 and $17, respectively.

Tickets may be purchased online at ticketmaster.com, or at The Arena box office.

“This usually sells out both days. You will want to get there early, to look at the trucks and to make sure you are in your seat when the show starts,” Balla said.

 

Corbin Public Library plans ground breaking ceremony Thursday

The Corbin Public Library will celebrate a milestone in the effort to renovate the annex building Thursday with a short groundbreaking ceremony.

Library Director Donna Chadwell said the ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m., just before the library board holds its regular monthly meeting.

“The gutting is pretty much done and we are getting ready to start the real stuff,” Chadwell explained.

The library purchased the annex building that faces Roy Kidd Ave. in 2016 with plans to expand the facility.

In 2017, the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives offered a $636,000 repayable grant to fund the proposed renovations.

As part of the terms of the grant, the library had to put up $100,000 of its own money.

Immediate plans for the project include construction of a community room, conference room, staff office and café area on the first floor.

The new conference and community rooms will be twice the size of the library’s current facility.

“I can’t wait because one of the problems is juggling space for our programs,” Chadwell said.

“There are some programs that we have to turn away people because we just don’t have the space.”

The second floor of the building has also been gutted, but that part of the construction will be on hold until additional funds are available.

The construction is scheduled to be completed by July.

 

Whitley County getting $14,521 in additional coal severance funding

Gov. Matt Bevin and the Department for Local Government (DLG) announced Thursday the return of more than $1.3 million to the Single County Coal Severance accounts in 27 Eastern Kentucky counties, including: $14,521.71 for Whitley County, $19,312.20 for Knox County, $7,194.09 for Laurel County, and $58,771.18 for Bell County.

These funds will again become available for counties to use as needed.

Whitley County Projects Director Amber Owens said that Whitley County doesn’t have the funding earmarked for any particular project.

“We are excited today to join DLG in announcing the return of $1.3 million in coal severance funds to 27 Eastern Kentucky counties,” said Gov. Bevin. “Implementing fiscal responsibility within state government and emphasizing local priorities and decision-making remain keystone principles of our Administration. These funds will enable county leaders to address increased demands on their operating budgets and other vital community needs.”

In September 2015, $2 million was deducted from the accounts of 27 coal counties in Eastern Kentucky and directed toward the Kentucky Communications Network Authority (KCNA) for community broadband readiness and public computer access initiatives. KCNA was able to complete this work in a cost-effective manner for approximately $800,000.

Bevin has directed KCNA to return the balance of these funds, together with certain other ancillary funds, to the 27 contributing counties. The total amount that will be returned is $1,335,329.24.

“This is a huge win for county governments, many of which are experiencing increased demands on local budgets,” DLG Commissioner Sandra K. Dunahoo said. “We are returning funds to the people who understand best how these funds should be spent.”

 

Corbin firefighters battle Fifth Street Road blaze

Corbin firefighters were on the scene of a house fire on Fifth Street for more than one hour Monday night.

Firefighters were paged to the scene at 830 West Fifth Street near the intersection with Mitchell Street at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Firefighters Phillip Martin, who was one of the firefighters that responded to the call, said there was heavy smoke pouring from the home through the eves and the back door.

Firefighters located the source of the fire in the center of the home between the living room and dining room areas, knocking down the flames within a few minutes.

“We tore out some sheetrock to make sure the fire was extinguished,” Martin said adding there was smoke damage throughout the home.

No one was home at the time.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, though firefighters said they do not suspect arson.

Firefighters were on scene until 11:55 p.m.

 

Legal Notices for 2-13-19

NOTICE OF BLASTING SCHEDULE

Alden Resources, LLC, 332 W. Cumberland Parkway, Corbin, KY 40701, phone number (606)523-9760, gives notice that blasting operations will be conducted on its coal mine permit number 918-0497, covering 126.73 acres. Latitude: 36° 46’ 05”, Longitude: 84° 08’ 17”

The proposed operation is located approximately located 1.5 miles east of Williamsburg in Whitley County Kentucky, and is approximately 0.11 miles southwest of KY 779 junction with KY 26 and located 0.15 miles southwest of the confluence of Browns Creek with Watts Creek.

Blasting operations are projected to commence February 2019. Blasting will be conducted between sunrise and sunset except in emergency situations. Emergency situations include, but are not limited to, lightning, the imminent threat of lightning, or other circumstances that require unscheduled detonation for the safety of the public or miners.

Any major alterations to the blasting schedule will be published. Unscheduled blasting may occur in emergency situations when rain, lightning or other atmospheric conditions or operator or public safety requires unscheduled detonation. The nearby residents will be notified of the unscheduled blast by using audible signals and the blast shall then proceed as a regular blast. Entry to the blasting area will be regulated by signs or barriers. An authorized company representative will prohibit access to the blasting area by unauthorized persons at least five (5) minutes before each detonation and until the all clear signal is sounded. Warning signals will be made by using a siren in the following manner:

The pre-blast warning signal will be a one (1) minute series of long blasts five (5) minutes prior to the blast signal. The blast signal will be a series of short blasts one (1) minute prior to the detonation. The all clear signal will be a prolonged blast following the inspection of the blast area.

 

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:

Public auction will be held at Gambrel Toyota, 311 East Cumberland Gap Parkway, Corbin, Kentucky to auction the following vehicles to collect payment on storage bill:

2013 Nissan Altima VIN# 1N4AL3AP XDC272851

2011 Toyota RAV4 VIN# 2T3BF4DV9BW086167

2013 Scion TC VIN# JTKJF5C7XD3059210

Date will be March 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM.

 

NOTICE

New Cingular Wireless PCS, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, d/b/a AT&T Mobility has filed an application with the Kentucky Public Service Commission (“PSC”) to construct a new wireless communications facility on a site located on W. Kentucky Highway 92, Williamsburg, KY 40769 (36°40’22.81” North latitude, 84°16’33.88” West longitude). You may contact the PSC for additional information concerning this matter at: Kentucky Public Service Commission, Executive Director, 211 Sower Boulevard, P.O. Box 615, Frankfort, Kentucky 40602. Please refer to docket number 2019-00039 in any correspondence sent in connection with this matter.

 

LOCAL PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETING AND PUBLIC FORUM ANNOUNCEMENT

On behalf of the Whitley County Board of Education, the Whitley County Local Planning Committee will convene a meeting and public forum to develop the proposed District Facilities Plan.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 following the public forum. The public forum will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at the Whitley County Board of Education, 300 Main Street, Williamsburg, Kentucky 40769 at 5:00 PM local time. The Public Meeting and Forum will be for the purpose of discussing items concerning the District Facilities Plan.

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Public Service Commission of Kentucky issued an order on January 3, 2019, scheduling a hearing to be held on March 5, 2019, at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time, at 211 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort, Kentucky, for the purpose of receiving public comment and cross-examining witnesses of Kentucky Utilities Company (“KU”) and Intervenors in Case No. 2018-00294, which is the Application of KU for an Adjustment of Its Electric Rates. This hearing will be streamed live and may be viewed on the PSC website, psc.ky.gov. KENTUCKY UTILITIES COMPANY,
220 West Main Street, Louisville, Kentucky 40202

 

Cumberlands hosts Patriot Preview Day

High school students invited to tour campus Saturday, March 2

University of the Cumberlands is excited to welcome all high school students and their families to Patriot Preview Day on March 2, 2019.

Patriot Preview Day is held only twice a year and is an opportunity for high school students and their guardians to get an inside look at what life is really like at the University. A brief Q-and-A panel hosted by Cumberlands offices will be provided, plus guided campus tours and other events special to Patriot Preview Day. To register, visit ucumberlands.edu/patriot-preview-day.

“Patriot Preview Day is a great day for students and families to see what makes Cumberlands special,” said Chase Davis, Director of Undergraduate Enrollment at Cumber-lands. “It’s always exciting to see the connections between new and current students. Visitors could be meeting their future best friend, spouse or mentor! I’m excited to see what special things happen at Patriot Preview Day this spring.”

Potential Patriots will check in at the top level of the Boswell Campus Center that morning. A brief introduction of the schedule will follow in the Gatliff Chapel to start the day.

Breakout sessions covering financial aid, housing, student services and campus activities will be held for guardians.

Meanwhile, high school students will have the opportunity to split off into groups and talk peer-to-peer with Cumberlands students. Visitors will then have the opportunity to tour campus, meet with professors and learn more about academic departments. A free lunch will be provided for all Preview Day participants.

“I thought the campus was beautiful, my leader was really cool and everyone was really friendly,” said Makayla Durham, a sophomore at Cumberlands, about her Preview Day visit. “I enjoyed the professors too; they were all really nice.”

Cumberlands will be competing in a number of athletic events on Preview Day, and all are welcome to attend the matches.

The baseball team faces off against Huntington University at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. The Cumberlands softball team will play both Union College and Lawrence Tech.

 

W’burg to crack down on texting and driving

You might want to rethink things if you text and drive in Williamsburg.

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W’burg City Council wants action of blighted properties

If you own blighted property in Williamsburg or you are tired of seeing blighted property, then you probably want to keep on reading.

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Williamsburg declares itself as a ‘Welcoming City’ to all

In 1955, the Williamsburg Independent School became the first school in the state of Kentucky to voluntarily desegregate, and on Monday evening, the Williamsburg City Council took a 21st Century version of that step by declaring itself as a “Welcoming City” to everyone no mater what their race, color, religion or sexual orientation is.

During its monthly meeting Monday, the Williamsburg City Council proclaimed itself as a “Welcoming City,” to all no matter what their race, color, religious orientation or sexual orientation may be.

During Monday’s monthly meeting, the city council unanimously approved a proclamation to that effect.

Mayor Roddy Harrison emphasized that nothing has happened, which prompted this resolution.

“We welcome anybody and everybody. We don’t allow bullying. We don’t allow violence towards one another. I just feel like this is the perfect time for and a perfect thing to do,” Harrison said.

The proclamation was prompted by the urging by Williamsburg Police Department Victim’s Advocate Angelika Lewis-Bowling.

“Roddy has branded us that this is a city that you feel like home. That is perfect because a lot of times it could be the deciding factor on whether or not somebody plants roots here or puts a business here. We need that, but what happens when we get them here. How do these people know that they have chosen a community that doesn’t tolerate violence against our citizens?” Lewis-Bowling said.

Lewis-Bowling noted that in the last several years there have been some devastating events in our community that have affected everyone.

“We look back on those events and say, ‘Oh my gosh! If I could have done something or if I could have known, could I have changed the outcome of those tragedies,” Lewis-Bowling said. “I asked Roddy to sign this proclamation with the intent of becoming the second Green Dot Community in the state of Kentucky.”

Green Dot is a bystander intervention program, which started at the University of Kentucky to help address the issue of sexual assault on campus.

In 2009, a pilot project was started in conjunction with the Kentucky Sexual Assault Prevention Board, the founders of Green Dot, researchers at the University of Kentucky and the Center for Disease Control to create a high school version of Green Dot, which also addresses the topic of bullying.

Following a five-year study, at 26 high schools across the state of Kentucky, research showed that the program was able to reduce bullying in schools by 50 percent.

The Cumberland River Victim’s Services program teaches High School Green Dot at five high schools in the region currently, including: Clay County, Knox Central, Barbourville Independent, Lynn Camp and Jackson County.

“The high school Green Dot isn’t just bullying. We also talk about sexual assault and dating violence among high school students,” noted Dana Brown, a victim’s advocate for the Cumberland River Victim’s Services program.

Cecelia White, Victim’s Services Director at Cumberland River, noted that research shows the key is to reach 10 – 15 percent of the population.

“There are individual groups within that population. You may have city council members. You may have churches. You may have community groups, such as Kiwanis or the Lion’s Club or whatever else is in the community. If you reach somebody from each of those groups and you reach 10 percent of the population, then it is shown to have that impact because they take it back to the people they are leaders with,” White said.

Community Green Dot is similar to high school Green Dot, but it is done at a community level and aimed at adults.

Lewis-Bowling said she and officials with Cumberland River will also be approaching all the school system superintendents, Corbin Mayor Suzie Razmus and Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White Jr. to sign onto the effort.

“We want this to truly be a community wide effort for Whitley County as a whole to be involved in,” Lewis-Bowling said.

Lewis-Bowling, White and Brown became certified to teach Community Green Dot after completing a training program in December in Cleveland, Ohio.

The proclamation approved by the city council reads in part, “Whereas the city has never nor will ever stand for the abuse of its citizens at any time, whereas all citizens should continue to be accountable to one another to ensure that violence toward anyone is not tolerated, and whereas the city – with the motto ‘Feels Like Home’ – has been and will always be a city that welcomes all people, regardless of race, color, religion, or sexual orientation, henceforth, The City of Williamsburg is to be known and referred to as a Welcoming City.”

 

Hunter named Officer of the Year; three officers promoted

Williamsburg K-9 Officer Elijah Hunter was recognized as his department’s officer of the year during a brief informal ceremony at Williamsburg City Hall Wednesday evening.

Williamsburg Police Officer Elijah Hunter (left) was recently named the department’s Officer of the Year by Police Chief Wayne Bird.

“Elijah has really stepped up to the plate. If anybody has changed in the last two years, it is Elijah. He is a heck of a K-9 unit. Any time you call, he is Johnny on the spot and he is out there and doing it. We are presenting him with the 2018 Officer of the Year Award,” said Williamsburg Police Chief Wayne Bird.

The award plaque reads, “Presented to K-9 Officer Elijah Hunter in recognition of your effort, attitude, team work and your extraordinary devotion to the police department of the city of Williamsburg. Congratulations and thank you for your diligence and dedication.”

Lt. Jim Pool, who supervises the K-9 division, also presented Hunter with a certificate of appreciation.

Pool noted that the department had about 100 calls in 2017 involving a K-9 unit, and about 140 calls in 2018 with Hunter and his K-9 partner, Vicko, answering about 80 – 90 percent of those calls.

“As the chief said, he works his butt off,” Pool added. “Thank you. I appreciate it.”

Also during the ceremony, Bird announced the promotion of three officers.

Sgt. Brandon White and Detective Bobby Freeman were promoted to the rank of lieutenant.

“Brandon does a good job. He has been a sergeant for a long time. Brandon is one of those I can call, and if I ask him to do something, he is there doing it,” Bird said.

Freeman will supervise investigations as part of his new duties.

Officer David Rowe was promoted and will replace Freeman as the department’s detective.

“Not too many people want to be detective, but Rowe has kind of stepped up to the plate. He has picked his game up. Personally, I think you have the knack for it. I think you will do a good job at it,” Bird said.

Freeman has been with the Williamsburg Police Department for 13 years, White and Hunter for 10 years, and Rowe for three years. All had prior law enforcement experience with other agencies prior to going to work at Williamsburg.

Bird told the officers that the sergeant’s position is now open, but he isn’t in a hurry to fill it.

“We’ll see who wants to step up to the plate and be sergeant,” he added. “In my opinion we have the best police department around, and I would put this department up against any police department in this state.”